Karma Yacht Sales Celebrates their Ten Year AnniversarySeptember 30, 2012
“A lot has changed since our first location at 1945 S. Halsted Street” said Jack Buoscio, co-owner and founder. “We have grown our business organically to reflect the changing needs of the local sailing community”. Darfin Yachts had primarily been a dealer for Beneteau’s Cruising line of boats. With the introduction of the Farr Yacht Design’s First Series boats in 1999, Darfin helped seed the First 40.7 fleet in Chicago with the first six boats. Jack and Lou built upon the success of the First 40.7 fleet, and in 2002 KYS began to build the largest one-design class Beneteau has ever seen in North America with the dual-purpose First 36.7. The racer/cruiser was a great catalyst for KYS growth as well, as Karma Yacht Sales became the largest FIRST dealer in North America, selling over 38 hulls of the boat on Lake Michigan and establishing the largest and most active fleet of 36.7’s in North America. Both fleets continue to be active in Chicago’s sailboat racing scene.
“It is really interesting, but many sailors think that race boats were our mainstay during that time” said Lou Sandoval, co-owner and founder. “While the race boats were popular, the cruising boats have been our mainstay. The build quality, innovation and value that Beneteau offers are some of the reasons why one out of every three boats sold in Lake Michigan is a Beneteau. For every racing sailboat sold, there are three to four cruising boats that help people ignite their passion for the water”.
Karma’s main office is at 3635 S. Halsted in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago, with a second sales office at Crowley’s Yacht Yard near the lakefront. A celebration is planned later in the year at Chicago Yacht Club to commemorate their ten years of doing business.
About Karma Yacht Sales: Karma Yacht Sales has represented Beneteau sailing yachts on Lake Michigan Since 2002. A recipient of Benteau’s Platinum dealer status, KYS is a full service dealership providing new boat sales, service and brokerage on Lake Michigan and throughout the Great Lakes. A recipient of Beneteau’s 2011 Dealer of the Year Award, KYS focuses on providing excellent customer service and has been recognized for their commitment to their clients by being perennial recipients of the Beneteau President’s Award for Sales & Service over the past decade. Living up to their motto: ‘Waves of good fortune follow admirable actions’ KYS is a supporter of youth and educational initiatives in their surrounding community.
About Beneteau USA: Beneteau USA, the American division of the world’s largest sailboat manufacturer,
builds hundreds of 31-50 foot production sailboats in Marion, SC and imports sailing
and power yachts up to 58 feet in length from its parent company in France.
For More Information Ask Karma Yacht Sales by email or call 1-877-KARMA-Y-S (527-6297)