After Unique International Collaboration,
Annapolis Yacht Sales, Lagoon Catamarans to Showcase
Lagoon SEVENTY7 at Miami Boat Show
Leading Mid-Atlantic yacht and brokerage dealer, part of the world’s largest sailboat builder, Beneteau Group, and owner convene to celebrate flawless delivery of flagship catamaran.
ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND (February 6, 2019) — Annapolis Yacht Sales (AYS) and Lagoon Catamarans are proud to unveil Tellstar, the most recently-completed SEVENTY7, at the Miami Boat Show (MBS), taking place February 14-18.
But the presence of this particular Lagoon – a model that made its U.S. debut at MBS in 2017 – will represent much more than the company’s latest combination of form and functionality on the water. It will also symbolize a production and delivery process that, thanks to a host of individuals, was not only fast and flawless but an international adventure.
“Being here with Tellstar is a dream come true,” said Patrick Tell, a Lancaster, Pa. resident, former Lagoon 620 owner, and the boat’s owner. “When I heard that the SEVENTY7 would be making its U.S. debut in Miami in 2017 I knew I had to see it. After spending most of a day touring it, I knew I had to have it.”
Recalling his visit to Slip 29, Pier 3, two years ago, Tell said that he was immediately attracted to the sheer size of the 77-foot, 56.8-ton flagship cat. Tell was most impressed, however, when he took a full tour of the boat with Denise Hanna, AYS Lagoon Specialist. He soon realized how much more comfortable a “vacation on water” would be for his family, charter guests, and crew on what Frederic Signat, Lagoon America Director, deems “the very best demonstration of our illustrious designers’ ability to deliver unsurpassed elegance and comfort throughout all interior and exterior living spaces.”
Acting quickly, Tell placed his order through AYS and Lagoon, then worked with Hanna to pick and choose the many options that allow each and every SEVENTY7 to be defined by its owner. As part of Tell’s purchase agreement, AYS also agreed to oversee every step of the extremely extensive production and procurement process.
“We’ve been around for 65 years and have sold thousands of boats,” said Chris Humphreys, AYS Principal and Director of Client Satisfaction, “but I can honestly say that this is the most complex purchase we’ve experienced. We knew a great deal of time and effort would be required with a delivery of this scale, and we jumped at the opportunity to rise to the challenge.”
The expansive two-year process included enacting an intricate purchase and warranty contract; Humphreys and Matt Weimer, AYS Delivery Coordinator, completing two weeks of systems training and a bow-to-stern quality control check with Tell and Jack Gorman, Tellstar’s full-time captain, at Lagoon’s headquarters in Bordeaux, France; and all four men sailing the boat to La Rochelle in time to catch its 4,447-mile cargo ship ride to Florida.
Reflecting on the experience, it’s clear that Tell is one satisfied customer.
“I can’t say enough good things about AYS,” said Tell. “Matt and Chris served as extremely professional and trustworthy intermediaries and advocates for me throughout the process. Furthermore, they were fun. I can’t imagine trusting any other company or individuals to go through this with, and I’m now happy to also call them friends.”
This next chapter of the story continues at MBS, at the Lagoon booth, where Humphreys, Hanna, and Gorman will offer tours of Tellstar; answer questions about its procurement and production; and discuss its future life as a charter yacht that will split its time between the British Virgin Islands and Annapolis, Md.
In addition, The Lagoon Team will be on hand to meet with potential customers.
To learn more about AYS, visit www.annapolisyachtsales.com or call 410.267.8181
To learn more about Lagoon Catamarans, visit www.cata-lagoon.com.
Finally, to learn more about Tellstar, charter opportunities, and Captain Jack and Jaimey, who will be serving as Tellstar’s full-time crew, visit www.captainjackandjaimey.com
About Annapolis Yacht Sales
Annapolis Yacht Sales is one of the largest new boat dealerships in the Mid-Atlantic, with offices in Annapolis, Kent Island, Deltaville and Virginia Beach. AYS proudly represents new Beneteau sailing yachts, Lagoon Catamarans, as well as new power yachts from EdgeWater, Four Winns, Steiger Craft, and Cruisers Yachts. AYS is also one of the largest brokerage houses in the Mid-Atlantic for premium previously owned yachts.
Annapolis Yacht Sales’ mission statement is: “Building lasting relationships with our customers, partners and employees while serving the recreational and travel community. Our core values shall be based on Honesty and Integrity and Service to the Community.”
Since 2003 Lagoon has been the world leader in the construction of cruising catamarans, with a full and innovative range of boats and the support of a comprehensive distribution network.
Lagoon is now part of CNB, a division of the Beneteau Group, the world leader in pleasure sailing craft construction. Lagoon catamarans are the result of a blend of talents from design to production, incorporating elegance, safety and luxurious comfortable spaces into every yacht. In 2014, Lagoon’s return to motor yacht construction attracted a great deal of attention, with the arrival of the superb 630 MY and the 40 MY. In 2016, the shipyard launched the 42, which was a great success with customers by virtue of the combination of performance and comfort provided by this 42-footer. The same year, Lagoon launched its new range: SEVENTY. This new high-end range sees the birth of the sailing catamaran, the SEVENTY 7 and its motor version, the SEVENTY 8. In 2017, Lagoon launched the 50 and the 40 and in Dusseldorf 2019, launched the exciting 46 as the replacement of the very successful 450.