Galati Yacht Sales (GYS), one of the largest privately held yacht dealerships worldwide, has assumed the Viking® Yachts and Valhalla® Brands from the previous dealer on the West Coast.
The recent acquisition expands their current operations to 15 locations: serving the entire Gulf of Mexico (FL, AL, TX), Mexico, and Costa Rica to the Western U.S, including California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii. GYS brings its award-winning, customer-centric, Viking Yachts, Valhalla Boatworks, and worldwide brokerage programs to the West Coast.
California Boating Community – Galati Yachts
The Galati family understands the Southern California market and respects the reputation and dedication that the previous dealer has established over the last several decades. With long-term ties in Cabo San Lucas and renowned yacht brokers, including IGFA Hall of Famer Steve Lassley, who calls Southern California home, Team Galati has a solid foothold within the boating community on the West Coast.
“We are extremely excited about this opportunity,” states Carmine Galati of Galati Yacht Sales. “This new endeavor allows us to focus on customers who enjoy sportfishing and cruising, delivering the dream of providing the best sportfish, motor yachts, center consoles, and service available on the water today — allowing them to enjoy the experience on a whole other level.”
The Viking Yacht Company & GYS Relationship
The Viking-Galati relationship backdates 30 years when GYS began servicing Viking Yachts on Florida’s Gulf Coast. After years of servicing Vikings, they became an authorized Viking dealer for the area. Collectively, between the two companies, there are 100 years of unwavering dedication and commitment to delivering the best experience on the water possible.
The Viking Yacht Company was founded in 1964 and GYS in 1970, but the synergies don’t stop there. Both companies are family-owned and operated, span three generations, and Viking’s mantra to build a better boat every day parallels perfectly with GYS’ goal of consistently exceeding customer expectations.
“Over the years, we have worked with Galati Yacht Sales to develop an unparalleled ability to provide our customers with the pinnacle of product and support,” explains Pat Healey, President, and CEO of the Viking Yacht Company. “We not only work together, but we fish tournaments together, which provides Carmine and I the opportunity to share our views on continually improving our marketing reach, distribution, and most of all, perfecting our boats and services.”
About Galati Yacht Sales
With 15 yacht brokerages in Florida, Alabama, Texas, California, and Washington, plus Costa Rica, and Mexico including, four yacht service yards, GYS is one of the largest, most-respected yacht brokerages globally. They offer quality, new and pre-owned boats for sale, along with unsurpassed customer service. They proudly represent new Viking, Valhalla, Cruisers, Princess, Maritimo, Prestige Yachts, and the Hargrave Signature Series. Since 1970, they have been family-owned and operated and are one of only seven firms inducted into the Boating Industry’s Top 100 Hall of Fame.