The Newsletter for St. Barts Yachts | May 2011

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Memorial Day 2011Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend! Formerly called “Decoration Day,” Memorial Day is a Federal holiday commemorating US soldiers who died in military service.

Take a moment to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

And then … go boating!

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SWIFT TRAWLER REVIEWS ARE OUT!!!
The folks at Boattest.com recently reviewed the Swift Trawler 44 and the Swift Trawler 52, and we’re proud to make those reviews available to you below.
The new ST 44, which debuted in the US at the Miami Boat Show, is attracting a lot of attention and a lot of favorable press. Beneteau learned a lot from their highly successful ST 42 (which the 44 replaces) and this new and improved version incorporates some major enhancements for comfort, speed, style, and efficiency. Boattest.com really loved the “Cinerama” wraparound windshield! Check out their review here.
If you like reading glowing boat reviews and looking at beautiful photos, check out the Boattest.com review of the ST 52. We could not have written a nicer review ourselves!
With the fuel prices we’re seeing at the dock today, it’s reassuring to have the flexibility to cruise the ST 52 all day at 8 knots on 4.75 gallons per hour, but have the horsepower to bang it up to 24 knots at WOT to catch a bridge opening, or outrun a squall. At a 20 knot cruise, the twin Volvo Penta D-9 diesels burn just 40 gallons per hour.
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St. Barts Upcoming Boat Shows
Celebrate Summer with a NEW Beneteau!
Beneteau 46 or Oceanis 50
Beneteau 46Beneteau has just announced a tremendous opportunity for those interested in a Beneteau 46 or an Oceanis 50. Unfortunately, as we write this, complete details are not yet available … but call any of our locations in the next week, when we’ll have full information on these deals!
Meanwhile, check out the specs, photos and videos of the Beneteau 46 and the Oceanis 50.
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St. Barts Services Department
Our service department has received Beneteau service awards every year since 2002, when the award was instituted. We are Raymarine and also National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) certified. Our sales teams may sell the boats, but our Service Department keeps our customers happy!
Here are a few of the boats we have “in the shop” right now for commissioning or refitting:
Beneteau 40 Beneteau Monte Carlo
Beneteau 36.7 Island Packet 370

Beneteau Flyer 12

Beneteau 57
Beneteau 31
Service@St-Barts.com or call:
Charleston, SC – (843) 577-7377
Jacksonville, FL – (904) 264-9100

Oriental, NC – (252) 249-7245

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From the Helm - notes from Chuck Laughlin
Memorial Day weekend has arrived. A great time to go boating with family and friends. Here in Charleston, where the season is almost never-ending, this is a weekend we traditionally go boating.
Charleston is an incredible boating venue! Two major distance sailboat races have just left town: Velux 5 Oceans (with Charleston Hero Brad Van Liew in the front) are on their way to La Rochelle in France, with an anticipated finish of May 27th. The Charleston to Bermuda race left this past Saturday with 11 boats in the fleet and good winds so far.
Just last month we had the largest regatta week in the US with Charleston Race Week and some 280+ boats on the various start lines.
But major racing events aren’t the way most of us go boating. I can invite some friends and their kids to join my wife and me for a day on the water (and not break the bank).
We bring some food and drinks, take a tour around Charleston harbour, drop the hook, take a swim, then come back to the dock.
A powerboat or sailboat can do that trip at a very low cost. On the Beneteau Swift Trawler 42, with 740 HP total, I can burn less than 20 gals of diesel in a full day of messing around and having fun.
Beneteau continues to have great sales programs ensuring you the very best value in your new boat. I just did a factory tour with some new clients in Marion, SC, and it is a very busy place!
We’ve seen many changes and improvements in the 24 years we’ve been a Beneteau dealer. But Beneteau has always had some of the best product at the best price. We at St Barts promise to do everything we can to ensure that your boat is put together correctly to have a great start to this lifestyle.
Take some time and go boating.
Fair winds,
Chuck
Chuck Laughlin
St. Barts Yachts
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Founded in 1987 by Chuck Laughlin, St. Barts Yacht Sales is the leading Beneteau dealer in the Southeast. With corporate headquarters in Charleston, SC, and facilities in Jacksonville, FL and Oriental, NC, we have models on display, both in and out of the water.
With a sales team led by Keith Farfone in Charleston, Jeff Knoll in Jacksonville, and Dave Wright in Oriental and with a dedicated and professional service department at each location, we’re sure to help you find the perfect boat, and to help you keep it in perfect condition.
St. Barts Yachts Charleston
3 Lockwood Drive, Suite 301
Charleston, SC 29401
phone 843-577-7377
fax 843-577-7375
Keith.Farfone@St-Barts.com
Ron.Stoddard@St-Barts.com
St Barts Yachts Jacksonville
3027 US Highway 17
Orange Park, FL 32003
phone 904-264-9100
fax 904-264-3800
Jeff.Knoll@St-Barts.com
Carey.English@St-Barts.com
St. Barts Yachts Oriental
518 Water St, Suite B, PO Box 895
Oriental, NC 28571
phone 252-249-SAIL (7245)
fax 252 249-3993
Dave.Wright@St-Barts.com
Steve.Leech@St-Barts.com
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