A longtime Puerto Rico-based broker is strengthening the ties that bind between the Caribbean and Florida yachting markets. Jim Veiga, owner and operator of Atlas Yacht Sales, LLC, is now the exclusive distributor of Jeanneau sailboats and yachts for the entire East Coast of Florida.
“With existing and successful offices in St. Augustine, FL and Puerto Rico, as well as SailTime bases in St. Augustine, Fort Lauderdale and Miami, it was a natural choice,” says Nick Harvey, president of Annapolis, MD-headquartered Jeanneau America, who notes the brands already strong foothold in Florida. “With over 20 years of experience in new yacht sales, yacht management, charter management and boat membership programs, Atlas Yacht’s expertise has added value for our current and future owners that we could not pass up.”
“Staying in step with the preferences of today’s sailors and sailing enthusiasts, while offering top level service along with the top sailboat brand in the world is our mission and something that at Atlas we are all passionate about,” says Atlas’ Veiga.
Atlas Yacht Sales was founded in 1995 at Fajardo’s Puerto del Rey Marina, an area unofficially known as the ‘Gateway to the Caribbean’, as a sailboat brokerage that also offered sail training and charters.
Today, this remains the perfect place for Atlas to grow a successful dealership offering new Jeanneau’s for private owners as well as for those placing vessels into its Charter Management Program, SailCaribe Yacht Charters. In 2012, Atlas opened a sales office in St Augustine FL to serve the North East Florida.
Jeanneau, headquartered in Les Herbiers, France, relies on a network of over 400 distributors located worldwide. www.atlasyachtspuertorico.com,