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Two MarineMax Yachts customers took delivery of their yachts while in Sicily, Italy

by MarineMax Yachts 25 Jul 2023 06:55 PDT
Grande 36M sold by Janaina Pina - Azimut's 12th Annual Yachting Gala in Sicily, Italy © MarineMax Yachts

MarineMax Yachts attended Azimut's 12th Annual Yachting Gala in Sicily, Italy, where they brought over 50 US customers with them to experience first-hand where the innovative design for these luxurious yachts originates from.

This Gala is an annual celebration of the Azimut brand, which brought owners worldwide together for 3-days of social events. MarineMax Yachts also hosted two days of "Pre-Gala" festivities for their clients, filled with a luxury dining experience and an excursion to Mount Etna.

Two customers were fortunate enough to take delivery of their spectacular yachts while at the event. One being a Magellano 30M sold by Mike Bader and a Grande 36M sold by Janaina Pina. Both brokers work at MarineMax Yacht Center in Pompano Beach, Florida.

Mike Bader met his clients back at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2021. They owned a yacht at the time that they were looking to sell since it wasn't quite the right fit for them. Mike then guided them through the full Azimut display to discuss their options. About a year later, they decided on the new Magellano 30M. The owners embarked on their first outing with their yacht while in Sicily for the Azimut Yachting Gala, all thanks to the captain and crew that moved the boat from the factory in Viareggio to Sicily.

Janaina Pina met her client in 2013 at the Miami International Boat Show. He has owned five Azimut yachts since then and is a big enthusiast of the Azimut brand. He is from Columbia and an avid boater with a dream to have a delivery in the Mediterranean. With the help of MarineMax Yachts, they were able to make that happen for him. He took delivery of his Grande 36M during the Gala. He will bring his newest addition back to the US after his summer abroad.

With the excitement of deliveries in the air, two other customers joined in the fun while in Sicily, and they both decided to purchase a FLY 78 from MarineMax Yachts broker Charlie Helgeson. Charlie met the first couple three years ago at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show; they were looking to transition down from the northeast and wanted a boat to suit their new Florida lifestyle. They looked at several different size options, but they ultimately decided to hire a full-time captain so they could purchase their first Azimut, a FLY 68. But once they got to Sicily, the FLY 78 spoke to them, and they chose to upgrade right then and there.

Charlie met the other couple at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in 2022. They currently have a 37' Sea Ray at their new home in Fort Lauderdale and have used this boat to dip their toes into the boating lifestyle. Charlie then invited them to the Azimut Yachting Gala to get to know them and their boating needs a little more. Once they were in Italy, they considered the FLY 68 but ended up choosing the FLY 78 and are currently finalizing their décor selections.

MarineMax Yachts offers high-quality yacht sales, brokerage, and charter destinations in addition to providing a premium collection of luxury boats and yachts from brands such as Aquila Power Catamarans, Azimut Yachts, Bertram Yachts, Cruisers Yachts, Galeon Yachts, Ocean Alexander, MJM and more. For more information on MarineMax Yachts, head to

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