Marine News from the Great Lakes

Made for the Ocean - Great for the Lakes

Published: Friday, September 13, 2019

Australian-crafted luxury motor yachts have made their way into the Great Lakes, and we’re more than okay with it. Despite being made with the oceans in mind, with its country of origin being surrounded by three of them, Maritimo’s line of motor yachts continues to adapt seamlessly to the unique ports and marinas of the Great Lakes. Maritimo yachts may be built on Australia’s Gold Coast, but they have found new life on Michigan’s “Fresh Coast”.

The style and beauty of the Maritimo yachts aren’t taking long to catch the eyes of Great Lakes boaters, as more are sold and brand recognition spreads from port to port. It’s no wonder, since these yachts are crafted with care by the finest craftsmen, blending luxurious finishes with smart interior design, whether you’re stepping aboard one of the M-Series Flybridges, the S-Series Sedans, or the new X-Series Sport Yachts.

Taking a closer look at Maritimo’s X-Series, the phrase “living in comfort and entertaining in style” seems to effortlessly describe the design. The May 2018 launch of the X60 saw huge success in the Great Lakes area, bringing a new level of quality, luxury, and use of space to the Great Lakes, followed by the most recent reveal of the X50 this past May at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, which has proven that the excitement around Maritimo’s newest sport yacht series has only just begun. Since its restructure of American sales operation and expansion of its dealer network in the United States, Maritimo America has seen a two-fold increase in sales, with goals of expanding even more in the area.

The good news for our Great Lakes boaters is: you don’t have to travel across the world to be able to climb aboard one of these beautiful and worldly vessels. Along with its efforts to expand its US network, came the addition of Michigan-based Colony Marine and Indiana-based B&E Marine to Maritimo’s Great Lakes dealer network. With over 12 decades of combined experience, and being among the first dealers on the Great Lakes, Colony Marine and B&E Marine were the perfect duo to bring the high-quality, high-performing Maritimo motor yachts to our beautiful Great Lakes.

Colony Marine and B&E Marine are proud to be part of the Maritimo family and look forward to the exciting new adventure ahead as your only Great Lakes Maritimo dealers. Contact Colony Marine or B&E Marine to experience the luxury of the Maritimo X50 and X60 first hand at one of their locations. You can also climb aboard and see the beauty for yourself throughout the upcoming line-up of fall and winter boat shows.

About B&E Marine

Founded in 1953, B&E Marine is a multi-generational boat dealership located in Michigan City, Indiana. Today B&E employs 35 full-time and a number of seasonal workers expanding to 10 buildings covering 100,000 square feet, two hoists, two ramps, two fuel docks, and 70 permanent slips. B&E Marine scored the highest in the Midwest and ranked 6th out of 350 Sea Ray sales locations nationwide. Honored as one of the first Sea Ray Master Dealers, B&E Marine has also earned top honors from Mercury as a Premier Service dealer.


About Colony Marine

Family owned and third generation operated since 1958, boaters have trusted Colony Marine to take care of their boating needs for over 60 years. The Beauregard family built their business on strong business ethics, a commitment to superior products and services, and a passion for boating. As the largest boat dealer in Southeast Michigan and one of the first in the industry, Colony Marine has three full-service dealerships and deep-water marinas with over 950 summer boat slips in Saint Clair Shores, Algonac, and Pontiac as well as over 250,000 square feet of indoor heated winter storage, making it a true one-stop shop offering everything a boater needs. Colony Marine has been named a Top 100 Boating Dealer in America, a Mercruiser Platinum Dealer, and a Boston Whaler Master Dealer.


This article first appeared in the Fall Issue (Sep/Oct) 2019 of Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine.

tags: Company Expansions, Great Lakes, New Boat Models

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