Karma Yacht Sales celebrates their ten year anniversary
Karma Yacht Sales
October 2, 2012
Filed under News
(CHICAGO, IL) –Karma Yacht Sales, LLC- your Lake Michigan Sailboat dealer specializing in Beneteau is pleased to announce the celebration of their tenth year of doing business. On September 30, 2002 Jack Buoscio and Lou Sandoval officially completed the purchase of Darfin Yachts LTD. and transitioned the 25 year old dealership into Karma Yacht Sales.
“A lot has changed since our first location at 1945 S. Halsted Street” said Jack Buoscio, co-owner and founder. “We have grown our business organically to reflect the changing needs of the local sailing community”. Darfin Yachts had primarily been a dealer for Beneteau’s Cruising line of boats. With the introduction of the Farr Yacht Design’s First Series boats in 1999, Darfin helped seed the First 40.7 fleet in Chicago with the first six boats. Jack and Lou built upon the success of the First 40.7 fleet, and in 2002 KYS began to build the largest one-design class Beneteau has ever seen in North America with the dual-purpose First 36.7. The racer/cruiser was a great catalyst for KYS growth as well, as Karma Yacht Sales became the largest FIRST dealer in North America, selling over 38 hulls of the boat on Lake Michigan and establishing the largest and most active fleet of 36.7’s in North America. Both fleets continue to be active in Chicago’s sailboat racing scene.
“It is really interesting, but many sailors think that race boats were our mainstay during that time” said Lou Sandoval, co-owner and founder. “While the race boats were popular, the cruising boats have been our mainstay. The build quality, innovation and value that Beneteau offers are some of the reasons why one out of every three boats sold in Lake Michigan is a Beneteau. For every racing sailboat sold, there are three to four cruising boats that help people ignite their passion for the water”.
Karma’s main office is at 3635 S. Halsted in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago, with a second sales office at Crowley’s Yacht Yard near the lakefront. A celebration is planned later in the year at Chicago Yacht Club to commemorate their ten years of doing business.