The Catamaran Company Welcomes New Team Members Aboard

The Catamaran Company

The company is pleased to announce the following new members of their management team.









Staley Weidman III CPYB
CEO, Catamaran Sales Inc.

Staley has worked in the Marine Industry for over 20 years, starting his career in the charter industry working in the BVI. In 2000, he became a Licensed Yacht Broker in Florida with The Catamaran Company. He has won the Salesman of the Year Award on 8 dierent occasions at The Catamaran Company and has been Lagoon ‘s # 1 World/USA Broker 5 on separate occasions.

In 2003 Staley became a CertiedProfessional Yacht Broker (CPYB) and over the last 5 years Staley has represented Florida Yacht Brokers Association (FYBA) at the CPYB Certication Advisory Council (CAC). Several times a year Staley hosts the CPYB pre-exam study courses in Ft Lauderdale. Staley works closely with the FYBA serving on the Public Aairs Committee and working with lobbyists to change State and Federal Laws concerning the yacht sales industry. Since his start at The Catamaran Company, he has represented buyers and sellers in over 500 successful yacht transactions. He has now been appointed CEO of the Catamaran Company’s Yacht Sales Division Catamaran Sales Inc.

John PetersonJohn Peterson
VP Sales and Marketing, Gemini Catamarans.

John started in the marine industry over 30 years ago spending the last 20 years as VP of Marketing and Sales before becoming the President of both Hunter Marine Corporation and its successor company, Marlow Hunter.

John has served the industry on the Board of Directors of Sail America for 10 years including 4 of those as President. He also earned the Sail Industry Leadership Award in 2007 John holds a degree in Business Administration from Marquette University; a MBA from Golden Gate University and a Certicate in Advanced Marketing from the University of Wisconsin.

Michael PauerMichael Pauer
Charter Sales Manager

Michael has more than 20 years of experience in heading up the sales and marketing programs in the hospitality and sailing vacation industry. From 2002 – 2012 he was a member of the executive team at Festiva Hospitality Group, where he oversaw the development and launch of a right-to-use sailing club and all-inclusive catamaran sailing vacation company. As the VP of Festiva Sailing Vacations, Pauer developed and implemented sales and marketing strategies which helped launched this new business venture from concept to a eet of 18 luxury, crewed catamarans based in ve countries, hosting a 1,300 membership base and a rental program achieving a 90% overall occupancy.

Pauer has received industry recognition as a top performer among marketing professionals within the Intrawest family of resorts as well as earning an Outstanding Achievement Award within the Festiva Hospitality Group for the growth and success of Festiva Sailing Vacations.

Jennifer JollyJennifer Jolly
Gemini Catamarans Brand Manager, The Catamaran Company

Jenn has worked for The Catamaran Company for over 5 years and is currently in charge of Dealer Management for Gemini Catamarans. With the growth of Gemini’s sales and independent dealers throughout the world and with John Peterson and his experience coming onboard it was identied that a brand manager was needed to help The
Catamaran Company’s Internal Gemini Dealerships handle the growth of their Gemini sales.

Jenn has previously held similar positions in both the technology and hospitality industries. Her experience runs the spectrum from start-up companies developing their brand to established companies with a changing demographic. Her experience with the latter will add particular value to the Gemini Catamarans brand as it enters its 35th year of production.

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By Andy Adams

Over the years Canadian Yachting has had the pleasure of doing several boat review articles on new Neptunus models and we are familiar with the qualities that Neptunus is famous for. They have all been exceptional yachts, but this is the one I would most want to own myself. It’s a personal choice and a matter of taste as to whether you would prefer to have a sedan express model or a flybridge but in my opinion, the flybridge layout offers some wonderful attributes.

We met with Neptunus Managing Director Jan Willem De Jong this past fall to take the new Neptunus 650F out in Lake Ontario. 

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Sunset off St John

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A perfect sunset off St. John with St. Thomas views for backdrop.

Clearing Pillsbury Sound, surrounded by voluptuous emerald mountains as the ferry sliced through royal blue waters, I was struck by the unspoiled ambiance of St. John, the island gliding past our starboard beam and the irresistible charm of a village called Cruz Bay visible from our quarter stern.

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