You have a passion for the water and the natural beauty of your local community. Now, you can take those values and neighborhood stewardship to a new level by focusing on ways that you can assist with local goals relating to philanthropy and outreach.

Many established entrepreneurs and global marketplace leaders already support non-profit organizations focused on a variety of positive endeavors. Other yachting enthusiasts have even donated their seacraft when it’s time to get a new yacht. Read on to learn more ways you can turn your passion into real and appreciated service to others.

Foster a Strong Local Community

Perhaps you’re already part of an established Yacht Club. Along with camaraderie and celebrating a shared passion, these groups assist various charities and organizations in their communities.

That could include ensuring students at local schools have all the tools they need to succeed. You might also search for needy non-profits in the area that could benefit from a hand up. Along with funds, you could also donate your time. Some Yacht Clubs even offer incentives for members to reach out to the community in this fashion.

Team with an Established Foundation

There are many state, regional, and national foundations associated with yachting that are doing a wealth of good in the communities they serve. For instance, the U.S. Sailing Foundation brings awareness to the fun and enjoyment of being on the water. At the same time, the group awards grants to both national and worldwide organizations.

Other foundations focused on sailing awareness and community outreach include America True, Skiff Sailing Foundation, St. Francis Yacht Club Foundation, and several regional and university-affiliated outlets.

Help Educate the Next Generation

In fact, many of the funds raised through foundation support and local outreach efforts go to STEM research and education. In this way, you could be part of fostering a new generation of scientists and professionals who work toward sustaining the environment and keeping intact the base elements that make sailing possible and enjoyable.

In addition, you might consider hosting small groups of children and youth on your yacht. The lessons and insight they learn could translate into lifelong commitments and learning paths.

Donate Your Yacht

Every good yacht has a sunset period. Maybe your vessel no longer meets your needs. Or perhaps it’s just time for a change. When you donate your yacht, you can benefit from a tax deduction and help your community at the same time. Then, you can begin the search for a new yacht that ideally suits your unique lifestyle preferences and requirements.

For 25 years, South Florida Yachts has been a leader in the Florida yacht brokerage industry. Our focus on delivering a consistently-stellar customer experience has made us one of the most well-respected dealers in the nation. We have two convenient South Florida locations to serve you in Palm Beach and Stuart. Browse our website to view our inventory and learn more about the company. Then, contact us today to secure your new yacht.

Black and white boats with mountains in the background

Whether you’re the proud owner of an amazing vessel, in the market for your first yacht, or simply love to be out on the sea, by engaging in your hobby, you join a group of water enthusiasts that can be traced back thousands of years.

While today’s yachts have all the comforts, safety features, and essential items you want and need, famous seacraft of history have always delighted sailors at their specific time periods in history. Here are some of the most popular: 

Explorer Ships

You likely learned in school about the three ships that Christopher Columbus brought to explore what’s now known as North America: the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria (sometimes called La Gallega). Of the five crafts Ferdinand Magellan commissioned for his travels (Trinidad, San Antonio, Conception, Victoria, and Santiago), the famous explorer was known to have officially captained the Trinidad.          

Then there are other well-known ships such as Charles Darwin’s Beagle and others. It’s clear that the open waters have always been a draw for explorers and ocean buffs alike.

Military Vessels

Prior to other advanced machinery, ships were central to battle. Even today, aircraft carriers and the like are essential to the continued success of the nation’s armed forces. Back in 1863, the C.S.S. Hunley was revolutionary for its time. The Confederate army proudly used this example of naval engineering until it was torpedoed by Union forces in 1864.

Following the end of its useful military service, the U.S.S. Constitution (also known as Old Ironsides) became a floating museum in 1907, and is still seen today in Boston, Massachusetts. Another famous vessel, the U.S.S. Missouri, floated into Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945. It was the site of the signing of surrender documents that ultimately contributed to the end of World War Two.

Luxury Cruisers and Research Ships

Perhaps the best known luxury liner is the R.M.S. Titanic, which met an infamous and unfortunate end. Other renowned ships of the time included the S.S. Great Britain, the R.R.S Sir David Attenborough, the H.M.S. Belfast, and others. Today, the cruising industry enjoys wild success, as people from all over the globe flock to ports to log a fun and comforting holiday on the water.

Modern Marvels

While today’s yachts look different and have state-of-the art technology, features, and amenities than the seacraft mentioned here, the base enjoyment you get from a relaxing afternoon on the water remains. Now, you can take your love for seaside fun to a new level by selecting the ideal yacht for your specific desires and requirements.

With two convenient South Florida locations to serve you in Palm Beach and Stuart, our friendly and knowledgeable brokers can assist you in finding the best craft to deliver years of sailing serenity. Browse our website to get to know our inventory. Then, contact us today to learn how you could own a spacious and luxurious yacht of your own.