Nautical Ventures is a water toy wonderland
Being on the water can have a physical and spiritual effect on people. It makes them smile and creates lifelong memories. Just as with our annual swimsuit issue, boats and toys enhance that fun. Nautical Ventures is your go-to place for fun on the water.
Getting its start 31 years ago as a Hobie kayak and sailboat dealer, Nautical Ventures grew, and it was in 2010 when Roger Moore and Jeff Garcia purchased the store believing
that water sports equipment would complement their yacht brokerage business, QPS Marine.
Having sailed around the world with his wife, Samantha, Moore finally set anchor in Fort Lauderdale. He now lives on an 84-foot Northern Marine expedition yacht. Additionally, Garcia grew up in a family-owned shipyard, soon owning the Nautor Swan sailing charter fleet in St. Martin and making a name retrofitting pre-owned yachts in the French West Indies. After time as a project manager at Derecktor Shipyards, he joined Moore in 2007.
Needless to say, they know boats.
Over the years, Nautical Ventures has grown exponentially with the expansion of product lines that now include yacht tenders, pleasure and fishing boats, and a wide array of
yacht-related toys and equipment.
With that growth, “we have been able to attract experienced staff to run each division of products that allows us to be knowledgeable in each department: kayaks, sailboats, yacht tenders, yacht toys, etc.,” says Moore. “In 2013, we expanded to include new boat sales via Nautical Ventures Marine, and we are now a leading dealer for Axopar, Blackfin, Century, Chapman Transition, Glastron, Highfield tenders, Novurania, Ranger Tugs, Release fishing boats and Schaefer Yachts.
Additionally, with a new, 30,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art retail and service facility located on the water in Dania Beach, Florida, Nautical Ventures is able to provide the marine community with a pleasurable buying and service experience. That experience reaches to their North Palm Beach location that includes a 66-unit dry stack marina as well as the Riviera Beach store adjacent to the renovated Riviera Beach Marina Complex.
“My joy comes from the growth of the company and the people we have attracted to it,” says Moore. “We started with about nine employees and now have close to ninety-two.
Watching them grow, personally and professionally, to meet the challenges of our rapid growth has been most rewarding.”
“Also, we have developed a culture of trust and respect for each other as well as with the customers who come here. Yes, we need to sell products, but we want to sell the right product to meet the customers’ needs.”
Nautical Ventures provided the boats and toys for Southern Boating’s 2018 Annual Swimsuit feature.
By Steve Davis, Southern Boating April 2018