A.C.Marine - Company Profile
A.C.Marine - History
A.C.Marine was established as a trading company in 1992. Ing. Anthony Camilleri, then a 34 year-old mechanical engineer, a keen yachtsman and ex-national dinghy champion for the Enterprise class dinghy started importing Sails and rigging equipment. The majority of the boats at that time had no genoa furling and reefing systems installed. Anthony tapped the void in the market and with his engineering background decided to start selling and installing these systems. A mobile workshop was set up in a van that offered rigging services to all the
sailing yachts in the marina.
In 1993, A.C.Marine was appointed Kemp Masts U.K authorized dealer and service agent in Malta. Kemp masts UK was owned by Selden Mast of Sweden.
In April of 1994, A.C.Marine became a limited liability company and was appointed authorized dealer for the German shipyard, Bavaria Yachts, that started up in Giebelstadt in 1978. The first prototypes of the Bavaria 37 and the Bavaria 39 were launched in Malta in summer 1994 and the international brochures for these models featured pictures taken on location in Malta. The yacht test for the prototype Bavaria 37 was also carried out by the German sailing magazine ‘Yacht’ in Marsamxett harbour. Like the best German cars which have a reputation for quality and sophisticated engineering,
the Bavaria range of yachts uses advanced design and materials to combine high performance with tremendous strength. This German yacht building company is known worldwide, where it earned an enviable reputation for innovative design and quality construction. In 1997 A.C.Marine Co.Ltd. acquired the dealership for Elvstrom Sails of Denmark who also supply sails to Bavaria Yachts. Many local and foreign sailing yachts benefitted from the supply
and upgrading of sails on their yachts through the measuring, ordering and importation of sails by A.C.Marine Co. Ltd.
The annual sales for Bavaria Yachts in Malta went from strength to strength and by 1999 record annual sales were reached when 12 new yachts were sold during that year alone. By 2008 the annual sales increased further reaching 16 yachts annually. In 2008, Bavaria launched the new Vision series which included a three-model line-up, consisting of a 40ft, 44ft and a 50ft. A.C. Marine Co. Ltd. sponsored and campaigned a customized Bavaria 50 Vision - “Windward” for short-handed racing & cruising. They were successful in this category organized by The Royal Malta Yacht Club including winning the John Illingworth trophy in the Double Handed Class of the Rolex Middle Sea Race. Apart from this prestigious award, the Bavaria 50 Vision Windward was also awarded the BICREF RMSR 2008 Trophy.
In 2009 A.C.Marine Co. Ltd. was appointed dealer for the Italian sport sailing yachts T-yachts based in Monfalcone in the North Adriatic. The first Marco Lostuzzi design T-34 was purchased and raced successfully in Malta in 2010. The regatta wins included the prestigious Rolex Middle Sea Race Double Handed Division in 2010. This yacht was sponsored by Bank of Valletta and sailed under the name of BOV Plain Sailing - Tango 34. The success of this event
was promoted by T-Yachts and was featured in many international sailing magazines. In 2014, Bavaria Yachts acquired NAUTITECH, the famous French Catamaran builder. No one can build catamarans better than the French. That’s why the NAUTITECH Line is built close to the Atlantic in Rochefort. All interior parts are built by experienced professionals in the renowned carpenter’s shop in Giebelstadt, Germany. All parts are mounted together in Rochefort and the result: a perfect symbiosis for a perfect catamaran. The Bavaria Catamarans range consists of 6 models from 40 – 54 Feet. A.C.Marine Co. Ltd. also represents Bavaria NAUTITECH Catamarans.
Today, Bavaria Yachts is a world market leader. The way to this pole position has been achieved by means of a solid build quality, up to date finishing technology and elegant proportioning in-yacht design. Currently Bavaria Yachts offer a range of modern Sailing Yachts starting from 34 feet to 57 Feet which will be extended further with the launching of their new Bavaria C65 flag ship at the Boot Düsseldorf in January 2018.
A.C.Marine Co.Ltd. is an established leading import agent for Bavaria Yachts, T-Yachts, Elvstrom sails, Carbonautica products, Selden masts and rigging equipment in Malta. Along with our passion for the industry, we offer a first class after sales service to all clientele. Today, the Bavaria fleet in Malta is in excess of 150 yachts which vary from 30 to 55 footers, all of which are privately owned. Most of our clients are Europeans with 80% of the boat owners being Maltese, 4 % are Swedish, 4% German, 3% Austrian and 2% English. The remainder 6% are Australian who decided to purchase their boat in Malta and sail the Mediterranean. A yacht is an expression of one’s own personal style and A.C.Marine Co.Ltd. is well known in Malta for the customization of yachts. This includes, installation of various optional electronic equipment; alteration of layouts; improvements on rigging and installation of other performance related equipment.
Providing a personalized service is important to our clients. A.C.Marine Co.Ltd. offers a complete service which includes organization of transport from Germany to Koper marina in Slovenia, rigging and commissioning of the yachts by our staff in Koper and assisting the new owners with the delivery of the yachts on their maiden voyage to Malta. Having a professional skipper and somebody who knows the boat thoroughly on the maiden voyage is the best handover a client can hope for. A.C.Marine Co. Ltd. benefits from repeat client sales who come back to purchase and upgrade
their yachts. Word of mouth from satisfied clients is the best advertising for A.C.Marine Co.Ltd.
A.C.Marine Co.Ltd. also offers a brokerage service for used yachts and yachts that are taken in trade-in. A.C.Marine Co. Ltd. organizes test sailing sessions to prospective customers and gives them a hands-on experience before they purchase the yacht model of their choice. The annual summer cruise in company for Bavaria owners to destinations like Sicily and the Ionian islands in Greece is also a popular event and ideal for new owners to venture further afield.