began in 1970 as a family dream of Michael Galati Sr. when he moved to Anna Maria Island in Florida. He purchased a tornado-devastated marina on Tampa Bay, with the dream of creating a service and boat dealership. The whole family took part in the running of the business. “It was a great place to be…to grow up,” remembers Mike, Jr. about living on the island. “We all started out working on the gas docks, washing boats and catching bait to sell.” When Michael Galati Sr. passed away in l992, the company passed to his children. The Galati siblings were prepared to take on the responsibility and challenges of running the business as they had been trained in all aspects of it from the time they were children. The company has now turned into one of the largest privately held yacht dealerships in the world.