Real Ships Yachts Expands in European

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Real Ships, the custom steel boatbuilder in Alabama, now offers its American-made yachts to the European cruising market. Aventura, a 77 ft Expedition produced by Joe Johnson’s Real Ships, debuted at the October Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Heikki Luoma’s Compass International, Palma de Mallorca-based dealership in Spain, will now provide exclusive European representation for Real Ships yachts. Compass International has been offering brokerage, mooring, charter, and yacht delivery services in Palma de Mallorca since 1986 and specializes in brokerage of expedition cruising and research vessels as well as conversion projects.

Luoma has been boating since age 25 and sailed professionally prior to beginning Compass International. Luoma holds a Finnish Captain’s license under which he has logged 60,0000nm. The majority of his time at the helm has been aboard steel and aluminum sailing yachts and includes four Atlantic crossings, once singlehandedly.

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