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Whether spring cleaning or bargain hunting, add networking to the list and join The Triton and Mega Yacht Mart on the third Wednesday of the month. The nautical consignment company will have their doors open for captains, crew and industry professionals from 6-8 p.m. on May 21 in Ft. Lauderdale.

Everyone is welcome and no RSVP is required. Until then, learn a little more about Mega Yacht Mart from Sales Manager Steve Gilchrist.

Q. Tell us about Mega Yacht Mart.

Mega Yacht Mart is a consignment business for the yachting industry. We have a retail warehouse, but what sets us apart is that we post all items online so people can search more conveniently.

We visit yards from Palm Beach to Florida City each week to help yachts clear out their unneeded items. And then we work to find a home for everything we take in. All those old things that would have been discarded are now helping those people looking for “that certain item” that will solve their problem.

Mega Yacht Mart helps clear out warehouses, yacht storage onboard and refit leftovers. After many years in the yachting industry, we have seen all the excess. Our goal is to help put some of that very usable inventory back in the marketplace and in the hands of people who can still use it, and keep it out of landfills. It’s the ultimate in one man’s trash is another’s treasure.

Q. Who should know about Mega Yacht Mart?

Everyone should know about us, from professional yacht crew trying to save owners money to local residents looking to furnish their homes with otherwise unaffordable furniture.

Q. How did this all start?

It started from a refit project that was looking for hard-to-find parts. We discovered hundreds of other yachts and captains had storage containers full of very good, but no longer needed items. Because of the parts we were looking for, we  found stuff we knew we could sell.

Q: How does the business end work?

Since we mostly work with large quantities, i.e. full storage lockers, we come out and assess what a yacht has to sell and we’ll take it away. We then catalog, photograph, price the items, publish them on 15 different Web sites including www.megayachtmart.com. Coupled with direct sales (we get on the phone), our retail store gives the product excellent exposure for sale. When an item sells, we split the proceeds 50/50 with the yacht.

Q: What kinds of stuff do you have?

Our inventory ranges from engines and engine parts to designer furniture and high-end galley equipment and table décor. We currently have a full suite of kitchen appliances that were barely used. As the inventory changes daily, a phone call is the best way to know if we have what a yacht might need, or shoppers can click on the search tab on our Web site.

Q. Do you specialize in certain items?

We have settled into furniture and dive equipment and water sports as our specialty items. We also carry a fair amount of deck gear. But, you never know what you might find at our store.

Q. What is the largest item you have sold?

We recently sold two Westerbeke 55kw generators to a client in Dubai.

Q. And the smallest?

We will get treasure hunters in the store that will, on occasion, buy a $.05 O-ring for dive equipment.

Q. What is the most interesting thing in stock now?

We have a brand new 50 hp Lewmar swing thruster that is brand new in the crate for sale at 50 percent of the original purchase price.

Q. How do you suggest people use your services?

The best way is to stop by the store and see what might have just come in. If you are looking for a specific part or items you can search our website www.megayachtmart.com or give us a call at +1 954-533-8837.

Q. Who makes up the Mega Yacht Mart team?

The store and Internet sales are run through a partnership with Steve Gilchrist owner of STG Marine Ventures. The onsite staff consists of Administrative Assistant Bonnie Stickl, Floor and Internet Sales Pablo Leidi, Warehouse Manager Felix Beruvives, Floor Sales Matt Bressler and Furniture Sales Melody Dean.

Find Mega Yacht Mart at 1918 S. Andrews Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, 33316, halfway between 17th Street and State Road 84 on the east side. For more visit www.megayachtmart.com, call +1 954-533-8837 or e-mail to info@megayachtmart.com.

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