Byline: The Log Staff
NEWPORT BEACH — South Coast Yachts, the Beneteau Platinum Dealer in San Diego, has opened a second office in Newport Beach — to serve the Orange County and Los Angeles areas for Beneteau Powerboats and the Orange County area for Beneteau sailboats.
Walter Johnson has joined the South Coast team in new office, located at 3408 Via Oporto, Suite 201. The new office is located in Lido Marina Village — at the same marina where the two largest in-water boat shows in the West are held.
South Coast has its new Beneteau Gran Turismo 44 on display in the slip behind the office. The 44 has been called “the perfect boat for Newport Beach,” Johnson said.
Johnson grew up in Southern California and has sailed competitively throughout his life. He served as skipper and tactician on multiple Transpacs, Ensenada and Cabo races, and major racing events in the United States and Asia. In addition, Johnson has logged thousands of hours cruising along the Southern California coast in a variety of powerboats.
When Johnson is not spending time on the water with his family on their Mainship Pilot 30, he is very active on the Lido 14 and Harbor 20 sailboat racing scene in Newport Beach.
Johnson can be reached at the new Lido office at (949) 673-1607, or at (949) 421-8006.
South Coast Yachts was awarded top honors as the 2012 Beneteau Service Dealer of the Year for North America, by Beneteau America, for the top customer service ratings score in the U.S.
South Coast offers new cruising Beneteau sailboats in the Oceanis range, from 31 to 58 feet; offshore liveaboard cruisers in the Sense range, from 43 to 55 feet; First Series Racer/Cruisers, from 20 to 45 feet; and the fastest growing powerboat line in the U.S., Gran Turismo sport yachts; Swift Trawlers; and Barracuda Fishing SUVs.
Visit South Coast Yachts to see the Beneteau Sense 55, Beneteau Oceanis 48, and the Beneteau Gran Turismo 44 — and see them at the Lido Boat Show, Sept. 26-29.
South Coast Yachts’ San Diego location can be reached at (619) 224-7784. For more information, visit scyachts.com.