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Wally Catalano

Yacht Broker

 

Wally has been delivering clients their dream boats for over 23 years and looks forward to it every day.

To Wally boating is not a necessity, it's a true passion! One that allows for quality time together with family and friends. Being a family man of four children and a recent grandfather, he understands the great benefits of family time together and the wonderful memories that boating can create.

Wally and Tom George have known each other since they were 18 years of age and spent many of their younger years as close friends and colleagues working in the banking and mortgage industry in the Tampa Bay area. After 20 years in the banking world Wally was ready for a change, and Tom George convinced him to join him at Gulfwind Marine (now known as Marinemax) in yacht sales in 1997.

Fast forward to 2009 when the Tom George Yacht Group was formed, Tom convinced Wally to work at his then fledgling firm as one of the original yacht brokers. Today Wally is one of the senior brokers and cruising trip leader, passing his passion to others and helping his clients achieve their boating dreams!

Wally has extensively traveled up and down the coasts of Florida, where he's lead many outings with clients and fellow boaters to places such as the Florida Keys, Bahamas, Caribbean, South Seas Resort, Longboat Key, St. Petersburg, and many other.

When Wally isn't boating, he enjoys golf, riding my motorcycle, cooking, and family gatherings.

He truly enjoys his career as it gives him great fulfillment to introduce people to the world of boating by using his experience and knowledge to find the right yacht, educate clients on the ins and outs of yachting, and when the time comes, sell their current yacht quickly and for top market value.

Wally can proudly say that many of his clients have become friends, sharing a common bond of love of family, zest for life, and passion about the boating lifestyle.

Testimonials

"Wally was the best!"

Anthony S.

"Wally, Barbe and I wanted to thank the Tom George Yacht Group and you in particular for the prompt and professional manner in which you sold our 38 Tiara for us. As you are aware, we had our boat listed for over one year with the local dealer who sells Tiara and we did not receive one offer or showing of our vessel in that period. We feel we lost value during this period and are very unhappy with the way in which we were treated. In three months of listing our boat with you and TGYG, we closed on the sale of our boat and with mixed feelings watched her leave our dock for the last time with her new owners. As a side benefit the new owners were very excited and we are confident they have purchased a very good boat. Wally, we would be pleased for you to use us as a reference for any potential clients of yours and TGYG. As having purchased a boat from you years ago and now selling one with you, when we purchase another boat you are the only person we would consider working with."

Joe W.

"Wally, just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for the outstanding service you and the staff at Tom George Yacht Group displayed during the recent sale of our Hatteras and the purchase of our 38 Tiara. I know our time line was short in accomplishing both tasks, however, your hard work and persistence really paid off. I don't believe many other brokers could have handled both transactions in the time frame you did. I also wanted to thank you for your referral concerning marine insurance. Frank was very service oriented, worked quickly and gave us a very competitive rate. We will gladly refer our boating friends to you and the Tom George Yacht Group."

Nathan M. and Francine M.

"This is now my second dealing with Wally. He has been awesome both times!"

Terry B.