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MGM Boats At Barcelona Boat Show with Jeanneau, Prestige & Lagoon Brands

10th October 2018
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Ross O'Leary of MGM Boats on the Lagoon stand at this week's Barcelona Boat Show Ross O'Leary of MGM Boats on the Lagoon stand at this week's Barcelona Boat Show

MGM Boats in Dun Laoghaire Harbour are well represented at this week's Salon Nautico de Barcelona – the Barcelona Boat show – one of Europe's fastest growing on the water boat shows.

Jeanneau Sailboats have an impressive display including the new generation of Sun Odyssey’s the 490, 440 & 410 which will be arriving in Irish shores in 2019.

 MGM's Martin Salmon and Ross O'Leary are present on the Jeanneau power and sailboat stand.

Catamaran brand Lagoon has the 40,42, 50 and 630MY on display and Ross O'Leary is dealing with Irish enquiries. Regular Afloat.ie readers will recall how one Irish couple bought a Lagoon 450s from O'Leary with the dream of a retirement cruise.

Meanwhile, Gerry Salmon is on the Prestige stand where the line out includes the Prestige 460, a sister ship to the one MGM boats debuted at Cork Week in July.

Also present is a Prestige 520 (which will debut in Dublin in March 2019) and a Prestige 590 new model (replacing the Prestige 560 displayed this year in Dun Laoghaire Marina) along with the new Prestige 630 and Prestige 680.

Prestige 590 main pic7The Prestige 590

With easy access with regular from flights from MGM Boats say they have an increasing number of clients visiting Salon Nautico de Barcelona this year.

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MGM Boats is one of Ireland's leading boat brokers now operating internationally as well as throughout Ireland. MGM Boats was founded in 1997 by brothers Martin and Gerry Salmon who were previously worked as a carpenter, joiner and glass fibre laminator in the 1980s. Martin progressed to boat retailing in the late 1980's and Gerry was a service manager in the 1990s. From these many years of experience, MGM Boats was founded in 1997. It started out as a service, maintenance and repairs company based in Malahide, Co. Dublin.

The company grew in 1998 when the Aquador dealership was acquired. Starting as they meant to go on, in 2001 MGM became distributors for Jeanneau Motorboats and Yachts and also opened its second office in Belfast. MGM had begun to create what would be an international and acclaimed brokerage company.

In 2003, MGM Boats moved to Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Co. Dublin. The large office space and yard expanded the service department and paved the way for MGM to acquire the dealership for Sunseeker in Ireland in 2003.

From then, MGM built up it's brokerage listings and in 2009 it opened its office in Hamble, UK. This has led to many years of MGM being present at all major UK boat shows, and each year growing their presence and listings.

he success of MGM's brokerage listings spread internationally, leading in 2012 to 2 new offices being opened in the Mediterranean - in Villamoura, Portugal and Mallorca, Spain. The now international brand and team throughout these years received many awards for their enterprising spirit, customer service and international presence, including winning Sunseeker Distributor of the Year in 2007, 2009 and 2011.

This also led to a new Irish office being opened in Kinsale, Co. Cork increasing their presence within Ireland as well as abroad.

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