Choosing a boat name is one of the conundrums of boat ownership. Originally boats were primarily built for commercial purposes, or for military might, and were named to identify ownership and place of origin. The ship's captain traditionally named their craft after a cherished relative or spouse. Today the tradition of identifying boats continues with recreational vessels required to display registration numbers port and starboard as well as port-of-origin on the transom. The naming of a vessel is optional making the decision, even more, a personal choice.
When Doug and Ann Anderson were faced with naming their fourth boat, a brand-new Aquila 44 power catamaran, it came fairly easily. Having lived in New Orleans, Louisiana, where their only son Matty was born, and then bringing Matty up in Dallas, Texas, they chose to name their new yacht after their son's nickname, Cajun Cowboy.
Living on a large lake in the Dallas – Fort Worth area, the Anderson family purchased their first sailboat, a Beneteau, which they later upgraded to another Beneteau and then a Leopard 44 sailing catamaran. After moving to the panhandle of Florida, Doug and Ann considered switching to a power catamaran and were looking at an Aquila 48. Attending the 2016 Tampa Boat Show in October they were introduced to the award-winning Aquila 44.
Aquila represents the ultimate practicality and comfort with trend-setting innovation, quality, and design. Both inside and out, Aquila power catamarans are designed to provide the perfect cruising vessel whether you're crossing oceans or traveling the Great Loop, living aboard or exploring worldwide destinations, or simply entertaining friends and family at the dock.
"Having owned a sailing catamaran, we knew we wanted the room and comfort features that only a catamaran can afford. However, we really wanted to switch to power. The Aquila line of power catamarans are designed from the keel up as power boats. Not a converted sailing catamaran. We met with Jacob Coyle, a sales consultant for MarineMax and a good friend of our son Matty. They both play hockey in the Tampa Bay area," explained Doug. "Jacob took us through the boat and we fell in love with the layout of the flybridge and the overall fit and finish of the Aquila. However, it was the owner's stateroom that sealed the deal with for both Ann and myself."
Ann and Doug sea trialed the Aquila 44 at MarineMax Clearwater in late November 2016 and closed on the purchase in February 2017.
"The sales process with MarineMax is seamless. The General Manager of the MarineMax Clearwater store, Collin Heimensen, was instrumental in finding a buyer for our Leopard and made the financing simple and painless. The process was so pleasant we now consider Collin and his wife Abbey good friends."
The Anderson's keep Cajun Cowboy at the Clearwater Municipal Marina and are active members of the Clearwater Yacht Club. They plan on boating from Clearwater to fun destinations along Florida's Western Gulf Coast.
"Ann and I simply love spending time on the water. We are on our boat at least twice a month and a bareboat charter in the Caribbean at least once a year. We are even planning to join MarineMax Clearwater in their annual Bahamas Getaways!® next summer," Doug expounded. "We also plan on taking advantage of the reciprocal agreements that the Florida Council of Yacht Clubs offer and do a loop of the peninsula from Clearwater to Sarasota to St. Petersburg."
Doug is a General Contractor that builds high-end homes and commercial buildings and has a deep understanding of quality and customer satisfaction. "Lagniappe is a word Cajuns use to describe a small gift given to a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase. My lagniappe from MarineMax was the purchasing and ownership experience with Cajun Cowboy. Working with MarineMax has been an amazing pleasure and I owe that to Jacob Coyle and especially Collin Heimensen," Doug explained.
"When it comes down to it, the ultimate compliment for me is when I have a customer ask me to build a second custom home for their families. My compliment to the team at MarineMax is, for any future boat transactions, I consider MarineMax my only choice," concluded Doug.