A native of Bandon, Oregon, Jeff was exposed to the sea life early on. Spending more of his childhood in the boat basin than anywhere else, he found his love early in life. In 1984, he joined the US Navy, serving on the USS Dahlgren as a welder and Search and Rescue Team Member then becoming a commercial diver upon his exit from service.
Jeff knew he had to work “on the water” and did so as a deckhand on yachts in St. Thomas, Antigua and St. Martin, working charters throughout The Caribbean. At 23, after delivering 100’ sailboat from Tortola to Gibraltar, he knew exactly what to do next. He returned Florida, obtained his captain’s license, and started working on a yacht, with over 30 charters that year alone.
Serving as captain on some of the finest yachts such as M/Y Indion, M/Y Dolce Far Niente, M/Y Mystique, M/Y D’Natalin II, S/Y Georgia, S/Y Valkyrie and M/Y Fighting Irish, Jeff has first-hand knowledge of the yachting life.
Returning to the Pacific Northwest to build a house on the coast, Jeff worked for the Pilot’s Association as a Pilot Boat and Ship Assist Captain. He also partnered in a successful marine survey company serving So. Washington State, Oregon and Northern California. A few years later, Jeff returned to Fort Lauderdale and yachting as captain of vessel’s such as M/Y Engelberg, M/Y Step One, M/Y Maghreb V and M/Y Four Wishes.
Jeff brings his experience of 32 years in yachting to United Yacht Sales, providing each and every client the most comprehensive, honest, hard-working and detailed approach to the sale or purchase of a yacht. He prides himself in being able to direct clients to the right boat, applying his detail oriented and easy-going approach to make the process enjoyable, and full of learning opportunities. With years under his belt as a broker, Jeff now enjoys a relationship with repeat clients and referrals who count on him to bring his discerning eye.
Jeff and his wife, Carlie, live and work in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Jeff can be seen throughout boatyards and marinas, making himself available to his clients. He is unsurpassed in making effective connections between yacht owners wanting to sell, buyer’s looking for their dream yacht, and all yacht services.
With United Yacht Sales powerful reach, Jeff will transition you from wanting a yacht to owning a yacht!