A native of Bandon, Oregon, Jeff spent most of his childhood in the boat basin and 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.
Jeff knew he had to work “on the water” and started his career as a deckhand on yachts in St. Thomas, Antigua and St. Marteen, working charters throughout The Caribbean. At 23, after delivering 100’ sailboat from Tortola to Gibraltar, he knew exactly what to do next. Obtained his Captain's license in Florida 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 PNW, 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. Jeff directs clients to the right boat, applying his detail-oriented yet 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 routinely count on him.
Jeff is now part-owner and Vice President of United Yacht Sales. He and his wife, Carlie, also a UYS broker, live and work in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
With United Yacht Sales powerful reach, Jeff will transition you from wanting a yacht to owning a yacht!