Matt Howard has been an avid boater since his dad first put him behind the wheel of the family’s classic Chris Craft runabout when he was four years of age. Throughout his lifelong love affair with boating, he has owned, operated, and maintained a broad range of boats both power and sail, and running the gamut from Hobie Cats to cabin cruisers to offshore high speed performance powerboats.
After graduating from the Virginia Military Institute with a degree in Civil Engineering, Matt began his career as an active duty U.S. Marine Corps helicopter pilot; a career that took him around the country and around the globe. During his many tours of duty, including a stint flying the President as a Marine One pilot, Matt owned and operated a variety of boats in lakes, rivers, and the coastal waters of Hawaii, San Diego, CA, and Norfolk, VA. Before leaving active duty, he enrolled with the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology’s Yacht Design course, a rigorous program designed to give students the ability to design, from the ground up, sail and power boats up to 100 feet in length. Matt is also a USCG licensed Captain (50 ton Master).
Since leaving active duty, he has worked as an aviation consultant in the Washington, D.C. area, and while continuing his Westlawn curriculum, Matt has been using his infectious passion for boating and his comprehensive knowledge of boat design, construction, and operating characteristics to help friends and colleagues find the right boat to suit their lifestyle. His enthusiasm and innate talent for doing so led him to the next step – becoming a yacht broker.
Twenty years as a U.S, Marine officer and a lifetime of boating have given Matt the absolute integrity, skills, loyalty, knowledge, and heartfelt passion required of a professional yacht broker. Let Matt help you determine your needs, find the right boat for your lifestyle, and guide you through the process.