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Ted Gates

Professional Yacht Broker

Ted grew up in Lake City, Minnesota where he started his career as a marine professional working the haul out and launch seasons at the Lake City Marina.   All childhood free time was spent cruising around Lake Pepin and the back waters of the Mississippi River, this addiction to water is still going strong!  In the early 2000's he spent time working with his friend Jon Market with "Marine Concierge" based out of Gulf Harbour Marina in Fort Myers, FL.  This experience led Ted to start his own yacht maintenance business "Shiney McShine" from 2001-2010.  Shiney McShine experienced a high level of success taking care of boats in Lake City, Wabasha and Red Wing, Minnesota.  In addition Ted also continued to work the haul out season every fall for the Lake City Marina before heading to Fl for the winter boating seasons.  

In early 2004 Ted took a sales position with Image Charter and Yacht Sales (ICYS).  This position would be to open a sales office in Lake City while attending the winter boat shows in Florida to do in water exhibiting.  ICYS was the large yacht specialist for SW Florida with emphasis in dealing in boats in the 60-110 foot range.    

In 2010 Ted sold Shiney McShine in order to move him and his family to Fort Myers to be full time for ICYS listing, selling and running charter yachts.  He did many trips cruising the Fl Keys, Bahamas and both coasts of Florida on a variety of different boats in the 60-90 foot range.  In addition he also ran owner trips as well as oversaw all maintenance on each yacht.  This provided a great hands-on learning scenario for all the intricacies that is incorporated into yacht ownership.

Fast forward to 2014, Ted took his wealth of experience and drive to be an entrepreneur and started his own Yacht Brokerage business "On The Dock Yacht Sales".  On The Dock came on strong with over 70 closed deals in under 4 years.  Ted and the crew at On The Dock are very excited to be getting the opportunity to join forces with United Yacht Sales.     

Ted is an expert in all sizes of boats - technical skiffs to mega yachts, both power and sail!   



Lori Ann

88' San Marino Raised Pilothouse 2006

Fort Lauderdale, United States


76' Lazzara 76 Grand Salon 1995

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States



50' Jefferson 50 Rivanna SE 2006

Lake City, Minnesota, United States


43' Sea Ray Sundancer 2009

United States


40' Skipperliner Houseboat 2006

Orono, Minnesota, United States


39' Hallberg-Rassy 39 1999

Fort Myers, Florida, United States


36' Yellowfin 36 CC 2011

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, United States


Electric Lady

35' Cabo 35 Express 2000

Cape Coral, Florida, United States

34' Meridian 341 Sedan 2011

Akamai Hana II

34' Meridian 341 Sedan 2011

Naples, Florida, United States


Galloping Ghost

34' C&C 34 1979

Pepin, Wisconsin, United States


24' Chris-Craft 248 Express Cruiser 2000

Cape Coral, Florida, United States