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.
Matt and United Yacht Sales look forward to helping you now and in the future.
Earning Your Trust ………………… One Boat at a Time!
Let me earn yours!
I just want you to know it was a pleasure dealing with Matt Howard in selling my boat(The Path). Other brokers were not as professional nor were they able to sell her for over 1.5 years. I’ll highly recommend him to all my friends.
Kevin and Katherine, Brewster MA
"We would be remiss if we did not send you a note relaying Matt Howard's superlative performance as our yacht broker over the past 11 months… that spanned the acquisition of our 2005 Sabre 42 Express and the sale of our 2002 Mainship 34 Pilot. Matt always made himself available for discussions on the attributes that would best suit our current boating style - weekend cruising - and our anticipated style as we transition into retirement - more extended cruising. Helping us to down select the potential brands and models based on our intended use, price range, and preferred aesthetics, he also leveraged his superb technical background and historical knowledge to inform and educate us on the pedigree of designs and those aspects of build quality and component selection that extend far beyond "curb appeal".
With our work schedules precluding us from participating in sea trial and survey Matt assured us he would be there. What he did not plan on was a line of thunderstorms resulting in his flight from DC to New England the night before the survey being canceled. Not hesitating, he drove overnight to Cape Cod in order to represent our interests at the 9:00 AM survey and sea trial.
Concurrent with serving as the broker in our search for a new boat Matt assumed the role of the listing broker for our Mainship. Working our way through potential buyers Matt remained the calm, confident voice, aggressively pursuing each and every lead. Working closely with potential buyers he found the right match for the Mainship, closing the sale in advance of the end of the boating season, just as he forecast.
Suffice to say Matt's performance throughout the concurrent processes confirmed everything we always thought about our friend, in particular his judgment, integrity, and thoughtfulness. We would enthusiastically recommend him to any of our friends."
Gordon – Chocowinity, NC
"Nearly two years ago I engaged Matt Howards’s services to help my wife and me to find a boat that would best support our interests… Our odyssey led us from first inspecting the waterfront in Annapolis, Maryland, looking at boats in New Jersey, and going as far south as Charleston, SC… Matt developed a detailed checklist of things we needed on the boat and things that would be nice to have on the boat. When we finally thought we found the boat that best served our needs, Matt’s extensive knowledge of boats from engines to electronic navigation systems made us very confident that we were putting an offer on not only a good boat for our needs but a boat that would provide us service in the many years to come.
Matt not only helped us negotiate a fair price for both the seller and buyer but was present and fully involved for our sea trials and survey and offered very professional advice on how to proceed during our entire purchase and acceptance process. After we closed on the sale and accepted the boat Matt and his wife accompanied my wife and me on our first adventure bringing the boat home on an eight hour cruise from New Bern, NC and provided a couple days of seamanship training.
This of course was way beyond what would ever be expected of a broker but he made sure that we had the right boat and were able to use the boat with full confidence… Although we plan on keeping our Nordic Tug for a long time, when the day comes to upgrade to our next boat, Matt will be our broker. All the best to United Yacht as you continue to lead the business in the pursuit of satisfied boat owners."
Dan L, – East Windsor CT
“I was able to bring to completion a journey I started back in Oct of 2011 with one of your brokers, Mr. Matt Howard. Over the next year, Matt sent me some listings for me to view... this proved valuable to me as it got me familiar with the available market as well as comparable models & asking prices. In Dec of 2012 he sent me a listing and told me he felt this one was really worth some research on my part. Turns out she was just what I was looking for ... Matt guided me through the offer phase & then assisted with the Marine Survey phase. Along this process he was most helpful, answered all of my questions & discussed my concerns with impeccable honesty & integrity. Never did I feel like Matt was trying to apply any pressure or quicken the pace of things. We communicated often by email, text & phone. He always replied quickly & with the right answers. Without hesitation I would recommend Matt & your company to any of my friends & family, should I ever learn they are looking for a boat.”
Dewey M. – Washington DC
“My wife and I are sailboat people making the transition to a motoryacht. … Matt’s expertise in powerboats was of incalculable value in our search and decision on what boat to buy. He also demonstrated a great deal of patience with us as we went through various excursions in our search for the right boat. I cannot count the number, type or size boats we were interested in at one time or another… His ability to remain patient throughout the process and not to push us but provide good guidance in every case was just what you want in a boat broker. His willingness to spend long hours discussing boats and going with us to look at boats without showing any lack of enthusiasm and solid advice made the experience a great one instead of a long burdensome process. My wife Stephanie and I will certainly use Matt and United Yachts in any future boat dealings and I have already recommended Matt to several people who have mentioned to me that they are interested in purchasing a boat. Thanks to Matt, you and United Yacht Sales for a great boat buying experience.”
Ken W. “THE GREAT WHITE” Lantana, FL
Matt did an excellent job in finding the perfect boat for me. He really listened to what I was looking for and kept bringing me listings of boats of my liking until we found the right one. While I am still enjoying the boat Matt found for me he remains my broker in the future.
Sam C. – Fredericksburg VA
“I recently upgraded my family boat. Being relatively new to boating I quickly found myself overwhelmed by the choices available and decisions to be made. Thank goodness I found Matt Howard. Matt's depth of knowledge and extensive boating experience allowed him to quickly and effectively help me narrow down the choices and steer me to the boat of my dreams. No pressure, no expectation, just a sincere desire to help me and my family find the boat appropriate for our needs, within our price range, and that we will certainly enjoy for many years to come. Matt's commitment to satisfaction extends well beyond the sale. Two seasons have passed and Matt is still in regular contact, following up on our interaction and answering any new questions which may have developed. I could not be happier with my decision.”
Jim M, Solomons MD
“In planning to buy a trawler, I contacted Matt Howard to act on my behalf in this process. While I had a fairly good idea of what I wanted, preliminary discussion with Matt helped me refine the requirements that I eventually provided to him. His search was complete and quick as a result... Matt is extremely knowledgeable and provided good insights on the trawler's capabilities as well as limitations. His approach is totally professional and led to a successful and rewarding experience for me. The trawler has worked out to be exactly what was presented, no surprises and the purchase experience was more enjoyable than I originally anticipated. I would recommend Matt's services without reservation to anyone buying or selling a boat.”
Steve T, Lexington – Park MD
“Matt Howard brokered the sale of our previous boat and the purchase of our current boat. He is extremely knowledgeable and professional and both transactions went flawlessly thanks to his initiative and attention to detail. Matt went out of his way to be sure that sales and purchase documents were handled expeditiously. He knows the market well and has a great eye for value. We were very pleased to work with Matt and will definitely use him again when we trade boats.”