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June 2010

An Ethical Yacht Broker

First, full disclosure: I definitely am connected to this Ethical Yacht Broker. He is my husband, Stew--AKA EW, @CaptEW on Twitter, Stew@GreatIslandBoatyard.com. We have a loving, fun, and fiduciary arrangement as we have joint checking and savings accounts. We clear, FCC?

Stew became a yacht broker 10 years ago after a 25+ career as a salesman for a wholesale marine supplier. He wanted a change of careers, but our friends F & E who then owned Great Island Boatyard, didn't know that. They had just purchased the boatyard and wanted Stew to become the yacht broker there. It was a great move for all.

Stew took a course in MS Office, joined the Yacht Brokers Association of America and immediately became an active member, taking courses towards his CYPB -- Certified Professional Yacht Broker.  He passed all the tests with flying colors and it came as no surprise to me that he aced the ethics portion of the test. He's an honest guy.

He knows boats, and he loves helping folks find the right one for them. Of course since he is commissioned, he loves selling larger, more expensive boats but he also gets great joy when helping folks purchase their first (usually smaller) boat. 

Recently he listed a very well maintained Cape Dory Typhoon. This week he sold that boat to a gentleman who was purchasing it for his yacht club. The price was less than $10,000 and some yacht brokers don't "waste their time" with such boats. This is what happens when you treat every customer well. Stew received the following email:

    Stew,

    Just a brief note to thank you for the service and courtesy you provided as L. and I visited to look     at the Cape Dory Typhoon for the Boat Club.  Having bought and sold a number of boats, I     recognize that you approach the brokerage business in a different fashion than many brokers.  

    After all, we were looking at a $7,500 small boat.  Yet ,you provided us with all the time we needed     to make a decision for our club.  You negotiated with the sellers promptly and contacted us without     delay.  The outcome is likely to be beneficial for all involved. 

    In the future, I intend to refer friends looking for a boats to you.  When it comes time for my wife     and I to sell our present boat (Hinckley B-40), I will certainly consult with you.

    Nicely done.

    Regards,

    T.L.

Yes, Honey. Nicely done. (But I know to expect nothing less.)  

If you - or anyone you know wants to buy a boat  -- check out EW's  listings! I particularly like the 46' Tartan or the 39' VILM. If you want to cruise in a power boat, check out the 46' Jarvis Newman.


The Live Aboard Sailor's Life - Getting Up at Dawn - Really?

In a recent post I waxed euphoric about living aboard and the changes we've had to make to live on the mooring. I truthfully (at the time) discussed how this was not a hardship and .. well you can read it here if you want. 

I meant it, I really did. I also meant it when I told EW that I was delighted his knee is fully healed and he had started back at the gym. At no point did it occur to me that he would arise at 5:15 AM in order to go ashore. In fact, on his first day of getting in shape, I mis-understood that little pat to my hip in the wee hours. As I was slowly becoming awake enough to respond, EW said, "Let's get going if I'm going to be at the gym by 6:00."

Oh.

So I got up and gathered my gear and put on my life jacket and climbed down to the dinghy. We motored ashore and I completed a 3-mile interval walk, stretched, and did some yoga moves. 

I had been awake enough to understand that this new schedule would also mess up the other end of our mornings. Before EW went to the gym, we would get up around 6 or so, motor to shore and I would exercise (see above). EW would shower and shave and head back to the boat to run the engine and have breakfast. I would shower and dry my hair and put on make-up. (Yes, I can be a girly girl--you have a problem with that?) When he commuted in to work, I took the dinghy out to LaLuna and enjoyed my breakfast (see this pic of my perfect morning), listened to NPR, did the dishes and then got on with my day. 

It worked.

Now, he comes back from the gym just as I am stepping out of the shower and he needs to go out to the boat for breakfast and to run the engine for 45 minutes. It does not  take me 45 minutes to do hair and make-up--I'm not that girly. So I have been going out to the boat with him for breakfast and engine running (no NPR). 

It's not working for me. 

We need to revisit this for those days I don't have to attend a morning meeting. I miss my NPR. I miss my sleep. I thought that since EW had a 10 minute commute we would no longer have to rise at 5:30 -- we don't. Now we get up at 5:15. 

It's not working for me. I'm a morning person -- heck -- I'm pretty much disgustingly positive and chipper during all my waking hours. Neither of us like to work out in the evening and that would more negatively impact our lifestyle. So I have to suck it up and make this work for me. 

A blog that I enjoy, Interview with a Sailor, reinforced our new waking hours