Florida Yacht Brokers
A competitive sailor from the age of 9, then winning the National Intercollegiate Sailing Championship in 1961 and with two Transpacs before age 20, Craig has logged thousands of miles at sea. He joined Ardell in 1963 in Newport Beach, California and sold over 175 boats in his first 10 years with the Company.
In 1972 Craig moved to Fort Lauderdale as manager of the Florida office and in 1979 became President of Ardell and continues in that capacity today. “Our goal has always been to provide sound advice to our customers so that their boating experience is exhilarating and rewarding. There is nothing that compares to being on the water in your own boat.”
Craig is past President of Florida Yacht Brokers Association and former Director of Marine Industries Association of South Florida. For 14 years he was a judge for the International Super Yacht Design Awards.
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Since the day my father stuck a milk crate under my feet and sent me on my way up the New River in Ft. Lauderdale by myself on a 35’ Striker, my life has been a real adventure on and around the water. I was 7 years old at the time! I started my “Yachting” career cleaning and painting bottoms in our boat yard and soon found myself at Dow Chemical welding school in Midland, Michigan getting certified in aluminum welding and then attending Cummins diesel engine school in Columbus, Indiana before heading to Norway for a two year apprenticeship in boat building at Fjellstrand shipyard which at the time built Striker’s line of aluminum sportfishermen. After completing my apprenticeship I became head of European delivery and warranty for Striker and then Production manager which allowed me the opportunity to work with some of the finest shipbuilding facilities around the world such as Korea Tacoma, Heesen, Hakvoort and Asenav. In 1987 I left Striker to pursue my quest to build mega-sportfishing yachts which led me to Diaship/Heesen where I started the Sportfish Division and took several orders for large aluminum sportfishing yachts ranging in size from 83’ to 119’ utilizing both conventional drive and jet drive with MTU power. My years at Diaship allowed me to not only build some of the Worlds largest sportfishermen, but to also get involved in sales, design as well as advertising. I left Diaship after 6 years in 1994, got my brokers license and have been selling yachts ever since! With my “Hands-on” production background, over 20 years in yacht sales, and my extensive travels throughout the world I am ready and standing by to help you realize your dream in pursuit of your next yacht!
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Brian was born and raised in Indiana and started his boating experience at a very young age and had his first boat at the age of twelve. At eighteen he had saved up enough money to actually buy his first REAL boat which he enjoyed for many years. While in college he was a member of the Wright State Sailing Team and then raced competitively in Chicago. Relocating to Florida he worked and crewed on many boats around South Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean, learning all aspects of yachting, Within two years he received his USCG Captains license, which he still holds today, and spent the next 12 months cruising the Bahamas and Caribbean. Upon returning to Florida he began working shore side on yachts, focusing on new yacht construction. In order to ensure he did not spend too much time on land, he filled his spare time captaining deliveries for his customers. His travels took him up and down the East Coast of the United States, the Bahamas, the Caribbean and Western Europe. He delivered everything from small monohull sailboats to multi-hulls and mega yachts. After starting his own business he began servicing the entire Eastern Seaboard where he specialized in everything from deliveries, surveys and sea trials, and installations of the latest in communications technology and electronics. He was offered, and accepted, a position as the service manager of the largest catamaran dealer in the world, where he managed the delivery, warranty, after-sales installation, maintenance, dockage, and surveys and sea trials for over a 150 boats annually around the world. With this vast background Brian was then asked to join the brokerage team where he gained recognition as one of the top brokers in the world. Brian is a professional Yacht Broker with a proven record for results and vast experience in every aspect of yacht negotiations and he has been involved in some of the most intricate of transactions. Listening to the client’s needs, forward thinking, innovation, and his professional yet aggressive style has assisted hundreds of clients with the purchase and sale of their vessel. Anyone can show you all of the boats on the market, but it takes years of experience to gain the knowledge and skills to guide you through, and protect you, during the buying and selling process. Brian, his wife Shannon, and son Cooper live in Fort Lauderdale. Brian loves everything about boats and is very passionate, this will be very evident once you have had the opportunity to speak or meet with him. Put his many years of experience to work for you!
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A man with 3 careers, my professional life started as a CPA. Doesn’t sound much like it has anything to do with boating, but at the age of 10, in Minnesota, (land of 10,,000 lakes) I was building a hydroplane so I could get out on the water. During college I acquired my original Pilots license. I subsequently added "commercial" to my certificate with single and multi engine land and sea ratings, an instrument rating and commercial Helicopter. After five Bonanzas and two Helicopters I currently own a Beech Baron (6 place twin) that I use extensively in my business. Throughout my professional life I never strayed far from the water and always owned a boat, a 35 Glastron, 32’ Chris Craft, 42’ Trojan, 44 Hatteras and 53’ Hatteras. I acquired my first Captain’s License early for the Western Rivers of the U.S. After too many years of shoveling snow and doing tax returns, I decided to move to Florida and do what I had always wanted to do for a living, be a Captain. In 1978, I sold my Accounting practice and other business interests, moved to Florida and did just that. Starting on a 60’ Roamer, I worked my way up over the years. Next came an 83’ Broward, 100’ Broward, 132’ Haakvort and 164’ Schweers. Many of these years were spent with the same owner and I was blessed to keep the same crew as well. After too many years a sea, not enough drawers for all the t-shirts, it was time for a change. Brokerage seemed to be the natural route to best use my experience to help owners, Captains and crew. With 15 years of Brokerage experience under my belt, I can again say “I have been blessed” with some of the finest clients in the yachting community. I have been privileged to travel the world with them in search of the right vessel to suit their needs. I have been called upon to build Feadships from the keel up, shared the joy of the launch, and joined them for cocktails in the Caribbean. They are not just Clients, they are also, “best friends”.
I can truly say I enjoy going to work every day which I believe is what we all started out to do. I look forward to helping all yachting enthusiasts achieve the same.
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Sailing became part of my life when I was nine and my family moved from Palm Springs to Newport BEach, California. I worked as a beach lifeguard in high school and as a Harbor patrolman while attending college at USC. I was also a member of the national championship swim and water polo teams. During this time, I also has a successful career sailing in dinghy and Olympic class boats culminating in the Soling class Olympic trials in 1972. My offshore sailing career began with crewing 50-70 foot ocean racers in local and overnight trips to Mexico. I have raced in a number of transpacific races to Hawaii, Tahiti, Australia and Singapore, the Southern Ocean Racing circuit to the Bahamas. I have skippered cruising yachts across the Atlantic from the Mediterranean to the Bahamas, Caribbean and West Indies, Panama to California and all through the Northwest and Southeastern United States and the Western Canadian waters.
Besides having a great deal of fun on the water, I also flew combast missions as a Navy pilot in Vietnam and had a full career as a commercial airline pilot while working for over 33 years as a yacht broker in Southern California, the Pacific Northwest and Florida.
With my extensive cruising and racing background, I believe I can help you find the ideal vesel to meet your specific needs as a boater. I have participated in new construction projects from Europe to New Zealand and have located boats for my clients from all over the world. I try to specialize in quality and value for my customer. Having a client thank me for his or her wonderful new boat and talking about my kids' accomplishments bring me the most joy. I look forward to adding you to my list of satisfied clients and good friends.
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Boats are my business, but they are also my passion and there is not much that I would rather be doing then talking to you about them.
You might be curious about my background, so here is a bit of information about that: I am a lawyer (but I have been reformed for some time now!) and was a Partner and Department head at a large downtown Los Angeles law firm. After a good many years practicing law, I joined one of my major clients, an airline, and spent several years in that industry. My last airline position was VP-Flight Operations, with responsibilities for pilots, flight attendants, schedulers, dispatchers, flight crew training, fuel programs, in-flight food and beverage and FAA compliance matters.
My wife and I decided, in the late 1980’s, to take a bit of time off. We ended up in Fort Lauderdale, bought a boat and went cruising in the Bahamas and up and down the east coast for two and one-half years. Needless to say, that is good work, when you can get it!
My next business experience was as owner of Windmill Point Resort on the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia. Our operations included a 150-slip marina, hotel, conference center, restaurants, lounges and a variety of recreational facilities. Our marina was very busy, with many annual slip renters and some 2000 overnight boats each year, all of which gave me the opportunity to get to know a great many east coast yachtsmen.
Finally, in 2003, we received one of those offers you cannot refuse for the Resort and we immediately returned to Fort Lauderdale where I was very fortunate to be able to join Ardell Yacht & Ship Brokers. I am very lucky to be doing what I love and I hope that I will be able to count you among my clients in the near future!
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My love of boating and the ocean was developed during my college years in Santa Barbara majoring in Economics and exploring the Channel Islands. My first long distance voyage was delivering the beautiful, teak construction, Sparkman & Stevens designed sloop “Orient” from Los Angeles to Guaymas Mexico for the film “Lucky Lady” staring Gene Hackman and Liza Minnelli. After my MBA in Marketing and a few years working I started a Brokerage and Dealership in California selling both cruising and racing boats built in the U.S. and Europe.
I spent many years cruising and racing on the Pacific coast competing in all the Mexican races, two Transpacs and one Victoria to Maui race. I moved my family to South Florida 5 years ago and developed as a Yacht Broker traveling to many of the manufacturers in Italy and France to view new construction and understand the evolution of Yacht design in larger Motor and Sailing Yachts.
In 30 years as a Yacht Broker, I have always gained a great deal of satisfaction from understanding my client's wants and needs. I enjoy the complete process of listening to the buyers and sellers so I continue to provide the best possible service now and in the future.
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Originally from Texas, Gage's romance with yachting began during college days when he worked summers aboard a 100' Alden Schooner sailing Long Island Sound and New England waters. Relocating to Florida in the seventies after college and several years in the Pacific as a U.S. Naval Officer, he has been active in boating ever since.
Gage's experience in the yachting profession encompasses finish carpentry work with a well know American Boat Builder, cruising aboard large sailboats, cruising his own boat and many years as a yacht broker.
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My interest in yachts and ships came at an early age, crewing as a paid hand on a 54' Herreshoff yawl during the summer school months on Lake Michigan. Eventually, after serving four years in the U.S. Navy, I pursued a professional sailing career for several years participating in many of the major Atlantic Ocean and Great Lakes racing events, including several Bermuda and Transatlantic races. The transition to yacht brokerage came easily, and after forty years experience specializing in the sale and new construction of large yachts, I feel well qualified to offer advice to prospective buyers, meet their requirements and above all, protect their interest.
Call me anytime if I can be of service.
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USCG Master (Oceans) 1600 tons/3000tons ITC. ISM/SMS certified - Yacht Broker FYBA Member
Jeromy Mold was born in the UK and benefitted from an education both in the UK and North America. He began sailing as a small boy and raced various types of sailing vessel throughout the years. In 1975 he interrupted legal studies and sailed the family’s 42 ft. Catamaran from England to the West Indies. There, he began a career as a professional Yacht Captain which has continued to this day.
He was fortunate to be trusted with large yachts early in my career before there was any thought to qualifications. He soon realized that the yachting industry would become regulated as everything else was so he joined the Merchant Marine as an Ordinary Seaman to gain commercial experience, sea time and a License. He has appeared as a Legal Expert Witness in numerous cases requiring expertise in questions of marine safety, operational and regulatory issues and brokerage valuation.
Throughout my maritime career he has stayed current on all aspects of the industry and has had the good fortune to command some of the fastest, most luxurious and unique yachts launched. From the 63 knot Blue Riband Trans Atlantic challenger ‘Gentry Eagle and the 204ft Feadship ‘Lady Aviva’ to the 198ft converted Diesel Electric Pilot Vessel ‘Altair’ and the 104ft Ron Holland sloop ‘Ladyhawke’. He has experienced the industry grow from a ‘good ole boy’ fraternity where he met some of the most flamboyant, experienced – yet unqualified ‘gentlemen’ yachtsmen to today’s industry of regimentation, regulation and qualifications.
During his career he has worked successfully for some of the World’s most notable brokerage houses including Camper and Nicholsons, Palmer Johnson, Ardell and Merrill Stevens. Now as professional yacht broker for Ardell, he is able to assist his clients not only in selecting the most suitable vessel for their intended use but also advise with crew selection, operational budgeting and shipyard maintenance and refits.
Skip Morris has been in the Marine Industry over 35 years, serving in all capacities from Sales to Manufacturing and the Refitting of large yachts. Starting from the ground up, he started out washing and waxing boats, eventually obtaining a 300 Ton Masters License. As a Captain, he logged over 175 eastern seaboard deliveries for both Manufacturers and private yacht owners. In the 1980’s, he formed the Cosmetic Boat House while also serving as a Stunt Man and Prop Broker to the Motion Picture Industry. He joined Cary Marine and played an integral part of their design, product research and development, and was in charge of Sales and Marketing.
Over the last fourteen years, Skip has been very active in the Yacht Brokerage arena and takes great pride in finding the right boat for his customers, and firmly believes that a sale only begins once a deal has been closed. This philosophy has enabled him to share his enjoyment and passion for Yachting with his customers and is the basis for his long-standing relationship with each one of them. His professionalism is one of the most important features that sets him apart.
Skip is very proud to have joined Ardell Yacht and Ship Brokerage where he continues to offer an outstanding level of service and always shares his knowledge in this exciting and unique market with customers and buyers around the world. With his extensive network of industry professionals both local and worldwide, he can assist a customer with a full range of services including Sales, Management, Charter, and Crew Placement – and everything in between. You can always contact Skip directly at (954) 383-8369 or (954) 525 7637
Bob was President and CEO of an engine service company in New England for many years during which time he owned several boats. He has cruised extensively and previously held a USCG 500 Ton Master Oceans License. He moved to Florida in 1984 and was employeed professionally as a Captain from 1984-1987.
Bob is a graduate of Yale University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering . He became a Yacht Broker in 1987 and has sold many notable power and sailing vessels over the past 25 years. He was in the first group of 16 Yacht Brokers nationally to receive the Certified Professional Yacht Broker designation (CPYB) when the program was started in 2002.
Bob has been a Director of the Florida Yacht Brokers Association since 1993 and has served the FYBA as President and Secretary, and has been FYBA Treasurer since 2006. Bob started the FYBA Seminar program in 1996 and served as Seminar Chairman and Sponsorship Chairman until 2010. Bob was named 2011 broker of the year "IN RECOGNITION OF HIS OUTSTANDING DEDICATION AND CONTIBUTION TO THE FYBA AND THE ENTIRE YACHTING INDUSTRY". He is the fourth such recipient to have ever received this award.
Bob is licensed and bonded in both Florida and California. He ans his wife Susan live in Miami where they are involved in community activities. Bob will welcome your call and looks forward to giving you honest and qualified advice for your yachting requirements.
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