Meet the Crew
Mark “Hawk” Ennis
Owner & Managing Broker
Hawk has lived near the Chesapeake for most of his life. His life experience has instilled in him the caring and drive that enables him to have the understanding to help bring customers dreams of the perfect boat to reality. Hawk has extensive boating experience and is a very enthusiastic boater, fisherman and broker. He currently owns 3 boats and 2 jet skis. “I can’t help it – I’m addicted to boats!” He is the managing broker for Hawk’s Yachts.
With the addition of Gary Bouthillette to our management team in early 2015 Gary has greatly expanded our ability to attract customers who are seeking to trade up to new and larger boats. Gary's expertise in new and used boat sales is well known throughout the industry and the region. Gary brings to Hawk’s Yacht Sales the knowledge to help grow the company to its next level.
Gary grew up on the west coast in southern California, beginning his career in the recreational vehicle industry while boating on the Colorado River. After a number of relocation's, he landed in Hagerstown, Maryland, and discovered his love for cruising boats on the Chesapeake Bay. At that point he entered the small business world, eventually semi retiring at the age of 46.
He joined Rob Marsh at Warehouse Creek Yacht Sales in 1996, selling Cruisers Yachts on the Chesapeake Bay. Gary was the #1 salesman in the world for Cruisers Yachts for seven years in a row and spent many of those years as Rob's General Manager prior to the sale of the business in 2006.
In 2009 he became the General Manager for Knot 10 Yacht Sales with the responsibility to grow the company and developed Knot 10 into one of the largest brokerages in the country during the worst economic times the marine industry has ever seen.
Gary’s plan for Hawk’s Yacht Sales is not to build the largest but the best and most attentive brokerage to both the buyer and the seller, Call Gary with any question you may have on any boat you have interest in to buy, or may want to sell.
Gary lives with his wife Bo and 2 little Yorkies on the water in Grasonville Maryland. When he's not out cruzing on the Chesapeake Bay you can find him either driving or working on his 1933 Ford Street Rod.
I was born in Philadelphia and lived in Cherry Hill, N.J., for one year until we moved to Maryland (Fort Washington in Prince Georges County) when dad took a position as an engineer with the Department of Defense. I have lived the rest of my life in Maryland (PG, Howard or Anne Arundel counties) - with the exception of two school years at college in York, Pennsylvania, and six months in Atlanta right after I graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park.
I grew up only a few miles from the upper Potomac River (Fort Washington & Mount Vernon area) and a short drive from the Chesapeake – we often trailered to Deale or Solomons Island. We usually had a small runabout or day sailor, I’ll always remember dad teaching me to sail.
Probably my favorite memory of boating when I was growing up was when I was about 10, we rented a cabin cruiser for a week of cruising on the bay. Decades later I still remember that week, especially fishing under the bay bridge (one span back then), overnighting in front of crab shedding tables in Rock Hall and transiting the C & D Canal.
My favorite boating trip has to be a trip down the ICW years ago helping a friend move a 50 foot sailboat from Maryland to Florida.
I have approximately 35 years of boating experience – mostly power. I’ve owned a succession of boats from a Chaparral cuddy cabin through a series of Sea Ray express cruisers. I bought and rebuilt a small Mako skiff. That project afforded me hands-on experience with epoxy, painting and sanding – lots of sanding. It did cause me to have a renewed sense of appreciation for those craftsmen that can perform undetectable fiberglass repairs and painting or varnish work without runs, drips or orange peel.
I am passionate about anything boating related – just ask my wife about the decades of old Boating magazines still tucked away in the basement.
We own a Sea Ray express cruiser and a couple of kayaks. We keep our boat at the community marina on Beard’s Creek – off the South River a few minutes from Hawk’s Yachts office.
While I am new to the brokerage industry, the part I like the most, so far, is meeting people and using the tools and programs only available to brokers to help people find their perfect boat.
I am married to my wonderful wife – Jody. Two great children. One runs his own business and lives on his boat in Edgewater and the other is an attorney in Baltimore. Blessed with five grandchildren. At last count our house has three dogs (all rescues), two birds and one cat.
I am a lifelong boater, with decades of experience and memories of the Chesapeake Bay. I retired from the Department of Justice after a career chasing international fugitives. I have negotiated resolutions to thousands of cases and multiple international treaties. However, my interest and passion for boating is such that, even when I was the most experienced extradition lawyer in the DoJ, I was as knowledgeable about boats and boating, and as comfortable providing advice about anything boating related, as I was about international criminal matters. Let me put the same dedication and tenacity I used to return hundreds of fugitives to use for you by finding your “perfect” boat or by finding a buyer for your boat.
As Baltimore native and waterfront resident in Middle River, boating is in my blood. At age 17, I made my first boat purchase, and have owned and operated everything from an 18-footer to a 46-foot motor yacht. After proudly serving our nation in the U.S. Air Force and more than two decades of success in the corporate world, I decided to make a career change and turn my avocation into my vocation, by sharing the boating lifestyle and love of the Chesapeake Bay that have
brought so much enjoyment and pleasure to my family. I moved into the boating industry as a yacht broker in 2010, and never looked back. My knowledge and experience encompasses listing – and selling – all major brands. Whether you are searching for your dream boat or trying to sell your current boat, let me be the one to represent you. My philosophy has always been to educate my customers and to communicate in an open and honest manner. Call me today for a Free Market Analysis and we’ll get the process started.
cell # 443-823-9512
I consider myself from Newport in Northern Vermont even though I was born In Southern Quebec and lived there the first 10 years of my like.
I graduated from the University of Vermont in the 60s and spent five years commissioned time in the United States Air Force at Malmstrom AFB, Montana. After that I spent 38 years in the military industrial complex working as a subcontract manager on many major DOD programs.
After I retired from that field in 2011 I have worked as a yacht broker in the Annapolis area.
My boating interests started when we moved to Vermont and my uncle built a flat bottomed cedar row boat which was kept on Lake Memphremagog for perch fishing. Later on I added a 4 horsepower pre WWII outboard. That was the beginning as I later went on to plywood runabouts’ with 35 horse power engine and did lots of water skiing through my high school and college years.
Then I skipped a few years while auto crossing British sports cars then took up sailing Snipe class sail boats when I moved to Syracuse, NY. I was one of the first owners (Hull number 275) of a single handed Laser class sail boat in upstate New York and raced it all over the East Coast until moving to Annapolis. BTW, Lasers are now an Olympic class with well over half a million built and sold throughout the world. After moving to Annapolis I owned and actively raced two J/24s, a Beneteau 29 and a Tartan 30 sail boats. Also have restored and owned a Slickcraft 28 and Wellcraft 25 WA power boats. To add to all this I have crewed on numerous blue water ocean races and boat deliveries all over the world.
I am married and have two stepsons and two grandchildren in the area. I belong to the East Port Yacht Club and support their racing and cruising programs.
I am also a ham radio operator (W3IKE) and actively support the Waterway Radio and Cruising Club daily, long range, 40 meter SSB net (http://waterwayradio.net/ ).
With my extensive boating experience, in both power and sail,
I will delighted to help in finding exact boat that suits your needs and at the price that fits your budget. Please remember we take trades and have a great inventory of new/used power and sail boats for to choose from.
cell # 410-693-2723
Liberty Yacht Club|
64 Old South River Road
Edgewater, MD 21037, United States