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Captain Michael O'Connor C.P.Y.B. At Mariner's Yacht and Ship Brokerage, Inc. our motto is "Courteous Professionalism". Our commitment is to provide you, our client, with unparalleled professionalism in all areas of service...and to exceed your expectations! This is what has made Mariner's the oldest yacht brokerage company in Dana Point under the same management.
President-Broker-California Notary Public
My dedication to the yacht brokerage industry and a commitment to achieving the highest standard of integrity, knowledge, service and performance has driven me to the designation of Certified Professional Yacht Broker.
Certification is an important element in the growing recognition of yacht brokerage as a profession. Every CPYB yacht broker has a responsibility to uphold the highest standards of the profession and to participate in ongoing personal educational development. As one of the only 498 yacht brokers in North America, I am proud to say "I am a Certified Professional Yacht Broker".
Five miles offshore sailor rescues tworeprinted from The Log by Cathy Werblin
DANA POINT-When Mike O'Connor saw an empty Hobie Cat sail past his 30-foot Catalina five miles offshore, he knew something was terribly wrong.
"I was out for an afternoon sail, and there were the typical westerly winds. I was beaming south when I first saw the Hobie Cat" O'Connor said.
"About 45 minutes later the catamaran went racing by and when I saw there was nobody on it." he said. "I knew right then there was something terribly wrong." the 42-year-old Dana Point resident added.
What was wrong was that the two people aboard the Hobie Cat had lowered the boat's sails and jumped into the ocean for a swim. They didn't secure the boat or leave anybody on board.
A typical gust of wind picked up the boat and carried it back to shore, leaving its two occupants stranded at least five miles from the closest beach.
After O'Connor searched the area for about 15 minutes before deciding to radio for help. As he went below to his radio, he heard the shouts from the water. "When I saw the empty boat go by I knew I would find somebody in the water - I just didn't know what shape they would be in."
O'Connor pulled the cold, naked, exhausted 24-year-old male from the chilly water, along with a 17-year-old female companion.
"They were just kids having some fun. They just didn't know how dangerous their fun was." O'Connor said. As O'Connor was rescuing the two boaters, the Hobie Cat returned to Dana Point, where a pair of sailors found it. The two boarded the boat and took it out to look for occupants.
The Sheriff's Harbor Patrol Office was alerted and also responded to the call. "The public can learn through this never to leave a boat unatended," said Lt. Dick Olson of the Sheriff's Department. "Even if you pull the sails down, you have to leave someone on the boat."
Mike O'Connor seeing them swimming out there was a lucky break," said Olson. The two spent about 30 minutes in the water before being picked up.
A brief history
I have called Dana Point home for the past 30 years, but my love for sailing began on the Atlantic Ocean. I was raised in Massachusetts. When I was twelve I built my first sailboat with my dad - a Sailfish, right out of the pages of Popular Mechanics. Built of plywood and covered in fiberglass it was very heavy and slow, but I was proud of it. After a few years of trying to get it to sail I moved up to small sailing dinghies and discovered sailing had to do with wind and not as much with bailing and swimming.
Since those days in the early 60's of sailing small keel boats from Nova Scotia to my home waters of Cape Cod and the islands I have traveled the world chartering on anything I could get my hands on. I have navigated waters in Australia, Guam, British Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Greece, Spain, and England. I have also chartered in most of the Atlantic States and in and around the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico.
In the early 70's my focus turned to more performance sailing participating in both PHRF and One Design racing. I gained great respect for the intricacies of each position and nuances of what it takes to win. There is where I learned true meaning of the word teamwork. Whether it is was a Lido or the Schooner Kelpie focus was the rule.
My Professional Maritime Career began in 1994 when I became a 100 ton Master. Charter sport fishing was where I started, but my sailing roots soon brought me back to sailing charters and Master of the 1928 Schooner "KELPIE" in 1999 and continued for the next 10 years. To read more about "KELPIE", the fastest Schooner in the West, Click Here
As a member of Dana West in 1994 I found my friends asking "Mike what is my boat worth?" "Mike; I'm thinking of buying a new boat what do you think?" "Hey; I have this noise, what do you think it is?" I saw an opportunity to be a benefit to the boating community. I decide to get my Sales Agents License and see how things would work-out. Well needless to say they have exceeded my wildest dreams. After a couple of years of working at a small local brokerage I decided it was time to “take the helm.” Along with my long time friend Captain Dave Greuel, we have assembled a group of dedicated professionals. Today we have offices in Dana Point and Newport Beach staffed by Licensed Captains and seasoned professionals with expertise in all areas of the boating industry. Now as a Certified Professional Yacht Broker I welcome you to stop by any one of our locations and see what we can do for you.
Captain David Greuel
Captain Dave Greuel has spent his life around boats and on the water. His father was an Air Force Fighter pilot and as a child lived and attended school in the Orient. It is here that Dave’s love for the ocean began. It is also from his service back ground that he learned early the importance of integrity, accountability and respect which is the way he lives and treats his clients.
One of his first jobs was working as a deckhand on the local sport fishing boats. Through high school he worked for a marine repair company learning about marine systems, engines and boat building. In 1977 he began a marine service business which is still in operation has repaired as many as 8,000 boats per year.
A licensed captain and avid fisherman, Dave has fished in tournaments throughout the United States, Hawaii, Venezuela and Mexico. He has also completed multiple factory training programs and become certified for OMC, MerCruiser, Volvo Penta and several other gas and diesel marine engines.
Whether, you’re buying or selling, Dave’s professional experience and mechanical background will be of great assistance with all your decisions.
Born in Long Beach California, and attended Wilson High School and Long Beach City College, the call to the sea started early working on party boats at the age of 9 years old as a dead head, just to be on boat and learning the fishing trade. Every weekend, or day I could avoid school, was doing something on a boat, and mostly free. After a 6 year stretch working with General Telephone in Long Beach CA. and working deck on charter and public boats, an opportunity presented its self to join the Orange County Sheriff Harbor division as a reserve officer. Hired full time in 1960, and served till 1979. Newport, Dana Point, and Huntington Harbor were the work areas, and a great deal of knowledge was picked up from this experience. During time with the Sheriff dept. marine maintenance, woodwork, and equipment installation took a lot of my time, along with many years of sport fishing in Baja and the waters from Ensenada to Point Conception. Having my own Sport fisher and fishing marlin was my true love at that juncture. During this period I built 5 sport and commercial boats and did total refurbishment on another one. After a couple of years of commercial Sword fishing, I joined Hans Christian yachts as commissioning manager, then was promoted to International Distributor, spending many days in Taiwan at the yards that built the Hans Christian. . I also got to know many of the other builders during this time, along with meeting many of the best designers whom I worked with on different projects for Hans Christian. When the business was purchased by Geoff White, I was promoted to Vice President in charge of West Coast sales and development, and broker of record for resale yachts. When the luxury tax took out new boat sales in 1990, the job of sales manager was offered me by Far West Yacht Sales and shipyard in Long Beach, which I spent a year there, and then opened Los Cabos Yachts in Newport Beach selling a new Sport fisher built in Mexico. After this venture I was partner in Seaward Pacific in Newport Beach, and then Opened Craig Beckwith Yacht Sales also in Newport Beach doing new boat Hans Christian Sales, along with resale yachts. During this time I was a member of the California Yacht brokers Association board of directors, along with being vice president. Working now with Mariners Yacht and Ship Brokerage, I spent a lot of time looking for the right combination of a sales team, and Broker, which I feel that I have found, and the Newport office was just starting and presented a new challenge to get this office running at a profit. I am still in touch almost daily with the Hans Christian Builder, Pantawee Marine, and helping to market the new product including the Hans Christian line, the Hallmark 480, (a Chuck Paine design) and the Lobersterman a new picnic/water sports yacht. Cruising sail and Power and Sportfishers are my strong point, and with 32 years with Hans Christian, I feel this experience give me a lot to offer clients.
Captain Cheryl Gerrish
Born in Long Beach, CA to a sailor, I started on a Hobie Cat 16 before I could even walk. My youth was spent sailing any boat I could get my hands on, and just being in and around the water as much as possible. I spent my college years working on a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology in San Diego, and pursued my love of sailing working on classic sailboats such as Jada (San Diego bay) and Kelpie (Dana Point).
I also volunteered my time racing J-boats. At that point I was already a NAUI Divemaster, so the logical next step was to become a PADI Instructor and a 100GT USCG Licensed Captain with a sailing endorsement. After graduation, I moved to Hawaii and spent 10 years captaining various sailing/snorkeling and dive charters throughout the Hawaiian Islands. While I loved Hawaii, after 10 years it was time to move back home to Orange County. Upon returning, I have captained tours around Newport Harbor and become a licensed Salesman with Mariners Yacht and Ship Brokerage. I’m ecstatic to help others realize their dream of owning a boat, whether it be power or sail.
I got my start in boating as a 16 year old kid, watching boats going in and out of Newport Harbor. I loved the idea of sailing out to sea and started reading about sailing and bought myself a 12' homemade plywood sloop, on a trailer.
That was the start of over 40 years of "messing about in boats", as they say. In the year 2000, after years of working in commercial painting, I began working on various boats, both sail and power, doing varnish and paint. Soon after that, I began doing equipment installations and then sailboat rigging.
Also, during these last 12 years, I have been crewing on, and helping to maintain, two beautiful old classic schooners. First was "Kelpie" a 1928 82' schooner (under Capt. Mike O'Connor), and now, presently on "Curlew" a John Alden design, 1926 82' staysail schooner. Sailing on these ships and sharing the experience with hundreds of groups of people has been very rewarding. Over the years, I have sailed extensively on the West Coast and Mexico, and have done the crossing from Hawaii to California and participated in many races.
Now, with several thousand miles of ocean sailing under my belt and the experience of sailing and working on many different types of boats, classic, cruising, and racing, I have joined the team at Mariner's Yacht and Ship Brokerage.
It would be my pleasure to help you in any way to sell your boat or to find the next "Love of your Life"! They say, the two happiest days of a boat owners life is the day he buys a boat, and the day he sells his boat. Let me help you make each of those days happen!
Bob has been involved in the boating industry for the last 35 years, he is an avid fisherman owning several boats over the years. Bob has been selling boats for 17 years specializing in Sportfishers and power boats of all types. Bob has also sold many sailboats from 26 to 50 feet and will work very hard to find you the perfect boat, or list your boat for sale.
Captain Dave Markley
My love for sailing really took off in 1968 when I purchased my first of several boats---a Santana 22’ sail boat. Most of my early experience came from sailing and racing on lakes in Oklahoma and Texas. In the early 1970’s I started offshore racing and cruising in the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. This lead to being a partner in a 90’ two-mast schooner based in St. Thomas which we raced, cruised and had in the charter business. In 1997 we moved to Dana Point and I started my west coast cruising and currently own a boat in the Dana Point Harbor.
In 1999 I begin my career in the yacht brokerage business and have been able to combine my professional career in sales with my true passion of boating. My commitment in the yacht world is to assist others in finding the exact boat for them, a vessel that meets all of their needs and desires. My belief is that my clients will know the right boat for them when we step on board and do not need to be sold anything. My only job is to help them find that right boat and be of assistance in helping them make the purchase. It is my great pleasure to assist others in enjoying the wonderful life of yachting; whether it’s fishing, racing or cruising----it is a fun, exciting and enjoyable life to share with family and friends. I am ready 24/7 to be of service to you in assisting you in the purchase or sale of your vessel.
Ron started his boating career when his father dropped him off one summer at the sportfishing landing in San Diego. Little did he know he would spend the entire summer working on a charter boat as a deckhand. He recalls his first experience trying to jump off the boat to secure the stern, "I missed the dock and landed in between the boat and dock, I jumped out of the water so fast I don't think my hair got wet!" From then on its been a passion. He learned seamanship and navigation from Orange Coast College and spent summers as a sailing instructor in Newport Beach.
"I learned to fix boats when my dad bought a small Glaspar runabout, it had a 35hp motor that didn't work. I took it apart and rebuilt just about everything, I remember taking it out for a test drive in the back bay, in those days no one cared if you ran it wide open back in the marsh. Good times!"
Ron earned his Coast Guard Master's License and ran charters and deliveries on the west coast, his favorite destination is La Paz, BCS. "I enjoy the slower pace of La Paz over Cabo, but the fishing is still incredible. There's so much to do there, it's now becoming a world class destination, as Cousteau proclaimed 'the aquarium of the world'."
Now an active member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and working at Mariners to assist boaters with their dreams from small to large, Ron has experience in all vessel types and sizes. "I think it's important to listen to the Customer, whether buying or selling as a professional to help them with their needs. I look forward to working with people, using my experience to make their experience as pleasant as possible. " Ron adds, "I remember years ago, I bought and sold 4 boats in 5 years, that probably wasn't the smartest thing I've done, I wish someone would have listened to what I really was looking for, I could have avoided a few of those boats. But it was still a lot of fun!"
Dave was born in Washington DC. Raised in the Chesapeake Bay area around Annapolis Md. His first memory of boats was a place called The Old Wharf in south west Washington DC along the Potomac River where shrimp, oyster and fishing boats would sell their fresh catch from the bay along the commercial docks with sea food restaurants nearby. He knew at that moment boats and fishing were going to be a big part of his life. Most summers were spent at his grandparent’s cottage on the bay catching big blue claw crab and fishing. The end of summer was spent on to his uncle’s farm in West Virginia digging potatoes, vegetables and fruit to be canned by his grand mother and mom for the winter ahead.
His first boat was a 37’ power boat built in 1937 on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
That would be his home for the next several years, where his daughter and he fished every inch of the Chesapeake Bay. Later on venturing to Ocean City and Wildwood, New Jersey shores to fish offshore, then south to the outer banks of Virginia and North Carolina.
In 1980 Dave accepted a position with Southern Ca Edison Company in Santa Monica Ca He purchased a new fishing boat and docked in Dana Point. In 1982 Dave met his wife Brenda and together they have cruised and fished their boats from Catalina south into Mexico.
He enjoys spending time with his wife and step son, Jamie. Jamie spent four years with the USA Men’s Volleyball Team coaching staff, bringing home the gold from 2008 Beijing Olympics. He transferred to the USA Womens Volleyball Team. We attended the 2012 Olympics in London where the USA Women’s Volleyball Team brought home the silver! Jamie has accepted a position on the coaching staff with UCI Irvine.
Dave has traveled and fished boats from the Gulf Coast of the USA and Mexico to Roatan Honduras on the Atlantic side and Pacific Ocean from Dana Point south through Mexico and every port through Costa Rica. Favorite place to fish and relax is Hualtulco Mexico and Flamingo Bay, Costa Rica.
In 1996 Dave retired from The Edison Co with 36 years of experience in the electrical field and started his own business Yacht Ready Consultants.
Working with Mariners Yachts specializing in sport fishing boats is a natural fit for Dave. Mariners Yachts is pleased to be working with Dave to fill all of our clients needs.
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Marisa has been selling boats in San Carlos, Sonora Mexico since 2003, when she completed about 5000 nm cruising the coast of Mexico from 2001 to 2003. She is originally from the Philippines where she spent every weekend of her teenage years aboard a large power yachts. She then took a detour through California to work the high-powered corporate life in human resources and information systems. Now living the dream where the desert meets the sea, and dealing with boats for a living!
This trilingual agent prides herself in using her international background to facilitate the buying/selling process for her clients, while getting things done in small-town Mexico -- all within the safety and security of a reputable CA brokerage.
When not training at the local gym, she and her husband Allan spend time aboard their 48’ Amel Maramu ketch or 26’ Shamrock Maackinaw in the Sea of Cortez.
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