Sylvia and Stanley Dabney:
MEET Larry Smith:
We are fortunate to have with us in this office, yet another 2 time Valiant liveaboard owner. Larry Smith, a retired T.I. Engineer from Dallas, who owned both a Valiant 32 and a Valiant Pilot House 40. He and his wife Peggy live in Old Port Cove on the Intracoastal Waterway, where they overlook 2 Old Port Cove marinas, sailing yachts, mega yachts and the Old Port Cove Yacht Club, which was designed by the renowned sailor and architect, Bill Ficker. All snowbirds enjoying the Intracoastal Waterway, whether heading south in the winter or North in the summer, pass right by Larry and Peggy's beautiful condo.
Larry is a big time Texas racer, Stanley and he raced to Isla Mujeres last year, he is an avid cruiser, an excellent salesman and a friend, with the highest level of integrity, the same as all of our brokers...a quality we cherish in our friends and a quality we demand in our business associations. Larry is also a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain. All of these people will be on your selling and or buying team - all hold the highest regard for integrity and accountability in their personal and professional lives - all are highly motivated salesmen and competent yachtsmen.
MEET Tom Kiesau:
Originally landlocked sailors from the great waters of Lake Texoma on the Oklahoma/Texas border, Tom Kiesau along with his wife Vickie, cut their teeth on sailing, on the lakes of Oklahoma. After spending several years of sailing on Lake Texoma, they headed for the Caribbean on their VALIANT 47. After whetting their appetite for offshore adventures and travel and having sailed the Eastern Caribbean, where they lived aboard and cruised for several years, Tom and Vickie recently decided to upgrade and move up to a larger vessel.
During the past year, having taken delivery of a new AMEL 53 in France, Tom and Vickie sailed across the Atlantic to the Caribbean, before heading back to the Bahamas and Florida. With the addition in their family, of a new grandchild, they have decided to spend time in the Southern Florida area and they have brought their experience, expertise and love of the cruising lifestyle with them, to join the team of Offshore Atlantic Yachts. Tom is a licensed U.S. Coast Guard Captain and Florida licensed yacht salesman and Vickie is a registered nurse, specializing in cardiac intensive care.
MEET Garry Domnisse:
Garry is a two time Valiant owner, has been in yacht sales for many years and has been a personal friend for 10 years. Garry was raised "on the water" in Oregon, where his father was a commercial fisherman and where he gained a healthy respect for the sea and an appreciation for sea-worthy vessels. Garry bought his first boat as soon as he graduated college and then continued on with the family tradition of being on the sea by joining the U.S. Coast Guard as a commissioned officer, after graduation.
Now, as a retired Lt. Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard, Garry holds a U.S. Coast Guard Captains license, a General Class Amateur License and gives seminars on boating, electronics and navigation.
After restoring and outfitting their present liveaboard sailboat, a classic Valiant 40, he and his wife Carol (who also hails from generations of sailors), recently completed a voyage from California, through the Panama Canal to Annapolis Maryland. As a long term liveaboard cruiser, Garry brings his knowledge of boats, the sea, living aboard, cruising and outfitting of yachts, to his many clients who find that working with a broker who has "been there, done that", gives them a level of comfort and trust, often unavailable at most brokerage houses.
MEET Dave Abt:
Our friend and yacht broker, David was a highly successful sales executive who retired from Corporate life. Dave Abt has spent his entire life in and around the boating community. Having grown up in a sailing family, on Cape Cod, he began sailing at the age of 6 and was sailing offshore by the age of 14. Before abandoning the racing scene in the mid 1980s for the peacefulness of offshore cruising, Dave sailed for the Penn State University Sailing Team and ran the universitys sailing program at one of their school owned parks.
In addition to holding a USCG Master's Near Coastal License with sail, Great Lakes and towing endorsements, Captain Dave is also a licensed PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and teaches Scuba Diving at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. It is easy to say that his whole life continues to center around the water. Dave has lived aboard his Tayana V-42, which he and his family lived on, for several years. Not only does Dave have a unique understanding of vessel operation (sail and power) both inland and offshore, but he also owns a yacht management and outfitting company called Annapolis Sea Care, Inc. One of the core focuses of the firm is to prepare not only the boat for offshore work, but also the crew. Dave continues to train and help new voyagers prepare for their dream by teaching and holding personalized sessions so new cruisers can become better prepared for that first trip over the horizon.