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Prestige Yacht Sales image MICHAEL FRANK:
A legend before, during and after his time, to whom and for what, now that is the question? Michael’s passion for sailing and boating is deep rooted and goes back too many years to count. During that time Michael has owned eleven different sailboats and nine different power boats, one of each for many years. Michael’s sailing started with cruising, until he got bit by the racing bug, a costly bug that was. Block Island race week saw Michael and his boats for 10 straight years, with great memories, comaraderie, and some good results. Michael started Prestige Yacht Sales in August, 1990 in Stamford, CT, moving to Brewer Yacht Haven West in 1994. Michael and his wife Julia, live in North Stamford about 7 miles from the office. Michael also finds time for motorcycling and golf (believe it or not), but during the warm weather months, boating comes first.
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Prestige Yacht Sales image TOM PILKINGTON:
Tom was the one of the service managers at Yacht Haven in Stamford, Connecticut from 1979 – 1994. Since Tom was always sending customers to Prestige Yacht Sales, he thought he should try the brokerage business. That was fifteen years ago, Tom has since become a partner with Mike Frank and Prestige Yacht Sales has grown from one office in Stamford with three brokers, to three offices in Norwalk, Essex and Mystic with seven full time brokers! "After working in the boatyard for so many years, I never thought of myself as a sales person. Looking back, the customer service experience was the best foundation I could have had. To this day I think of myself as a customer service guy that happens to know and love boats." "Hey, where else can I work and bring my Springer Spaniel, Lucas with me everyday? I think most of my customers actually come to see him not me!" Tom is a member of Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club, CPYB and YBAA Board Member. When not boating Tom and his wife Jennifer can usually be found hiking or x-country skiing in the Woodstock, Vermont area, of course, with Lucas
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Prestige Yacht Sales image GEORGE MIDDLETON:
Prestige Yacht Sales is proud to welcome George to their full-time, professional boat sales and brokerage staff at their new office in Norwalk Cove Marina. George has been a leading broker for the last six years with Brewer Yacht Sales in Stamford, CT and has many years in the marine magazine and marketing businesses with Cruising World & Sailing World. George was instrumental in organizing and starting the NOOD regattas series at prominent racing events. George has a unique overview of the yachting community with contacts and friends in every nook and cranny.

George is a passionate and avid, life-long boater, power and sail. He sailed in four Bermuda Races, two transatlantics and three SORCs by the time he was 24. This summer George raced with a winning team on a Nelson Marek 30, and cruised singlehanded on a Tartan 34-2.

George brings great industry knowledge and proven new and brokerage boat selling skills to Prestige Yacht Sales, now in their 22nd year. Prestige Yacht Sales proudly represents Beneteau, Hunt Yachts, Cutwater Boats and a full array of power and sail brokerage boats. George says "I am very pleased to join this highly reputable and successful yacht sales company. My goals are to continue the PYS putting customers first and as Prestige aptly states:
For Buyers: "The Art of my Work is Making the Right Match"
For Sellers: "A Listing with Prestige Yacht Sales will leave you Boatless"
Please drop by and say hello to George and visit our new offices at Norwalk Cove Marina.
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Prestige Yacht Sales image PETER THORSBY:
Peter brings over 25 years of boating industry experience to Prestige Yacht Sales. Starting at the bottom he began working in various boat yards performing every job in the yard. From scraping bottoms, hauling boats, engine repowers, fiberglass repairs, rigging and topcoats. Peter spent four years as a service manager for a major sailboat brokerage. Peter’s 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. Peter has extensive boating experience in both sail and power. He grew up in Westport, Connecticut racing one design and offshore sailing yachts. Peter has done extensive cruising of the east coast as well as spending six winters running a large sport fishing operation out of the west coast of Florida. “A customer once asked me which I prefer (sail or power) my response was I don’t care if it’s a rowboat. I just love being out on the water.”
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Prestige Yacht Sales image DAVID DORRANCE:
David Dorrance who has been with Prestige for 6 years is re-locating to our new office in Essex. David is a life long passionate boater, sail or power, and enjoys sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with his clients and friends. David is a strong believer in a long term relationship with his clients after the sale. David and his wife, Sarah moved to Essex two years ago with their three dogs and African Grey Parrott. They keep their Shannon 36 Fast Trawler, "Chelsea Morning" at the Dauntless Marina and are often seen plying the beautiful waters of the Ct. River. They are active members of the Essex Yacht Club, Essex Land Trust, Child and Family Agency, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Ct. River Museum and St. John's Episcopal Church. "There are certainly no lack of activities in Essex and we feel so fortunate to be part of this warm and wonderful community"
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Prestige Yacht Sales image STEVE RODSTROM:
Steve has over thirty years in the marine industry beginning in his family boatyard in New York. Growing up in the boating environment helped create the passion of the water that continues with him today. Steve started out sailing one designs and went on to participate in offshore events including three Bermuda trips and several races to Nova Scotia. In the mid 90’s he moved his family to Falmouth Maine and enjoyed cruising and racing. Five years ago he relocated to the Essex, Connecticut community to continue his boating passion where he keeps a Bertram 28 “Osprey”. Steve in a member of the Essex Corinthian Yacht Club, Larchmont Yacht Club and The Storm Trysail Club. For the past ten years he has been in the Marine part and distribution side of the industry but felt the need to be back around boats on a daily basis, bringing him to Prestige Yacht Sales. Steve’s knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm will help find the right boat for you.
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Prestige Yacht Sales image JONATHAN SMITH:
After a successful engineering career that included designing nuclear submarines and commercial aircraft flight decks, Jonathan Smith entered the marine sales industry about ten years ago as the Northeast Sales Manager for a major North American sailboat manufacturer. A few years later Jonathan then jumped at an opportunity to move up to a retail yacht sales position with a well-regarded dealer in Mystic, CT where he thrived despite a challenging period for the industry. Jonathan has a lifetime of experience sailing and fishing on the waters of Long Island sound and beyond. From racing dinghies to grand prix sailboats, casting for stripers or cruising our island destinations, Jonathan is at home in all types of boats. When not helping you buy or sell your next boat, Jonathan can often be found racing sailboats in the local circuit or paddling high performance sea kayaks. In fact, Jonathan applied his knowledge of naval architecture to design a sea kayak that has won the national championships. You can count on Jonathan’s boating experience and design knowledge to put you in the perfect boat for your needs. We are excited to have such an experienced yachtsman join our Prestige Yacht sales team.
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