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Meet the Crew!

Sunnybrook Yachts image Jim Snair
Managing Broker

"It's fun...just plain fun to go boating."

Jim's parents put him in their 14' Mahone Bay Plycraft speedboat at the age of three months; he's been boating since the early 1960's.

He was a junior sailor at Lunenburg YC and spent a summer working as a deckhand on Bluenose II. Jim has raced offshore including ten Marblehead-Halifax and four Newport-Bermuda Races. In January 2009 & 2012 he did Key West Race Week.

Throughout the boating season, Jim can be found sailing with clients throughout Atlantic Canada.

In 1990 Jim founded Sunnybrook Yachts and in 1991 he purchased MacPhee Yachts. By 1995 Sunnybrook Yachts began assembling the new boat division; Sunnybrook now represents several new boat builders. Jim is also a past President of Atlantic Marine Trades Association.

His style of combining asset management and project management for clients generates considerable repeat and referral clientele who appreciate high level service. Focused on finding the right boat and protecting the long term capital investment has been an integral part of Jim's path to success in the yacht brokerage business.

When not boating, Jim can be found on a ski hill or near a soccer pitch or in hockey rink with one of his sons or with his dancer daughter.

Sunnybrook Yachts image Marcie Young
Office Manager

Marcie Young is not a life-long sailor, however she is our Chester connection. Marcie joined Sunnybrook Yachts in June 1998 after finishing her BBA at Mount Saint Vincent University.

Since 1998, Marcie has established herself in the brokerage business dealing with import and export brokers, government documentation and running a tight ship here in our main office. Marcie manages several million dollars of yacht transactions annually. She provides a high level of service and integrity to our clients. For imports and exports, Marcie's expertise is known across the continent.

Sunnybrook Yachts image Gordie Anderson

Gordie caught the sailing bug on the NorthWest Arm in the early 70's. When he wasn't sailing his older brothers Laser, he was teaching at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron and running Wednesday night races at Armdale Yacht Club.

Local youth regattas expanded into numerous podium finishes on the North American and Internation stage. In addition to multiple National Championship wins, a silver medal at the Pan_am Games, Gordie spent five months training with the 1987 America's Cup Canadian entry before joining the 1988 Olympic Sailing Team.

Assisting people with their boating needs is a perfect fit for Gordie as he leverages his 24 years of successfully managing client relationships in the financial services industry and his 20 plus years cruising the shores of Nova Scotia.

Contact Gordie for marketing and purchasing services in both power & sail.

Sunnybrook Yachts image Doug Philp

Doug Philp was introduced to sailing as a young boy by his grandfather who proudly served in the Navy on the West Coast of Canada. Since Doug's first sailing experience, his love of the ocean has become his lifestyle. 

42 years later Doug has found himself owning his own chandlery in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia where his passion for sailing is constantly being embraced by family, friends and customers. 

Doug takes pride in providing boaters with parts, service and knowledge. 

Contact Doug for your new & preowned sail & power requirements.

Sunnybrook Yachts image Chris Power

Chris was born and raised in Chester, NS where he learned to sail on his fathers J/24. Chris got his first job at 16 where he operated the tender service at South Shore Marine and he’s been hooked on boating ever since.

Chris graduated from Dalhousie University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Commerce Co-op degree. Looking back on his previous employment and he can say that he has gained extensive knowledge and skills in the automotive industry, the financial services industry, as well as the radio broadcasting industry. Chris also holds his real estate license.

Not a stranger to giving back to the community, he regularly helps out with the Walk for MS, and he has chaired a major fundraiser for a non-profit organization.

Chris is committed to helping you with your boating needs. Please feel free to give him a call at 902-275-8796 or email

Chris brokers new and preowned, power and sail.

Sunnybrook Yachts image Capt. Bob Harrity

Bob is a life long sailor from Saint John; has been the marine business since the 1970's and has experience in all aspects of the business.

Over the past 30 years he has helped many clients purchase and sell boats as their family requirements changed. Let his experience help find you your next boat.

Bob has been a dealer for C&C, Hinterhoeller, Mirage, Catalina and Beneteau sailboats. He introduced Bayliner Powerboats to Atlantic Canada in 1986.

He is a Yacht Broker and Delivery Skipper with a 60 ton ticket. He has delivered boats to the Caribbean and back and along the Atlantic Coast.
He has raced in numerous Regional, National and International events including 5 Marblehead-Halifax Races, 7 Yarmouth Cup Races, 2 J 35 North American Championships, Heinekin Regatta, Admirals Cup Qualifiers.

He is a past Commodore of the Royal Kennebeccasis Yacht Club, Past President of the Atlantic Marine Trades Association, Director of Regional Recreational Boating Advisory Council, and member Canadian Marine Advisory Council.

Bob brokers both power and sail, new and preowned.

Sunnybrook Yachts image Ernest Hamilton

Ernest Hamilton is a life-long sailor from Saint John, N.B. who has cruised extensively from Newfoundland to the Bahamas. Most of that cruising has been done in his 34' John Hannah, wooden ketch 'GLOOSCAP II'.

In 1979 Ernest started the first yacht brokerage firm in Atlantic Canada, then called McMichael Maritime. When the McMichael franchise system closed in 1986 the name was changed to Maritime Ship & Yacht Brokers.

Ernest was the first Canadian member of the Yacht Brokers Association of America. A professional association dedicated to providing a high level of service and integrity in dealings with clients.

He brokers sail, power & commercial vessels.

Sunnybrook Yachts image Sherman Haynes

Sherman has been sailing boats from the Bay of Fundy to the Bahamas for the past 35 years. Sherman founded Souwest Marine Sales in 1988 in Digby Nova Scotia as a family owned yacht Brokerage business, dedicated to addressing the needs of the cruising sailor.

Sherman has gathered an excellent understanding of what it takes in a boat and equipment for extended cruising, be it by Sail or Power. Having completed a wide range of boat transactions on the USA east coast he can make a US purchase hassle free from the inspection to the final documentation.

In conjunction with Selene Annapolis he has introduced the Selene line of Trawler Yachts to Eastern Canada. These ocean going trawler yachts range from 36’ to 66’. Sherman and his wife Barbara live aboard their own Selene six months of the year, which affords his clients the opportunity to work with a broker who not only ‘’talks the talk’’ but also actually “walks the walk “.

He is Vice Commodore of RWNSYC, President of Digby Marina Developments, a director of the Digby Harbor Port Association and an active member of the Seven Seas Cruising association.

He will be happy to help you with any questions you may have. He brokers both new and pre-owned sail, cruising powerboats and commercial.

Sunnybrook Yachts image Bob Snair
Broker(Retired April 2003)

Bob Snair is a life-long sailor from Lunenburg, N.S.

Bob joined Sunnybrook Yachts in 1993 and retired ten years later. Bob enjoyed working with clients from all over North America.

Bob is enjoying his retirement sailing a Hunter 33 in the waters of Mahone Bay.

Sunnybrook Yachts

2625 Joseph Howe Drive
Suite 14
HALIFAX, NS B3L 4G4, Canada

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