Jeff Merrill interview on the Pendana Blog

Nordhavn 62 & Nordhavn Yachts | Yacht Broker

One of my favorite blogs is a website that includes regular updates about the family voyage of the Ellingford’s who are cruising the world on their Nordhavn 62, Pendana.  James is a fun writer and goes into great detail supplemented by lots of photos to share his adventures – both the good and the bad parts of cruising.   Pendana was purchased in Florida and then shipped home to Australia where she was upgraded and the whole family got acclimated for a year+ before taking off.  James wrote a great book, From Family to Crew, which I strongly endorse as a great primer for those with the urge to go cruising.

As the readership of the blog expanded James was looking for more content to keep his eager readers engaged. He started a series of Pendana Blog Interviews with various personalities in the Nordhavn world and this section has become one of his website’s most popular features.

I’ve enjoyed reading the stories and gaining insights into the lives of the various Nordhavn figures that James has interviewed.  Circumnavigators like Scott and Mary Flanders of the famous Nordhavn 46 Egret plus Eric and Christi Grab of the Nordhavn 43 Kosmos (who also have two books published about their exploits).   Nearly all of the interviews involve people and boats that I have gotten to know very well.  Veteran cruisers like Milt and Judy Baker aboard the Nordhavn 47 Bluewater along with GSSR long rangers Ken and Roberta Williams on the Nordhavn 68 Sans Souci and Steven and Carol Argosy of the Nordhavn 62 Seabird.  The list goes on and on and includes other famous cruisers like; Andy and Julie Nemier from the Nordhavn 62 Infinity, James and Jennifer Hamilton on the Nordhavn 52 Dirona, the Besemer family aboard the Nordhavn 43 Three @ Sea, Bradley Rosenberg and Kathy Clark sailing the Nordhavn 72 Shear Madness and many others have been quizzed along with good friend and fellow broker, James Knight and another great friend and colleague, marine expert Steve D’Antonio who just so happens to be a boating systems expert and the premier yacht inspector on the planet.

Each of these interviews is filled with both factual and hilarious stories about what really happens “out there”.  Seeing behind the scenes and learning more about their history and motivations is inspiring.

So, I was pleasantly surprised when James emailed me to ask if I would consent to an interview.  It was a lot of fun to dig through old photos and answer the questions in order to provide a glimpse of my background before, during and after my days working with PAE/Nordhavn.  I’m still a staunch supporter of the Nordhavn brand having helped dozens of buyers and sellers. Truthfully, I owe a lot of my success in what I do to time spent with all of the Nordhavn people I’ve interacted with over the years. From discussing plans, building boats and joining them on cruises, I love Nordhavns and continue to be actively involved with buyers and sellers of brokerage Nordhavns.

I have included my interview below, published in July, 2015, and hope you enjoy reading it as much I enjoyed answering the questions. I encourage you to log on to the Pendana blog to read all of the above features and a few others I did not call out, and to subscribe to the blog so that you too can follow this amazing family and share in their experiences.

The Pendana Blog is referenced on the blog directory, and here is the URL so you can click straight through:


Ray Danet joins JMYS

Yacht Sales ConsultantPress Release

Ray Danet joins JMYS as Yacht Sales Consultant

Jeff Merrill Yacht Sales, Inc. (JMYS) is excited to announce that our long time friend, industry veteran and boater extraordinaire, Ray Danet, has joined us as a yacht sales consultant.  Ray will work part time to help cover the eastern US states while working out of the JMYS Florida office.

Ray and Jeff have worked together for over twenty years, first selling Pacific Seacraft sailboats in California and later with the Nordhavn brand.  Ray was a top producer as the owner of his own yacht brokerage, Dream Catcher Yachts, in Dana Point, CA.  He sold Dream Catcher in 2001 and was quickly recruited by PAE to sell Nordhavns. After a couple of very successful years learning the trawler business, Ray moved to Florida in 2003 to open up the Nordhavn office in Stuart.  Ray was instrumental in helping Nordhavn gain a strong presence all along the east coast and quickly rose to become the company’s top seller of new and used Nordhavns.

Ray retired from the boating business in 2012 to enjoy camping and cruising with his wife Betty.  With JMYS taking off and Jeff’s travel schedule spreading him thin, we are thrilled that Ray has agreed to side track his retirement a few days a week to help JMYS out with listings, showings, sales and training.

This past January Ray joined Jeff to work together presenting the Nordhavn 55 South By West at the Riviera Beach, FL TrawlerFest and it was clear to both of them that Ray is truly in his element when he’s talking to people about boats. Ray’s passion and enthusiasm are contagious and his boating experience (including building his own sailboat and cruising across the Pacific) is as deep as anyone we know in the industry.

Ray represents the next phase of growth and development for JMYS and we’re sure this will be very welcome news for all of his friends and colleagues in the boating community.  Ray will be working part time to get back in the game and we’re sure in no time at all he’ll be busier than he was as a retiree!

Ray is licensed and bonded in Florida and his easy going, conversational selling style will benefit buyers and sellers of all types of cruisers, be they sail or power.

Ray’s cell phone is 772.215.9616 and his new email address is   Ray would love to hear from you so please reach out and join us in welcoming him back to the profession  where he developed his well respected reputation as being a true customer advocate, someone who not only knows what he is talking about, but who truly is interested in what is best for his clients.