Trawler Specialist Team

 

 

Jeff Merrill

Jeff Merrill grew up in a sailing family and started racing Naples sabots on Alamitos Bay in Long Beach, CA.  He sailed for the Stanford University varsity sailing team and, a few years after graduation, took three years off to compete at the international level campaigning for the 1987 America’s Cup.  Jeff started out in Bermuda as a tactician for the Courageous Challenge and was later recruited to join the Heart of America team where he was sailing coach for Buddy Melges and raced as a navigator a few of the AC trials races held in the Fremantle, Australia.

 

To contact Jeff:

Mobile – 949.355.4950

Email – Jeff.Merrill@JMYS.com

Licensed Yacht Broker in California and Florida

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yacht Sales Consultant | Certified Yacht Broker

Ray Danet

Ray Danet’s entire life has been centered around boating. He has owned several marine business during a multi-decade career in the industry. Ray founded a marine hardware store in Newport Beach, CA called Windward Marine. and owned and operated a boat repair business called Marina Rigging & Maintenance. He also worked several years each for WD Schock Boats and Forespar Marine Fabrication.

 

To contact Ray:

Mobile – 772.215.9616

Email – raydanet@gmail.com

Licensed Yacht Salesperson in Florida

 

 

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Andy Nemier

Andy Nemier is a California licensed yacht sales person with 35 years of marine experience, and a self-confessed boating fanatic. All of his working life has been at sea. He is interested in all types of boats, whether trawlers, motor yachts or sailboats, though he is especially devoted to long range cruisers. The concept of a cruising couple, acting as owner operators of their own yacht and exploring to their hearts content, inspires Andy and his own experiences as a trawler owner will add great value to those considering heading out to sea.

 

To contact Andy:

Mobile – 778.388.3483

Email – Andy.Nemier@JMYS.com

Licensed Yacht Salesperson in California

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Allen

Donald is assisting JMYS with video production and IT services. Donald is located in Newport, Rhode Island, the sailing capital of the world.

 

To contact Donald:

Mobile – +1 617.908.7795

Email – Don.Allen@JMYS.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christopher Bruce

Christopher Bruce is licensed and bonded in Florida and has joined JMYS as yacht sales consultant.  He left the Biotechnology and Life Science research industries after 30 years of Sales and Marketing, happy now to only need to put on a tie for formal events.   Christopher purchased his Kadey-Krogen 44AE, Sweet Ride in June 2015 and has embraced the trawler lifestyle and loves talking about how to shift gears from life in the fast lane to life at sea. 
 

 

To contact Christopher:

Mobile – +1 603.397.8397

Email – Christopher.Bruce@JMYS.com

Licensed Yacht Salesperson in Florida

 

Referrals From Sellers

Successful Sellers

Choosing the best broker to represent your boat for sale is an incredibly important decision. There are so many variables to consider; broker experience and product knowledge, competing boats listed for sale, asking price, location, access for showings, staging, etc. Good quality listings are highly sought after and in high demand.

At JMYS we have developed several proprietary sales and marketing techniques to help our sellers’ present their boats efficiently and effectively. We believe it is essential to tell each boats story in a way that is appealing in order to generate interest. We like to visit each boat, crawl all over it, ride on it underway, ask questions of our sellers and do our best to fully understand the unique advantages so that we can explain the virtues when a qualified lead inquires. We are committed to detailed and accurate write ups supplemented with lots of photos.

Our network of potential buyers and industry sales broker colleagues enable us to cast a wide net with amazing reach. In addition to the major multiple listing services we have successfully used boat shows, open houses, e-newsletters, videos and social media to gain exposure. Above all a well-conceived internet marketing campaign is essential to finding a buyer.

We have been very fortunate to work with some amazing owners to help them list, market and sell their boats. We are honored to share their comments; the results speak for themselves…

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1978 Tollycraft 48 – Transition – Sold in San Diego, CA

April 13, 2017
Mr. Jeff Merrill
Jeff Merrill Yacht Sales
310 Old Ranch Pkwy, Suite 440
Seal Beach, Ca. 90740
Re: Thank You for an amazing job selling “Transition”!
 
 
Dear Jeff,

We just can’t thank you enough for making the sale of Transition as smooth and painless as possible. By the time it was done, you probably worked harder, longer and for less pay per hour than any other boat ever sold, and you made sure everything was handled fairly and promptly, while patiently smoothing out the inevitable speed bumps for everyone involved.
We’ve owned boats for 40 years and worked with many brokers, but never one who was so capable, honest, tenacious and diplomatic in absolutely every situation. We really believe you’ve set the Gold Standard for yacht brokers. The industry would be far better if all new brokers were trained by you before ever receiving a license to sell their first boat.
We recommend Jeff Merrill and JMYS wholeheartedly and completely, without reservation, to everyone who is ready to buy or sell a boat and wants the best possible man at their side as the ultimate advocate and guide. If anyone would like to speak with us personally about the experience of working with Jeff, please feel welcome to contact us any time at the email listed below.
Wishing you continued great success in all you do,

Bob Senter
Ari Klein
nwcruiser48@yahoo.com

 

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1989 Holland 90 Lauren L. – Sold in Charleston, SC

Back in 1985 I engaged naval architect Ron Holland to design a sail boat that would express my architectural design approach to a ’90 cold molded sloop. We sailed Canadian and Alaskan waters for 3 years and spent years in the South Pacific, then sailed her through the Panama Canal to the Great Lakes and then back out to the Eastern Seaboard. As I am building another boat, it came time to sell Lauren L. I contacted Jeff Merrill, a family friend for decades. With Jeff, we developed a more extensive market plan to find a buyer. We put together a website and a comprehensive brochure which we mailed to brokers specializing in larger cruising sail boats.

Jeff’s efforts included visiting the boat in Charleston, NC to photograph and get better acquainted with her. It’s not an easy trying to promote a one-of-a-kind sailboat, but Jeff approached the project with enthusiasm and creativity. Jeff and I met regularly for updates and after nearly two years we found a buyer. Jeff was excellent with the many documents required for the sale.

Jeff is an exceptionally creative and bright guy who is good at following up, I recommend him whole heartedly.

Donald Gibbs

 

2005 – Nordhavn 40 La Maria Elena sold in San Diego, CA

2007 – Nordhavn 40 Maria Elena sold in San Diego, CA

2004 – Nordhavn 35 La Tempestad sold in San Diego, CA

Jeff,

just a quick note to thank you again for all your time and hard work related to helping us sell our Nordhavn 35. It’s hard to believe this has been our third time around with Nordhavn’s and every time you have been there for us. If we learned one thing early on in our trawler adventures it was that selling a trawler even as well-known as a Nordhavn takes time and can be stressful. Even after you found us a buyer with an acceptable offer on our 35 the balance of the process proved to be challenging and not something I could have done alone.

Your organized write ups and marketing strategy with lots of photos really helped to set our boats apart. Thanks for being there for every survey and trial run, it is comforting to know that you have our back and can keep things on track.

Your ability to successfully navigate us through three Nordhavn resales shows us that you know your profession and can be trusted to make the right decisions regardless of the pressures that comes with this type of transaction. Thanks again for everything and you know that when time comes to sell our next trawler (and there will be a next time) we will be calling on you to guide us.

With appreciation,

John & Maria Torelli former three time Nordhavn owners; 40 #50, 40#61, 35 #22

 

Jerry Smith 4 (Medium)

2001 Nordhavn 35 Maxine D. – Sold in Gig Harbor, WA

Hi Jeff

A follow up thank you for being my broker and helping me sell my Nordhavn 35, Maxine D. I appreciate the time you took to meet with me and go over the boat and the advice you had to make her ready for sale. Your internet write up was complete and accurate. Looking back, I feel pretty fortunate that you were able to get everything done from signing up to closing in less than 90 days, that’s pretty fast. It was also very nice of you to fly up to WA to attend the survey and haul out, that helped to keep things smooth.

I wish your continued success in your brokerage and thank you again for all your efforts.

Sincerely,

Jerry Smith

 

Nordhavn 50 Twins

1999 Nordhavn 50 Twins – Sold in San Diego, CA

Dear Jeff:

Now that the transaction is over I wanted to write you a referral letter in the hopes that others will know how you work above and beyond what I have seen other brokers provide. As you know, I had “Twins” listed with a major house for two years, and the only time I would hear from my broker was when it was time to renew the listing.
I have known about you for years through your reputation in the Nordhavn community and looking back, sending you an email to ask about listing our boat for sale was the first step in creating a successful sales strategy.

Offering a boat for sale in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico did have some challenges, but my first “wow” was when you flew down for two days to understand the boat, take photos and shoot the video (which still blows me away that were over 12,000 views by the time we closed).

Once you completed your very thorough write up you did a great job of keeping me informed, even when there were no inquiries.
After we agreed to move the boat up to San Diego I appreciate that you drove the 200 mile round trip from your office to make several showings and when the eventual buyers did show up you were there for the survey, trial run and a few weeks later the offshore delivery.

Jeff, Alicia and I are very thankful that you took us on and you did make a huge difference in helping us sell our boat. Your product knowledge is amazing, you had some nice suggestions to improve our presentation and you were always available by phone or email when we needed to get in touch.
If any potential sellers are considering JMYS to market a cruising boat for sale, but before they sign up want to talk first hand to a successful seller, please know that I would be happy to speak with them about you and your service. Hope to see you again soon.

Warm regards,

Scott Case – former owner of Nordhavn 50 Twins

 

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1989 Offshore 40 cruising sailboat Defiant – Sold in Opua, New Zealand

My wife (Jenny) and I live in New Zealand. We saw our first Nordhavn, here over 5 years ago and the Nordhavn dream began for us.Not long after our first Nordhavn inspection, we met with Jeff Merrill in California. Jeff made us feel very welcome. His knowledge of all things Nordhavn is encyclopedic. Jeff showed us over all of the Nordhavn models that were in Southern California, despite knowing that we were still ‘only looking.’ Over the years we have continued to stay in touch with Jeff.

One of the must-do steps before we could purchase a Nordhavn was to sell our Offshore 40 sailboat. We tried to sell her locally, but did not have much success so we contacted Jeff. Even though we were located half a world away, Jeff listed and helped us sell our yacht here in New Zealand. The exposure of ‘Defiant’ on JMYS.com and other international websites made selling her here in NZ much easier.

Jenny and I are now onto our newest adventure; we are purchasing a Nordhavn 47.

Jeff’s guidance and knowledge has helped us along the way, and we are truly grateful for his support.

We continue to stay in touch with Jeff, and highly recommend him when it is time to fulfill your dreams.

 

 

Ray Danet

Ray Danet’s entire life has been centered around boating.  He has owned several marine business during a multi-decade career in the industry.  Ray founded a marine hardware store in Newport Beach, CA called Windward Marine. and owned and operated a boat repair business called Marina Rigging & Maintenance.  He also worked several years each for WD Schock Boats and Forespar Marine Fabrication.

Ray has the type of hands- on experience that his customer love.  He built his own 34-foot sailboat called “Distant Shores” and sailed her full time for five years in the South Pacific, including all the islands between California and Australia.  At the end of his adventure he sailed into Kauai and got a position as captain running a sport fisher for a year.

Back in California, Ray founded his own yacht brokerage called Dream Catcher Yachts in Dana Point.  The business grew quickly, propelled by Ray’s enthusiasm and practical boating knowledge and they became the southern California dealer for Pacific Seacraft, builders of cruising sailboats.  (As a side note, Ray was hired by Jeff Merrill and that is how they met!).  Ray and his sales team were incredibly successful and Ray Danet was named the Pacific Seacraft “Dealer of the Year” for two consecutive years. A large part of Ray’s success is his background and ability to excite buyers who want to have a great adventure.  Ray held a 100-ton Coast Guard license with celestial navigation and radar endorsements, and has done numerous deliveries all over the world.

After selling Dream Catcher Ray was hired by PAE / Nordhavn and within a short period he was one of the top salespeople. Ray travelled to boat shows all over the US.  After four years at the Nordhavn headquarters in Dana Point, CA, Ray moved east where he opened and managed a new office for Nordhavn in Stuart, Florida.

Ray has extensive experience on all Nordhavn models (having sold dozens of them new and used) and has piloted many different types of power and sail boats. During Rays tenure at Nordhavn, he participated in the Nordhavn 40 circumnavigation around the world sailing the Hawaii to Singapore leg spending over two months aboard.  His favorite part of that cruise was the Marshall Islands, which he now knows is one of the best cruising areas in the world.

The Nordhavn Florida office, under Ray’s leadership, became the top producing office and helped allow PAE to gain an important foothold on the east coast including regular attendance at the large Miami and Fort Lauderdale boat shows. After 8 years as the broker/manager in Stuart, FL Ray retired and along with his wife, Betty, enjoy cruising (on land) in their motor coach (but not able to completely walk away from the dock, Ray does have his Florida Yacht Sales license and is involved with JMYS on a part time basis to help cover the east coast)

Personable, friendly and a good listener, Ray believes that a real relationship with the customer starts after the closing. He takes great pride in giving systems and on the water training after the sale for both husband and wife. Sometimes together and sometimes separate – as Ray likes to say, “A boat is only as good as the laughter that comes out of it”

To contact Ray:

Mobile – 772.215.9616

Email – raydanet@gmail.com

Jeff Merrill

Jeff Merrill grew up in a sailing family and started racing Naples sabots on Alamitos Bay in Long Beach, CA.  He sailed for the Stanford University varsity sailing team and, a few years after graduation, took three years off to compete at the international level campaigning for the 1987 America’s Cup.  Jeff started out in Bermuda as a tactician for the Courageous Challenge and was later recruited to join the Heart of America team where he was sailing coach for Buddy Melges and raced as navigator in a few of the AC trials races held in the Fremantle, Australia.

Jeff is a career marine industry veteran.  Over the last thirty years Jeff has worked in sales and marketing roles for several marine businesses including LeFiell manufacturing (spars), W.D. Schock Corp. (sailing dinghy’s and keelboats) and Magma Products (boat barbeques and accessories) before specializing in offshore cruising boats for the last twenty plus years.

Jeff spent seven years as vice president of sales and marketing for cruising sailboat builder Pacific Seacraft (Flicka, Dana, Crealock’s) before joining Pacific Asian Enterprises, Inc. in 1999 to become involved with production and sales of the Nordhavn trawler brand where he excelled for fourteen years.  He was the top sales producer three out of his last five years at PAE. Jeff understands boat construction from design to completion and enjoys training his clients to prepare them for offshore cruising. In January, 2014, he formed Jeff Merrill Yacht Sales, Inc., an independent yacht brokerage doing business on both US coasts and internationally with a focus on assisting buyers and sellers of cruising sailboats and trawlers.

In 2011 Jeff served as Commodore of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach, CA.  Jeff and his wife Pam race a Lido 14 when he is home in California. Their two children, Elle and Jonn, also have a passion for water sports.

A renowned trawler specialist, Jeff has spent time aboard hundreds of different trawler models. He loves meeting with trawler owners to ask questions, learn their techniques and share ideas. Obsessive with his camera, he catalogs each boat he boards curating/developing an image archive that includes tens of thousands of photos.

Jeff has sold hundreds of new and used cruising sailboats and trawlers.  His professional approach and friendly, low key sales style has created hundreds of friendships with many repeat clients and referrals. His close relationships with clients finds him travelling literally all over the world to places like; South Africa, Japan, China, Taiwan, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Canada, Mexico and Panama.  He especially enjoys spending time with his clients after the sale, training and traveling on the boats he has helped them purchase amassing over 20,000 miles at sea on a wide variety of trawler brands and sizes.

Jeff was a crew member of the record breaking Nordhavn 40 Around the World (ATW) trip (Barbados to Panama and through the Canal) and joined the Great Siberian Sushi Run (GSSR) adventure with his son Jonn on a Nordhavn 62 when the fleet departed Japan and returned to the Ta Shing yard in Taiwan.

Jeff has written dozens of stories about his trawler experiences with clients for the Nordhavn.com and JMYS.com websites.  An accomplished author, he has also created a popular series of “Dialing-In-Your-Trawler” articles for Ocean Navigator magazine. Since 2001, Jeff has been a regular featured presenter at the PassageMaker magazine TrawlerFest events around the country. Jeff has also been a speaker at the Steve D’Antonio Trawler and Motor Vessel workshops and enjoys sharing clients and collaborating together with Steve to improve the professionalism in the marine industry.

Jeff is a CPYB (Certified Professional Yacht Broker) and holds his yacht broker’s license in California and Florida. A member of four yacht broker associations, Jeff has been on the CYBA (California Yacht Brokers Association) board of directors since 2013 and served as president for two years, 2015 and 2016.

Jeff’s enthusiastic personality, attention to detail, competitive drive, product knowledge and follow up skills has created an increasing demand for his services.   Jeff is well known as a customer advocate, a broker whose clients trust implicitly. Jeff welcomes you to get in touch directly or with any of the JMYS sales associates.  Please allow us to show you firsthand how we have earned our reputation for personal attention and can provide you with the type of experience you deserve.

To contact Jeff:

Mobile – 949.355.4950

Email – Jeff.Merrill@JMYS.com

Andy Nemier

Andy Nemier is a California licensed yacht sales person with 35 years of marine experience, and a self-confessed boating fanatic. All of his working life has been at sea. He is interested in all types of boats, whether trawlers, motor yachts or sailboats, though he is especially devoted to long range cruisers. The concept of a cruising couple, acting as owner operators of their own yacht and exploring to their hearts content, inspires Andy and his own experiences as a trawler owner will add great value to those considering heading out to sea.

Andy’s commercial offshore career is in the international offshore energy sector where he has worked as a saturation diving superintendent, submersible pilot, and offshore oil-field representative worldwide. (A career highlight was being a saturation diver in one the world’s deepest full-recovery salvages in 1997 – Salvage of the Greek Naval Corvette, KOSTOKOS, off Piraeus Greece). Andy has also been engaged as an advisor to several government organizations, and received government funding to act as a consultant for research into health and safety improvements in the marine industry.

Andy and his wife Julie, have been boating together since they moved to Canada (from England) in 1995, and have owned several sail and powerboats. They purchased a Nordhavn 62 in 2012, INFINITY and spent a year outfitting the boat to their tastes in preparation for live aboard cruising while crossing oceans. Departing Vancouver in 2013, they cruised through the USA, Mexico, and across the Pacific to Hawaii. Next they sailed south to Kiribati and onwards to French Polynesia (Bora Bora, Tahiti, Moorea, and the Tuamotus Islands). Their two adult children have joined them for several legs of their adventures. Scuba diving in the Tuamotus has so far been the highlight of their journey.

By November 2016, they had made their way to New Zealand, (via Rarotonga, Tonga, & Fiji).  With 16,000 nautical miles under the keel, and some recharge time in NZ, they’ll soon be on the move again.  Voyage plans are being made for Melanesia, with New Caledonia, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands, all on the current destinations list.  You can follow their adventures by going to their website blog, www.n62infinity.com.

Moving into yacht sales is a natural progression for Andy who has a passion for yachts and a natural ability to create lasting relationships with fellow long range cruisers. After passing his exam to earn his California yacht sales license, Andy continues to augment his brokerage experience with professional sales training and educational programs.

In 2016, Andy joined the JMYS sales team as our “roving” broker who is out there, doing it – living the trawler lifestyle.  Andy will add incredible value to our international sales efforts by offering his hands-on experience, boating knowledge and warm personality to sailors and trawler owners who wish to head out to sea and view the world from the comfort of their own long range cruising yacht.

 

To contact Andy:

Mobile – 778.388.3483

Email – Andy.Nemier@JMYS.com

81 degrees in August sets cool record

1a Migration intro photo for home pageSummer heat waves soar into the hundreds and a lot of hot air has been released in the US presidential campaign, but 81 degrees is not a record temperature.

Degree is an interesting word actually; it can be an inclination (the great pyramids are at 51 degrees) it can be an education (I have a college degree) and for the purposes of this article it is a documented measure of success for a northern latitude accomplishment that no other Nordhavn has ever seen.

Yes, we are talking about 81 degrees North, the 81st parallel – a few hundred miles from the north pole.
Records are not uncommon for the Nordhavn brand, and most involve distance; largest power convoy across the Atlantic – Nordhavn Atlantic Rally (NAR), the smallest production power boat to circumnavigate with the Nordhavn 40 Around The World (ATW) trip, the most of any power boat brand to circumnavigate, Nordhavn 57 through the Northwest Passage and more.
In August, 2016 the Nordhavn 68 Migration raised the bar and set a new mark for the farthest position north. This too is a distance accomplishment with some very demanding navigational considerations. The husband and wife team who own Migration (along with their famous dog Gulliver) prefer to keep a low profile – they don’t have a blog and didn’t do this for attention – they just thought it would be cool…and they saw the icebergs to prove it.

When Migration was built I was the salesperson and Steve D’Antonio was hired by the owners as the consultant, one of Steve’s first assignments on a new construction Nordhavn. We all made several trips to Taiwan and the Ta Shing yard did an incredible job building Migration. There were numerous innovations that have since been emulated. Call her a watershed boat, but the real story is the places she has travelled since she was launched and let’s just say Migration has lived up to her name and seen a lot of the world. Congratulations on your record setting latitude, I’m sure you were in Santa’s area code.

Steve D’Antonio has told this story the best as a crew member on the trip with his excellent and articulate dialog posts on Facebook. The adventure in this isolated (ice-o-lated?) part of the world has a fascinating history and an unspoiled beauty that Steve has captured in photographs. Photographs of abandoned coal mines, glacial lagoons, migratory birds, walruses and polar bears.

You will like it, you should LIKE IT and you can read the whole series and relive the adventure by logging on to:

https://www.facebook.com/stevedmarineconsulting/

The crew is now back in civilization, but still feeling like they are on top of the world.
Story by Jeff Merrill. All photos are courtesy of and copyright by Steve D’Antonio (black and white on JMYS.com and color photos available on SDMC Facebook page).

Sea Magazine – Broker Showcase

PERSONAL ATTENTION – Jeff Merrill, CPYB is a skilled trawler boat handler and accomplished racing sailor.  Jeff has been involved in new boat construction for over twenty years (7 years at Pacific Seacraft building sailboats and 14 years at PAE/Nordhavn selling trawlers). JMYS offers individualized service and worldwide representation for buyers and sellers of new and used cruising boats.      Jeff Merrill, CPYB

IT’S YOUR CHOICE – Jeff believes that YOU should select both the boat you want AND the certified boat broker who will represent you.  Buyers and sellers need an advocate – a certified boat broker who is a good communicator and who can organize a detailed evaluation of boats on the market.

PURCHASING – Buyers should engage a seasoned broker for guidance through the purchase process. Jeff has developed comparison spread sheets and uses sales history data to educate buyers and determine real market value.   With your offer accepted, Jeff creates a time-line with due dates to complete all of the required steps.   After closing, Jeff enjoys training you aboard your boat.  This hands-on approach and post sale follow up cements long lasting relationships.

SELLING – Jeff will collaborate with you to prepare a marketing plan that differentiates your boat from the competition. One JMYS advantage is a detailed listing description with dozens of photos.  Marketing efforts including video (over 200,000 YouTube views) and other promotional avenues are reviewed to help you gain broader exposure.

PRODUCT KNOWLEDGE – At the core of Jeff’s success is a lifelong passion for the sea and his desire to share what he has learned.  Jeff’s thousands of offshore miles has provided material for numerous articles and multiple presentations at boating events across the country.

EXPERIENCE – Jeff has worked over thirty years in the marine industry completing hundreds of transactions. As a trawler specialist, Jeff’s expertise with new construction and brokerage presents you with an incredible resource. Jeff proudly represents the Bering Yachts line of full displacement steel trawlers.

ON THE GO – Jeff’s mobile brokerage business model sends him across the country and around the world.  In 2015 alone, Jeff has travelled to the Bering shipyard in

China and visited with clients all over the U.S. plus Mexico and Canada.

PROFESSIONALISM – Jeff is one of the few yacht brokers nationwide who are credentialed as a Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB) and licensed in California and Florida. Jeff’s dedication to his profession includes serving as President of the California Yacht Brokers Association (CYBA).

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