Trawler Specialists

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

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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






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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

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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

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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

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Licensed Yacht Salesperson in Florida


John Hoffman

In January of 2015 he retired from Nordhavn and rekindled Palm City Marine back into business doing repairs and custom installs at the former Nordhavn Stuart long dock and pier.  John’s product knowledge, systems skills and friendly, helpful attitude have prepared him for the next phase of his career, being a yacht broker for JMYS.  John has his yacht salesman license in Florida and is eager to work with many current clients and also looking forward to helping new buyers and sellers.


To contact John:

Mobile – +1 772.215.3720

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Licensed Yacht Salesperson in Florida


Rob Piwowarczyk

Born in Poland, Rob spent his early childhood hiking and skiing the mountains of his homeland.

In the late 1970’s his family escaped the Communist controlled country and ended up in West Germany. Eventually the family was able to emigrate to the United States. After a short stay in New York they traveled west and established a new home in beautiful Colorado.

Rob has lived most of his adult life in Colorado as an entrepreneur, launching and ultimately selling two successful businesses and raising two beautiful daughters.


To contact Rob:

Mobile – +1 720.490.5662

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Licensed Yacht Salesperson in California


Elle Conwell

Elle Conwell has been around boats and on the water for as long as she can remember. The daughter of competitive sail boat racing parents, she grew up in Southern California and began racing her own sailboat in grade school.

Love of the ocean drew her to Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA, where she studied and graduated with a degree in business. The campus proximity to the Pacific ocean was a daily reminder of the sea in her blood and kept her lungs constantly filled with salt air. She spent summers working with young children teaching them to sail.

An active scuba diver and swimmer, she interned with the U.S. Navy following graduation and worked training marine mammals. Daily contact with sea lions and dolphins reinforced her desire to continue working on the water.

Elle joined the JMYS team in January 2018 to manage our social media and marketing. Her duties have expanded now that she is a licensed California yacht salesperson. Learning the ropes to become a broker, she has already been involved with several listings and surveys. Elle is thrilled to be lucky enough to do something she loves and working with JMYS allows her to enthusiastically share her boating experience with others.

Elle was recently married and relocated to Florida to be with her husband, Doug. Her future is wide open for traveling and boating. Working in an industry she understands with a strong appreciation of the multiple relationships involved in the trawler world, Elle is a very welcome addition to our team and looks forward to meeting current and future trawler clients of JMYS. Please feel free to call or email Elle if you would like to discuss your boating ideas.


To contact Elle:

Mobile – +1 562.230.8203

Email –

Licensed Yacht Salesperson in California


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