The idea of taking off on a great adventure to explore distant shores aboard your own yacht has inspired a great number of people to look very closely at recreational power boats, specifically “trawlers” as the safest, easiest and most efficient method to safely accomplish this.
Entering into the trawler market as a buyer, whether this is the first time or you are a “repeat offender”, can be a daunting, potentially overwhelming proposition. There are so many decisions you have to make and a lot of things to think about that you may not even realize are important.
The Trawler Lifestyle is a great escape from the routines of the traditional 9 – 5 work world rat race. Instead of sitting in traffic or staring at your computer screen while gazing out an office window – you are sitting in a helm chair and looking out your pilothouse…at waterfront views!
1,000 NightsMarch 30, 2017-Back in December of 2013 Jeff flew back to Massachusetts. with David and Susan to help them buy the Nordhavn 47 they named “Dragonfly”. It was snowy, icy and very cold – winter was in full freeze mode. Long time dinghy sailors, this was a big switch to buy a trawler. After de-winterizing and splashing.
TrawlerFest – Stuart, FL 2017 – RecapMarch 07, 2017-If the first TrawlerFest of 2017 is any indication, we are all in for a spectacular ride (planning at high speeds vs. plodding at full displacement). The attendance was fantastic, trawler owners and buyers traveled from all over the US and internationally to attend this remarkable event. Sunny days with a few scattered showers set.
Jeff Merrill appointed FPB west coast ambassadorMarch 01, 2017-Jeff Merrill is proud to announce his appointment as FPB ambassador for the US west coast. The FPB designs by Steve and Linda Dashew are proven ocean crossing power yachts that are safe, reliable, comfortable and capable of non-stop passages running thousands of miles. Jeff has been associated with the FPB brand since the middle.
PassageMaker Magazine Issue Number OneFebruary 28, 2017-I’ve known Bill and Laurene Parlatore since my sailboat building days…we met shortly after PassageMaker magazine was first published. At that time, I was the sales VP at cruising sailboat builder Pacific Seacraft and we were introducing a new “fast trawler” designed by Bruce King of Ericson sailboat fame. Back in the late 90’s it.
Don’t be afraid to go Outside! – Yachts Miami Beach 2017February 27, 2017-Thank you very much for attending the CruiserPort section of the Yachts Miami Beach boat show and for sitting in on my class. It is always very satisfying for me to speak to a group and share some of what I have learned over the past thirty plus years working with cruising clients. The trawler lifestyle.
Trawler Fest – Stuart Florida 2017February 17, 2017-PassageMaker magazine TrawlerFest in Stuart, FL Feb 28 – March 4, 2017 TrawlerFest is moving their Florida venue to Hutchinson Island Marina in Stuart, FL. There will be an impressive selection of new and used trawlers on display during the boat show. The TrawlerFest series highlights education and there is always a wide variety of.
Yachts Miami Beach Seminar – February 17, 2017February 12, 2017-Yachts Miami Beach Seminar – February 17, 2017 If you are planning to visit the brokerage show, please mark your calendar for a Friday afternoon seminar taught by Jeff Merrill. Here is the topic and course description. Don’t Be Afraid to Go “Outside” presented by Jeff Merrill Date: Feb 17, 2017 | Time: 2:30PM to.
Donald Allen joins JMYSFebruary 07, 2017-We are very pleased to announce the addition of Donald Allen to the JMYS team. Donald is now formally licensed and bonded in Florida and has joined us as a yacht sales consultant. Donald is located in Newport, Rhode Island, the sailing capital of the world, and will be helping cover the eastern United States.
Learning the steps to dance with SambaJanuary 04, 2017-(Chartering a Nordhavn 52 in Alaska) Anything worth doing is worth doing right. Whether you are learning how to fly a drone, bake a new dish or cross an ocean in a trawler…there are a lot of things to contemplate. I’m not much of a cook or a pilot, but I have been involved with.
FYBA – Florida Yacht Brokers Association – changes name to IYBANovember 16, 2016-The FYBA is now the IYBA – International Yacht Brokers Association. JMYS has been a member of FYBA for several years as we believe strongly in supporting the regional associations where we do business. There are over 1,300 IYBA members and they are truly scattered all over the world. The JMYS website and our listing.
2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show recapNovember 09, 2016-The 2016 FLIBS event was another extravaganza with hundreds of yachts on display. The show was held November 3 – 7 at several locations – Bahia Mar, Swimming Hall of Fame, Hilton, Convention center and Pier 66. JMYS did not have a boat in the show this year, but Jeff Merrill attended and had dozens.
Ocean Navigator magazine Chuck Husick AwardOctober 27, 2016-Ocean Navigator magazine presents the Chuck Husick award each year to highlight the advancements of marine technology. The Chuck Husick Marine Technology Award is named after Ocean Navigator’s contributing editor, Chuck Husick, who was an expert on all things nautical and technological and who wrote numerous articles for the magazine and website. This year Jeff.
Bay Bridge Trawler Fest 2016 recapOctober 10, 2016-The modern trawler world has been popularized by PassageMaker magazine which is based in Annapolis, MD. This same seafaring city has a rich history and is also famous for the U.S. Naval Academy, national power and sailboat boat shows, a great collection of restaurants, bars and of course the people who live there and visit. .
Nordhavn 56 Motorsailer video sails past 100,000 viewsSeptember 09, 2016-Back in the summer of 2011 I was working at PAE and we had this wonderful product at our docks, the Nordhavn Motorsailer. PAE has a rich sailing heritage with the Mason sailboat line, but a Nordhavn that could sail? Well, people couldn’t figure it out. Is it a sailboat or a trawler? Interest was.
Bay Bridge Trawler Fest (near Annapolis, MD) September 29 – October 1September 03, 2016-The last TrawlerFest of the year begins at the end of this month. Bay Bridge (in Stevensville, MD) is a new TrawlerFest venue. The first one was scheduled last year, but hurricane Joaquin barreled up the east coast to crash the party and the event had to be called off. It was a shame, a.
Trawler and Motor Vessel Technical Training WorkshopSeptember 01, 2016-Hosted by Steve D’Antonio – October 15 and 16, 2016 Steve D’Antonio has announced registration is open for his next technical training workshop in October. Registration is limited to 26 participants and previous events have sold out. The workshop will be held at the Deltaville Boat Yard (DBY) in Deltaville, Virginia with yard owner, Keith.
81 degrees in August sets cool recordAugust 15, 2016-Summer 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.
Sea Magazine – Broker ShowcaseAugust 01, 2016-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.
Anacortes, WA TrawlerFest recapMay 30, 2016-Anacortes, WA is a great town to host PassageMaker magazine’s Trawler Fest. It is a perfect place for cruisers to provision before heading out locally to the San Juan and Gulf island groups or even further north to Canada and Alaska. A number of trawlers make Cap Sante marina their home base and for good.
Anacortes, WA TrawlerFest May 19th – 21st 2016May 01, 2016-PassageMaker magazine has a full schedule of seminars and a marina filled with trawlers to entice visitors to make the pilgrimage to Anacortes again this year for TrawlerFest. Boat Show Hours: Thursday – Saturday 10am – 5pm Location: Cap Sante Marina 1019 Q Ave #C Anacortes, WA 98221 Jeff Merrill has been invited back to.
2016 Steve D’Antonio Spring Deltaville, VA Trawler Work shop recapApril 30, 2016-The spring Trawler Workshop hosted by Steve D’Antonio at the Deltaville Boat yard on April 16th and 17th was a huge success. Attendees arrived from all over the country representing the states of Washington, California, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, North Carolina and Florida – really a spread out group. The owner of Deltaville Boat.
Purchasing a Used Boat in CaliforniaApril 07, 2016-One of the many important projects Jeff has been working on as president of the California Yacht Brokers Association (CYBA) has been to manage the creation of “Purchasing a Used Boat in California”. Two CYBA Board members, Nick Friedman and Jeff Merrill, spent hours putting the new draft together and then incorporated great additional input.
Trawler and Motor Vessel Technical Training WorkshopApril 02, 2016-Hosted by Steve D’Antonio – April, 2016 Steve D’Antonio is one of the most talented marine professionals we know. For many years we have collaborated with Steve on both new and used boat projects. Our business relationship has grown into a very strong friendship and JMYS is proud to recommend Steve and his impressive consulting.
Yachts Miami Beach 2016 RecapMarch 17, 2016-The spectacular Retired Sailor III was the JMYS featured boat this year at the Yachts Miami Beach boat show. This annual brokerage show on Collins Avenue is normally a great location to show case a special boat like RSIII, but unfortunately this year the traffic was way down. Jeff Merrill and Ray Danet were open.
Andy Nemier joins JMYSFebruary 29, 2016-We are very pleased to announce the addition of Andy Nemier to the JMYS team. Andy is now formally licensed in California and looking forward to working in the pleasure boat side of the marine industry he loves. Andy Nemier brings a lifetime of real-world boating experience, (and his passion for being underway) to our.
Retired Sailor III on display – Yachts Miami Beach (Collins Ave.)January 20, 2016-The stunning aluminum twin engine trawler, Retired Sailor III, will be available for inspection during the Yachts Miami Beach show. Retired Sailor III is home based in Virginia (under the watchful eye of Keith Ruse from the Deltaville Boat Yard) and was moved south to attend the show due to the demand of potential clients.
Nordhavn 43 Island Magic surges past 100,000 viewsNovember 11, 2015-Nordhavn 43 Island Magic surges past 100,000 views A few years ago the idea of promoting brokerage boats for sale by video was kind of a novel idea. YouTube was still gaining momentum and it was kind of rare to see a brokerage boat video. I wanted to try something innovative to promote my Nordhavn.
Happy HalloweenOctober 31, 2015-October 31st is one of the all-time holidays for kids – who can forget running from house to house to get your share of pirates loot filled with candy? And the costumes! How fun to figure out whom you were going to be for the night and live a split personality existence if only for.
The New Urban Boater – MRA conference Santa Barbara, CAOctober 27, 2015-www.marina.org Marina Recreation Association’s 44th Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show – October 26 – 28, 2015 – The Fess Parker – A Doubletree Hotel by Hilton Santa Barbara, CA. The Theme for the 2015 conference was “Mission Possible”. The Marina Recreation Association is an organization dedicated to making boaters experiences at marinas and resorts.
Building a Trawler – Ordering a new Nordhavn 52September 09, 2015-The Nordhavn 52 Dirona is one of the best boat building projects I have even been involved with. James and Jennifer Hamilton worked with me for over eight years before we finally got to the stage where they were ready to purchase. At that time I was still working with PAE/Nordhavn and over the course.
Sea Magazine – Broker ShowcaseAugust 01, 2015-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.
Jeff Merrill interview on the Pendana BlogJuly 07, 2015-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.
Ray Danet joins JMYSJuly 01, 2015-Press 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.
PMM Go with a ProApril 01, 2015-PassageMaker magazine is the leading publication covering the recreational trawler market worldwide. In addition to boat and product reviews there are articles on destinations, maintenance and the trawler lifestyle in general. In early 2015 PassageMaker published an article about FSBO (For Sale by Owner) that was filled with inaccuracies creating an uproar amongst the boat.
Jeff Merrill named new president of California Yacht Brokers AssociationFebruary 13, 2015-The California Yacht Brokers held their annual members’ dinner at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach Saturday, January 17th. The event marked the 39th year of the association, and was well-attended by nearly 100 yacht brokers and salesmen, affiliate members, other marine industry participants, and guests. After enjoying a cocktail hour with live music on the outdoor plaza, the group was seated for an exceptional meal.
Nordhavn 55 on display at Trawler FestJanuary 05, 2015-The Nordhavn 55 South By West will be our featured display boat at the upcoming Riviera Beach, FL TrawlerFest. South By West is a knock out with a beautiful cherry interior and decked out with the upgraded hydraulics package. For a sneak peak preview, please watch the video and view the write up on our.
PMM 20th Anniversary AdJanuary 01, 2015-Jeff Merrill is the president of Jeff Merrill Yacht Sales, Inc. Jeff is a 30-year marine-industry veteran who offers worldwide professional representation for buyers and sellers of new and used premium-brand ocean-going trawlers. As a trawler specialist, Jeff will provide you with the experience and personal attention you deserve! PMM: Jeff, how long have you been.
Nordhavn 47 – Training a DragonflyJune 01, 2014-By Jeff Merrill, CPYB I’ll be the first to admit that I have one of the best jobs around. It really is a lot of fun working and spending time with clients who become friends on their marvelous yachts. I get to spend all day, every day helping people enjoy the trawler lifestyle. The people.
TrawlerFest AnacortesMay 01, 2014-Traveling between ports requires understanding and knowledge of some fundamental skills to ensure a safe trip. This two day course is designed to be both an introduction and a refresher for owner operators and their crew. Learn the rudimentary basics of weather forecasting, route planning, watch standing, engine room checks, pilothouse navigation/electronics operations, and much.
Nordhavn 47 – Riding a SequelApril 01, 2014-By Jeff Merrill, CPYB In January 2014, Jim and Joyce Brown closed the deal to finalize their purchase of the Nordhavn 47 known as Eden and now called Sequel. An appropriate “encore” of a name for the important next chapter in their lives. Jim is a staff commodore of the Los Angeles Yacht Club (which.
Jeff Merrill Yacht Sales opens in Seal BeachFebruary 13, 2014-SEAL BEACH -- Jeff Merrill has announced the opening of his yacht brokerage firm, Jeff Merrill Yacht Sales, Inc., providing worldwide professional representation for buyers and sellers of premium brand ocean going trawlers.
JMYS Open for BusinessFebruary 01, 2014-Opening of Boat Brokerage Firm Jeff Merrill, CPYB has just announced the opening of his own boat brokerage firm, Jeff Merrill Yacht Sales, Inc., providing worldwide professional representation for buyers and sellers of premium brand, ocean going trawlers. JMYS Release
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