014 was a whirlwind for me and I’m proud to announce that JMYS has enjoyed a very successful first year. Life as a Trawler Specialist has proven to be very rewarding indeed!
I’m very fortunate to have a solid group of friends and boating enthusiasts who appreciate my personal approach to selling and purchasing trawlers. The full launch of my website, www.JMYS.com in September of 2014, has led to greatly increased visibility and provides me with a wonderful platform to express my core message which quite simply is, It’s-Your-Choice.
During my first year I became so immersed in the start up details required to build my yacht brokerage that I had to step away from the quarterly email blasts I used to do. This email is my first formal distribution for 2015 and it is my intention for the future frequency of these reports to be reasonable and timely. I still believe phone calls and in-person visits are the best ways to maintain relationships and keep in touch, but emails are a pretty convenient way to reach a lot of people.
I’m packing up to fly to Florida for the PassageMaker magazine Riviera Beach TrawlerFest where I’ll have the Nordhavn 55 South By West on display and am giving two presentations.
Ocean Navigator magazine has asked me to continue writing more “Dialing-In” your trawler articles; a fun stage for me to share many of the important cruising secrets I have learned over the years.
In April I’m joining my good friend and industry colleague, Steve D’Antonio, for a Trawler Workshop at the Deltaville Boat Yard in Virginia. This event is already sold out, but here’s a link to find out about future events – Trawler-Workshop.
The freedom of being an independent yacht broker has led to some intriguing opportunities. Most significantly I have been invited by Bering Yachts to help them promote their incredible designs. My wife Pam and I flew to their China ship yard in December and I’m very excited to now be their west coast sales representative. You can learn more about their steel construction by logging on to Bering-Yachts.
JMYS has four exceptional listings with more in the works. The Nordhavn 55 South By West and Nordhavn 47 Arcadia II are detailed below. I would also like to highlight these two boats;
Using YouTube videos to promote my listings has proven very effective (and they are a lot of fun to create)!
Closer to home I have just been elected president of the California Yacht Brokers Association (CYBA) and still managing to find some time to race sailboats with Pam. 2015 is filled with great promise and unlimited potential. I appreciate your continued support and look forward to seeing you in person soon!
Mobile – 949.355.495949949.355.4950
Email – Jeff.Merrill@JMYS.com
55 South By West
South By West has just completed a wonderful cruise to the Bahamas from her Florida base and after seven years of great times aboard her owners (second owners) now have their sights set on a larger boat. This truly was a watershed hull in the production series as the original owner pushed for major upgrades and improvements with their salesman, Ray Danet, an expert cruiser himself, who was the Florida sales manager for PAE at the time. Trips to the yard in Xiamen, China helped to complete the ideal cruiser which was delivered in 2006. Due to changing circumstances, the original owner only used the boat for 260 hours before she changed hands in 2007. Her current owners are experienced boaters who knew South By West was something special when they purchased her and have actively travelled 20,000 miles while maintaining her in perfect condition. They have explored from Martha’s Vineyard to Conception Island, via Baltimore, the Chesapeake Bay, Charleston, Dry Tortugas, Bahamas and more…
The Nordhavn 47 design is handsome, roomy, practical and efficient. It is known in the offshore cruising community as an ideal family cruiser. Her quiet ride and exceptional passage making attributes are embodied in her safe and efficient offshore layout and generous engine room.
Arcadia II is a superb example of a beautifully maintained Nordhavn 47 that has been actively cruised by knowledgeable owners. She features the three stateroom layout with two separate staterooms forward, providing great accommodation flexibility for family and crew aboard. A 2003 model year build, she was one of the few 47’s built in the South Coast Taiwan yard, where the Nordhavn reputation for craftsmanship and reliability started. Arcadia II has provided her owners thousands of miles of comfortable and reliable cruising from Alaska to the Caribbean and back. She is fully equipped with all the equipment to cross any ocean and is ready to take the new owner anywhere imagination leads.