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Yarmouth


Jon Knowles, CPYB

Jon grew up sailing out of the local boatyard and the Portland Yacht Club in Falmouth, Maine. Any chance to get on the water was always an opportunity taken. Racing with boatyard customers, delivering boats, cruising the Maine coast; all were part of summers growing up.

After graduating from the University of Maine with a Marketing/Management degree Jon ran a ferry in Portland, Maine before setting sail for the Caribbean on a 35' sailboat with college friends. He was the mate aboard a 72' Herreshoff built in 1913 in the charter trade sailing the Virgin Islands. In 1977 he sailed to Norway aboard Schaefer Marine's 55' test vessel for a seven month circumnavigation of the North Atlantic.

Jon returned home to work for a local oil company but soon became the yacht sales manager for Handy Boat in Falmouth. In 1986 he opened East Coast Yacht Sales as a new boat dealership and brokerage operation. Jon has sold hundreds of new and used power and sailboats from 24' to 100' over the last 35 years. He has been an active member of the Portland Yacht Club for over 30 years, Commodore of the club in the early 90's along with being an early active member of the Yacht Architects and Brokers Association.

Jon has raced to Bermuda on various boats including skippering his own in 2008, raced to Halifax with customers and raced doubled handed in the last two Halifax Regatta's. His highlight in racing was crewing aboard a 55' Tripp design with his son onboard for the 2001 Jubilee Regatta in Cowes, England for the 150th anniversary of the America's Cup. He has also stopped to enjoy his family'; sailing on two offshore adventures sailing from Maine to Trinidad in 1996; and from Maine to Labrador, circumnavigating Newfoundland in 2000.

Today he spends his time selling, managing four offices, being on the water whenever possible and dreaming of future adventures aboard Abracadabra. When he is not sailing he enjoys skiing, biking, rowing and working in his shop.


Amanda Martin, CPYB

A native coastal Mainer, Amanda Martin has worked for ECYS since graduating from Dartmouth College in 2001.  She started in the service department commissioning new boats, then took a 3 year hiatus to work for Sabre Yachts in Maine.  As that company's Technical Sales Rep, she travelled North America meeting with sail and powerboat owners, and also worked closely with the engineering and production crews.  Happily returning to the ECYS family in 2006 as a yacht broker, Amanda has since achieved her Certified Professional Yacht Broker certification.  She holds a commercial lobstering license and enjoys hauling traps from her skiff and exploring the coast of Maine in her Sabre 38’ sailboat with her husband and children.  You may recognize her as "Miss March" from the 2005 Lobsterwomen of Maine calendar!


 Spencer Drake

Spencer’s lifelong love of boating began as an eight year old sailing student at the Harraseeket Yacht Club in South Freeport, Maine.  Throughout his youth, he honed his sailing skills to become an accomplished racer, sailing instructor and director of the program.  Summers teaching sailing and working at boatyards gave him a solid foundation throughout his college years.  Spencer has competed in many one design and J-24 regattas, locally and nationally, PHRF, as well as many offshore racing events to Nova Scotia and Bermuda.

Following college he began a career in technical sales, customer support and training in the survey, engineering & GPS equipment markets.  After developing new territory, educating customers on equipment and capabilities he decided to persue a business on his own where he owned and operated a specialty hardwood & millwork business servicing boat builders, furniture makers, cabinet shops and high end construction firms. This eventually led to the sale of that business which now lives on under new ownership. 

A current active member and past Commodore of Harraseeket Yacht Club, Spencer currently races and cruises his J-105 out of South Freeport, Maine with his wife and children and is an avid skier and hobbyist woodworker.  He looks forward to sharing his love of boating and knowledge with clients.


Bill Full, CPYB

Bill Full has been a broker with East Coast Yacht Sales since 1998, but his career in the marine industry spans four decades.

Raised around boats in Marblehead, MA, Bill was exposed to a wide range of both power and sailing yachts of the time. His father, well known marine surveyor, Giffy Full, made sure that Bill had experience on the water and in the industry from a young age. At 13, Bill had his first job on the waterfront helping an older gentleman sail his yacht. This led to jobs taking care of larger yachts in the area, working as Mate on the family passenger boats, doing a few shorter delivery jobs and a bit of commercial fishing.

After graduating from Maine Maritime Academy in 1976, Bill went on to work in the Merchant Marines for over 22 years including 13 years as Captain of some of the largest US Flag tankers ever built. Bill continues to hold an Unlimited Master Mariner’s License (Any Vessel, Any Ocean) and has several first class harbor pilotage endorsements and other professional credentials.

In between shipping assignments, Bill and his family could always be found cruising the various sail and power boats they or his parents owned. These days, when not assisting clients, Bill can be found racing or day sailing on his J/105 Persistence.

As a broker, Bill has handled the sale of a wide range of yachts and has been involved in custom new build programs. He has contributed to the marine industry by serving on the Board of the Yacht Brokers Association of America as well as being a Past President of the organization. He currently serves on the Certification Advisory Council for the Certified Professional Yacht Broker program.

“I am passionate about boats and look forward to working with you!”


Mike Iaconeta

Bio coming soon.


Marion Leiter

Marion Sanders Leiter grew up in Yarmouth, Maine and learned how to sail in turnabouts and lightnings at the Portland Yacht Club. She spent every summer on the Maine waters either sailing, powering or rowing. Attending Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, she sailed the midcoast area of Maine and decided the ocean was where she always wanted to be. Marion first started working around boats at a local boat yard in Portland in the early 90’s and working in the office for 9 years assisting with boat shows, flower shows along with the boat yard. She started at ECYS in 2000 and enjoys meeting people, and working with the buyers, sellers and brokers. Marion is a member at Harraseeket Yacht Club and enjoys her time with her husband and 3 chocolate Labradors.

 


Linda Iverson

What a fun way to spend my Saturdays! Since joining ECYS as a marketing assistant in October, 2007 my Saturday fun job has become much more than this – I have joined a family of professionals who adore sailing, the water and selling boats – quite an extraordinary perk for me! A Wisconsin native, I spent a year abroad in Australia as a senior in high school and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison four years later. I began my professional life as a legal secretary/assistant and paralegal and worked for law firms in Wisconsin, Rhode Island and Maine. As a graduate of a Big Ten school in the field of English/Secondary Education, it did take me quite a while to actually consider going into the field of teaching, but this I did in 1995. Having taught in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, I moved to Maine in 2002 with my family and began teaching at Lewiston High School in Lewiston, Maine a year later. I currently teach Grade 12 students in this very diverse community where my focus is the teaching of writing. When I am not gazing upon the gorgeous boats in our ECYS showroom, teaching at LHS, swimming laps or rowing my ergometer, I can be found in Brunswick, Maine where I live with my daughter.


Laura Peterson

Laura has been with East Coast Yacht Sales from day one, working as Jon’s assistant for 30 years. In June of 1981 Laura answered an ad for a “yacht broker’s secretary” and the rest as we say is history. 

As a young girl Laura spent summers between Cape Cod and Cross Lake, Maine with family. Her boating experience growing up was on lakes on small powerboats. She never set foot on a sailboat until she was 16 years old. That summer she cruised from Camden with a group of teenagers aboard The Adventure captained by Jim Sharp. As a result of that experience she realized her love and respect for the ocean. Laura lives in Brunswick, Maine with her dog, Luna (who is the official ECYS office dog), and cat, Tallulah.


 

Camden


Tom Babbitt, CPYB

Born with a love for the water, Tom began sailing at age 12 on a 16-foot sloop with cotton sails and a good bit of rot in the centerboard trunk. Two years later, he won the Fourth of July Championship in his first race as skipper. He was hooked!

Believing that perhaps his original destiny was to apply himself full time to his passion, Tom has shed the bonds of decades in the corporate world and is reveling in the challenges of yacht brokering. His goal is to share his passion for the water with his clients and make the buying and selling process as much fun as it has been for him.


Barb Ohland

After crewing on the Swan 57 "Fandango" in 1979-80, Barb worked as a secretary at Sparkman & Stephens in New York for Mitch Neff and Robert Garland. After a decade as Crewed Charter Broker for Bartram & Brakenhoff, Sun Yacht Yachts, and her own company "Yachtsource" Barb took a break to start a family.

She lives in Camden with her husband Geof, son and daughter and makes sure the Camden office runs smoothly.

 


 

Salem


Allen Schiller, CPYB

Allen Schiller began sailing small boats as a youngster on Cape Cod. Over the years, he’s participated in most major ocean racing events on the east coast, including six Bermuda races, five SORCs, several Marblehead/Halifax and Annapolis/Newport races. A Massachusetts native, Allen grew up in Belmont, MA and has lived in Marblehead for 30 years. Following graduation from Bucknell University, he began a career in manufacturing plant operations, product development, and customer service. But it wasn’t long before his avocation of sailboat racing lead him to a career as a yacht broker.

Of increasing importance and enjoyment is Allen’s role in overseeing new construction. His contacts among the boat yards, marine industry vendors and crew (both here and abroad) make him well qualified to put those projects together.

Allen enjoys the work he has put in serving on industry associations such as the Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBAA) and is a former member of the Board of Directors and spent many years sitting on YBAA’s Professional Standards and Ethics Committee. He was one of the first out of state yacht brokers to be licensed in Florida, first admitted to the Florida Yacht Brokers Association (FYBA) and has also been active on various industry technical and advisory committees, particularly relating to technology development.


Andrew Sheriff, CPYB

As a member of an active sailing family, Andrew was raised on the waters off Stonington, CT sailing primarily on Blue Jays, Lasers and various J Boats, among others. His adventures in boating began in his early childhood and have led to a broad array of recreational and competitive experiences on the water. His racing activities include numerous IRC, PHRF and one-design events, Block Island and Key West race weeks, the Marblehead-Halifax race, Newport-Bermuda race, Pineapple Cup, St. Barth’s Bucket and Shipyard Cup.

Andrew lives in Magnolia, MA and is an active member of the Manchester Yacht Club serving on the club’s Race Committee, as well as serving on the board of directors for the Manchester Sailing Association. He spends his free time on the coast of Maine in the summer and is also an avid fisherman and skier. Andrew’s boating knowledge – both sail and power – is sharp and his friendly professionalism creates a pleasant and informative buying or selling experience for his clients.


 

Linda Warren, CPYB

Linda Warren grew up in a sailing family and has been involved with boating her entire life. Growing up on the Great Lakes Linda was a dinghy racer and ran a large junior sailing program on the Great Lakes and another program on Cape Cod.

Linda brings a woman’s perspective to the male dominated world of yacht sales. She makes an extra effort to understand the customer’s needs as a family and to be sure everyone’s concerns and expectations are taken into consideration.

Linda has been active in the industry trade association Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBAA). She has served three terms on the board of directors and is a past vice president and the current treasurer. As a past vice president she spearheaded the rewriting of the YBAA Code of Ethics.


 

Newport


Bob Peckham, CPYB

Let’s face it, if we love boats, there was something in our lives that relentlessly pulled us in…..for me it was learning to sail in a Carib canoe while living on the windward coast of Martinique in the sixties…then the hook was set with some competitive sailing in college, and racing and cruising on the Maine coast. I have built and repaired boats, managed a boatyard, captained commercial sight-seeing vessels, and done some offshore sailing, ditch-crawling and as much gunk-holing as possible. It seems that a life-long love of boats is now well moored!

I had been the general manager of a Maine boatyard, and was involved with house- and boat-building, when a chance to sell the house and do some cruising came along…. As a family with very young boys, we bought an old Grand Banks, and in our snow-birding, managed to land in Florida. I spent the last seventeen years with Grand Bank’s dealers, selling new and brokerage boats of all kinds and sizes. But that love of New England was still there….

I am now happily anchored in Rhode Island, enjoying the waterfront life of Newport, Narragansett Bay and all the wonders that New England has to offer. I particularly enjoy getting out on the water with clients and friends, whether for a sea trial, a survey, or the delivery of a new boat. And that cruise back up to Maine is always beckoning…..


Tim Kohl

Tim Kohl has spent most of his life on the water. As a youth he grew up fishing the waters of the St Lawrence River. In high school he worked for a master marine carpenter doing wood repairs.

A degree from Rochester Institute of Technology in Printing Management served him well in his early career as a manager. From there, he ran printing plants. Then moving into the high tech imaging equipment sales and custom software solutions to national accounts like General Dynamics Marine, Honda, Bombardier and UTC.

Thirty years ago he was exposed to salt water sailing and fishing and never looked back.

A USCG Captain’s license and over 720 documented days at sea have allowed him exposure to great adventures offshore and around the buoys. His passion is to be at sea; sailing, offshore fishing, or delivering yachts.

A sailing racer for over twenty years, he has sailed in Newport, Long Island Sound, Maine, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, Key West, Charleston, and Annapolis. During that time he has crewed in numerous J 105 and J 109 North American championships with two firsts and two seconds overall

Now a resident of Newport Rhode Island, Tim lives in a community that feeds his passions.

Tim’s knowledge of the sea and boats – both sail and power and his sales professionalism creates a pleasant and informative buying or selling experience for his clients. He is a great resource to his clients.


 

Stonington


Ben Knowles

Whether it is by nature or nurture, Ben shares his father’s passion for yachting. Growing up in Maine, Ben spent every summer cruising with his family and racing dinghies at the Portland Yacht Club. As a youngster, two of his favorite Knowles family sailing adventures include the six months they spent cruising on a Mason 43 through the Caribbean islands and the two months during which they sailed from Yarmouth, ME to the northern most tip of Newfoundland on a J44.

When he wasn't cruising with his family, Ben enjoyed dinghy sailing. As a dinghy sailor Ben got his first taste of racing and honed his boat handling skills, winning various state and regional awards along the way. Outside of the dinghy boat arena, Ben has enjoyed campaigning a J100 throughout Maine with his father and racing J Boats in the Monhegan Island, Marblehead to Halifax, and Bermuda races. 

Ben attended St. Lawrence University and graduated with an economics degree. After spending his college years landlocked in upstate New York, Ben was eager to get back on the water. Since graduation, Ben has worked, lived, and raced on an assortment of boats. Ben delivered several boats to the Caribbean, where he later spent time working on boats of all shapes and sizes and racing as a bowman on Kialoa V, an 80’ maxi race boat. Prior to joining the ECYS team, Ben was one of three captains running a twelve-boat program. When he wasn't travelling to Europe as shore team manager on a RC44, Ben was running a J122 and a Grand Banks 49 Eastbay, serving as mate on a Lyman Morse 90’, and maintaining several center consoles. Given his background, Ben’s wide range of skills and unique experiences bring a different perspective to his customers.

Ben is passionate about what he does, and as a yacht broker he hopes that he can help others make as many great memories on the ocean as he’s had.


 

Lower Falls Landing
106 Lafayette Street
106 Lafayette Street
Yarmouth, ME 04096
United States
(207) 846-4545
Wayfarer Marine
1 Wayfarer Drive, Suite #1
1 Wayfarer Drive
Camden, ME 04843
United States
(207) 236-8656
Dion's Yacht Yard
23 Glendale Street
23 Glendale Street
Salem, MA 01970
United States
(978) 744-7070
One Maritime Drive
East Passage Yachting Center
Suite 1
Portsmouth, RI 02871
United States
(401) 682-2010
Dodson Boatyard
P.O. Box 209
194 Water Street
Stonington, CT 06378
United States
(860) 415-8282