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, Annapolis/Newport races and been on the winning crew of the St. Bart’s Bucket Regatta.
A Massachusetts native from Belmont, he has lived in Marblehead for 38 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.
In 1978, Allen started as a yacht broker for Ted Hood’s Little Harbor Yacht Sales in Marblehead, exciting and very interesting times until 1986, when Ted relocated the company to Rhode Island. Next came 22 years at Alden Yacht Brokerage in Boston. In the summer of 2008 he helped open East Coast Yacht Sales’ Salem office.
During his stint at Alden, Allen handled many major transactions involving some of the world’s best-known yachts and yachtsmen. Most recently, this included FREEDOM, a 125-ft Sparkman and Stephens design built by former Treasury Secretary William Simon, and sold to someone he had known for 20 years. That was followed by a custom Ray Hunt motoryacht on the west coast that had to end up on the east coast, for another 20 year client!
When asked which yacht transaction stands out in his long career, he recalls a specific day in which he had two closings – a $2 million Burger Motoryacht and a 19-ft catboat that sold for $21,000. What he values most is the relationships he’s developed and maintained.
Of increasing importance and enjoyment is Allen’s role in overseeing new construction. His contacts among the boat yards, marine industries vendors and crew (both here and abroad) make him well qualified to put those projects together.
Allen has shared his time with industry associations including the Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBAA) as 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.
Allen lives with his wife, Barbara and has a son Jeffery, a Wake Forest graduate, working in D.C. He is a past Director and former Vice President and Treasurer of the Marblehead Youth Hockey Association. Until recently he also served as a Director of Friends of Marblehead Hockey, a fund-raising organization that operates several charitable events including a major golf tournament, with proceeds to benefit Marblehead youth.