FORBES HORTON YACHTS

As yacht brokers based in Annapolis, MD, we have had to travel further and more often to find quality power and blue water sailing yachts for our buyers. Our yacht brokers have traveled to New England, Florida and all over the Mid Atlantic recently in order to find quality listings. The firming financial market trend and lack of brokerage inventory, specifically with regards to blue water boats, has caused prices to firm along the entire Mid Atlantic making Annapolis a perfect place to sell your boat. As yacht brokers in Annapolis, MD, we work hard not to just put your boat on the market by simply hanging a sign on the rail. We study the trends, inform our clients and put our listings in the market. At first glance, there seem to be many choices for yacht brokerage representation when it comes to selling your blue water sailboat or your powerboat. Give us a call today and we will prove that there is only one.

C. FORBES HORTON

Cleaveland Forbes Horton set ashore in Annapolis, MD in the spring of 2007 fresh from a 5,000-mile Caribbean cruise aboard his 34' Tartan Indra. A native of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, he grew up cruising the Maine coast with his family. His love of the sea led to a degree in Marine Biology from the University of New Hampshire, and later employment with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration designing and developing equipment for the offshore aquaculture industry. His blue water sailing experience includes numerous passages racing and cruising to Bermuda and the Caribbean. He has a United States Coast Guard Masters license and has commercially operated a range of vessels from celestial training schooners in the Gulf of Maine to salvage tugboats in the British Virgin Islands.    

In Annapolis, Horton began his professional yacht brokerage career working for Martin Bird & Associates and quickly became a top producer at the firm. He has been a YBAA member since 2007 and earned his Certified Professional Yacht Broker credentials in 2010. An expert in cruising sailboats and efficient power boats, he has helped hundreds of boaters buy and sell their yachts nationally and internationally. 

Horton was exposed to the yachting industry as a child. His father, Cleaveland F. Horton Sr., the owner and founder of Sea Frost marine refrigeration, introduced him to the top manufactures in the industry and provided him with an insider’s view of the yacht construction and design process. On windless summer evenings he and his wife, Jamie,and their two young boys, Hendrix and Maxwell, are often seen ghosting through the harbor aboard SCOUT, their custom-built Handy Billy motor launch.

Horton has a vast knowledge of marine systems and yacht construction. He has restored several classics, like his S&S designed Tartan, and supervised the construction of a NOAA-funded research vessel. His strong work ethic and customer dedication have made him a successful broker with satisfied customers on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Horton believes that in yacht sales, information is the most useful tool. Whether you're buying or selling a boat, he is happy to share his knowledge to help you make the right decision.

LLOYD COOPER

Lloyd Cooper was bought up in the county of Cambridgeshire in England. When, at 19, he got the opportunity to move to Annapolis MD, the sailing capital of the United States, he jumped at it. As an equipment operator at Bert Jabin’s Yacht Yard, a full-service boatyard in Annapolis MD, he gained experience with yachts of all types and became a specialist in marine systems. Cooper is an excellent trouble-shooter -- a skill he puts to use during pre-purchase surveys and which has helped save many deals and many thousands of dollars for his clients.

Lloyd has worked as professional yachtsman since 2007 and has skippered and maintained yachts ranging from a 58’ S&S designed ketch to a Flemming 55. Lloyd has crewed aboard a multitude of privately-owned sail and motor yachts, and is fluent in the language of luxury. He has accumulated thousands of sea miles serving as captain and mate and has done multiple deliveries to the Caribbean and beyond. His European connections and network of contacts range from the Mediterranean to Australia.

Lloyd is the president and founder of GYST Marine, a yacht management company based in Annapolis MD. He is adept with all ship-board systems and has certifications from the Annapolis school of Seamanship ranging from diesel mechanics 1 and 2 to radar navigation. Lloyd is an outstanding sailor and he enjoys working closely with his clients to help them not only find the right boat, but to use it to its fullest potential.

BILL DAY

Bill Day has had a successful yacht brokerage career and is known amongst the brokerage community as the “Judge”, not only for his rock solid ethics, but for his previous career as a District Judge in Pennsylvania. He has built an excellent reputation as one of the primary sail and powerboat brokers on the Chesapeake Bay and is widely known in the brokerage community. His niche is in selling cruising sailboats and he has extensive knowledge about downeast-style powerboats. Bill’s experience in yachts has furthered his reputation amongst his clients as being honest, hardworking, and a great closer. When you work with Bill, you will see that one of his many strengths is in developing and maintaining long term relationships with his clients.

Bill is a Philadelphia area native and grew up sailing and power boating on the Chesapeake Bay’s Eastern Shore. At the ripe old age of 10, Bill was known to take off in the family’s 13’ Boston Whaler from the Elk River and cruise to Annapolis, where he and his crew would “borrow” the AYC docks for a walk into town. He loves to cruise the Bay and offshore, when the opportunity arises. When asked where some of his favorite cruising grounds are, he emphatically describes his trips to Newport and Cuttyhunk.

Bill is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI and attended Widener University School of Law. While living in the Philadelphia area, he was an active member of the Corinthian Yacht Club of Philadelphia. Bill is one of less than 500 Certified Professional Yacht Brokers (CPYB) in the yacht sales industry. He is also a member of the Yacht Broker’s Association of America (YBAA).

GRAHAM MCKAY

Graham McKay’s love for boats is innate. As a young boy he spent his days endlessly poking around the banks of the Merrimack River in a skiff.  He built his first boat when he was in high school and has owned and built boats ever since. During breaks from Harvard College, McKay took every opportunity to sail aboard Tall Ships. Following graduation, he sought to experience the maritime industry from all angles. McKay spent a few years alternating between commercial fishing and professional sailing. During his time ashore, Graham sought out work in shipyards where he could gain experience in heavy timber construction working with Harold Burnham, the foremost expert in late 19th century shipbuilding methods. Having spent so much time above the water, McKay longed to see what lies below and so began working as a semi-commercial diver and marine scientist at the University of New Hampshire and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Still not satisfied with his experiences, Graham attended the University of Bristol in England where he received a master’s degree in Maritime History and Archaeology. Upon his return, McKay was made a captain for the Ocean Classroom Foundation; an educational organization that provides programs of sea education and adventure for the youth of America aboard the schooners Westward, Spirit of Massachusetts and Harvey Gamage. When not at sea, McKay is the manager and boat builder at Lowell’s Boat Shop; a working museum located in Amesbury, Massachusetts. Lowell’s Boat Shop was founded in 1793 on the banks of the Merrimack River and is the birthplace of the dory, a tradition boat used widely in the fishing industry over the past two centuries. Today, Lowell’s is a National Historic Landmark and America’s oldest operating boat shop. Graham’s role at Lowell’s is to oversee the boatbuilding operations building high end traditional boats for discerning customers to the centuries old Lowell’s tradition.  He also acts as the curator of the museum and teaches several adult boatbuilding classes a year in addition to coordinating the museum’s youth after-school and summer rowing programs. McKay holds a USCG 100 master’s license and has operated boats and ships commercially for more than a decade. Graham brings a wealth of knowledge to the table and his clients benefit greatly from his experience and willingness to educate and inform both buyers and sellers.  Simply put, he is an expert in the construction and performance details of classically built watercraft.

JUAN WATSON

Juan Watson was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. At the age of 20, he left his native Country as professional crew aboard “ESSENCE” a 92’ Ted Hood designed cutter. After fourteen years in the mega yacht industry, he has firsthand knowledge of vessel systems and yacht design. Juan’s unique qualifications provide first hand training to new owners of both power and sail. Juan has been involved with several large scale refits including: a 6 month refit of “ANTARA” a 152’ Perini Navi at the Perini Navi yard in Viareggio Italy and a 4 month refit of “WATERFORD” a 101’ Sovereign in Fort Lauderdale Florida. Juan is able to transfer his valuable experience gained in refit & project management to the brokerage arena. His understanding of vessel systems and running requirements afford his clients piece of mind before and after a sale. Juan holds a MCA Chief Officer of yachts unlimited up to 3000 gross tons and a MCA Master of yachts unlimited 200 gross tons license. He has been fortunate to have sailed in the waters of the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Bahamas, Adriatic, Great Lakes, US East Coast and has completed three Trans-Atlantic crossings. Additionally, Juan holds a US power boating instructor rating.

Justin Olewack

As a native Washingtonian, Justin E. Olewack has spent countless recreational hours exploring the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. As a youth he and his family moved to the South of Florida where he was first exposed to production boat building. Since then, Justin has spent free time boating along the Atlantic Coast and through the various channels of the Florida Keys and Downeast Maine. Missing Maryland's charm and beauty he returned "home" to continue on his journey. Justin graduated with a B.S. in General Business from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. While in college, he launched a small business that quickly morphed into a top producing service business in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. As a business owner Justin quickly learned the importance of strategic marketing and selling. He was able to grow his business by fostering professional relationships, networking in the community, and taking a proactive approach to problem solving -- all of which are skills that have easily been transferred to his career as a broker. Justin is fluently versed in high end residential construction which translates in paying close attention to construction detail. Justin also frequently attends community events and is an active member of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Smith School Alumni Association. Justin has a strong personal brand which has allowed him to position himself as a valuable team member for listing and selling yachts in the Mid-Atlantic region. In addition, he is highly trained in market analysis, multiple listing database, internet advertising, social media campaigns, graphic design, and public relations. He knows what it takes to sell your yacht and is a valuable asset to FHY sales team.


EXPERIENCED BROKERS
We have hands-on experience with the top manufactures in the industry.  Whether you are looking to sell a Sabre, Hinckley, Morris, Able, Eastbay, MJM, Nordic Tug, Fortier, Dyer, Tartan, Saga, Deerfoot, Baba or purchase a Valiant, Passport, J-Boat, Pacific Seacraft, Tashiba, Taswell, Norseman, Nordic, Sceptre, Bristol, Cape Dory, Hans Christian, or Southern Cross, we have the knowledge and experience to ensure a successful transaction.As professional yacht brokers we will do the legwork of previewing any yacht of interest, gather all of pertinent details, perform a thorough market analysis and report back to you before you get aboard.The Multi Listing System allows us to show any available yacht and affords buyers the ability to develop a one on one relationship with our brokers.  A thorough understanding of theclient’s needs and goals leads to more efficient showings and a more satisfying experience for all. As your buyer’s agent we will provide expert advice at no cost to you and introduce you to the yacht you have been searching for.


GETTING YOUR BOAT SOLD
Our policy in preparing our centrally listed boats is to give each boat a multi point inspection and a free market analysis in order to accurately develop a marketing strategy.  As yacht brokers in Annapolis MD we have the unique ability to provide sellers with quotes for upgrades or repairs that could be considered in order to realize the maximum market value of the yacht.  Our yacht detailers can make your boat stand tall by routinely keeping her presentable and offer a boat sitting plan that keeps batteries charged and bilges dry.   In house technicians provide significant savings and our yacht brokerage expertise helps ensure that any investment made will produce favorable results. 


ECONOMICS
Clients with centrally listed yachts save money by listing with Forbes Horton Yachts (yacht brokers in Annapolis MD).   In the event survey deficiencies are found we have the knowledge and expertise to accurately interpret findings, accurately convey their significance and remedy them cost effectively without compromise thanks to our dedicated team of ABYC certified technicians.


MEDIA
At Forbes Horton Yachts (yacht brokers in Annapolis MD) our technical prowess does not only exist in the boatyard.  We have a dedicated IT support staff continually at work on internet marketing and web optimization so that our centrally listed yachts receive maximum exposure in the right places. Our custom website is a significant resource for buyers thanks to proprietary search tools and optimized search functions


IMAGING
At Forbes Horton Yachts we use professional photography on select centrally listed boats to accurately represent your yacht and to showcase the features that make her better than all of the rest.    Our expert photographers can not only document your yachts strong suits they can make them stronger.  This level of detailed photo documentation lets buyers know that the boat they see in the advertisement is the boat they buy.

Mobile: 443-254-2337
Office: 410-268-2337
Fax:        410-268-0198
Email: Forbes@forbesyachts.com

Jabin's Yacht Yard
7344 Edgewood Rd suite 7
Annapolis, MD 21403


C. FORBES HORTON
443 254 2337

forbes@forbesyachts.com

 

LLOYD COOPER
443 852 0093

lloyd@forbesyachts.com

 

BILL DAY
484-576-0804
Bill@forbesyachts.com

 

GRAHAM MCKAY
978 457 4703

graham@forbesyachts.com

 

JUAN WATSON
4109728136

juan@forbesyachts.com

Justin Olewack
301 580 9107

Justin@forbesyachts.com

 
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