Bennie has embraced the boating lifestyle to the maximum. Besides being a yacht broker and a captain, he and his wife Karen, sold their house and moved aboard their Irwin 43 Sailboat, With his years of experience as a professional captain, boat owner and boat buyer, Bennie knows first hand the challenges of finding the right boat at the right price that will meet a clients needs. Having walked many miles in a buyer’s and seller’s deck shoes in his personal boat buying and selling experiences, Bennie has a great empathy for what it’s like to be on the other side of the brokerage desk. He consults and guides clients through the process in an easy, informed and fun manner.
Bennie is also an American Sail Association (ASA) certified sailing instructor. He specializes in orienting new boat owners to their newly purchased boats. “I get the most amount of personal satisfaction in seeing how my efforts at connecting people with boats, and boats with people, have led to so many incredibly positive personal transformations for my clients.”
He is a Florida native and lives in St Petersburg. He and his wife, Karen (also a captain and ASA instructor) can often be found on their Irwin 43 Mk II. They have three children, five grand-children and two Schipperke’s (the best boat dogs ever!).