Some of Mike’s earliest childhood memories are boating on Lake Ontario aboard his family’s 1949 Chris-Craft Sedan Cruiser.
As a teenager, Mike spent his summers touring the Great Lakes aboard Sail Training Vessels where he learned ship handling, navigation and marlinspike seamanship. Sometime later, he signed on with a 150’ British Sail Training Schooner that took him to ports in many European countries bordering the North Sea.
This experience combined with a two-year course in Marine Technology helped Mike earn certification in Coastal Navigation, Celestial Navigation and D.O.T. Marine Emergency Duties.
After a brief stint managing a Charter Boat operation on Manitoulin Island, Mike agreed to deliver a 1947 48’ Elco Motor Yacht from Toronto to Florida via Chicago, and the Tombigbee and Mississippi river systems.
What was supposed to be a one-month delivery turned out to be a three-year, 20,000 mile adventure up and down the eastern seaboard and through-out the Bahamas. It was during this time in his early 20’s that Mike acquired his USCG 100-Ton Masters license.
As time went on, Mike eventually made a transition from Captain to Yacht Broker, and then on to business owner.
Today, Mike is well recognized in the marine industry by fellow yacht brokers, business associates and boating enthusiasts. He serves on the Certification Advisory Committee for the Certified Professional Yacht Broker program, sits on the Board of Directors for the Yacht Brokers Association of America, and is a contributing writer for several national boating publications.
Mike hosts and produces a regular segment on Power Boat Television testing and reviewing pre-owned yachts. Should this paragraph be updated?
During the ‘off season’, Mike prefers to head south to escape the cold whenever he can and has been enjoying bare boat chartering in the British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten, and more recently Belize. As a certified PADI diver, Mike enjoys time on and below the surface of the water….just as long as it’s warm!