My Watery CV


My first yacht was a 12 foot skiff given to me at 8 by my grandfather. Since then I have been a serial boat owner. To wit:

A Seaway 19 lobster style center console, The Boat
An Albin 36 trawler, Polar Bear
A Wilbur 38 flybridge, Sea Bass
A 21’ Lund Alaskan for Striper Fishing, Chummy
A 14’ Alumacraft Skiff, Chummy Junior
A Bristol 41.1 center cockpit sloop, Skylark
A Dyer 29, Etchemin
  plus way too many small craft, a number of which I built myself.

On the professional side of the marine industry, my first job out of college was in the fiberglass shop at Hinckley, followed by stints in the other boatbuilding trades at Hinckley, and finally as the Production Manager in the mid-1970's. In the process I learned the trade from keel to delivery. Friends and former customers kept me on the water as offshore crew while I tried to make enough money to be a boat owner myself. Some eras were better than others. In the mid 1990's, I reunited with an old friend from Hinckley days and began a half dozen year period doing annual deliveries on a 57' Alden/Derector yawl from Norfolk to the Virgin Islands. Another old colleague got me on a Hinckley 59 for a couple of spring trips from the Carribbean to Maine.

After a 23 year entrepreneurial adventure in the furniture industry grounded on the shoals of the Great Recession, I went back into the boat business in 2011 in a hybrid marketing/brokerage capacity. Currently I am proud to be a yacht broker for North Point Yacht Sales, selling new J Boats, MJM and Tiara power yachts, the sailing yachts of the Hanse Group (Hanse, Dehler, Moody), and Southport center consoles. We sell brokerage yachts with the same point of view: boats that perform, look like boats should look, and endure in appearance and value.

Since the late 1990's I have written for several boating publications as an avocation; most recently I wrote a regular column in Soundings, entitled The Bottom of the Bay. During my years with Maine Boats, Home & Harbors magazine, I reviewed many Maine built boats and have stayed current with the technical aspects of boatbuilding and systems.

© Peter Bass 2013-17