Profile: Jonathan S. Chapman

April 13, 2010 by chapmanyachts
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Year Established: 1999
Services/Goods Offered: yacht sales
Associations: YBAA, FYBA, CPYB
Languages: English
Operating Locations: Worldwide

Jonathan Chapman was born and raised in Woolwich, Maine across from the shipbuilding city of Bath. He developed a love for yachting at an early age while growing up and cruising on the coast with his family.

While at Wheaton College he spent summers working as dockmaster and launch operator at the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club in Maine, and at the New York Yacht Club in Newport, Rhode Island. He frequently raced in local PHRF and one design fleets during these years, and developed an intense interest in early wooden craft. Attending the Wooden Boat School in Brooklin, Maine he built himself a Nutshell Pram, which has lead to numerous other projects including assisting with the restoration of “PATRIOT”, his 1959 Hodgdon Brothers runabout.

After graduating from Wheaton he spent the next few years employed as mate aboard several motor yachts, both private and charter, cruising the waters of the east and west coasts of the United States, the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe, and the Netherlands. These experiences have provided Jonathan with a first hand knowledge about many aspects of yachting, from vessel servicing to their operation and business management.

He began in the yacht brokerage and sales business in 1999 working for a Massachusetts based company which sold and brokered a number of quality production sail and powerboat lines. Having a desire to deal more exclusively with classic, traditional and unique contemporary yachts, Jonathan moved on to work with the well respected firms of Bartram & Brakenhoff in 2001, and International Yacht Collection in 2004, before joining the team of “Gentlemen Brokers” at Northrop and Johnson. He brings expansive medium and large yacht knowledge to both the firm and his clients, and continues to focus on both sales and charter in these markets world wide.

Jonathan has earned a reputation for honesty and integrity, and for going the extra mile for his clients. He is a Florida licensed broker, an active member of YBAA (Yacht Brokers Association of America) and FYBA (Florida Yacht Brokers Association), earned his CPYB (Certified Professional Yacht Broker) designation in 2005, is a member of the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club in Maine, and a licensed captain.

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