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  • FYBA - Florida Yacht Brokers Association
  • YBAA - Yacht Brokers Association of America

Andrea Gaines - Yacht Broker

Essex, CT, US

Capt Andrea Gaines (CPYB Apprentice, USCG M100GT, STCW95)

Captain Andrea Gaines brings to Essex Boats Works a high level of integrity, a strong work ethic, an unwavering attention to detail, and an enormous energy and passion to go with her diverse experience in the marine industry.

Andrea’s marine industry experience is diverse and extensive. She was Captain aboard a Marlow 65E responsible for the safe operation and all aspects of vessel maintenance and repair while cruising the U.S. east coast, Gulf of Mexico and the Bahamas; Director of Yacht Services for Krogen Express Yachts responsible for new boat commissioning, warranty and customer service; and Fleet Captain and Director of North American Operations for Sea Spirit, LTD responsible for yacht production improvements as well as moving boats throughout the U.S. east and west coast boat show circuits, planning and executing yacht deliveries, sea trials and pre -delivery inspections, owner orientation, and all warranty and customer service related matters. Andrea is also the Principle of her company, Jane of All Trades LLC, where she provides client yacht management services and owner instruction in seamanship, boat handling, electronics and vessel systems.

She has cruised in waters from Southwest Harbor, ME to Golfito, Costa Rica (including a transit through the Panama Canal), as well as the Bahamas, Caribbean Sound, Puget Sound, Hong Kong and the Pearl River in Zhuhai China, in both fair and foul weather accumulating tens of thousands of nautical miles afloat. She holds a US Coast Guard M100GT license with STCW95 certification to go with a lifetime of boating experience.

Andrea began her yacht sales career in the Florida brokerage office of Sparkman & Stephens. During her tenure with Sparkman & Stephens she enjoyed great success finding her clients just the right boat. Her unique background, experience and industry network provide her with the knowledge to assist her clients in finding the perfect platform to enjoy their time on the water. One of her clients has even gone as far as calling her the “Willie Mays of Yacht Brokers”.

Andrea also has 20+ years of project management and product development experience where she specialized in new ventures and start-ups, process evaluation and improvement, and complex project management. She has a BS from Springfield College and an MS in Business Management from the Hartford Graduate Center.

Andrea has enjoyed a decade-long relationship with Essex Boat Works primarily as a yacht captain engaged in vessel maintenance and repair. “I am very excited to join the Essex Boat Works brokerage team and be a part of so many great initiatives they have started.”

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In addition to her M100GT USCG license, Capt Gaines holds a STCW95, Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC) and a Connecticut Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation, and is certified in First Aid, CPR and AED.

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