Annapolis Yacht Sales: A Brief History
Annapolis Yacht Sales was started in 1954 by Lawrence Hartge – the original premises were in a corner of Fawcett Boat Supplies downtown. It was sold in 1970 to Dodd and Marjorie Boyd, and then to their daughter Peggy and her husband John Burgreen in 1983. At that time the company moved from Spa Creek over to new premises on Back Creek at 7416 Edgewood Road. John Burgreen became an icon in the boating industry and was known for his uncompromising standards of excellence, as well as for fair and honest relationships with his customers. He and Peggy weathered the various sailboat manufacturing peaks and valleys, representing Pearson, O’Day, J-Boats, Freedom and Dehler at different times over this period, all the while gathering a team of excellent brokers and administrative staff. Dan Nardo joined AYS in 1984, with Vera Sohovich and Paul Rosen joining in 1990, all of whom are still with the company. In an industry where people tend to come and go, the Annapolis Yacht Sales family has remained a strong unit.
In the meantime, Garth Hichens had arrived in Annapolis from South Africa and set up a rigging and commissioning business at Bert Jabins Yacht Yard. His company was commissioning all the new boats for Annapolis Yacht Sales and Garth worked closely with John, the brokers and their customers, making sure that the boats were delivered to the highest possible standards. When John decided to retire in 1999, he sold Annapolis Yacht Sales to Garth and his wife Sue, who continue to run it as a family business with their daughter Kate joining them in January 2008.
At the end of 2003 Garth’s vision of combining the sales and service companies came to fruition when the company moved into new premises at Bert Jabins Yacht Yard, featuring a custom designed sales and workshop facility.
New staff have joined the team, and the original family remains intact, always striving to maintain John and Peggy’s mantra – to “let there be not one unhappy customer” - we have won eight Beneteau Customer Service Awards and have been their Dealer of the Year for eight out of ten years. In addition to representing Beneteau, Sabre, and Wauquiez, AYS brokers a wide variety of pre-owned yachts. We look forward to continued happy relationships with both new and used boat customers.
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