Leslie Quarrier, CPYB, Principal and Lead Broker

Leslie Quarrier has over 25 years’ experience as a national award-winning Yacht Broker, and longtime trusted adviser to her many clients and boating friends. She is the Principal of  Essex Yacht Sales.

Leslie Quarrier, CPYB, Essex Yacht Sales

Leslie Quarrier, CPYB

Leslie may be reached in the Dauntless Shipyard. Call cell (860) 388-8701 or office number (860) 767-3013. And except when she is out on the waterfront, viewing or showing boats, you are always welcome to stop by at her office.

Essex Yacht Sales offers comprehensive knowledge and brokerage advice to buyers and sellers of fine power and sailing yachts, including luxury yachts, Downeast and express cruisers, trawlers and sailboats, including Grand Banks, Eastbay, Sabre, Hatteras, San Juan, Hinckley and many other quality builders. Leslie’s extensive experience with Grand Banks and Eastbays has gained her recognition throughout the industry.

Leslie has cruised the waters of the New England Coast, the St. Lawrence River, British Virgin Islands, and Grenadines, in a variety of sail and power boats.

Leslie Quarrier is a Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB), a long-serving CPYB Certification Advisory Council Member, active member of YBAA, and Member of the International Yacht Brokers Association, (formerly Florida Yacht Brokers Association). Ms. Quarrier is a past member of YBAA Board of Directors, Professional Standards and Ethics Committee.

Leslie Quarrier, CPYB, with the CPYB Dedicated Service Award

Peter Amos, CPYB, Yacht Broker

Peter Amos, CPYB

Peter Amos has held senior executive positions in Marketing, Engineering and International Business Development. As well as his role at Essex Yacht Sales, Peter was co-Founder of Boathouse Auctions Inc, an innovative, non-disruptive online Boat Auction platform.

A Member of IYBA and YBAA, Peter is a Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB)

As an entrepreneur and businessman, Peter has a strong track-record in transactions, marketing, and corporate growth. He was appointed by the Governor of New Hampshire to serve as Commissioner for the State’s innovative business incubator program. He served as an adviser and mentor at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI), Yale University, assisting on campus with new company start-ups.

David Dorrance, CPYB, Yacht Broker

David Dorrance, CPYB

Essex Yacht Sales broker David Dorrance, CPYB, isa well-known and highly regarded professional in the marine industry.  Following 18 years’ owning and operating an exclusive BMW motorcycle dealership in New Canaan, Connecticut, David decided in 2003 to refocus his professional talents on another lifelong passion – boating and yachts.

He entered the Yacht Brokerage business, learning to help clients realize their dreams, working with them to find that special boat. David was indeed fortunate to be mentored by veteran brokers Michael Frank and Tom Pilkington, then in Stamford. David quickly found that boat purchases, or sales, are deeply personal events for so many. Fellow brokers and clients soon recognized that he had a real talent in helping to guide clients through the process, in his quiet, reassuring, knowledgeable way.

With his love for the water, and his many years of premium customer service experience, David learned quickly. He soon made a name for himself, representing such fine makers as Hunt Yachts (new & brokerage), Tartan, Sabre, Catalina, Beneteau (new and brokerage), Cape Dory, Fortier, Islander, C&C, Ericson, Back Cove, Nordic Tug and American Tug, as well as many others, both power and sail.

By 2008 David had studied for, and obtained, his Professional Yacht Broker Certification (CPYB). This confirmed his professional status in meeting and upholding the highest standards in the industry and in complying with the YBAA Code of Ethics.

As a lifelong boater, David has plied the waters of Long Island Sound, the New England Coast, and beyond, under both sail and power.  Proud owner of a Tartan, when David is not sailing, or working on the waterfront, David is also an ardent participant in the Ideal 18 racing program at Essex Yacht Club.

Reuben Trane, senior professional adviser

Reuben Trane

Reuben Trane

Essex Yacht Sales welcomes noted yacht designer and builder, Reuben Trane, as senior professional adviser.

With deep roots in Florida, and extensive global experience, Reuben brings exceptional knowledge of the yachting industry and market. Mr. Trane has more than 35 years’ experience designing, building and marketing pleasure craft, from 14’ sail boats to 65’ trawlers. During this period, he successfully created five different brands.

  • 1980: Opened Florida Bay Boat Company, designing and building “Camp Cruising” sail boats from 14’ to 24’
  • 1988: Founded the Florida Bay Coaster Company introducing a line of steel-built trawlers, from 45’ to 65’
  • 1993: As founding president, co-founded Krogen Express Yachts with Jim and Kurt Krogen
  • 1995 – 2004: Worked with Mirage Manufacturing to create the Great Harbor and N-37 trawlers. Responsible for styling, layout, advertising and promotion
  • 2005 – 2015: Founded Island Pilot LLC, designing and building fast, efficient, cruising yachts from 42’ to 57’. Travelled frequently to China to oversee engineering, tooling, construction and sea trials. Island Pilot won numerous awards around the world for its innovative technology-demonstrator Diesel-Solar-Electric hybrid yacht, the DSe 12m

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News & Events

June 6-7, 2024: Eastbay Rendezvous, Essex

April 26-28 2024: CT Spring Boat Show, Essex Island

June 9-11, 2023: Eastbay Rendevous at Safe Harbor Essex Island

April 28- May 1, 2023: CT Spring Boat Show at Safe Harbor Essex Island

July 22-24, 2022: Classic Wooden Boat Show at Safe Harbor Essex Island the the Connecticut River Museum, Essex

June 10 – 12, 2022: Eastbay Rendezvous at Mystic Seaport, supported by Essex Yacht Sales

April 29 – May 1, 2022: CT Spring Boat Show, Essex Island

Jan 28, 2021: Leslie Quarrier CPYB was honored with CPYB’s 2020 Dedicated Service Award.

Dec 30, 2020: The 2021 boating season is coming very soon! Let us help you buy or sell a boat

Dec 1, 2020: The CT Spring Boat Show will take place at Essex Island from April 30, 20201 to May 2, 2021

Nov 20, 2020: The market is still very active. This is an excellent time to offer your boat for sale. Contact EYS (860) 388 -8701

Oct 3/4, 2020: Essex Yacht Sales Open House, Dauntless Shipyard, Essex, 10 am to 4 pm

August 4, 2020: We have many new listings. Now is the time to list, and sell,  your boat.

July 7, 2020: All boat shows have been cancelled due to COVID. However sales activity is at record levels and we are actively listing, showing and selling boats.

May 20, 2020: Our office has re-opened. Activity is strong.

April 9, 2020: The Connecticut Spring boat Show has been cancelled, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

December 4, 2019: Essex Yacht Sales reports that Peter Amos has been admitted as a Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB). Essex Yacht Sales has the rare and coveted distinction, held by only 39 other brokerages throughout the US and Canada, of being an ‘Endorsed Brokerage’ with all of its brokers holding CPYB certification.

October 10, 2019: Yacht sales continue to be strong, and the market is active into this beautiful New England fall. This reflects strong consumer confidence, highs on the Stock Market, and a shortage of boats in some sectors. This is supporting the prices of good brokerage boats. We are looking for quality listings, and will market your vessel professionally and energetically.

August 17, 2019: Join us a the 2019 Newport Brokerage Boat Show, Sept 12-15

June 2, 2019: See new listings: Duffy 35 HX and Eastbay 38

May 6, 2019: Great Show in Essex!

Feb 7: The Connecticut Spring Boat Show will take place at Essex Island, Essex, CT from May 3-5, 2019. Join us!

Dec 26: Read Steve Knauth’s Eastbay 43FB article in Soundings. Click here

November 24: Just listing a  rare and very special Uniesse 48′, 1998. In the Essex CT area.

October 15: Just listed a nice Legacy 28, 2001

October 31- November 4: See the new Nimbus W-9 series at the Fort Lauderdale International boat Show

September 13-16, 2018: Newport Boat Show and Brokerage Show – see us in Newport!

August 31, 2018: See our beautiful 1997 Grand Banks Heritage Classic 42, just listed

May 19, 2018: Just listed a beautifully maintained and upgraded Krogen Express, 2009, commissioned 2011, sold new 2012

May 2, 2018: Just listed an impeccable 2015 Regulator 25

April 30, 2018: Just listed a beautiful Grand Banks 42 Classic, 1986. See her at the CT Spring Boat Show , Essex Island, May 4-6.

April 5, 2018: Jon’t miss the CT Spring Boat show in Essex Click here

March 2, 2018: We survived the great ice dam in the CT River and were so grateful to the USCG. We dodged Winter Storm Riley, so what else is is in store? Hopefully tranquil, warm waters ahead, and a splendid boating season. The CT in-water Spring Boat Show is coming soon to Essex: May 4-6, 2o18

February 26, 2018: Started the year really well, with excellent sales in February, despite the weather – we predict a very good season. Brokerage prices are strong, so this is the perfect time for Essex Yacht Sales to list your boat, with good exposure at the upcoming CT in-water Spring Boat Show and comprehensive marketing.

January 18, 2018: Click here to see the latest Newsletter # 18: Click here

January 14, 2018: Click here to see the latest Newsletter # 17: Click here

January 9, 2018: Happy New Year! Essex Yacht Sales just listed a beautiful Eastbay 50 SX Click here

December 23, 2017: We have passed the shortest day (!) and are already seeing stirrings that 2018 will be an exceptional year for boat sales. Meanwhile we wish our many clients and friends a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and best wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year.

December 7, 2017: We were delighted by Steve Knauth’s terrific article in ‘Soundings’ about GB 42 Europa ‘Paradis’. This is an historic boat, hull number 1560, and the last of a storied tradition. Essex Yacht Sales was pleased to negotiate the sale of ‘Paradis’ Click here

November 1-5, 2017: Let us know if you will be visiting the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). See us at the Nimbus display.

October 29, 2017: See new listings: Sabreline 47 Motoryacht -2003, and Hunt Yachts Surfhunter 33 – 2006 Click here

September 28-30, 2017: TrawlerFest, Bay Bridge Marina, Stevensville, MD – see us there.

September 21-24, 2017: Norwalk Boat Show – see us in Norwalk.

September 14-17,2017: Newport Boat Show and Brokerage Show – see us in Newport

September 1, 2017: Nimbus Boats now come with a 10-year hull warranty. Click here

August 13, 2017: The brokerage market is very hot right now, so this would be an excellent time to list your boat with Essex Yacht Sales.

July 24, 2017: Subscribe to our YouTube channel for the latest boating videos Click here

July 21, 2017: We added two exciting new videos. Click here

July 14, 2017: Your Marine VHF is DSC-capable in an emergency, but have you registered it? It may save your life. Click here

June 2 and 3, 2017: Mystic Seaport hosts an Eastbay Rendezvous.
Click here

April 11, 2017: Join us at the CT Spring Boat Show, Brewer Essex Island, May 5-7. Free entry, free parking

April 2, 2017: David Dorrance, CPYB joins Essex Yacht Sales. Click here

March 23-26, 2017: Join Essex Yacht Sales at the Palm Beach International Boat Show to view the Nimbus 305, 34 Nova and 405 Flybridge at the Palm Beach International Boat Show.

February 24, 2017: 68F today! The buyers are coming, the phones are ringing. List your boat now! We are very active showing boats and getting strong offers.

February 8, 2017: Essex Yacht Sales offers the rare opportunity to acquire a superbly presented Windy Tyhoon 43, 2007. Click here

February 4, 2017: Spring is coming soon! We are preparing for Boat Shows, listing boats, showing boats, and getting offers. Watch for several exciting new listings this week!

The market is hot, and good boats are in demand, so call Essex Yacht Sales today.

February 3, 2017: Three exciting new Nimbus videos have been uploaded to Essex Yacht Sales’ You Tube Channel, which may be viewed here on the Nimbus page on this website Click here

January 19, 2017: Essex Yacht Sales will be exhibiting at the Connecticut Spring Boat Show, Brewer Essex Island, Essex, CT May 5-7, 2017

January 17, 2017: Essex Yacht Sales will be at the Nimbus display, at the Palm Beach International Boat Show, March 23-26, 2017,

November 19, 2016: Boat sales activity continues, with strong accepted offers in November. Buyers are seeking good quality brokerage boats, which are in short supply. Now is a great time to list your boat with Essex Yacht Sales, or engage us to find that special boat for you (no fee to buyers).

November 8, 2016: Essex Yacht Sales has been appointed Strategic Sales Partner to Delta Powerboats. Essex Yacht Sales is excited to present the exciting and innovative range of boats and motoryachts from Delta Powerboats, from 26′ to 88′.
Click here for more information

November 5, 2016: Please call us about listing your boat. We are seeing strong buying activity from the west coast and south-east, where the boating season continues year round. Certain US brands of new boat are not keeping up with demand, This drives a strong market for well-maintained, quality boats, available, immediately. This is a great time to list your boat.

October 16, 2016: Essex Yacht Sales welcomes on board Reuben Trane, as senior professional adviser and southeast representative. With deep roots in Florida, and extensive global experience, Reuben brings exceptional knowledge of the yachting industry and market. Mr. Trane has more than 35 years’ experience designing, building and marketing pleasure craft, from 14’ sail boats to 65’ trawlers. During this period, he successfully created five different brands. Click here for more information

October 8, 2016: Three surveys in the space of 7 days, 3 showings just today tells us that the market is very active. We are seeing buyers from the South-East and West Coast. It is a great time to list your boat with Essex Yacht Sales. A quick fall sale can save you the cost of hauling, winterizing and storing.

October 1-2, 2016: Eastbay Rendezvous at Mystic Seaport. Postponed due to weather

September 15-18, 2016: Essex Yacht Sales displayed three boats in the Newport Brokerage Show: 2014 Eastbay 50SX, 2015 MJM 40z and 2000 Grand Banks 52 Motoryacht

July 24, 2016: See us at the Newport Brokerage Show (in association with the Newport International Boat Show), Sept 15-18, 2016.

July 22, 2016: Our newly listed Eastbay 50 SX has just 114 hours. Impeccable quality and condition throughout. (No longer available)

July 7, 2016: Check out the superb Grand Banks 52 Motoryacht, just listed today. Perfectly appointed for long-term cruising and enjoyment. (No longer available)

Contact Us Today!

Find out how we can work with you on a direct, personal level to meet your buying or selling needs.
Thank you!

Leslie Quarrier, CPYB, Principal and Lead Yacht Broker (licensed in Florida)
Cell (860) 388-8701
Office (860) 767-3013
eFax (860) 760-6797

Reuben Trane, Senior Professional Adviser and Southeast Representative
Cell (786) 303-1013

Peter Amos, CPYB
Yacht Broker and Operations Manager
Cell (860) 304-1399