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Meet the Crew!

Sunnybrook Yachts image Jim Snair
Managing Broker


"It's fun...just plain fun to go boating."

Jim's parents put him in their 14' Mahone Bay Plycraft speedboat at the age of three months; he's been boating since the early 1960's.

He was a junior sailor at Lunenburg YC and spent a summer working as a deckhand on Bluenose II. Jim has raced offshore including ten Marblehead-Halifax and four Newport-Bermuda Races. In January 2009 & 2012 he did Key West Race Week.

Throughout the boating season, Jim can be found sailing with clients throughout Atlantic Canada.

In 1990 Jim founded Sunnybrook Yachts and in 1991 he purchased MacPhee Yachts. By 1995 Sunnybrook Yachts began assembling the new boat division; Sunnybrook now represents several new boat builders. Jim is also a past President of Atlantic Marine Trades Association.

His style of combining asset management and project management for clients generates considerable repeat and referral clientele who appreciate high level service. Focused on finding the right boat and protecting the long term capital investment has been an integral part of Jim's path to success in the yacht brokerage business.

When not boating with clients and friends, Jim can be found on the water or on a ski hill with Janet or checking in with his university aged children. Jim is a member of Dartmouth YC, Lunenburg YC, Royal Newfoundland YC & the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron.

Sunnybrook Yachts image Marcie Young
Office Manager


Marcie Young is not a life-long sailor, however she a lifelong Chester resident. Marcie joined Sunnybrook Yachts in June 1998 after finishing her BBA at Mount Saint Vincent University.

Since 1998, Marcie has established herself in the brokerage business dealing with import and export brokers, government documentation and running a tight ship here in our main office. Marcie manages several million dollars of yacht transactions annually. She provides a high level of service and integrity to our clients. For imports and exports, Marcie's expertise is known across the continent.

Marcie and her husband Terry live near Chester with their twin daughters.

Sunnybrook Yachts image Chris Power
Broker

Chris was born and raised in Chester, NS where he learned to sail on his fathers J/24. Chris got his first job at 16 where he operated the tender service at South Shore Marine and he’s been hooked on boating ever since.

Chris graduated from Dalhousie University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Commerce Co-op degree. Looking back on his previous employment and he can say that he has gained extensive knowledge and skills in the automotive industry, the financial services industry, as well as the radio broadcasting industry. Chris has been brokering boats since 2014.

Not a stranger to giving back to the community, he regularly helps out with the Walk for MS, and he has chaired a major fundraiser for a non-profit organization.

Chris is committed to helping you with your boating needs. Please feel free to give him a call at 902-275-8796 or email sunnybrook@eastlink.ca

Chris brokers new and preowned, power and sail.

Sunnybrook Yachts image John Suederick
Broker


John Suederick, our Senior Yacht Broker for Sunnybrook Yachts, has been a full time yacht broker since 2002. Dealing in new and used yacht sales and service both in Canada and United States.

Experienced in boating since his teen years and having sailed on both the west coast and east coasts of North America. He has lived in Australia and South Africa as well.

John is educated in engineering and business along with yacht marine surveying certification.

John previously worked with Sunnybrook Yachts and had his own brokerage, Scotia Coast Yachts, for 5 years. John has now rejoined Sunnybrook Yachts in our revamped Chester office.

“I thoroughly enjoy the boating scene in the Maritimes and the people I meet. Look forward to helping and going the "extra mile" for my clients and fellow boaters.”


Sunnybrook Yachts image Jean Guy Leclerc
Broker


Jean Guy was born and raised near the water in Northern NB where in is early teen enjoyed canoeing and kayaking.

Jean Guy graduated from University de Moncton in 1979 with a Bachelor in Business Administration. He has raced in the Northumberland Strait from mid 1980 to late 1990 when he moved on to cruising the Strait Northern New Brunswick and Gaspe Coast with some Atlantic and Pacific ocean passages.

Jean Guy offers bilingual service in French & English and has been brokering boats since 2009 in New Brunswick and Gaspe Coast. On his free time you can see find in Shediac Bay on his Hunter 430. Jean Guy is fully bilingual and is familiar bringing boat from the US. He is dedicated to find the best boat for your budget. Feel free to give him a call at 506-866-7892.

Sunnybrook Yachts image Doug Philp
Broker


Doug Philp was introduced to sailing as a young boy by his grandfather who proudly served in the Navy on the West Coast of Canada. Since Doug's first sailing experience, his love of the ocean has become his lifestyle. 

42 years later Doug has found himself owning his own chandlery in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia where his passion for sailing is constantly being embraced by family, friends and customers. 

Doug takes pride in providing boaters with parts, service and knowledge. 

Contact Doug for your new & preowned sail & power requirements.


Sunnybrook Yachts image Paul Nikkanen
Broker

As a young boy, Paul was always near water swimming, fishing, or water skiing, growing up in Ontario (the Muskokas, North Bay, and Ottawa), there were numerous rivers and lakes to explore.

A career in Software Engineering led Paul to travel the world and work for the largest high-tech companies in North America, from Application Development, to Pre-Sales Tech, Project Management, and Senior Management he gained valuable skills by managing people and helping customers find solutions to their business requirements.

An avid sailor for many years, now a powerboat convert, and to be more involved in the marine industry, Paul studied Small Craft Naval Architecture with Westlawn Marine Institute (Annapolis MD), since graduating in 2013, he has been involved with Yacht design and Commercial services for Inclining Experiments, Transport Canada Stability books, and CE certification for custom yachts. If we can’t find a boat already built we can custom design your next Yacht or Commercial workboat/passenger/tug vessel up to 200 feet.

In the summer months, he can be found on his Regal 4060 (Bojangles II) at Trident Yacht Club in Gananoque, Ontario exploring the islands, of the 1,800 islands, there are only 1,750 more to go.

Paul provides services to most regions of Ontario from Ottawa to 1,000 Islands (Kingston), to Toronto, and to the Muskokas.

Sunnybrook Yachts image Ernest Hamilton
Broker


Ernest Hamilton is a life-long sailor from Saint John, N.B. who has cruised extensively from Newfoundland to the Bahamas. Most of that cruising has been done in his 34' John Hannah, wooden ketch 'GLOOSCAP II'.

In 1979 Ernest started the first yacht brokerage firm in Atlantic Canada, then called McMichael Maritime. When the McMichael franchise system closed in 1986 the name was changed to Maritime Ship & Yacht Brokers.

Ernest was the first Canadian member of the Yacht Brokers Association of America. A professional association dedicated to providing a high level of service and integrity in dealings with clients.

He brokers sail, power & commercial vessels.

Sunnybrook Yachts image Capt. Bob Harrity
Broker

Bob is a life long sailor from Saint John; has been the marine business since the 1970's and has experience in all aspects of the business.

Over the past 40 years he has helped many clients purchase and sell boats as their family requirements changed. Let his experience help find you your next boat.

Bob has been a dealer for C&C, Hinterhoeller, Mirage, Catalina and Beneteau sailboats. He introduced Bayliner Powerboats to Atlantic Canada in 1986.

He is a Yacht Broker and Delivery Skipper with a 60 ton ticket. He has delivered boats to the Caribbean and back and along the Atlantic Coast.
He has raced in numerous Regional, National and International events including 5 Marblehead-Halifax Races, 7 Yarmouth Cup Races, 2 J 35 North American Championships, Heinekin Regatta, Admirals Cup Qualifiers.

He is a past Commodore of the Royal Kennebeccasis Yacht Club, Past President of the Atlantic Marine Trades Association, Director of Regional Recreational Boating Advisory Council, and member Canadian Marine Advisory Council.

Bob brokers both power and sail, new and preowned.

Sunnybrook Yachts image Brad Fleet
Broker

Originally hailing from Ontario, when Brad moved to Nova Scotia in his early teens, he immediately took to the water and started sailing at the LaHave River Yacht Club.

Brad has owned many power and sailing vessels over the last 25 years, participated in several offshore yacht races, and has vast experience operating and performing boat deliveries along the Eastern US/Canada seaboard, to and from Bermuda and the Caribbean waters.

With a background of 17 years in the marine insurance industry, serving as Past President of the Atlantic Marine Trades Association and Boat Chairman of the Halifax International Boat Show, Brad has an intimate knowledge of yachting from various aspects.

The love of the water has been an important part of his life. Brad looks forward to sharing and helping others experience what boating has to offer.


Sunnybrook Yachts image Sherman Haynes
Broker


Sherman has been sailing boats from the Bay of Fundy to the Bahamas for the past 35 years. Sherman founded Souwest Marine Sales in 1988 in Digby Nova Scotia as a family owned yacht Brokerage business, dedicated to addressing the needs of the cruising sailor.

Sherman has gathered an excellent understanding of what it takes in a boat and equipment for extended cruising, be it by Sail or Power. Having completed a wide range of boat transactions on the USA east coast he can make a US purchase hassle free from the inspection to the final documentation.

In conjunction with Selene Annapolis he has introduced the Selene line of Trawler Yachts to Eastern Canada. These ocean going trawler yachts range from 36’ to 66’. Sherman and his wife Barbara live aboard their own Selene six months of the year, which affords his clients the opportunity to work with a broker who not only ‘’talks the talk’’ but also actually “walks the walk “.

He is a past Vice Commodore of RWNSYC, past President of Digby Marina Developments, a director of the Digby Harbor Port Association and an active member of the Seven Seas Cruising association.

He will be happy to help you with any questions you may have. He brokers both new and pre-owned sail, cruising powerboats and commercial.

Sunnybrook Yachts

130 Marina Rd, Suite 202
PO Box 546
CHESTER, NS B0J 1J0, Canada

Toll-free 866-590-9210
Tel 902 444 4500
Fax 902 275 2444
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http://sunnybrookyachts.com


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