BVI Yacht Brokers
Our team of Caribbean yacht brokers have provided boat sales expertise internationally since 1981. We specialise in servicing both Caribbean and USA boat sellers and buyers as well as the within the European market, and are almost consistently the top-performing Caribbean yacht brokerage.
Brian has been selling boats with BVI Yacht Sales since 2009, when he moved to the BVI having sold his yacht rigging business based in Annapolis MD. Brian grew up in a sailing family, racing Opti and 420 as a child, progressing to sailing keelboats and right out of high school took off on a 24’ Sloop to explore and learn the world of yachting. Working variously as a rigger, captain, carpenter, electrician and diver he acquired a wide range of skills relevant to his career in yachting, and applies all this to help USA & Caribbean yacht owners through the process of preparing their vessel for sale and actively seeking the right buyer to get the best possible sale, over and over again. Brian’s philosophy is that selling boats is about providing information to buyers accurately and transparently so that deals go smooth, and buyers become sellers again later through good relationships. Brian now lives on his Irwin 52 and is normally at our BVI Offices.
Gary Lucas comes from a highly competitive sales background with Yamaha as well as also Co-Owning the largest Motor Charter Yacht Company in the Virgin Islands. He has a special focus on the high end power and motor yacht market, bringing diversity and incredible sales experience to the team, consulting with all our Caribbean yacht brokers on how to get the best possible sale of your boat, here in the Caribbean and internationally.
Chesnee Cogswell is a Tortola Native, and was almost literally born on a sailboat in Cane Garden Bay, Tortola! Chesnee comes from a serious sailing family having lived abroad and cruised many boats throughout his lifetime, as well as participated in extensive refit projects of varied and extensive nature. He joined the team as we re-expanded our sales force following Hurricane Irma in 2017. Prior to joining the team here at BVI Yacht Sales, Chesnee was a very active charter captain for many charter companies here in the BVI giving him the opportunity to sail various makes and model charter yachts. His passion also extends to the sportfishing industry having participated in many ‘Big Boat’ fishing tournaments as well as private and charter fishing programs over the years. Chesnee has dedicated himself to his position here at BVI Yacht Sales and it has shown in his performance, selling more boats himself than any other brokerage in the Caribbean as of June 2020, all while keeping his clients best interests in mind. He has climbed the ladder to being one of the top-performing Caribbean yacht brokers, consistently helping us maintain our position as the leading Caribbean yacht brokerage.
Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Day has been sailing all of her life and worked as a professional skipper for the last 8 years, taking out guests on a wide range of the popular charter vessels that work here in BVI, including mono hulls and catamarans up to 65ft , also with experience sailing in the Mediterranean and other parts of the Caribbean as well. For the last 4 years she has also had the privilege of instructing under the RYA programs. Liz can help not only to get your boat sold, but also has lots of knowledge to share with buyers and those new to the BVI on where to go, what to do, and the best boats to do it all on.
Alec was born in the BVI where he grew up on the water experiencing a wide variety of boats. He took to competitive sailing at an early age and would go on to represent the BVI as a junior racer internationally. Later he would attend Roger Williams University where he holds a degree in International Business. After college Alec started and managed an Olympic campaign in the 49er skiff class. More recently Alec has entered the professional sailing arena, primarily racing small one-design classes. From his experiences, Alec brings a strong work ethic, an extensive network and a professional approach to business. Alec specializes in helping yacht buyers locate, evaluate and acquire the vessel that fit their wants and needs, whether that be in the Caribbean or in the USA.
Bob has been surrounded by the boating industry since 1986, when he started up his own yacht brokerage on the west coast of Florida. Bob first sailed to the BVI in 1994 with his wife, where he then chartered his yacht for 2 seasons, before buying Southern Trades Yacht Sales in St. Thomas, USVI, in 1997. Bob then decided to move his new yacht brokerage over to the BVI, where he specialised in the sale of crewed charter yachts, including their businesses. In July 2020, Bob joined BVI Yacht Sales following the merging of the two companies, bringing with him his expertise in the crewed charter yacht industry!
Bernard ‘Bernie’ Evan-Wong grew up racing dinghies from Snipes, Sunfishes, GP 14 ‘s, and Lasers; in the Caribbean, and later at university in UK. He lived in Trinidad following university, working as a health professional, and took up racing on keel boats, later located to the island of Antigua, in the Eighties. Still a resident of Antigua, his passion for the sea
and everything related to it led him to pick up qualifications as a RYA Yachtmaster Offshore, a dive master, a marine moorings specialist, and an avid yacht racing enthusiast. Over the past 35 years he has owned a succession of race boats, regularly racing the Caribbean circuit. If you’ve sailed the Caribbean and done a race, you’ve probably met Bernie!
His rotating fleet of power and sailing boats has gained him a depth of experience with the specifics of ownership, maintenance and repair of vessels in the Caribbean. He can help you gain a greater understanding of any aspect of boating in the Islands from ownership, management, stewardship to concerns structural , mechanical, electrical, rigging, finishing or any other aspect of yachts and yachting life in this region.
“Drawing on all the knowledge and experience he has gained over the years we are excited to support Bernie on our brokerage team, working to match potential buyers to suitable vessels based on their desires and needs. Sellers can have confidence that in working together with us the best strategy for positioning their boat for the best possible sale can be had. “ – Brian Duff, Managing Director at BVI Yacht Sales