Contact us by text, email or phone:

Mark Ferrier 410-980-5364

Chris Buchheister 443-926-1278

Bill Walczak 410-353-4712

Sandra Reyes 443-370-0307

We are open 7 days a week but call to verify the the duty brokers schedule on weekends. Our office is between the Annapolis Yacht Club and the waterfront Marriott.

Yacht Brokerage service above and beyond the expected

Serving boat buyers and sellers for over 30 years


Yacht Basin Company, Annapolis from the YBC web site
Established in 1937, The Yacht Basin Company is the oldest privately owned marina in Annapolis. Located in the heart of Maryland's state capitol, the Yacht Basin offers a large, modern facility. Clean, bright bath houses and a new laundry room, along with WiFi access, are just a few of the conveniences awaiting our guests.

Our accommodations include over 100 fixed slips and three deep water face docks that routinely welcome vessels up to 240 feet. Five high speed pumps deliver GULF fuels year 'round, plus volume discounts.

With easy navigation from the Chesapeake Bay, transient business is brisk at "The Basin". Daily, weekly and monthly stays should be reserved in advance. Sorry, the annual slip holder wait list averages several years.

Historic Annapolis, Maryland's state capital, is just steps past the Marriott hotel on the marina's north side. All around are 18th century homes and narrow streets with a wide variety of shopping and eating establishments. Tour schedules to all sorts of exhibits, including public and private buildings are available. A casual stroll south over the Spa Creek draw bridge is the Maritime Republic of Eastport…a sailor's paradise.

The Yacht Basin's experienced management and friendly dock hands are happy to provide information on local events and activities. if you have any questions, please contact us at 410-263-3544.
Yacht Watch Program in the Annapolis area
Capt Rob Simkins has over 20 years experience operating & maintaining power & sail boats of all sizes. Capt. Rob has developed a cost effective concept offering several levels of security, repairs and detailing management.
Rob is also available to deliver your boat up or down the coast. Highly experienced and professional.
You may reach Rob at 410.279.2224 or
Winter West Palm Beach Office 11/15/15 to 4/15/16
Bill Walczak spends the winter months aboard his Viking/Princess at Palm Harbor Marina in West Palm Beach. Bill will be actively listing and selling boats in the south Florida market. Give Bill a call if you are looking for on site inspections of boats or looking for marketing plans for your boat.

Visit our Palm Beach Show display 2016

Panama Canal to Limit Shipe Size
Panama City (AFP) - The Panama Canal will temporarily limit the size of ships using the waterway due to a drought caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon, authorities said.

The Panama Canal Authority said the maximum ship draft will be cut to 11.89 meters (39 feet) from September 8, affecting 18.5 percent of vessels that normally transit the link between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

A ship's draft is its depth in the water, and changes as the vessel becomes heavier or lighter.

The canal authority said further restrictions could be imposed on September 16 if weather conditions do not change. The maximum draft of vessels would be cut to 11.73 meters.

Canal administrator Jorge Quijano said the month of June and the first half of July was the driest period in 102 years.

As a result, water levels in the lakes that feed the canal have dropped. The canal's locks can usually accommodate ships with a draft of up to 12 meters.

Dry weather conditions in March 1998 saw authorities take similar measures.
2009 72 Vicem
One owner boat. Stabilized with hydraulic swim deck. Trades of Eastbay 49/50 encouraged.
2001 48 Diesel Duck by McNally Marine
Live Off The Grid
This is not a cheap trawler but a commercial grade steel hauled extended cruiser with a aluminum pilothouse.
Single Lugger diesel with Yanmar get home on saildrive.
Grunert holding plate freezer and huge refrigeration unit
Paravane stabilization at rest or underway
Two staterooms and two heads.
Generator, Diesel hot water heat and A/C unit.
Hydraulic windlass bow and stern.
Hydraulic Bow Thruster
Hydraulic fire pump
Water tight bulkheads, door and hatches.
1" thick plexiglass windshields
1977 42 Krogen Trawler
One of the first Krogen 42's built. Twin 85hp Lehmans makes close quarters handling a breeze. Shows very well for her age. Fuel tanks replaced.
Docked in Annapolis. Recent 750 mile trip.
Our office is open weekends
Mobile numbers for our brokers:


Mark Ferrier 410.980.5364

Chris Buchheister 443.926.1278

Sandra Reyes 443-370-0307

Bill Walczak 410.353.4712
Our high profile office in the Annapolis Yacht Basin Co., next to the Annapolis Yacht Club has excellent drive by and foot traffic. We are open 7 days a week 12 months a year.

Network/email blasts to 2700 other brokers to encourage the sale of our listings

"A" frame advertising signs featuring professional posters of 12 listings each that are displayed in high traffic boating areas in Annapolis.

Advertising display in the breezeway of the Yacht Basin Co in Annapolis.

10 full page color ads in Yachting magazine annually.

We display 10-20 of our listings at the Yacht Basin during the Annapolis Boat Shows

Soundings & Southern Boating Magazines. Our internet ads include,,, and

Our photographic representation of our listings is high quality and updated often
We have customized for sale signs created for appropriate boats.

Our diversified list of boats include trawlers, motor yachts, all styles of sail, express and downeast boats as well as euro style. This product mix attracts shoppers.

Email broadcast campaigns to our client database and 2,700 brokers announcing updates on pricing and availability.

All of our brokers carry iphones and respond to inquiries quickly

We offer discounted dockage for brokerage listings at Chesapeake Harbour Marina. Beautiful, secure marina to display and show our boats. Convenient for buyers flying into BWI or Signature Aviation. Average travel time from the airport is 25 minutes.

Google and Yahoo search engine advertising

We are active at boat shows from Newport to Miami.

Member of yachtcloser.commaking the flow of paperwork much more efficient for our clients.

Palm Beach Boat Show and Annapolis Boat Shows
We sell and ship internationally.
We are members of the Florida Yacht Brokers Association. Licensed and bonded Florida Yacht Brokers.
The only thing now standing between an expensive yacht buyer and a sales tax break is Gov. Chris Christie.

A bill (S2784) to cap the amount of sales tax New Jersey can collect on boat purchases at $20,000 coasted through both the state Senate, where it passed 36-0 and Assembly, where it passed 65-5 with 4 abstentions. It now lands to Christie's desk.

The bill's sponsor, state Sen. Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic), said earlier this month the intent is to boost New Jersey's boat industry by keeping New Jerseyans from buying boats in neighboring states.

The bill is similar to a budget measure recently passed in New York.

New Jersey's sales tax is 7 percent, meaning that a buyer would have to spend $285,715 on a boat to pay $20,000 in sales tax. But under the bill, there would be no difference between how much that buyer would pay versus someone buying a $1 million boat.

The liberal think tank New Jersey Policy Perspective has criticized the bill as "just another tax break for the wealthy."
Photo above is the Yacht Basin Co where our office is located.
Brokerage boats selling prices have stabilized.
Depreciation of boats is a fact. Avoid the falling value by being accurate and "show" ready reducing the time it takes to sell... There is a price at which your boat will sell within 30 days. Most of us would not accept that low "quick sale" price but between that number and the last few comps selling price is a sweet spot that should be your target. Hanging on for years with a unrealistic asking price is a very expensive choice. The values tick down, the equipment gets older, the boat requires upkeep and service and it all adds up.
The depreciation in 2008-2009 was 25% on the quality boats and more where supplys were high. The depreciation since then is more in the "normal" range particularly on late model boats less than 5 years old.
Price it very close to the real value

Get the boat ready to show, neat, clean, staged, pillows, detailed

Professional photos away from the dock and interior machinery detail

Listing should be detailed including service history

Broadcast emails to client base and 1200 brokers

Print ads in Yachting magazine, and exposure

Boat Shows work for some listings

We have all our listings on our dedicated youtube channel.

Stop in when you visit Annapolis by boat or car. Located between the Annapolis Yacht Club and the waterfront Marriott on Annapolis Harbor.

2015 Visit our office while in Annapolis Harbor
Located at the main entrance of the Annapolis Yacht Club.
Yacht Basin Co.
2 Compromise Street
Annapolis 21401
2010 37 Judge Oxford edition
Single common rail Cummins 480 provides quiet efficient speed. Very practical
Chesapeake Bay cruiser in outstanding condition. Generator and A/C extended hardtop.
2006 30 J-92S
Race sails, fresh main

Sail drive

Triad Trailer

Quick, fun and easy on the wallet!
USS MILWAUKEE WAKE DAMAGES RAFTED BOATS Over 50 Boats Damaged By Ship's Wake Near Chambers Island Saturday

9/8/2015 4:05:00 PM
By Paul Schmitt
Over 50 boaters who were moored along Chamber’s Island on Saturday afternoon experienced an unexpected and damaging wake from the USS Milwaukee ship. Kurt Kostichka of Luxemburg describes what happened to his and 54 other boats.

Kostichka estimates that the ship was going about 30 miles per hour when causing the wake and hopes that he and the other boaters will be able to recoup the cost of repairs from the responsible parties. No estimates of damage are available yet. The USS Milwaukee was built at Marinette Marine (LCS-5) and is a Freedom-class littoral combat ship of the United States Navy.
YBAA We are members of the Yacht Brokers Association of America
Hertford woman dies after watercraft collides with boat; 3rd such accident this year By Jeff Hampton
The Virginian-Pilot
© September 9, 2015

A woman was killed Monday when her personal watercraft collided with a boat on Yeopim Creek.

Brenda Hoepfner, 67, of Hertford died about 11 a.m. when she rounded a curve in the creek and collided with an 18-foot motorboat, said Lt. Mark Rich of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Hoepfner's husband was on a separate personal watercraft and was not harmed. The boat driver and a passenger were not injured. Alcohol was not a factor, Rich said.

It was the third fatal collision on waters in northeastern North Carolina this year.

On May 9, a Virginia couple died when their boat crashed into another vessel near the intersection of the Nottoway and Blackwater rivers in Gates County. A week later, a 25-year-old Manteo man was killed when two boats collided on the Roanoke Sound.

Vessels should follow the same rules as vehicles on the road, Rich said. Stay to the right when meeting another boat, he said.

Walczak Yacht Headquarters
Yacht Brokerage Service. That is all we do. We do not represent a new boat line, we do not manage marinas all we do is list and sell brokerage boats. Seven days a week. As a rule we have one of our brokers in south Florida, Carolinas or New England listing and showing all year. Walczak Yacht was established in 1981 and operating in Annapolis since 1991. 5 full time Yacht Brokers representing buyers and sellers of quality power and sail boats. Our waterfront office is located at the Yacht Basin between the Marriott and the Annapolis Yacht Club. Our Market is power and sail boats in the 38-80' range (average boat $500K 49 feet). Our brokers have earned a reputation for high energy and hard working. We are open seven days a week. All our brokers are licensed in Florida and members of FYBA and/or YBAA.

We have 50-65 central listings power and sail. Our average boat listed is 49 feet with sales experience up to 120' range. Average value is just under $500,000.

We are a single source brokerage house offering:

• Sale of power and sailboats

• Discounted local dockage

• Wash/wax and detailing service

• Yacht delivery

• Lessons

• Insurance

• Financing

• Full service repairs on time and on budget.

We meet and greet cruisers from all over who stop in the Yacht Basin while cruising. The Yacht Basin is the only dockage downtown Annapolis that can accommodate boats up to 180 feet. Yacht Clubs and migrating yachts make the Yacht Basin Co. location a favorite stop over. 
Contact our office for recent sales showing market time and sales prices, We can run the list specific to your area of interest.
Chesapeake Harbour Marina We dock most of our istings at Chesapeake Harbour Marina about 4 miles from Annapolis City Dock. Secure, clean and well managed facility with Sam's Restaurant on site.
Chris Buchheister
Cell 443.926.1278

A native of Annapolis, Chris developed a lifelong passion for the water from racing and cruising on the Chesapeake Bay. Before joining Walczak Yacht’s in 2006, Chris had a rewarding career in the Navy where he traveled the globe to every continent (except Africa) in a variety of interesting assignments. Upon his return to civilian life, he was able to live the dream instructing sailing on the Maine Coast as well as had the pleasure of instructing the offshore sailing program at the United States Naval Academy. Upon entering the sales end of the yachting industry, Chris hit the deck running and has quickly established a strong sales record in both power and sail boats. Chris is a member of the YBAA, FYBA and licensed in Florida.

Chris and his wife, Bevin, currently live in Annapolis with their three wonderful kids.

Mark Ferrier
Mark Ferrier Mark Ferrier

Cell: 410-980-5364

Mark has lived and worked on the water all of his life. Before joining Walczak Yacht’s as a broker in 2002, he worked as a delivery Captain running hundreds of boats up and down the eastern coast. Today, this experience, along with many others, makes him a knowledgeable and valuable asset to his clients when it comes to evaluating both a boats condition and design. In addition to his expansive and valuable working knowledge of the industry, Mark is a hard working, motivated, proactive, and hands on individual who prides himself on persistently building his well deserved reputation for offering his clients the ultimate yacht buying / selling experience.
When Mark is not chasing his next boat deal, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife Karen and their children, in their home on Muskrat Creek.
Certifications/Credentials: licensed in Florida

Frank Gary
Frank Gary He will be missed and remembered The Jelly Fish

As any good Boss realizes, troops love to be recognized for their hard work and achievements. Napoleon Bonaparte recognized this fact as he marched his troops across Europe. He rewarded his troops with medals for valor saying ““Give me enough medals and I’ll win you any war.”

Like Napoleon, Bill Walczak is also an astute field commander and recognized the energy in his brokerage with four “A Plus” Brokers. In order to create a spirited competition, Bill founded the “Jelly Fish Award” for the leading broker in the office.

Bill found the Jelly Fish while shopping in Fort Lauderdale Florida with his wife, Janet. Bill was fascinated to see a Jelly Fish encapsulated in glass. Janet saw it as kitsch and unwanted clutter. Undeterred, Bill had to have the Jelly Fish. Janet did not want it at home, so Bill brought to the office. All the guys in the office were similarly amazed with the modern marvel of encapsulating a Jelly Fish in solid glass. Bill, recognizing our interest said…”Great, if you want the Jelly Fish, you will have to earn it! The leader in annual to-date Sales Commissions will have the privilege of keeping the Jelly Fish.”

That year the Jelly Fish steadily made its rounds among all the Brokers. A short Award’s Ceremony accompanied the transfer of the Jelly Fish. Bill presented the Jelly Fish to the new leader , ceremoniously passed from one broker to the next. The transfer ceremony created competition. The new sales and commissions leader was proud to have earned it. The others strived to get it back.

Frank Gary held the Jelly Fish the longest. He repeatedly earned the Jelly Fish through hard work and determination. Keeping deals together, Frank flexed Herculean muscles. He kept the Jelly Fish on his ultra- organized desk next to his photographs of his beloved daughter Skylar- and of course his Rolodex loaded with loyal Clients and Customers.

This year, despite battling a heart attack – on the job delivering a boat by himself (another story)- and painful complications from Cancer, Frank lead the office in 2014 and maintained the Jelly Fish on his desk. Frank died yesterday, and has two closings early next week.

Frank will be laid to rest along with the Jelly Fish.

He will be missed.
Bill Walczak "Yacht Brokerage Service above and beyond your expectations."
Greetings. I have been selling boats since 1977 and self employed since 1981. Our business as it now exists was established in Annapolis in 1991. Some very radical business swings over the years. My yacht brokerage education over those years is worth billions (OK thousands)
I am very lucky to have attracted the best brokers I have ever met. Our squad is dedicated, motivated and focused on their clients ultimate goals. As time goes on we keep tweeking our business model and making it better even as we exit a contracted market period. We are very pleased that our listings and sales keep refreshing following the market spikes and valleys.
Time away from business I enjoy sailing my Salona 37 (sold 9/14), cruising in our Jarvis Newman & Viking-Princess 45 and cycling. My wife of 33.2 years and I live on Queenstown Creek off the Chester River.

The yacht brokerage business is very exciting. The challenges and opportunities of the last 5 years have changed the market significantly.

Please contact me anytime if I can be of service.

Based in W. Palm Beach Jan-April 2015
Bill Walczak

Mobile 410-353-4712