Meet the Down East Yachting Team
At Down East Yachting, you’ll find a very special culture. Our passionate staff, from office personnel to yacht sales and brokerage, embrace the bridge between individuality and manufacturing discipline. Our customers believe in tradition and craftsmanship while simultaneously demanding the best technology. We understand this because we believe it ourselves.
Every one of our associates has pride in the yachts we represent and, even more, the service we commit to our customers.
Knowledgeable Yacht Sales Staff
Yes, there are luxury motor yachts for sale, and yes, one of them is perfect for you. Because a yacht is such a personal purchase, we make sure our sales staff and yacht brokers are equipped to answer all your questions, give advice when asked and help determine which yacht is right for you.
We know you have vast yachting experience and high expectations for both performance and traditional elements of craftsmanship. For those serious about yachting, our Maine-built lobster-style yachts are at the top of the list. Our sales staff is here to help you get exactly what you want.
Craig and Emilie Wierda
Husband and wife team Craig and Emilie are lifelong boaters. Growing up in West Michigan has provided the perfect opportunity to develop their love for the water. Together, Craig and Emilie have owned and operated a wide variety of boats and traveled extensively throughout the Great Lakes and Florida, having completed The Great Loop several times and cruised both the East and West Coasts of the United States.In addition to Down East Yachting, Craig and Emilie own and operate two automobile dealerships in West Michigan. Their sales experience and insight has proved invaluable for the Down East Yachting dealerships. Craig and Emilie currently divide their time between West Michigan and Southern Florida.
Greg Bego oversees all aspects of operations for Down East Yachting in both Michigan and Florida. Greg and his partners opened the Michigan dealership in the summer of 2006 and opened the Florida dealership in fall of 2007. Down East Yachting has enjoyed being a part of Sabre and Back Cove’s growth as one of their largest dealerships. In addition to Down East Yachting, Greg is President of Eagle Companies, Inc., a privately held investment and asset management firm.Originally from the east side of the state, Greg and his wife Tracy have been in West Michigan since 1987 and have a son, Kristofer, a daughter, Kelsea, and two very active black labs. Greg enjoys boating, hunting, and his work as a High School rowing coach.
More than 20 years of experience on the water, from traversing the Great Lakes on motor yachts to racing sailboats, have given David Jirikovic the first-hand knowledge to serve the boating community as Down East Yachting’s Jupiter/Eastern Florida Manager.Dave’s love of boating began at age six when he was given his first boat while visiting his grandparents on a warm Northern Michigan afternoon. It was that first feeling of independence and the thrill of adventure, which he never forgot.It is Dave’s ultimate goal to utilize his personal experience on the water to provide customers with the most satisfying yacht purchase and ownership experience. Dave looks forward to serving the boating community in South Florida.
Christian “Chip” Wierda adds a second generation to the Down East Yachting family as the son of Craig and Emilie Wierda.Since joining his family on his first yearlong boat trip at the age of five, Christian has logged countless days aboard boats, having navigated The Great Loop and traveled from Alaska to Florida via the Panama Canal.Christian spent a semester in college aboard the MV Explorer, visiting thirteen countries in Southeast Asia and Africa, and spent several weeks in the Caribbean aboard an 88-foot schooner. Experience with vessels of all types informs the service he provides customers. Christian recently graduated from Hope College and is excited to help customers find their ideal vessel.
Brian Granger joins Down East Yachting in Northern Michigan after a 26 year career with one of the Great Lakes premium boat yards. He has experience in many aspects of Northern Michigan boating, and has been a leader in sales and brokerage. His experience with quality product has been a good preparation for working with Down East selling Back Cove and Sabre. During a recent factory tour it was very evident that the employees consider themselves boat builders that are responsible for delivering a quality boating experience. Brian will emphasize selling the Back Cove and Sabre boats in the Great Lakes. A strong brokerage service will also be provided for all quality boat lines. A fifth generation Northern Michigan native, Brian lives in Conway with his wife Kate son James and Labrador Lily. His hobbies include anything to do with the out of doors.
Tracy works in our Holland, Michigan office and has been with Down East Yachting since its inception. She assists in customer service and financial management. Tracy enjoys being a part of a growing company as well as learning more about the yachting industry. In addition to Down East Yachting, she works with Eagle Companies, Inc., a privately held investment and asset management firm.Tracy and her husband Jason have two children, Ethan and Elana, with whom they enjoy camping, fishing, and gardening.
Bill White’s 30+ years experience and connections within the marine industry serve as a valuable asset to the Great Lakes boating community. He focuses on the specialized services and customer care that the boaters in the region have experienced with Down East Yachting.Bill has held Sales Management positions on both dealer and manufacturer sides of the business. He served as General Manager for Eldean Yacht Sales as well as Sales Manager positions with both Boston Whaler and Tiara Yachts.Bill is happy to answer any questions customers may have.
Sarah originally hails from West Hartford Connecticut where she attended the University of Connecticut earning a bachelor’s degree in English and master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. After spending several years teaching secondary English, she decided it was time for a change. Always on the lookout for an adventure, she feels fortunate to have traveled within the US and lived abroad in Ireland and Australia. In 2012 she decided to leave winter permanently behind and made the move to Florida where she fell in love with the boating world. She now happily calls Palm Beach Gardens home and enjoys employing her skills as part of the team at Down East Yachting.