Growing up on a lake in the North Shore of Massachusetts, Paul discovered his love for boating and the water at a young age. While many kids were off to sports practices after school, Paul was rushing home to take his Sunfish for a spin right up to the last light of day.
At the age of 16, Paul became a sailing instructor for the recreation department in his home town. There he was sharing his passion for sailing with others aboard the program’s Flying Scott. This gave Paul a taste for larger sloops and was the catalyst for him to pursue brokering a deal with his parents to help him upgrade from a sunfish to something larger.After many days of yard work and chores, and selling the sunfish online, Paul took delivery of a used CL16, a Canadian built trailerable centerboard sloop that he and his father sailed together on freshwater lakes around Massachusetts and NH.
Soon after entering high school, Paul joined the club sailing team. There he was introduced to sailing in Boston Harbor and on the Charles River. While sailing the Vanguard 420’s, Paul couldn’t stop paying attention to the larger cruising boats making their way in and out of Boston.
He again approached his parents with a proposal- this time, he suggested a keelboat that the entire family could enjoy on the ocean- something with a cabin to spend nights aboard.
That summer, Pauls family purchased a Catalina 27 and moored it in Salem Sound, in Salem MA. Living aboard all summer, Paul started to enjoy the larger boat lifestyle.
In 2008, he completed his American Sailing Association courses with Black Rock Sailing School. During the summers off from college at UNH where he studied outdoor education, Paul earned his 100 ton USCG Masters License and later went on to complete his ASA instructor certifications.
In 2012 he joined the ranks of Black Rock Sailing School staff where he managed the club program and oversaw the fleet’s maintenance. Soon after, Paul began instructing and earned the American Sailing Association’s Outstanding Instructor of the year award his first year. Out of over 3000+ ASA teachers, there are only 30 recipients of this award each year- Paul has since been awarded in 2014, 2015, 2016,2018,2019 and again in 2020- putting him among the top 1% of sailing educators world wide.
In 2015, Paul became an equity partner in the sailing school. Now, he and fellow broker Brenton Lochridge also own the local SailTime Boston club franchise that provides an outlet for sailors to access new Jeanneau sailboats as well as other new lines of monohulls and catamarans.
During these years of instructing, maintaining boats, and managing the sailing clubs, Paul has had a number of graduates and customers who he has advised during the boat buying process and acted as a buyers broker – helping them select the perfect boat for themselves and their families.
Now, as a broker at BYS, Paul is opening his talent of boating, sailing, educating, and advising to anyone interested in a high quality new or used boat, monohull, catamaran or powerboat.