Dean and Donna Ouilette first purchased Bellingham Yacht Sales and Charters June of 1984. Several weeks later, Nick Ouilette joined them as their business partner and became co-owner. Both Dean and Nick are graduates of the Maine Maritime Academy with BS degrees in Nautical Science and Marine Engineering. They both also hold unlimited tonnage and horsepower licenses from the United States Coast Guard. Having spent their entire adult lives on the water, they decided a family owned and operated business combining their love of the water and boating would be the best of all worlds.
What started out as a three person brokerage operation in 1984 has evolved into a thriving yacht sales, service, and charter company with a total of twelve full time staff/sales members along with various part-time employees and subcontractors.
We also work with additional companies and contacts. Many of these individuals have been with us for over 20 years and are very familiar with our systems and our constantly evolving fleet of vessels.
Bellingham has a wide range of marine facilities and expertise available; with four large haul-out facilities, four electronics shops, one marine electrical shop, numerous marine mechanics, marine surveyors, and four chandleries.
This gives us a broad range of expertise and experience upon which to draw to ensure that you have a quality experience when dealing with us.
If you have further questions, feel free to give us a call or send us an email.
Dean Ouilette, Owner & Broker
Dean acts as the day to day Sales Manager and is responsible for all business administration. Before coming ashore to be with his family, he worked as the navigation officer aboard ARCO supertankers. Dean loves seeing each BYS customer matched with the right boat and hearing about all the fun they are having years later! Dean has recieved the prestigious Sabre Yachts Broker of the Year twice for top sales achievement in 1996 and 2006. Finally, Dean and his wife Donna have a passion for Christian missionary work in Haiti. You can learn more about to get invloved here.
Nick Ouilette, Owner & Broker
Nick's life has revolved around maritime related professions since entering the Maine Maritime Academy in 1967. Upon graduation in 1971, and receiving his USCG license to be an engineer aboard tankers, cruise ships and other large ships requiring the unlimited horsepower rating, Nick then led the life of a professional seafarer for 7 years. After that Nick was also employed as a planning engineer, nuclear refueling engineer in East Coast shipyards, and power plant operator. This was all leading up to his current career as co-owner of Bellingham Yacht Sales, that began in 1984 with his brother Dean. His engineering background has been beneficial in covering yacht maintenance, repair, new installations and warranty interface with Sabre and Back Cove yachts.
Matt Ouilette, Yacht Broker
With nearly 12 years of experience in the marine industry, Matt is a great asset to Bellingham Yachts. Son of Dean and Donna Ouilette and nephew to Nick Ouilette, Matt has been around boats his entire life. In 2003, after taking courses at Bellingham Technical College in building, remodeling and woodworking, he joined Bellingham Yachts as a shipwright and was able to gain extensive knowledge about the marine industry and the various aspects of service and sales. With his experience and drive Matt became a Yacht Salesman full time in 2007 and has since been helping fellow boaters find the perfect vessel for their needs and providing the top notch customer service that Bellingham Yachts is known for. Matt married the love of his life in 2011 and they welcomed their sweet daughter Olive Eliza February 2014. As a family they enjoy the great outdoors, boating, traveling and exploring all that the world has to offer.
Mark Enstad, Chief Shipwright
Mark has 30 years of experience in the marine industry and has known Sabre, Back Cove and Cutwater yachts inside and out for 14 years. We are delighted that he is our new Service Manager as well as being our Chief Shipwright which is the perfect combination for our customers to ensure a job well done. He knows customers want their investments just right. According to Mark, "It takes a combination of respect for the customer, the vessel itself and patience to tend to every detail in a way that leaves the customer feeling heard and satisfied." He is crazy about his family, wife Cheryl and two girls, Maya,17 and Claire, 14.
James Kuran, Charter Manager and Yacht Broker
James is originally from Michigan. He has spent a lot of time in Boston and Portland, Maine in sales and advertising. He grew up boating all over the Great Lakes. His father was a surgeon, so, they were able to enjoy the boating lifestyle. He spent 3 years in the active Navy and 4 years in the reserves. He has a degree in bio chemistry. He loves to ski and boat which is what brought him to this area from Portland Maine. James will be working as charter manager and as an associate yacht broker for our companies. He also has the skills to do hands on maintenance and repairs to our boats. We are very excited to have James join our team!
Heather Orsos, Office Manager
Heather Orsos comes with a Bachelor's Degree in Education with years of teaching, bookkeeping and customer service experience. She has dedicated most of her career to raising her children and in 2013 joined the Bellingham Yachts team as the Office Manager. She has a loving husband and four beautiful children whom she adores. She spent three years serving on the missionfield in Hungary and is passionate about reaching people for Christ. She enjoys meeting people from all walks of life and facilitating the needs of people in their boating experiences, whether it be chartering a boat or buying or selling a boat. It's a great thing to be involved in a business that operates with the agenda of helping people to thoroughly enjoy relaxation and enjoyment on the water. In her free time she enjoys hiking, cooking, gardening, travel and spending time with her family.
Jason Frankle, Associate Sales Manager
Jason's interest in the sea started in the Islands of Belize in 2008 when he and his wife moved to Ambergris Caye from Bellingham, WA. He learned to navigate the shallow waters of Belize on his 25 ft Panga, and in 2011, he learned to sail and began working as a live aboard charter captain for a company running multi-day trips up and down the coast of Belize. In 2015, Jason returned to Bellingham, bringing his love of the water and exploring to Bellingham Yachts. When he isn't out on the water, Jason can be found riding his dirt bike, kiteboarding, skiing, fishing or mountain biking.
Gary Etchells, Yacht Broker Seattle-Bellevue-Bainbridge Island
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