Today we’d like to introduce you to Ron Housman.
Ron, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up boating at a very early age. My father would take me fishing down in Hull Ma on many an early Saturday morning in small skiffs with outboards. My grandfather had a Hatteras 42 Sportfishing boat down in Miami which I drove as a very thrilled 10-year-old! This was a big boat back in ‘64: it would be a yacht-tender today! Many years of summer camp boating and later years of boating in South Florida in my teens and the love of the water was cemented in my brain. My 20’s found me starting a career in custom home remodeling and then a long career in high-end custom furniture making. My father was a jack of all trades and I became one as well.
However, boating was curiously absent from my life during this time until my mid-thirties when after a divorce, I bought a 28’ cabin cruiser. (Someone else got the house) This was probably the best thing to happen to me as I rediscovered my passion for the water. I started spending greater and greater periods living onboard to the point where I finally rented out the condo I’d been living on and bought a 44’ boat to live on full time! I was now in my mid-forties, making great furniture and very curious about how my yacht broker friend ran his business. He needed a captain one day to run a boat for a sea-trial (like a home inspection on steroids for boats being sold) I had my 100ton capt license at the time and agreed to run the boat. While we were out there we talked about his business. It all seemed like a lot of fun to be going around on boat rides and meeting great people who loved boats too. He hired me part-time and the rest is history……I gradually phased out my Furnituremaking business, went to work for the much larger very prestigious Northrop and Johnson yacht brokerage, and bought a 56’ Hatteras motor yacht which I currently live on and have for the past 13 years. I would say yacht consulting and brokerage found me and not the other way around.
My passion is my lifestyle and it is my work all wrapped up into one. I now am able to share my 30 years of liveaboard experience with other people looking to adopt the lifestyle. My years of building and furnituremaking, as well as years of doing my own maintenance on my boat, have given me a vast amount of experience and knowledge which I love sharing with my clientele. My biggest joy is consulting with the purpose of finding the best yachting/liveaboard solutions for my clients by helping them define their mission, narrow down the options and selecting the best choices for their needs out of a sea of choices.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It’s generally been a smooth road. The only big challenge was surviving the downturn after 2008. It’s been a long recession but there has been a steady improvement over the last 5 years I’d say and I’m on the road to the best years of my career.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Boston Yacht Consulting – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I meet new clients and assess their boating/yachting needs by asking lots of questions about why they want a boat and how they intend to use their new vessels. I assess budget and try to drill down into what their hopes and dreams vis a vis life on the water. I am best known for finding that “just right” almost perfect boat for my clients ( I say almost because there are no perfect boats!) and getting them the best possible deal on it. I am proud that I am a certified professional yacht broker-one of the relatively small number who have passed the body of a knowledge test and who keep current with recertification education credits. What sets me apart is the honor of giving my word and my integrity. I was trained by one of the best and always aspire to be the best at what I do. Additionally, the facts that I have 30 years liveaboard experience and am an active professional captain who lives the cruising lifestyle MYSELF truly set me apart from most others.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I plan on training and hiring more brokers to work for me as I find there’s only so much time in the day. In fact, I just hired two former clients as brokers to work for me. They loved watching what I do so much that each of them came to me to ask if they could work for me. I will be hiring 3-4 more by the end of 2018. I will instill my high standards of ethics first and foremost as I build my personal brand into my 60’s and 70’s.
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Boston MA 02128
- Website: Bostonyachtconsulting.com
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