Roger Smith’s lifelong passion for sailboats began at a young age, sailing a home-built Blue Jay 14 kit boat on the northern shores of stormy Lake Superior, in Ontario, Canada at the family cottage. That Blue Jay was the first in a series of many sailboats to come including keelboats by C&C, CS Yachts, Edel, and Catalina.
‘Two-foot-itis’ eventually led to the acquisition of a Sparkman and Stephens designed, Hughes Yachts built, 40’ center cockpit ketch, “Delos”. Roger acquired Delos in tired condition from her original owner and personally restored her, and all of her mechanical systems in conformance to current-day ABYC standards.
After cruising Delos around the Great Lakes for more than a decade, including annual trips to the Bay of Quinte and New York’s Thousand Islands, the time came to upgrade. After researching all options, and reviewing their imminent cruising plans for the Tropics, Roger and his wife Jana acquired their first catamaran – a Gemini 105MC “White Star”.
In May, 2014 Roger and Jana left their corporate world behind and along with their two dogs, departed from American shores in Miami for an extended cruise in the Bahamas.
While Bahamas sailing is generally idyllic they experienced all imaginable conditions from flat calms to storms stirred up by Hurricane Bertha, intense tropical heat and daily sudden 40+ knot squalls. See: http://whitestar03.com
During the four months and 1000+ nautical miles of their journey, one thing became abundantly clear – catamarans have a clear advantage. Upon returning to America, White Star was traded in on a new Lagoon 39 catamaran they dubbed “French Maid”.
The Bahamas trip had a profound effect on Roger decided to scuttle the pressures of his former corporate management consultant life for a career change to the yacht sales industry. As a yacht broker, Roger applies the same skills he honed in the corporate world: relationship building, listening, honesty, integrity and service excellence. With his accumulated technical knowledge and skills regarding everything-sail, he enthusiastically and professionally meets and exceeds client’s expectations.
Lauderdale Marine Center
2019 SW 20th Street Suite 300
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
Office: (954) 449-7644
Cell: (416) 418-9931
Fax: (954) 727-0024