Stonington Yacht Sales, LLC is the exclusive yacht brokerage at Dodson Boatyard, in beautiful Stonington, CT. We are small by design, intentionally focused on serving and representing a targeted group of clients and their current or future boats. But don’t let our size conceal our capabilities. We have the experience, knowledge and horsepower to provide the finest services to those who seek a strong, collaborative relationship with a yacht broker to assist them in buying, selling or donating their boat.
We also are able to provide service beyond the sale – offering consultative advice on everything from maintenance options, identifying a captain run your boat, delivery, trucking and shipping services, sail maker choices, etc. We never tire of talking with our customers about their boats, and how they can optimize their enjoyment of these fine craft.
We do not sell new boats. Frankly, we like to maintain our objectivity and are more interested in identifying the highest quality vessels which meet our customers structured requirements. That said, we do have strong opinions on what boats meet our standards – and our standards are high. Our appreciation is for the finest yachts available, in design, construction, performance and maintenance history. We know not every boat can be perfect, but we specialize in finding the perfect boat for discriminating buyers.
John Farmelo, principal of Stonington Yacht Sales, has been a yacht Broker with Northrop & Johnson, Eastland Yachts, Pilot Yacht Sales, and East Coast yacht Sales. He has owned vessels of both power and sail, built by Bristol, Hinckley, Tartan, J/Boats, Cape Dory, Duffy, Bruckmann, etc. He has raced sailboats in local, regional and national events, from Lasers to 80 footers. He has owned, operated and delivered power boats up to 100 feet. In his corporate life, he worked as a management consultant for Price Waterhouse, and held executive positions at Citibank, Thomas Cook Financial Services, Travelex Worldwide Money, and Bradford Energy Capital.
John and his wife, Laura Hopkins (Senior Vice President for Advancement at the Mystic Seaport Museum), live in Stonington where they can often be seen sailing their classic wooden tender around the harbor. And they venture all over New England in their Bruckmann Bluestar, often with their dog Banjo on board. Water, boats and sea life are their passion. And John enjoys the opportunity to spread this passion, and make new friends, through his endeavors at Stonington Yacht Sales.