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A Nordhavn tale of thanks and giving


Meet Ben Sprague

Ben Sprague is a man of few words, but his boating experience speaks volumes. He grew up on the New England seacoast sailing small boats and one designs as a teen and continued racing boats throughout his years away at school. He went on to graduate from Connecticut College, at which point he also graduated up to bigger sailboats, serving not only as crew but also as instructor. He spent summers cruising Florida, the Caribbean and inland waters of Guatemala on an 80-foot Danish Galleas, then later earned the role as captain on a 46-foot S & S yawl in the Bras d’Or Lakes of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Based in Massachusetts, Ben eagerly participated in many offshore events including five Newport-Bermuda races, six Marblehead-Halifax races and a trans-Atlantic passage aboard a 48 ft. cutter. His life of mostly good times at sea was abruptly interrupted when hurricane-fueled waves sunk the boat he was helping to deliver to the Bahamas…and the crew had to be rescued by a Cuban tanker after days adrift in an eight foot dinghy. Despite the scary experience, boating was a part of him and he continued to pursue it professionally; first as a salesman for Hood Yacht Systems, where he spent six years, followed by a 12-year stint as Director of Sales and Marketing at Goetz Marine Technology.

Although staying in the industry for 20 years, Ben missed the actual boating aspect and in 2006 came to work for Nordhavn in the northeast sales office located in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Since then he’s enjoyed numerous deliveries up and down the east coast, including most recently one on the brand new Motorsailer.

Using his rich background to educate customers in making the right decisions is what Ben loves most about his job. (Coincidentally, it’s what his customers love most about him.) And what does he love most about Nordhavn? Representing such a high quality product means no spinning required. “It’s easy to stand behind the virtues of a Nordhavn,” says the straight shooting broker.

Ben Sprague can be reached in the Nordhavn Yachts Northeast sales office at 401-293-0910 or by email at ben.sprague@nordhavn.com.

 

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