Hi, I'm Northrop & Johnson Senior Yacht Broker Hank Halsted. I'm based in the Newport, Rhode Island office, which I opened with Bruce Leffers in 1997. I am pleased to share his wealth of experience regarding yachts, the offshore environment and the intricacies of the marine industry with my clients, the vast majority of whom have become close friends.
I've been a sailor virtually all my life. In fact, the day I was born, my mother had to be rowed ashore from the family cruising boat and taken to the hospital. After years as a professional captain of yachts of all descriptions on both sides of the Atlantic, I became the Service Manager for Hinckley Yachts in Southwest Harbor, Maine. I then managed Hinckley Yacht Brokerage and moved to Newport, Rhode Island, in 1995 as a partner in Hinckley Newport and Hinckley Marine Insurance. In 1997, Bruce and I purchased Northrop & Johnson Newport, which we managed until the transfer to MarineMax in 2020.
Through the 1980s and 1990s, I published more than 100 articles on boat handling and seamanship in a monthly column in Motorboating and Sailing Magazine. I also am published in Yachting, Cruising World and Passage Maker. I served for 20 years as an offshore safety inspector for the Marion Bermuda Race and Newport Bermuda Race, and presently am Co-Chairman of the Qualifications Committee for the Newport Bermuda Race.
I was the Managing Partner of the Newport and St. Barths Bucket Regattas from 2002 until 2014, building the St. Barths fleet from five superyachts to 45 superyachts by 2012. I have served as racing helmsman on many of the world's most notable yachts, including the 131-foot Ketch VICTORIA OF STRATHEARN, 152-foot Perini Navi ANDROMEDA La Dea, 148-foot Perini Navi HELIOS, the Swan 112-foot HIGHLAND BREEZE and many others.
I look forward to continuing to be part of the successful team at N&J.
Outside the Office
I split my time between his home in Exeter, RI, and aboard my global cruising yacht, the J-160, PIPE DREAM.
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