In 1972, when chartering was just beginning in The Caribbean, Ed sailed from England to Tortola to become one of the early managers for The Moorings. He started his own bareboat charter company two years later which eventually had a staff of over 50, operating a fleet of 55 yachts. He was involved in many different sides of the industry, including customising charter yacht designs with Charlie Morgan, teaching sailing to ASA bareboat standard, working as a charter captain, and virtually everything in between.
In 1982 he moved to Maine with his wife Barbara and started Ed Hamilton & Co., the yacht charter brokerage.
In the years that followed, Ed Hamilton & Co became the largest and most respected yacht charter brokerage in the industry, selling more Caribbean charters than any independent broker worldwide. (Read a more detailed history of our company)
The majority of our staff of 8 have been involved in chartering for most of their lives.
There is no other brokerage that can claim to have more charter experience.
This year, for the seventh year running,
Ed Hamilton & Co was picked by Conde Nast as the best agent for booking Caribbean charters.
It is certainly possible to book a boat without using our services, but when you talk to one of our brokers, you will soon see how we can simplify the process and really help you make the right choice.
We know these boats and crews well, and can honestly give you advice on which boat best suits your needs. Our services are free (you pay no more than booking direct), yet the security and first hand information we give you can make all the difference to the success of your holiday.
We hope you enjoy our site.
We look forward to helping you plan your vacation of a lifetime. Check out the Bareboat or Crewed Yacht home pages, or review your options while requesting literature using our informative preference forms.
Those people who already know the islands will enjoy Ed's photographs of Tortola in the 1970's.
We have been there from the beginning and have the knowledge and expertise to simplify the booking process and ensure the best possible boat for your budget.