In the 36 years he has been in the charter industry, Ed Hamilton has worked in every part of the business; from owning and running a major bareboat company in Tortola, to designing, skippering and maintaining charter yachts of all sizes. Ed and his wife Barbara used this experience to start Ed Hamilton & Co. which rapidly grew to be the biggest Caribbean charter brokerage in North America in the late '80s and has remained so ever since.
This success came via a unique approach to brokering charters. With his background in bareboats, Ed was keenly aware that customers always had the choice to book directly, so it was important to provide more information and better service than the bareboat companies' own agents. Because Ed Hamilton & Co. isn't tied to any one company, they could give an independent opinion on how boats and companies compared.
Impartiality became the company's mantra, and Ed used the same philosophy when booking crewed yachts. Unlike most brokers who simply link to websites designed and written by the yachts themselves, we write many of our own descriptions of both crews and yachts. When we send you a selection of yachts based on your criteria, we've taken the time to consider your requirements carefully, and you can rest assured you're getting unbiased advice from brokers who have personally visited the yachts and interviewed the crews.
As the company grew, Ed & Barbara selected a team who not only shared their approach to matching customers to the right yacht, but arguably have more experience than any other team in yacht chartering today. Steve McCrea, our General Manager who also books both crewed yachts and bareboats, has been in the industry for over 12 years, most recently as Sunsail USA's General Manager. Emily Mack, our primary crewed broker, came to us in 2003 from a lifetime in boating and has been Ed's carefully trained protege. Susan Lengyel, our primary bareboat broker, was Sunsail's top sales agent since her start in 1996. Jackie Brown, who also books bareboats, started with Sun Yacht Charters in 1999. Lynne Harbison, who for the last 15 years, has organized all of our customers' paperwork and travel details, has been involved with chartering since her start with Bahamas Yachting Services/Sunsail in 1982.
Being the biggest is only part of the story. The reputation we enjoy in the charter industry comes from the experience of our staff and their dedication to carefully handling every individual request. This is why Ed Hamilton & Co. has been chosen by Conde Nast Traveler as their recommended yacht charter broker for the Caribbean for the 7th year in a row, ever since the award's conception. While we are best known for our knowledge of the Caribbean, our team has met crews, toured yachts, bareboat bases and sailed cruising grounds from Tonga to Turkey. We offer crewed and bareboat charters worldwide.
We look forward to helping you plan a vacation of a lifetime. Call us (800 621 7855), email, or request a selection of suitable boats.