Ed has been in the charter industry his entire working life. In 1972, at the age of 24, he helped sail a modern 90' schooner from his native England to the Caribbean. He became one of the first managers of The Moorings, when they had a handful of boats and Tortola was their only base. In 1975, he started his own bareboat company with partner Wally Ross. Six years later, he had a fleet of 55 yachts and a staff of over 50.
In 1982, he moved to Maine and started Ed Hamilton & Co., a yacht charter booking agency, with his wife Barbara. Ed's selling style was very different to other crewed charter brokers of that era. He was used to the bareboat market, where clients always had a choice of booking directly with the bareboat company. He applied the same principals to booking crewed boats. Clients realized he knew the cruising ground and product really well, and had a genuine desire to learn more about their group, to ensure they chose the right boat and more importantly, the right crew.
This was particularly significant in the early days of the internet, when there was a temptation for brokers to become order takers, asking clients to simply choose from a list of boats on-line. Ed, and the brokers he has subsequently trained, have never worked this way. For each enquiry, brokers select suitable boats based on each client's requirements. We write our own descriptions of boats and crews, from notes each broker makes when personally visiting the yachts. Their candid style makes it easier for clients to make the best choice. 25 years later, Ed still sees the list of crewed yachts his brokers select, before they are sent to every client.
This approach was successful, and from the late 80's, Ed Hamilton & Co. became the largest brokerage selling Caribbean charters, and has remained so ever since. But being the biggest is only part of the story. Ed and Barbara know that respect comes from going the extra mile for each client, which is why Ed Hamilton & Co has been chosen by Conde Nast Traveler as their recommended yacht charter brokerage for the Caribbean for the last 7 straight years, ever since the award was started.
While the Caribbean will always be the principal focus, Ed is now concentrating more and more on the Mediterranean and other popular cruising grounds. He and Barbara love to travel and enjoy gaining local knowledge in all kinds of new areas for their clients. At 61, Ed has been in the business for 37 years. He has never regretted sailing into the sleepy village of Road Town, Tortola, all those years ago and meeting Charlie Carey, the owner of The Moorings, where it all began.
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In 1977, a lanky 29 year old Ed welcomes the crew delivering a new Heritage 38, which he helped design, to join his bareboat fleet. Ed has been in the charter business since the very early days!