About the Team
BRUCE TAIT - OWNER | YACHT SALES | MANAGEMENT | NEW CONSTRUCTION
Bruce was born and raised on the West Coast between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Living in Grenada in his late teens may have contributed to a passion for the ocean, sailing and the tropics... it's hard to say but he never really left the sea after that. Captaining charter boats in the Caribbean, whale watching boat in Santa Barbara, and multiple off shore deliveries finally brought him to Sag Harbor.
He started Tait Yachts in 1982 as a family run brokerage firm; his daughter joined the firm in 1989 and now heads up the charter division. Yacht sales, commissioning and management projects have sent him to locales around the globe. His energetic, "hands on" attitude has solidified long term client relations and inter industry friendships along the way.
Bruce loves ocean and inshore yacht racing and has competed in Antigua Race weeks, the Marion and Newport-Bermuda race, Block Island Race Weeks, Heineken Regattas and Les Voile de St. Tropez. He races his J-105 every week in the summer and competes in most area regattas.
John Christopher Dowling - YACHT SALES | PROJECT MANAGEMENT | NEW CONSTRUCTION
Chris first joined us as a sailing instructor in 1983. Born in Jamestown, Rhode Island, Chris grew up sailing the East Coast and the Bahamas. Right out of school he went on to work in the yachting industry as a racing and charter captain. He has cruised and raced both sail and motor yachts from 15 feet to 195 feet. Chris enjoys competing in local and international regattas and won his division in the 2004 Newport Bermuda race of which he has competed in 4 times. He has occupied a desk part time in our office since 1998. Chris returned to the office full time in 2007 after moving to Greenport, NY with his wife and son bringing a wealth of knowledge about the workings of modern sailing and motor yachts both large and small from his hands on experiences.
Danielle Tait Barton - YACHT CHARTERS | SALES
Danielle joined Tait Yachts in 1989 and became a partner in 1994. A degree in Gallery Management and Business couldn't keep her away from joining the family business but certainly contributed to an eye for fresh and crisp décor and overall visual balance of a yacht's interior and exterior spaces. Local knowledge and a passion for cooking and entertaining has enabled her to select yachts with the best chefs for charter vacations and to assist her clients in planning a beautiful event on the water. Danielle enjoysdown time with her daughter, Annabelle and husband, gardening, sailing, paddling or picnicking at the beach.
Dann Lockwood - YACHT SALES
Dann brings a long resume of yacht service management as well as brokerage operation experience to Tait Yachts. Equally important is his background as as an active sailor. He was born in Norwalk, CT but grew up in the southeastern Connecticut coastal towns of Old Lyme and Old Saybrook where his affinity for the water took form. After college and graduate school he settled and worked in Greenwich, CT for 17 years. It was here he acquired his first cruising boat. In 1986 he took a year long sabbatical from his work in educational psychology and with his wife cruised from Greenwich throughout the Bahamas and Caribbean aboard their Westsail 32. Upon his return Dann elected to leave academia and began a “second career” messing around on boats. In his first role as the Manager of Marina Operations for the 864 slip Brewer’s Pilot’s Point Marina in Westbrook, CT, he simultaneously began a start-up brokerage operation which served as the first Brewer brokerage and soon morphed into Brewer Yacht Sales. Through a brokerage transaction he came to the attention of the owners of Dodson Boatyard in Stonington, CT and was asked to assume the role of Dodson’s General Manager. It was his pleasure to act as Dodson’s GM for the next 20 years, part of which included participation and oversight of Dodson Boat Sales for many of those years. Most recently, Dann took on the challenge of General Manager of Hinckley Yacht Services in Portsmouth, RI where he worked for 3 years. The upshot of Dann’s past 25+ years of industry experience is that he has acquired an intimate knowledge of yacht care encompassing a broad range of both power and sailing yachts. He understands that along with owning a yacht comes the responsibility (and pleasure) of maintaining her. An active sailor, with numerous Newport Bermuda Races on his resume, but even more sea miles cruising New England and the East Coast, he and his wife still believe that being aboard a boat far exceeds practically any other shared activity, be it alone or with friends. Dann and his wife Kathy live in Old Lyme, CT. Their son Zach is a professional singer/songwriter and resides in Nashville, TN. Finally, Dann’s approach to yacht brokerage is to never “sell” a boat but rather, through attentive listening to a buyer’s boating goals, assist them in acquiring a yacht that will take them there.
Ken Deeg - YACHT SALES
A full time resident of the east end, Captain Ken grew up on Long Island, Boating throughout the East coast and working in the marine industry since 1999. He is a 5 year us cg veteran with extensive mechanical and operational knowledge of a wide range of vessels and vessel systems. Ken is a 100 ton masters licensed captain with towing and fcc radio endorsements. After his coast guard tour in 2004 he operated commercial and private vessels along the east coast. He is well recognized in the east coast marine industry for his extensive knowledge of power and sailing yachts, putting his clients first is always his top priority.
Joe Grey - SECURITY
"Smokin" Joe Grey was born in the artist community of springs in the town of East Hampton, right around the corner from the Jackson Pollock house. His interests, however, were not of an artistic nature, but rather the rough and tumble life on the streets. His reputation preceded him and Tait Yachts put Joe on the payroll in the summer of 2003; he has earned his keep heading up security and rodent control ever since. Be warned if you are a small to mid size dog... be afraid, very afraid.
After fifteen plus years, "Smokin" Joe Grey has completed his "Security tasks" at Tait Yachts, job well done... RIP