Telling sea stories is known as “swinging the lantern“. Rom Van Stolk’s experiences with so many boats and so many great people on the water, swings a wide arc. Rom has been part of the industry since 1983 using his expertise searching for, and locating, boats for his clients all over North America. He has built a wealth of experience navigating many different models both power and sail.
A founding member of the British Columbia Yacht Brokers Association (BCYBA), Rom is currently serving as President. It was thru Rom’s work with the BCYBA that he met his future business partner Greg Horne. In 1994 they started Custom Yacht Sales, becoming the team that hundreds of boaters have come to rely on when purchasing their yacht. As the company grew, they purchased the Cedar Grove Marina as the companies base of operations.
With a great management and sales team at the office and a fantastic family team aboard their boat, Rom continues to explore deeper reaches of water following a call first awakened in him by his father’s love of sailing and the sea. Rom gets a little nervous if he is too far from the water and as such lives in a waterfront home a few feet from the ocean and wakes up to the sounds of the sea. He spends his days at his marina on the docks, on board boats and at his desk in the office assisting others in fulfilling their own sea callings.
Greg Horne Cell: 250-727-1523
A third generation Victoria resident, with over 33 years experience in the brokerage business, Greg’s passion for “all things boats” continues to grow. As an active cruiser and avid fisherman, Greg is a wealth of information. A believer in “giving back”, Greg is a University of Victoria Graduate, a founding member and past President of the British Columbia Yacht Brokers Association. Accredited as a CPYB (Certified Professional Yacht Broker), Greg has built his business on referrals and whether purchasing or selling, invites you to call or visit the Custom Yachts Team at the charming Cedar Grove Marina in Sidney, B.C.
A Vancouver Islander at heart, now berthed in Qualicum Beach, Mark Vanderbyl has been around the water all his life. Growing up on the banks of the Englishman River in Parksville, on Vancouver Island, then living on waterfront in the Oceanside area both in Parksvile and Nanoose in his formative years, he spent a lot of time salmon fishing in local waters aboard his own 21’ centre console.
After time spent away from the water in the music and multimedia industries, he returned to the water and pursued a career in yachting, rising quickly to his first captain’s position aboard a 90’ motoryacht. From there he worked his way up in size on various yachts, running 3 different Westport 112’ motoryachts, a 130’ Oceanfast jet drive yacht, a 125’ Palmer Johnson motorsailer, and the brand new Nordhavn 120’, among others. He has also worked as a build captain on the last Rayburn custom 100’ motoryacht built in Mission, B.C. and as a commissioning and corporate captain for Calixas Yachts on their award winning 105’ expedition yacht designed by Greg Marshall. He has spent a lot of time on various refits and is very familiar with shipyard work and procedures and has managed projects from a full paint job on a 93’ yacht to a twin 60 kw generator replacement on a 122’ yacht.
During this time he traveled the Eastern Seaboard from Halifax to Florida, and the Bahamas and parts of the Caribbean, as well as the West Coast of Canada traveling from as far south as Victoria to as far north as Stewart, B.C., with multiple excursions to Desolation Sound and the Broughtons both on private yachts and running charters.
He brings his large yacht background and experience to his clients with Custom Yacht Sales, and, should you either wish to list your yacht with Custom Yacht Sales, or seek helpful advice in searching for your next yacht, Mark is more than happy to help you realize your dreams.