Michele started her career in January 1987 by developing the brokerage division of Gratitude Yachting Center. This followed a career of teaching special-needs children for more than 18 years. Michele’s summers during her teaching days were spent working with a charter company and sailing school located on the Chesapeake, and her years there gave her the opportunity to sail many different designs. She also handled the provisioning for these charters and owned the Galley Elf, a catering business. The Galley Elf eventually introduced her to the gang at Gratitude when she catered their Island Packet Rendezvous and the rest was history.
Over the years Michele amassed specific knowledge of each of the Island Packet models. She earned every Certified Sales Representative certificate offered by Island Packet. It is not uncommon to find that she has sold the same boat several times, sometimes going back to the date she sold it as a new boat.
When the doors closed at Gratitude in 2013, Michele had enjoyed 26 years of helping her customers/friends buy and sell quality yachts, of any manufacturer, both power and sail. And, as luck would have it, as one door closed a new door opened with her friends and business associates at S&J Yachts. Michele is excited and looks forward to many more years of helping customers realize their yachting dreams.
See you on the water!
Michele Martinage is a fantastically good broker and I am not given to praise lightly. You can trust her explicitly and she will steer you the right way.
— Robert Wilkinson
You have to see Michele about boats to buy.
— Art Michaelsen
We have a great long term relationship with Michele Martinage at S&J. Her nearly 25 years of experience helped us sell two boats and buy our Island Packet 40, La Dolce Vita. She and the team at S&J went to great lengths to help us prep, show, and sell LDV, to an A-list of qualified buyers, while our boat remained in SWFL during the contract term. I would go back to Michele and S&J whenever I need a yacht broker.
— Greg Balestrero