Richard has been selling just about all of his adult life, first in corporate Hi Tech, then in 2001 as a yacht broker for other firms.
About 10 years ago, Richard had a vision of starting a brokerage that was obsessed with serving the boating community in a way that really stood out. All it took was truth, honesty and integrity, passion for people and passion for boats. Back then, it was one salesman and one office. Today Calibre has grown to 3 offices and 10 people with expansion plans to add 2 more offices and 2 to 3 more sales people in 2017.
The people that are hired at Calibre Yachts all embrace the same foundational values that Richard holds, and as a result, and by God’s grace, the company continues to grow.
If you have not experienced the Calibre difference yet, he welcomes you to try it on and see for yourself why so many customers insist that Calibre is their brokerage of choice when buying or selling a boat.
Calibre Yacht Sales is delighted to have aboard Jeff Crowter as a valued crew member. He will cover your boating needs on the North Shore, the Sunshine Coast and Powell River areas.
Jeff was born and raised on the North Shore and now splits his time between his home on Savary Island, the gateway to Desolation Sound and his other home in North Vancouver. Jeff has been a lifelong boater. He is looking forward to helping people into the boating lifestyle, and also those looking to sell their existing boats.
Jeff has a corporate executive background in one of the biggest and most respected companies in BC, with responsibilities that included research and development, customer satisfaction measurement and sales and marketing. Combine these skill sets with his passion for boats, his values and integrity, his propensity to help people and his comfortable and professional style and we have yet another person well suited to match you to your next boat and to sell the vessel that you may currently have. We believe that you will find Jeff a delight to work with as part of the Calibre Crew.
Robert has been an integral part of the Calibre team since 2012. He began his interest in boating at an early age. The passion expanded into crafting and building his first boat at age 15. The years following have taken Robert through numerous, very successful management positions in a variety of industries with a focus on photography, outdoors and design. After moving to Vancouver Island in 2011, the desire to work in the marine industry led him to meet up with Richard Evans, the owner and founder of Calibre Yacht Sales. The opportunity to expand and grow the Nanaimo branch was offered to Robert. Since then he has become one of Calibre’s top salesman. He is now proudly offered the position of opening our new branch in Victoria British Columbia.
Robert’s passion for outdoor adventure, photography, scuba diving and soccer has attributed to his amazing active lifestyle. Robert shares his love for the water and the outdoors with his lovely wife, Sue. Accompanied by their two dogs, LeeLoo, a Cairn Terrier, and Poppy, a Pomeranian, the adventures continue.
Wilderness boating off the waters of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Costa Rica and Borneo are a few of the locations their adventurous lifestyle has taken them.
Whether you are buying or selling, we know you will enjoy working with Robert. His love for people, for boats, the outdoors and his caring professional approach has led him to a very successful career with Calibre Yacht Sales.
After a successful financial career with two of the leading companies in the industry, Doug now turns his focus to Yacht sales. Spending his youth on the beaches of Cadboro Bay and learning to sail at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club was the start of his passion for boating.
Doug, his wife Karen and son Trevor spent many hours sailing the Gulf Islands. Since 1993 they have been members of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron. Doug became an Instructor with the Brentwood Bay Squadron. His keen interest in all things boating has led him to volunteer with the board of the Maritime Museum of BC where he is Past President and life member.
With Doug’s enthusiasm for safe boating he joined the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary – recently rebranded the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue. During his 13 years as a SAR specialist he has logged over 200 hrs annually responding to marine emergencies, training crew and special events such as CPS student cruises and Sail Pasts. Certified by Transport Canada to conduct vessel safety inspections he is able to ensure that your vessel meets the standard safety requirements.
Doug’s professionalism, discretion and history of solid client relationships allow him to focus on his true passion for yachting.
In 2016, Doug was elected to be a Board Director with the B.C. Yacht Brokers Association.
Neil’s boating experience was based predominantly along the English Channel and the southern parts of the North Sea where he enjoyed sailing dinghies and small cruisers. A major check against his bucket list came in 2009 when he moved with his lovely wife Joanne and two sons to Vancouver Island. A second major check followed as he finally saw the opportunity to attend university to get his business degree. Recently, a third check came when he received the call from Richard inviting him to join the team here at Calibre Yachts. So now Neil’s next check is to help you turn your dream into the yacht you deserve!
Calibre Yachts Sales welcomes Huff Taylor to the team. Huff brings a lifelong passion of all things aquatic to Calibre. Growing up in Victoria BC, Huff took up windsurfing and surfing at the age of 9 and his love of the sea has been a constant ever since.
Huff has worked in the yachting industry in a variety of capacities on and off over the past 30 years, from charter fleet maintenance and boating instruction in Victoria to yacht crew and professional racing in the Mediterranean. A yacht racing career that includes twelve Swiftsures, two seasons of professional racing in Europe, two Swan Wold Cups and countless Wednesday nights and local regattas over the past 26 years. In 2006 Huff and his father launched the 28ft carbon/epoxy trimaran they built from scratch.
Huff comes to Calibre Yacht Sales to share his passion for boating and experience in and for the yachting lifestyle. His philosophy towards sales is a dedication to helping you find the boat you want, not the boat someone wants you to have.
As Huff says “boating is one of the great freedoms that remains in our society and affords its participants the luxury to pick and choose their destination, speed, comfort and most importantly company. Control over all but the weather is yours for the taking.”
We enthusiastically welcome James Neil to the Calibre Team. James was born, raised and still resides in the MacKenzie Heights area of Vancouver’s Westside. He has been an avid boating enthusiast since an early age with extensive knowledge of BC’s coastal waters and a frequent commuter to the family’s recreational property on Galiano Island in the Gulf Islands.
He is married to his wife Joan and father to Spencer and Olivia, and is an active member of his community by coaching his son’s baseball and soccer teams for the past 7 years.
James earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Major in English from the University of Victoria in 1989 and was a Varsity and National Team rower during his 5 years. As an outdoor enthusiast, he also enjoys water sports, fishing, scuba diving, and maintains an active lifestyle by hiking in the summers and skiing at Whistler/ Blackhomb during the winters.
He has worked primarily in the financial services industry for the past 25 years. Prior to joining the crew at Calibre, he owned and operated a successful Venture Capital company for 17 years. From 2003 to December 2007, he served as an Executive Vice President of a NYSE and TSX listed company and contributed to growing sales to in excess of $83 million during his tenure.
James is excited to join the team at Calibre Yacht Sales and committed to providing the best possible service to the company’s clients. His passion for the boating industry, knowledge of the manufacturers and professional, attentive approach fits well with the Calibre Culture and enhances the overall buyer/ seller experience. James is our Tiara University trained specialist for Western Canada.
Joe has been around the maritime world his whole life. With his Dad, a Marine Engineer, and Uncle, a custom yacht builder, Joe always knew that going to sea was in his blood. Having spent three years studying at a maritime academy in his native country of England, he qualified as a Navigating Officer, sailing on a variety of passenger and cargo vessels up to 700ft long.
In 2013, Joe completed a Bachelor of Honours in Marine Operations and a year later moved with his girlfriend to Canada, seeking new adventures. After experiencing the beautiful Pacific coastline of Vancouver Island, Joe knew he wanted to use his passion for the water, to help others fulfill theirs.
Joe is excited to be part of our prospering team, and brings with him both the knowledge and integrity in which Calibre Yacht Sales thrives on.
It’s pretty clear that I am destined to the sea, have had the draw from as far back as I can remember. Why is that I cannot tell you. I just know that I love boats, and I love people. Having the opportunity to bring the two together just works for me.
I like the culture at Calibre; the team works together more as a family; they’re fun and excited to help. This unconventional approach to the industry also seems to be working for them given their obvious growth.
I have helped many friends in the past in finding the right boat, and helped them through the process of buying it. Now I can do the same with the full weight of the Calibre Team and systems in support.
If you’re buying or selling a boat, please call me. As I said above, I’m here to help.
Akiko started working with Richard as his assistant right from the beginning when Calibre opened for business in 2008
Her responsibilities have steadily increased and working from the Head Office in North Vancouver, is assisting Richard in managing operations over all 5 of Calibre’s offices throughout BC.
With her past experience in numerous Executive Assistant Roles, including Assistant to 2 different CEOs and a VP of Sales both in Japan and in Canada, she is well equipped and suited to her expanding role.
The company feels very blessed having Akiko on board and nurturing the Calibre team/family culture while working to exceed customer expectations.
Denise has quickly been embraced by Calibre Yachts as our Office Assistant in Spring 2017 and we are pleased to have her supporting the team. She has an Associate in Commerce specializing in Marketing and brings excellent organizational skills and creativity.
Born and raised in Nanaimo, she has a keen interest in all that nature has to offer. Sailing became the next great adventure when her kids were young; owning a sailboat, joining a sailing co-op, then learning the ins and outs of a canvas and upholstery business. A passion for helping distracted Denise away from the water to work in social services for 7 years. She is excited to be back around boats, supporting the Calibre Team to help folks enjoy the adventure of yachting.