Swiftsure Yachts

Pete McGonagle

Founding Partner/Broker

Email: pete@swiftsureyachts.com

Cell/Text: 206.618.8236

I grew up racing and cruising a variety of boats in the waters surrounding Rhode Island and fondly look back on the many waterborne activities of my youth: frostbiting Sunfish on frigid January days; snagging Bluefish off of Sakonnet Point in our 23′ Rampage; racing 470’s and J-24’s off of Newport; and cruising to Block Island aboard the Herreshoff “S” boat. These early activities left me with a strong desire to make a living on the water. To that end, I attended the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY. As a member of the intercollegiate sailing team, I raced dinghies and various offshore boats. During my senior year, I skippered NO QUARTER, a 53’custom IOR racer designed by Frers and built by Palmer Johnson. After graduation I shipped out, working predominately aboard oil tankers. I sailed as an engineer for three years before proceeding topsides and signing on as mate. Shipping brought me to all corners of the globe and broadened my professional knowledge of marine engineering, seamanship, navigation, and ship handling. I hold a USCG Unlimited Master’s license, a 100 ton auxiliary sail license and an Unlimited Horsepower engineering license. With a “two month on, two month off” shipping schedule, I filled my vacations with yachting activities working as a sailmaker and rigger/service technician and logging many more offshore miles racing and delivering yachts. These trips were aboard such vessels as Swans, Beneteaus, Cabo Rico’s, Pearsons, Freedoms, Hallberg-Rassys and Sundeers, and they provided me with insightful knowledge about what works and what doesn’t in a wide variety of sea conditions.

From 1999 through 2002, I worked for the Pacific Northwest Hallberg-Rassy and Nautor’s Swan dealer in Seattle. During this period, I sold fourteen new boats and many high-quality used boats. I’ve spent time at various Scandinavian yards to broaden my understanding of the construction details that go into a quality yacht. I’ve supported my clients as project manager for the selection, ordering, outfitting, and delivery of numerous new and used boats both in Scandinavia and the United States. I’ve taken the time to sail/motor with customers including delivery trips on the U.S. East Coast and countless Seattle to San Francisco passages. I joined Mike and Jan Moore aboard their 1998 HR46 from Charleston to Boston; Bob Briggs aboard his 2002 HR46 from Seattle to San Francisco; Greg and Ruth Walsh aboard their 2001 HR53 from Seattle to San Francisco; Kent Marrow aboard his 2002 Soubise 46 catamaran from Charleston to Annapolis; Ron Short aboard his Ocean 50 Mk1 and Hatteras 70 from Ketchikan to Seattle; Mike Gurley aboard his Ditmar/Donaldson 50 from San Francisco to Seattle; and Dr. Peter Huttemeier aboard his 1995 Sundeer 60 from Seattle to San Francisco. These experiences have paid major dividends that I am able to share with customers when they purchase a boat. I still make time for racing and joined skipper Brian Duchin for two Vic-Maui races including a first overall win in 2006 aboard the Santa Cruz 52 VOODOO CHILD.

I understand and love boats-large or small, propelled by wind or power. Whether traveling with my clients to preview boats, closing a complex purchase, assisting with delivery voyages or providing training specific to a new boat, I work diligently to cultivate a long term relationship with our clients and to serve as a continuing resource long after the purchase or sale is complete. I am a Certified Professional Yacht Broker and am a licensed Florida yacht broker. In July of 2009 I completed a two year Caribbean cruise with my family aboard Charlotte, a 1991 Robert Perry-designed 51-foot steel sloop. Now back in Seattle, and I’m excited to continue working with Swiftsure Yachts.