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About Us

With 30+ years in the boating and yacht sales business, our team at Redmond Boats & Yachts combine knowledge, passion, and experience when it comes to serving our customers. We are your “one-stop-shop” as you search for buying a new boat of your dreams and we will walk with you through the process step by step to get you and your family on the water as soon as possible.

When you partner with us you’ll get a person who understands everything about the industry. We are real people with real experience. In the journey to finding the right boat, you want someone who will take the time to get to know you, listen, and add a personal touch that will make a difference in getting you the end result you’ve always wanted and one that also matches the investment you’ve made. Our goal is for you to feel confident in choosing Redmond Boats & Yachts when it comes to buying and selling a boat. From questions involving boat specs, to parts, to rigging and repairs, we are involved in all aspects of the marine industry and can offer our help to make this a smooth sailing experience.

Owner

Larry Redmond

I grew up in Louisiana where my love and expertise for boats and yachts began. Louisiana is a sportsman’s paradise and the average person has somewhere near four boats. As a child, all we really had to do was boat and fish. My first boat was a rubber raft and at five years old I would go and shoot snakes down in the bayou. I loved being on the water. The first boat deal I ever negotiated was around the 8th grade. It has been history ever since. After college was complete, I was on the way home from doing some work in West Virginia and I stopped to visit my uncle in Alabama. I ended up staying five years. During my time there is when I really got going learning all of the ins and outs of the boating industry. I ended up in Florida in 1991 and was able to connect with a gentleman who got me set up with my first job dealing boats. In the early 2000s, because of past relationships and connections within the boating community, people began to seek me out to help them buy or sell their boats. My business grew from 100% referrals. For me, it’s all about putting a face to a boat and a boat to an experience. I enjoy meeting people one on one and helping them find the boat of their dreams.

 

Meet the Team

Captain Rob Bacom

I’ve spent my whole life on the water. I’m originally from Palm Valley, Florida and the Intracoastal Waterway runs right through that area. Right after high school, I joined the Navy and then got into the construction industry afterwards. I’ve been in the boat business for five years and I’ve always had a huge passion for boating and have owned several large boats. Over the years, I’ve felt the desire to give the business side a whirl. My journey with boats began when I was living on a Weekender at a marina. There was a gentleman who I met there who had a boat detailing business. After that initial meeting, the following weekend I was working for him detailing boats. I went to Sea School and got my Captain’s license. I’ve run my own boat detailing business and am also working on my Masters to add to my background.  As I began pursuing the business side of boating, I started calling around to boat brokers and finally met Larry and learned of Redmond Boats & Yachts. Once I connected with Larry, we hit it off and everything fell in place. Working for Redmond Boats & Yachts has continued to grow my knowledge and experience. With my own personal passion for boating, when I have a client who comes to me with that same passion, I’m able to use that connection to help them find or sell their boat. I love connecting and working with customers and having the opportunity to discuss each unique situation.

 

Captain Chris Edenfield

Growing up, I was one block away from the ocean on the north end of Amelia Island. There I began surfing, fishing, and lifeguarding at a young age. Originally from Fernandina Beach, Florida, I graduated from Florida State University and began working as an engineer on Meg-Yachts in Fort Lauderdale after graduation. Shortly thereafter I obtained my Captain’s license and began operating motor, charter, and private yachts, as well as supply ships up to 250 feet. I enjoy being an ambassador for Redmond Boats & Yachts and spreading the joy of boating. After spending time with Larry and observing his expert knowledge of the many makes and models of boats, I was grateful to have the opportunity to become a member of this team. I love being able to help clients attain their dreams of cruising all of the beautiful domestic and international places there are to visit. Being able to assist customers in making the right decision based on their individual preferences and budget is a very rewarding experience. There’s no better feeling than when you’ve been instrumental in helping a client realize their dream of owning a pleasure craft and showing them some of the most picturesque ports and anchorages in the world. From the Bahamas to the Caribbean, New England and the many waterways throughout the United States, the boating and yacht experience is one I am proud to be a part of.

 

Captain Sean McCarthy

I’m originally from Massachusetts, but was raised in Fernandina Beach, Florida since the age of seven. I grew up on a marina when I was little and like to tell people that we moved from one fishing village to another. I have been on or around the water since childhood. Boating, fishing,  and music (Coastal Country) have been threaded throughout my life. Years ago, Larry mentioned I should get involved in the boat selling business and got me set up. I have 30 years experience with a 100 Ton Masters Captain’s license. Within Redmond Boats & Yachts, my main role is using my knowledge of boats, inside and out, to help a customer find the right fit. When it comes to boats, I’ve done a little bit of it all from the maneuvering to the maintaining. My favorite part of working with a client is when we do all the research, they get on the water, and they thank me because we picked the right one. For me, it’s fitting the right person with the right boat. I’ve been fortunate enough to have traveled throughout the East Coast and the Bahamas, while also charting out trips and getting people comfortable to start their own adventure.

 

 

Captain Ryan Rodeffer

I was born and raised in Amelia Island and still count myself fortunate to reside in this community. My life has always been marked by a love for the water and for boats. Growing up, my dad always had boats and I was able to join him on the water throughout my childhood. My aunt has always said my first word was “boat.” Even now, I love tournament fishing and finding other ways to enjoy life outside. My work in the industry began when I received a call to work on yachts. I wanted to be close to home and stay connected to my passion surrounding boats. I was able to build upon my experience by receiving my 100 Ton Masters license to continue doing what I love to do. You’ve heard the quote that talks about finding something you love to do and find a way to make a living out of it. That’s exactly what I am able to do. I am on the water day and night. I run the pilot boats for the ships in Jacksonville, FL and serve clients in the realm of sales and brokerage. I love meeting new people and helping them buy or sell their dream boat. In working with Larry and Redmond Boats & Yachts, our goal is to be a personal company that is highly approachable.

 

Richard Tuttle

I was born in New Hampshire, but grew up in North Carolina and Virginia. I have had a love for the water since I was a kid and if I wasn’t on the water, I wasn’t far from it. Childhood was filled with time fishing all over as well as playing on lakes and in the ocean. My dad would load up the RV and we’d just go. When it comes to the water, the only thing I can’t do is water ski. I’ve had boats all my life, but got into sailing four years ago. I crewed for a sailboat at a rally in North Myrtle, South Carolina. After the rally, I got a 22-footer and now I own and live on a 32-foot Morgan. Prior to selling boats, I have years of experience working in the auto industry. However, my passion is boats and I wanted to do something I love and enjoy. My favorite part is meeting people, learning from their experiences, and sharing my own. Boating is a lifestyle and a great connector between people. I began working with Larry and Redmond Boats & Yachts in April and he’s been a great mentor, collaborator and huge help with my transition to the boat selling world.

 

Eyal Ezra

Originally from Israel, I now reside in Vilano Beach, Florida. As a kid I was on the water taking part in wind surfing, sailing, and scuba diving. When I was 14 years old, I was in the Nautical College of Israel where I attended boating school. From there, my journey took me to three years of service with the Israeli Navy and shortly thereafter I was a third mate for 13 years as an Israeli Merchant Marine. In 1996, I came to the United States and traveled to California where I opened my own business in construction as a developer of custom homes. At the same time, I found myself on the water again and owned a 47-foot Beneteau sailing boat for 10 years. Now that I am in Florida, my fiance and I enjoy owning a 49-foot Jeanneau sailing boat. My role at Redmond Boats & Yachts involves customer service and sales. My favorite part of the job is customer service. I love the communication and interaction I have with people and my goal is to make sure that they are going to be 100% satisfied with what they’ve decided to buy. I like to be the messenger as well as help be their eyes when they’re looking for a boat. This is not an easy process. It takes a lot of time and patience. I am able to make sure I’ve done a lot of research and work so that the outcome is what the customer wants. I believe we can choose to do the right things through hard work beforehand. I love getting to advise the buyers on the investment they will be making by finding solutions. If I am able to provide good service, people will feel it and they will come back. Aside from selling boats, my non-profit organization, Ezra Sailing Foundation, Inc., is able to make a difference in the lives of special needs kids and military veterans who are working through PTSD and utilizing sailing as a means of therapy.

 

Denise NesSmith

I am originally from Jacksonville, FL and currently live in Saint Augustine. For as far back as I can remember, I’ve been at the beach or at our family lake house in the Keystone area. In our family, we moved to the lake the day school got out for summer and returned a few days before school started. I learned to swim from being tossed off the back of the boat at the sandbar. We all learned to ski behind the family boat. I have the pleasure of working for Redmond Boats & Yachts as a yacht broker. My favorite part of buying and selling boats for people is understanding the client’s wants and needs and matching the right boat to the right people. I am excited to partner with Larry as I was referred to him by a good friend. He has a great reputation in the boating world, is very helpful, has years of experience, and is a fair and honest man. My husband and I have made many deliveries of a wide variety of boats. We’ve transported sail boats, power cruisers, motor yachts – you name it! We bare-boat chartered mono hulls and catamarans in the USVIs and BVIs. In 2011, we sold our home, bought, and moved aboard our 54 Gulfstar Sailcruiser. We were fortunate enough to live in the Abacos for three. years. After surviving Hurricane Dorian, we returned to Florida. We just recently bought a home in Saint Augustine where we are enjoying living on land with the four cats we have rescued along our sailing adventures.

 

 

Lori Kite

I am originally from Texas although I have been a Florida resident since 1987. My fascination with boating and time on the water began early in my childhood. My grandparents and parents were all boat owners and my earliest memories are of time with my family learning to ski and tube rides on the lake.

While at college I obtained my scuba license and began a new world of adventures on dive boats and travel. My international travels provided opportunities to visit the Great Barrier Reef, The Grand Caymans, Belize, and Cozumel and of course the Florida Keys.

I have experienced ownership in a variety of boats including jet boats, center consoles, cabin cruisers, pontoon, and deck boats. I purchased a boat from Larry several years ago and could not have been more pleased with his assistance during and even after the purchase. His honesty, Integrity, and willingness to assist with all aspects of the process gave me the confidence to buy the perfect boat.

Through his mentorship I aspire to share this passion for boats and love of the water and allow others also find their perfect vessel.

 

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