Partner & Principal
Bill grew up in Barrington, Rhode Island, and was on the water starting at the age of three. His father, Bill Shaw Sr., (Chief Naval Architect and General Manager of Pearson Yachts), taught Bill to sail; and nurtured his love for boats and the sea. As a youth, his summers were spent cruising with his family and racing with his dad on a variety of Pearson designs.
Bill also did a fair amount of one design dinghy racing as a youth and throughout high school. These opportunities created a wonderful and fortunate experience for Bill, and were instrumental in directing his chosen career path.
After high school Bill entered the Massachusetts Maritime Academy as a mid-shipman and graduated in 1986, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation and a USCG Third Officers license. After graduation, a nineteen year career followed as a deck officer on US flagged oil tankers. From 1986 onwards, Bill rose through the ranks and attained his Master’s license in 1997. From 1997 he continued to sail deep sea until coming ashore in 2005. In association with his service as a ship’s officer, Bill has also performed numerous yacht deliveries, operated ship docking tugs, and served as captain of an ocean going tug and barge unit.
Once ashore, Bill has continued to work as a Marine Technical Consultant representing major oil companies on their chartered ships. He works closely with vessel chartering managers, cargo brokers, and ship’s personnel as well as screening oil tankers for chartering purposes and regulatory compliance.
Bill holds a USCG license for Master – Oceans – Any Gross Tons and Federal first class pilotage for the waters of the Cape Cod canal, Buzzards Bay, New Bedford Harbor, Narragansett Bay, Block Island sound, Long Island sound, New Haven Harbor, Bridgeport Harbor, and the East River from the Throgs Neck bridge to the Battery.
As a broker, Bill is able to impart his vast knowledge and in-depth experience to his clients; but takes greatest pleasure from the direct contact with customers, exploring their prerequisites, offering advice and assisting with the purchase or sale of a boat.
Sailing continues to be his passion and he is most at home on the water. The family shares a 1974 Pearson 39 named KATAMA that he regularly cruises and races with his wife, two step daughters, siblings and friends.
Certified Professional Yacht Broker
Jim’s boating career started over 43 years ago sailing on a Ericson 39 in Narragansett Bay. Over the years he has owned a variety of power and sail boats most of which were the “classic plastic”or “good old boat” designs of Bristol and Pearson. He has actively raced his Herreshoff- S boat Whistler in Narragansett Bay for several years and has been an active member of Bristol Yacht Club since 1978. Some of Jim’s other boating experience includes charters in the BVI, the Chesapeake, and boat deliveries from Florida and Bermuda.
He resides in Bristol with his wife Gail for the past 28 years. He is a 1974 graduate of Bryant University and has a BA/BS degree. Jim’s extensive background and experience in sales, business management, and logistics combined with his love of the water has made for the right ingredients for a yacht broker.. Jim also served in Vietnam in 1968-69 as a forward observer for the Army 1st Air- Cav and was awarded the Air Medal, Bronze Star, and Combat Infantry Badge.
Jim’s career in yacht brokering began over 8 years ago while working for Brewer and Eastern Yacht sales. He acquired his credentials as a Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB) and has sold many brokerage and new boats. For those clients looking to purchase, Jim’s objective has always been to find the right boat, taking care to match their needs and budget. For client’s wishing to sell, Jim performs the necessary research to establish the correct selling price for their boat. Buying or selling a boat is a 4-5 step process so why not find the right broker with the past experience to guide you through this process. Jim has a long list of client’s who have been most pleased with his professionalism and guidance.
Partner & Principal
The son of a Naval Academy grad and submarine captain, Ham had the ocean in his genes from the beginning.
As a youngster, he became a successful sailor at the Edgartown Yacht Club on Martha’s Vineyard, first in Widgeons and then in the Shields fleet. Through the years, he’s competed in countless one-design regattas, from 110’s to J-24’s and his favorite fleet, the Wianno Seniors, where some of the most feverish competition is always expected. Big-boat regattas have always been on Ham’s schedule and his experience includes successful bids aboard everything from Swans to Beneteaus to Concordias. Time on the Vineyard also provided the prime environment to hone the skills for his other pastime, fishing. It wasn’t rare to find Ham driving the beach to prowl for Stripers at midnight or setting out in his Whaler before sunrise to drift Wasque Shoals or Devil’s Bridge.
Ham’s experience competing also translated to his work. During his formative years and throughout college, he spent every summer at various New England boatyards, running private yachts for some of Newport’s more noted residents and completing numerous near-coastal and offshore deliveries.
After spending the better part of two decades as a Vice President and Senior Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch/Bank of America, Ham decided it was time to make his passion his business and pursued yacht brokerage full-time. His experience with several of New England’s premier yacht sales organizations gave him the tools he needed to join Bill as the New England Yacht Partners. His in-depth knowledge of both power- and sailboaters’ needs gives our clients a comfort level that their best interests are his first priority. Whether as a buyer’s or seller’s representative, Ham brings a lifetime of experience to every client relationship.
A graduate of Connecticut College, Ham now lives with his wife and two children in Barrington, RI. When he’s not at work tending to his clients’ needs, if you don’t catch him on the Barrington Yacht Club race circle, you’ll probably find him casting for stripers on Narragansett Bay or up north in Vermont, where he and his family spend time skiing and snowboarding at Sugarbush.
You can reach Ham anytime by phone at mobile 401-524-2403