|Meet The Owner
A personal look into Jeff's life.
In the spring of 1994 at the young age of 28, I was introduced to what was then called "Portside Marina". It was by all accounts a marina that needed allot of work to regain back it's clients base and bring back up to a level that customers come to expect on Georgian Bay. Armed with energy and optimism, I blindly set out to turn this little marina around and call Parry Sound and Georgian Bay my home. Now twenty years later, Georgian Bay Marina has a full summer and winter customer base, new docks, new forklift, building and property improvements and diversified services to both cottagers and visitors to the Parry Sound / Georgian Bay area, things could not be better!
I have had the privilege and opportunity to travel to some pretty amazing places to play on the water. From Baffin Island to the Caribbean to most recently the Antarctic, I always find myself drawn to water.
Sailing is my personal passion and my time down in the Caribbean in 1999 - 2000 delivering a 44' sailboat 250 Nm up the Windward Islands still remains one of my most memorable life experiences. The last 10 years I have been racing all over North America, (Eastern sea board) competitively in a dingy class called the Albacore with success.
In 2011/2012 I was contracted by G Adventures to spend 8 weeks down aboard the MS Expedition in Antarctica. I am often asked to describe my experience there and in all honesty it is one of those experiences that is very difficult to put into words. Even the many amazing pictures I came home with still do not capture the feeling, the colors or the personal experience I was fortunate to live. You truly are in a different world/time zone down there, planting my feet back into reality upon my return home took almost 5 weeks. I do plan to return to the MS Expedition should the opportunity present it self.
Currently Commodore of the Canadian Albacore Association, I also sit on the Board of Directors for Ontario Sailing. In the past I have coached hockey for Orillia AAA, local Parry Sound All-Star and St. Peters School hockey team.
Prior to the purchase of Georgian Bay Marina I was a district Sales Manager for Yamaha Motor Canada Ltd. And traveled Northern Ontario and Baffin Island assisting dealers in marine sales and service.
Fantastic sunsets, living on the water, an excellent customer base, and the time to take advantage of some of life's opportunities, does it get any better?
Welcome to Georgian Bay.