About the Team
BRUCE TAIT - OWNER | YACHT SALES | MANAGEMENT | NEW CONSTRUCTION
Bruce was born and raised on the West Coast between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Living in Grenada in his late teens may have contributed to a passion for the ocean, sailing and the tropics... it's hard to say but he never really left the sea after that. Captaining charter boats in the Caribbean, whale watching boat in Santa Barbara, and multiple off shore deliveries finally brought him to Sag Harbor.
He started Tait Yachts in 1982 as a family run brokerage firm; his daughter joined the firm in 1989 and now heads up the charter division. Yacht sales, commissioning and management projects have sent him to locales around the globe. His energetic, "hands on" attitude has solidified long term client relations and inter industry friendships along the way.
Bruce loves ocean and inshore yacht racing and has competed in Antigua Race weeks, the Marion and Newport-Bermuda race, Block Island Race Weeks, Heineken Regattas and Les Voile de St. Tropez. He races his J-105 every week in the summer and competes in most area regattas.
John Christopher Dowling - YACHT SALES | PROJECT MANAGEMENT | NEW CONSTRUCTION
Chris first joined us as a sailing instructor in 1983. Born in Jamestown, Rhode Island, Chris grew up sailing the East Coast and the Bahamas. Right out of school he went on to work in the yachting industry as a racing and charter captain. He has cruised and raced both sail and motor yachts from 15 feet to 195 feet. Chris enjoys competing in local and international regattas and won his division in the 2004 Newport Bermuda race of which he has competed in 4 times. He has occupied a desk part time in our office since 1998. Chris returned to the office full time in 2007 after moving to Greenport, NY with his wife and son bringing a wealth of knowledge about the workings of modern sailing and motor yachts both large and small from his hands on experiences.
Danielle Tait Barton - YACHT CHARTERS | SALES
Danielle joined Tait Yachts in 1989 and became a partner in 1994. A degree in Gallery Management and Business couldn't keep her away from joining the family business but certainly contributed to an eye for fresh and crisp décor and overall visual balance of a yacht's interior and exterior spaces. Local knowledge and a passion for cooking and entertaining has enabled her to select yachts with the best chefs for charter vacations and to assist her clients in planning a beautiful event on the water. Danielle enjoysdown time with her daughter, Annabelle and husband, gardening, sailing, paddling or picnicking at the beach.
Ken Deeg - YACHT SALES
A full time resident of the east end, Captain Ken grew up on Long Island, Boating throughout the East coast and working in the marine industry since 1999. He is a 5 year us cg veteran with extensive mechanical and operational knowledge of a wide range of vessels and vessel systems. Ken is a 100 ton masters licensed captain with towing and fcc radio endorsements. After his coast guard tour in 2004 he operated commercial and private vessels along the east coast. He is well recognized in the east coast marine industry for his extensive knowledge of power and sailing yachts, putting his clients first is always his top priority.
Blade - YACHT CHARTERS | SALES
Blade grew up in New York City and spent his summers and weekends in Sag Harbor. He learned how to sail at Breakwater Yacht Club (BYC) at the age of 8. When he wasn't sailing at BYC, he was fishing all the local docks for snappers. As a teenager he worked as a Sailing instructor at BYC and would eventually become the Head instructor for the Summer youth sailing program and the Head Coach of the local High School Sailing Team. He also spent his free time racing in many of the local regattas which he continues today. His favorite being the Wednesday night series. In 2009 Blade received his USCG MMC Masters 50 GT license and worked as a freelance captain and crew on all size yachts from 5 to 500GT. He's completed multiple yacht deliveries up and down the East Coast between Rhode Island and Florida.His fishing experience has grown from the local docks to a knowledge of the water from Noyac Bay to Montauk. Blade has spent the last six years as a manager at Fruit of the Vine in New York City where he developed skills in logistics, importing, and client fulfillment. Blade currently lives on Shelter Island. He is married to his beautiful wife Lauren and they are proud to announce the birth of their first child, a baby girl on May 11th, 2018.
Kevin Dailey - YACHT CHARTERS | SALES
Kevin is celebrating his 40th year in the marine industry in 2018. He started as a sailmaker at D&D Sailmakers, which he eventually became President and owner. In the late 1990’s, he sold the loft to North Sails and he managed the North Sails Long Island loft before accepting a yacht sales and brokerage position at Nautor’s Swan New York in 2000.
Joe Grey - SECURITY
"Smokin" Joe Grey was born in the artist community of springs in the town of East Hampton, right around the corner from the Jackson Pollock house. His interests, however, were not of an artistic nature, but rather the rough and tumble life on the streets. His reputation preceded him and Tait Yachts put Joe on the payroll in the summer of 2003; he has earned his keep heading up security and rodent control ever since. Be warned if you are a small to mid size dog... be afraid, very afraid.
After fifteen plus years, "Smokin" Joe Grey has completed his "Security tasks" at Tait Yachts, job well done... RIP