Bio: Chad Sorknes, Yacht Broker
Chad grew up on and around boats and planes from the very beginning. With both parents being avid multi boat owner/operators and pilots, learning all about every aspect of boat handling and ownership came at a very early age. Starting out in Charleston, SC then relocating to the Florida Keys at the age of 11. He had his first boat of his own at 5 years old, starting out with a 10’ aluminum boat with a 2.5hp and moving up the ranks as the years went by. Anything from single engine outboard center consoles, to multi engine 30 plus footers to a 43’ twin screw inboard diesel Hatteras M/Y.
Having grown up and running boats from such an early age, it was an inevitable thing for him to become a professional Capt. Getting his 100 Ton Masters License as soon as he could at age 18. Soon thereafter he started captaining ferry boats for a couple years before getting into the yachting Industry. Steadily upgrading his license and professional training, he currently holds a 1600 Ton Oceans Master License. For most of his professional Captain career, he ran a 116’ M/Y for a private NE family and a new build 130’ Westport for an amazing Midwest family. Traveling tens of thousands of sea miles from Alaska down through the Panama Canal, the entire East Coast of the US, all the Great Lakes and Canadian Maritimes, all of the Bahamas, the US and British Virgin Islands, and even the Western Mediterranean.
All these experiences, travels and professional operating of both large and smaller vessels has given Chad unique and uncommon edge to line his clients up with the boat that suits their family the best for there intended use. Having been part of the purchase/selling/operating/maintaining and crewing of many yachts, he is ready to help you find the yacht of your dreams or upgrade into a larger or possibly smaller yacht that now suits your intended needs.
Chad is married with 3 great kids, 13, 15 & 21 and resides in Jupiter, FL. In his free time he loves to fly his taildragger airplane any chance he has.