Essex Boat Works, LLC

Essex Boat Works Welcomes New Members to Yacht Sales Division

Essex Boat Works Welcomes New Members to Yacht Sales Division

Managing Broker, Bob Jarrett is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to the Yacht Sales Division at Essex Boat Works.  Welcome Aboard Captain Andrea Gaines and Jack Zacks!


Captain Andrea Gaines, Essex Boat Works Captain Andrea Gaines (CPYB Apprentice, USCG M100GT, STCW95)

Captain Andrea Gaines brings to Essex Boats Works a high level of integrity, a strong work ethic,  an unwavering attention to detail, and an enormous energy and passion to go with her diverse  experience in the marine industry.

Andrea’s marine industry experience is diverse and extensive. She was Captain aboard a Marlow  65E responsible for the safe operation and all aspects of vessel maintenance and repair while  cruising the U.S. east coast, Gulf of Mexico and the Bahamas; Director of Yacht Services for  Krogen Express Yachts responsible for new boat commissioning, warranty and customer service;  and Fleet Captain and Director of North American Operations for Sea Spirit, LTD responsible for  yacht production improvements as well as moving boats throughout the U.S. east and west coast boat show circuits, planning and executing yacht deliveries, sea trials and pre -delivery inspections, owner orientation, and all warranty and customer service related matters. Andrea is also the Principle of her company, Jane of All Trades LLC, where she provides client yacht management services and owner instruction in seamanship, boat handling, electronics and vessel systems.

She has cruised in waters from Southwest Harbor, ME to Golfito, Costa Rica (including a transit through the Panama Canal), as well as the Bahamas, Caribbean Sound, Puget Sound, Hong Kong and the Pearl River in Zhuhai China, in both fair and foul weather accumulating tens of thousands of nautical miles afloat. She holds a US Coast Guard M100GT license with STCW95 certification to go with a lifetime of boating experience.

Andrea began her yacht sales career in the Florida brokerage office of Sparkman & Stephens. During her tenure with Sparkman & Stephens she enjoyed great success finding her clients just the right boat. Her unique background, experience and industry network provide her with the knowledge to assist her clients in finding the perfect platform to enjoy their time on the water. One of her clients has even gone as far as calling her the “Willie Mays of Yacht Brokers”.

Andrea also has 20+ years of project management and product development experience where she specialized in new ventures and start-ups, process evaluation and improvement, and complex project management. She has a BS from Springfield College and an MS in Business Management from the Hartford Graduate Center.

Andrea has enjoyed a decade-long relationship with Essex Boat Works primarily as a yacht captain engaged in vessel maintenance and repair. “I am very excited to join the Essex Boat Works brokerage team and be a part of so many great initiatives they have started.”

In addition to her M100GT USCG license, Capt Gaines holds a STCW95, Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC) and a Connecticut Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation, and is certified in First Aid, CPR and AED.


 Jack Zacks , CPYB

Jack Zacks brings nearly twenty years’ experience as a Florida licensed Yacht Broker in the  yachting industry to Essex Boat Works. First at Alliance Marine and then for the past 12 years at  Sparkman & Stephens, Jack has been assisting buyers and sellers on yachts in North America and  Europe. Since 2008 Jack has been a Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB) participating in  continuing marine education staying current in yachting technology and the rules and regulations in yacht sales and transactions.

At an early age Jack was captivated with boats. Growing up on a chain of lakes (Spread Eagle) in northern Wisconsin, he was a founding member of the Ski-Ters water ski show. At age 20 he built his first sail boat while living in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Moving back to the Upper Peninsula   of Michigan in the early 70’s he began racing sailboats on inland lakes and Lake Michigan. Since that time Jack has owned various sail and power yachts. He has years of offshore cruising experience on both sail and power boats as well.

Jack is a graduate of Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts.  For the last 42 years Jack has been a Technical Delegate of the FIS (International Federation of Skiing) officiating at national and international alpine ski races. He has also been an active private pilot for nearly 40 years.

His priority is to find the right boat for his clients by understanding their needs. Jack is dedicated to serving his clients with integrity and honesty.