Jim is a lifelong boater with a passion for sailing. Jim started his boating on the shores of Lake Ontario. He grew up in upstate New York where his family had a 48-foot Chris-Craft Roamer.
After graduating from the State University of New York at Oswego, Jim moved to New York City, and worked in the financial district in Manhattan for 11 years. Weekends were spent on a 19” bowrider on the South Shore of Long Island.
In 1994, Jim was transferred to Southern California and started sailing competitively in earnest in the Wednesday night twilight series in Marina del Rey. After crewing for several successful campaigns, He purchased his first racing sailboat in 2005. This and all future boats would be called Huckleberry. A good story to hear direct from Jim.
In 2008 he was bitten by the one design racing bug and purchased a Farr30 and raced in the grand prix one design fleet, culminating with the 2012 World Championships in San Francisco. Jim joined the Farr40 class in 2014, and raced in the world championships in Long Beach and San Francisco.
Since 2016 Jim has been actively involved in the J/70 class, and racing an active campaign. He is past president of the US class. He competed in the 2016 World Championships in San Francisco, and 2018 Worlds in Marblehead, MA. As US class president he helped bring the 2021 Worlds to Marina del Rey and was able to compete in Los Angeles.
Jim is a Staff commodore of King Harbor Yacht Club. He is currently an active member of both King Harbor and California Yacht Clubs.
Jim does not ignore the powerboat side of boating and owns a Silverton 35 Sportfisher for cruising to Catalina Island with wife Diane.
Jim became a yacht salesman in 2017 after a 34 year career in sales for the printing industry. The Printing industry changed almost overnight forcing a career change. Yacht sales seemed a natural progression. Jim started at JK3 Yachts in San Diego, and moved to Denison Yachting. After 4 years with Denison Jim decided to go out on his own and started Murrell Yachts.
Jim believes in establishing long lasting relationships with customers and strives to do what is best for each customer based on desires, budgets, and goals for boating, be it power or sail. He uses a consultative approach to find out what is driving both sellers and buyers in either selling an existing boat, or looking to purchase. He will meet with each customer for a talk on desires, goals, and budgets. Once a deal in complete Jim will be a continuing resource for questions, training, vendor help, or any support.