From the Helm...

April 2024 | #6

Now that’s what we’re talking about – sunshiny days and many of them. After last summer we more than deserve a long run of blue skies and Vitamin D. Twelve rainy weekends out of the fifteen between Memorial Day and Labor Day, topped off by the anticlimactic yet humbling Hurricane Lee was a bit much for we who count our days on the water. Thank goodness, when it comes to the weather, we New Englanders have a long tradition of maintaining a good sense of humor.

Speaking of long traditions, it is cause for pause to think that we here at Merri-Mar are kicking off our 68th season. Ruthann and Wally would be thrilled to know that although we have evolved over the years, our commitment to a legacy of living, working, and playing on the water remains at our core. 

Spring in New England is a time of renewal and transformation. As the grim grip of winter begins to loosen, the light seems a bit brighter, colors are more vibrant, and smiles are more plentiful. This is a magic time here at Merri-Mar. Swing by and you will hear conversations that begin with “How was your winter?”, “What islands did you hit?”, and of course, “ Hey Billy, how do I….?” 

So, get outside, shake off the winter, and celebrate another season by taking in a deep breath of salt air.

Sea you soon! 




8 AM - 5 PM

SATURDAYS (starting 4/13)

8 AM - 2 PM



Waterfront opens Wednesday May 15th, 2024

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If you haven't already paid up, please do so ASAP.


We are thrilled to announce the


"It takes a Village" is an understatement regarding the efforts that went into revitalizing Merri-Mar Yacht Basin's online presence.

For those who know us we hope this captures the traditions

and special qualities of all things Merri-Mar.

For those who are just getting to know us, please check us out & share!

Thank you Brian, at, drone pilot Nick at and the many members of the MMYB Family who shared images and stories.

If you would like to share more, please reach out to Cari.

Congratulations Are In Order

Team MMBY Crushes ABYC Exam

HUGE KUDOS go out to MMYB Team Members Eric Batchelder, Sean Hussey, and Billy Keefe for earning their American Boat & Yachting Standards Certification. Early in 2024, Team MMYB joined in a long tradition of ABYC “can do” crew here at Merri-Mar. Eric and Sean are members of our Shop Crew, and Billy is the Manager of our Parts Department. Check out their bios here.


This credential is the mark of excellence for top-notch marine technicians. ABYC is a nationally accredited program recognized as the benchmark in marine technician education that elevates the standard of service provided. The week-long coursework and several-hour exams cover a broad spectrum of expertise.




In February we shared news about a new and much-anticipated addition to the marine listing MLS platform –  Yachtr was the brainchild of the International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA), who first founded, an industry-owned, member& consumer-driven international marketplace for marine listings. Similar to the real estate industry model, is a non-profit governed and regulated by an association of member brokers. On January 24, 2024, launched

Since Yachtr’s launch in February they have grown their broker database from 2,000 to 2,412, and their listing database from 5,500 to 11,300 listings. Yachtr has been a wonderful addition to our menu of marine listing options that includes, YachtWorld, Facebook Marketplace (including targeted affiliate groups), email campaigns, and advertising, allowing us to curate a comprehensive marketing strategy for Sellers, and have access to additional listings when shopping for Buyers. We are thrilled for Yachtr’s success thus far and look forward to a continued partnership in the future.  

Jay's Way

Brain Pick'n w/the Boss

Spring Thoughts


Yard Safety & Etiquette

Here we go again! April might already be playing tricks with a sneaky winter storm, but we are turbocharged here at MMYB readying for the May 15th SPLASHDOWN! The Yard is a hub of activity. Moorings, docks, and boats are on-the-move, shrink wrap is being recycled, masts are being stepped, and a flurry of spring commissioning “to-do’s” are in the works. Whether you are a member of the MMYB Family or prepping for the season elsewhere, we wanted to point out some key safety tips and pre-season etiquette reminders from MMYB’s Yard Guide


Fire. A boatyard’s biggest fear. About a month ago we were reminded of the speed and fury of a boatyard fire when a generator in the back of a pickup truck sparked up and spread to nearby boats at close by yacht club. Thank goodness the fire was contained, no one was hurt, and the damage was fairly limited. It is so important to be “combustibility conscious” at all times when working on your boat. 

Hoses, cords and ladders…OH MY! Water hoses and power cords left on or unattended waste H2O and energy, and run up the bills. Power cords can be a fire hazard. If left dangled and tangled they are unsafe, particularly during launching season. Unattended ladders pitched upright against your boat fall into the same precarious category. Here at MMYB, hoses and cords need to be disconnected, coiled, and stored with ladders under your boat at the end of each workday.

Be a good neighbor. When focused on boat projects it's easy to sink into the task at hand and forget you are working in close proximity to other mariners in the same mode.  Here are a few do’s & don’ts to keep in mind.  


  •  watch for stray paint & varnish
  •  avoid sprawling & tidy up
  • offer to lend a hand – the favor is often reciprocated


  • dust your neighbors - dustless sanding is the way to go
  • mess with jack stands
  • leave your trash

As always, stop by the MMYB’s Parts Department/Store for parts, supplies, and coaching.

Boat Projects?

Stop in, call us at 978.465.3022, or email Billy at

Knot Kidding

Fun Facts About All Things Maritime

So, what is the Beaufort Wind Scale?

The Beaufort Wind Scale was developed by Sir Francis Beaufort of the

British Royal Navy in 1805. It is an empirical measure for classifying wind intensity

based on observed sea conditions. It was originally developed to allow sailing ships to operate more effectively under a variety of wind and sea conditions. 

A land-based Beaufort Scale was developed in 1874. 

Both are still used today.

Ship's Store



What? A bean bag chair for the nautically inclined? 


Whether you're cruising the waves, chillin’ dockside, or kicking back on the beach, Taylor Made Marine Bean Bag Chairs offer unparalleled niftiness, relaxation, functionality, and durability.  The shock-absorbing teardrop design has your back when underway in the choppiest of conditions and cradles you in comfort when lounging on terra firma.


These bags are built to last. Crafted from heavy-duty 20 oz. marine-grade vinyl, featuring lockstitch sewing using UV-resistant thread, and a twin zipper and interior pocket, ensuring that the chair is water-repellent and weather-resistant, promising longevity even in the harshest and most corrosive marine environments. They come with tough webbed handles, offering convenient carrying and securing options, making it a breeze

for adventurers on the mobilize to the next salty spot.


Since 1908, Taylor Made has been committed to elevating the onboard experience through unrivaled quality and top-performing products. Made in the USA, they combine American craftsmanship with marine-grade resilience, making them the ideal

choice for marine enthusiasts seeking both style and functionality.


Taylor Made Marine Bean Bag chairs are available in four UV-stabilized color

options that resist fading after prolonged sun exposure.  

Plunk down and try out a chair in the Ship’s Store. Be sure to take advantage of the pre-purchase discounted price of $140 + tax. Regular price = $150+ tax. 


EXPANDED EZ Poxy Line Just in Time


With Spring Commissioning on deck, we are thrilled that PETTIT EZ Poxy has taken swift action to expand, adding 13 former BRIGHTSIDE colors to their EZ Poxy line up.

A color conversion chart is available in the Ship's Store to make your switch quick & EZ!

Mother's Day

Sunday May 12, 2024

Sandals. Sunshirts. Boots. Jackets.

Let her decide!


for your Maritime Momma!!!


Get the deals while supplies last!

Write of Way

David with One Large Cod!

Endangered Species: David Goethel

Author's Night #2

Back by popular demand, long-time MMYB family member David Goethel will join us for a second Author’s Night on Wednesday, May 1st from 6 – 8 PM. David will offer readings from his book Endangered Species: Chronicle of the Life of a New England Fisherman and the F/V Ellen Diane, a memoir that documents his extraordinary life as a New England commercial fisherman and advocate for reality-based sustainable fishing practices. 


David’s 55-year career in commercial fishing started at age 14 as crew on an Eastman’s charter boat out of Hampton NH. In 1972 he got his captain’s license and worked at Eastman’s until 1982 when he got fed up with the shenanigans of the passengers – drinking, drugs, fighting, etc. That year he built the Ellen Diane, a dragger that he named after his wife, and ran it from 1982 until he “retired” in 2022. He fished from Portland to PTown, mostly in the Cape Ann/Boon Island area, primarily for cod and lobsters. Upon retiring, David set out to chronicle his gritty, colorful, and often barely believable life. Endangered Species shaped up into a legacy piece filled with excerpts of his life on the water and his position as an active voice and educator in the fishery management industry. 


Endangered Species was released in October of 2023. Since its release, David participated in a US Supreme Court hearing that addressed two herring boat cases against NOAA over government overreach, mandating fishing boats pay for at-sea monitors, which is related to a case he had in 2017 that is referenced in his book. At issue is a 1984 court ruling that gives the government bureaucracy considerable latitude in interpreting congressional will when the bureaucracy deems the law unclear. This has allowed for vast increases in regulation without review by Congress. The goal is to overturn or curtail that 1984 ruling. David will offer his insights at the May event.


David graduated from Boston University with a biology degree. He taught Marine Management at UNH and developed a template for a Marine Resource Program, which is now used across the country. His commitment to preserving small-boat commercial fishing as a way of life and advocating for reasonable science-based fishery management continues, serving on a variety of councils and panels at local and national levels.  

Books will be available for sale and signing at the May 5th event,

and can be ordered through the publisher’s website: and Amazon.

 ~A Must Have Read~

Let's Talk Yacht Sales


Whether you are a first-time boat buyer, considering upsizing or downsizing, or simply looking to sell your boat, you can depend on the MMYB Team to keep your best interests first and foremost.  We are here to ensure that you will find the best boat for your cruising/sailing/fishing adventures, that checks your boxes and is within your budget. Fueled by 6+ decades of industry insight, we are your in-house, on-site, “can-do” partners before, during, and after your closing.  If you are buying, our service adds no additional costs to you. If you are selling, we will curate a marketing plan to maximize your listing’s exposure via the most robust online boat sales marketing outlets, print ads, social media, and direct email campaigns. In either case, buying or selling, we will handle all the leads, schedule showings, surveys, and haul-outs, handle the negotiations, and prepare all necessary documents to ensure a smooth closing. 



If you are trying to buy NOW, you’ll to want find your new boat, have it surveyed, sea-trialed, and closed in enough time to enjoy the season! Sellers are often motivated during the Spring – they might be looking for their next boat! For Sellers, the sooner you list the better. Inventory is limited, reducing the competition for comparable boats when the season opens up and inventory expands.



A newer challenge that comes along with boating is “Where are you going to put it”? Throngs of boatyards along the New England coast are being sold to developers for a variety of reasons that have little to do with moorings and dockage. Boat “real estate” is increasingly in demand and often a huge part of the conversation. This presents opportunities to include “real estate” as part of the transaction. Perhaps a seller has had a slip or a mooring for years, it may be transferrable, making the deal even sweeter for the prospective buyer.

Call, email, or stop by the Brokerage Office to start the conversation.

Reach out to Brandon or Cari


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Jay Lesynski Jr.



Jay Lesynski III

Vice-President/General Manager


Brandon Crigger

Yacht Broker

Billy Keefe

Parts Manager


Cari Lord


Jenn Manson

Office Manager

Craftsmen & Crew

Eric Batchelder

David Dunham

Mike Fortin

Sean Hussey

We seek dedicated talent to carry

on the traditions of the maritime trades. MMYB Team Members are FT year-round employees with benefits. Apprenticeships are available.

Call 978.465.3022 for info.

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Newburyport, MA 01950


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