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January 18, 2023

26 North Announces New, Highly Experienced Additions to Charter Team

Leading motor yacht brokerage and consultancy 26 North introduces two new hires in expanding the firm’s luxury yacht chartering and management services. 

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (PRWEB) January 16, 2023 — Following a year of tremendous growth for the yachting brand, including the launch of full-scale charter operations, 26 North announces the hire of Charter Manager Marian Walker and Charter Broker Mare Kidd. They each bring invaluable industry and service insight to the 26 North Charter experience, which focuses on white-glove luxury, privacy and personalization, whereby handling all the details travelers would rather not. 

“26 North’s meticulous level of service has been enjoyed for years by our brokerage clients. Today, with the expertise of Marian and Mare, we are excited to expand our in-house charter operations to provide for any traveler who desires an exquisite, personalized charter,” said Mike Carlson, founding partner. “The charter experience, which dovetails seamlessly with our 26 North Concierge offering, will be exceptional.”

As 26 North’s new in-house charter specialist, certified diver Marian Walker has been a yachting adventurer for more than 40 years. She was born and raised in California, and after earning her degree in marine science from Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, she later opened an underwater diving service in Dana Point Harbor, being the only female in her industry to do so at the time. Walker says travel is her “backbone,” and her explorations have brought her to Southern California, Baja California, the Sea of Cortez, Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula, the Bahamas, Panama, the Galapagos, the Caribbean and the waters of Southern Spain. With each charter trip she designs, she aims to provide a level of service that bring clients back for new and exciting experiences year after year. She has been a member of the International Yacht Broker’s Association (IYBA) since 1995 and sits on the IYBA CPC Charter Professional’s Committee panel since 2004, remaining very active in all aspects of the yachting community events.

Mare Kidd, the new charter broker for 26 North, expertly transforms charter dreams into reality, winning the loyalty of many yachting clients through the unforgettable experiences she carefully customizes. Her years as a chief stewardess onboard private and charter mega yachts affords her a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of charter operations, and in her career as a charter specialist, she is driven by achieving exquisite service with an eye for detail. Working with seasoned travelers as well as those who are new to chartering, she is delighted to address all questions and inquiries; providing guidance throughout the planning process is her specialty. 

“Aligned with 26 North’s culture of determination, Marian and Mare are ideal ambassadors for the superior, industry-leading service we strive for at 26 North,” said Carlson. “We couldn’t be more pleased to have them join our team.”

About 26 North Yachts

Founded in 2011, 26 North Yachts is one of the leading motor yacht brokerage and consulting firms in the United States. The company caters to buyers and sellers of premium vessels ranging from 70 to 140 feet, with inventory that sells over 50 percent faster — and for a higher percentage of the asking price — than competing listings. With a seasoned group of experts, proven marketing strategies and extensive experience closing deals on some of the world’s finest yachts, 26 North Yachts is the preferred partner for buyers and sellers in the North American market. 

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