Gretchen MilesBoatshed Everett
About Gretchen Miles
Being a native of Washington, I have always “played” outdoors: climbing, hiking and skiing have been passions throughout my life. My love of the water began as a child taking ferry rides to and vacationing on islands in the San Juan and Gulf Islands. Little did I imagine that the most profound life-changing experience would be chartering a Bayliner 3055 Cierra Sunbridge for our honeymoon. A seed was planted…
As many people experience, my husband and I have owned a progression of boats: 1988 Bayliner 2858 and a 2001 Mainship 390. Our Mainship was the “perfect” boat until we decided to embrace the idea of living aboard full-time. We currently reside aboard a 1990 DeFever 49.
While owning the Bayliner 2858, we had the fortune of meeting Scott and Lisa Helker (owners of Waterline Boats). A chance meeting has turned into a years’ long friendship: we help each other as we looked for their respective live aboard vessels, and enjoy a successful career relationship.
Working closely with Scott and Lisa during the purchase of our DeFever 49, gave me an opportunity to realize there are several levels of service that affect a buyer and sellers experience during the process. Personally, being a yacht broker is a chance to share knowledge, to learn, and to ensure that sellers and buyers are able to appreciate and enjoy the process of finding or selling their boat.
In 2013, my husband and I (along with ourPortuguese Water Dog, Gracie), found our DeFever 49 in Alaska and had a six-week adventure bringing her home. Once merely on the periphery, boating is now paramount in my life. Finding a quiet anchorage, kayaking to an island and exploring are favorite ways to relax.
We will return to Alaska some time in the future and we will continue to explore the Pacific Northwest waters. And I look forward to helping you get a little closer to your boating dreams!
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