Andy Topham - Boatshed St Lucia
For a number of years, Andy Topham has been selling boats and yachts of all descriptions.
Andy has had more than 30 years of working, sailing and fixing boats and yachts of all shapes and sizes, including sailing yachts, catamarans and power boats. His early years consisted of dinghy sailing at various clubs and completing as many RYA courses as he could. He then progressed to successfully racing keel boats over a 12 year period. For six of those later years he ran a 40ft racing yacht which was campaigned at most major offshore race and regatta weeks in the UK and Ireland.
Towards the end of this time he went to study Yacht Design and Engineering at Falmouth Marine College. This also enabled him to build up his many RYA certificates and qualifications for the next adventure which was the ARC race on a stripped out racer. Upon arriving safely in St.Lucia, with a refreshing Piton beer in-hand, Andy met an owner looking for a captain and ended up running his 50ft cruising yacht in the Caribbean for over two years, based in St Lucia.
After this superb time cruising the Islands Andy was offered a job running a 45ft Cat for the Moorings Crewed Yacht Division in the British Virgin Islands. From here he went to run a 70ft Powerboat, again in the BVI, with a busy charter and maintenance schedule.
Andy returned to Wales with his wife in 2003 and set up a charter brokerage offering crewed yacht charters across the world but specialising in the Caribbean. Andy has also spent time as Chief Instructor at Abersoch Sailing School teaching sailing and power boating.
Andy thoroughly enjoys talking boats and boating and meeting all of our owners and customers, many of whom travel from all over the world. He also enjoys personally visiting and photographing every boat he lists and has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of customers' requirements that only comes with a real passion for your job and years of experience.
His love of St Lucia has brought him back to the shores of this wonderful island where the he looks forward to taking his knowledge and expertise of selling boats with the Boatshed group into a new location.