Michael James, CPYB
  • Michael James, CPYB


    727-599-7091 cell


    Office Location: New Orleans Office
    MYS Team: Since 1995
    Position with MYS:  Salesman & Webmaster
    Sailing: 35+ years
    Racing: 35+ years


    College of Charleston, BA & BS
    National Outdoor Leadership School (Baja Calif. del Sur, Mexico)
    Jesuit High School

    Licenses, Associations, Memberships & Certifications :

    Board of Directors, YBAA
    Certified Professional Yacht Broker
    Certified Beneteau Sales Professional
    State of Florida: Yacht & Ship Salesperson with Bond
    YBAA, Association of  Yacht Sales Professionals
    Beneteau Customer Service Certified
    Swift Water Rescue Tech
    Southern Yacht Club


    Beneteau Platinum Dealership, 2009-2015
    Beneteau Top Ten Service Dealer Award, 2008
    Beneteau President’s Top Ten Award, 2007
    Strictly Sail St. Pete, Best in Show, 2006
    Beneteau Top Ten Service Dealer Award, 2005
    Best Introduction of the Beneteau Powerboat to the US Market Award, 2004
    Beneteau Top Gun Award, 1999 

    Client References

    “Michael has made this process very easy for me.”
    Beneteau Sense 50 Buyer

    “Hi Michael,
    Thank you so much for your help with our mainsail. We purchased a new furling mainsail from Doyle Ploch in St. Petersburg. Dan Driscoll was a great help. We brought them the damaged sail and they were able to build a new one within a week. We installed it over the past weekend and it fit “like a glove”.

    We really love the Beneteau 321, and we are so pleased that we are able to call on you “after the sale” for assistance. We would not hesitate to recommend anyone to you, and Murray Yacht Sales, as a quality yacht broker. Sorry we missed the Beneteau Rendezvous this year, but maybe next year.

    Thanks again,”

    “Michael, Thanks for the info. Also your participation today puts you in a special class of brokers. The best!”
    -note from a surveyor

    “Michael, Thank you for your follow-up. my wife & I thought that you, by far, provided us with best experience that we had in the entire boat show! We, very much, appreciated your attention & obvious knowledge/experience with Beneteau boats.”
    -note from Miami Boat Show

    “Michael, both …. and I would like to thank you for spending time with us last Saturday morning. We appreciate your expertise and as a
    former salesperson I appreciate your determined yet non-pressure approach to sales.
    It will serve you well.”
    -Happy new Beneteau owner

    “I would like to thank you and the rest of your staff for all of the work you guys did to sell the boat. I really appreciate it. I have been very impressed with the way you and employees do business. Thank you,”
    -Pleased brokerage customer

    “Thank you for your time and help during these two storms. The information you provided has been beneficial to me and has helped me understand what I needed to do in order to protect my Beneteau 311. The boat rode out both storms without incident of any kind. I am enjoying the real time tide information and I have saved the home page for future information. Thanks again.”
    -New Beneteau owner after TS Isidore and Hurricane Lili

    Beneteau Dedication Award
    The Dedication Award is won by someone in sales or service that demonstrates a positive attitude, a strong commitment to the Beneteau product line and to his or her dealership. Effort and attitude decide the winner of this category. This month we are fortunate to have 3 Sales and service nominees.
    Michael James Murray Yacht Sales
    The Top Gun Sales and Service Contest really does offer something for every Beneteau sales and service person. If you feel you don’t have a chance to win…rethink it! Sales ability, a great attitude and above average effort all combine to be rewarded.

    Dear Michael,
    You are remembered as the best of the sales persons we had the pleasure to come in contact, If we can be of any service or know of someone looking for a boat, we will put them together with you. As always in your debt.
    – letter to Michael James from a happy customer

    Dear Mr. Murray,
    We want to express our appreciation for the outstanding sales experience provided to us by one of your sales associates, Michael James during the purchase of our Beneteau 361. We were pleasantly surprised at his astute attention to detail, his knowledge, and his thoroughness. Everything from the time the 361 was ordered to the time we took delivery was smooth and easy. Even after the sale, Michael has continued to provide us with outstanding service. Please pass on our comments to Michael and be assured that we will refer all of our friends and family to Michael and Murray Yacht Sales. Thank you again for making our dream a reality!
    – Mr & Mrs Lassere

    You can always find me at the following boat shows:
    Annapolis Boat Show
    St. Petersburg Boat Show
    Miami Boat Show & Strictly Sail
    Gulf Coast Yacht and Boat Show