Joel grew up sailing the North East with his family, cruising to destinations like Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, etc. As a child he could sail a dinghy solo before riding a bike. An active outdoorsman, Joel is an advanced PADI open water diver, an avid cyclist and has competed at high level Triathlons.  

Professional Licenses and Certifications

Yacht Broker’s Association of America: Member


Steven F. Austin University

San Jacinto College

Continuing education includes technical training courses.

Power Boat Experience

Owned and cruised Power Boats, 20′-48′ across the Gulf of Mexico.

Sail Cruising

Owner and cruised Monohulls, Trimarans and Catamarans all along the Gulf coast including multiple Gulf crossings.

Sail Racing

Joel competes in the Clear Lake Wednesday night races and many Regattas in Galveston Bay and the Gulf, including eleven Harvest Moon Regattas.

He was one of the early pioneers of kiteboarding in the Galveston Bay Area and competed in kiteboarding events up and down the Texas Coast. 



What they say…

Client References

“We are looking forward to spending many wonderful moments on the boat. We want to thank Joel for his great support and wonderful guidelines during this process. Besides being an extremely nice and approachable person he is very professional, with wide experience in the area, which made us feel that we were in wonderful hands all the time. Great Team Murray Yacht sales !!”
-R&G -Raving Fans
“Thank you for your hard work, especially to Joel who professionally guided us in our new journey! Thanks, Joel for your support (and patience) these past months… Cheers!”

“… broker was impeccable in his response to every issue we encountered… reachable and willing to give advice… maintained constant communication… during the entire process, even after closing… Murray Yacht Sales and… broker did much more than we expected of them.”

“Our experience with your brokerage made a rough ride easier… been great to work with on all the paperwork! Our hats are off to you all and we appreciate your help in making our dreams come true!”
-Brian Regan, customer and fan of Team MYS

“Thank you Stanton. It was a pleasure meeting you at the St. Pete boat show. My thanks also to (your team) and you for handling the sale of Stanley G in such a professional manner and understanding how difficult it was for me to part with her. But, Judy and I won’t swallow the anchor for good so I guess we’ll begin learning what trawlers and tugs are all about and get ready for the next adventure.
Best regards, Bob” -happy customer

“Gentlemen; We had a great trip to the (Beneteau) plant and enjoyed the tour very much. Dan Kimball hosted us and gave us an excellent tour and overview of the plant’s operations. He was very professional and knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. We met and spoke with Barbara in the Q/A lab and were impressed with your quality processes. We were also pleased to see the progress in lean manufacturing and the visible presence of a robust 6 S program. I’ve attached pictures of …our Beneteau 34 (in the snow of all things).
Thanks to you all for setting up the trip and thank you Dan for spending part of your day with us.”
another happy customer

“Again I say thank you to you for your real kindness in working this problem out with me. I’ll gladly give a testimonial when and where you wish. You … have been very helpful in getting me what I want and need in the boating business.” RB

“Murray Yacht sales is the benchmark for Yacht brokers and should be the industry standard. You will get our business…”

“Leo and Stanton: Thanks to you and to all for your help on this. Given all the circumstances, I think this was win-win for everyone. I hope the purchaser enjoys the boat.” -FB happy brokerage client


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