Known as MMYB’s front-line, go-to coach, and boat project therapist, Billy has been managing the MMYB Parts department and Ship’s Store for 14 years. If you stop by the Store, particularly in the Spring and Fall, you might think you stepped into a rowdy family reunion, with Billy juggling a queue of salties looking for parts and advice, swapping notes, and sharing tales of the season.


Born in Exeter, and raised in Hampton NH, Billy has been a Granite State-er since his beginnings. When Billy was 12 his Dad bought a 37 ft wooden Jones Porter lobster boat, Green Eyed Lady, and ran it out of Hampton. That, shall we say was “only the beginning” and Billy set sites on his future as a commercial fisherman.


During the summer months, through grade & high school, Billy worked on a number of fishing charters & party boats out of Hampton. He was a “pier rat” with his lifelong friend Derek, both picking up odd jobs, getting in trouble, and just biding time until they graduated from Winnacunnet HS in 1993. He started out on the Jeri Ann, a gillnetter out of Portsmouth, NH. For the next 17 years, he fished for mostly groundfish (pollack, cod, redfish, monkfish, etc.), “accidental tuna”, and lobster, on more than a dozen boats up until the increasingly unreasonable commercial fishing regulations forced him out as one of many “government displaced commercial fisherman” in 2010. Shortly after, he landed at MMYB, where he combined his deep knowledge of mechanics, troubleshooting, and a working life on the water, with an extensive familiarity with the waterscape from the Gulf of Maine to The Hauge (Canada fishing line) & points South, to launch a new career on terra firma. This was quite a welcome change of course, that not only combined his comprehensive knowledge of the maritime industry with the ability and stability to support his family life, but provides MMYB clients and industry partners with an incredibly valuable resource for all things maritime. Billy is a certified technician with VOLVO, Cummins, and YANMAR, along with ABYC certification.


In 2021, Billy and his wife Renee, transformed their lives by “officially” welcoming Callie and Dominic (niece/nephew) into their family. They are new homeowners (2022) and live in Seabrook. In his “off-time”, Billy fits in early AM fishing trips, afternoons at the beach with his family, and sneaks in some surfing and off-road motorcycling when he can. He also is very involved in his kids’ afterschool activities and recently signed on as President of the Boosters for his son’s Wrestling Team at Winnacunnet High School.


An unknown secret about Billy, and this is not a fish tale…he is an avid fan of Hallmark Christmas Movie Marathons. Seriously!?!


Merri-Mar Yacht Basin Inc.
364 Merrimac Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
Phone: (978) 465-3022
Fax: (978) 465-1443

MON – FRI : 8 AM - 5 PM

BROKERAGE is also open by appointment on weekends.