Although David was raised in Rowley MA, his Mother’s “Newfie” roots and stories attached to her legacy remain an evident part of his make-up. David’s memories of visiting family, and “earning cash jigging for cod” and other related activities off the Newfoundland coast, make it no surprise that he landed in the maritime industry.


After David graduated from Triton Regional High School, he took night classes at various vocational schools while testing his interest in machinery in his day jobs. He settled into his 23-year tenure at Winninghoff Boats where he fine-tuned his expertise in welding, primarily aluminum boats, and fuel and hydraulic tanks, earning his welding certification for USCG Chapter T (passenger) vessels. While at Winninghoff he built thousands of fuel tanks, and 150+ aluminum boats ranging from flatbottomed skiffs and fire boats, to large commercial vessels. A boat of note is the Henry Longfellow, a 65 ft riverboat still in service operating charters on the Charles River. He then started with Merri-Mar where he has done “a little bit of everything” for the past 19 years.


Running parallel to his career in the maritime industry was a solid trek as a musician, playing bass in a band known as the 60’s Invasion. At their high point, they were averaging 40+ gigs per year. David finally retired (for the most part) about 2 years ago.


A lesser-known fact about David’s life is that he has spent Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends camping with his compadres from high school since 1980…that’s twice annually for the past 44 years!


David lives in Madbury NH with his wife Nancy of 31 years, and their two cats Thelma Lu and Toodles.


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.