Our People Make the Difference

Kent Little
Kent Little
Kent Little is the President and Founder of LYS. Having been in Professional Yacht Sales for over 29 years, Kent knows the product and how to take care of his customers. Kent decided to go out on his own in the fall of 2010 in order to offer his previous and future customers a better boat buying experience.
Kent’s wife, Liz Little, having been a life long boater and the daughter of Capt Jerry Webb (see below) is also an integral part of the LYS team and is co-owner of LYS.
Josh Johnson
Josh Johnson
We are excited to announce that Josh Johnson has joined our team as our Senior Broker. Josh is an extremely well-known area broker and has been selling boats in the Clear Lake Area for over 37 Years. In fact so long that a lot of the local brokers in the area bought boats from him before they were brokers!! You can hardly go down a pier in any marina in Clear Lake and not find a boat that Josh didn’t sell at one time or another.

Josh is also a Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB) and has extensive knowledge of boats both power and sail and is well known for taking care of his clients before, during and after the sale. We are super excited and happy to have him aboard as he brings to LYS yet another level of expertise for our customers and clients.

Josh can be reached at our main office line 281-334-6500, his cell of 281-734-7703 or his new Email of Josh@LittleYachtSales.com

Captain Bill Olson
Captain Bill Olson
A lot of you will know Capt Bill Olson as he has worked for LYS as a delivery captain moving our clients boats around the globe for over 10 years. Bill is going to head up a Florida division of LYS just north of Fort Lauderdale. “Captain Bill”, as everyone calls him, also has his Florida Brokers License under our LYS brokerage license-#1815.

Bill will be listing and selling boats for us there as well as still handling his and our clients boats for Captain Deliveries as well as sailing and power boat lessons.

Having a broker in Florida will also allow our client base who are keeping boats in Florida or returning from cruising to leave their boats in Florida but still have them listed with LYS.

Captain Bill, a former Computer Design Engineer, has over 30 years experience sailing the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. He currently holds a USCG 100 ton Masters License for the operation of Steam and Motor Vessels, with a 100 ton Sailing endorsement. Since acquiring his Captains License over twenty years ago, Bill has been captaining sailing charters, delivering both sail and power boats and teaching sailing lessons and powerboat handling to students of all ages. He also has the US SAILING Basic Keelboat Instructor certification.

Captain Bill can be reached on his cell at 281-748-2628 or CaptBill@pdq.net

David Jackson
David Jackson
LYS welcomes David Jackson to our team of Professional Brokers.

Kent Little commented: David is a well known broker in the Clear Lake Area. Our relationship goes back over 20 years and 15 of those were at Sea Lake Yachts. David has been a lifelong boater and selling yachts since 1983. David’s experience in power and sail is vast and he has cruised offshore extensively on both power and sail boats. I am extremely excited to have David on board the LYS team!

From David Jackson:
I began boating and sailing in the early 70’s and have enjoyed it ever since. After graduating from Oklahoma State University, I moved to the Houston area and bought my second sailboat the first weekend I was here. After racing and cruising around Texas for six years, I started a new career in the marine industry. I have been selling both new and used yachts, power and sail, since 1983. I am a member of the Gulf Coast Yacht Brokers Association and have served as Vice President and on the board for three years; a member of Yacht Brokers Association of America, abiding by their standards; currently on the board of directors of the CPYB (Certified Professional Yacht Brokers) and I am also a Florida licensed Yacht Broker. I have extensive knowledge of blue water cruising having sailed tens of thousands of miles in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic. I have raced and cruised and I would like to put my experience to work for you to help you find the boat of your dreams. Whether that boat lies here in the Clear lake area or anywhere else I can help.

Location – Little Yacht Sales

We would like to invite all of David’s current and past clients to contact him at his new email address David@LittleYachtSales.com or his direct line 713-806-8953.

John Brown
John Brown
Capt John Brown has been with LYS from the beginning and is a life long friend of Kent Little and a broker with LYS as well as our full time Marketing Manager. John is also American Sailing Association (ASA) certified as a sailing instructor. John has the boating experience to help you find your next yacht.
Boating Resume for John Brown cell-830-998-5052

I began sailing in board boats in 1974 at the age of 10, started racing 3 years later and have remained active and competitive every year since.
I started offshore sailing in 1980 with a cruise from Port Aransas to Port Isabel . Since then I have done 5 Harvest Moon regattas (Galveston to Port Aransas) on vessels including a Catalina 30, F-31 trimaran, Beneteau Swift Trawler 42 and a Benteau 42s7.

Intercoastal waterway deliveries along the Texas coast include:
Condor 40 trimaran (Rockport to Galveston),
Soverel 26 (Rockport to Galveston
Beneteau 321 (Port Aransas to Clear Lake)

Offshore Texas Races:
Albin Vega 27 (Rockport to Port Isabel, round trip)
F-31 trimaran (Rockport to Port Mansfield, round trip)
Robert Perry Seamaster 46 Motorsailer (Rockport to Port Mansfield)

Offshore Deliveries:
Contour 50 trimaran (Port Aransa s to Matagorda)
Cheoy Lee Pedrick 44 (Rockport to Galveston)

Ocean Deliveries:
Nautor Swan 61 (St. Thomas to Bermuda)
Dufour 27 (Miami to Marathon Fl)

Vessels I have owned and or sailed as Captain:
Soverel 26
Chrysler 26
Northstar 30
Kurt Hughes Trimaran 30’
J-30

Location – Little Yacht Sales

Professional Credentials:
ASA Certified Sailing Instructor for Basic Keel Boat
Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Chartering
Certified PADI open water diver
To read more about John hit the link to the left www.JohnBrownSailing.com
Capt John Brown
830-998-5052
John@LittleYachtSales.com

Rick Weiler
Rick Weiler
Captain Rick Weiler, a USCG licensed 100 ton master with sailing and towing endorsements, worked as a master carpenter, construction manager and in home sales for over 25 years in Northern Michigan. Since moving to Texas in 2006 I’ve pursued my passion in boating; now working as a yacht broker with LYS since January of 2011. After 3 years as a professional yacht broker, I’ll be sitting for my certification as a CPYB (Certified Professional Yacht Broker)
I’ve spent most my life in Northern Michigan in the Traverse City area on the coast of Lake Michigan. Taught myself how to sail when I was 12 years old and have been sailing ever since. Sailing dinghies, Wind Surfers (the very first ones), Hobie Cats and I’ve owned a Hunter 23, a Newport 27, Island Packet 31 and now a Hardin Voyager 44 ketch which I lived aboard for 7 years. I’ve sailed all over northern Lake Michigan. Kept my boat in the North Channel of Lake Huron for three years (this is one of the 10 most beautiful areas to cruise!) I’ve been on a number of deliveries of friends’ boats in the Great Lakes, up and down the East Coast, Chesapeake Bay, Gulf of Mexico and currently throughout the Caribbean Islands.
As a professional Captain, I’ve gotten to work on a 191 ton Tow Boat pushing tanker barges through the Galveston Bay, ICW up to New Orleans up the Mississippi to Baton Rouge and the Atchafalaya River. I also spent two years working for Coastal Crewboats on a 42’ crew boat running workers and supplies to the wells and production platforms in the Galveston Bay. Recently I’ve worked with “Alternate Latitude” a Voyage 440 catamaran doing a couple offshore charter trips in the last few years.
I have the professional and personal experience to assist you in selling and buying your new yacht. Whether it is a 25’ sailboat or a 100’+ Mega yacht, here in Galveston Bay or located in a foreign country . I bring the necessary skills and background to get the job done.
I’m backed by the fastest growing, most experienced yacht brokerage house in the Gulf Coast Area, “Little Yacht Sales” and now our power side “Texas Power Yachts”.

Location – Little Yacht Sales

Call my cell at 832-738-6251 or e-mail Rick@LittleYachtSales.com

Read more about Rick hit the link at the left, or go to www.captrickweiler.com

Rusty Hightower
Rusty Hightower
Rusty Hightower actually grew up here on Galveston Bay in La Porte just up the road from Kemah. He started sailing on his math teacher’s Corinthian sailboat during the winter series right here on Clear Lake where he had to learn how to dock and leave the slip without an engine as the boat did not have one.

From there he joined with friends from the Houston Yacht Club to improve his sailing skills and has participated in the Vera Cruz Race as well as the Harvest Moon Regatta. Eventually Rusty joined the Navy and sailed the seven seas on tall grey ships.

His next move was something different for sure and that was to become a Radio DJ in the Dallas Ft Worth market. From there he would meet his future bride of 27 years, Leilani. He went back to sailing by rigging sailboats and racing on Lake Texoma and while on Lake Texoma formed a rigging company called I-B- Rigging which included Yacht deliveries.

The next step would be to join Grandpappy Point Marina and start his sales career off by selling Catalina, J-Boats, and Jeanneau. The wind started to turn west for Rusty and he headed out to San Diego to join H&S Yachts also selling Catalina and Jeanneau as well as Hunter Marine. While at H&S Yachts Rusty took over the Catalina division for the company with two stores selling Catalina Yachts. Still there were seas to sail and race on while on the west coast of California, which included the Newport to Ensenada Race, the Trans Pac and the Pacific Cup as well as some leisurely sailing to exotic port of calls like Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Then winds shifted again to the east and Rusty join Massey Yacht Sales in Florida also selling Catalina, Hunter and Island Packet. After about a year on the west coast of Florida Rusty was promoted to Sales Manager and headed up a brand new sales team in Stuart Florida, which opened up the door to some terrific sailing to the Bahamas and all over Florida. In fact so many trips from St Petersburg to the keys and back around up to Stuart that he could probably do it blind folded. Then the winds started blowing again and one again to the west.

Kent Little of Little Yacht Sales and Rusty have known each other for many many years. Rusty says Kent was the smart one to stay put (He has his own business now), while Rusty with saltwater in his veins went sailing here and there. Well, it was finally time for Rusty and his wife to come home to Texas where he started his sailing career and the only logical place was to join the team at Little Yacht Sales.

Rusty and his wife have now set anchor in the Kemah area. Rusty has earned the Hunter Marine Sales Professional certification every year since 2003. He is also a Catalina Tech Specialist and is an Island Packet Yachts Certified Sales Representative. As you can see Rusty has many sea miles under his belt and knows how to match his clients to the boat that best suits their needs.

Rusty can be reached at Rusty@LittleYachtSales.com or directly on his cell at 941-730-7207

Paul Stehfest
Paul Stehfest
Boating has been a passion of mine for quite some time. I have owned a C&C 25, an Ericson 30+, a Catalina 36, a Jeanneau 40.3, and a Caliber 40 LRC SE. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend several years cruising with my wife, Lisa, on our Caliber 40. Our adventure took us to the Bahamas 3 times, up and down the East Coast of the United States 3 times, and through much of the Gulf of Mexico. I’ve been selling boats for over 4 years now and have enjoyed helping people realize their dreams.

If you are looking for a boat to enjoy on the weekends, sail around the world, or anywhere in between, I hope you would give me the opportunity to work with you to find the best boat that suits your needs. I promise I won’t bring high pressure or stress. My goal is listen to you and for you to be happy with your purchase.

Please give me a call at 903-401-9049 or Paul@LittleYachtSales.com

Betty Polk
Betty Polk
Betty Polk, Office Manager for Little Yacht Sales and Texas Power Yachts.

In every business there is someone who ties everyone together and takes care of the loose ends. That is Betty Polk. We are fortunate to have her and she is a real team player.