About

Who we are

Capstan Yachts was founded with one goal in mind and that is to be the premier boat brokerage available through providing a personalized, memorable customer service experience to our clients from beginning to end and beyond. We strive for a long-lasting relationship with our clients ensuring professional and proven solutions to quickly reach their goals and maximize the enjoyment of the water. With a team comprised of many past and present first responders and core values derived from the first responder mentality, our brokers put the clients first above all else guaranteeing the purchase or sell of your boat is our top priority. From buying or selling to new construction or pre-owned yachts, Capstan Yachts has the right solutions for you to enjoy the yachting lifestyle. We value the opportunity to create long-term relationships with our clients and look forward to working with you at Capstan Yachts.

Kyle Smith

Yacht Broker

Kyle Smith was raised on the water from a young age in Marblehead, MA. Starting early he was racing sailboats for the local Junior YC and taking care of several boats in the harbor as a summer job. During his junior year of High School, Kyle was able to log over 15,000 miles and 10 months at sea aboard a 200ft Tallship Concordia, for a year aboard. After Graduating High School, Kyle obtained his USCG Masters License and began running vessels in Newport, RI and the Caribbean.  After moving to South Florida, where he was onboard a 116ft Feadship, Kyle began a new path as a Firefighter/Paramedic. 

Today, I am a full time Firefighter/ Paramedic and owner of Capstan Yachts. With my vast knowledge of vessels in all size ranges, engine systems, and construction, I am here to assist in the buying, selling, or building process to make it seamless and enjoyable for you and your family. 

I founded Capstan Yachts with a sole purpose in mind, have the best customer service and client relations to ensure enjoyment in the yachting world. We strive to continually assist our clients through the buying and selling process, however unlike many other brokerages, we go beyond the sale with yacht management programs, delivery services, and work with our clients on every day questions about the boat they might have. We look forward to sharing our knowledge of the marine industry and working with you to get you and the family into the perfect boat!

Peter Garofalo

Yacht Broker

My boating journey began on Narragansett Bay over 30 years ago. I learned to sail and fish as a child from friends and family, and from there, the desire to be on the water was instilled in me. Before joining the U.S. Coast Guard at the age of 18, I learned a vast range of maritime skills from working for Brewers Yacht Yard. Finessing skills such as fiberglass, vessel maintenance and customer satisfaction became a passion of mine. The experience at Brewers led me to becoming a mate on a custom sport fishing yacht where I gained a new passion, offshore fishing. We fished and caught giant tuna, sharks and billfish for recreation and in countless tournaments up and down the east coast. We traveled offshore, spending nights in the canyons, days on the Cape and Islands and many other locations here in New England down through the Mid-Atlantic. Then countless trips to and from Florida via Intracoastal Waterways. In the U.S. Coast Guard I was able to hone my skills as a professional mariner becoming a Boatswain Mate. During my years of service I performed search and rescue in the most undesirable conditions from Provincetown to Chatham, Sandy Hook, NJ up into New York City. It gave me the opportunity to educate others so they would have the knowledge to be able to cast off, navigate safely, and most importantly return home to their friends and family. After my enlistment I entered the world of sales and have spent over 18 years as a sales professional while never leaving being on the water. No matter what level of boating experience you may have, I believe that my past experiences on the open ocean, coastal waters and as a sales professional make me a great resource for you. I’m very excited to be able to combine my passion for boating with my professional sales experience to better serve you.

Cole murphy

Yacht Broker

Captain Cole Murphy grew up on the waters of New England. He has extensive experience fishing and lobstering on a variety of boats from the coast of Maine to the Islands of Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and Long Island. He has a broad set of experience in boat maintenance and repair as well as seamanship and captaining of boats ranging in size from 20 to 70 feet. Cole is a Coast Guard licensed captain as well.

In addition to his experience as a captain, crew and maintenance resource for sportfishing, recreational and commercial fishing boats of all types and sizes, Cole is also an accomplished big game tournament captain and fisherman. He has participated in and won offshore fishing tournaments in the waters of Palm Beach, Stellwagen Bank, Nantucket Sound and the Northeast Canyons. With his firsthand experience in captaining and fishing the waters of the Atlantic coast, Cole is well equipped to help his clients find the perfect boat for their needs.  

Amber Smith

General Manager

I am fortunate to have been in the marine industry in south Florida for over 14 years. Starting my career as a Dock Master, then eventually owning/operating Boat Service business in Palm Beach County, FL . After moving to the northeast with my husband and family, I transitioned into Yacht Sales and management. This diverse set of experiences has assisted in the development of my career in many ways and continues to push me forward.

Daniel Adams

Yacht Broker

Born and raised in Central Massachusetts, Dan spent his childhood bouncing between family homes on Florida’s Gulf Coast and Cape Cod during his down times. Its in these waters that his love for fishing and boats began. Upon his Graduation in 2004 from Worcester Academy, Dan kept his passion for the ocean close by. He attended the University of Rhode Island and lived locally in Narragansett during that time. 

Dan returned to Shrewsbury where he quickly started his business career in the summer of 2009 with the startup of two new companies. One being a full scall Property Maintenance and Commercial Snow management firm and the other being a high-end motorsports storage, maintenance, and customization facility.  Business operations, Sales, and a high level of customer service have been valuable lessons he has learned over the past 13 years. 

In the summer of 2020 Dan achieved his Captains OUPV License followed by his 100GT Masters Captains License in the Winter of 2020. 

May 2022, Dan took his first leap into the Marine industry, with the joining of the Capstan Yachts family. He Looks forward to sharing his knowledge and passion for this industry with prospective buyers and fellow like-minded marine enthusiasts. 

Aaron M. Van Huysen

Yacht Broker

Aaron Van Huysen has over two decades of Active-Duty Service in the United States Coast Guard. He spent a majority of his career conducting marine inspections with a strong focus in the prevention field including law enforcement and search and rescue missions. He has had hands-on executive level experience in the Maritime Community with a concentration on Marine Safety and Investigations.

Aaron’s career consisted of three Coast Guard Cutters, two Aid to Navigation Stations, one Coast Guard Station, and two Prevention Sectors-Sector New York and Marine Safety Detachment Cape Cod. He has a vast storehouse of knowledge in multiple areas of the maritime community.

He is the owner of Aaron Van Huysen, Maritime Safety Consultant which offers expert analysis regarding new construction, plan review, standard operating procedures, and the Coast Guard certification process.

His goal as a broker is to not only find the boat that fits your needs, but also ensure your 100% satisfaction through a seamless, transparent process.

He currently live on Cape Cod with his wife Casey and their four children.