Joe Walker moved to South Florida in 1976 and currently lives in Islamorada in the Florida Keys. Being the child of water babies, my parents kept my sister and I out on the ocean constantly. I grew up sailing and navigating the waters of Biscayne Bay, fishing and diving South Florida and Bahamas waters, snorkeling, and water skiing. It seemed like anywhere we went, even on vacation in the middle of the country, some sort of water activity was involved, whether camping and canoeing, or white water rafting. The boating lifestyle and lure of the water was always so strong. I have spent the majority of my life in and around the water from the Chesapeake Bay to the turquoise waters of the Florida Keys and Bahamas. It is still my favorite thing to do and I currently live on my Motor Yacht full time.
I remember when I decided to join the South Florida marine industry. I lived in Fort Lauderdale in the heart of the yachting community off of Cordova road and 15th street. It was the mid 90s and I was intrigued by the movement of yachts in the area, how they were operated, and how they worked. I got my first job with Allied Marine Group on 16th street in Fort Lauderdale. Fresh out of college I could have gone for a more prestigious job, but decided to follow my heart and work for Hatteras, Tiara, and Ferretti cleaning boats to get my foot in the door. After gaining extensive knowledge about the brands and making some useful contacts I went into the VP of Sales office and asked for a job selling. I was offered a job in Fort Myers, Florida but refused.
From the contacts I made with Allied Marine I was able to secure a job as a salesperson with Marine Industries, Inc. in Fort Lauderdale. After working with MII and later with Morretti Yachts I gained the knowledge I needed to go into business for myself. I opened National Powerboats in September of 2004 and never looked back. My focus has always been to use the knowledge, industry tools, and resources that I have acquired to support my customers whether buying or selling. I have overseen new builds as well as total restorations, repowers, and modifications. I have captained and transported yachts up and down the Eastern seaboard. I am pleased to say after 10 years in business and 20 years experience and hundreds of boats bought and sold through National Powerboats I have developed life-long friendships and relationships with my customers.
I learned this business from the bilge up and have earned valuable relationships with vendors, advertisers, marine mechanics, interior designers, marinas, transporters, captains, brokers, and builders that my customers can rely on and benefit from. I am experienced, reliable, and committed to my clients offering sharp insight into the market and an aggressive approach when buying and selling their new yacht. I look forward to working with you and your family to make your boating experience the best one possible.