To All Customers, Supporters and Friends of Hellier Yacht Sales,

20 September 2016

After almost 50 years of selling and servicing sailboats, Hellier Yacht Sales, Inc. is closing and the building, property and docks at 128 Howard Street, New London, CT 06320 will be leased to a new operation.

Captain Jonathan R. Wilkes of Mystic, will be moving in to the facility at Howard Street and totally taking it over by 15 October 2016. Jonathan has decades of experience in the boating industry, and he has started a new business, Pearl Marine Yacht Services, which will offer high-end services and sales to special yachting clientele. Their new web site is under development, and you can click through to it at:

The current customers that have been dealing with Gary Connolly, who for the past year has been the independent broker for Hellier Yacht Sales, will be pleased to know that Gary has started his own brokerage, East Shore Yacht Sales, which will be located in the Groton/New London area. Gary will have the same office phone number 860-442-1154 and his email is The boats Gary had previously listed at Hellier will transition; contingent upon the owner's permission, to East Shore Yacht Sales and their new Yachtworld web site.

I personally thank Gary and Jim for their considerate care of Hellier over the past year to ensure that things were kept in order. I owe a great deal to them plus also to Verne Ray for his decades of excellent service capabilities offered to the Hellier family of owners.

Over many, many years the sailing industry and our owner friends have been exceptionally kind and supportive of Hellier, and you have graciously weathered periods of previous transitions, so I thank you for your patronage, patience and felicity.

Wishing all great sailing and boating in the years to come; always with calm seas and fair breezes.

With sincere appreciation,

Wayne L BURDICK, Owner
Hellier Yacht Sales, Inc.
128 Howard Street
New London, CT 06320

cell: 843-810-2021