At Catamaran Central, our mission is to inform, educate and guide the client in the yachting lifestyle. Whether you are buying or selling a catamaran, planning a charter for a dream vacation, or looking for the most up to date information on the catamaran industry; we are here throughout the process to ensure that your experience is a meaningful and supported one.
Wiley Sharp was born and raised in Tampa, Florida to a family of non-boaters/sailors. He was fortunate at young age to start sailing with his great uncle on his monohull, which cemented his love for sailing and the water. Throughout his teenage and college years he took every opportunity to sail. This passion for life on the water led him to intern for the world’s largest yacht charter company while in college.
It was during his internship that he fell in love with the yachting industry, and his dream of becoming a professional sailor was born. The following summer he completed his first trans-Atlantic multihull passage for South Africa’s largest catamaran builder.
Soon after, Wiley moved to Vermont where he was the head sailing instructor for an all-boys summer camp. It was during his time on Lake Champlain that he met his now wife, Laura Jagielski. At the end of that summer he decided to return to South Africa to earn his RYA/MCA 200 ton license and pursue a career on the water. Initially the course work was
to take 12 weeks to complete, but after his first course he was fast tracked to complete his Yacht Masters Offshore. During his time in South Africa he was fortunate enough to sail around the Cape of Good Hope dozens of times, and log thousands of miles sailing in some of the roughest conditions on Earth.
Following the completion of his examinations, Wiley returned to the charter industry working as a charter captain, rigger, diesel tech, and customer service representative in the Bahamas for the world’s largest charter company. Within months of being in the Bahamas he was promoted to fleet manager, where he was responsible for all operational aspects of a fleet of bareboats. A couple of months later he was transferred to Canouan in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and promoted to become the youngest operations manager globally for The Moorings/Sunsail.
During his time in Canouan the Global Financial Crisis took hold, and the decision was made for him to relocate to the Moorings main regional hub in Grenada. It was during that time Wiley learned how to start a charter/brokerage business from the ground up.
After a stint in Grenada, Wiley made the decision to head back stateside to continue his education at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. While studying fulltime he continued to work as a delivery captain, training captain, and commissioning agent for some one of the largest catamaran dealers in the United States. While on a sea trial one day the broker onboard the boat said, “You should be selling these things, and not sailing them.” It was from that moment on he knew his calling was to work on the yacht sales side of the business. In 2012 he became a licensed yacht and ship broker in the State of Florida.
While he loves all types of boats, and has captained everything from a Laser sailing dinghy to larger motor yachts, sailing catamarans were always his passion. In 2017, while living in the Virgin Islands, he made the conscious decision to focus solely on the sale of sailing and power catamarans. That singular focus has allowed him to become one of the foremost catamaran brokers in the world. He has been fortunate to visit catamaran builders all over the world.
For my wife and I, catamarans aren’t ‘Just what we do.’ It is who we are. When Laura and I aren’t working you can usually find us out sailing with friends, clients or chartering yachts. We live, breathe and bleed catamarans.
Laura grew up in Grand Isle, Vermont, on Lake Champlain with her parents, 2 siblings and family dog. With summer days limited in Vermont, she would spend as much time as possible on the lake; swimming, water skiing, tubing and sailing with her Dad on their 17’ daysailer. Throughout Laura’s childhood she and her family would spend a week at the beach every summer and frequently traveled to the Caribbean during the cold Vermont winters.
While on college summer breaks, Laura worked various odd jobs before becoming a lifeguard and eventually the Waterfront Director at a Summer camp in the Lake Champlain Islands. Laura taught the campers swim lessons, kayaking and canoeing. It was here, she met her now husband, Wiley Sharp. While Wiley went off to South Africa to obtain his Captain’s License, Laura began her Master’s Program in Mental Health Counseling. Laura spent the next several years balancing her time between working on her Master’s Degree and traveling in the Caribbean with Wiley. Laura spent significant time in the Abacos, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and Grenada. It was during these years that she fell more in love with life at sea, learned about the cruiser’s lifestyle, sailing, crewed and bareboat charters. Laura and Wiley moved to Fort Lauderdale after their Caribbean adventures to be in the yachting capital of the world. While Wiley worked in the yachting brokerage field, Laura spent her time working with young adults struggling with substance-abuse and mental health issues. After a few years of providing in-home counseling for young adults, Laura and Wiley had the opportunity to return to the Caribbean and moved to St. Thomas, USVI. Here Laura worked as Operations Manager for one of the biggest and busiest day charter companies in St. Thomas. Hurricanes Irma & Maria chased them back to Florida where Laura has been focusing on retail charters. Laura is a certified charter broker, having completed her Charter Yacht Broker’s Association (CYBA) course and is currently an Associate Member of CYBA. She’s also a licensed and bonded yacht broker in the State of Florida. Her specialty is crewed catamaran charters in the Caribbean and her favorite Charter Yacht Shows are the fall shows in Tortola, BVI and St. Thomas, USVI. Laura attends every year to personally inspect the yachts, meet the crews and get the latest information on the cruising grounds. When Laura isn’t working she spends her time with her 2 dogs, chartering catamarans with her family and cruising up and down the Fort Lauderdale Intercoastal Waterway on her 20’ Chaparral powerboat.