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ABOUT US

About Atomic Tuna Yachts

Atomic Tuna Yachts was formed to "raise the bar” of yacht brokers in the Bay Area. We offer professional photography, videos, drone shots and 3d tours for all of our listings. And, we utilize the latest online marketing strategies to find the right buyers and sellers for our listings.

We work harder than any other brokerage, available seven days a week for our customers. Our team is made up of passionate yachtsman, with years of boating experience. We establish great relationships and work closely with buyers through the purchasing of their boat, provide excellent post-purchase service, and maintain great relationships with our customers for when they are ready to sell or upgrade their yacht in the future. Atomic Tuna has an extensive network of buyers and sellers and are ready to help navigate the yacht marketplace with you.

Contact Us

Wayne

Wayne Goldman
Chief Ahi

510-759-8481
wayne@atomictunayachts.com

Wayne has been around water his whole life and has sailed most of the waters of the world. He started out on his dad’s “huge” 21’ Chris Craft woodie cabin cruiser when he was still in diapers. He cried when his mom made his dad sell the boat to spend more time with the family. Once he had boating on his mind, he spent every chance he could on the lakes and rivers of upstate New York. Once he found the ocean when he went to college in New Hampshire, there was no turning back, buying and sailing boats wherever he went. He eventually ended up in California in a corporate job, but that did not stop him from buying his first cruising sailboat, a brand new Tayana 42’. During the next thirty years, Wayne would work a real job for a few years, then escape and go cruising for a few years.

Wayne has spent the last 20+ years in the marine industry, selling boating equipment to boat builders all over the world and doing international and local boat shows on the east and west coast. He has extensive experience with catamarans and has visited most of the catamaran factories around the world. For the past 5+ years, Wayne has focused his passion on helping other, like-minded boaters find the boat of their dream. With his vast knowledge of boats, and understanding what boaters are looking for, Wayne has been successfully finding the right boats for hundreds of boaters.

 


Geli Burgin

Geli Burgin
Yacht Sales Ahi

505-554-6221
geli@atomictunayachts.com

As a little kid, growing up in the land of 10,000 lakes, Geli always knew she would be happiest working outside. It's been 25 years since she moved out to California where her Mom and Step Dad first introduced her to sailing. While sailing with her parents, she jumped at the chance to introduce co-workers and friends to sailing on San Francisco Bay, as well as the boating lifestyle.

After 18 years in corporate America, Geli pursued her dream to become a captain and delivered boats up and down the coast for a few years before going back to the steady “eddy” office life where she served as Vice President in billion dollar companies and CFO in a fast growing start up.

Geli met Wayne just before he and her Mom delivered a boat from Cape Town, South Africa to Florida. Geli would call that time frame in her life, “peak envy”, which re-ignited her passion to buy a boat of her own, master it and live-aboard it. For the past four years she has lived her dream, living aboard 'Irene', her Grand Banks 42'.

Geli thoroughly enjoyed the boat purchasing experience so much that she wants to share that experience with others, ensuring that their boat buying/selling experience is a positive one. Geli’s vast background in finance, operations and boating will ensure you will have a positive and memorable experience with Atomic Tuna Yachts.

 


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Dave Wolfe
Yacht Sales Ahi

 

 


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David Wilhite
Yacht Sales Ahi

This Hiawatha, Kansas boy grew up drawing pictures of sailboats and came to realize Midwestern life was not for him. So, at first opportunity, he enlisted in the US Navy, became an electronics technician and fortunately pulled orders to Key West Florida. Once exposed to sailing, he didn’t take long to purchase his first sailboat, a J24 in 1977.

Upon discharge late in 1979, David moved himself and his boat to San Francisco and within a few months started work at Sailboats Sausalito; dealers for Islander, Hunter, Cal, Irwin and Watkins sailboats.

Over the next forty years, David has worked in almost every aspect of the marine industry. From rigging at Marine Service Center, to sail making at Pineapple, Doyle and North Sails, and boat building at Alsberg Boatworks. He’s also worked in retail/wholesale, consulted owners and crew alike and done deliveries all over the world. During the heyday of IOR, he worked as the assistant for measurer, Myron Spaulding. In 1994, while working as a sailing instructor, David earned his USCG Masters license. More recently David has worked as project manager of both racing and cruising yachts and, in 2018, earned his California Yacht Sales license.

To date, David, has operated over 500 different and distinct designs of sail or power craft and logged tens of thousands of miles. More importantly he’s skilled at keeping boats in a high state of readiness.

David has also delivered sail and motor yachts serving as engineer, first mate and captain in both the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans and has transited the Panama Canal seven times.
David’s racing resume includes one design and PHRF championships, Big Boat Series wins, Midget Ocean Racing and Bay Area Multihull Association awards. Over the past ten years his focus has been on multihulls.

Not solely a racer, David’s resume includes cruising the West Coast from Ketchikan to Panama City and much of the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and Polynesia.

Currently David serves on the Bay Area Multihull Association Board of Directors and is Race Chair for the Doublehanded Farallones Race. David and his wife Amy, currently dry-sail their F-27 WINGIT out of Sausalito and enjoy sailing with their two daughters every chance they can get.

David’s experience helps his clients find and purchase the right boat.


Michelle

 

Michelle Leonard
Yacht Sales Ahi

510-646-1091
michelle@atomictunayachts.com

Michelle learned to sail by taking Sailing 101 in college for a PE credit. After graduation the choice was: Buy a new car or buy a boat. She bought a used boat and a used car. Since then she has owned 3 different boats as a single-handed sailor and multiple boats with her husband, who she met when he was her ride to a regatta in Mexico. Michelle has competed in National and World Championship races but now prefers the camaraderie of “beer can” races. 

Fast forward many years working in supply chain logistics to support her boating habit and Michelle was able to buy her own dream boat: a Tartan 3400. Her passion for sailing then led her to pursue a USCG Captain’s license. After helping several friends find the right boat she was encouraged to try yacht sales as a way to share her love of boating

 


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Lisa Chapin
Yacht Sales Ahi

415-869-2861
lisa@atomictunayachts.com

Captain Lisa is a lifelong sailor. She has safely navigated from a childhood of sailing a Sunfish with her father and the family dog and a  beach catamaran on Delray Beach to cruising halfway around the world on four different sailboats.  

For the past 12 years, she has been working in the marine industry helping people in all aspects of boating.  She holds a bachelor’s in economics, a 50-ton master's license, and is a certified instructor for the American Sailing Association.  

Captain Lisa is the owner of SailTime San Francisco a membership-based sailing program. With SailTime, Lisa creates the perfect solution for new sailors to learn what they are looking for in their first boat. 

Her passion for the marine industry involves helping people in achieving their goals to get out on the water safely and confidently. She is happiest on the water whether it is sailing, anchored out for a happy hour, or paddleboarding in her back yard.  

For the past six years, she and her husband have restored and now live aboard their 58-foot classic motor yacht on San Francisco Bay.

 


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John Longwell
Yacht Sales Ahi


John has been involved in boating since his childhood, enjoying sailing and power boating on Cape Cod Bay with his father and sisters. After graduating from college with a Mechanical Engineering degree he resumed his boating passion by fixing up an old Tri-Hull outboard power boat and fishing and exploring the Louisiana Coastal area while he was working offshore on drilling rigs. His transfer to the Rocky Mountains enabled him to enjoy fresh water lake boating, owning several different power boats.

Most recently he has enjoyed buying, upgrading and selling several larger motor yachts and boating in the bays and offshore Southern California up to the San Francisco area. He has brought his passion for boating and his mechanical knowledge to use as a salesman for Atomic Tuna Yachts in the Bay area. John is always available to help you find the perfect boat. 

 


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Peter Benziger
Yacht Sales Ahi

Peter Benziger is the newest addition to our team of expert yachting professionals.  He and his wife, Margie, recently completed an eight-year circumnavigation of the world aboard their Tayana 47, Peregrina, covering 42,000 miles and visiting 44 countries. The couple had dreamed of circumnavigating since they married 41 years ago.

Peter worked in boatyards and marinas on the East Coast growing up.   He had a successful career with several Fortune 500 international corporations and owned his own marketing company for many years. His understanding of business and financial planning helped him prepare and fund their cruising lifestyle.

Peter was an avid J-24sailboat racer for many years. He holds a current 100-Ton US Coast Guard Captains license. He is fluent in Spanish. He can help you find the right boat whether your dream is to leisurely explore the local cruising grounds, race competitively or voyage to distant shores.

While Peter is the licensed salesman, Margie and Peter operate as a team. Margie will be able to provide insight into what helps women enjoy the boating life and what women look for in a motor vessel or sailing yacht. They both agree that the hardest part of going cruising is leaving the dock. They can help you understand how to cast off the dock lines and follow your dreams.

 


Dan

 

Dan Hill
Yacht Sales Ahi

Dan began his boating lifestyle In Santa Cruz about 25 years ago. Born In Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Dan moved to California after college and stumbled upon a job at the famous Santa Cruz Yachts where the Santa Cruz 52 was in production. He worked his way up from a carpenter to the commissioning agent and was hooked on the sailing lifestyle. He managed the owners SC 52 “Elixir” for a while and got the opportunity to sail in some cool races up and down the California Coast.

About 8 years ago Dan moved to the Bay Area and started working at a few boat yards until falling upon some one doing a survey. He got to talking to the Salesperson and decided he wanted to give it a try. He has worked for both the Catalina and Beneteau dealers in the area.

In his spare time Dan likes to sail his little 14’ Vagabond with his wife Marianne. He and Marianne also managed a 35’ Beneteau that they would charter on the Bay. Being on and around the water is something that the two of them love. He is looking forward to working with the Atomic Tuna Crew!