Capt. Keith Graffagnino
(Representing Long Island and NY)
Boating has been a part of my life from an early age. Whether it was together as a family or fishing in the canyons with my Dad and my brother Kevin, we made great memories together.
When raising our family, My wife Danielle and I wanted to impart the same experiences I had growing up with my Daughters, Alexa, Olivia, and Ava, and boating became a way of life for us!! We started with a 27 ft Rinker and soon after grew into a 33ft Rinker. Weekends at the beach and endless cruising to different destinations made me realize that my passion for boating was taking me in directions I never imagined and now I am going to be part of selling boats and will be going for my Capt's license to do lessons and transports. The experiences I have had on the water motivate me to expand into what I have wanted to do my whole life, be on the water always. Boating has a special place in my heart and I look forward to helping you sell or buy your next boat so you can create the same traditions with your family. I want to help you do what we at Yacht Finders do best -- put the fun back in boating!!
Capt. Keith Graffagnino 631-358-8154
Capt Buddy Benton
(Representing the NJ Shore)
As a young boy growing up in the Bronx about 10 years old I knew boating would be a part of my life as I was scraping barnacles off of my grandfather's wooden Chris Craft cabin cruiser. I was always around boats with friends and family as the years went on.
About 24 years ago I started my business as a financial advisor and it was stressful. I was newly married to my wife Monica and we had our first child Nicholas at the time and one day we rented a little boat with a 20HP outboard motor. My wife said, “I never saw you so relaxed”. It was then we realized we need a boat for the family. During the past 15 years, we owned 3 brand new Formula boats, a 280SS, 34PC, 40PC, and now a 50ft flybridge boat. I am now the “go-to” guy with friends and family for anyone that needs a boat. As a licensed master captain I run up and down the east coast helping clients move their boats to different locations. I would also work tirelessly to help you along with my partners, Kevin and Bruce to help you sell your boat and/or find the perfect boat.
Capt Buddy Benton: 732-715-7788
(Representing Long Island)
My first career in boating and fishing started at 15 when I was hired by a neighbor at Schatz Brother's marina in Brooklyn where my dad kept the family 36’ Marblehead. I ran the Crystal Queen Sportfisherman for the owner who had admired the way I handled my dad’s boat. The family boat sold years later, then I bought my own 29’ Egg Harbor. I went to work for my family’s food brokerage business after graduating from Lehigh University where my fraternity brothers gave him the nickname “Fishy” because of my love of the sport. After marriage and two kids, I graduated to a family cruiser, a 37’ Egg Harbor FB Sedan. Well, you can’t fish seriously on that, so it led to a brand new 35 Bertram SF. With the right boat, I was ready to FISH! I have fished and placed in many of Long Island's biggest tournaments, but the best of all was fishing the Hemingway Invitational Marlin tournament in Barlovento Cuba, and coming in third among 42 “hot shot” pros from all parts of the world. In 1992, after retiring from the food business, I was asked to join Montauk Marine Yacht Basin sales by the late Carl Darrenberg. This was the start of the perfect 2nd act - combining my professional background with my love of boats and fishing. After two years, with the help of my wife Kathy, I opened my own office as Babylon Boat & Yacht Sales. Over the years, my path crossed with Bruce Parker. We traded leads and had a great working relationship. So when I heard Bruce had started a brokerage business with Kevin it seemed natural to join their team at Yacht Finders. And as they say, “the rest is history”. My years of experience in brokerage, and love of fishing and cruising make me the perfect person to help match buyers and sellers!
Spencer Fuchs 631-661-9401
(Representing Long Island)
Growing up on Long Island as an avid fisherman I was always drawn to the water. As an owner of my own business I spent a lot of my spare time on the water fishing offshore and around the Long Island Bays. Knowing Kevin growing up, we fished together often and we both became part of a fishing team together. My passion for selling boats became more apparent as I owned my own boats and I was looking for something enjoyable to do later in life. That is when I decided to join Yacht Finders. I want to take my passion for boats and make it something I can help others with who are in the process of buying and/or selling a boat. I enjoy meeting new people and seeing an endless inventory of many different makes and models of boats. I knew I would love the boat business and I am looking forward to "Matching Buyers and Sellers" for many years to come.
Jim Passela 631-335-8936
Social Media & Marketing
Growing up on Long Island, I basically spent all my summers on the boat and at the beach. After graduating from St. John the Baptist High School, I attended Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee where I pursued a B.B.A in Marketing. After working in the social media space for multiple local Nashville businesses during my undergrad, I knew I had a passion to help small businesses grow their social media presence and create quality content. I love working alongside my dad and Bruce, and the rest of the Yacht Finders Team. I currently reside in Nashville and in addition to running the Yacht Finders socials, I also work as a Social Media Specialist at a digital marketing agency.