K10 Porttrait-Raw

Tom Leiper

Tom Leiper has been an entrepreneur, inventor, and pioneering sales master with over forty years of experience primarily in the medical imaging and informatics industry. Even before driving age he apprenticed building and blueprinting high-performance race engines and drive trains, foundational knowledge and experience that served him well years later as a pilot and boat owner.

Awarded eight patents, including a patent for the Sherlock® Marine Surveyor Percussion Sounding Hammer, and having been involved in many interesting technical fields over the years there is little he does not understand about how things work.

More importantly, having closed over 200 deals in the past six years he knows what to do when things do not work, whether those be difficulties with a vessel, a deal, or those involved in the deal.

In short, Tom is a problem solver, and as one whose success has been marked by exquisitely satisfying the needs of his customers, Tom has brought his experience and innovative skill set to this avocation, helping boaters become better boaters with better boats, with the same dedication as he has with every other endeavor, the most common feedback among his many clients and associates being that he is “Unlike any other boat broker they have ever known.”


Bob Strayer

Growing up on Long Island’s South Shore, Bob developed a passion for boats and the boating lifestyle. He and his family enjoy cruising the Great South Bay and spending weekends in Fire Island marinas on their Formula 40PC.

Originally, as a Knot 10 customer, Bob experienced both the buying and selling processes through the eyes of the client. He was very impressed with our team and how smoothly everything went which is part of the reason he chose to work for Knot 10.

Bob is a detail-oriented mechanical engineer with 30 years of experience in sales, high-level customer service, and business management.

With his background, strong communication, negotiating skills, and determination, Bob can help you find the right boat, or the right buyer while providing an enjoyable customer experience.


Steve Baldyga

Steve has been navigating the waters of the Long Island Sound for the past 18 years. With his extensive background in managing commercial electrical work along with his love of the water, he brings his experience and attention to detail into the brokerage world. When not actively working for his buyers/sellers, you can find Steve along with his wife Andrea, cruising on their Formula 40PC. If you’re looking to list your current boat or are in the market for the next one…let Steve help you make it a seamless and enjoyable experience!


Neal Young

Growing up on Lake Norman in North Carolina, my passion for boats started at a young age. I have owned and operated many watercraft’s over the years ranging from PWC’s to larger express cruisers. Currently, I own a 30’ Cruiser purchased from Knot 10 as well as several PWC’s. In my spare time, you will find me on the waters of Lake Norman or cruising the Intracoastal Waterway of North and South Carolina on my Sea-Doo. I take great pride in being able to understand the wants and needs of every customer. A boat purchase or sale should be enjoyable. And I strive to ensure that is the case.


Art Golden

Growing up in Southern California and spent his early years on his father’s 32 Grand Banks learning all about boating. Later, he spent time in Vietnam on PAC-V Air Cushion Vehicles and Riverboats, utilizing his boating knowledge to train the South Vietnamese Navy.
After moving to the East Coast in early ‘83, he renewed his passion for boats purchasing his first of four boats, (a 26 Wellcraft- a 330 Sundancer – a 36 Carver MY and ending with a 36 Catalina sloop) where he has cruised the Chesapeake Bay over a forty-year span and held a Six-Pack Captains license.He ended his publishing career as the Publisher/General Manager for three boating/marine industry publications and was on the Board of The Marine Trades Association of Maryland.
Art now resides on the East Coast of South Florida with his wife of 52 years and will cover the area from Vero Beach south to Stuart. While he has been away from boating since 2016, he has never lost his passion for boating and the marine industry and looks forward to working on the Knot10 team.
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Wayne Smith

Wayne was born and raised on New York’s Long Island where his love affair with boats began.  He was given his first boat at age 5; since then, he has never been without one.   Wayne had a successful career in book publishing, working for a number of well-known companies in senior management positions and as a CEO.  Seven years ago, Wayne moved to North Carolina, where he embarked on a second career as a yacht broker.  He enjoys getting to know his clients, many of whom remain in contact with him.   Wayne is a member of the Marine Trawler Owners Association (MTOA) as well as the American Great Loop Cruisers Association (AGLCA).

When he can, Wayne enjoys getting out on his own boat – a 31’ Camano Troll – and spending time with his family.  Wayne is married, with two daughters and a granddaughter.  Wayne has helped clients all over North Carolina but has also brokered successful transactions as far north as Rhode Island and as far south as Florida.  Wayne really enjoys helping clients make their dreams come true – call him anytime!


Russell Thatcher

Growing up on Long Island, NY, I was surrounded by water and boating from a very young age. My summers were spent fishing, clamming, and boating on the Great South Bay. I purchased my first boat at just 16 years old and I haven’t looked back since. I now spend my summers boating with my own family on and around Fire Island.
From boating to scuba diving and getting my Captain’s license, the water has always been a huge part of my life. I’m looking forward to sharing my passion for boating with my clients. Whether you’re in the market for a new boat or looking to sell a boat you already have, I’m here to help with all your boating needs.