COVID-19 Update

John Benchimol, Owner/CEO of Harborside Marina & Yacht Sales gives an important update on the status of yacht sales and service at Harborside Marina amidst the Corona Virus pandemic. To schedule a virtual appointment, or phone call, email John at john@harborside-marina.com or reach out to a member of our sales team at (860)-669-1705. We hope everyone stays safe & healthy!


“Good afternoon.  My name is John Benchimol and I am the owner of Harborside Marina and Yacht Sales.  I wanted to send a brief message to all of my current customers and any new customers I have not had the opportunity to meet yet.  As you are all aware, we are in uncertain times due to the Corona Virus. If we take a pause for a minute to understand that the leaders of our country are just trying to flatten the curve of the spread of this virus so our healthcare works can manage the serious cases with the best resources we have. This, like prior incidents, will pass and we just need to press the pause button for a little bit. At Harborside, we are following all public safety precautions while still operating. Our staff is healthy, and we are working on getting our customers boats ready for spring. Spring and Summer will come as usual and this is a story we will all tell our grandkids down the road. In the meantime, we are here for you.


Yes, the stock market is reacting to this mess, but it will rebound as it has for over 100 years. The silver lining is the lowest interest rates we have seen in decades. Harborside is dedicated to our business plan which we have followed for over 20 years, just with a slight twist. We will not be attending any boat shows or events for the next 60 days. This, to us, is a win-win because #1, we hate going to boat shows. And #2, most importantly, we do not have the expenses of these boat shows and can pass monies saved to our customers. We will be available to answer your questions, do virtual walk-throughs on any of our new or preowned boats, text, email, and talk on the phone. Our website is fully updated with pictures and details of all our stock. Last week, we were even able to do a virtual sea trial on a boat. If you would like to come in, we suggest you make an appointment and we will follow the new public safety precautions. If not, we can easily do business remotely.


Families will continue to boat and create memories that will last a lifetime.  We live in one of the top 5 places in the world to go boating, Long Island Sound. Quite honestly, boating is the perfect way to social distance yourself and I only wish it was a little warmer so this could happen now instead of people being confined to their homes. I think the take home message is that we need to appreciate the time we spend with our loved ones and live life to the fullest every day. Don’t wait for a dream in the future if you can make it a reality today. Please let us know how we can help in any way possible.


Finally, this year we are going to disinfect every single boat that leaves our property whether you pick up or we drop off. If you would like your boat a little early, please let us know and we will accommodate as best as possible.  Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions you may have. Thank you.”

-John Benchimol, Owner, Harborside Marina & Yacht Sales