Our Team

Paul and Patricia Bennett positioned Bennett Brothers Yachts strategically on the east coast of the United States allowing owners and captains to easily stop for service, repair, refit, and dockage. Access to Wilmington’s wide array of rich history, beautiful beaches, mild climate, and plethora of experiences that make it one of North Carolina’s fastest growing cities, add to the allure of the coastal North Carolina location.

After a courageous eight year battle with cancer, Paul passed away in 2007 when his wife, Patricia, took over leading Bennett Brothers Yachts employees and operations.

A quality product was a non-negotiable for both Paul and Patricia which resonated with the crew they formed and continues to, where the skilled tradesmen and women at Bennett Brothers Yachts take tremendous pride in their quality of work.

Paul and Patricia’s history of boat building, importing, and brokering,
all shaped the current philosophy the ownership

Current departments and capabilities include, haulout and mobile service, paint and fiberglass, engines and systems, electronics, carpentry, and hardware and rigging.

Paul and Patricia’s history of boat building, importing, and brokering, all shaped the current philosophy the ownership and management team at Bennett Brothers Yachts takes, with a deep understanding of the impact quality service has on a customer’s experience, achieving ABBRA’s Excellence in Customer Care in 2015.  Patricia continues to lead the boatyard as President while second oldest son, Connor, now serves as Vice President. Brendan, the youngest son joins the team on the yard ground learning the business from the technician’s perspective, as Connor also did. Growing up with custom Bennett sailboats(Bennett46 and 48, Stevens 40, 42, 47, and 50) and sportfishing boats(Bennett47) under construction, Connor, Brendan and the experienced management team at Bennett Brothers Yachts all understand the effort it takes to appropriately, efficiently, and accurately accomplish your yacht project, offering you the greatest value in your repairs. Arrive with confidence, Bennett Brothers Yachts service team has your interests in sharp focus where Best is Our Standard.  On site concierge is available during business hours, Wilmington International Airport(ILM)and a FBO for private aircraft are located five minutes away, with towncar service, car rental, taxi service, Uber and Lyft available. Our expertise for your next project creates an unparalleled yacht service experience, contact us today for details.

Leadership Team

Patricia Bennett

President

Patricia and her late husband, Paul, established Bennett Brothers Yachts in 1986, brokering and building custom sailing and power boats to the acclaim of industry experts. A shift from custom building to service, repair, and refit involved the creation of the Cape Fear River boatyard location as it stands today. Patricia enjoys gardening, distance running and spending time with her rescued dogs and adult children. Paul and Patricia’s four children are Paul Jr., Connor, Brendan and Maggie. Patricia dedicates her time outside of work to the Big Buddy program, WILMA leadership program, and the Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. Patricia’s best day would be spent outdoors with her family on Bald Head Island, North Carolina or on Keuka Lake in upstate New York where extended family reside.

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Connor Bennett

Vice President & Project Manager

Connor, son of Paul and Patricia, has been involved with the boatyard since a young age. Connor joined the team full time after graduating from UNCW’s Cameron School of Business in 2012 and now leads as Vice President and Project Manager. Connor’s interests and activities include pulling for the Carolina Panthers football team, working out and playing competitive men’s lacrosse, enjoying local live music and of course, fishing and boating on his offshore center console. Connor serves on the UNCW Alumni Association Board of Directors. Connor’s best day would include surfing and fishing in the Mentawai Islands off the western coast of Sumatra in Indonesia.

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Dustin Frye

Dustin Frye

Operations & Project Manager

Jim McCarley

Jim McCarley

Service Manager & Project Manager

Janice Chance

Janice Chance

Accounting

Rolf Gronneberg

Rolf Gronneberg

Purchasing Manager

Brendan Bennett

Brendan Bennett

Next Generation

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