Erik has been involved in the marine industry for over a decade. He started his brokerage career with Martin Bird & Associates in Annapolis in 2014. Prior to that he was a successful Store Manager with West Marine, winning many top accolades including multiple District Store of the Year awards. Erik was born in New York where he learned to sail at a young age on the Hudson River. In the mid-1990's his family moved to Annapolis, where his fondness of the Chesapeake grew by being involved in sailboat racing, fishing, and other water related activities.
To further is career as a yacht broker Erik attended continuing education training and was granted certification as a Certified Professional Yacht Broker in 2017. His drive to ensure his clients needs are met is paramount. Erik believes that his job is never done with any client, and that the personal assistance he provides clients, some years after they make their purchase, is what sets him apart from other brokers in the industry. Erik is known to be very personable and easily explains different vessels and their systems, making it a pleasant experience for both buyers and sellers as they not only get to know their boat better, but understand how to remedy issues along the way. He has a wide breath of yacht sales experience, from blue water yachts to center console fishing boats, picnic boats, sport fishers, racing sailboats, trawlers and motor yachts.
When Erik is not showing boats you can find him on the Bay on his Scout center console or being involved in the sailboat races out of Annapolis and around the East Coast.
Annapolis, MD based broker
Florida LicensedView Broker (Erik Haaland)
Merdeka is a 1999 Celestial 50 Pilothouse, cutter rig, designed by Bryce Fuhriman. Celestial yachts are well known for their stout off-shore minded construction. Above decks is a nicely placed center cockpit with a commanding view in all directions. The high cockpit bulwarks lend to a dry and safe position to take the helm. High lifelines and roomy side-decks allow easy movement forward and aft. There is ample storage in the aft lazarettes and in the forward lockers.
Below deck entry is gained from the cockpit or the starboard pilothouse door. The raised salon with large picture windows allows for uncompromising views as the world goes by. The interior helm is nicely positioned and has great visibility, something that many pilothouse yachts lack. Lovely quality of rich woods adorn the interior.
Forward of the salon is the galley to port and four person dinette to starboard. The galley is spacious and arranged perfectly for all your gourmet cooking needs. Continuing forward is the day/guest head and forward guest V-berth.
Going aft, down the stairs from the salon, is the aft cabin. This cabin is quite large and includes tons of storage space. The attached head includes a soaking tub.
Mechanical access is easy due to the large hatches in the salon deck. Gear is easy to service and there is extra storage there as well. A true offshore boat, she is equipped with a sea-chest with twin redundant inlets. This limits the amount of below waterline penetrations to only a few.
Merdeka has travelled near and far. She has been in Northern Europe, several Trans-Atlantic's, and throughout the US East Coast. She is well poised and priced to continue her journeys. You will not find a better deal for a yacht with the breadth of gear and space that Merdeka offers. Contact the central listing agent today to schedule your private showing.