Our Team

Larry Troyano - President

Larry grew up with a love for anything nautical. Spending his weekends and days off on the water, mostly exploring the Hudson River and long island sound on the family trawler. Since then he has owned numerous boats including power and sail, and his latest boat was “William O Bensen”, one of the oldest wooden vessels on the Hudson River, which he donated to a local museum after restoring the beautiful woodwork. After 20 years of being in the catering business, Larry decided to change things up and joined Great Hudson in the summer of 1996 as a yacht broker. Three years later he was promoted to Sales Manager and earned many Beneteau sales awards along the way, including the prestigious Top Gun Award numerous times. In 2006 he purchased the dealership from Myles Gordon.

Larry has been instrumental in establishing our second sales office in Jersey City, NJ. Through his efforts, Great Hudson Sailing Center was certified as a “Platinum Dealership” in 2008. 

Andew Troyano - General Manager

Andrew got started at a young age getting his first job as a dock attendant at Haverstraw Marina at the age of 14. After a few years of working as dock attendant, lifeguard, and the fuel dock, he began to show interest in Great Hudson and the Beneteau brand. Once he turned 18, Miles Gordon hired him in his service department for basic tasks like washing, waxing, sanding, cleaning etc... While attending college he returned during breaks and the summers to further assist with the commissioning process. Along the way he began to assist with more rigging and mechanical services, and after college decided to stay on full time. He recently sold his O’day 28 which he salvaged from the weeds of the west yard, and is always keeping an eye out for his next project.

While Andrew is still active in the commissioning process he can also be found in the office these days assisting with the business side of things. If he can’t be found at his desk, he is either crawling through a cockpit locker with a wrench, climbing a mast to make some adjustments, or out delivering boats with our captains. 

Jim Villone - Yacht Sales

Jim grew up near the Chesapeake Bay and learned to sail at summer camp on a Sunfish. He cruised with family on a small sailboat on the Bay, and later sailed 420's in high school. After graduating from NYU film school, Jim and a couple of friends purchased an aging 26' Westerly Centaur and headed South. Miraculously they did eventually make it to Venezuela and then continued on across the Carribean, through the Panama Canal and into the Pacific, north to San Diego. Jim did finally begin that long belated career. He worked for a decade as a film and tv editor in New York City, but continued sailing with his wife Kate, on their 30' Pearson Wanderer and later their 42' Pearson 424 which they also lived aboard in New York Harbor.

In 2002 he joined the team at Great Hudson Sailing Center. Jim choose to partner with Great Hudson for their low pressure client-focused approach to sales, which was a good match to his personality, and Great Hudson's excellent reputation and long standing association with the Beneteau brand as one of the oldest Beneteau dealers in the US. Since then, Jim has earned his Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBBA) Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB) and Beneteau Certified Sales Professional qualifications and has repeatedly received Beneteau's prestigious "Top Gun" honors for sales. Jim and his wife Kate do their sailing closer to home with their two sons, Louis and Henry, onboard their Beneteau 343. Jim is still passionate about sailing and continues to enjoy meeting people who share that passion.

Frank Bastone - Yacht Sales

Frank has been an avid sailor and racer for over 30 years, with his ASA 104 certification for Chartering.  A Beneteau owner before becoming a Yacht Broker, he has sailed and raced extensively on the Long Island Sound, Raritan Bay and Hudson River, in addition to the East coast and the Chesapeake Bay.  You do not have to ask Frank twice to go on a sailing voyage. In addition to sailing locally, he has sailed and skippered vessels internationally in the French Rivera, the English Channel, the Mexican Baja, the Hebrides Islands (Scotland), British Columbia, Great Lakes and numerous locations in the Caribbean, such as Bimini, BVI’s, Guadeloupe, Belize, St. Marteen, St. Bart's, St. Lucia, St. Vincent's, Grenadine Islands and Thailand.

Frank is currently a member of the Raritan Yacht Club, where he cruises his Beneteau 351 “Shaveek” and also races on “Opus” a Beneteau 36.7.  He is also a member of the LaTrappe Creek Historical and Ecological Society, International, a worldwide sailing and charter club.

Bill DeWitt - Services

Sailboat Rigger/Electronics Installer/Troubleshooter: Bill has been boating all his life, building his first boat, a kayak made of canvas over a fir strip frame when he was 12 years old. He has worked with electronics, starting with maintaining long-range weather radar installations for the U.S. Airforce in Texas/Germany/Maine for 4.5years. He was a Main Frame Computer engineer for IBM Corp. in Poughkeepsie/Germany/Kingston for 30 years. He managed 5 Charter Sailboats and gave Bare Boat Sailing instruction for Eaton Yachts in Essex Ct.

He started with Great Hudson Sailing Center in Kingston NY as a Sailing Instructor for the Sailing School. He switched to boat rigging and installing marine electronics in Kingston and then Haverstraw and has been with Great Hudson 15+ years. He was a licensed CG Captain for 15 years and has a NMEA Marine Electronics Installer Certificate and a Raymarine Service/Installer Certificate.

Tom Seybold - Services

Tom Seybold, U.S.C.G. Captain 100 ton master, is just about the most seasoned sailor out there, having spent decades in the marine industry he has just about done it all. After serving in the Army as a helicopter pilot during Vietnam, he quickly became obsessed with exploring the high seas on anything that floats. Since his younger years of living in the Caribbean “island hopping” on his sailboat, Tom has worked on both commercial and recreational vessels. He has done so much within the industry it’s hard to even know where to start. 

Some of the various positions he has had through his decades in the industry include yacht deliveries, bank repossessions, yacht surveys, training, and refits. He has trained many of our customers that now sail locally and also all around the globe. When he is not commissioning Beneteau sailboats or training our customers, he is out teaching flying lessons on fixed wing aircraft at the local airport.

Nancy DeVries

For the last 9 years Nancy has taught new Beneteau owners and Basic Sailing classes for Great Hudson. She has a USCG Master 100 ton license, and is also a nationally certified Emergency Medical Technician. During the last 25 years she has owned four sailboats which she has cruised and raced extensively in waters between New York City and Nantucket. She has more than 40,000 blue water miles including offshore racing to Bermuda, Cuba, and Mexico.

Nancy has sailed three trans-atlantics, the coasts of Sweden and Norway, the Mediterranean, and Australia. From 2000-2004 she was a part-time coach for NY Maritime College offshore sailing team.

Tom Steffons

Tom has instructor certifications from the American Sailing Association In Basic Keelboat Sailing, and advanced certifications in Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Chartering and Coastal Navigation as well as a Coast Guard Captain’s License. He particularly enjoys teaching Basic Keelboat sailing as the foundation fundamentals of sailing constitute this course. Also, Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Chartering in the beautiful British Virgin Islands where he not only teaches the technical aspects of sailing but also appreciation of the beauty of sailing and nature.

Tom has literally sailed the Seven Seas. The deep blue waters of the South Pacific sailing past Diamond Head into Honolulu. In the Mediterranean sailing around Cap d'Antibes into Cannes, St. Tropez and Monaco. The Caribbean's beautiful Virgin Islands and the Grenadines. The Atlantic Ocean sailing from Newport to Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket and Block Island.

He has even sailed through 0 Gravity during a research stint at NASA. Listen to him tell you about all the worlds that sailing opens to you.

Peter Kane

Peter Is an experienced boater with over forty years on the waters of the Hudson River, Long Island Sound, offshore and the Virgin Islands.

He is a retired college professor and owner of Osprey Marine Ltd. Peter holds a 100 Ton MMC for both power and sail vessels, has taught boating safety classes for New York State and instructed boaters in small vessel handling. His new sailing vessel, Osprey, is a 40' Beneteau offering all the amenities for his customers and will be operating in conjunction with Great Hudson Sailing Center as a sailing charter and more.

Bill Sneddon

"Fair tides and always the wind at your back!" Captain William Sneddon first learned to sail on a neighbor's Sunfish on Lake Erie. The first boat of his own was a trailer-sailor San Juan '21, "Grande Pause", sailing the shifting winds of the lakes in Tennessee. He moved to his current Pearson 28 "Wind Dream", after moving to New York City.

Bill qualified for his USCG Captain's License in 1991 and became an American Sailing Association certified instructor in 1997 through the Bare Boat Chartering & Coastal Navigation levels. In addition to teaching ASA sailing lessons & running charters for Great Hudson Sailing Center, he has skippered or crewed for boat deliveries along the Atlantic coast from Woods Hole to Travis McGee's slip in Ft. Lauderdale. Bill enjoys sailing the Hudson River, New York Harbor, and Long Island Sound with his first mate, Margaret

Erol Bayar

Erol has been an avid sailor since childhood. As a teen he learned from Captain Jean Lacombe on Long Island Sound who was among the first to enter in the single handed trans-Atlantic race on his 24’ cruiser, along with Francis Chichester in 1960, and Eric Tabarly in 1964.

Erol has sailed on oceans from the Aegean, North Sea, Bay of Biscay, to Maine’s beautiful Down East coast and has logged over 20,000 nautical miles. He holds a US Coast Guard Master's Captain License with Sailing endorsement. When not sailing Erol runs a CAD/CAM software consulting business in Vermont.