Mason Staring / Newport Beach Yacht Brokerage Consultant

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  • home town Pittsburgh, PA.
  • first boat Hobie 14
  • First job Lifeguard
  • favorite boat music Sarah Brightman
  • Favorite boat show Palm Beach


Mason was born in Chicago yet raised in western Pennsylvania. That is where he grew interested in boating, as his father had an Owens and a Chris-Craft that he frequented on weekends. His family also had a waterfront summer home in Lighthouse Point, Florida, where he learned to sail on sabots.

After high school, he went west to Salt Lake City, Utah, to attend the university there and did his sailing on the mountain lakes onboard Hobie 14s and 16s. His studies were in physical education, so he was very active in sports. Mason played on the Lacrosse Club at the university and frequented the mountains for skiing, especially Snowbird, where he also took a seasonal position. In addition, he was very active in golf.

After college, he went into real estate for five years until he discovered Newport Beach, California on a weekend getaway. It was that weekend that he decided to move into the yacht brokerage business. Upon moving down to SoCal in the late '80s, he started working with a brokerage company that dealt mostly with new sailing yachts, thus his affinity for racing began.

For the first part of his career, sail and power brokerage was his focal point. Then in 2000, he moved over to Ardell. While at Ardell, he learned more about the charter side of the business along with the superyachts.

During those years, he frequently traveled internationally and visited many of the superyacht yards. While there, he also developed an interest in travel photography.

Through all these years, Mason has developed a wide knowledge of the yacht industry, especially the marketing side of motoryachts, sailing yachts and charter yachts.

Now at Denison, Mason places the highest value on service to his clients: honesty, sincerity, integrity and continuous follow-up are his keys to providing a quality experience to his clients.

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