The Multihull Company Opens New Office in Virginia

Story by TMC Editor / January 18, 2023

We are thrilled to announce that Alan Prater has joined The Multihull Company team as a Yacht Broker in Virginia covering the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. With a lifelong passion for the water and a career spent in the US Navy and as a maritime training professional, Alan brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our team.

Alan grew up in Arkansas and always had a love for being on the water. As a young child, he spent his time on the lakes kneeboarding, wakeboarding, and playing sports. After joining the United States Navy at the age of 18, Alan spent the next 22 years driving or assigned to various sized vessels of both power and sail. It was during this time that he found his love for being in the elements and on the water.

After retiring, Alan made a full-time career out of his passion and started his own maritime training company, Maritime Support and Services LLC. He spent most of his time creating and conducting maritime training courses for the government, commercial, and private sectors, ensuring that the next generation of mariners understands what it takes to be on the water safely. He currently holds credentials as a Master of 200T vessels Upon Oceans for the USCG, an IYT Master of Yachts 200T Unlimited, and an IYT Instructor/Examiner.

Alan is an experienced sailor and loves sailing up and down the East Coast of the United States and the southern California shores. He is also an active member of the Little Creek Sailing Association and loves racing in the summer months. Alan currently resides in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia where he loves spending his time with his three sons, surfing, and playing pickleball.

We are excited to have Alan on board and to open our new office in Virginia with him. With his experience and passion for the industry, we are confident that he will be a valuable asset to our team and serving team clients in the purchase or sale of their catamarans in Virginia. Welcome aboard, Alan!


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