Not long ago, few people outside the yacht and recreational powerboat industry had ever heard of Peters & May.
That’s because what the company does—providing yacht transportation services worldwide—isn’t particularly sexy. After all, when you see a stunning yacht or high-performance boat in some far-flung port, the last question you ask is “How did it get there?” Instead you look at the vessel and think, “How do I get invited aboard?”
In addition to sponsoring 14 race teams, Peters & May field their own Unlimited hydroplane.
As the widely acknowledged global leaders in yacht transportation, Peters & May, headquartered in Eastleigh, England, handle the logistics of getting aquatic things—often big, unwieldy multi-ton aquatic things—anywhere in the world. The company has offices in Asia, Australia, France, Germany, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.
And thanks to its acquisition last year of a United States agent, Peters & May now handle the logistics and shipping needs for approximately 80 percent of that country’s overseas shipping of new powerboats. That means that if a U.S.-built boat—from a wakeboarding model to a go-fast hot rod—ends up overseas, Peters & May probably had a large hand in getting it there.
Behind this worldwide vessel transportation giant is a funny, 33-year-old, self-described “boat racing guy” named David Holley. So serious a race fan is Holley, that under his leadership Peters & May have become the official transportation service provider for the Qatar Union Internationale Motonautique Class 1 offshore racing team.