About Performance Cruising Yachts
Performance Cruising Yachts has grown to become one of the largest and most respected retailer of new luxury yachts in Australia
Our history in the sailing business
Established in 1995 by Olympic Yachtsman Matt Hayes, we are one of the oldest sailing businesses in Australia. We have been importing to Australia premium brands such as Hunter Yachts and Silverton Motor Cruises from the USA, garnering great success and many awards. Since 2013, we became Australia’s exclusive importer for Elan Yachts, and since 2015, exclusive Australian importers of Dufour Yachts from France.
We have imported hundreds of yachts. And we have delivered them to all states of Australia, as well as importing into New Zealand, Fiji, the USA and Europe. Combined with our commercial sailing operation, Sydney By Sail, we have provided the wonderful experience of sailing to over 100,000 people from all over the world since the inception of our business.
Who we are
We are not just any company that sells yachts. Rather we are a one stop shop for sailing, and one of the most diversified sailing businesses in Australia. Through our two brands we offer small to large yachts for cruising, fast cruising, live aboard cruising and racing. We provide technical advice on all aspects of sailing from raw beginners to the upper echelons of racing. Through our recognised Yacht Training Academy, we train to all levels, ranging from absolute beginner to the levels of internationally recognised bareboat skipper. We offer not only new yachts for purchase, but also yacht share and yacht charter investment. We arrange yacht deliveries, and catering for yachts from our base at Sydney’s Darling Harbour as well as temporary berthing right in the heart of Sydney.
When dealing with PCY you will not experience heavy handed fast talking salesman, rather dedicated seasoned enthusiasts who love talking about our product range and what we can do. We pride ourselves on our service, attention to detail and enduring relationships with our customers.
Sailing has been Matt’s passion since he was a boy, taking to the waters of Sydney Harbour with his father and uncle. Matt went on to win many state and national championships, and represented Australia in many world championships with many podium finishes, as well as Admirals Cups and Kenwood Cups. The pinnacle of his competitive career was in 1996, when Matt represented Australia in the Soling Class at the Atlanta Olympic Games, held in Savannah, Georgia. Matt has competed in many Sydney to Hobart Yacht Races – the first at just 18 years of age as helmsman on board Police Car – and 10 as principle helmsman of Ragamuffin IOR, IRC and TP 52 again with many podium finishes.
From Manly Juniors to Cherubs, to 16 foot skiffs and 100 ft super maxis, Matt is renowned for his helming ability and his ability to read the waves and the wind. He also knows how to teach other people to sail, starting his first sailing school at 17 years of age.
His passion is to share his love of wind and ocean – to introduce new people to the joys of sailing. He wishes to pass on his knowledge to maximise performance and enjoyment during the customer experience.
Ed has over 20 years experience within the marine industry and brings a massive wealth of knowledge and expertise to all areas of the business. He supervises the entire purchase process from the initial enquiry, build specification, shipping, commissioning to hand over and after sales. He has a hawk eye for detail when it comes to fit, finish and final delivery to the customer. Ed is passionate about sailing and the yachts that we sell and it shows. Growing up on the east coast of England, he was sailing competitively from early age and continued to do so whilst studying at Sheffield Hallam University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree, he also became a sailing instructor and commercial skipper to allow him to pass on his skills and love for the sport. To further his understanding of the yachts we sell he has spent time at the various shipyards in the USA, Slovenia, Croatia and France and has developed strong relationships with the key personnel in both sales and the after sales departments. Due to Ed’s dedication to service, our company has been awarded numerous Awards for Customer Service.
Neil is a highly qualified and seasoned mariner who developed his seamanship skills whilst working in the Caribbean aboard luxury super yachts engaging in deliveries and Atlantic crossings on vessels up to 130ft. Retained as 1stMate he toured the world until finally returning to Australia in 2002 where he continued his studies to gain a Certificate IV in Marine Operations (Formally known as Master Class 4) and is able to master vessels up to 35m commercially. Neil also has extensive experience working on large motor cruisers, specifically the Sunseeker brand where he for many years was master aboard a 34m model and later a 38m model for which he oversaw the build in the UK, on behalf of the owner, its commissioning and launch. Neil also has a commercially endorsed Yacht Master Ocean certificate and is a valued member of our team responsible for a range of commissioning duties, deliveries, private tuition and after sales services.
Sales & Marketing Manager
Bob is an industry stalwart. Boasting a history of 37 Sydney Boatshows, Bob has a wide range of experience in all things yachting. Early days involved retail of dinghies, sailboards and trailer sailors, then progressing into yacht brokerage at an early age. After experiencing the charter world in The Med as a skipper he returned to Sydney Harbour and the world of Yacht Brokerage. He then became the owner of one of Australia’s largest yacht manufacturers, and twich achieved Yacht Of The Year awarded by the Boating Industry Association.
With an increase of yacht imports Bob moved into Brand Management for a European brand name. More recently Bob was the state representative in the Marine Insurance arena. Now, having joined Performance Cruising Yachts as Sales and Marketing Manager, Bob is delighted to move back to his first love – “Helping people find their dream yacht” and giving sound advice based on his extensive experience.