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Mike Giannotti

Electrical / Mechanical, 2002 - present

A southern California native, Mike relocated to northern Virginia for College. He worked 27 years in the recreation industry in Fairfax County and retired as a Director.

Mike joined the Rigging/Electronics Shop at Hartge's in 2002. He soon moved to the Mechanic shop and discovered that electrical work was most interesting. He studied, took classes, and became an expert in wiring, troubleshooting and highly knowledgeable in metal corrosion.

In 2012, Mike and his wife moved to Vero Beach, Florida, where he continues to work for Hartge’s, specifically in electrical work.

He is our Florida representative serving the central east coast of Florida where many transient customers pass through on their way to the Bahamas and points south.

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Mike Sharpe

Mechanical / Soda Blasting, 2013 - present

Mike earned a degree in Construction Management from East Carolina University. After some years in the construction field, he decided that being a boat mechanic was a better fit and has been doing so for over twenty years.

Mike is certified and/or factory trained with Mercruiser, Yanmar, Westerbeke, Dometic Vacuflush, Kohler Generators, and ABYC Marine Systems.

Mike is also our Soda Blasting man and has provided this service for over 10 years, often working long hours to meet demands.

Wayne Dixon

Mechanical, 1995 - present

Wayne is from a South County family well known for their contributions to the local community. His mechanical skills come naturally from working alongside his father as a car mechanic in the family repair shop, Dixon’s Garage, of Galesville.

Before joining the crew at Hartge’s, Wayne worked for the Department of Natural Resources.

Wayne is an avid fan of drag racing, enjoys hunting, and is very active with his church.

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Xan Schlegel

Mechanical, 2017 - present

Xan is the son of HYY Owner & General Manager, Alex Schlegel, and has worked around the boatyard since he was a young boy. At six, he learned to sail on his own and continued competing in junior sailing regattas and raced for his High School sailing team.

Xan earned a degree in Geology from the College of Charleston. After college, he remained in Charleston for three years to work for a powerboat dealership. At 25, Xan purchased a CS 36 sailboat to live aboard in Charleston and eventually took six months away from work to cruise the Bahamas, Turks, and Cuba.

Xan joined HYY in the summer of 2017 as a mechanic and has been certified in ABYC systems, electrical certifications, Yanmar and carries a U.S.C.G. Merchant license.

Xan has a great work ethic and is always cheerful and determined. He is an avid sailor of all size vessels from dinghy racing to ocean racing along with skippering deliveries. He also hunts, enjoys fishing and plays guitar. 

 
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Bunky Hines

Mechanical Consultant / Semi-Retired, 1982 - present

Bunky’s mechanical interest began early and as a youngster he worked on go-cart motors and outboard motors. In the Army, he was assigned to working on landing craft during the Vietnam War. He then worked for his father in the boatyard that built Owens powerboats and the notable Owns Cutter.

Bunky later sub-contracted at various boatyards as a Mechanic before coming to work at Hartge's.

Bunky is HAZWOPER trained and is certified in Westerbeke and Yanmar engines. He is the go-to-guy if you have a mechanical mystery. Just explain the problem to Bunky, wait as he thinks for a bit, then listen as he tells you how to fix it or gives you an approach that will lead to a fix.

Bunky is an avid fisher and enjoys sneaking out of work on nice days to catch dinner. He has had a lifetime of successful racing on Penguins, Mobjacks, Chesapeake 20's, and J-24's.