Born and raised near Mannheim in Altrip, Germany, Udo has been in or around the boating and marine industry for most of his life. When Udo was a toddler, his parents started “Nautic Willersinn”, a full service new and used boat dealership in Altrip, Germany. Udo started working with Nautic Willersinn as a young man and sold his first boat at 14-years old. Growing up in the boat business, Udo developed a passion for boating, water sports, and diving.
At just 20 years old, Udo left Germany and headed to the United States for 1 year to work for Four Winns factories in Texas and Michigan, learning all steps of the manufacturing process from laying fiberglass to designing boats. This was an invaluable experience for Udo who expanded his knowledge of the boating industry and forged relationships that he actively maintains today.
Upon returning to Germany, at just 21, Udo became Sales Manager for Nautic Willersinn. Tapping into his resources and relationships from his time in the US, he quickly grew the family dealership into the 4th largest US boat importer in Europe.
Udo moved permanently to the United States in 2001 and tapping into his large network of contacts, it took just a few days to procure a position with a local boat dealer/marina in Fort Myers Beach, FL. Within 2 weeks, he was made Sales Manager and in 2002, he started Nautic Consulting, Inc. which wholesaled used boats and exported used boats globally. Due to divorce, Nautic Consulting, Inc. was dissolved in 2014 and YachtSalesInternational.com was born. In 2015, Udo also reached another long-term goal by becoming a US citizen.
Udo’s customers frequently rely on his expertise and vast industry knowledge to guide them through a successful transaction and find their ideal vessel.