Our Boat Transporters

Larry & Christie: A Legacy

Involved with moving boats since 1968, Larry was the primary tactician and master boat transporter for SDBM for over 30 years. He has passed the reigns to Leland, but remained a consultant and advisor through 2014, and will always be an important part of the SDBM family. More About Larry >>

Leland & Cecily

It was Leland’s first sighting of Irving Johnson’s brigantine Yankee that gave birth to his dream of building and sailing his own boat.  Growing up on the shores of Gloucester Massachusetts, Leland eventually found his way to California, where he met his wife Cecily; they began construction on a wooden 66-foot gaff-rigged schooner, which they launched in 2005.

Leland’s working background is as interesting as it is varied.  He brings to San Diego Boat Movers a lifetime of experience as a builder, shipwright, and rigger. His talent for “thinking outside the box” has helped develop his skills as leader and innovator. As the new owner, Leland Parsons feels honored to have been chosen by Larry Wood to carry on the outstanding reputation of San Diego Boat Movers.


Tom handles all Sales, Logistics and Transportation Management for SDBM, so you’ll almost certainly be talking with him. Boating experience started at age 9 in San Diego, and he’s been involved with the industry in a variety of ways: racing, managing boat rentals, charter captain (Tom still maintains his 50T USCG License), and loading boats for transport. He’s happy to help you figure out the best way to move your pride and joy, and is very knowledgeable on tall, wide and overweight loads.



Jody is SDBM Director of Operations. She manages all aspects within the office environment, tackles revolving relevant matters, insists on deadlines and doesn’t leave any loose ends hanging! She multitasks to the masses and follows through with each task to ensure that everything is compliant and reconciled. She assists with business development and organizational support to incorporate the creation and launching of new business endeavors.



Vic started young in the transport business, working at his father’s permit service, providing routing and permits for oversize loads. With that training, and a knack for properly loading boats, and a mind-set for safety, Vic quickly became one of our best long haul boat transporters. From a 181′ boat mast to a 20′ high boat, he’s done it all. As the designated jokester, he’s turned our hair white a few times. He left for Texas with a boat, then called in later to advise that he was in Seattle, and “where should he deliver it?” After we recovered, we were pleased to find out that he was really somewhere in Arizona, and well on his way to Texas. He’s very serious about what he does, but be prepared to have your leg pulled if he moves your boat!


Johnny has held a class A Trucking license since 1990, and his experience makes him a champ at the sharp turns and tricky routes required when hauling boats. He’s an expert loader and mechanic, and super professional, but don’t let that fool you – he’s funny and laid back as he takes the greatest care with your vessel.



Chris is an experienced truck driver and we are thrilled to have him as part of our growing team. He has endless experience with transporting, operating complex rigs and equipment and can do his own repairs and preventative maintenance. To outline a few of his skills, he was a construction mechanic in the Navy for 5 years, can execute crane work on elevated causeways and continues to rig and tie down oversized loads with confidence and ease. He is reliable, willing to take on new tasks, a team player and always very safety conscious!



Gary grew up in Riverside County, California, and started driving truck at 16 years old. His driving experience was formalized in 2007 with a credential from CR England Trucking in Salt Lake City. A fresh opportunity at San Diego Boat Movers has brought him back from Oregon, and he’s loving the unique challenges hauling boats provides.



Sarah is our ‘Jaclyn’-of-all-Trades (AKA Yard Manager and Service Director). She came to us with a military background in helicopters, experience in construction, and customer service; she fills many positions for us. You may speak with her on the phone or see her smiling face in the office. There is also a very good chance of finding her around our yard, running the forklift, or hiding under the biggest sun hat you have ever seen. She is happy to help, inquisitive, and her bubbly personality and adventurous spirit are infectious.


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