Bob Hoste, known casually by many in the marine industry as “Bob-O”, is a New Jersey coastal native and has worked in the boating world his entire life. At the age of 17, Bob started his first business – a surf shop, and enjoyed great success with this venture for more than 20 years. While running his business, he always found time to head offshore, and at the age of 19, he attained his 100 TON USCG Captain’s license. Bob has captained both private yachts and corporate fishing boats, as well as a commercial vessel, fishing extensively along the East Coast and throughout the Bahamas.
Bob spent the majority of his sales career selling Hatteras luxury yachts, and during his time as President of Cardinal Yacht Sales, he was awarded “Salesman of the Year” three times, and “Distinguished Sales Achievement” awards from 1988 to 2008, as well as their “Top Gun” award in 1998 – recognizing the salesman who converted the most customers from another brand to a Hatteras owner.
In 2008, Bob joined Jarrett Bay Yacht Sales as a yacht broker and sales representative for Jarrett Bay Boatworks, opening an office and service location at the recently renovated Hoffman’s Marina West on New Jersey’s Manasquan River. He has now relocated his office to Wanchese where he is in the heart of the custom builders.
With over 30 years of offshore tournament and fun fishing, it is no wonder that Bob has placed numerous times in the winner’s circle. Tournament successes include 1st place in the 1994 Ocean City White Marlin Open; 1st place in the 1994 Mid-Atlantic 500; the award for Most White Marlin and Grand Champion at the 1998 Mid-Atlantic 500; 2nd Most White Marlin caught at the 2003 Ocean City White Marlin Open; and 1st place White Marlin and Wahoo at 2008 Ocean City White Marlin Open.
For leisure, Bob fishes his personal boat ‘KAHNUA” out of Oregon Inlet, traveling as far East as the Hague line off of the US/ Canada coast in pursuit of giant bluefin tuna.
Combining Bob’s lifelong experiences, his broad knowledge of the marine sales and service industry and his fervor for fishing, give Bob a complete perspective of the business and determining his clients’ needs before, during and after the sale. Bob’s quick humor and charming personality quickly earns him loyalty from his client base and most importantly a valued friend for life for his customers. This is evidenced by the repeat business and referrals Bob enjoys to this today.
Bob currently divides his time between the Outer Banks of North Carolina and his primary home in New Jersey where he resides with his wife, Jane. Bob has two grown sons who reside in NJ and in Southern California following Bob’s love for surfing.
Bob was awarded the Bluewater Sales Achievement Award in recognition of his commitment to sales excellence and outstanding results in the year 2013.