Our Team

KEN FERGUSON - Ken began boating at a young age growing up with boats on Kerr Lake in North Carolina. After college and getting married, he and wife Cindy soon decided that the water was an important part of their life and purchased their first sail boat on the Chesapeake. Multiple boats both sail and power, and 3 children later, he decided to cut the corporate cord and pursue his passion for boating full-time joining Neptune Yacht Sales in 2012.

Becoming the owner in 2013 Ken brings a strong customer focused business background with a broad knowledge of boats dedicated to helping you whether you are new to boating and just beginning the search, an experienced boater looking for the next one or a current owner selling your boat. You can reach Ken at 252-633-0317 or 252-571-1581.

DONNY HELBICH - The founder of Neptune Yacht Sales. Donny started sailing at a very young age and at 8 years old, he purchased his first sailboat. With owning 38 different sailboats, some of which he actually built himself, his knowledge of boats and boating is quite extensive. Boating has always been part of his life and with wife, Dianna, and their 3 sons they have sailed thousands of ocean miles and lived aboard for many years.

Donny brings this broad knowledge and experience to the table, along with strong dedication and enthusiasm. He will go the extra mile to assist you in selling your boat or finding your next one. You can reach Donny at 252-633-0317 or 252-259-7759.

DAN GRAVEL - Dan has over 40 years of boating experience on both sailboats and power boats. Originally from New England he has many story's to share with navigating the rocky waters of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He bought his first boat at 16 while in high school and over the years has shared his love for boating with his family; wife Carol, daughter Emily and son Ben. The family moved to North Carolina 5 years ago primarily to be able to boat year round. 

In addition to his decades of boating experience Dan has over 30 years of IT Leadership experience in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Most recently as a Cybersecurity leader at a large financial services company. He is retiring early to spend more time sharing his passion for boating. Dan knows first hand how important it is to focus on customer needs first. He looks forward to helping you to buy the boat of your dreams or sell your current boat. Contact him today to get started.  Dan can be reched at 910-515-9563 or 603-716-4528 


FRANK SANCHEZ - Frank grew up fishing, boating, and sailing on the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland.  By his mid-teens, he maintained the family powerboat and was on the way to becoming an avid racing sailor.  School got in the way of boating, but Frank managed to get out on the water as an instructor for the University of Wisconsin sailing club while in grad school. Since then, Frank and his family have had the opportunity to fish and sail in Florida, Lake Michigan, the Lower Chesapeake, and Coastal Carolinas.

Having held positions as director, corporate vice president, and consultant during his career, Frank understands how important attention to detail, follow-up, and integrity are to any transaction. As the former manager of a boatyard and owner of a yacht restoration business, he knows and understands boat design, construction, and, most importantly, the boat market. As someone who currently owns a sport-fisherman and a sailboat, he knows how critical it is to find the right boat for you or to help you sell your boat so you can pursue your current passion, whether it's another boat or something different.

Frank and his wife Darlene (his boating and sailing partner for over 44 years) live in Pine Knoll Shores, NC.  They enjoy ocean fishing, sailing, and anything that involves being on the water. Contact Frank at 252-646-7878    frank@neptuneyachtsales.com

MARSHA WOOD – Marsha began boating when she married her husband Allen in 2003. The boat at that time was in Italy. Since then she has cruised thousands of miles as a live aboard while they completed a trans-Atlantic crossing, made their way through the Eastern Caribbean, up the East Coast of the U.S., along the Gulf Coast, and then down the Western Caribbean as far South as Guatemala. She finally made her way to New Bern for the second time in 2016 and decided to apply her knowledge to selling boats. She, also, has her US Coast Guard Captain’s License. You can reach Marsha at 941-661-3367. 

DAVID PFEFFERKORN - With over 30 years in the marine industry as a salesman, boat dealer, delivery skipper, charter boat operator, and yacht broker; David brings both a wealth of experience and a friendly relaxed attitude to his clients. He built his first pram at age 10, and soon was racing Lightnings throughout the Southeast.

David earned his USCG 100T Masters license delivering boats up and down the East Coast while in his 20s, and has run several successful dealerships for both power and sail. His motto is: "We sell fun!" and he makes the buying/selling experience both enjoyable and simple. He can be reached 24/7 at (252) 229-SAIL (7245.)