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Hidden Gems: Meet Sharah G. Connor of Mahogany Yacht Charters

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sharah G. Connor. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Mahogany Yacht Charters was established by a group of friends, Sharah, Natasha, Nicole, and Tiffany, who found solace in travel and loved to explore the world together. Exploring some of the most exotic and tropical places, along came a thrill and enjoyment aboard boats of all sizes; cruise ships, glass-bottom boats, catamarans, speed boats, sailboats, and of course luxury yachts!

Fast forward to 2020, when finding outdoor adventures was a necessity for one’s enjoyment and safety, yacht charters grew in popularity — along came the idea from Sharah, the Chief Operating Officer, to start their very own company. And naturally Mahogany was the perfect name because it’s defined as a beautiful piece of brown timber, it also symbolizes strength, resilience, and high-quality. With luxury and service top of mind, Mahogany Yacht Charter’s main goal is to provide all guests with five-star accommodations and best-in-class service while aboard the charter.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Two of the major struggles that the MYC Team dealt with along the way was having to get Brokers and Salespeople to take us seriously. The Boating and Yachting world tends to be mostly men and very few people of color. 4 Black Women starting a Yacht Chartering company in Washington DC was unheard of! Thankfully we had a network of people that were willing to assist and point us in the right direction.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Mahogany Yacht Charters?
Mahogany Yacht Charters started this year and are just about to wrap up their very first season! The company has 4 partners, Sharah G. Connor-Chief Operating Officer, Nicole Boyce-Chief Financial Officer, Tiffany French-Goffe-Chief Administrative Officer, and Natasha Austin- Chief Marketing Officer.

We offer half and full-day yacht charters April-October on the Potomac River in Washington DC! Our Charters offer a Full-Service Luxury Experience which includes a hostess/first mate to assist guests with anything they need, as well as the United States Coast Guard-approved Captain! Our guests get to experience the best views of DC by water such as the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and many more!

What sets us apart from our competitors is the exceptional Customer Service that we provide! We pride ourselves in curating the perfect charter tailored to each guest. Whether it’s a 50th Birthday Celebration, a Bachelorette Party, or Cigars with the Guys, the MYC Team strives to provide an unforgettable experience for each guest! We work with locally Black Owned Caterers and help facilitate on behalf of the guest should they want to add catering options to their charter. We also like to showcase each charter on our Social Media Pages by creating a special “REEL” on Instagram for each charter! This is a way for our guests to “Re-Live” their charter with us, as well as gives a chance for potential guests to see what they could be missing out on!

What we are most proud about brand-wise is really how welcoming the DMV area has been to us! The support that we have received has been amazing and we really could not ask for anything else! We were not able to start earlier in the season like we wanted to but are still extremely proud of how well we have done while only being in full operation for a little over three months.

MYC will be back next season and will be taking it to the next level!

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
My advice would be to always be humble. Starting a business in a new industry requires humility. You can learn something from each person you encounter (Yacht Broker, Surveyor, Captain, Mechanic, Marina Personnel, etc.) each thing you learn will only help your business become more successful.

Pricing:

  • $990/3 hour Charter
  • $1980/6-hour Charter
  • Additional Packages Available

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