BoatTEST is Celebrating its 20th Year by “Making Boats Affordable”™

On September 15, 2000, BoatTEST made history by being the first company in the marine industry to produce and stream test videos of boats on its website. With over 3,000 boats tested in nearly 20 years, BoatTEST has become perhaps the most copied website in the marine industry.

For the last 20 years the crew at BoatTEST has watched boat prices more than double. At the same time, Average household income has only inched upward and according to the industry trade association the amount of time the average boater spends on his boat is just 25 days a year which means boats sit idle 93% if the time on average.

For years, the staff at BoatTEST have been working on how to make boat use not only affordable, but affordable for premium-quality boats. The answer was to simply follow the lead of the automobile industry, but with a few twists, to make it work in boating.

Meet Your Crew

You are never alone when you lease a boat with BoattestLEASING. Your dedicated team has one purpose: Making sure every Lessee has an enjoyable and safe experience on the water. Note that your team is available to answer your questions and help you 24/7, so you are never alone. And – everyone returns calls!

Greg Sweeney
General Manager

Greg Sweeney is the General Manager of the team and is another boating industry veteran having spent over 25 years working in technical aspects of engines and related aspects of boats, with positions at Volvo Penta, Ilmor and Mercury Marine. He has been a certified tech on Yamaha outboards, the brand that powers Nefertari. More recently he has been active in introducing boaters to the boating lifestyle through clubs. Greg has been a life-long boater all over the country and currently lives on Treasure Island, west of St. Pete. Greg is in charge of all aspects of the boat including sales, the social calendar, customer service and making sure all leaseholders have a rewarding experience.

Email: | Tel: 727-200-3474

Capt. Larry Wilson
Boat Manager

Capt. Larry Wilson is the Boat Manager and is in charge of everything related to the boat. Working closely with our other team members, Larry oversees all maintenance on the boat. He is in charge of our Concierge Service so pre-boarding provisioning requests should be directed to him. is a licensed captain and a 30-year veteran of boating, mostly on the commercial side of recreational boating. He knows the Florida Keys like the back of his hand and has spent years working with the marinas in that area, but now – luckily for us – he lives in St. Pete. For years he has taught boating education which as become his passion.

Contact: | Tel: 305-896-4615.

The People BehindLEASING

Jeff Hammond

Jeff is a 51-year veteran of the boating industry, and over the years has been an editor or publisher of 7 major boating magazines in America, including Boating, Yachting, Motor Boating, The Skipper, Motorboat, and Motoryacht International. He was the founder of Power and Motoryacht, and was co-founder of, where he is now the CEO.

Jeff has owned a number of boats over his career in boating ranging from a 15’ sailboat to a 92’ motoryacht, with fishing and cruising boats in between from 19’ to 55’. He has sailed, raced, and cruised all over the world in both sail and powerboats. He has written three books on boating, including one on the America’s Cup. For the last 5 years he has worked on the leasing and fractional boating concept. He currently lives in Stamford, CT, and is a member of both the Stamford YC, and the New York Yacht Club.

Capt. Steve Larivee
Test Captain

A lifelong boater, he started in a Boston Whaler when he was 8 years old, and holds a 100-Ton master’s license. Capt. Steve has commanded ferries, commercial fishing boats, excursion boats, and now is BoatTEST’s best-known test captain, handling everything from a PWC to a megayacht. He has also created the most comprehensive boating video educational course that is still available in a 4 DVD set.

Capt. Steve is probably best known for the thousands of videos he has made for, where he is the Director of Testing. His sign-off, “We’ll see you on the water”, has been immortalized.

Capt. Steve will be inspecting every boat put into the BoattestLEASING program to make sure that it meets the high standards the company requires of each vessel that it represents.

Georgiann Coloccia
Customer Service

Georgiann is a veteran of boating magazines, having started with "Power and Motoryacht" when she was at Manhattan College and earned a Master's in Business Administration. She has been the backbone of BoatTEST for the last decade, by being involved in all aspects of the business. She brings a keen awareness of the kind of service consumers need and want in a boat, and will be overseeing all AR and AP functions for BoattestLEASING.