The name Chuck Laughlin is synonymous with St. Barts Yachts. After graduating from the University of Illinois, Chuck spent 10 years in the Middle East and Far East working for Schlumberger in the oilfields. In 1986 he returned to the US to start a development company. In 1987, while building Harborgate Marina in N. Myrtle Beach, SC, Chuck decided to open a yacht brokerage and teamed up with the newly built Beneteau Marion actory. In the first ten years St Barts expanded their dealership territory from Horry County to SC, NC, GA and TN. In the fall of 1996 St Barts relocated to Charleston, SC with the move of Beneteau corporate. Soon after Chuck opened locations in Oriental, NC and Jacksonville, FL to better represent his Southeast clientele.
After almost 30 years, Chuck still loves the yachting business. As an engineer he derives great satisfaction from putting a boat together well, from just the spark of an idea to the final commissioning details. He takes great pride in the relationships he has formed over the years with boat owners, watching them enjoy their new boats.
Chuck is an avid sailor and boater. He is just as happy taking his wife Lisa and their 2 kids sailing as he is taking his ten closest friends out motoring in Charleston harbor. When not at work, you can often find Chuck relaxing at the James Island Yacht Club.