As President and CEO of Outer Reef Yachts, Jeff Druek, a native New Yorker, has an incredibly extensive background in maritime and luxury building and construction. The marriage of these life-long passions, along with his quest to exceed the expectations of his valued clients in both arenas, has created the perfect environment for exceptional yacht building within the current Outer Reef Yachts long range collection as well as the superyacht arena.
Jeff began his working life as a very young, tenacious, and self-employed member of the commercial fishing industry on Long Island, New York. During this chapter early in his career, his inclination towards boating organically evolved, along with the necessary self-reliance synonymous with commercial fishing.
After a tour of duty in the U.S. Merchant Marines, Jeff decided to translate these valuable early experiences into the custom luxury building industry. In 1978 Jeff started his custom home building company, in which he specialized in the construction of high-end residential homes in The Hamptons on the east-end of Long Island. His well-established company, with over 115 full time employees, expanded into other facets of the building industry, such as property and estate management. Often, custom home building and estate management are defined by impeccable customer service - a company philosophy that Jeff has since weaved into the fabric of Outer Reef Yachts throughout his many years of management.
In 1996, Jeff once again seized an opportunity that would take him down a path drawing from his unique experiences. At a time when Jeff had desired to build the first of his last four yachts, he became disenchanted with unfortunate customer service he had received from the prospective yacht builder, as well as the lack of customized options offered by what is now a current competitor. These lack-luster experiences drove Jeff to the decision to undertake the build of a 60' Long Range Cruising Yacht on his own, which he successfully accomplished. As soon as the build was finalized, he had offers to purchase the yacht from people who recognized the quality of his decisions and hard work. "I have instilled the same principals and attention to detail within Outer Reef Yachts that I had done in my custom home building business. My extensive knowledge of construction details, and passionate knowledge of boats and yachts over the past 43 years has made my transition and successes within the yacht building industry possible" .
Today Outer Reef Yachts is a company that has evolved into building award-winning, long range motoryachts for yachtsmen and women around the globe. "My goal is to produce the ultimate Yacht so others may follow their dreams, as I have in my years of cruising."
This history and passionare parleying into Jeff's most recent endeavor: expanding the Outer Reef Yachts collection into the Superyacht sector of the industry. As with any size yacht builtby the Outer Reefteam, meeting and exceeding the needs of each unique customer's cruising goals, so that they can create memories that last a lifetime, is what Jeff considers the ultimate reward.