Zim Sailing, based in Rhode Island, provides one-design sailboats, parts, accessories, and services to the North American market. The principals of our company are lifelong sailing enthusiasts with boat building experience spanning over 40 years.
We engage in grass roots youth development of yacht club junior sailing programs, community sailing programs, and high school and collegiate sailing programs. Zim Sailing can be found at regattas around the country, providing support with charter boats and onsite sales and service.
Our mission: Provide high quality products at an exceptional value to the small boat sailing market.
Our production facilities in both the United States and Asia help us achieve our mission by spending a great amount of time and care in the production of each boat. With over twenty years of experience, our factories and their craftsmen allow us to ensure that our boats are built to the highest standards possible. This exceptional attention to detail, using the finest materials available, results in an extremely high quality product at a more favorable price to the consumer. Learn more about our manufacturing process here
We have searched the globe to source the best equipment available for our boats. Our suppliers include trusted brands like North Sails, Optiparts, Harken, Ronstan, and many more.
The Zim Team
Zim Sailing is focused on youth sailing because we care about growing the sport. As lifelong sailors we have benefited from our experience in the sport. It is our goal to help grow the sport by producing quality products at exceptional value for the small boat sailing market. Our management team of sailors knows the importance of product performance, reliability, and value for the money.
Steve Perry - President
Steve has been a part of the sailing world since a very young age, building and racing Tornado catamarans starting in his early teens. With over 20 years experience building boats, including ten years with Vanguard Sailboats, he's been able to apply his engineering background to build high quality and durable products. His passion for sailing, both as a participant and a manufacturer, keep him focused on finding ways to support and grow the sport.
Bob Adam - Vice President of Sales
Bob Adam is the VP of Sales & Marketing. Bob has been in the marine industry for many years to include positions at Doyle Sails, North Sails, Vanguard Sailboats and Laser Performance. Bob specializes in fleet orders from yacht clubs, community sailing centers, high schools and colleges. Bob can be seen at many youth regattas throughout the country passing along his passion and expertise to young sailors. In addition, Bob attends many regional and national conferences to keep his finger on the pulse of sailing throughout North America. When not enjoying Narragansett Bay, Bob can be seen on his road bike or at the gym. He and his wife Stephanie have 2 children, Bradley and Grace.
Bo Williams - National Sales Manager
Bo is a lifelong sailor who grew up sailing at New Bedford Yacht Club, sailed for and was the captain of the Bishop Stang High School sailing team, and in college founded the UMass Dartmouth sailing club. Bo also taught sailing for several years at Community Boating Center New Bedford. Bo brings a wealth of experience in the small boat sailing industry to Zim. Bo graduated with a BA in Marketing from UMass Dartmouth in 2006. He then worked in Sales, Marketing and Customer Service at Laser Performance (formerly Vanguard Sailboats) for 9 years. Most recently, Bo worked as the Associate Director for Community Boating Center New Bedford.
FJ Ritt - Operations Manager
FJ Ritt grew up in Marblehead MA sailing Lightnings with his brother and father and raced dinghy classes through college. For the past several years, he has been involved in growing the sport through various youth and community programs and most recently was the fleet manager for the Courageous Sailing Center in Boston MA. He has an operational logistics background and a ABYC Master Technician certification in Marine Systems. FJ is currently working on re-commissioning a J35 and continues to compete in one-design classes in the summer and frostbites the "dynamic" N10 class in the winter.
Carson Turowski - Charter Executive
Born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland, Carson learned to sail at the Severn Sailing Association and competed for his high school, the Severn School in Severna Park, MD. He then attended Eckerd College where he was the Captain of the Sailing Team and graduated in 2005 with a BA in Business Management. Carson shares many years of industry experience at Laser Performance (formerly Vanguard Sailboats) with fellow team members Bob Adam and Bo Williams. Most recently, Carson worked as the Aftermarket Sales and Distribution Representative for Hall Spars and Rigging. When he’s not working, you’ll most likely find him racing in Newport on a Thistle or j24 with his wife, Lindsey.
Ben Chafee - Sales Associate
Ben grew up on the water in Saunderstown, RI sailing for Saunderstown Yacht Club. He attended Eckerd College and sailed on their Varsity Sailing Team for 4 years as a skipper and heavy crew. Ben is a US Sailing Level 3 Coach with 8 years of experience working at top tier programs throughout the country; Wayzata Community Sailing, Vineyard Haven Yacht Club, Nantucket Community Sailing, and Sail to Prevail.