Jim grew up in Chicago and at a young age would spend his summers with his family at thier Chris-Craft 40 Cabin Cruiser on Lake Michigan.  In high school he started racing on inland lakes on Sailfish, Sunfish and Butterfly dinghies.

Jim moved to San Francisco in 1979 and raced on the Bay on J-Boats and Express 27’s  before buying his own brand new Beneteau Oceanis 321 in 1999 from Passage Nautical.

After 25 years in finance he retired and became a licensed yacht broker in 2005 and has been with Passage Nautical in various capacities ever since.  His experience with new/used models includes Beneteau both sail and power,  DuFour, Jeanneau, Island Packet, Alerion Express, Hunter and Grand Banks as well as many others.

His passion for selling boats comes from the challenge of finding the right boat at the right time for clients.  It is a process which takes time and is fulfilling when a decision is made whether it be a brand new model or a well-kept brokerage boat.

At Passage Nautical our goal is to help our clients live their dreams of finding the rigth boat to explore the water or open sea!

Client References


Buyer – Beneteau 41
“I want to take a moment and share with you my experience working with Passage Nautical and especially Jim Tull for the purchase of the 2015 Beneteau 41.

Over the past forty years I have purchased a number of sailboats from a number of yacht brokers. One of my concerns once I began the process of making an offer was who would be my advocate. Passage Nautical represented the seller, so who will represent me? I was anxious, concerned, and uncertain in the beginning.

Jim did a terrific job explaining the process, providing me with the complete history of the boat. Always on top of answering my hundreds of questions – and prompt replies. Customer service and trust are always paramount for me. I come away from five months of working with Jim with total confidence – a comfort level at 10 on a 1-10 scale. His style is relaxed and his knowledge of the the boat was complete. There were of number of issues I brought up and Jim always stepped up and took care of everything.

Passage Nautical and Jim: simply fabulous to work with. I will certainly recommend Jim to friends and anyone who inquires about Passage Nautical as a resource for purchasing a sailboat.

I look forward to years of fun sailing on my new boat!!!!!

Thanks for all of the support – really appreciate all that Jim have provided.”