The long-time head of Nantucket Boat Basin, George Bassett Jr., has announced he will retire on Feb. 1, his 30th anniversary with the historic marina.
“I feel I have made friends with most of the captains in the industry who travel to New England and would love to say good-bye and thank you,” said Bassett, director of marina operations, in an e-mail to The Triton.
The 240-slip marina has an 85 percent return rate, which managers attribute to Bassett’s personality and skill.
“It’s been an honor to have George serve as the director of the Boat Basin for the past three decades,” said Khaled Hashem, managing director at Nantucket Island Resorts. “He is known for his professionalism and his commitment to the guest and to the island community. We will miss George in his role and wish him the best in his retirement.”
Bassett said his “relief” is Christina Martin, a woman he first hired as an office receptionist and who “has been with me working up through the ranks for 21 full years,” he said. His daughter, Christy Lee Baker, also will remain with the marina.
Bassett is certified marina manager No. 7; Martin is No. 279.
Under Bassett’s leadership, the Boat Basin received numerous awards as a best marina including in Marina Dock Age magazine (2013) and MarinaLife magazine (2010-2012). He has also been honored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife departments for his efforts at preserving clean waters.
Prior to working with Nantucket Boat Basin, Bassett served 26 years in the U.S Coast Guard where he worked his way through the ranks, commanding four ships (the largest being 133 feet) and two shore stations in New England. He retired as Chief Warrant Officer in 1986.