April Traffic Report
April was another break out month for Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales.
We closed the sale of 9 boats with many more in the pipeline. It’s a great start to the second quarter of the calendar year, what has been our best quarter for two years running.
If you have been receiving our traffic report for more than a few months, I’m sure you will be glad when your boat sells and there’s one less e-mail in your Inbox. Rest assured, we are doing everything we know to sell your boat.
As evidence of that fact, here are case studies on three of our recent sales that help show how every boat has her own story.
We include testimonials from each of the three clients.
Our 46' Silverton listing was located on a large freshwater lake in Georgia. We met the owner when we sold a 44' Sea Ray also on the lake but owned by a Stuart, FL resident. It took 11 months, a few price reductions and also two offers. The first offer was terminated when the haul out showed the blisters her owner had paid a company to repair had not been repaired properly. Fast-forward a month, after proper completion of the repair by the original company and a second offer was received. The deal finally concluded without delay. Once the boat was priced right more interest developed.
The following testimonials are now on our web site:
I apologize for not getting this to you sooner, for the job you did on selling my boat it should have been immediate. I want to cover a few things that stood out to me that set you apart from other brokers I have worked with.
First of all, you did not let the size of my boat be an issue when you took on the listing. You understood that it would most likely need to be shipped and it was never a question that you could find the right buyer that would be willing to take on that effort. A 50 foot yacht on a landlocked lake is quite an undertaking.
Second, you set clear expectations from the beginning in regard to a realistic listing price and expected sale price. This is very important because it allows me to financially plan for the proceeds in a meaningful way.
Third, you vetted prospects in a way that eliminated the typical emotional roller coaster that comes with selling a large asset. Knowing that every potential buyer that looked at my boat could reasonably buy it if they chose, took out any inclination I may have had about my time being wasted. I really appreciate that.
And finally, you were there 100% of the time for questions, concerns, solutions, or just to talk.
You are a pure professional in every manner and I will absolutely be calling you when the day comes for my next boat purchase.
Rob O., Lake Lanier, Georgia
Recently we had a 27' Aquasport Walk Around listed with twin Yamaha 225 hp Four Strokes. An offer was received and sea trial and survey conducted. The Yamaha mechanic determined during the survey that extensive engine repair was required to correct the mid-section problems prevalent with 2003 and 2004 Yamaha 225's. The seller did not expect this as the engines had checked out fine a few years ago. Jim, our broker was able to keep both the buyer and seller as satisfied customers.
Just a short note to let you know how much I appreciated the effort Jim McNamee and your staff made in the process of selling my Aquasport Coastal 27. Although we had a few bumps in the road we stayed the course and finished the race. Jim always kept me abreast of what was going on and was great in staying with the problems and keeping the buyer interested as we got everything up to par. Being able to keep my boat at your Manatee Pocket location was great exposure and very convenient.
Chuck J., Stuart, FL
We listed a 48' Morgan last year only to find out the engine needed to be replaced. There was a lot of discussion on how best to proceed. Selling her "as is" would only attract low offers, but would it really be worth it for the seller to pay for a new installation? Along with the seller, it was decided to proceed with the work but to take her off the market until all work was completed. After completion and a few price decreases, an acceptable offer was received and the deal finalized. In the end, the owner sold his boat and was satisfied. It does not appear that the new engine brought him more money but it certainly did attract a qualified buyer.
Just wanted to thank you and Bill again for the GREAT job you did selling our beloved sailboat, Blown Away. Selling a big boat can be a frustrating, emotional experience and you both seemed to ease our journey through the process. The new owners are perfect for the boat and will no doubt enjoy many years living their dream just as we did.
Again, can't thank you both enough,
Norman and Barbara Q., Stuart, FL
These three sales were specifically selected to show how many deals have their challenges. Overcoming them is just one of the reasons to have a professional yacht broker represent your boat.
We certainly hope your sales process will be a smooth transition. Please rest assured we want to earn your testimonial.