Lee’s interest in boating began at summer camp in the Adirondack Mountains of New York on Lake George. He purchased his first boat in May of 1982 and has been hooked ever since. He is a NAUI Dive Master and is certified for Cave Diving and Normoxic Trimix. His diving and boating interests have taken him all over the Caribbean, the northern lakes, and as far west as Utah’s Lake Powel. During his tenure as the Managing Director of The Sagamore Resort, Lee teamed up with Steven Colgate to open the first Colgate Sailing School on Lake George in the Adirondacks.
Lee moved to Vero Beach in May of 2016, attended classes at the Chapman’s School of Seamanship and obtained his 25 Ton Master Captain's License. Lee purchased his Boston Whaler 28 through Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales and decided to become a member of the team.
Since then, Lee has become a member of Indian River Sheriff's Department - Marine Division and runs one of the patrol boats. He is also Fleet Captain and Board Member for the Vero Beach Yacht Club.
He lives in Vero with 1st Mate Mary Stuart Tilt and their three dogs! They both enjoy diving and shooting sporting clays!
Please let Lee's experience with boats guide you and make the process as smooth as possible!
Lee did an excellent job in arranging the purchase of our 2005 Boston Whaler. We appreciate his professional attention to detail for what was for him a small transaction and, as a result, everything worked out as anticipated.
I recently purchased a Sea Ray through Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales. Lee was a pleasure to deal with regarding all aspects of the purchase. I live out of state and trusted Lee to handle all details. I give transaction 5 stars (out of 5 stars). Highly recommend.
I listed our 33 foot trawler with Lee Bowden of Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales. I was very pleased with Lee’s service. He was always enthusiastic about the boat and worked hard to make sure that I got a fair price. One of the many things I liked about Lee was the fact that he often included me in the sales process. I knew the boat very well and Lee understood and appreciated that. I participated in many of the showings. I believed that helped us sell the boat as buyers often have questions that only the owner can answer. Ultimately, Lee was able to sell the boat for close to the asking pricing (after we made a few price adjustments during the listing period). The closing went well and I believe the buyer is very happy with his new boat. During the listing period, Manatee Pocket provided me with a monthly report of activity on my listing. I really appreciated that report and was able to use it, along with Lee's advice, to adjust the price as needed to generate the level of interest I wanted. It is worth noting, however, that the buyer did not come from an internet listing. Rather, the buyer walked into the Manatee Pocket office where he met Lee’s colleague, Tom Whittington, who owns the brokerage. After interviewing the prospective buyer, Tom determined that the gentleman would probably like my boat. Tom referred hime to Lee who showed him the boat and ultimately negotiated the sale. I really appreciated the fact that Tom took the time to learn about my boat even though it was Lee’s listing. They worked together well, giving me the sense that I had a team working on my behalf.
Thanks to your company and especially Lee Bowden. Our boat sale went very smoothly. I can't imagine trying to sell it ourselves! Lee did a wonderful job with no stress for us. It was about the last of our toys, so now we will go into our 90's free from worry about "things."
I recently purchased a used Glastron 24 from Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales and working with Lee Bowden was a pleasure. Lee was in contact with me throughout the entire transaction and the deal was quick and seamless. Lee and Tom registered the boat and found a place for me to keep it until my dock is ready. I've purchased three other boats and none of the deals were as easy as this one. Thank you Lee and Tom.
My Wife and I just closed on a 2015 Key West 189FS and Lee Bowden made our purchase a very simple and easy transaction. He always kept in touch with every aspect of our purchase. We live in Virginia, and it is not always a pleasant experience when purchasing a boat out of state. We have done this on several occasions, but this was absolutely the smoothest closing from start to finish than any other one we have entered. Lee was always pleasant and eager to please. We appreciate all that he did in this purchase to make it an enjoyable one.
I purchased a used Sea Fox 217 (210) CC offered through by Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales. Originally, I was very uncertain about purchasing a boat out of state. However, I found Lee Bowden to be very responsive and open throughout the whole process. After the sale and when taking possession of the boat, Lee was also helpful and went out of his way in providing an informal introduction of the boat. Lee definitely made the whole process go smoothly. I will seriously consider contacting Lee Bowden again when I decide to buy a larger boat.
I recently purchased a used Regal 2700 offer by Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales. I was very pleased with the service that I received from S. Lee Bowden. I found Lee to be responsive and direct. At no time did Lee go beyond the truth in promoting the boat. After the sale, Lee was also helpful in facilitating the boat's registration. Finally, Lee arranged for assistance in my taking deliver on the vessel and delivering to my home dockage.
I was most fortunate to find Lee Bowden with Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales to assist me in purchasing my boat, an Albin 32 Sportfish. I was kind of all over the board in my search and Lee helped me narrow my list to what actually suited me. He is very knowledgeable, not only about boats, but also the entire process of puchasing a boat, from selecting the boat to the survey to the closing. Lee responded promptly to any questions I had and was always available, nights or weekends. He made a daunting process flow smoothly. His advice was spot on. Lee was more concerned about me and making sure my purchase suited me rather than just selling a boat. I would not hesitate to use Lee in the future and can wholeheartedly recommend Lee to anyone searching for a seaworthy vessel.
Dealing with Lee Bowden was a great pleasure. The complete purchase was handled remotely as we were away sailing in Italy. When Lee came up with the right boat for our needs Lee served us far more than you can normally expect from a boat broaker. Just days after closing, hurricane Irma approached Florida. As we were still not in Florida, Lee arranged a haul-out where the boat was sitting at the sellers dock and when the hurricane calmed down he drove the boat to our marina where he had helped us get a spot in the barn. If you are looking for a trustworthy and responsible boat broker see Lee at Manatee Pocket Yacht sales.