Lee Bowden is a great guy! Better yet a great broker who goes the extra mile! I have dealt with a lot of brokers but Lee is the only one I would deal with ever again! He is courteous, polite, knowledgeable, and responsive. He never left me hanging. He picked me up and drove me back to the airport to see my boat purchase. He gave me good recommendations on marinas, mechanics etc. He has treated me with the utmost respect as a person not just a buyer! For that I am very grateful. Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales should be very happy to have Lee as an asset to their brokerage firm.

Arlen Allen, Montauk, NY

If you need someone you can trust to do a good job of selling your boat, look up Tom Whittington at Manatee Yacht Sales. He won't let you down.

Daniel Pichler, Hobe Sound, FL

Dave and Tom from Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales have assisted us tremendously with the sale of our sailboat. Our Canadian sailboat was really well aged Catalina 30, 1981. And my wife and I were not able to stay with her in Florida any longer. We have signed all the documents with Dave and the entire process of selling the boat was taken care of!

And that process was a hard one, as we later uncovered that engine required major repairs as well as some tricky paper work with selling Canadian boat in USA. Yet with big appreciation to that great team, all problems were solved and the buyer was found and the deal was completed.

Even though by the end of the 6 months process they were working at a loss, they did not drop us as their clients and had brought it to the end.

We are highly recommending their services in selling and buying any time 
of boat, their knowledge and expertise are of top notch level.


Dmitri Pavlov, Mississauga, Canada

Dave, I just want to thank you for all your help selling our Formula 28 Sun Sport you were amazing. After contacting several other yacht brokers that were absolutely no help, we were at our wits end wondering how will we ever sell our boat. I kept my boat at Sailfish Marina in Manatee Pocket. Little did I realize that Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales was right next door. After a short conversation with Dave Pringle I knew I hit GOLD. My first question to Dave was "What do I have to do?" Much to my amazement, he said "Nothing, I will take care of everything." I signed the paperwork and left to go north for the summer. Two days later our boat went on the market and sold within an hour! I was amazed, speechless and so thankful. If you are in the market to sell your boat contact Dave Pringle at Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales, you can't go wrong. He made it so easy that all I had to do was cash the check. He has all the connections to get things done and done RIGHT. If you want personal, professional service and want to feel like part of the family see Dave Pringle at Manatee Pocket in Stuart, Florida. Out of a Five Star rating - I give him a 10 +. Thank you again for all your help, Dave and Barbara Hills. P.S. Special Thanks to: Sailfish Marina, Squeaky Clean Mobile Yacht Care, and Willard At Phil's Motor Repair.

David Hills, Port St. Lucie, FL

I just wanted to send a note saying thanks for showing us the President 37 today. You might be the best boat broker we have had in a LONG time.

Rowdy R. Turner, New Venice, OH

I cannot say enough about Lee Bowden and Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales. Lee was able to close the boat sale and have a new trailer built and delivered in one week! The entire process was handled professionally and it could not have gone smoother. Thank you so much Lee for making this longtime dream of mine come true - you're the best!


Brent Conley, Pembroke, GA
I just wanted to drop a thank you to you for your work on getting my deal done. You and your company were very professional. Diane and I are very happy with the new boat. Any business I can send your way I will. 
Again thank you.


Ray and Diane Snow, Scituate, Massachusetts

Wanted to take minute and to say thank you to Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales for making my boat purchase such a pleasant experience. This was a “remote purchase” and they made it a very easy and comfortable process. From the initial conversations with Lee and Dave to the final handshake…it was a super smooth transaction and experience. They did a great job sharing every detail with me over the phone and when I arrived the boat was exactly as described. It was simple to manage the documentation electronically. They assisted me with arranging a sea trial that worked with my schedule. And they even assisted me with finding a custom trailer that worked perfectly with the boat when I was ready to bring it home. Thanks again to Lee and the team. It was worth the drive over to Fort Pierce. I could not be happier with my boat and the entire sales experience with Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales.


Greg Park, Tampa, FL


It was a pleasure working with you. You were timely, courteous, knowledgeable, and generally a pleasure to work with.

Please forward this to your boss, as it's all true!

Tim Cocks, Vero Beach, FL


            I wanted to write and thank you for all your assistance completing my recent boat purchase while I was overseas.  When I first contacted Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales, I was simply looking for basic information about the vessel, with the intent to engage a “buyer’s” broker to represent me.  After a short conversation and a couple follow-up emails on the first day, I no longer felt it was necessary to have separate representation from the seller.  You came across as a very honest, straight-shooting yacht broker.  All this, having never met you in person!

            Now that I am the proud new owner of that boat, I can say I have never been happier than with the service I’ve received through you!  Your honesty, easy-going personality, prompt follow-through, and personal code of ethics has been such a wonderful surprise over some of my past experiences.  Good on ya’, Bob and thank you so very much! 

Vincent Shrigley, MAJ, USAF, Ret. USCG Master 50T, ASA Instructor Marsh Harbor, Bahamas