Bob Chaille is a great low pressure broker, yet he takes care of business in a professional manner. Bob does what he says he will do. Today that is rare to find, especially in a Yacht Broker. When problems came up he offered multiple solutions; all of them useful & above board & proper. He finds solutions, yet still offers other suggestions as well. As my time frame changed for the closing &/or walk thru due to unforseen problems, Bob continued to solve issues & coordinate solutions even though he had left on vacation and was out-of-town. If I ever sell my Sailboat, Dream Chaser, or buy another, Bob Chaille is the only Broker I would call. I would never hesitate to recommend him to other friends & sailors. Not only is he a great Yacht Broker he has become a great FRIEND TOO.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!