Testimonials

Purchased a boat for my wife through MPYS and from start to finish Mike and Tom were of tremendous help, assisting with all aspects of the purchase. The team was readily available and any questions or concerns I had were immediately addressed via calls, texts, or emails. As a member of the younger demographic, atypical for boat purchases, Mike made sure I was fully appraised of what I was getting into, which I appreciated and attribute to MPYS’ willingness to help people versus make a sale. I highly recommend MPYS as an avenue for first time boat purchases!

James Martin, Hobe Sound, FL 1983 Correct Craft

When I found a boat I was interested in at a marina in Sarasota, the first thing I did was call Tom Whittington at Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales. He helped make buying a used boat stress free. He contacted the selling broker, arranged a visit to see the boat helped with a marine surveyor, negotiated the price and sent a driver to deliver the boat back to Stuart. You are in good hands when you deal with Tom Whittington.

Robert S Raynes, Jr, Jensen Beach, FL Grady-White Islander

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.

David Bernstein, Norman, OK

We met Tom through Rotery and knew he was the "Yacht Guy" for us! Beginning our new life in Florida, and finding the right boat was important to us. We trusted him to tell us the truth about the boat we thought we wanted to buy. We were nervous about buying a boat that's 10 years old, but he checked it all out for us and gave us his expert opinion. He helped make our dreams come true. Thank you again Tom, it was a pleasure. Jeni & Jim

Jim and Jennifer Donnell, Clearwater, FL

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.

Hugh Aaron, Vero Beach, FL 60 Grit

Mr. Whittington,

Thanks to your company and especially Lee Bowden. Our boat sale went very smoothley. 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."

Mary Jo Goode, Vero beach, FL
I met Tom Whittington after I searched online for a local boat broker to sell my boat. After I met Tom, I knew he was the guy for the job. His polite and businesslike manner speaks volumes. He stuck with me through a lengthy process and represented the entire transaction with integrity and was helpful to both me and the buyer. Furthermore, after I met Tom during this transaction, anytime that I have brought his name up in conversation, people know Tom and people like Tom. If you need to buy or sell your boat, Tom is your guy.
Scott Bovee, Palm City, FL

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.

Bob Zakian, Hobe Sound, FL

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.

Ray and Peewee Clarke, Mechanicsville, Virginia

I had the good fortune of contracting Tom Whittington and Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales for assistance in marketing my Borressen BB10 Daysailer. Tom was unwavering in his persistence in marketing my vessel to a small niche market. He never ceased to advise me over the 18 month cycle and finally secured a full asking price sale. He handled every aspect of the procedures and was a delight to work with. I would recommend him and Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales to everyone.

Dr Fran Clark, Palm City, FL
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