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 him 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

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 fom 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

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.

John Gonzales, Chicago, IL

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.


John Weeks, North Hutchinson Island, FL


Thank you for the GREAT job you and Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales did for us in finding a qualified buyer for the “Mandalyn”.  

We first tried to list this vessel ourselves on one of the popular websites, and after 3 months without so much as an inquiry, we chose Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales. 

As a result of listing with your company, we had 2 inquiries within 30 days, both of the potential buyers were well qualified, and we closed the sale within 45 days from listing our vessel with you.

I believe you did an excellent job in representing our vessel and from talking to the new owners, they are very happy.

I would recommend you and Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales without reservation.



Howard Anderson, Naples, FL

Allan is a fantastic broker, always making himself available and ready to answer any and all questions, and I have had many. I highly recommend Allan for buying or selling a boat.

Lynn Hensley, Stuart, FL