Growing up in New Jersey, New England, and San Diego there were several opportunities for Chip to catch the sailing bug. It wasn’t until he moved to Austin, Texas near the shores of beautiful Lake Travis that he bought his first sailing dinghy. This boat sparked a passion for boating in general but a deeper love of sailboats, sailing, and seamanship.
The next 28 years would see more than 30 keels under Chip’s feet. It was an array of boats ranging from sunfish, catamarans, and open dinghies to small keel boats and mid-size racer/cruisers, along with a handful of power boats.
As these boats came and went, most of the buyers stuck around as lifelong friends. Whether through boat sales, sailing instruction, or rigging, helping people realize their sailing/boating dreams has been the most rewarding part of those 28 years.
Now hailing from Stuart, Florida and thrilled to be working with the like-minded staff at Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales, Chip is really looking forward to becoming an integral part of the South Florida sailing community and helping you fulfill your sailing and power boating dreams.
I was looking for a “pocket cruiser”, that is a small, ocean capable sailboat and I met Chip Cramer in response to an internet query I had made. Chip met me at the Indiantown marina to show me a couple of possibilities and I was surprised at how attentive he was to my requirements. Typically yacht brokers do not like to deal with older and less expensive boats, since the commissions are small and the vessels are more likely to have age related problems.
Chip was knowledgeable and enthusiastic and we looked at several vessels in the area before settling upon a Cape Dory 28. I returned for the sea-trial and again, Chip met me at the boat where he changed the Racor filter and replaced the starter battery so that we could start the engine.
Again I was impressed with Chip’s perseverance, determination and enthusiasm in resolving mechanical issues that could have delayed or halted the sales process. Chip was a delight to work with and I heartily recommend his services to anyone looking to begin a sailing adventure.
Chip Cramer just sold our boat in the easiest, most positive, and efficient way.He is professional, knowledgeable, and very helpful.We just cannot rave enough about him!!!Thanks for making the departure of our beloved boat so easy!!!
I would like to say that Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales was a great place for my husband Frank and I to sell our boat. Chip Cramer was our broker and he went above and beyond helping us sell our boat at a top rate and our best price. He was always communicating with us and letting us know how things were going. I was very pleased with his utmost concern with helping us. We would recommend Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales and Chip Cramer to all of our friends. Chip will be a vital assess to the company. We just want to thank Chip and Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales for all that they did.
Let me start with a big THANK YOU for all you've done.
From the beginning and still today, you have never failed to respond to any of our phone calls, texts or emails, whether there was anything in it for you or not. That's pretty rare these days! I believe you really care about your customers and hope that they truly enjoy their boating experience.
So congratulations with your new brokerage firm. Deborah and I are certain your customers will be well satisfied with you as their broker whether they're buying or selling. I'm also certain that just like us, they'll be customers for life.
With sincere gratitude and much appreciation we wish you the best.