Capt. S. Lee Bowden

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  • IYBA - International Yacht Brokers Association

Capt. S. Lee Bowden

Vero Beach, FL, US

Lee’s interest in boating began at summer camp in the Adirondack Mountains of New York on Lake George. He purchased his first boat in May of 1982 and has been hooked ever since. He is a NAUI Dive Master and is certified for Cave Diving and Normoxic Trimix. His diving and boating interests have taken him all over the Caribbean, the northern lakes, and as far west as Utah’s Lake Powel. During his tenure as the Managing Director of The Sagamore Resort, Lee teamed up with Steven Colgate to open the first Colgate Sailing School on Lake George in the Adirondacks.

Lee moved to Vero Beach in May of 2016, attended classes at the Chapman’s School of Seamanship and obtained his 25 Ton Master Captain's License. Lee purchased his Boston Whaler 28 through Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales and decided to become a member of the team.

Since then, Lee has become a member of Indian River Sheriff's Department - Marine Division and runs one of the patrol boats. He is also Fleet Captain and Board Member for the Vero Beach Yacht Club.

He lives in Vero with 1st Mate Mary Stuart Tilt and their three dogs! They both enjoy diving and shooting sporting clays!

Please let Lee's experience with boats guide you and make the process as smooth as possible!

Testimonials

I wanted to thank both you and Lee for a relatively seamless sale of our Mako 284 in October 2020.  We truly loved that boat, but just were not using it enough to keep it.

The listing effort was easy and Lee took many photos of every aspect of the boat for the listing.  Since the first potential buyer that was shown the boat made an offer and ultimately bought it demonstrated that the listing and showing were first quality. Additionally the closing was effortless because Lee had all the paperwork completed needing only buyer/seller signatures. 

We have bought and sold boats previously and working through your company made the transaction much easier.  Again, thanks for your quality support.

 

Barry Douglass

Can't say enough about my experience with Lee Bowden and Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales. I was an out of state buyer and Lee set up everything to ensure a smooth and efficient process to complete the purchase. Thank you Lee, I'll send anyone interested in a boat your way!

Jeremy H., Texas Sea Ray 240 Sundancer
Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales was very helpful with the sale of our boat. It was a pleasure to work with this company.
They were very knowledgeable.  They were able to handle showings without me being there.
They helped the closing process to go smoothly; and certainly did earn their commission.

 

Chester Rosolowski, Stuart, FL

We have sold two of our "last boat" and purchased two of our "last boat" with the assistance of Capt. Lee Bowden of Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales. All the transactions were completed in a professional manner, in a timely fashion and an enjoyable setting.

We would recommend Capt. Bowden and Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales to be your yacht broker of choice when considering the purchase or sale of your "last boat" as we did on numerous occasions.

Tim & Rita Hermes, Vero Beach, FL
Having had a sudden change of direction, my wife and I chose to leave the boating life for a bit and take
up employment and residency in Nova Scotia, Canada.
 
We met Lee after engaging Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales to handle the brokerage of our Albin trawler.
On very short notice, Lee immediately got to work by ensuring that our boat was listed on Yachtworld
and had a printed listing sheet ready for their booth at the Stuart boat show that coming weekend.
All through the showing process Lee was always available either by voice or text and was committed to
showing the boat many times before a buyer was finally found.
 
Lee worked through the process professionally and with a great deal of patience, working back and forth
between buyer and seller as this became a not so run of the mill sale.
A huge thanks to Lee Bowden and Manatee Pocket Yacht sales for making this the positive experience
that it was.
 
I would recommend Lee to anyone wishing to have someone represent your transaction who has the
experience to guide you through the processes, is personable, professional and caring.
 
Thank you.
Grant and Cindy Crowson, Ontario, Canada

Just want to take a moment to express my sincere thanks and appreciation for the tremendous job done by Lee Bowden. He was extremely professional and so helpful in all aspects of the purchase. I am an out of state buyer and he made everything simple and painless. He went way out of his way to make the sale happen and was extremely helpful in lining up all the loose ends that I need to get the boat ship shape and ready to ship. Thanks again Lee, it has been a real pleasure.

Chuck Bunting, Alto, Michigan

Dear Captain Bowden:

As I may have told you, I have bought 10 or 12 boats over the past 50 years, having acquired them from a variety of sellers including boat brokers, retail boat dealers, and private individuals. Dealing with you as the seller/broker, certainly ranks as one of my most pleasurable boat buying experiences. As a buyer, I can't remember ever dealing with anyone who had more product knowledge, or in the absence of same, was willing to get the answers to my questions in a timely manner.

In short, your helpful, positive attitude made the entire buying process, including the price negotiation, a pleasant experience. You were forthright and up front throughout, and did exactly what you said you would do, when you said you would do it, without any BS excuses. From a buyer's perspective, that was very much appreciated. You stand as a positive role model for the sales qualities that a successful boat broker should strive to emulate. I believe you are an asset to Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales and wouldn't hesitate referring potential boat buyers to you and your firm.

Thank you again for your services.

Howard Rosen, Delray Beach, FL

Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales made buying my first boat a professional and fair experience.

Capt. Lee Bowden was informative and professional. The boat was as advertised and is the perfect boat for my family and I. They went above and beyond to make sure I was happy with the outcome of my purchase.

I highly recommend them for a fair smooth purchase.

Ryan Pfeifle, Stuart, FL
You guys are extremely easy and professional. I've worked in this business my whole adult life and I can honestly say I've never had a better experience in the boating industry 
Thank you Tom, I'll see you on the courts, hopefully on the one beside me.
David Barber, Stuart, FL

Lee Bowden and Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales sold my boat with no effort for me. The advertising was great and Lee was available to meet prospective buyers. The boat sold within a few months and Lee took care of all the paperwork; I just had to sign and get paid. I would recommend Manatee Packet Yacht Sales to anyone who wants to sell their boat with an effortless process. Thanks to all the staff for a great job.

Dante Marzetti, Hobe Sound, FL
Listings by Capt. S. Lee Bowden
58 result(s)
  • 1986 Ocean Alexander Express Bridge
    Make:
    Ocean Alexander
    Model:
    Express Bridge
    Year:
    1986
    Length:
    54 ft
    Location:
    Stuart, FL, US
    Price:
    $139,900
  • Sold
    1988 Compass Cutter Sloop
    Make:
    Compass
    Model:
    Cutter Sloop
    Year:
    1988
    Length:
    46 ft
    Location:
    Fort Pierce, FL, US
    Price:
    $15,000
  • Sold
    1996 Sea Ray Express Bridge
    Make:
    Sea Ray
    Model:
    Express Bridge
    Year:
    1996
    Length:
    44 ft
    Location:
    Vero Beach, FL, US
    Price:
    $79,000
  • Sold
    1997 Navigator Classic
    Make:
    Navigator
    Model:
    Classic
    Year:
    1997
    Length:
    42 ft
    Location:
    Hobe Sound, FL, US
    Price:
    $144,900
  • 1976 Custom Tom Colvin Ketch
    Make:
    Custom
    Model:
    Tom Colvin Ketch
    Year:
    1976
    Length:
    41 ft
    Location:
    Indiantown, FL, US
    Price:
    $64,900
  • 1999 Beneteau 400
    Make:
    Beneteau
    Model:
    400
    Year:
    1999
    Length:
    40 ft
    Location:
    Indiantown, FL, US
    Price:
    $69,900
  • 1990 Luhrs Tournament
    Make:
    Luhrs
    Model:
    Tournament
    Year:
    1990
    Length:
    40 ft
    Location:
    Palm City, FL, US
    Price:
    $59,900
  • Sold
    2006 Beneteau Oceanis Clipper 393
    Make:
    Beneteau
    Model:
    Oceanis Clipper 393
    Year:
    2006
    Length:
    39 ft
    Location:
    indiantown, FL, US
    Price:
    $74,900
  • 2004 Wellcraft 390 Coastal
    Make:
    Wellcraft
    Model:
    390 Coastal
    Year:
    2004
    Length:
    39 ft
    Location:
    Stuart, FL, US
    Price:
    $149,900
  • 2007 Fountain 38 Luxury Edition
    Make:
    Fountain
    Model:
    38 Luxury Edition
    Year:
    2007
    Length:
    38 ft
    Location:
    Vero Beach, FL, US
    Price:
    $144,900
  • Sold
    1981 Irwin Mark IV Ketch
    Make:
    Irwin
    Model:
    Mark IV Ketch
    Year:
    1981
    Length:
    37 ft
    Location:
    Indiantown, FL, US
    Price:
    $12,900
  • Sold
    1984 Rosborough RF 35
    Make:
    Rosborough
    Model:
    RF 35
    Year:
    1984
    Length:
    35 ft
    Location:
    Indiantown, FL, US
    Price:
    $24,900
  • Sold
    2008 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 36i
    Make:
    Jeanneau
    Model:
    Sun Odyssey 36i
    Year:
    2008
    Length:
    35 ft
    Location:
    Indiantown, FL, US
    Price:
    $54,900
  • Sold
    1966 Allied Sea Breeze
    Make:
    Allied
    Model:
    Sea Breeze
    Year:
    1966
    Length:
    35 ft
    Location:
    Stuart, FL, US
    Price:
    $12,500
  • 2002 Mainship Pilot 34
    Make:
    Mainship
    Model:
    Pilot 34
    Year:
    2002
    Length:
    34 ft
    Location:
    Stuart, FL, US
    Price:
    $79,900
  • Sold
    2015 Boston Whaler 345 Conquest
    Make:
    Boston Whaler
    Model:
    345 Conquest
    Year:
    2015
    Length:
    34 ft
    Location:
    Stuart, FL, US
    Price:
    $279,000
  • Sold
    2012 Wellcraft 340 Coastal
    Make:
    Wellcraft
    Model:
    340 Coastal
    Year:
    2012
    Length:
    34 ft
    Location:
    Stuart, FL, US
    Price:
    $115,000
  • 2006 Mainship Pilot 34 Rum Runner Classic
    Make:
    Mainship
    Model:
    Pilot 34 Rum Runner Classic
    Year:
    2006
    Length:
    34 ft
    Location:
    Stuart, FL, US
    Price:
    $109,000
  • 2006 Grady-White Express 330
    Make:
    Grady-White
    Model:
    Express 330
    Year:
    2006
    Length:
    33 ft
    Location:
    Stuart, FL, US
    Price:
    $145,900
  • 2001 Pursuit 3400 Express
    Make:
    Pursuit
    Model:
    3400 Express
    Year:
    2001
    Length:
    33 ft
    Location:
    Stuart, FL, US
    Price:
    $122,000
  • Sold
    2003 Seaward 32RK
    Make:
    Seaward
    Model:
    32RK
    Year:
    2003
    Length:
    32 ft
    Location:
    Stuart, FL, US
    Price:
    $85,500
  • Sold
    2010 Boston Whaler 320 Outrage
    Make:
    Boston Whaler
    Model:
    320 Outrage
    Year:
    2010
    Length:
    32 ft
    Location:
    Stuart, FL, US
    Price:
    $134,900
  • Sold
    2000 Angler 31 CC
    Make:
    Angler
    Model:
    31 CC
    Year:
    2000
    Length:
    31 ft
    Location:
    Stuart, FL, US
    Price:
    $49,900
  • Sold
    1986 Gib'Sea 96 Master
    Make:
    Gib'Sea
    Model:
    96 Master
    Year:
    1986
    Length:
    31 ft
    Location:
    Indiantown, FL, US
    Price:
    $21,900

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