Capt. S. Lee Bowden

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  • FYBA - Florida 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

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.

Respectfully,

Howard G. Rosen

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

Lee did an excellent job in arranging the purchase of our 2005 Boston Whaler. We appreciate his professional attention to detail for what was for him a small transaction and, as a result, everything worked out as anticipated.

Charles Thayer, Palm City, FL

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

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 smoothly. 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
Listings by Capt. S. Lee Bowden
66 result(s)
  • Sold
    1986 Ocean Alexander Extended Cockpit - At Present Berth
    Make:
    Ocean Alexander
    Model:
    Extended Cockpit
    Year:
    1986
    Length:
    52 ft
    Location:
    Stuart, FL, US
    Price:
    $169,000
  • 1988 Compass Cutter Sloop
    Make:
    Compass
    Model:
    Cutter Sloop
    Year:
    1988
    Length:
    46 ft
    Location:
    Fort Pierce, FL, US
    Price:
    $45,900
  • 1996 Sea Ray Express Bridge - Well Kept Sea Ray!
    Make:
    Sea Ray
    Model:
    Express Bridge
    Year:
    1996
    Length:
    44 ft
    Location:
    Vero Beach, FL, US
    Price:
    $79,000
  • 2006 Silverton 39 Motor Yacht - Manufacturer's Image
    Make:
    Silverton
    Model:
    39 Motor Yacht
    Year:
    2006
    Length:
    43 ft
    Location:
    Buford, GA, US
    Price:
    $199,500
  • Sold
    1979 Pearson 424 Ketch
    Make:
    Pearson
    Model:
    424 Ketch
    Year:
    1979
    Length:
    42 ft
    Location:
    Stuart, FL, US
    Price:
    $39,900
  • Sold
    1979 Pearson 424 Ketch
    Make:
    Pearson
    Model:
    424 Ketch
    Year:
    1979
    Length:
    42 ft
    Location:
    Indiantown, FL, US
    Price:
    $39,900
  • 1999 Beneteau 400
    Make:
    Beneteau
    Model:
    400
    Year:
    1999
    Length:
    40 ft
    Location:
    Indiantown, FL, US
    Price:
    $84,900
  • 2006 Beneteau Oceanis Clipper 393 - Moored in St Lucia
    Make:
    Beneteau
    Model:
    Oceanis Clipper 393
    Year:
    2006
    Length:
    39 ft
    Location:
    indiantown, FL, US
    Price:
    $84,900
  • Sold
    1976 Gulfstar Sloop
    Make:
    Gulfstar
    Model:
    Sloop
    Year:
    1976
    Length:
    37 ft
    Location:
    Indiantown, FL, US
    Price:
    $24,900
  • 1992 Sea Ray 370 Sedan Bridge - Great Bahama Boat
    Make:
    Sea Ray
    Model:
    370 Sedan Bridge
    Year:
    1992
    Length:
    37 ft
    Location:
    Stuart, FL, US
    Price:
    $38,900
  • 1985 Beneteau First 375
    Make:
    Beneteau
    Model:
    First 375
    Year:
    1985
    Length:
    37 ft
    Location:
    Ft Pierce, FL, US
    Price:
    $49,000
  • 1981 Irwin Mark IV Ketch
    Make:
    Irwin
    Model:
    Mark IV Ketch
    Year:
    1981
    Length:
    37 ft
    Location:
    Indiantown, FL, US
    Price:
    $17,900
  • Sold
    1977 Pearson 365
    Make:
    Pearson
    Model:
    365
    Year:
    1977
    Length:
    36 ft
    Location:
    Vero Beach, FL, US
    Price:
    $19,900
  • Sold
    1982 Albin 36 - Albin 36 Trawler
    Make:
    Albin
    Model:
    36
    Year:
    1982
    Length:
    36 ft
    Location:
    Stuart, FL, US
    Price:
    $45,900
  • 1984 Rosborough RF 35 - Main
    Make:
    Rosborough
    Model:
    RF 35
    Year:
    1984
    Length:
    35 ft
    Location:
    Indiantown, FL, US
    Price:
    $39,900
  • 2015 Boston Whaler 345 Conquest - One Very Sweet Ride
    Make:
    Boston Whaler
    Model:
    345 Conquest
    Year:
    2015
    Length:
    35 ft
    Location:
    Stuart, FL, US
    Price:
    $324,900
  • 2008 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 36i
    Make:
    Jeanneau
    Model:
    Sun Odyssey 36i
    Year:
    2008
    Length:
    35 ft
    Location:
    Indiantown, FL, US
    Price:
    $69,900
  • 2008 Regal 3360 Window Express - Well Maintained 33 Regal
    Make:
    Regal
    Model:
    3360 Window Express
    Year:
    2008
    Length:
    34 ft
    Location:
    Ft Pierce, FL, US
    Price:
    $69,900
  • 2002 Mainship Pilot 34 - " Waterwitch IV" at Rest
    Make:
    Mainship
    Model:
    Pilot 34
    Year:
    2002
    Length:
    34 ft
    Location:
    Stuart, FL, US
    Price:
    $89,900
  • 2012 Wellcraft 340 Coastal - Fully Loaded
    Make:
    Wellcraft
    Model:
    340 Coastal
    Year:
    2012
    Length:
    34 ft
    Location:
    Stuart, FL, US
    Price:
    $234,900
  • 1977 Bertram Flybridge Cruiser - "Sojourn"
    Make:
    Bertram
    Model:
    Flybridge Cruiser
    Year:
    1977
    Length:
    33 ft
    Location:
    Vero Beach, FL, US
    Price:
    $39,900
  • Sold
    1985 Endeavour 33
    Make:
    Endeavour
    Model:
    33
    Year:
    1985
    Length:
    33 ft
    Location:
    Ft Pierce, FL, US
    Price:
    $22,900
  • Sold
    2007 Pro-Line 32 Express - Coming Home from a Great Day of Fishing
    Make:
    Pro-Line
    Model:
    32 Express
    Year:
    2007
    Length:
    32 ft
    Location:
    Stuart, FL, US
    Price:
    $74,900
  • 2010 Boston Whaler 320 Outrage - Gorgeous 2010 Boston Whaler Outrage 32 with Tower
    Make:
    Boston Whaler
    Model:
    320 Outrage
    Year:
    2010
    Length:
    32 ft
    Location:
    Stuart, FL, US
    Price:
    $134,900

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