Tom Whittington, originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, graduated from NC State with a BS in Engineering in 1972 and is still an avid ACC fan. His love of the boating lifestyle began at age six in boats and on water skis on Lake Wylie, Lake Norman and on the Chesapeake Bay. After Tom retired from Hewlett Packard, his best friend in Florida (a marina owner) convinced him to “try” and sell boats. Ten years later, Tom’s company, Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales, has eight licensed Florida Yacht Brokers as well as brokers in Connecticut and The Keys. Tom has received world-class training from Hewlett Packard and is committed to the highest standard of ethics as a Rotarian. Tom is a member of the Stuart Sunrise Rotary Club and is on the board of directors for Chapman’s School of Seamanship.
His experience of closing over 800 vessels assures you a smooth buying or selling transaction. Recently, Tom was invited to join the Boats Group Advisory Board as one of fourteen representatives of business leaders in the marine industry. Boats Group LLC own YachtWorld and Boat Trader.
Tom lives in Palm City with his wife, Sue. Both are active in the local community and really appreciate the opportunity to live and work in Martin County. In their spare time, they enjoy spending time with their family, playing tennis and golf, and helping various non-profit organizations throughout the Treasure Coast.
Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales provides professional brokerage service for the sale of cruising, fishing and sailing vessels. They list and sell all manufacturers and models of boats and are experienced with most major brands. Whether you want to buy a well-maintained, pre-owned boat or to sell your boat, Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales wants to earn your testimonial.
Tom kept us informed about each potential buyer and what progress he was making on a regular basis. We were pleasantly surprised that Tom found the right buyers and the boat was sold just before the 4th of July.
Having had a negative experience in the past with boat sales people, it was wonderful to work with someone like Tom. He communicated with us frequently, was always pleasant and sincere, and was very familiar with our boat which we're sure made prospective buyers feel comfortable. Tom took care of everything, handled all the paperwork and made the actual transaction so easy, all we had to do was pick up the check!
Even with my boat in Michigan and the buyer in Ohio, Tom was able to broker the deal flawlessly. He handled everything from pricing to advertising to guiding the deal through the closing. I never could have moved my boat so quickly without the assistance of MPYS. They were truly a pleasure to work with and I was extremely pleased with the results.
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.
We met Tom through Rotary 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.
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.
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.
If you need someone you can trust to do a good job of selling your boat, look up Tom Whittington at Manatee Yacht Sales. He won't let you down.
Just wanted to thank you again for all of the help with the purchase of our Key West. Although I have been around boats for years, at 54 I found myself finally buying one.
Going into this I knew the type of boat that I wanted just not the process of what to look for as far as performance, upkeep, maintenance and records. I have to say that your help and guidance was great and I don’t think I could have gotten through it without all that you did to help me.
Will hopefully be talking to you in a few years about another purchase.