My wife and I listed our 19' Sea Ray bow rider with Tom Whittington at Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales in April during the height of the Covid-19 lockdown. We didn't expect much in terms of available buyers because of the health crisis but Tom told us otherwise and he was right!

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!
We would highly recommend Tom and Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales to anyone looking to buy or sell a boat.


James Jaffer, New York

John, with Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales, could not have been more personable and accommodating.

The woman in the office helped us with pride and professionalism.

Thank you all for a very pleasant buying experience. 

Douglas Kent Martin

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

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.

Jim Bayley, Michigan 2018 Crownline E25
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