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!!!
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.
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 G. Rosen
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.
John was amazing. He went way out of his way to help us buy our boat. They were always available when we needed a question answered. I would definitely recommend this company.
Bought my boat through Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales and worked with John Merriam, he made the whole process a breeze, was my first boat and will definitely use them again in the future. Thanks John!! From Mike Lempicki
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.