We happily bought our 2005 Wauquiez 40 PS right from the factory in France through Annapolis Yacht Sales, and after successfully circumnavigating the world on a missionary voyage 13 years later, family on land needed us near, so we naturally chose Gordon Bennett at Annapolis Yacht Sales to sell our beloved yacht. Gordon, as well as the entire Annapolis Yacht Sales and service team, expertly priced our boat, designed a state of the art world wide marketing presentation, and carefully prepared our yacht for the US and global market. In only a short time our boat sold, making us and the new owners very happy. Gordon is easy to work with, always reliable, professional, and is extremely knowledgeable about yachts. We are 100% satisfied with our experience of buying and selling our yacht through Annapolis Yacht Sales, and we wholeheartedly recommend Gordon Bennett as a yacht broker, and Annapolis Yacht Sales as a brokerage to represent either the sellers or buyers of a sailing yacht.
We were quite happy with the results of this process. I really believe we ended up in the right boat. You obviously have more experience with sailboats than power, but I think the most important part of this process is the people part. This is where you excelled and how we ended up here - which is a pretty awesome place! From our perspective, you kept both buyers (us) and sellers with a realistic viewpoint throughout the process. On the first boat we bid on, but wasn’t accepted, there was no hard push to increase our offer. As we hemmed and hawed, I never felt pressured to move on boats we weren’t sure on. That helped. The boat we eventually purchased was one recommended by you, but one that we were hesitant because of the increased cost. After looking at pretty much everything online, we realized that this boat actually made a lot of sense for us. We were not at all experienced in purchasing a yacht of this size (or expense) and you didn’t push us in a specific direction. You provided options, guidance when we asked for it, and a steady hand throughout. We had room to be comfortable without undue pressurization of the process. This made all the difference in the world. As we move forward, we definitely would recommend you to others. Thank you once again (I’m writing this from the boat).
Thanks very much for all of your guidance and expertise in helping us to purchase our Beneteau 37 sailboat. We can’t say enough about how nice it was to work with you and the rest of the team at Annapolis Yacht Sales. Through every step of the search and purchase process your willingness to answer all of our questions and provide us the benefit of your experience was extremely helpful and allowed us to make informed decisions. We highly recommend to anyone thinking about buying a new or brokerage boat to contact you today. They’ll be glad they did.
During the late summer of 2017, I decided to sell my Hunter 44 DS sailboat, Pelican. She was in the inner harbor of Baltimore near my former residence. I had moved to Florida in 2013 and opted to leave “Pelican” on the Chesapeake for some periodic mini-escapes during the years. Now it was time to sell and I had the great fortune to engage with Gordon Bennett at Annapolis Yacht Sales. Selling a boat in Maryland from Florida was logistically a challenge. But, Gordon made it easy. He visited “Pelican” a couple of times in Baltimore to take pictures and check things out. He worked with me on a timeline, sale positioning, and pricing. After an early October final sail, I brought Pelican to Annapolis where she would go on the hard. Gordon helped coordinate everything with the boatyard. I removed thirty years of personal sailing stuff from Pelican and drove to Florida, leaving “Pelican” still in the sling and confident that Gordon would take it from there. And, that is exactly what happened, even with some twist and turns. Gordon had a buyer for “Pelican” in less than a month with a close in early December. Unfortunately, during the buyer’s survey moisture was discovered in Pelican’s hull, resulting from previously undiscovered manufacturing defects some 12 years prior. Fortunately, all could be repaired and Gordon was able to hold the deal together at the agreed to price and terms, as long as the repairs were made and provisions met. Gordon then helped me engage with M Yachts to do the repair. Then through the next few months, as M Yachts did meticulous repairs, Gordon tracked all the details and provisions, completing some items himself, and we closed by the end of March 2018. Selling Pelican in 5 months was well within my expectation … actually better. The fact that we had to re-core significant sections of the hull along the way and Gordon still got the sale done, quickly, at a good price, is simply how good Gordon is. I would look no further than Gordon if I was buying or selling a boat. He is honest, knowledgeable and dependable. And by the way, I never had to return to Maryland during the entire ordeal. Gordon made it happen.
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