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Old 04-09-2012, 18:43   #16
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Re: Buying a Boat is Hard

Originally Posted by bobconnie View Post
Here's a HONEST Broker !! His Name is Jeremy R. Hood At HSL Yacht Sales In Keama Texas. his Number is 832-864-2030.
Originally Posted by belizesailor View Post
OP if you want to look a little further afield I highly recommend Jeremy and his crew!
Thanks for the recommendation...will give you feedback if I go that route.

Originally Posted by denverd0n View Post
You just need to get out, spend the time, and crawl around in the boats that you are interested in.

Oh, and one other thing,....Until then remember that it is just a business transaction.
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I think you will find that many boats are bought in spite of the Broker and Vendor, not because of .

and many sold in spite of the Broker and Buyer .

In OP's shoes I would go on a buying trip (to look at half a dozen boats) -
This is assuredly the thread theme...We'll get road-tripping this weekend.

Originally Posted by The Blue Heron View Post
you CAN do this without a Broker. Promise! Oh and you and your spouse can drop by and have a cold beer. We are up and running again on Blue Heron. ;-)
TBH, will do...we spent the weekend sailing...figured you were out enjoying the weather too.

Originally Posted by Cheechako View Post
Boat brokers are probably the worst of all sales people I've ever run into. I share your frustation.
Could be...I suspect they are a product of their customers...I certainly wouldn't want their job.

Thanks to all for the advice and encouragement...I've been working up a plan. Gonna put some miles on the car this weekend here in Florida.

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Old 05-09-2012, 11:24   #17
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Re: Buying a Boat is Hard

Good Luck! Cant wait to see what which boat chooses you!

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Old 05-09-2012, 12:29   #18
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Re: Buying a Boat is Hard

Making offers sight unseen is pretty normal in this market. It saves you a ton of travel money and really doesn't put you at risk. Given the boats you mentioned, it is an international market to pick from. You don't want to limit yourself to the available FLA boats. I assume you are looking for a boat to cruise. PM me if you would like a reference to a good broker who definately knows the Beneteau market. I think your purchase will go smoother if you have broker working with you.
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Old 05-09-2012, 13:23   #19
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Re: Buying a Boat is Hard

Call Al Pollack, Massey Yachts. Easy to find via Google.
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Old 05-09-2012, 13:45   #20
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Re: Buying a Boat is Hard

I would not recommend a buyers broker. Communications between buyer and seller are critical, and adding an extra broker in the loop creates opportunity for miscommunications. If the two brokers don't get along, the problem is worse. If the selling broker resents having to split his commission, he is not going to be very helpful. I tried to use a buyers broker once. He was a good person with good intentions, but negotiations between the two brokers got in the way of my negotiation with the seller. I won't say never again, because circumstances change, but my experience with a buyers broker was a lot like a bad dream.
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Re: Buying a Boat is Hard

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Call Al Pollack, Massey Yachts. Easy to find via Google.
Another small world event -- I know Al too. Yes, another good broker.

Frank Hamilton, also with Massey Yachts in the Palmetto (Regatta Point) office is another good guy.

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