My wife and I purchased a yacht seven years ago, January 2013 and our broker was John Kuony. We had not worked with other brokers prior to buying this yacht, so we had no idea how exceptional John would prove to be not only during the purchase process but ever since. John's experience makes him the perfect "go to" guy should we have any question regarding our yacht covering a broadscale from trouble shooting a simple fix to navigating replacement parts and finding qualified third party experts to address electronics, refrigeration,rigging and engine maintenance. We have always felt welcome to reach out to John for anything and he has always immediately responded to each and every inquiry. John has proven to be more than just someone who sold a person a boat. He has become family.
John sifted through a wide variety of yachts to insure he found us the yacht of our dreams.
I have shopped for or purchased more boats than I care to admit and thus dealt with a number of brokers. There is an inherent conflict of interest whenca professional represents both parties involved in a transaction. This is why purchasing a boat through John was such a unique experience. A broker exists to close sales and John’s professionalism facilitates that end but there was also no question John was equally interested in ensuring the boat was right for us as the buyer and providing frank advice on condition, value and transactional details.
John is refreshingly responsive. This particular boat was at the lower end of the dollar scale but John actually answered his phone or if not, every time I sent an email, text or left a message I got a timely response.
When we relocated from California to the east coast I was delighted to find John was moving to Maine and I asked to him assist us in finding our “retirement boat.” The process took months as I rejected boat after boat - even one which went through survey. Nonetheless John kept patiently providing candidates and advice until we finally found the right boat and we are delighted with the choice.
Most brokers are boaters but few have the John’s depth of experience and knowledge of boats and systems. I have experienced his seamanship first hand in a three day gale and that experience has tremendous value whether you are a buyer or seller.
Whether buying or selling I highly recommend John Kuony.