I first met John at a cruising sailboat show more than a dozen years ago, Since that day, he has become my most trusted boating colleague, mentor and friend. In anticipation of my retirement, John spent countless hours helping me settle on the characteristics of a sailing yacht best suiting my wants and needs and then found me a perfect 46' sloop. After that purchase, John referred to me to the absolute best people for boat survey, insurance, marine electronics, rigging and engine mechanics to ready the yacht for blue water cruising. John continued to assist me with encouragement and advice at every turn until I realized my retirement dream and sailed from California to Hawaii. Himself a lifetime sailor and cruiser, John knows sailing and sailboats, and is generous with that knowledge. He cares deeply about his clients, their safety, satisfaction, happiness and success. I wouldn't buy a boat without him.
In early 2018 my wife and I worked with John as our buyers broker to purchase a Hylas 54. John had been recommended to us by amutual friend and previous client of John's, and it turned out to be a very good recommendation.
My wife and I are lifelong sailors, but we had limited cruising experience, and we were purchasing a sailboat with the intent of cruising Canada, the US West Coast and Mexico. John was extremely helpful guiding us through the purchase process, and helping us evaluate the pros and cons of the various boats we were considering. John has a wealth of cruising experience, and we found his insights into boat design features quite useful. Once we settled on the boat, he was excellent helping us negotiate a good deal. John is a good communicator, and his calm demeanor helped us to comfortably move through what can be a stressful and emotional process. We always felt John was working in our best interests,and we never felt pressured.
We enjoyed working with John on the purchase of our boat, and have continued to stay in contact with him to solicit his advice on various issues. We are enjoying our boat, and after spending two summers cruising in the San Juan's and Gulf Islands we've moved her to San Francisco and are preparing to head to Mexico in 2020.
Our experience using John as our broker was very positive, and we would recommend him to others who are in the market for a good boat.