My hat is off to Mr. John Kuony and all the good folks at Cruising Yachts. In particular Mr. Kuony is the "professional's professional", not only having vast knowledge in regard to all aspects of boats, he demonstrated extraordinary patience as I became interested in a variety of boats over a course of almost half a year. Never pushy and always understanding, I was pleased and even comforted to have him on top of every aspect of the boat buying process. Clearly John and the Cruising Yachts family have set the standard for brokerage yachts and I look forward to having John represent my boating needs for years and decades to come.
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 when a 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.