I wanted to reach out to you and let you know about my recent purchase of a new Hunter 45DS. I worked with John Kuony in your Alameda office. John has been a joy to work with and made my wife's and my first major sailboat purchase a complete dream! John was extremely understanding, knowledgeable, and was not pushy. We worked with other folks and even went to Florida but with no other broker did we feel confident that there would be a positive post sales experience. Thank you.
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.