I’ve sold more than forty (40) Bayliner 4788’s, three 5788’s. two 5288’s. five Meridian 580’s , One Meridian 540, four 490’s (not many 490’s ever came east) three Meridian 459’s PLUS many other marques and models such as big Mare’s Power Cats, 61′ Navigator, several Hartman Palmer power boats and Motorsailers, Hatteras (plural) both motoryacht and Sport Fish , Albin 49’s, Bertrams, Grand Banks, Krogens, Hamptons, Carver Voyagers, Magnums, Fountains, Azimut, Baia, Buddy Davis, etc.,- as proved by the photos below, and especially on my page here of “OLD Print Ads, Long live the Internet”.
It was SLOW selling boats before the Internet!!! Yay technology!
I can only guess how many sailboats I’ve sold. It was a LOT. I sold one Soverel 48′ seven times before it finally sailed over the horizon. I love sailing but the wind seemed to be always to be coming from the direction I wanted to go, then when I turned around-so did the wind!. Then there was the sun which is why I started specializing in Pilothouse boats.
My appraisals are accurate to the dollar.
Two 4788’s (a 1999 from New Jersey and a 2002 from Mississippi) moored behind their homes in Australia-both purchased from me by the same family years apart -both sight unseen.
These boats below are just a small sampling of the vessels I’ve recently sold. Take a look at my page to your right: “Old print ads, Long live the Internet”
2004 Meridian 490. Ft. Pierce, Fl. I called up a client, he came here and bought her. SOLD QUICK=No sea trial-no Survey.. How long has your boat been on the market? She went to Mississippi.
Sold . 1999 4788. Ft. Myers, Florida.. I showed her three times, and had three offers. From listing to closed within 120 ‘hot as hell’ Florida summer days.
2000 5288. St. Petersburg, Fl. A beauty. I found her as the Buyers Broker. I sold her in Florida. She went to Louisiana. Please read her buyers testimonial.
47′ Garden Designed Cheoy Lee that was lovingly restored by her owner who was the retired COO of VW International.. I’m always happy to have listings like this, and meet their owners. THIS vessel is ART, and it’s solely because of art like this is why I first became a broker. Ft. Pierce, Fl.
2003 Meridian 490 .Ft. Myers, Florida. The buyers were referrals from a client of mine in St. Louis, who had purchased a 1997 Bayliner 4788 from me.
2001 3788 Sold four times, all without me charging a commission to buyers or sellers. Why? Because I can.
Two vessels in Miami I’ve sold a total of five times. Both are still here in Florida.
2003 Meridian 540 I sold from Montauk NY to buyers in Miami who previously owned a 2002 4788 which they purchased new, which I sold for them in 04..
2001 Bayliner 4788 I sold two times. For $320k in 2005, and then $160k in 2014. Jacksonville, Florida
6/14 Here’s another gorgeous 4788 likely never to see American waters again, tucked nicely in below deck cargo hold en-route to Melbourne Australia
The owner of this beautiful 4788 (from Alabama) responded to my direct mailing soliciting central listings. Within 48 hours of his phone call to me, I was on the boat and signed the listing contract. Within 7 days from that- I had two purchase contracts. Within 2 weeks the boat was sold. Two more excellent references- one from the seller, and one from the buyer.
The location of your boat is not important. My buyers will usually buy sight unseen IF I’ve personally inspected the vessels.
I’ve sold yachts from the following States, which is proof that where I live isn’t relevant as there’s these new fangled inventions called “airplanes and mini-vans”. As you can see by my out-of-state sales that although I’ve sold many types and brands of boats, the Bayliner and Meridians have been good to me.
Alabama: Bayliner 4588, Silverton 42′
California: Two (2) Bayliner 4788’s
Costa Rico: 2010 Meridian 580
CT; Bayliner; 4788
Georgia: Two (2) Bayliner 4788’s
Hong Kong: Jefferson Benship 62′, Ricardo 80′
Illinois: Two (2) Bayliner 4588’s and two (2) Bayliner 4788’s.
Indiana: Bayliner 4588, and a 4788
Iowa: Bayliner 4588, 4788, & a 3988
Kentucky: Bayliner 4788
Maryland: Bayliner 4788, Carver 450 Voyager
Massachusetts; Buddy Davis 47′
Michigan: Two (2) Bayliner 4788’s, and a 4588.
Minnesota: Bayliner 4588
Mississippi; Bayliner 4788
Missouri; Maxum 46
New York: Two (2) 4788’s, Meridian 459. Bayliner 4588. Bayliner 5788, Meridian 540. Sunseeker 90′, Azimut 112′.
New Jersey: Bayliner 4788
North Carolina; Bayliner 4788
Ohio: Bayliner 4588
Oregon: Meridian 580
Puerto Rico: Grand Banks 42′
Philipines; Krogen 42′
South Carolina; Two (2) Bayliner 4788s, Bayliner 3888.
Texas: Bayliner 4087
Tennessee: Bayliner 4788
Virginia: Mainship 390, Krogen 42 Silhouette, Bayliner 4788,
And of course from FLORIDA; Countless.
1999 4788 preparing to load going to Australia, The 06 Meridian 490 I sold is in the background shrink wrapped as deck cargo.
I sold this 2002 4788 new in 2002, I then sold her to her 2nd owner in New Zealand in 2013.
Really nice 2001 Bayliner 4087 sold from Houston 6/13 to Canadian buyer 100% sight unseen.
I’ve sold two (2) Meridian 459’s. One was purchased sight unseen from me out of NY, I shipped it out of Baltimore on a RoRo and she’s now in Perth Au. The other was purchased in Florida and was shipped to Australia, from where the owner ran her to Tasmania.
Sold March 2013. 2002 4788 in Mississippi. This is this families second (2nd) 4788 purchased from me sight unseen (I pre-surveyed them, made the offers, and arranged all paperwork and delivery) Both vessels are now moored in Australia behind their owners homes..
5788 2000 Bayliner sold from Jacksonville, Fl. being unloaded in Vancouver BC
Maxum 46′ (3) 2000 models. One went to Australia, one went to Vancouver BC.( both bought sight unseen), one went to Illinois. These were always great values, and more so today in 2016. I sold three (3) Maxum 41’s. Two SCB’s and one SCA
2000 5788 sold from upstate NY on Hudson River to a Kiwi buyer. Previously, her owner had purchased a 2000 4788 from me which went to New Zealand. BOTH bought sight unseen from me. She’s now in New Zealand.
Bayliner 4788 2002. SOLD. One of the very few that stayed in USA. I’ve sold SO many of these 4788’s World Wide over the years that it’s rather hard to keep track of them all. At least this one stayed in America.
I sold this 62′ Benetti Hershine from Hong Kong to Long Beach California.
1997 4788 sold 2009- she was traded in for new Hampton – Now lives in St. Louis, Mo. 2016 update: sold to a owner in Florida.
I sold this 1995 Krogen 42′ from Manila, Philippines via Singapore-onward to Minnesota . Definitely my longest distance deal. Went smoother than silk.
Sold 2005 Meridian 490- went St Louis Mo.
50′ Mares Power Cat. This Caterpilar powered express ran 50 mph during her sea-trials. Really cool boat. Stayed in Florida.
54′ Mares Power Cat- twin 800 HP MANs. This boat cruised at 30 knots in huge sea’s off of Miami Beach. Went to California. This was the very last boat painted at Tempest Marine before it was torn down..the END of Thunder Alley.
1998 4788 sold from Florida behind her owners home in Nova Scotia. I also sent a 1999 up there.
Meridian 459. Sold two (2) this 05 (bought sight unseen from NY) is now in Perth AU. A 2006 model went to Tasmania in 2011
50′ Symbol Pilothouse sold from Florida to Maryland
POSTER CHILD for short sales- this 67′ custom Chris Craft Roamer -had $675k bank payoff- The Banker said “screw it we just got a billion dollars in TARP funds with no strings attached what do I care about this boat-sell it” cash buyers from Germany bought her sight unseen for $75k . Freeport Florida 2008. Last seen in Grenada.
Hampton 55′ I sold. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
And sometimes this is what happens when owners owe more than their boats are worth and they sit on the market for years. This was a brand new 90′ Motoryacht that had the bad timing to be imported into the teeth of the recession. She caught fire at 3 in the morning during a Hurricane. Funny how it happens like that.
Before photo. Brand new never titled 90′ pilothouse MY. Insurance company solved that.