VESSELS needed – – —– and Yachts Sold
JUNE 2017 Hurricane Season has arrived. Don’t worry mates, just another six months – til it passes:
I had buyers IN HAND for Meridian 490’s, Meridian 540’s, Navigator 61’s, 1999 and newer Bayliner 4788’s and 5288s, but now that it’s Hurricane Season, many of these buyers have headed off to cooler and safer, less expensive (hurricane insurance) climes. “In hand” means- I just call up a guy and he buys it- IF I’ve personally inspected them. Ask the seller of the 2004 490 Meridian that I sold in February (beautiful weather). From listing his boat to closing in just 61 days NO sea trial-NO survey. I sell MANY yachts sight unseen by their buyers. Secret? I thoroughly inspect the vessels telling the buyers exactly what I discovered, both good and bad. I take hundreds of detailed photos, and then I recommend my sellers pricing them to my detailed valuation I give them, and then I recommend the buyers to actually contact my references.
SELLERS: I’m not a listing curator. DON’t MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE AS 90% of sellers-who wait til the end of season to put their boats on the market. If up north, it’s going to be another year (and hence another years normal pricing depreciation) til the buyer can even use his purchase, so you don’t want to wait til your boat has been decommissioned for the winter to put her for sale.. If down south- we DO have a window after Hurricane Season -IF your boat hasn’t been damaged. BUT while your ‘thinking about selling’- the buyer for YOUR boat- might go buy another boat. Then what? Forget those people always talking of “buying a boat in a couple of years when I retire'” that seldom happens. What YOU and I want is the cash buyer wanting to buy a boat TODAY. I have a notebook of their phone numbers. It’s that simple.
I’ve sold more than forty (40) Bayliner 4788’s, Five Meridian 580’s , One 540, Four 490’s (just not many ever came east for me to sell, and most were in NY), two 5288’s, three 5788’s, PLUS many other marques as proved by the photos below, and my page “OLD Print Ads, Long live the Internet”.
If I accept your listing, I will quickly bring you offers that are appropriate for the market.. My appraisals are accurate to the dollar, and I will prove it to you via detailed facts of the current value of each option and feature you have. I’ll show you your vessels pluses, and minuses, and exactly what a surveyor is going to catch, how much the repairs will cost. Many “sellers” don’t listen to me, and I see their boats still for sale today YEARS after I gave them perfectly good advice. Don’t be “that guy” who finally got his price- three-five years later! How much did they spend on their boats since they were first brought an offer, that they finally accepted YEARS (if not decades) later. Come January 1st every year- every machine is automatically one year older, and it’s value depreciated. That’s a fact, unless selling a classic car, and even then it’s iffy.
FOR BUYERS; Call me. I always have boats ‘up my sleeve’ (not even on my site) that owners are ‘thinking of selling’. When these sellers finally decide to sell, I first just call up the people who’ve requested I do so. I’m happy to give you individuals information about all the boats out there, whether they are my listing or not. Many vessels I sold to their current owners years ago. Some have been well taken care of, some haven’t. Some need EVERYTHING, some don’t.
If you think I’m going to give your “buyers broker” pertinent information about another brokers listings- I’m not. If the listing broker lies to your broker, and doesn’t disclose the damage history, that just leaves the good boats for my clients. And speaking of brokers, a time saver for you is to ask them up front “Have you ever worked for Marine Max?” Current Marine Max Brokers are fine, but the guys they let go? There’s a reason they no longer work there. And, it’s always best to deal with the owner of the Brokerage, or a long time Broker vs., salespeople. Do you actually KNOW who owns the Brokerage? What is your recourse if they steal your money or sell you a bad boat by deceit? Where do they live? If they wont tell you, there’s a reason why!
HOW LONG HAS YOUR BOAT BEEN ON THE MARKET? Why do my listings sell so quickly, while others have been on the market for years, if not decades? Not enough quality photos? No detailed specs? The Broker knows nothing of your marque, much less the market? Likely a combination of all? I see so many 4788’s still for sale that I could had sold years ago (before they deteriorated), all by me- just calling up one of my qualified buyers. How much have you paid in just dockage and insurance alone since you listed your boat years ago? How much has it DEPRECIATED in that time? Properly priced boats sell within 90 days.
If a buyer is using the Internet (who today isn’t?) -this site comes up at the very top of every search engine which is why I’ve sold so many yachts oversea’s-the majority sight unseen from repeat buyers and their referrals. Is there a site that offers more information on Meridians and Bayliners? I think not. Please send email to email@example.com to discuss marketing your yacht. My phone number is 305-956-3818.
My central listings will quickly garner you market value offers, which lead to CLOSINGS.
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.
2001 Bayliner 4788 I sold two times. $320k in 2005, and $160k in 2014. Jacksonville, Florida
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 doesn’t matter 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
California: Two (2) Bayliner 4788’s
CT; Bayliner; 4788
Georgia: Two (2) Bayliner 4788’s
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.
New Jersey: Bayliner 4788
North Carolina; Bayliner 4788
Ohio: Bayliner 4588
Oregon: Meridian 580
Puerto Rico: Grand Banks 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.
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 on the front page of my site- moored in Australia behind the owners homes..
During our recession from 2006- 2014 I sold the heck out of yachts to foreign buyers from countries with strong economies. I pretty much depleted my inventory of Brunswick built Pilothouse Motoryachts and Meridian 459’s. That was great for all back then, but now in 2017, inventory of good yachts are very hard to find on the East Coast. I now have only a few listings to offer my buyers. They’re still calling me but I have little to offer them. I REALLY need more LATE MODEL yachts to market. Please Call me 305-956-3818 or email “firstname.lastname@example.org” to discuss marketing your yacht.
2007 Meridian 580 sold from Naples Florida- 2009- As of 2017 she’s back on the market in Florida
2010 Meridian 580 sold from Costa Rica – now in Australia