My advice for buyers is to hire a local surveyor to FIRST go do a quick ‘look through’ for you before going to the expense of traveling to see a out-of-state boat. Have him take detailed photos for you. If he thinks it looks “ok” then FIRST pull oil samples before going to the expense of full surveys and sea-trials. I’m seeing too many LIES on Internet descriptions, and “good surveys and deals” scuttled when the oil results come back. Old (more than five years old) boats are having old boat and engine problems.
I’ve sold more than forty (40) Bayliner 4788’s, Five Meridian 580’s , One Meridian 540, Four 490’s (just not many 490’s ever came east, and now in 2018/19 the one’s I’ve inspected are having serious corrosion issues), two 5288’s, three 5788’s, Meridian 459’s PLUS many other marques and models such as Mare’s, Hartman Palmer, Hatteras, Bertram, Grand Banks, Krogens, Hamptons, Carver Voyagers, Magnums, Fountains, etc.,- as proved by the photos below, and especially on my page here of “OLD Print Ads, Long live the Internet”. I can only guess how many sailboats I sold- maybe 50? Love sailing but the wind seemed to be always to be coming from the direction I wanted to go half the time. Then there was the sun.
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 the vessels pro’s, and con’s, and exactly what a surveyor is going to catch,and how much the repairs are going to cost.
There’s a LOT of patched up damaged (storms, run hard previous repo’s, etc) vessels out there. I know the history of many boats out there.. I hate to see it when people are left standing when the music stops.
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 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 seatrial-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! How long has your boat been on the market?
2000 5288. St. Petersburg, Fl. A beauty. I was hired 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. A beautiful 490- super optioned out,
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 brand new 2002 4788, which I sold for them in 04..
2001 Bayliner 4788 I sold two times. $320k in 2005, and $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. HOW LONG HAS YOUR 4788 been on the market? WHY?!
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. Sunseeker 90′, Azimut 112′.
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, Grand Banks 58′, Mare’s 90′ Power Cat.
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 and loaded on the deck.
I sold this 2002 4788 new in 2002, I then sold 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 her owner ran her on her bottom 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 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 “email@example.com” to discuss marketing your yacht.
61′ Navigator I sold from St. Petersburg Florida. She’s now in New Zealand.
2007 Meridian 580 sold from Naples Florida- 2009
2010 Meridian 580 sold from Costa Rica – now in Australia
580 Meridian 04 sold in Annacortes Wa- to her new owners in Seattle in 2009.
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.
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 local. .
I sold this 62′ Benetti Hershine 1998 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. Time took it’s toll.
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. Sold off 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. This boat is for sale by owner- look on my list of boats for sale.
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.