Captain: Breakaway 2014-02-05
Clive is the quintessential broker. He is knowledgeable beyond reproach, and fair to both the buyer and seller. He will spare no human effort to affect a deal - whether it means a late night rendezvous at the marina, or an early morning phone conversation with the surveyor. If you can't sell your boat with Clive, your boat simply doesn't deserve to be sold!
Russ Roschman of s/y ‘Reprise’. 2014-01-31
Brian, Thanks to your excellent advise, information provided, references seen, pictures provided and continuous updates: I have a fair idea at what level an offer could work! Again: Thanks for that! Never came across a broker as open and frank as you! Hope to be able to business with you.
Sincerely yours, Rik 2014-01-28
I would also recommend you providing Chris Simpson at BVI Yacht Sales in Tortola an open listing as well. He is one of the top brokers in the Caribbean with a great location and an experienced team. Last spring I sold one of my clients a Hylas 54’ that was listed by his office. His support services were the best.
David Walter Yachts, 2014-01-06
Hi Clive, Having got the hiccoughs over the bank payment out of the way, I can finally write to thank you for the very fine effort in selling Mystique. You always sounded like you knew what you were talking about and that you were on top of your job – but one can never be sure. In your case, your actions do match the presentation and you produced the goods completely. I do also appreciate just how often you went the extra mile to help with moving and preparing the boat. So thanks very much indeed for a job very well done. Like all owners, I would have preferred a higher price but in these markets any sale is a good sale. Best wishes for the future and Merry Christmas. Philip Rose, 2013-12-20
Following the helpful advice of the very kind yacht brokers at BVI Yacht Sales, who weren’t simply chasing commission, I ended up with something much older. Not one of their listings, but a boat in the same marina as an old Beneteau that I had gone to look at, one that the broker had seen before and knew was still for sale.
We would like to recommend BVI Yacht Sales to others, so feel free to e-mail us if you need us as a reference for other clients. We sat in Norway and surfed the Internet looking for a sailboat in the Caribbean. We sent off several e-mails to different yacht brokers. Only BVI Yacht Sales replied in a way that made us confident that they would help us find the right boat for us. We had a good dialog with Clive Allan, and after looking at several boats we decided on a Beneteau 40. Sitting in Norway and buying a boat based on the survey rapport was a little scary. But we felt confident in Clive Allan and BVI Yacht Sales, after a good dialog over a long timespan. We do not think we could have done this with any other broker. Therefore, we can recommend BVI Yacht Sales and we would not use any other yacht broker in the Caribbean.
Kind regards Unn Bjørge and Halvor Roede, 2013-11-13
Thanks to you both for executing everything in a speedy and efficient manner. I can understand why you keep winning that local best yacht broker prize every year!
Bruce Nobley, 2013-10-24
Hello Clive, Your professionalism and attention to detail are astounding! Your photos reflect most of the items from the survey. As to that survey, wow!
Thanks again, Mike Wirth, 2013-10-24
Clive and Karen,
Thank you for all of your efforts assisting us with the Riptide. Without you, we would not have been able to get this done. From the moment you became involved, we got on the right path where we could move forward, and you saw it through for us. You’ve been great advocates on our behalf and have done everything necessary, and more, to assist us. We cannot express our gratitude strongly enough. You’ve more than earned your commission; you’ve definitely earned our respect and appreciation. It’s been a pleasure working with you. I hope someday to visit the BVI’s and will be sure to look you up and buy you a drink. Thanks again,
Glen & Bev, Royal Credit Union Bank, 2013-10-24
I think what you did on that Privilege was astonishing, record breaking. I am grateful and I can only take a bow to a master broker.
Cheers. Alexis de Boucaud, Broker – Florida, 2013-10-14
Hi Brian, Finest Kind is looking super cute... It was nice doing business with you, thanks... Donna, 2013-10-07
Hi Chris, ...It has been a pleasure working with you, and have one more broker to put on my "trust" list.
Best Regards, Howard, 2013-09-24
Hi Chris, We are in earnest and very ready. You are brilliant sir. Blessing and a good future together as friends. THANK YOU! Charles and Elizabeth, 2013-06-16
Good Morning Clive and Karen, Excellent !!! This did go quicker than I expected. And congratulations / thanks go to you both for your professionalism and positive attitudes. Clive, I really give you credit for being straight-up and telling it like it is .... I do appreciate someone that does not sugar coat. And you should be commended for your perseverance in the surprises and the moving target called FWSS. I will be down at the end of July .... so we will have that cold one (... or two) on the beach.
Cheers, Len Lüsebrink, 2013-06-03
Hi Chris, You continue to impress me with your candor. I thought I was the frank guy around here. Seriously, you have already provided me with more response and information than any six others I have queried. I am a fresh water sailor, not an old salt, although I am 62, and as such would need to rely on an agent or buyer's broker as there are issues I am not in the least familiar with that would, I am certain, slip under my radar. Looking forward to dealing with you at the appropriate time,
I remain Yours Sincerely
Frank Molyneaux, 2013-05-17
Hi Brian, Thanks again....you did a great job on the sale of the boat. Your experience on the water was of great help on the sea trial. If we are back in the BVI we will stop by to say hello.
Best regards, Bill & Mary Ann, 2013-05-01
Chris Simpson took on my quest to find a small, Caribbean based, sailboat for island cruising. I had made enquiries with other brokers but none responded in the same helpful manner as BVI Yacht Sales. Chris provided an amazing service in locating and then honestly assessing the condition of a suitable candidate boat. This he did in a dedicated and very personal way which gave me the impression I was the only client he was dealing with (although I know he was very busy providing a similar service to others.) His expert material assessments proved accurate, candid, detailed and extremely helpful. As we moved towards making the purchase he accompanied a (non BVI!)surveyor (travelling to PR where the boat was located) and but he actually provided more and better information together with a large number of very detailed photographs. Ultimately and very unusually I felt sufficiently confident to buy a boat which I was not able to see for myself before completion. However the extent of information I had been provided with enabled me to have the confidence to complete the purchase. When I arrived at the boat for the first time I felt I knew the boat. I was subsequently able to cruise as intended for nearly 5 months. She is incidentally over 32 years old.
While buying a boat (which was at the very low end of the price range) in this way is not usual or recommended, I seriously doubt any any other broker would be able to provide a service of similar reliability.
BVI Yacht Sales I can highly recommend and would be happy to provide a further reference if desired. I would not hesitate to use their services for any purchase arrangement.
Simon Julien, Brisa, 2013-03-20
Clive, I want to thank you for all of your assistance, dedication and hard work that went in to selling Veritas. It was a long road, typical for many classics, but you and everyone at BVI yacht sales stuck with it and for that you should be commended.
I look forward to working with you again when I next take the plunge into boat ownership and when I subsequently decide to get out again!
Many thanks. Todd, 2013-03-05
Chris, I appreciate everything you have done for me during the years I have known you. Your diligence and professionalism should be the standard in your industry (but then, that would take away your competitive edge!). I certainly look forward to calling you one of these days to find me a new SAILboat, wife's objections be damned!
Luis Fabre, 2013-01-24
Thanks Clive, I must say you are a breath of fresh air on the brokerage front, all the best with lovely old lady.
David Gray, 2012-12-05
Congrats to you also. All in all it’s a dream scenario for us. We had a wonderful time for practically no expense. We are very happy with our initial decision to look for a boat on Tortola with you’re office as broker. And later on to end our travels on Tortola again, Nanny Cay has been a very good place for us. Clive, on a personal level we ‘re very happy with the way you conduct your work but what’s more, I enjoyed it because of the way you communicate. Business is a lot of fun this way!! Have one on us, we will surely do this on your behalf. Also all the best to Karen and thanks to her and Carrie. Bye for now! Kees, 2012-11-15
What a pleasure it is to work with someone like you who always seems cheerful and knows what you are doing. These qualities seem rare these days. I hope they appreciate having you there.
John Burgess S/V Fiesta, 2012-11-05
Carrie handled the communication between her company and ours very efficiently. She always either e-mailed or returned calls in a timely manner.
Bob Miller-Broker/Salesman Fillingham Yacht Sales, 2012-11-09
We ABSOLUTELY appreciate your candor and are quite pleased with your level of detailed observation. It is very helpful before we go through the time and expense of traveling to know exactly what to expect. Keeps everything on an even keel and doesn't make us feel like we are shown only the best shots, etc. Definitely help develop trust, which I'm sure is important to you also.
Shannon and Shawn, 2012-09-26
Thank you for the informative email outlining “Veritas” sale. It is the most comprehensive reply I have received to date on any vessel I have enquired on. Thank you.
Tim Dowling, 2012-09-24
Thanks again for all your help. Have a great vacation coming up. Again, you are one of the best salesmen I have ever worked with. It's been a pleasure. God bless and much ongoing success.
Tom Herskowitz, 2012-08-02
Clive, words can not express my sincere gratitude and admiration for your exceptional conduct with regard to Pajarito. I hereby crown you Super Broker 2012. Many thanks my friend. I owe you for this one.... Kind regards,
Chris: Thank You. Those words can't fully convey our appreciation but will have to do for now, given the time and distance that separates us. Thanks for keeping us in the loop, it helps a lot. We know you have many other demands on your time, yet you make it appear as if we were your sole focus. Let us know what/when we need to do whatever on our part to help.
BVI Yacht Sales did an amazing job in helping me purchase my Beneteau 473 "Two Moons" in the Caribbean, especially given I was new to the whole boat buying game and that I was purchasing from Australia. They fostered a great relationship between the broker, myself and the seller - who I ended up meeting in person. Following the sale, Brian Duff was completely hands on in helping prepare the boat in only a matter of weeks for the Caribbean 1500 as well as an Atlantic crossing. Brian provided an excellent level of knowledge and helped me out whenever needed, from assisting to get the boat to Bermuda, finding a skipper on short notice and helping organize spare parts when I was on the other side of the world in the Mediterranean. Karen Simpson was also invaluable as she helped arrange fast and effortless transfer papers, dealing directly with the Australian registration office to get things organized. After the great adventure, I had no hesitation in having BVI Yacht Sales and Brian in particular take care of the re-sale of my boat. After the transfer, the sale proceeds were left in escrow with BVI Yacht Sales, for quite a period of time in fact, which reflects the degree of comfort I have in the folks at BVI Yacht Sales. I have no problem endorsing Brian Duff and Karen Simpson of BVI Yacht Sales and fully commend their helpfulness and professionalism. Regards,
BRAVO !!!!!! My hat is off to you for pulling this out and off. I am glad you have so many friends there and were able to hold it together. I hope the buyer, too, appreciates how lucky he is. I know we appreciate all you have done.
Susan Old, 2012-05-11
Thank you have been above the call of duty and beyond the juggling act, at 5 different hats, thanks.
Walter Lane, 2012-05-10
Clive, thank you, personally, from me. It was a great pleasure working with you and we owe you our sincere gratitude for all you help and effort on this sale. Cheers!
James Avery, 2012-05-01
Hello Brian... Thanks for all your assistance this purchase of Passage Maker. The honesty and integrity you displayed throughout were very much appreciated.
You and your sidekicks really made my visit to Tortola extremely worthwhile in many ways. While trying to be patient while my boat sells I'm trying to scour the market to decide which way to go next. And, Now I know which brokers I'm confident to rep me when buying. Put me in a file with other buyers who put you at the top of their list hoping to work closely with you when buying their next boat. Nice to meet you.
Bob DONAGHEY, 2012-03-11
It is nice talking to you again at this point, when all is done and especially after all we did experience this months. I also enjoy it much dealing with you. All this went through because I had an excellent person to intermediate as broker. So thank you for your good work time and patience.
Christian Atal, 2012-03-05
Clive it was a pleasure working with you. It was a difficult deal and at the end of the day you put it together. Great job and I would welcome working with you again in the future. Best
James Farr, 2012-03-02
That's fantastic news Karen. Thank you for all your help every step along the way. You and Clive have truly made this experience painless and fun, and I can't wait to see you both in about a week.
William Spivey, 2012-02-08
It was a pleasure getting to know you. Shed and I thank you for all your efforts!!!! What a job that was for you. I'm glad all is done as I know you are too :) We realize you worked over time and in the end had to sacrifice commission. I am very sorry for that and appreciate all your work. We are so happy that all is completed and hope that the we do run into you for a cold one sooner than later!!!!!! Take care, and we hope to be in the BVI soon :)
Tyra W. Roberson, 2012-01-10
Best Broker in the Caribbean!! I've had several clients do business here over the years. Chris runs a first class operation. Smooth, professional and very knowledgeable, but friendly and low key....Like you're selling or buying a boat from family. Just delivered a Hylas 46 to BVI to be listed for sale. The owner had used BVI Yacht Sales for his previous boat. As always, the entire evolution to get the boat listed was seamless and enjoyable. Chris set us up with an excellent management service at Penn's Landing and provided excellent guidance on what should and should not be done to the boat to enhance chances for a quick sale. If you're buying or selling a boat in the Caribbean, use these guys!!
Captain: Hubs 2012-01-09
Just Listed Hunter 44DS We have been going into Nanny Cay Marina where BVI Yacht Sales is located for over a year. When we decided to list our boat we called them. Clive Allen came to the boat and then we went to his office and had a frank and open discussion. NO pressure to sign a listing. We left and talked it over for a couple of days. We decided to list with them and he came over and took almost 50 photos and did a VERY thorough listing and had it up the next day. Very professional and honest company throughout. 5 star!
Jeff Williams 2011-09-07
Please accept my thanks and appreciation for all your efforts to sort this problem. Also, thank you and Chris and all your staff who made me feel so comfortable and welcome for the few days I was with you. I have no idea whether my circumstances will change and allow me to buy another boat in the Caribbean, but if they do you will be my first stop in my hunt.
Chris Chitty (Antigua)
I would like to thank you for all your help and assistance in providing me everything thing I requested in a timely and comprehensive manner. But even more importantly was the professionalism and integrity you exercised through the process. It is really a shame I didn’t get to meet you in person. Sincerely,
Allan J Stokes (Canada)
It is always a pleasure to deal with someone who behaves as he purports to when seeking business. You are one of the rare ones. I hope our paths cross again and that if they do for a business reason that there is a fatter commission in it for you - -you deserve it! Best,
Michael Kane (Philadelphia, PA)
Thanks to you and Karen for all the help you have given me in my efforts to purchase the Pleiades. If you were not involved, I am sure that things would not have worked out as well as they did. I am happy that early on I realized how important you were and excluded all other brokers from the deal. Good thinking on my part.
I did have a smile on my face when you gave me advice on returning to Florida for the new rudder, you almost sounded as cautious as me.
Thanks again, Bill Smurr
What I was trying to say is that we probably like you as a broker more then anyone we've met. I wish we could have bought the Fast Passage 39...and who knows...we may yet...but regardless...we enjoyed working with you. You were great. Todd, It amazes me how many horrible brokers there are out there. You do a great job. It is obvious why you are successful. Thanks
John & Pauline
Thanks for all your efforts on this - I'm sure the process wasn't all that enjoyable for you either. Rest assured that, if we are ever again in the market to buy or sell, you'll be the first person I contact!
Let me tell you this: I am speechless. I will frame your email and put it in the Hall of Fame of the brokerage industry. I mean it. I had forgotten about Carina, quite frankly, and you are extremely fair to send me a slice of the commission. Whatever you send me will be more than generous. In conclusion: people like you are becoming extremely rare on this planet. Keep doing what you're doing and God bless.
Todd, thanks for the e mail. I can't imagine a sale going any more smoothly. You guys did an incredible job and I'm glad the guitar will be getting good use. I swear, when I'm ready to sell the next boat, I'd think seriously of sailing it back to the BVI so you could sell it! Take care and good sailing.
Good morning Todd, I have to thank u for your perfect coaching of the whole week. I think it was excellent for a greenhorn like me. And it showed how good and necessary a good broker is. The whole community at Trellis Bay is very, very nice and welcoming foreigners. I enjoyed the whole time and really relaxed and got new "gasoline" for the next months. Sincerely yours,
Will tout to some aussies who are looking, but think best if you list with BVI Yacht sales- I will fwd this to Clive Allen, he sells coal to Newcastle.
I keep using your example of how to deal with buyers and sellers. You were a wonderful example of how a broker should be. I was delighted to run into you in Trellis Bay. Perhaps we will get to work together. Let me know if there’s anything I can do for you up here.
Harry K. Schell
I appreciate all that all of you have done to get Labe sold and settled with the new owners. We will, without reservation, recommend your services to anyone who wishes to sell or purchase a boat in the area. Again thanks for all of your efforts.
Amanda and Richard
Thank you and thanks to Chris for the service you have provided and the efficient way it has all been handled. If we have any more repossessions in the BVI we will certainly be in touch. Have a great Xmas and New Year.
Thanks for everything. I also wanted to specifically thank you and Karen for getting the documents to me so quickly yesterday. I really appreciate the efforts you both made to assist with that.
I want to thank you again for your time, education, and good humor during my brief stay. I was telling my wife over pizza and wine last night that you are without a doubt the most knowledgeable person that I've ever met regarding fiberglass boats.... Your consideration and care in showing me boats was truly remarkable. And I felt a bit guilty for having so much fun. Your wicked sense of humor was an added bonus.
I have a email address of a broker, Todd Duff, that I think you have met in Trellis he is a very nice guy and has all the answers. I didn't use him as my broker but should have.
Thanks so very much for making this work. You have represented both the seller and buyer well. I look forward to coming to BVI.
Bruce E Fuller
...your response to the inquiry is terrific and very professional, something that is not seen all the time in this day and age. If I were the potential client your detailed response would certainly catch my attention.
E. Wesch 19-09-2007
…Had a look at the Beneteau on your site. Excellent; you should go around all the other brokers giving lessons on presentation and description.
C. Spreckley 09-11-2007
I can assure you that a large part of my getting interested was the first response I got from you which suggested that you would be good to work with.
M. Dines 15-01-2007
And, I stand in such appreciation of the way that you and your whole team has handled this complex sale. It is not a million dollar boat but that is how you have treated us and the sale. Chris, you have gotten back to me unfailingly and quickly on questions. You've tracked the condition of the boat and the repairs .It doesn't get much better.
R. Brand 05-02-2007
Thank you for all your efforts to bring this deal together. Winterlude indeed seems to qualify as a 'best of breed', and Hetta & I feel very fortunate to be calling her ours (soon). We couldn't have done this without you, and we thank our lucky stars for finding you & your Company.
P. Wielaard 23-03-2007
…we are sorry to have not met up with you here...but express gratitude for such a professional sale..we are indeed more than satisfied…
L&P on-Evergreen 12-04-2007
I want to thank you for all your work in selling our boat. It went as smooth as anyone would ever have hoped and it was a real pleasure working with you all. It's exciting to think that folks an island away will be the new owners and we will be communicating with them and even getting together with them in the near future. What a small world…
…I’ll make a point to look you up on my next trip to the BVI. If you ever need a reference I’ll be happy to give you one. You really sold my boat quickly and did a professional job throughout the process.
B. Johnson 17-09-2007
… it was certainly nice doing bussiness with you. I think you carried all the negotiations in a very professional and efficient way.
Thanks … for the congratulations as well as all of the tremendous help you have been to us "above and beyond".
Griff & Cheryl 28-08-2007
I should really like to place on record my thanks and appreciation for all the help you gave to me over what I am sure you will have regarded as a somewhat trying time. Your unfailing patience with my sometimes naive approach is noted. I would be very happy to say the same things to anyone you might want to point in my direction…
T. Andrews 04-04-2006
Thanks for your very detailed e-mail. It has been a pleasure working with you and your reputation for a high level of customer service is well deserved!
T. Mullen 21-12-2006
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you and Chris for all your help in the sale (not helped by me crossing the Atlantic in the middle of it all!) - a very professional and friendly service…
K. Acott 28-12-2006
Excellent news....You have been an example of good service and trust.....and I will recommend your services to whomever is in the market for a vessel.
My sincere thanks....
I. Zapater 09-08-2007
Really, you are much more than a broker, you are helping us so much and we really appreciate it!
M. Ellery 03-24-2005
Let us tell you we really appreciate all you’ve done for us and the boat and we know that was much more than your own work...So many thanks again for everything.
A. & P. Glenman 17-11-2007
It's a pleasure to find someone who actually does their job, and does it well! Look forward to meeting one of these fine days...
G. Robinson 18-10-2007
I commend you for your website which has some of the best detailed listings I have found, and also for your detailed and informative responses. There are very few brokers out there who work as hard for their sellers as you are.
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