Buyer Broker Sales
While selling our own listings is the backbone of our business, acting as a buyers broker (selling boats that are listed with another broker) is also an exciting aspect of Swiftsure Yachts mission. We are often asked just what a buyers broker does for the yachtsman who is out searching for the perfect boat. Whether looking for a blue water cruiser or a competitive race boat, we have found the professional assistance we offer to be a good value indeed and that the following steps are critical to a successful outcome.
Focus the search (purpose, budget, size, location)
Research the possibilities (yachtworld, professional associations, boats soon to come on the market)
Confirm the condition (with the listing broker)
View the boat:
You never know until you go. When considering boats in distant locations one will never know the boats condition without viewing it. We frequently travel with our clients to help them make this assessment. Brokers and photos dont always tell the whole story.
Attend the survey and seatrial
Assist with the Purchase and Sales process
Facilitate commissioning, delivery and decommissioning
Our expertise helps our clients move forward or in some cases pull the plug on the deal before making a costly mistake. And the proof is in the enjoyment our clients are having in their new boats! The following are recent examples of boat purchases with Swiftsure Yachts acting as the buyer's broker:
CEST LA VIE, a 2000 Beneteau 461
When Brian and Kari decided to take a sailing sabbatical, they came to Swiftsure Yachts for help finding the boat that would comfortably and safely take them and another couple on a cruise through the South Pacific. Accommodations for four adults led to the desire for a three stateroom layout; one for each couple and one for all the gear! After looking at many boats, they settled on a Beneteau 461. We located CEST LA VIE in California, attended the seatrial and survey with them and helped to facilitate trucking to Seattle. Short trips in local waters are giving Brian, Kari and friends valuable sea time as they learn the intricacies of their new boat in preparation for heading offshore.
SOLONG, a 1998 Hallberg Rassy 53
For some downsizing means selling the house and moving to a smaller condominium. For the avid sailor downsizing often means moving from life ashore to full time liveaboard status. When Scott Fuller was approached by one of our clients to assist in just such a move, he found a lightly used and very well equipped Hallberg Rassy 53 which met all of the customer's criteria for the perfect liveaboard-comfortable at dock or at anchor and a safe, well found passagemaker.
VOODOO CHILD, a 1999 Santa Cruz 52
After several seasons successfully campaigning a J130 (including wins at Vic Maui and Swiftsure), our client was ready to make the move to a larger boat. Working with Swiftsure Yachts the new VOODOO CHILD, a Santa Cruz 52, was found in New Orleans where Brad Baker negotiated the sale, attended the survey and test sail, and facilitated the delivery to Seattle. Once here, we have continued to be actively involved in the outfitting of this competitive race boat. Swiftsure Yachts was able to take our client's J130 in trade as part of the transaction.
AM3, a 1993 Able Apogee 50
We first met Lee and Roxanne when we sold their Sceptre 41, AM3, through Swiftsure Yachts. After the sale was complete, they joined Swiftsure Yachts partner Brad Baker on a delivery cruise to San Francisco of the Alden 44, PUFFIN, in order to gain more offshore experience. After they returned, they focused their search for a new boat: one that was not only bigger but also better designed for long-distance cruising. After viewing SCOOTS, our Able Apogee listing, they became intrigued with the boats melding of comfort, purposeful lines, and strength with excellent sailing capability. As SCOOTS had found a new home, Lee and Roxanne headed east with Pete McGonagle to view several other Apogees on the east coast and ultimately purchased WESTRI, a 1993 Able Apogee. The newly christened AM3 will remain in Rhode Island where her new owners will begin their cruise the summer of 2006 after racing in the cruising division of the Newport to Bermuda Race.
Buyer broker sales include:
2002 Beneteau 473 2012 Outremer 49 1979 Islander Freeport 36 1988 Pacific Seacraft 34 1995 Bavaria 36 1964 Lyman 24 2001 Manta 42 2003 J145 1996 Catalina 42 1991 Taswell 56 Farr 50PH 2003 Hallberg-Rassy 53 1999 Taswell 44 2003 Alubat Ovni 395 2002 Jeanneau 43DS 1988 Norseman 400 1987 Sabre 42 2007 Selene 47 2003 Caliber 40 LRC 2008 Discovery 55 1987 CS Merlin 36 2000 Garcia 46 1981 Hallberg-Rassy 38 1986 Grand Banks 32 Tashiba 40 1982 Sabre 38 1985 Tashiba 40 1980 C&C 34 1995 Farr 39ML 1996 Sabre 402 1985 Beneteau 375 2000 Amel 53 1996 Celestial 50 1992 Ocean Alexander 42 1983 Golden Wave 42 1988 Sabre 30 1999 Beneteau 44 1986 Norseman 400 1989 Taswell 43 1991 Taswell 43 1993 Hunter Passage 42 2004 Morris 48 1982 Stevens 47 1998 Perry/Andrews 72 1991 Perry/Riverbend 51 1989 Sceptre 41 1993 Taswell 43 1986 Wauquiez Hood 38 1997 Saga 43 C&C 24R 1999 C&C 36 2002 Jeanneau DS 43 1993 Able Apogee 50 1987 Norseman 400 1984 Nelson Merek 68 1983 Sceptre 41 1989 Caliber 38 2000 Beneteau 46 2000 Hallberg Rassy 53 1999 Santa Cruz 52 1985 Trintella 44 2000 Royal Storebro 34 1986 Cambria 46 1991 Offshore 48 1994 Little Hoquiam 60 1984 Hallberg Rassy 42 1987 Express 34 2001 J 46 1983 Hatteras 70 2000 Bayliner 39 1982 Passport 40 2003 IC 20 1995 Sweden 370 1998 J 130 1985 Wauquiez 38