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HISTORY: La Conner Yacht Sales was established in 1971 by three Canadians, and the office was located in a small building that was adjacent to the Potlatch RV Resort here in the La Conner Marina. In 1975, Bill Campbell and El Meyers purchased the brokerage and moved its offices to the La Conner Machine & Drydock building at 539 N. Third Street, also within the La Conner Marina. In 1986, Bill Campbell sold the business to Gordon and Jane Godfrey, who had moved to the La Conner area from Vashon Island. In 1989, Art Kaplan, who was living in Portland, Oregon, and Marcie Miles, who was living in Bellevue, Washington, persuaded Gordon and Jane to sell the yacht brokerage business, and now Art and Marcie have owned and operated LCYS since 1989.

La Conner Yacht Sales has continuously represented boats located in the La Conner and Shelter Bay area for over 40 years, uniting buyers and sellers.

Sales Staff:

Art Kaplan; President, owner/operator of LCYS from 1989 to present. Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB) since 2004. Member of the Northwest Yacht Brokers Association since 1989, active as a NYBA Committee member, past NYBA Director. Director of Skagit Bay Search and Rescue since its inception in 2002. Excellent yacht sales producer, loves the water, performs water demonstrations. Greatest life experience to date: skiing one-on-one with Stein Eriksen. Born in Seattle, graduated from Garfield High School in 1963.

Marcie Miles: Co-Owner, Sales, Closings - 1989 to present. Certified Professional Yacht Broker since 2003. Purchased LCYS in partnership with Art Kaplan in 1989 (from my step-parents, Gordon and Jane Godfrey). Member of the Northwest Yacht Brokers Association since 1989. Officer of Skagit Bay Search and Rescue since its inception in 2002. Love serving my community in any capacity! This is great job! "You must go boating" MT: 14:22

TONY MINER, sales and marketing. Tony brings years of boating experience to the brokerage community, he is here to assist both buyers and sellers alike in reaching their boating aspirations. You will recognize Tony’s voice from his years as a radio host in Seattle, or his face as manager of the local La Conner Fuel Dock. After retiring from broadcasting, he was looking for an opportunity to focus on a fun and challenging profession that included working with a variety of people and offers the ability to spotlight the marine environment. You will appreciate his honest and open perspective, his boating knowledge and ability to assist you in YOUR boating endeavors! Tony and his lovely wife Janelle are local La Conner residents.

And we are honored by our CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS:

Thank you for all your guidance & expertise (not to mention patience) in dealing with me through my first boat purchase! Trevor P.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your help in making this purchase so smooth. We could not be more pleased with the boat and know that you helped us tremendously in getting it into our hands. We will always thank you and hope to see you out on the water. We would recommend you to anyone who is needing to buy or sell a boat as you have been an excellent resource and as thoughtful as you could be. Steve and Sabrina L.

Thanks so much for all the help you were in finding a home for our boat and also a new owner who would take care of it properly! Bill and Marilyn

Thank you for all of your support. Sue M.

Thank you so much for all of your help over the past few weeks. We appreciate all the work you've done. Dan and Nancy

Thanks so much for successfully selling our boat, great job, keep up the good work! Brian and Kristi

You can't imagine how much I appreciate your professionalism in helping me acquire my boat. I cherish the day I was sent your way. Your friendship and support have been wonderful. Harley O.

We are very happy with the service you provided in the selling of our boat. We live in Wyoming and had left our beloved boat with you to sell, we were just a little nervous, but, you made us feel very comfortable and assured that our boat was in good hands. Know what? Is was! We feel you were very professional and well versed in all matters of the sale. If you ever need a reference, do not hesitate to use our names. Bonnie and Mike

I am taking this opportunity to thank you for all your efforts in the successful sale of our boat. This is the second vessel you have marketed for me over the past few years and both transactions have gone very well. Kudos to you! I recognize that this sale was somewhat more complicated due to some issues with the boat and the buyer's concern over them. Your perseverance and commitment to completing the sale is appreciated. Wes S.

Thank you again for making my experience so great. The boat handled the weather beautifully. Scott

You folks are a class act and I would recommend you to anyone, especially someone far from the boat! Jeff J.

Should I have a need to do boat business in the future, I would be happy to call La Conner Yacht Sales again. Your excellent research for me, professionalism and true kindness will not be forgotten. Heather V.

As an out of town buyer, I was looking for the old fashioned idea about professional quality and service. If you are a buyer or seller and are looking to come away with a satisfied outcome, then La Conner Yacht Sales will provide that service. They have proven to be friendly, honest and hard working. They have the knowledge and experience to handle any issue that may arise. If you are looking to buy or sell your 'baby', you need to consider La Conner Yacht Sales. Dean G.

For all your special help, we really appreciate your hard work in making our 'dream boat' come true! We love it! Jill and Steve S.

Thank you for selling the boat for us in such a fast and efficient manner. We really have enjoyed working with you and will keep you in mind for the future or if we can pass any referrals along your way. Rich and Linda

Thank you, not only for helping us to buy the perfect boat but also for helping us bring her home to Shelter Bay. Debbie and Jon

Thank you so very much for all of your efforts and hard work in selling our boat. We both appreciate all your dedication! Ty and Vicki T.

I'm heading out with the family this weekend to cruise around the variety of islands here in the Auckland harbour and just want to thank you for delivering to me such a superb boat. Steve

Thank you once again for helping us in the details with our Sea Ray boat purchase. It'll be so nice getting back on the water and no longer being 'boatless'. Bill and Kathy D.

Many times we're are not satisfied with service provided these days, write a letter and then move on to the next problem. On the other hand, we often do not say Thanks for a job well done and I want to do that (it's been a while!). So, I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the professional service your team provided and how you consistently went above and beyond the routine type of service time after time. Thanks for all your attention to detail concerning the condition of my boat (some might call it nagging, but in a good way!), for always having a positive thing to say and for paying attention to the important details including the needed repair work follow-up with the buyer! I don't ever remember dealing with such a great Team, thanks for the experience. John F.

This is a small token of our appreciation for the extra effort you extended in selling our boat. I have had several people say to me “Boy, that was quick!” and make the statement “it says a lot for La Conner Yacht Sales”. You made it so easy for us with our busy schedule and we appreciated your efforts very much. LD and Trudy.

People like you make this a wonderful world. Thanks for everything! You're the greatest! Ray and Sharon

Thank you, we love our boat! Maryann and Mitch

Thank you for selling my boat quickly and at a fair price. I totally appreciate everything you did to make the sale and keep the buyers happy. Drake

Thank you seems woefully inadequate to express our appreciation to you for your wonderfully professional handling of our recent sale and purchase. We could not be more pleased with the results of both transactions. We wish you the best in all your professional and personal endeavors in the future. Harley and Lynn

Thanks so much for guiding us through our Bayliner purchase! Although mother nature wasn't the least bit considerate of us, your kindness, expertise and professionalism (plus the red licorice) certainly made up for it! We wish you the best. Brad and Toni

I just wanted to thank you for being such great people. You did a great job handling all the boat issues, as well as some of my personal ones. You definitely went above and beyond your responsibilities and I greatly appreciate it. Tom

We want to tell you how much we appreciate your work and helpful advice when we recently bought our boat. Our friends who sold their boat through your business strongly recommended that “we must talk to La Conner Yacht Sales” when we began looking for a boat. Your knowledge and expertise about the advantages, disadvantages and characteristics of various sizes of boats helped us more clearly think about what we needed. What initially caught our attention was the way the online description was written, accompanied by numerous photos showing the inside and outside of the boat. What we have appreciated the most has been your attention and work on our behalf as buyers, while at the same time fairly representing the sellers' interests. As you know, we live a considerable distance from La Conner, and your support and frequent communication by email and phone took a great deal of additional time for you and saved us numerous trips and expense. We thank all of you at La Conner Yacht Sales for your work, time, integrity and candid advice during our boat buying experience. Roy and Barb.

I just wanted to let you know how much we appreciated the professional and courteous way that our purchase of the Sea Ray was handled. I would also like to thank you for the diligent way that the paperwork was handled for the Canadian Customs. We were through at Port Sidney within 20 minutes and with no hassle at all. Please use us as a reference! We had our boat out over the long weekend and everything is working just fine, I have had many compliments on the boats' condition. K. O'Shea

We both thank you for finding the perfect couple to buy STRIKE TWO. It is not an easy decision to sell a boat that we had loved for 29 years! A boat that never failed us. We know that she is in good hands and will be loved and enjoyed as much by the new owners. You have made the process painless. We appreciate your excellent service and your compassion for our decision. It was a pleasure to do business with you! Jerry and Joanna O.

Received the packet of sales documents today, everything seems in order and is completed as promised! Thank you both for your efforts, you handled everything promptly and professionally. I appreciate how you kept me informed. Cheers Dave and Carali

We can't even begin to tell you how much we appreciate you both and how grateful we are we stumbled into La Conner Yacht Sales! We immediately felt comfortable working with you both and felt the benefit of all your years of experience. You are a great team and we wold highly recommend you to anyone! We are very grateful for all you did! Lorraine and John

La Conner Yacht Sales

611 Dunlap Street, in the La Conner Marina
Mailing address: P.O. Box 680
La Conner, WA 98257-0680, United States

Tel 360-842-0779
Fax 360.466.3533
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