I want to give thanks to, and commend, broker Pegi Schwarz for her contribution and efforts in selling my Island Packet 320. Anyone that knows quality cruising sailboats knows that Island Packets are top of the line production cruisers. But, a 33 foot IP320 brings a special challenge because it's a fairly small, but still expensive sailboat. That significantly reduces the potential buyers to sailors that are willing to pay for the quality of a blue water cruiser but are not concerned about the size. Over and above that challenge, we were selling a 20 year old boat that, although she was in very good shape overall, still had her share of typical 'older boat' survey recommendations, and, after putting her on the market, we found out that we had a severe enough Yanmar problem that it required an engine rebuild - which we did. So... I brought Pegi an opportunity wrapped in multiple challenges. Early on, she worked with me to understand all of the positive, non-standard upgrades and specifications that were done over the years, and she quickly got my IP320 up on the CSY and YachtWorld websites. She also worked with her internal IT people to get my IP advertised on targeted social media sites. All of these sites were updated a number of times during the time that my IP320 was for sale. When the engine rebuild was done, Pegi made sure to show it as a positive on all the web and social media sites. Pegi also gave me feedback from the many showings that she held over time, and along the way, we made a number of cosmetic repairs that addressed comments that she heard more than once during the walk throughs; basically taking away negatives that really had little to do with the quality and performance of the boat, but gave potential buyers a reason to say no. I appreciated that she wasn't afraid to let me know that taking care of relatively minor issues would help to sell the boat. For all the reasons mentioned above, it took a number of months to sell my boat, but throughout that time, Pegi remained positive, upbeat, and a good communicator. She often offered suggestions that would improve our chances for a sale, and she worked with other sailboat-knowledgeable brokers in her shop and other agencies to show, and re-show the boat. I gladly recommend Pegi as a dedicated and innovative broker if you want to sell your boat, whether it's an easy or difficult sale. Joe McCann
I don't remember ever leaving an online review, positive or negative, for any purchase or service I have ever received, but this company has done an extraordinary job, and deserves some recognition.
Although I have been a boat owner for many years, this was the first time I utilized a broker, and I would highly recommend California Yacht Sales. Ian and Tom were always quick to respond and offered clear explanations on the multiple sides of every decision, and possible outcomes. After each discussion I felt very comfortable with all the information provided, and confident in each final decision that I made.
They were always quick to respond to both email and phone calls, which was extremely helpful with my busy work and travel schedule. I finally purchased a vessel that another broker actually had listed, but Ian and Tom personally stayed with me through the entire process of marine survey, water test, and final transfer of ownership.
After the paperwork was finalized they assisted in moving my vessel from the owner's marina to my marina, as well as dealing with a dinghy that I no longer wanted, since I was out of state on business, and unable to get back to San Diego in a timely manner to take care of it personally.
Over a month later, they have remained fully supportive, offering suggestions on upgrades, cost effective technicians, and just general marina, and boat owner advice.
Their dedication to customer service goes above and beyond my expectations, and I admit that I am a difficult person to please.
Ian at California Yacht Sales is a great guy and provided us with excellent support and service during and after the purchase of our sailboat. He was helpful in providing us with a market analysis and helped match us to the type of boat that would meet our needs. Couldn't recommend him more highly.
We purchased a boat that was listed with Tom Bossenger of California Yacht Sales. Tom could not have done a better job - he was extremely thorough, polite, professional and honest. After meeting other brokers who were the exact opposite, it was great to deal with Tom. We would highly recommend Tom and California Yacht Sales for your boat buying or selling needs.