Michael L Grassi
Posted 1.5 yrs ago on TrustPilot.com View on website .
My family and I decided that it was going to be time for a boat upgrade in a few years. We live closer to a saltwater area than the lake we were using our boat in and since our kids are still young, we figured we'd punt and put ourselves in better field position 3 years from now. Although we loved our boat and with not much time to spend publishing and showing it to those who weren't truly serious, we put it on craigslist. We were immediately contacted by POP yachts who were straight-forward as to their fees and operating methods. I didn't think we had anything much to lose so we allowed POP yachts to take over. In the meantime, we continued to use the boat for fishing etc. On the day we were leaving for vacation, Tom Leiper, our broker, arrived and took over 150 photos and a video using a drone. I left him at my house and he did all the work. We listed the boat higher than what we expected to get and only came down slowly as the summer and engine hours progressed. Although it would have been better for Tom and POP Yachts to sell quickly, he helped us remain patient and knew exactly when the listings reached the right audience and when to drop the price. It sold for a price I'm truly happy with and to a great couple that we stay in touch with. The depreciation was minimal and the closing process was seamless. Jessica Smith was our closing officer and did a great job in explaining everything and taking care of all the paperwork; title etc. I spent probably ten minutes signing and scanning things to send back to her. Within two hours of us selling the boat to the new couple, the money from the sale was in my account. Tom has since become a friend that talks boating with me from time-to-time and will be entrusted in becoming our broker again when and if we are ready to make the upgrade. I can't emphasize what a great experience we had with Tom and Jessica. On a side note, I really didn't have to do much work in order to facilitate the sale of my own boat. I kept it clean and had the maintenance records to prove the upkeep. Although POP Yachts takes commission, deservedly so, I truly believe my boat wouldn't have sold this easily and at the price it did. Any difference would have been minimal and would have required more time from me that I didn't have during the busy summer.