We had been looking at trawlers for months as we wanted to make the transition from our Catalina 42 sailboat to a nice, warm, dry powerboat. We had a buyer for our Catalina, but the trawler we thought was our “ Dream Boat “ , surveyed as a potential nightmare. My plans of enjoying the tax benefits of a trade-in dissolved, and we decided to go ahead with the sale of our beloved Catalina and take a break from searching for the perfect boat. That afternoon the phone rang…it was Bob Berglund, who had been helping us with our search. He said “I’ve just listed a beautiful Grand Banks 42 Classic, and I think it’s YOUR boat!” Suzy was so depressed, she didn’t feel she could look at another boat, but she agreed to “ go through the motions “ one more time with me. The next morning, we were on board the Grand Banks with Bob. After 30 minutes looking her over, Suzy said, “ Bob has done it again! This is our boat! Let’s make an offer! “ ( Bob had found us a beautiful Catalina 36, seven years ago! ) To make a long story even longer, Bob was able to get the survey the next day, and make the transaction happen, so we were able to save the tax benefits after all. I’ve dealt with many brokers… and Bob Berglund is the BEST !
Pete and Suzy Redburn
After three frustrating years of trying to sell my 54’ Sunnfjord power boat by myself and through brokers, I decided I needed to do a more thorough job of “brokerage due diligence”. I made myself an in-depth checklist and began interviewing brokers from Anacortes to Olympia, concentrating on the Seattle area because of visibility and traffic. I chose Dana Motlik and NWyachtnet because they had been moving inventory in 2008 and 2009 when many other brokerages were not, and because they had an excellent reputation for co-brokering. NWyachtnet bears that name for a reason: They are constantly networking within the boating community, posting inventory and sharing inventory with other brokers, including Canadian brokers. I also liked their office location and the modern, convenient and secure marina that offers great visibility to locals and tourists. The NWyachtnet crew are active, knowledgeable, professional, and very comfortable to work with. And they did, in three months, what I couldn’t do in three years: They found a wonderful home for my boat!
I wanted to take a few minutes to write you and let you know what a wonderful experience we had buying our boat from NW Yachtnet.com.
We were only looking to spend 35 to 40 thousand dollars on a boat, yet Matt treated us like we were shopping for a million dollar boat. His service was professional, and helpful, with no high pressure tactics that you see so much of today.
We ended up with a wonderful 32 ft Cooper, which fits out boating needs perfectly. There were a few bids ahead of us when we decided on the boat, and I was ready to give up, but Matt told me to hang in there. He told us you never know what will happen when it comes to finalizing on a boat. He was right. Some things came up for the people ahead of us, and the boat came to us.
We have had the boat a little over a year now, and Matt stays in contact with us, making sure we are happy, and keeping us aware of what is going on in the boating world here in Tacoma.
We are in the starting stages of looking to get a bigger boat, (we were told that once you had a boat you will always want one 2 Ft. bigger), and we will only work with Matt. I know he will have our best interest at heart when we buy the new boat.
Chuck and Jolene Laguna