Russell and I are happy to rate and review Kevin Barber, Edwards Yacht Sales, with five stars ... and wish there were ten stars to give him.
As the broker for the seller of our Catalina, Kevin represented her extremely well by knowing her boat's every detail, thus being able to answer every question we had. No question was a dumb question, as Russell and I were learning all about Tiki. Kevin took all the time we needed, accommodated our schedules by meeting with us on a weekend and after hours, and exercised great patience with both of us, but especially with me, as I typed, from dictation, everything I thought Russell and I would not remember when we no longer had Kevin by our sides to help us! I asked Kevin how he knew so much, specifically, about our boat, and asked him if he was as comfortable talking about power boats, and he said he has had a lot of experience selling many different types of sailboats and power boats, and was equally as comfortable with both. I also asked him if he came with Tiki! He assured Russell and me that everything he had been telling us and teaching us about the boat would begin to come naturally, which it has... mostly because he took such methodical time and care to make sure we were comfortable with her before he ever turned over the keys.
During the closing process, which was akin to buying a house, he explained every step of the process, offered positive reassurance that all would be well, and acted as a seasoned, knowledgeable, and professional liaison between the seller, who was out of the country, and us. We were always "in the loop" and well advised from our initial inquiry about sweet Tiki, to the moment we backed her from her berth in Pensacola to bring her to her new home in Niceville.
Kevin has been in touch with us this entire first week of ownership, continuing to answer little questions that have popped up, as well as support us with his enthusiasm for our wonderful retirement lifetime ahead on Tiki. Kevin is an asset to Edwards Yacht Sales, and to those who come entrusted to him for honesty and expertise when buying or selling a boat. Russell and I very much enjoyed our business relationship with him, and through that feel we have made a friend in Kevin. He helped make this huge life decision easy and enjoyable thanks to his knowledge, flexibility, friendly and honest demeanor, and overall excellence in his profession.
We contracted with Melanie Neale of Edwards Yacht Sales to assist us in selling our 1999 Passport 456. It is an exceptional boat and it required someone with knowledge of boats of this quality and condition. Melanie fit the bill in all regards. She and Edwards Yacht Sales provided extensive marketing exposure for our boat, including putting it on a number of websites, through her personal contacts, and her presence at boat shows. Once we had weathered the hurricane season here in Florida, she brought us a succession of interested parties for showings. It did not take long before a serious buyer appeared and Melanie made sure that they received all the necessary information on the boat. Melanie impressed us with her knowledge of sailboats of all types and was effective in pointing out the qualities that made our boat an excellent world cruiser. She was more than willing to spend as much time as necessary on the boat with the buyer so that he could get to know all the things that made our boat right for his boating dreams. The negotiations for the sale were straightforward and the electronic closing was simple. In short, we are very pleased to have had Melanie market our boat and can enthusiastically recommend her and Edwards Yacht Sales to anyone looking for an exceptional broker.
I wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you. Thank you for a job well done!!!. From the beginning of the listing it became obvious that you were invested in the selling of our yacht. Your continued assistance with advice and finding contractors for necessary repairs was invaluable. Dealing with the different and challenging seekers was a lesson itself. Handling the low ball offers from bargain hunters to dealing with realistic buyers brought us to a happy conclusion.
When I had to go away you stepped in to make the necessary appointments and oversee the contractors. Obviously dealing with these important items proved critical especially when prior to closing again I had to be out of town. The last days you had to overcome issues that appeared insurmountable. From a contractor lacking to last minute negotiations your perseverance and follow thru brought us to the sale.
After the closing you were there to help the buyer cast off, assisting him with finding a local Captain and ensuring the buyer was happy and if he needed answers to any questions he might have.
We had used other broker’s but I can say that you put them to shame. You had input, stayed on top of me in maintaining the yacht ready for showings, and overseeing necessary work were items that proved invaluable.
Thank you for selling her and we are positive of you continued success with your future listings.
We are very busy with our new boat - a boat Doug Jenkins found for us. We actually met Doug when we looked at another boat. That boat was not for us, but he took the time to chat with us about what we really wanted and promised to let us know if he ever found one for sale that was right for us. And a few months later, that's exactly what happened! We never considered working with a broker to buy a boat, but now we would never recommend buying one without a broker. That is, if the broker is Doug Jenkins. He has a wealth of knowledge about boats and boating and a great network of contacts. It seemed we needed his help, advice, and guidance throughout the entire process. Thank you, Doug, for everything.
We had the pleasure of having Harry as the salesman for our new boat a 39ft Gulfstar Sailmaster.. Working with Harry was a complete pleasure! It was our dream to get a yacht that we could retire on and Harry made that dream come true!! With his help we were able to negotiate a price we could afford and he went out of his way to find a way to get a price the owners would except. Harry is a fantastic guy to work with and we will recommend him to anyone we know looking for a boat. He even met us and bought me a beer! What a guy... Thanks again Harry we couldn't be happier!
My wife and I recently sold our 2007 Gemini 105MC, “Kat Man 2” Catamaran through Edwards Yacht Sales. Kevin Barber was both our listing and selling agent, and his efforts resulted in a quick sale at a good price during a difficult market period. His ever present smile combined with his excellent communication skills proved to be a winning combination in connecting with buyer and seller. Kevin left no detail unattended, and quickly earned our confidence.
Kevin’s extensive knowledge of boat systems and electronics proved invaluable during this transaction. He is definitely a “hand on” guy, and helped us immensely through this process. We recommend him highly as a true professional, leaving both buyer and seller satisfied.
I've just finished closing on a sailboat Edwards Yacht Sales had listed. Being a buyer from over 3000 miles away, Harry at Edward Yacht sales was fantastic help with taking additional photo's providing additional details and guiding me through the entire process to make this happen. Thanks Harry!
We used Kevin Welsh for our transition from mono hull to multihull. We were impressed with all aspects of Kevin’s handling of this difficult and expensive transaction and would not hesitate to recommend him for your boat buying needs. We were entirely satisfied with both Kevin and Edwards Yachts services!
I had a traditional cruising sailboat that I knew would be hard to sell. As my broker, Kevin Barber of Edward’s Yachts did a fantastic job of marketing and showing the boat that resulted in finding a buyer. I will not say the process was easy, but Kevin made it as painless as he could.
He knows boats very well, offered me excellent advice on how to prepare the boat for showing and then hand-held the buyer through the whole process, including an exhaustive survey and sea trial. His patience, good humor and encouragement were critical to the successful outcome for me, the seller, and the buyer. If you need to sell a boat, I highly recommend turning it over to Kevin. He will get the job done.