In November 2022, we were fortunate to purchase a 2013 American Tug 43 through our boat broker, Leo Thibault. Leo was a true first-class professional throughout the entire life cycle of the boat purchase.
Upon initial contact, he gathered information on our requirements and intentions for the boat. He setup an in-person tour of the American Tug factory in La Conner, WA where the boats are built. The tour confirmed the factory's top-notch quality and reputation, and that we wanted to purchase an American Tug (AT).
When an AT 43' entered the market for sale in Connecticut, he flew up to CT twice in quick succession. First trip, to inspect the boat for his listing. Second trip, several weeks later, for our survey and sea trial.
Within a couple of weeks, we closed, with Leo assisting us with the closing process. With all parties in different locations, all closing documents were conveniently executed remotely with electronic signatures.
Post closing, he assisted us with hiring of a local Connecticut boat captain (with AT delivery experience) to help me move the boat to our home port in South Florida.
We are very satisfied and grateful for Leo. With decades of experience, he is extremely knowledgeable about the boat market, providing us with valuable insight into the boats we were considering. Throughout the process, he was highly responsive with our phone, email and Whatsapp questions and updates. He was always very patient with us, never making us feel rushed or pressured. Through each phase of the process, Leo ensured its smoothness, and reducing risk of hiccups and slowdowns. We would highly recommend working with Leo and Edwards Yacht Sales for anyone looking to purchase a boat.
It was a pleasure to deal with Joe in his role as Buyers Broker. I had listed my Scout on Facebook- and Joe contacted to ask if I’d consider selling through his firm to a buyer who was his client. And guess what..he really did! The entire process was smooth, professional and stress free - which was important to us since we were selling our home and moving in a very short timeframe. In short, I’d recommend Joe to anyone selling or buying their next vessel. He’s an honest, “go to” broker who goes the extra mile for buyers and sellers alike.
Was a pleasure working with Joe. He listened to what Diane and I found important with our boat purchase and turned around options to us very quickly. Through various channels was able to find, do a site visit, send videos and finalize a purchase in a very short window of time. Very prompt and professional with all the paperwork, contract language etc necessary to close the transaction. Also very genuine in hoping Diane and I found the right fit for our boating needs!
I cannot be more pleased to wholeheartedly endorse Leo Thibault and his team at Edwards Yacht Sales after having represented us in the sale of our American Tug 435. After a brief and ultimately unsuccessful and frustrating experience in Marketing "Gratitude" ourselves though an online owner's forum, I turned to Leo to represent her professionally and more broadly. I was led to Leo as he is the East Coast representative of American Tugs with full factory support. His experience with American Tugs has resulted in a great many sales of the brand, so his familiarity with the product was unmatched with anyone else on the East Coast. I was up against the wall with winterizing her in the Northeast and honestly thought the process would drag through the winter and into the spring. Geography was no limitation as Leo was on a plane within the week to meet with me, Within the following week, the boat was listed and an offer was received. Part of the benefit of dealing with so many American Tug transactions, is the ability to accumulate a database of interested buyers which proved in our case to be the ticket. Within 3 weeks of the offer we were inspected and closed. The entire experience was a delight for me as well as I believe for the buyer who is currently half way home with her to her new home in Florida.
Thank you again Leo and the whole team at Edwards Yacht Sales.
After 5 years of reconditioning, Paradigm Shift is Sold! Lots of love n labor, sorry to see her go, but the new owner loves her and is excited to Live Aboard in Delaware City! First Ever 1997 Hybrid Electric Catamaran Yaught! Thanks to ElectricYaught in Minnesota, Multihull in Florida, Woodworking102 in Florida, Invertors R us in California, a multitude of other vendors that turned this "Barn Find" into a New and Lovely Adventure! That my Family is excited to get out of the driveway! Thank You Edwards Yacht Sales and Joe Maiella! I'm a PITA, in every sense.!! This Gem of a broker!! Can't explain my Respect for this Gentleman!! Dealt with my prodding and Insistence, always responding with Professionalism!! Made this Adventure a New beginning for a really Cool new owner!!
Edwards Yacht Sales,
We recently closed on our first sailboat with the help of Clark Jelley, and it's no exaggeration to say we could not have done it without his help. From the very start he made sure we understood what the boat-buying process would entail, helped us understand how the survey process works, and was very patient as we changed course a few times on what kind of boat we wanted. He's not just someone who sells boats -- having lived on a catamaran, and having served in the Coast Guard, he has actual, practical knowledge that has been invaluable throughout this process. We were all tested when a seller was uncooperative with the survey process, and Clark stepped right up and took control of the situation. We always knew that our best interests were his priority, including when things were challenging. He also helped us find insurance options, surveyors, and various professionals for work after the sale. Team Jelley was referred to us by another client, and I will be referring clients in the future.
Craig Massey, a knowledgeable and honest broker gave us the best advice for our situation.
In March 2022 my wife and I took a road trip from Atlanta to the Tampa/St. Pete area in search of a 40-44' 1980's trawler in the $80-$100k range. The kind of affordable but elusive floating condo that thousands of other retirees are looking for to fulfill long-held dreams of cruising the ICW, wintering in the Bahamas, or doing the Great Loop.
After 20 years of dreaming and scheming, we were quite serious now that we are empty-nesters. The one impediment from going "all-in" and living aboard was the responsibility for keeping an eye on an aging parent which means limiting cruising to a max of 4 weeks at a time, 3 or 4 times a year.
We were in the midst of looking at some possibilities with the broker we were working with in St. Pete when we saw an Edwards listing for a 42' Jefferson in Punta Gorda brokered by Craig Massey. We made an appointment with Craig and drove the hour to meet him in his office. By the time we arrived that vessel was under contract. Not surprising given the high demand and low supply.
Nonetheless, Craig asked us a series of questions about what we were looking for and why, and what our plans were for using the vessel. He listened patiently, and after giving it some thought declared that we should not buy the boat of our dreams. Not something we were expecting to hear from a broker! He made a key point that we only needed such a vessel if we were going to be living on it full-time and shared the lessons learned from his many years' experience around boats and running a boatyard to open our eyes to the realities of what we were getting ourselves into.
So what were we to do with our dashed dreams? When we can eventually spend more than a month at a time aboard or want to expand our cruising grounds we will have to buy our own trawler through Craig. In the meantime, we have Craig to thank for getting us on the water in the best way possible for our situation.
Putting our beloved Baba 30 up for sale was not an easy decision, as it had been a dream of ours to sail her to Lisbon. But when this was not feasible for personal reasons, we entrusted the brokerage process to Joe and his team at EYS. Joe skillfully and empathetically navigated the process of marketing, screening and coordinating prospects until the right buyer came along. We’re grateful and can heartily recommend Joe and EYS as professional and trusted brokers.
I wanted to thank you… My son and I brought the boat home from Ft. Pierce this weekend and had this pod of dolphins surf our bow wake for 30 minutes. The boat ran great and we didn’t have any issues. We stopped in Palm Beach the first night and on to Miami. It was a great trip. The very first leg we ran into the dolphins so we decided to name the boat Dolphina.
Thank you so much for everything you’ve done. You have really made this process so much easier and more comfortable for me.