Customer Testimonials

Dear Jon,

I want to thank you and your whole organization for the wonderful job selling my boats. I can't tell you how glad I am in choosing to go this route with your company. You have a great staff and we all had a few laughs too. I tell people often what a great experience it has been and that they would be nuts not to go to ECYS to buy or sell their next boat.

Please give these little thank you notes to all your coworkers. I really appreciate all the professional, friendly and efficient help over the last year. It is almost bittersweet that all of the boats are sold, but there will no doubt be more boat stories to have in the future.

Best wishes to all, and I hope business is good!"

Bill Waldron, President - Waldron Marine

I purchased a J160 listed by ECYS from another broker but got to observe the depth and professionalism of the ECYS team lead by the "lead by example" style of its owner Jon Knowles. Three years later I purchased and Alden 63 using ECYS as my representative. Again, professionalism and follow up above and beyond expectation in a complex transaction with a European owner. ECYS also listed my J160 and sold it in 120 days through Tim Kohl's leadership.

A great team, with drive, experience and integrity!

Chris Cannon, Purchaser J 160

I recently purchased a beautiful J 124 through East Coast Yacht Sales. I was impressed by their thoroughness in the entire process, overseeing the comissioning and sea trial of the boat and delivering to me a vessel ready for sea. They displayed their concerns for their client's satisfaction by quickly addressing any minor mechanical issues that arose after closing.

Bill Sutton, Purchaser J 124

Thanks... you were great to work with, and I'll recommend you any chance I get.

Steve Hintz, Seller J 80

I would like to thank you for your excellent professional assistance in acquiring a Pearson 37 sailboat. From the outset when I asked for assurance that the pictures in the listing were current and that the boat was worth the drive to Maine - through the transaction and inevitable survey issues, your integrity and communication were superb. Beyond the sale you weven went out of your way to provide a missing part for the furling system, which you spied at a yard sale- which tells me you continue to look out for your clients long after the deal is done. I would highly recommend you to a friend and look forward to working with you again in the future.

Michael Brown, Buyer Duck Pearson 37

I chose ECYS after talking with about 5 brokers primarily because of responsiveness; I just got a better feeling with ECYS that your group was going to be the most responsive and customer oriented. My early experiences have met my expectations, which I appreciate because I am 1000 miles away in Wisconsin. Thank you.

John Mellow, Seller Mainship 30

Linda Warren sold my Tall Ship sailing business. Most brokers can sell boats; few can sell a boat business. Linda is extremely knowledgeable about the market and the people who are in the market. She continually brought me qualified buyers, persevered through difficult economic times and was, and is, always gracious and thoughtful. She initially sold the 80’ Schooner Liberty as a boat sale and, one year later, sold the Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships, the owner of the 125’ Schooner Liberty Clipper. And, along the way, she sold my personal 38’ sloop.
I have great respect for Linda and her skills and recommend her without qualification."

Greg Muzzy, Former Owner - The Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships

You have done a fantastic job on this, above and beyond what I could have expected.

Thank you very much for everything on this.

Warm regards.

Lee Allen Johnson, Buyer Valiant 32

Thank you for everything. It was a pleasure to work with you, learn from you, and explore the details of M* together.

I didn't expecte to have fun and meed interesting people while parting with my boat... Big Thank You.

Elaine Roche, Seller Valiant 32

Dear Bill

I wanted to tell you once more what a pleasure it has been working with you over the course of purchasing and, more recently, selling our Bristol 38.8 “Maggie B”. From the outset, you were exceptionally experienced, helpful and good natured.

When we first worked with you, you listened carefully and were unfailingly patient and thorough in addressing our needs. Your knowledge of cruising sailboats is superb; in the end, you found and guided us smoothly through the purchase of just the right boat. She gave us close to a decade of sailing pleasure. When the time came to sell her, once again we found your recommendations and knowledge of the market to be invaluable. When we encountered an unexpected problem during the sale, your integrity, your thoughtful counsel, and your advice as to how to restructure the transaction, ensured a successful closing.

Once in a while I am fortunate enough to work with a real professional, Bill, and I count you among them. I thank you for your help over the years and I look forward to working with you again

My best regards,


Michael Smith