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My wife and I worked with Spencer Drake to purchase a 2005 MJM 34z and to sell our 2002 Jupiter 27. Spencer guided us through the entire process, making it simple and easy. He and the entire East Coast Yacht Sales team are professional, thorough and a pleasure to work with. We would highly recommend ECYS.

James Cabot, Purchaser 2005 MJM 34z

I met Ben about 5 years ago when I moved my boat to Stonington. 2 years before I sold my J109 for an East Bay 43. I had told him how I missed sailing and over the years he showed me multiple 30 plus foot sailboats from Stonington , Ct to Maine but nothing caught my eye enough to buy. This summer I saw Ben and was ready to buy a Buzzards Bay 25 actually from another broker. Knowing me well, he mentioned I should look at a Morris 46 that just had come on the market as he felt it may be perfect for me . I saw her in the shed ready to be launched and fell in love . I had promised to use someone else to sell the East Bay, and Ben never pressured me even though he told me that East Coast Yacht Sales had many customers looking for one, he respected my wishes. After several weeks I actually decided to list my East Bay with Ben due to his professionalism and because he did his due diligence in giving me a market analysis of the East Bay. Finally , after seeing the Morris 6 times over a 5 week period I made an offer and with Bens knowledge and help bought her. He had my East Bay listed for 10 days and had multiple showings and 3 offers came in over a 24 hour period and he sold my boat at almost full asking price and got me way more than we had discussed. I buy a great deal of toys, have a crazy work schedule with little free time and Ben made this process very smooth on both ends with no stress. He was right on with what he had expressed with the buying and selling and gave me great advise and was never stressful or pushy. He has a customer for life as this will not be my last boat.

Douglas Wisch, MD, Buyer of a Morris 46/ seller of an East Bay 43 -July 2017

I have acquired and sold many many vessels. My experience with Ben Knowles at East Coast Yacht Sales was without a doubt, the best one I have ever had. His unique characteristics of deep expert knowledge, superb proactive communication (frequency and content), creativity, innovation (including the use of drone video), and tireless tenacity were exactly what I was hoping for. I have incredibly high standards for professional service providers and have been told I am a tough grader; Ben and ECYS are an incredibly breath of fresh air in a sometimes tradition-bound industry. I recommend him without reservation and am happy to have people contact me if they'd like more detailed input.

Peter Worrell, Buyer of Axopar 28

East Coast Yacht Sales is a super professional firm!! Ben Knowles helped me identify the best boat for my family, purchase the boat, sell my old boat and all without any angst whatsoever!! I recommend ECYS wholeheartedly!!

Jeffrey Roberts, Buyer of MJM 34z/Seller of Wasque 26

East Coast Yacht Sales is the real deal ! I've had the pleasure of working with Ben Knowles and his team and would recommend them without hesitation. As we all know buying or selling a yacht is a complicated and tedious endevour. Ben's attention to detail is without reproach and his caring and friendly attitude helps seal the deal. I highly recommend the team at East Coast Yacht Sales.

Steve Goodyear

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
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