It is often said that the two happiest days in the life of a boat owner are the day they buy a boat and the day they sell a boat.
Jonathan and David can truly say that they have enjoyed helping many happy buyers and sellers. They have also guided many of them in the right direction to enjoy a fulfilling and lengthy yachting experience.
Yacht brokers are the fortunate individuals whose job it is to find bone fide buyers and sellers of used and new yachts and bring them together in such a way that they, and the brokers, walk away from the completion of a sale as pleased as can be. Nice and simple!
However, Wikipedia has a more precise description. “A yacht broker is a specialist who serves yacht or boat sellers and/or buyers as a representative for the sale or purchase of a yacht or boat. The yacht broker is paid an agreed commission by the seller to market the yacht for sale, field interest and inquiries from buyers, handle negotiations, attend inspection and water trial and ultimately, if successful, to attend delivery. A buyer’s broker may assist their client in locating and qualifying a vessel and assisting with purchase negotiations but is typically not paid a commission by buyer and instead shares in the commission paid by the seller to their broker. These two roles are referred to as Listing Broker (representing the seller and vessel) and Selling Broker (representing buyer)”.
Jonathan has spent over 35 years of his working life as a yacht broker of medium and large yachts, and as the director of three yacht sales and charter brokerage companies. Camper & Nicholsons International for Spain, Maritimo Yachts and Comercial Náutica.
David took a different path in the industry also beginning over 35 years ago, however, as a yacht owner. This led him to the acquisition of the world-renowned American yacht builder, Burger Boat Company. Soon after taking the reins, he opened a brokerage and charter company, Burger Yacht Sales in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and an international sales company in Monaco, Burger Boat Company, S.A.M.
Both the industry and the job have evolved considerably over recent years as regulation has become increasingly complex and the internet has made access to information and listings more readily available. Finding a desirable yacht at the right price or a willing purchaser is no longer the most challenging task for brokers; It is more about ensuring that all the paperwork, due diligence, compliancy, KYC and bureaucratic issues are dealt with professionally and as unobtrusively as possible during a sale.
In the following pages there are brief descriptions of the type of yachts and the different uses that can be made of them. This is mainly directed at newcomers to yachting and to people looking to know a little more about our world. What is wonderful about yachting is the many different ways in which one can express oneself and enjoy the yachting lifestyle. Just look at the diversity of boats and yachts in any marina or at boat shows.
Hamilton Marine International offers personalised brokerage services to novice and experienced buyers and sellers of yachts, and consultancy to industry professionals and institutions on a wide range of issues, representing their interests and bringing clarity and peace of mind. Our services are charged hourly, at a daily or per-project rate, can be partly commission based or as mutually agreed with clients.
They are becoming very, very large, and are a small world unto themselves.
Explorers & Discovery Yachts
Have you ever thought of going to Antartica, Vietnam or Greenland with your yacht?
Enjoy medium or long-distance crusing while delighting family and freinds. You can still get into most bays and marinas and you do not require shore support.
Is it possible to have the best of both worlds? We live in times where the use of renewable energy is being encouraged.
Wikipedia describes a classic as being “an outstanding example of a particular style; something of lasting worth or with a timeless quality; of the first or highest quality, class, or rank – something that exemplifies its class.”
Hybrids & New Technology
Finding the right balance between traditional diesel engines, electric and hydro-generatos, batteries, wind and solar panels os the propulsion and on-board servicing requeriments.
There are owners who can probably afford much larger yachts but have found that they can enjoy a more intimate experience with fewer or no crew.
Performance & Day Boats
FONERS, the ex royal yacht FORTUNA, built in 2000 by Izar in Spain for King Juan Carlos is probably still the fastest superyacht ever built.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover”
H. Jackson Brown, Jr