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Old 02-22-2010
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opinions of 2 brokers in/near MA?

I went to the New England Boat Show this weekend and had great fun climbing in and on all the different boats. I can't afford to buy a new boat, but I was hoping to get a feel for how much space is available, etc (and I was successful).

I made a couple of contacts at the show and I was wondering if anyone had any dealings with either:

John L. Proctor of Lawson Yachts, Hingham MA.

Glenn Walters of Eastern Yacht Sales, Portsmouth RI

I stupidly only spent a couple seconds talking to John and just grabbed his card. I realized after I left that he was the broker recommended to me by Mark Nicholas, author of "The Essentials of Living Aboard a Boat", when I had contacted him to find out who the unnamed broker he really liked was in his book.

Glenn was unfortunately left with the impression that I was interested in buying a new Jeanneau 36i, but apparently he also sells used boats (that's what Yacht Broker means, right?). He seems like a nice enough guy, and I hate to have to tell him that I can't afford to buy new... although at the prices they were offering, it's pretty darn tempting. I just know it's a terrible investment.

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We purchased our Cape Dory last spring from Sam Lawson, John Proctor's colleague at Lawson Yachts. While I only spoke briefly with John on the phone a few times, I can say that Sam was fantastic. Can't say enough good things....highly recommended. I would imagine that John is the same. I got the impression from other brokers that they are well respected in the area. Would be happy to discuss more via PM.
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Peter Galvin in the Eastern Hingham office is also very good.

These guys are all very knoweldgeable brokers, you might visit each and spend an hour or two talking about your boat search and see what their advice and council is. You want a broker who can and will do the search work for you...more likely than not, you may end up working with him/her for up to six months and seeing a dozen or more boats. Your discussion with them is actually an interview, work with the one you feel the most chemistry with.
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Glen was my broker when I purchased my boat in 2008. It was quite the saga (due to the seller and his broker) and Glen was great throughout. He is a stand-up guy and I would not hesitate to recommend him. PM me if you have further questions.
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I'm a big fan of Matt LeDuc at Fleet Yacht Sales in Bristol RI. He was our broker when we bought our boat.

Sam Lawson was the listing broker.

The deal became very complicated, and by the end of it, Matt / Fleet Yachts was doing all of the legwork.

Our boat's mentioned in this thread (see "I think we might have the last cal-pearson"): has anyone heard of a Cal-Pearson (1968)
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I'm a big fan of Matt LeDuc at Fleet Yacht Sales in Bristol RI. He was our broker when we bought our boat
We bought our boat from Matt when he was at Sailing Specialties in 2007. He's a really great guy and I'd definitely recommend him!
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