August 2019 – Sold a yacht

Our sale experience for a Huzar 28 was effortless and successful, thanks to Ivan and those who work with him.  He led me through the process in an orderly fashion and generated interest that led to an easy sale.

It started with checking over the boat and recommending some minor repairs or replacements, then drafting and editing the advertisement and photos.  We agreed a price, which was more than we had anticipated and the rest was handled by Ivan. We sold our sail boat in winter, which isn’t ideal (so I thought) and the boat isn’t among the most commonly known in Sydney, but the boat sold in a reasonable time, without having to reduce the price.  That final contract and exchange process was smooth and seamless.  Ivan kept me informed and answered my questions throughout the process.

I truly could not have expected more.  Exceptional.  Thank you.


Ray Church, MHYC
May 2018 – Bought a yacht

Dear Ivan

Thank you very much for your excellent service. You went out of your way to make it easy for us to buy a boat from 2,000 km away! The advice was professional, competent and reliable. From the start I felt that I could trust you (which I could). You also helped arrange the survey, insurance and transport details on your end.

If ever one of our friends is looking for a boat, we’ll mention your name. Distance is no problem nowadays. Thanks again!

Regards Christina

Christina della Valle, Proserpine
October 2017 – Bought a yacht

Dear Ivan

I would like to thank you for your efforts in the process of purchasing my Elliott 780. I was so impressed with your non biased approach to the negotiations and your appreciation of my point of view as well as the owner’s. I was always able to get in contact with you in a timely manner and you conveyed information from the owner in the same way. Thank you for a pleasant experience. I would be pleased to recommend you and your company, Yacht Sales Australia to anyone in the future.

Steve, Elliott 780 “Clean Sweep”

Steven Liney, PSYC
September 2017 – Sold a yacht

I can’t thank you enough for your assistance in selling my Beneteau First 305, “Broulee”. Where others had failed (over a 6 month period), you had a number of buyers and she was sold within 5 days of listing. “Wow”! Your professionalism and accurate pre-market appraisal proved to be outstanding with a very happy buyer and seller. I can only imagine that you must have an extensive list of potential buyers on record.

Again thank you Ivan. A brilliant outcome, great feedback and contact throughout the sale. Your assistance in preparing the boat was also invaluable.

Yacht Sales Australia proved to be a great choice!!


Charles Caskey, MHYC
August 2017 – Sold a yacht

Yacht Sales Australia’s Ivan Rowe successfully negotiated the sale of my yacht, a Martzcraft 35 which I had sailed and lovingly maintained since 1988. Ivan provided clear market feedback as we together sought to establish a price point for the yacht. Once we decided upon the market offer the yacht sold in a relatively short period of time and the sale process was professionally handled, keeping me informed all the way. I’m pleased we found a keen and enthusiastic buyer to enjoy my much loved boat.

Christian Reid, MHYC
January 2017 – Sold & bought a yacht

Hi Ivan

I just wanted to record my thanks for your efforts in the recent sale of my Dufour 34 Performance, and my subsequent purchase of a smaller sports boat. At all times you were available, professional and helpful during these transactions, and your level of feedback and information was outstanding. I would thoroughly recommend you to anyone considering either the sale or purchase of a vessel in the future.

Kind Regards
Stephen Deane

Stephen Deane, DSC
November 2016 – Sold a yacht

Dear Ivan

Thank you for your fantastic work in selling our Bavaria 36. As you know, we had spent almost 12 months with our prior Broker with no success – he tried to convince us that it was because of a poor market and that although he was showing lots of people round, they just weren’t interested in buying.

You expressed confidence that you would have the boat sold quickly, and within 6 weeks you’d done just that, at exactly the price we were looking for.

We couldn’t be happier with the service, and your obvious passion for and knowledge of boats in general and ours in particular was no doubt a significant factor in achieving success so quickly.

The settlement process was quick and easy, and your willingness to go above and beyond in attending to a few minor repairs and details at your own cost and time to smooth the way was really appreciated.

Thanks again for an awesome job – we should have come to you much earlier!


Peter Bernard, BPYC
August 2016 – Sold a yacht

Dear Ivan

Andrea and I would like to convey to your our sincere gratitude for your work in arranging the sale of “Charmaine”. Given our special circumstances and the rather unique nature of the boat, the promptness with which you facilitated the sale speaks highly of your professionalism. For us, the additional delight was that the buyers are such a lovely family who so clearly wish to do all the fun family things we have on the boat over the years.

Again our thanks for your work.


Martin Pryor, MHYC
August 2016 – Bought a yacht

Hi Ivan

Just letting you know that Charmaine has found her new home on her new mooring in Pittwater. The family, including dog enjoyed a glorious day motoring and sailing up the coast, initially at around 5 knots until fair winds kicked and we decided to hoist the foresails and saw 8 knots on the GPS.

Thank you so much for helping to make this happen. Your honesty and the trust we placed was well founded. We feel really privileged to be the new custodians of Charmaine.



Ric Bonomo, RPAYC
July 2016 – Sold a yacht

Thank you for the great work put into selling my 30′ classic yacht. The boat is a work of art and your understanding of the boat and this market really made it happen.

Thank you also for your diligent follow up to ensure all the details were professionally handled. It has been a pleasure working with you and the Yacht Sales Australia team.


Robert Anderson, SASC
March 2016 – Sold a yacht

I was impressed with Yacht Sales Australia. They were appointed after a period with another broker who said times were tough and sales were bad. Yet they made it happen.

I have found and experienced at Yacht Sales Australia a proactive sales team that worked tirelessly to promote and show my beautiful boat to interested parties. Ivan and Rob even attended the Survey which was thorough and detailed. The Surveyor was impressed that the YSA team were there to support me and help answer any questions that came up.

The best thing is, Yacht Sales Australia achieved the price I wanted. Well done and thank you!


Jeremy Clarke, MHYC
October 2015 – Sold a yacht


I had a very positive experience working with Ivan to sell our Jeanneau 36i, “Allora”. In fact she was sold to the first buyer that expressed genuine interest.

This did not alleviate the hard work Ivan put in to secure the sale, and the extra mile he went to ensure she was presented well and fully operational. We were kept informed of progress at all times, and I would recommend Yacht Sales to any intending sellers.

Regards, David

David Tregoning, SASC
September 2015 – Sold a yacht


We chose to use Yacht Sales Australia to sell our Bavaria 34 for a number of reasons. Firstly, their association with MHYC and ease of access to their offices. They came highly recommended by seasoned yachties and their professional approach was outstanding.

Key for us was their experience, boating knowledge and willingness to go the extra mile. When our yacht wasn’t on the market, the Yacht Sales team helped us find key Bavaria suppliers. Prior to settlement they managed various trade and needless to say, their efforts in resolving minor pre-settlement repairs got us over the line.

By any measure our yacht was not the most expensive on the market and yet, we received the same treatment as a yacht worth three times the price.

Our sale was seamless. The Yacht Sales Australia team kept us informed of potential buyers and negotiated well on our behalf. They also treated our yacht during the process as we would, which was a great relief.

We would have no hesitation recommending Yacht Sales Australia and given the honesty we received throughout the entire process, would most definitely purchase our next yacht from them.

Thanks again, Dean

Dean Logan, MHYC
July 2015 – Sold a yacht


Hi Jeff and Ivan

I would like to formally thank you both for the time you spent and the professionalism you showed in the recent sale of my Davidson 52, “Tauranga”.

I had been most impressed with your patience with me when I purchased her through you some 8 years ago.

In this regard I have enclosed 2 letters from that time which you will find interesting. The first is from you to me congratulating me on the purchase. The second was from me thanking you for your assistance, patience and perseverance.

This was the main reason I entrusted you to sell “Tauranga” when we decided to place her on the market last year.

I felt that you would give me honest advice. I also believed that you knew and related to how special a boat she is and would be able to communicate this to prospective purchasers.

As testament to your skills we ended up with 3 qualified buyers which you had worked with for over 6 months.

Thank you both again.

Best Regards, Neil

Neil Shedden
June 2015 – Sold a yacht


Hi Ivan

Thank you for your successful efforts in selling our Jeanneau 37, “Boraloo”… and to a nice family at that. They have got a good sound boat and I hope they enjoy her as much as we have.

We greatly appreciate what you did and I am only sorry we did not hand the job to you much earlier!

All the best, Nick

Nick Tait, MHYC
February 2015 – Sold a boat


We got there!!

Thank you Jeff and Ivan for steering me through successfully selling the family boat…not and easy task… made possible with your persistence and humour!

Jane Barnes

Jane Barnes, SASC
February 2015 – Bought a boat


CYNTHIA returns home

16 years ago my late wife told me she had found us a new boat…..”but Sweetie, we already have one…” I said…..”but I found us a larger one that we and the boys will have fun on, and be able to invite friends onto” she replied…I would have been a fool to say no. So Cynthia came into our lives in 1998. We sadly parted with her in 2004.

After a fortuitous, coincidental meeting and discussion with Jeff from Yacht Sales Australia whilst looking at a Cavalier 28 for my son in Pittwater, I learned that Cynthia was up for sale again. …serendipity…It just had to be. I would never have found out except for Jeff’s love of boats and his ability to engage in discussions regarding his life’s passion….boats (something well entrenched in Ivan as well from a very young age).

She is now back with us once more, and more loved than ever….The friendly and professional service from Jeff, Ivan and the team made the re-acquisition of our PERRY 35 a shear delight.

She is in need of some TLC and whilst motor sailing her back to Pittwater where we will keep her, Ivan was more than attentive to all our needs and stuck with us when needed. He went above and beyond and we cannot say thanks enough.

So off we go….for another who-knows-how-long with Cynthia…. Thanks from all our family to everyone at Yacht Sales Australia. A very professional and friendly team.

Ian Mclean

Ian Mclean, RMYC
January 2015 – Bought a boat


Wonderful co-operative service

Thanks Jeff and team for your relaxed yet diligent assistance that made it an enjoyable experience to buy Aussie Rules. You were able to accomodate our needs and those of the owner and made it possible for everyone to be satisfied and pleased with the outcome. .. and all during the Christmas New Year holidays!!!

Cecelia Cmielewski

Cecelia Cmielewski
October 2014 – Sold a boat



Hi Jeff, Now that the yacht Free Spirit has a proud new owner I thank you for all your comments and continued effort to find her a new home. Being positively attentive and tireless at all times made the difference where nothing seemed to much of a problem. Thank you and Clive whom I spoke with in the early part, if your buyers or sellers need some old sea man like service then get in contact with them NOW !!!

Patrick Horgan

Patrick Horgan
October 2014 – Bought a boat


Hassle free yacht purchase

Hi Jeff, thanks again for all your help in the recent purchase of our yacht. You certainly made the process easy & enjoyable. Wouldn’t hesitate in recommending your brokerage to anyone looking to purchase or sell a vessel.

Regards Fred & Judi

Fred & Judi
September 2014 – Bought a boat


Thank you for top quality service

Over the last seven or eight months Yacht Sales Australia’s Jeff Rowe assisted my spouse and I to find the right boat for us among the various listings on the firm’s books. He was patient, considerate, careful and unstinting in his outlay of energy on exposing us to the market and in arranging the practical issues of sale once we had made our choice of purchase. There were numerous complications for him as agent for the owner in dealing between us and and with the vendor who is not located locally, but he surmounted them all with the utmost cheerfulness and helpfulness. This is a firm which takes seriously it’s commitment to sound client-focused service and we would have no hesitation in seeking its services again as needs arise. Congratulations Jeff!

Christopher Conybeare

Christopher Conybeare, SASC
30 May 2014 – Sold a boat


Many thanks Jeff

Enjoyed working with you. Much appreciated your enthusiasm and communication, having kept me constantly informed of all the dealings.

Michael Wark

Michael Wark, SA
26 March 2014 – Bought a boat


Excellence service

Buying the boat was a delightful experience. Jeff was immensely knowledgeable, straightforward and a pleasure to deal with. If I were to sell (heaven forbid) I would go through Yacht Sales Australia without question, and I would recommend others to do likewise.

James Douglas

James Douglas
13 February 2014 – Sold a Boat


Yacht Sales Australia are great!!!

Jeff (and the staff at YSA) recently sold my boat. It was a hard sell but they did it! I was very pleased with the time they put into it, and the feedback I received back after each visit. I would definitely sell or buy another boat through them.

Heather Olsen

Heather Olsen
16 December 2013 – Sold a Boat


Happy With Yacht Sales Australia

Thank you for the settlement statement on the sale of our boat Obsession. We must thank you for your efforts during the sale process considering that the market was somewhat depressed, but in spite of that you still persevered finding the right buyer. During the negotiations we were impressed with your attitude making our decisions easier culminating in a price that we found acceptable. Thank you once again for all that you have achieved.

Nuala Hiscock

Nuala Hiscock
21 November 2013 – Bought a Boat


Impeccable and Friendly Service

Thanks Jeff and the team at Yacht Sales. Considering I was on one side of the country and the boat I was purchasing was on the other, Dealing with Yacht sales Australia made it seem easy.

Phil Hall

Phil Hall
18 August 2013 – Sold a Boat


Amazing result

We used Jeff at Yacht Sales Australia last year to sell our Savage 42. We had had the boat for 14 years and sailed her from Sydney to Crete and up and down the East Coast – so she was a solid well used but older design yacht. We thought she could take years to sell as not many people round the Harbour want the heavy sea going yachts. Amazingly Jeff sold her within less than two months at a price we were very pleased with. Our yachting friends were all stunned. We replaced her with a Jeanneau 33 but sadly had to make the decision to sell again this year. After such good service last time we contacted Jeff and he sold our boat within four days at the price we wanted!! Jeff just took the keys and from then on did everything making the sale no work for us at all. We are absolutely thrilled and thoroughly enjoyed all our dealings with Jeff – thank you!!

Jane Duckworth

Jane Duckworth
16 August 2013 – Bought a Boat


Trouble Free Experience

Hi Jeff, Thank you for your very professional, fair and helpful support during the purchase of our boat. It’s been a very pleasant and trouble free experience.


8 June 2013 – Sold a Boat


Professional Service

Delighted to have at last sold our boat. Jeff made the difference and took care of all the details professionally and with integrity. Seller and buyer both very happy.

Gavin Bentley

Gavin Bentley