22 May 2013 - Bought a boat
Mary and I would like to thank Detlef for the great experience in purchasing Piscean Dream.
Detlef only showed us what was in our budget and the kind of sail boat we were looking for.He also helped us by telling us the facts when questions were asked by us and not wasting his or our time like other brokers had done during our time researching and looking to purchase our dream boat.
At no time did we feel pressured and Detlef was very informative and very helpful.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Detlef Or Australiawide to anyone looking for a Broker.
15 Nov 2012 - Bought a boat
Good old fashion service!
It was wonderful to hear that you arrived safely onto our buoy mooring at Macleay Island with Crimson Tide.
We cannot thank you enough for your excellent service in this matter. It was obviously not something we had expected to have to do and certainly not from this distance. It was our lucky day when we found you; talking to you was a total breath of fresh air and we find it hard to remember when we have received such "old fashioned" service in the very best sense of the term. You made it all seem so easy and for that Stuart and I are especially grateful.
We will go out of our way to recommend Australiawide Boat Sales to all of our boating (and non-boating) friends and colleagues.
Thank you again, and we look forward to having the chance to do more business with you in the future
Very best wishes
Angela and Stuart Sankey
28 Jul 2012 - Bought a boat
Very happy first boat owner
I would be very happy to recommend Euan and Australiawide to anybody after the positive experiences I have had with them.
Despite the relatively small scale of my purchase and my own lack of experience I was always shown patience, good advice and great support. My first boat is going to be a great start to sailing and I am very grateful for their help.
30 May 2012 - Bought a boat
Many thanks for your excellent work in facilitating the purchase of our yacht. This is a complex process, especially during a prolonged negotiation being conducted by phone and email from another State. We very much appreciated your prompt attention to the details of the process and your unfailing courtesy and professional manner that resulted in the sale being concluded in a timely manner and with all documentation in order.
Fiona and I hope to come up to Manly at the end of June, by which time the antifouling, rigging and upholstery should have been completed and we may be able to fit the new main and go for a sail!
1 May 2012 - General feedback
Thanks Euan & Detlef
I would just like to take the opportunity to thank yourself and Detlef for the very professional manner in which you conduct your business and service. It has been a pleasure to work with you both and Helen and I are very
grateful for your time, energy and expertise.
Thanks to you both and wishing you every success for the future.
19 Mar 2012 - Sold a boat
Sale of Bavaria 37 "Serenity"
I wanted to thank you and your Team at Australiawide Boat Sales for your time and assistance given recentlyt in the successful marketing and sale of our Bavaria 37 yacht "Serenity".
I would like top particularly thank Detlef Bauer for his attention to detail, his ability to communicate in a timely, courteous and efficient manner and for his efforts in securing the sale of this vessel in a difficult and challenging market place.
The whole transaction was conducted in a most professional manner and I would not hesitate to recommend the services offered by your company to any prospective vendor or purchaser, who may consider using Australiawide Boat Sales.
Thanks again for your assistance and our best wishes for a successful business future.
16 Feb 2012 - Sold a boat
Happy purchase and sale - Challenger 39
We bought our boat through Euan at Australiawide Manly in 2006 and enjoyed cruising the east coast and several months living aboard until we returned to Manly in 2011. Euan and Detlef really match clients to boats.
We had no hesitation in listing our boat with Australiawide. Euan and Detlef handled the sale successfully in a very depressed market in December 2011.
As an out of state client the service from Euan and Detlef was exemplary and we would recommend them without reservation.
Peter and Gail
9 Jan 2012 - Sold a boat
Just a brief note to compliment you on the level of service you provided in the sale of our boat "Antigua".
The listing process was conducted in a professional manner, with the vessel quickly promoted for sale.
Your advice on pricing proved to be well researched and teh level of contact you maintained during the sale process kept me well informed as to progress.
I have no hesitation in recommending your services to any would be seller.
Dealer Principal - City Subaru
23 Dec 2011 - Bought a boat
Thanks for your help
Thanks heaps for your help with our purchase. It's been a genuine pleasure. You have made what's normally a stressful pain in the arse, easy and enjoyable. I would have no hesitation recommending you and Australiawide.
Hope you have a heap of fun over christmas and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
Justin and Michelle
6 Dec 2011 - Bought a boat
Great Service From Detlef
From the moment we entered the Australiwide Sales office we received excellent service from Detlef Bauer. He identified precisely what we were looking for and the characteristics we were hoping to avoid. He narrowed our choice down, without wasting our time showing us boats beyond our price range.
We liked what we saw and on the day of the survey Detlef then gave us the best test sale you could ever hope to receive with a few hours on the water racing in the 'Wednesday Afternoon Go Sailing'(WAGS). With his skill on board, we crossed the finish line first. Suffice to say we bought the boat!
With such great service and information delivered by the staff at Australiawide I concluded that their service was second to none!
26 Nov 2011 - Bought a boat
Little Coconut heads overseas.
Just a quick line champ, its Hugh from Little Coconut, just to keep you in the loop we got the boat into Richards Bay SA the other day, she has gone so good thus far, when the weather comes in she heaves to really well with a stay sail and thrid main, sticks like a rock. Just skipping down the SA coast at the mo, will get to Cape Town before Christmas then will make the run home, touch wood, been an amazing adventure so far. Defo the right boat for the trip we have run aground a few times been through big electrical storms and had some patches of weather and Little Coconut has taken everything within her stride, we are still marching.
Hope everything at east coast is going well, I feel so lucky to have bought this boat.
all the best
16 Nov 2011 - Bought a boat
I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the team at australiawide boat sales Manly Brisbane and in particular Mr. Euan MacDonald for their very professional and attentive service given to me when I recently purchased a very nice yacht.
I thank you once again Euan, your attention and care has made this purchase a very plesant one indeed for me.
SV Lass O Luss
18 Oct 2011 - Bought a boat
Detlef Bauer - Making Boat Purchasing Easy
We brought a Cruiser Yacht through Australiawide Boat Sales and from start to finish Detlef helped us along the way.
It was our first large boat purchase so we were nervous and not sure of all steps to take. We had dealt with other agents however with Detlef we felt that he was honest and nothing was too much trouble.
Even to the point after the sale he organised for the boat to be filled up with petrol and had the boat positioned for us to easily power away.
Detlef you made this whole process easy and thank you for all your additional help and advice.
Karen Muscat, Highvale
2 Jun 2011 - Sold a boat
Sincere thanks to Derek for selling our Mustang 3200
A quick note to sincerely thank you for selling our boat.
Michael and I appreciated your professionalism throughout the entire sale process.
26 May 2011 - Sold a boat
Swanson 42 Sold
Once again many thanks for selling Sunbird and making the process so smooth. As you know I had her listed with two brokers and I knew you would sell her. Sell is the wrong word because you never referred to any vessels as “stock”. Even in these days of production vessels they are never stock items from the moment they are launched. All vessels have names (not numbers) and mean something to someone. This is why it was such a pleasure to list with you as you understand this.
Boats are not sold they matched to new owners, without a match it is not a sale and if a sale is made with a poor match then it is a poor sale. You matched Sunbird to a her new owner perfectly. It was as much a pleasure for us to see her going offshore again and being lived in as she was meant to be, as it was for us to own her. It makes a difference - and you supplied the difference.
5 May 2011 - Bought a boat
Some Brokers Are Different
The first time we contacted Australiawide we expected more of the same. Imagine our surprise when we were greeted with a friendly, professional response and honest answers to our questions!
The boat was everything we expected and more so we settled the sale within 3 days with the intention of returning within the month and cruising back to Tassie. Every step of the way the service remained second to none.
So, the best recommendation we can give is, buy a boat from Australiawide.
26 Feb 2011 - Bought a boat
Australiawide Sells boats - thats for sure!
I have been very happy with the service given to me by Australiawide. In June 2010 I saw an on-line advertisement for a Regal 3360 for sale through Australiawide. At this time I was located in Hong Kong.
They answered all my email and phone questions with expertise and arranged a time for me to view the boat. The whole process went very well.
All in all, I cannot speak highly enough of the help and assistance given to me by Australiawide in the purchase of my boat.
0488 2 66661
7 Feb 2011 - Bought a boat
Coronet Seafarer 27
Australiawide and Detlef restored my faith in Boat Brokers. I was advised on boat condition along with pictures and purchased sight unseen. When i took delivery i was not disappointed. Boat was probably better than what was described and as a bonus the owner added nav and sounder gear which was not inclusive in the initial sale inventory of which Australiawide passed on to me. Whilst the purchase price was no more than a good tinny the service was no less than if i was spending a million. Highly recommended 150%.
14 Jan 2011 - Sold a boat
Sold their boat within the month
Thanks so much for a quick turn around, we are very impressed with Australia Wide, both in Detlef's handling of the preparation and in the quick turn around with an offer.
Bronwyn and Reinhard
22 Dec 2010 - Bought a boat
Hunter yacht bought Nov 2010
All praise to Detlef Bauer and the team.
I bought a Hunter 430 in November and it was a rush job right from the start
Detlef could not have been more helpful throughout the entire process, from the initial 'just looking' stage to offer process, survey and test sail, all of which was accomplished in a very short time to suit me
One would have forgiven for thinking Detlef was working for me as the purchaser, rather than for the vendor, he was so accommodating. He went above and beyond, even to the point of lending me his personal vehicle to victual the vessel before departure from the Marina
I will use this company again, selling or buying, in the future and will recommend to all and sundry
8 Dec 2010 - Bought a boat
Feedback re service at Newport
Excellent, in every respect - helpful, patient, followed through on all undertakings/requests, good humoured, a pleasure to do business with.
26 Nov 2010 - Sold a boat
Happy customer? YES I am. Australia wide has sold 3 yachts for me over the last 8 years, and all within 3 weeks, now thats good!
4 Nov 2010 - Bought a boat
Nantucket 33 purchased and organised transport to Sydney from Brisbane
Thank you very much for all the time and effort in looking after our boat.
You have been very helpful throughout. It has been very good doing business
with you and Australiawide!
29 Mar 2010 - General feedback
RE Sale of Zen
Recently your offce sold my yacht "Zen".
Within a short period of time your office secured a sale.
I found that Detlef and yourself acted in a professional manner in dealing with my transaction, keeping me fully informed as we went through the inpection process, survey and final settlement.
Being in the sales industry myself for the past 30 years one really appreciates good service and follow up.
I can highly recommend your office as a professional marine brokerage business.
6 Mar 2010 - Bought a boat
NEW BAVARIA 32 - "what a yacht"
We were very impressed by the whole team at Australiawide Boat Sales in the commisioning and delivery of our new Bavaria 32 yacht.
Your enthusiam and professional approach was quite showing and would like to thank you for going well beyond the call of duty to make it all happen.
Love the Bavaria "what a yacht".
Terry and Jenny OMeara
27 Feb 2010 - Sold a boat
Happiness is a New Boat Owner
It isn't often that people in business exceed my expectations but that has been our experience with Australiawide. From my first contact to the time the yacht was sold, I was given accurate and helpful advice on pricing, presentation and how the process would work. It all happened exactly the way you said it would and our yacht now has a happy new owner.
22 Jan 2010 - Bought a boat
Bought a Yacht (Bavaria 38) from Australiawide to be delivered to Slovenia!
Lesley and I would like to thank you for your assistance over the last 6 months in arranging the purchase of our NEW Bavaria 38.
We are leaving Australia on the 30th and will be picking up the boat in Slovenia on the 10 February.
Everything seems to be going smoothly and on track.
If any of your clients are looking at buying in Europe, feel free to give them our contact details.
Craig and Lesley
10 Jan 2010 - Sold a boat
Farr 1020 SOLD
Euan we could not have been happier with the way the sale went - from the moment I walked into your office until the end point, which I guess is is now, we couldn`t have asked for a better service from a broker - thanks for your help in selling our boat.
And yes I will take you up on your offer of a sail on Wee Jesse.
16 Dec 2009 - Bought a boat
Bought a 47' Ketch
Over a number of months, Euan helped me find a classic yacht to fit a very exacting specification. He was very professional and knowledgeable about both the industry and the market and his contacts made the process of buying a boat interstate a much less daunting prospect. He was hands on all the way through the process from initial search through to the final delivery 1100 nautical miles later. I will certainly recommend both Euan and Australiawide to anyone looking at buying or selling a boat.
9 Dec 2009 - Bought a boat
Purchased Timber Cruiser
We made a quick trip to Australiawide in Manly QLD all the way from Melbourne ,to inspect "SARNIA" a 35' Millkraft circa 1959.
With only limited time available to us, Euan was willing to "go the extra mile",was helpful, professional, very knowledgeable about timber vessels and went out of his way to assist in getting answers to our multitude of questions.
We subsequently purchased her and Euan made all the arrangements regarding lift out on our behalf , giving suggestions as to suitable Marine Surveyors, transport operators etc and taking the worry out of the whole process.
We knew we were in good hands as Euan kept a careful watch over the proceedings from purchase through to loading of "SARNIA" for transport,for which we are very grateful.
SARNIA eventually arrived safe and sound in Paynesville on the Gippsland Lakes (Victoria) and we are enjoying cruising in her.
Euan's friendly, helpful, no hype or pressure selling style suited us and we would not hesitate to recommend Euan or Australiawide Boat Sales for those seeking to buy a boat.
Alan & Brenda Bateman
9 Dec 2009 - Bought a boat
The team at Australiawide are excellent and know the industry very well. Their knowledge of boats and the information is of the highest standard. As I have bought two boats in the last three years from Australiawide (and sold one), it was their knowldge and profesionalism that helped me make the right choices. I would recommend and have done many times, their services for buying and selling boats. They promote the boats, which is fine but in reality it is their strong team that makes me come back time after time. They are my brokers!
8 Dec 2009 - Sold a boat
Jeff, you are great!
While we feel sentimental about selling Gingi, which I have owned for 27 years, we know that she has been sold to new owners who will continue to cruise. Jeff, you have really worked hard for us - keeping Gingi in good shape after we returned to the US and keeping us up to date in everything that has transpired since we left Australia. When we were anxious you reassured us that "I will sell Gingi for you," and you were right! You made the whole process easy for us. Your knowledge and contacts of who to call to do what was invaluable. Jeff you did a stellar job and the end result was fantastic. Jeff we can't thank you enough.
Sincerely John and Mandy Bringetto
Newport Oregon USA
5 Nov 2009 - Sold a boat
50,000 miles and now sold
"Jeff at Australiawide Boat Sales just sold Gingi, the boat I owned since it was built 27 years ago, and in which my wife and I have sailed over 50,000 miles. He sold it to a couple who are going to continue cruising, and we are delighted. When we were anxious about leaving her in Australia, Jeff reassured us that, "I will sell the boat for you and I will take care of her." He was right. Since we returned to the US, Jeff has been in constant communication with us, informing us of everything that transpired - each inspection. He checked all the systems on a regular basis and left us free of worry. We're very fortunate to have had him as our yacht broker. "
25 Aug 2009 - Bought a boat
Bye Bye Margaret C
I just thought I would pen a quick note on behalf of my Syndicate as thanks for all your help with our purchase of a Tripcopy 38 from you in Queensland. Boats like the Margaret C don’t come along very often - and parting with them is akin to a divorce. This made for an interesting negotiation which again you managed with empathy for both buyer and seller. The good news is that she has found a great home – and your words explaining that “you don’t own a boat like the Margaret C, you become her custodian” were wise indeed.
Being a part of an interstate buying syndicate, I was given the task of ensuring the vessel met our group needs. The team at Australiawide, lead by you as my primary contact, filled in many of the gaps providing details of competent surveyors, mechanics, tradesmen and qualified advice. Your honesty and professionalism were greatly appreciated and made what could have been a difficult process all the easier.
I am pleased to report that Margaret C in now safely in her new home on Pittwater (see the photo attached). While it was a lengthy search, she is exactly what we were looking for but most importantly, the wives and kids love her too!
When eventually we need to relinquish our custodianship, we will have no hesitation in you representing her through your new Sydney office. In fact, I would be happy to recommend your services to anyone seeking to buy or sell a boat.
With kind regards
Margaret C Syndicate
25 Aug 2009 - Bought a boat
Purchased Markline 1300 through Ivan at Australiawide.
Just a quick note to thank you for your help and patience in the purchase of our new boat. Shar, and I were so green, and you managed to put our minds at rest in all areas, nothing was ever too much trouble.
We truely appreciated your genuine assistance and wish you all the best in your endeavours in the future.
If you are ever planning to vist Manly, please give us a ring and come and have a beer and a prawn on the barbe!!
14 Aug 2009 - General feedback
On a personal note, I wish to sincerely say thanks to you. Your attitude since I have had dealt with you within the last month has been easy and pleasurable, but professional. All the best to you and I hope sales continue for you and Mike. If and when Robyn & I are looking for my dream boat (which is a Haines Hunter 773) I will keep you in mind.
1 Apr 2009 - Sold a boat
Cruisecraft SOLD quickly
Great Thank you again for such a positive outcome –it is apparent you can read what a person is looking for –the true art of sales which can make it seem easy.
Sincerely and Thanks again
30 Mar 2009 - Sold a boat
US Yacht imported and sold through Australia wide Boat Sales
To sail once again across the Coral Sea from Vanuatu to Australia in order to sell our Hunter Legend 43 "Rivendell II" there was not an easy decision to make for Nelleke and me in spite of the usually fair winds and following seas along that route. Besides the prospect of having to bid farewell to our beloved cruising companion of 17 years we were quite intimidated by the prospect of having to import her into a country known for its complex and strictly enforced quarantine and customs regulations.
Fortunately, one of our Australian friends and fellow cruisers strongly recommended that we contact you and your company. While we were still in Vanuatu, you immediately started giving us highly valuable and detailed advice regarding the whole process. Once we arrived in Newport marina, not only were you there to catch our dock lines but you soon made us feel like we were family by putting us at ease with constant help, to-the-point professional advice and invariably good cheer! Although you rarely seem to use the famous Australians expression "no worries, mate", that is exactly how you managed to make us feel!
Now, a few months later, you just sent us the final settlement papers for Rivendell II's sale to a very friendly Australian cruising couple and both Nelleke and I are delighted to see them start taking care of our trusty seahorse. As usual, all the paperwork and financial details were exactly as promised and agreed, or even a bit better than exepcted. Please don't hesitate to have potential future clients contact us for reference or recommendation purposes, particularly any US cruisers who might be intimidated by having to import their vessels. Meanwhile, we can recommend you and your company to all fellow cruisers without the slightest hesitation or reservation.
Thanks again for helping us find new owners for Rivendell II (and for accepting us into your extended cruising family in the process)!
Henk and Nelleke Meuzelaar
1st owners of "Rivendel II" &
founders of Project MARC in Vanuatu
27 Feb 2009 - Sold a boat
I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the staff at Australiawide for taking care of the sale of our boat. They were extremely professional and patiently fielded my many, many questions throughout the whole process. Having left Australia, we felt that Mariah was in very good hands, and we are happy to say that Euan and company were able to find her a suitable owner"
S/v Mariah III - Canadian-owned Cascade 36
12 Feb 2009 - Sold a boat
Thank you for all your help in selling my boat.
It is indeed a pleasure to deal with you and I have been very impressed with the way you handled the sale which was very professional indeed, particularly considering the distance between me (QLD) and the purchaser (USA) and the running around you have done to get this deal away.
Vendor of GBE Mutihull
18 Nov 2008 - Sold a boat
Endeavour 26 - Australiawide Manly found a buyer
My Endeavour 26 was in urgent need of a paint job, but I had just bought another boat and I now had two just six weeks to sell my "not so pretty" Endeavour.
I called into the Manly Australiawide office and spoke with Detlef. I showed him the boat, we talked about a price and I left. I checked the Austrailawide website next evening and there was my Endeavour with a great selection of photos and a very well worded advertisment.
Two weeks later Australiawide called me, this time it was Ivan on the phone. He said he had a buyer, I agreed to their offer and the deal was done.
During those two weeks I dropped into the Manly office on a number of occasions and I would like to make the point of saying that, from my initial meeting through to settlement, both Detlef and Ivan from the Manly Australiawide office were exceptionally helpful and extremely professional. In a world that is often now so hurried and impersonal, my brief association with these gentlemen was a like breath of fresh air.
Thankyou Ivan and Detlef
29 Sep 2008 - Bought a boat
Wonderful support and professional service.
It is with great pleasure that we write to thank Jeff and Yvette Rowe at Australiawide Boat Sales for their wonderful support and professional service during the process of buying our second yacht, 'Four Winds'.
We had been searching for another boat for several years. Our requirements were quite specific and, as a result, we invested a considerable amount of time driving up and down the east coast of Australia, meeting with brokers and looking at boats. We were actually heading back to our home port, Hobart, (from Cairns) and contemplating the fact that it would possibly be necessary to look offshore to find our yacht, when we noticed a Roberts 53' on Jeff's' website. Jeff was in Sydney when we rang, but Yvette, at very short notice, arranged an inspection. We had had considerable experience of brokers and inspections by this time, and can confidently say that the hour or two we spent with Yvette were probably the most pressure free and pleasant of our entire trip.
We were very much taken with the yacht and therefore extended our stay in Brisbane. After a second inspection with Jeff and Yvette, various negotiations ensued, during the course of which, we were impressed by Jeff's tenacity to achieve the best sale price for the vendor, but also recognize our constraints. Had we been dealing directly with the seller without the benefit of Jeff's negotiating skills, the sale would certainly have fallen through.
The level of support was simply extraordinary, Jeff, well beyond the call of duty, introduced us to excellent professional tradesmen and very competent people who could assist us in almost every aspect of yacht maintenance and sailing. It is our experience that this alone reduced the anxiety felt when buying a boat interstate. Thanks to Jeff, we agreed on a figure and purchased the yacht. We are delighted with 'Four Winds', and would recommend Australiawide Boat Sales at Newport to anyone thinking of buying or selling a yacht.
Yacht "Four Winds" (A 53ft Ketch)
4 Jul 2008 - Sold a boat
Great news about the boat. Unbelievable that the boat sold right before we went house hunting! We are very happy with the way things went,
and want to thank you (Ivan and the rest of your crew) for all the hard work and effort you have put in to finding a new home for Crimson Lady.
Hopefully we will see eachother again someday in the future. You are always welcome in France, you know that!
Thanks again Euan,
love to you and your family.
Otto, Sophie and Pauline
1 Jun 2008 - Sold a boat
Morgan 41.5 Sold for overseas client
This is with reference to the recent sale of my yacht GYPSY ROSE our Morgan 41.5 cruising yacht.
Your assistance with advertising the boat on your website, advertising
in the magazine and ultimately finding a buyer, is greatly appreciated.
I found the laidback and relaxed manner in which you conduct your business very pleasant and effective.
Your help with obtaining spares and service and getting the boat through survey is also greatly appreciated.
I have no hesitation in recommending Detlef and the team at Australiawide to one and all interested in buying or selling a yacht.
With kind regards,
13 May 2008 - Sold a boat
Morgan 41 "Gypsy Rose"
Australiawide Boat Sales 1st May 08
This is with reference to the recent sale of my yacht GYPSY ROSE.
Your assistance with advertising the boat on your website, advertising
in the magazine and ultimately finding a buyer, is greatly appreciated.
I found the laidback and relaxed manner in which you conduct your business very pleasant and effective.
Your help with obtaining spares and service and getting the boat through survey is also greatly appreciated.
I have no hesitation in recommending Australiawide to one and all
interested in buying or selling a yacht.
With kind regards,
7 Apr 2008 - Sold a boat
Compass 29 - SOLD
Many thanks for all of your help in finding Shiraz a new home. She is a great boat and should bring Ross many years of enjoyment.
I also want to thank you personally for the effort you put in for the surveying, test sail and delivery. It was fantastic.
Once again many thanks and when this hand of mine heals up and I want to resume boat ownership, Auatraliawide will be the first port of call.
25 Mar 2008 - Sold a boat
Cheoy Lee 53 for overseas client
Euan and Detlef: Thank you both for doing such a great job selling Salty. As much as it breaks our heart to part with her, we had to move on...
We are not sure when our wakes will cross again, but please look us up if you come to California.
Wish Ross the best from us. We hope that Salty brings him as much joy as she did for us.
Thank you also for shipping our pictures.
Justin and Sue
3 Mar 2008 - Bought a boat
Buying a new Bavaria 37
First up thank you for the great service and support we have received from your team at Manly in Euan.
It has been one of the most pleasant experiences of purchasing this yacht we could have expected.
And the yacht is just fantastic. The quality and finish is great. Thank you again.
We have been playing and going over the yacht with curiosity in all the bits as any new owner would.
We just wanted to thank you and your team for the great service. Especially Euan with his friendly manner. Nothing was any trouble for him.
24 Feb 2008 - General feedback
Australiawide Boat Sales ~ Thankyou!
We would like to thank Jeff Rowe, owner of Australiawide Boat Sales, for his assistance and professionalism. The task of listing our sailing boat and engaging Australiawide Boat Sales as the agent was made easy by the courteous and considerate manner in which proceedings were undertaken.
8 Nov 2007 - Sold a boat
Steel Sloop sailed all the way from Germany - message from owner/vendor.
Hi Euan, thanks for the email and the good message. It was my hope to sell the boat quickly and now its done, thank you very much for yours and Detlef assistance. bye for now, thanks and greetings, Heiner
5 Nov 2007 - Sold a boat
Owner of Searle 26 RQYS Manly
Euan and Matt,
First of all I would like to thank both of you for the very quick and hassel free sale of MORNING STAR. The new owner appears to be very happy and I appreciate the professional service you have both provided.
A/Deputy Director General
Department of Justice and Attorney General
29 Oct 2007 - Bought a boat
We bought a Farr 6000 from australiawide a few months ago and were very impressed with the professional way that Detlef guided us through the sale process, helping us to organise insurance, registration, a survey and the lease of a hard stand. We would certainly recommend australiawide to others buying a boat.
1 Jun 2007 - Bought a boat
After carefull consideration we decided to buy a yacht in Queensland to take advantage of the wonderful weather and sailing opportunities.
We are actually New Zealanders - hoping for early retirement - who want to spent some time in the beautiful waters of Australia, away from the cold and wet of New Zealand. So we hopped on a plane, got to Manly and met quiet a few brokers. How disappointing - nothing they showed us came even close to our dream. Until we saw "Meander" at East Coast Marina. We could not help but to come back for a second look.
DETLEF BAUER from Australiawide Boat Sales gave us all the information we needed. He assessed us as people who would match this type of boat immediately and started negotiations between the seller and us in a most professional way. We had the feeling that he has the gift to work for both parties equally well and his sensible advice and understanding of "human nature" made it possible to come to an agreement, that suited us all. Happy faces on both sides - and a smiling Detlef in the middle!
Detlef worked on our contract with knowledge and expertise. He made arrangements with the surveyor, the insurance and organised a suitable berth.
At the moment we are not able to use the boat as much as we want, as we still have obligations in NZ. During our absence Detlef offered to keep an eye on our "baby" and we are in contact via e-mail to keep each other up to date.
With a cheeky smile in our faces we regard Detlef as our "god-father" of "Meander", who looks after her, when "mum" and "dad" can't be there. What a great feeling!!!!!!!
Detlef, we thank you sooooo much for "going the extra mile"!!!
Jutta & Erich , owners of Meander, from NZ
15 May 2007 - Bought a boat
We travelled from California hoping to buy a sail boat to cruise the Australian coast. We puchased the perfect little cruising boat from Detlef, and the entire team at Australia Wide have helped make it a smooth transition.
Thank-you for helping our sailing dream become a reality!
20 Apr 2007 - Bought a boat
To the team at Australiawide Boatsales and in particular Detlef Bauer, my wife and I congratulate you on assisting us with the purchase of our new yacht. We believe you had our interests at heart during the selection and subsequent acquiring of "WOLF", a beautiful Farr 36.
At all times we were kept up to date with progress of the sale and communication between parties became a seamless process.
Once again, thank you,
Geoff & Jo Carter
2 Apr 2007 - Bought a boat
Thank you very much for your assistance with our purchase of TAURANGA (Davidson 54). We appreciated the patience and perserverance that you demonstrated during the sale process. The ketch while simple, in a lot of ways had a lot of complicated / extensive systems and gear on her as far as we were concerned, which required understanding.
Your considered professional approach made the purchase possible. Whenever you are in Sydney, please allow some time to sail on TAURANGA.
Neil and Darcy
12 Mar 2007 - Sold a boat
I would like to compliment you on the exceptionally professional manner in which you handled this transaction. It was indeed a pleasure to deal with you from start to finish. I wish you every success in your business. Thank you.
3 Mar 2007 - Sold a boat
To Whom It May Concern:
As a professional boat builder I had just completed building a Schionning 1030 Catamaran with retirement and coastal cruising with my wife in mind. Unfortunately, owning to ill health, we were forced to sell the boat on completion.
I had expected to sell the boat privately however this proved more difficult than I thought, my efforts came to nothing. I listed the boat with Jeff Rowe at Australiawide Boat Sales Newport. Jeff (who impressed me with his many years experience as a broker and yachtsman) put together a marketing program that resulted in a constant stream of inspections.
The boat took some time to sell as I wasn’t in a position to negotiate as I had much of my savings invested in it. Jeff was tenacious in his pursuit of a buyer and when the right person was found his relaxed guidance was greatly appreciated by both the buyer and myself throughout the process. He gave the buyer the confidence needed to follow through to purchase. I know that my confidence was well placed, well done Jeff.
In conclusion I would like to thank Jeff and Australiawide for all their help and guidance.
David Lamb – “Antares”
27 Jan 2007 - Sold a boat
I would like to thank Jeff for the work he did in selling our catamaran ‘Omazey’.
Initially we had been a little wary when we first started to make contact with brokers, but Jeff quickly moved to dispel any worries we may have had. His honest, straightforward approach reassured us, and many, many times we felt thankful we had chosen Jeff over and above his competitors.
He made every effort to make us feel comfortable with the proceedings from start to finish. We greatly appreciated his knowledge of the market, but most importantly we were impressed by his expertise in how to sell our boat within that market. His diplomacy certainly helped smooth the way for both jumpy seller and, occasionally, jumpy buyer!
We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Jeff or Australiawide. In fact, we have recommended him to many of our friends with whom we crossed the Pacific. Without looking for a friend Jeff certainly became one to us, and we hope to stay in touch with him over the years to come.
Jonathan and Astrid Hall
8 Nov 2006 - Bought a boat
Dear Detlef and the team at Australiawide
Thankyou for your assistance in the purchase of our first little sloop. As first time boat owners we really appreciated all the extra information and guidance given so patiently and cheerfully by Detlef. We'll certainly be returning when it's time in the future for bigger sailing adventures!
Andy and Vanessa
27 Oct 2006 - Sold a boat
Great bunch of blokes
Recently, I placed my boat in the hands of the boys at Australia wide boat sales Manly. I would not hesitate in recommending anyone to them, be they a vendor or purchaser. They are a great bunch of blokes that are friendly, professional, knowledgeable and they get the job done. By far! they are the best brokerage around.
16 Oct 2006 - Bought a boat
I thought I would just let you know that I have just bought a 1996 44 Catana (Nuvola) She is very nice. I only bought her a few weeks ago and have sailed her from Belgium to Portsmouth UK. I am sorry I did not buy a boat through you. You were most helpful and friendly and a credit to your profession and country. I will have to sail past and invite you for a drink.
Thanks again for all help in what is actually a very stressful procedure –buying a boat!
27 Aug 2006 - Bought a boat
Pleasant and helpful service
This letter is to confirm that I recently bought a Hunter 410 yacht through Australiawide Boat Sales with Detlef Bauer as the broker. I can only say I am totally satisfied with the service. I flew from Newcastle to Coolangatta and Detlef picked me up at the airport and took me to Coomera where the vessel was moored. Negotiations through Detlef with the owner were successful and lead to a sale, once again Detlef returned me to Coolangatta.
Detlef was able to assist in providing me with a list of marine surveyors to choose from and he came to the marina for the survey inspection with me. Finally Detlef also located a qualified yacht deliverer who safely returned the vessel to Port Stephens. Overall it was a pleasant and helpful service from Australiawide Boat Sales and I would recommend their services to anyone who wants a smooth and pleasant marine purchase.
25 Aug 2006 - Sold a boat
Thanks for selling our Herreshoff – Mehitabel.
We chose Australiawide Boat Sales for a number of reasons, we bought Mehitabel from Euan and we were impressed with how easy you made it for us, we liked the way you always had time to talk to us and never seemed to be in a hurry to be somewhere else. It was easy to get you on the mobile and you returned calls promptly and kept us fully informed of what was going on.
When it came to sell Mehitabel there was no doubt who to use. We feel your website is easy to use and clearly stands out from the rest. We like the fact that you use YACHTHUB and BOATPOINT and your advertising in Trade a Boat is very prominent near the front of the magazine. Everything happened exactly as you promised and the boat sold in exactly the time frame that you predicted.
We found that the prospective purchasers were all serious contenders for our style of boat and we did not feel that any were time wasters. As live aboard we were always consulted prior to inspection and kept fully informed of the feed back. The actual sale was handled by Detlef Bauer in the Manly office, who was just a delight to deal with. His help on the test sail made the morning slip along smoothly.
Well done to you all.
Rick and Gaynor Stillman
10 Aug 2006 - Bought a boat
Dear Crew at Australiawide Boat Sales,
What can I say!!... Thank you, Thank you, Thank you...My first encounter with Australiawide was with Jeff Rowe at Newport. He was polite, courteous and very obliging and directed me down to Australiawide - Manly where I then met with Diarmuid, and the team. It was the beginning of an exciting journey for myself and where Diamuid Deans introduced me to the newest member of our family. A 23' Hood Pop-top Shoal Draft sail boat
called 'YARRUM'. Being a first time boatie and sublimely naive, Diarmuid has made the transition coupled with his knowledge, advice and invaluable suggestions and direction, a very exciting, fun experience which I shall remember for a very long time. The helpfulness and receptive manner in which Diarmuid and the team conducted themselves should be recognised and acknowledged. At all times taking care and ensuring all neccessary details and conditions of contract were met.
I will look forward to updating Diarmuid in the future on 'YARRUM"s adventures and would certainly recommend your office to any person looking to purchase their next dream!!
14 Jun 2006 - Sold a boat
I would like to thank the staff of Australiawide Boat Sales particularly Jeff Rowe from the Newport office for his professional knowledge of the boating industry and the vast network of advertising which led to the quick sale of my 30 ft yacht. This is the second time that I have asked the Newport office to sell a yacht on my behalf and on both occasions the results were fantastic.
24 May 2006 - Sold a boat
Just wanted to say a special thank you for the extremely professional way you handled the recent sale of Skyte.
Detlef conducted this sale with a high level of integrity and achieved a realistic price in a very short period of time. He was knowledgeable and able to assess the value of the boat realistically which brought about the quick sale.
I would recommend your company and it’s professional attitude to any other boatie wishing to sell their boat in an orderly and professional manner.
Also I would like to compliment Australiawide Boat Sales on their excellent website and communications.
24 Apr 2006 - Bought a boat
Just a brief note to thank you for making the purchase of 'Aja' such an easy transaction. It might be of use to you to know that the array of photos on the website was comprehensive enough for me to decide to fly up from Melbourne and view the boat the next day. The vessel was exactly as described.
I also really appreciate your 'after sales service'. Your efforts to find a suitable marina space for the next few months have saved me a great deal of hassle. It's not easy to make such arrangements from this distance. This has been a real bonus.
22 Apr 2006 - Bought a boat
"My first encounter with Australia wide boat sales was with Jeff at their Newport office. Jeff was helpful and friendly and although the boat was not what I was looking for, the level of service was exemplary. I was directed to Manly, where Euan & his team showed me Nomad. She was just what I was looking for and I was pleasantly surprised at the ease with which the deal went through. AWBS handled the importation issues excellently & I have enjoyed many hours of happy sailing since.
I looked at several boats with different brokers but I can honestly say that the service offered by AWBS was far and away the best.
Thanks to Euan, Jeff, Diarmuid & all the team at Australia wide”
Dan Duberiatte – owner of NOMAD, Lyons Class Cheoy Lee 35ft Sloop
4 Apr 2006 - Sold a boat
I think he must like boats!!
We all deal personally and professionally with a variety of companies in our daily lives, some give great service, some try to,
whilst others are just hopeless and of course their is the odd ones we all try to avoid. Common with all the good organisations are staff who try always to do their best for themselves and their companies and we all, I think, like to deal with these as much as possible.
I am not writing to you today to comment on these types of organisations and their people but in fact to mention and acknowledge the other, very rare type of companies such as Australiawide who put in the extra effort, who always try harder than the others, as well as acknowledging an outstanding individual within your organisation.
Recently this staff member of Australiawide Boat Sales sold my 43 foot yacht after it had not sold with another broker. He chased me to sell my boat and stated that he believed he could sell it and get a better result than I had until then. I must admit initially I thought it was a salesman's throw away line and took little notice--how wrong I was! Jeff Rowe lost his first potential buyer of our yacht who took up a lot of everyone's time and probably would have discouraged most salesmen--not Jeff, he stated that" we will just try again because I will sell it".
He did sell the vessel for a fair price with the second buyer---nothing much different to other competent salesman, but it was the way he handle the listing from day one than most impressed Jeff was always in touch over the months the boat took to sell, nothing was ever a problem, his manner was always polite and he was always enthusiastic---I think he must like boats!!
Both Suzanne and myself would like to express our thanks to you and Australiawide and of course to Jeff for his great effort.
Lindsay and Suzanne White
2 Mar 2006 - Bought a boat
Professional at all times
I wish to thank yourself and Australiawide for all your help with purchasing a yacht. Both yourself and Australiawide have been courteous and have acted professional at all times. I would recommend dealing with Australiawide and should I decide to sell or upgrade, I will be coming back into your office.
Once again thanks for all your help.
12 Oct 2005 - Sold a boat
Many thanks for all your help
So it's official, you’ve sold our boat!
Many thanks for all your help in selling Nomad -- I was not looking forward to selling her from the US, but it's worked out very well. I really appreciate you taking her out on the trial sails and for haulouts as well -- it's meant real peace of mind for me.
Owner of 35’ timber Lions Class Yacht - NOMAD
1 Oct 2005 - Sold a boat
We have been very impressed
Recently we decided to sell our 70 year old John Alden sloop and get something bigger and better suited to our social sailing lifestyle, so we listed her with two brokers in Manly and one in Scarborough. After months of inactivity we were made aware of Euan at Australiawide Boat Sales. Euan kept working with us to sell the boat when other brokers stopped.Euan also introduced us to “Whimborn” a Roberts 36 in a very charming yellow color! The decision was made to buy the Roberts (and new sunglasses) so we signed up as full members of the “Two-Boat club”.
It took another two months before the perfect buyer for Irex came along but we were too busy renovating the new boat and keeping Irex up to scratch to worry about having two vessels. Euan then proceeded to sell Irex and it could not have been better handled. The Roberts is the 23rd boat my husband has owned and he tells me that Irex was the only boat he has sold that has not caused any anxiety. As for the other three brokers with whom Irex was listed they were no bother either as we never heard from them!Our experience with both buying and selling boats has brought us into contact with many yacht-brokers over the years.
We have been very impressed with how Euan and his team at Australiawide Boat Sales go about their business and will happily recommend their services as both buyers and sellers.
1 Sep 2005 - Bought a boat
Many thanks for your help and advice in the purchase of our Catamaran. Should you or Australiawide boat Sales ever need a reference don’t hesitate to use me.
Purchased Easy Cat Sept 05.
28 Jul 2005 - General feedback
Thank you for your assistance and professionalism. It is a pleasure to interact with quality people.
14 May 2005 - Bought a boat
My experience purchasing a boat through Australiawide Boat Sales was for me an absolute pleasure in a large part due to the professional and courteous dealings with the broker, Euan MacDonald.
From my initial call Euan's approach was professional, at a personal level he is a top bloke.
Following the sale there was a minor issue, but the back up service was exceptional and the problem sorted in a minimum of time with no fuss.
My partner and I now own a lovely yacht which will meet our needs for many years. If however we decide to sell and or purchase another vessel Australiawide Boat Sales will be the first call.
Wayne O'Connell - Gladstone
7 May 2005 - Sold a boat
Many thanks for your proactive and professional handling of the sale of our yacht 'Firecracker'. The purchaser was impressed with your presentation of our vessel to him, the photos and clear, realistic information given on the phone.
We are further impressed with your preparation for a prospective purchaser for far away, then introducing the purchaser to our yacht, negotiating the price (near our asking price) arranging the sale documentation, transfer of funds and hand-over of the vessel all on the one day.
There have been many happy days in our sailing 'Firecracker' and we hope the new owners have as much pleasure as we have.
Rear Commodore Wynnum Manly Yacht Club
29 Apr 2005 - Sold a boat
After having my boat on the market for over 10 months, privately and with two other brokers, I became aware of Australiawide Boat Sales and their web site. Being keen for a sale so I could move on to my next vessel I placed my beloved boat with this mob. Firstly let me say that I was impressed with the speed that the web site had my add placed, next, which I believe is the most important point, Euan kept me completely informed on the market and situation at all times.
Euan had an offer on paper before he came to me which ment less fuss and no bullshiting around. As a seller we often hear about these offers from others that don't go anywhere, so to have an offer on paper makes us think and decide quickly with no messing around, then a quick settlement ( 1 Week). In a nutshell lets not mess around, we as sellers want the job done well and we want the job done quickly.
I can recommend Australiawide Boat Sales and I think you will be happy with their style!!
Anthony Walsh, Murwillumbah
(Owner of Beale 740)
24 Mar 2005 - Sold a boat
Andrew and I wanted to thank you for the special attention you gave to the sale of our RL 34 'Geronimo'.
'Geronimo' sold for more than we anticipated, and much sooner than we expected. We both appreciated the regular contact from you, reporting any interest and inspections, so keeping us informed at all times on your progress on our behalf.
Your staff were helpful too with any inquiries we had, and we appreciated the friendly easy manner of all your staff assisting us in our dealings with your firm.
Naturally we will be using Australiawide when our current boat is ready to be replaced.
21 Mar 2005 - Sold a boat
Well done & thanks
Thank you for your reply. You might be interested to know that a number of brokers have told me their clients would visit the boat but no contact or report from them. Obviously, owners want to know, even if it is a missed attempt. As a person in marketing myself, congratulations, you obviously understand the psychology of selling. Well done & thanks. Hope you sell the boat.
25 Oct 2004 - Bought a boat
Cheoy Lee MAEVA
A small token of my appreciation for the great job you did in selling MAEVA! It was a pleasure dealing with you both and I hope to meet up with you again soon!
Joanna Leone - owner of 35ft Cheoy Lee MAEVA sold by Australiawide Oct 04
17 Sep 2004 - Bought a boat
I wish to thank and commend Australiawide Boat Sales staff for the assistance provided to me in my recent purchase of the yacht 'Tristan'. As you are aware, I live in Hobart, therefore finding and sourcing a suitable yacht without wasting considerable time and money looking at boats "creatively" represented was something of a challenge. Like most prospective buyers my first contact with Australiawide was through magazine advertisements, through which I found your internet website. As I was also in contact with other brokers I had the opportunity to compare the formats used and information provided.
I can confidently say that your site in all facets was equal to any and superior to most, from a users perspective, without which I doubt the purchase would have been made.
Having overtime established that you had a boat which may meet my requirements, I requested ancillary information and received a prompt reply following which I telephoned your Newport office. This was my first contact with Jeff Rowe, unexpectedly (I was expecting some kind of used car salesman) I found Jeff to be most helpful and gave every indication that the information he was providing was genuine and accurate.
As a result I flew to Brisbane the next day for an inspection. At this point on arrival at Newport the real challenge began, Jeff explained the yacht was not in Newport Marina but 40 minutes north. Over the next three days we made three trips during which I felt I was "assisted" in making a decision and not "sold". My offer to the owner, subject to conditions was accepted and once the paperwork was completed I expected to be "on my own", somewhat daunting a couple of thousand kilometres from home and no local contacts. The level of support, advice and introductions to local trades, services, authorities and people who could help me was invaluable and much appreciated.
Your staff attended the haul out of the river at 9:30pm and Jeff attended the survey to ensure all went to plan as easily as possible.
The service I received from Jeff has been outstanding and still it continues well after the sale has been made. I should say too that at no time did I believe that Australiawide compromised their obligations to the vendor. Without doubt the sale would not have gone through if I had been dealing with the vendor direct.
This letter is written in an attempt to recognize the superior service I received as a buyer, I have no hesitation in recommending Australiawide Boat Sales to any prospective buyer or vendor. The contents of my letter may be used as you see fit and I would be pleased to respond should I be contacted to verify my satisfaction is genuine.
John S Calvert
13 Derinya Street
3 Sep 2004 - Bought a boat
Pleasure to do business
We recently purchased our yacht through Australiawide Boat Sales at Newport Marina, QLD. The process took much longer than a normal purchase due to the fact that the boat was needing some repairs which were being completed by the prior owner. We placed a deposit in early June and the deal was completed by the end of July. We were all very patient, the owner, the broker, and ourselves.
This delay looking back was a blessing in disguise as we were able to get to know our boat thoroughly before even taking it out. Furthermore our relationship with Jeff of Australiawide went from one of a purchaser - broker to one of a friend. All our dealings with this brokerage were dealt with in a very friendly and professional manner (no hype or pressure). They really are a pleasure to do business with.
Paul &Margaret Ingamells - Cooroy
11 May 2004 - Bought a boat
During the first week of April 2004, whilst searching for a boat to purchase, I inspected a Hans Christian 43T sailing yacht moored at Moreton Bay Boat Club, Newport, Queensland. The boat was shown to me by Jeff Rowe of Australiawide Boat Sales.
I live in Switzerland and had originally found the boat through internet search engines, followed by email contact with Jeff. We then had several telephone conversations, discussing the HC as well as a couple of other similar boats in the area.
Consequently I decided to fly from Switzerland to Australia, where I met Jeff, he arranged suitable accommodation nearby and showed up exactly at the arranged time to accompany me to the boat.
Jeff was friendly, honest and professional. I found that during all our contacts he had accurately represented the boat to me and whilst I viewed the boat, he served as a useful and unbiased sounding board for my thoughts, meanwhile letting me get on with it. He was available when I needed help or had questions, yet I never had the feeling he was waiting for me to finish. The inspection took nearly four hours.
Although I decided against buying the Hans Christian, I can highly recommend Jeff, Euan and the rest of the team at Australiawide for their attitude, professionalism, honesty and patience during all stages of buying.
Peter Pauling Verbier