Thank you Australiawide Boat Sales & Detlef!
In late November 2015 we contacted Australiawide Boat Sales regarding a new listing they had for a 47ft cutter rigged ketch named Wind-F-Change. The first person we spoke with was Detlef Bauer.
Now just so you know, up to this point we had had nothing but sour experiences with Boat Brokers up and down the coast over an 18month period. We felt that no-one wanted to sell us a boat & we had cash! Most of the brokers did not go out of their way and some were not even prepared to show us a boat on the weekends. So considering we worked Mon – Fri we were out of luck. We also looked at some boats being sold privately but after encountering a less than honest seller we decided it was just too risky to pursue private sales.
Now back to our encounter with Australiawide Boat Sales and in particular Detlef. He was a breath of fresh air! He was quick to act and had no hesitation in showing us the boat early the next morning (Saturday). The wonderful thing about dealing with Detlef is that he is extremely knowledgeable but also professional and yet forthcoming and helpful. I know the story goes that the Broker works for the Seller but in this case you would forgive us for thinking he also had our best interests at heart.
We jumped on this boat and put in our offer. Detlef could have waited till Monday to call the seller however he called him that same day and within a few minutes and some negotiation we had a deal dependent on surveys. Detlef organised the haul out and the sea trials to happen on the same day two weeks later. It is also Australiawide Boat Sales custom to organize the gas survey as well.
Well, we bought our beautiful Wind-F-Change and the process could not have been easier – Thank You Detlef for your helpfulness, honesty and professionalism.
When we were a just about to give up on our quest to find the perfect boat (for us) Detlef was our ray of sunshine!
Follow-up: We moved aboard at the end of January 2016 and continue to live at East Coast Marina. During our time here there have been several times where we just needed some advice or a referral for a tradesperson and Detlef has always been happy to help.
Thank you Australiawide Boat Sales and Detlef – we would recommend (without hesitation) your business to anyone considering buying a boat & will definitely use your services again if and when we want to upgrade.
Tom & Kim Sullivan