Testimonials 2017-07-06T15:48:46+00:00

Our Clients Say it Best….

Pleased to say my Mainship Trawler 350/390 was under contract within a week. Job well done by broker Paul Stehfast!

Cathy Manahan

I have recently completed the purchase of a brokerage Defever 52 trawler from Kent Little. At the very beginning of our months long interaction he told me that he would be there to help with his services before, during and after the sale. Boy has he! This is my 5th boat, (8th including dinghy’s), and I have never dealt with a better, more diligent, more honest or more helpful broker while either buying or selling a boat. I live in San Diego and the boat was in Texas so it was even more stressful on me trying to get surveys, sea trials, repairs, improvements, etc., scheduled and done. Kent was invaluable in this regard and freely and generously gave his time and expertise in getting everything accomplished and within the time frame needed. I asked for a lot and I don’t recall him ever saying no. I cannot recommend him more highly if you are looking to buy or sell a power or sail boat.

Jeff Pollak

At the conclusion of our “boat buying experience” we would like to recognize the efforts and professionalism of our sales representative Rusty Hightower. Rusty was always enthusiastic and supportive as we looked, and eventually found our perfect boat. He supplied us with great amounts of financing information and boat knowledge that enabled us to weigh and measure our boat buying options and reflect on what would be our best decision. We could count on Rusty always returning our calls promptly and finding the time for us to take another look at the boat for one reason or another.

Rusty became more than a sales representative to us. He became our friend and ally. Our experience with finding our boat had some real challenges but with Mr. Hightower’s expert guidance and positive attitude we persevered! Little Yacht Sales is very fortunate to have Rusty Hightower in their employ and we feel extremely lucky to have had Rusty on our side every step of the way.

Warmest regards,
Priscilla McCool and Benton Ray

To whom it may concern:
I recently completed a boat purchase transaction with Kent Little of Little Yacht Sales and Texas Power Yachts. Kent actually represented the seller as the listing broker and I contacted him as an out of state (California) buyer who was interested in the boat. From the very inception, the whole process was handled very professionally by Kent and all my anxiety and concerns about being an out of state buyer were thoroughly put to rest. Kent and his team really went out of their way to make sure everything went absolutely smoothly and all questions were answered promptly. This included the initial dialogue, purchase price negotiations, purchase/sale and Coast Guard documentation paperwork, setting up a mechanical inspection, setting up a professional vessel survey, scheduling and completing agreed repairs before shipping and even the boat transport arrangements to ship the boat to California. All in all, I can say the entire experience probably could not have gone any smoother and successfully. Everything as was as advertised and the boat was delivered as planned. I confidently recommend Kent to anyone in need of a boat or wanting to sell one, whether in Texas or anywhere else.
Ray Meyer

Thanks again for working with me through the process of getting my boat sold. As I said on Facebook, I think that you have the perfect demeanor to work with the buyer and seller to get the deal done. While I am aware that the sale went faster than most, it still takes your skills to bring both parties together with a deal. Thanks again. I couldn’t have been more pleased with the process.
Doug Lally
Regional Vice President
Halo Branded Solutions

Hello David,
Just a short note to thank you for hanging in there with us as we worked through the Sea Ray 240 purchase. I am sure the little boats are a pain compared to the larger ones you guys broker, but you never made us feel that way.
Boat purchases don’t happen very often for us, so we appreciate your experience and knowledge.
As we take our next step, you will be the first one we look up for help – hopefully it won’t be too long.
Also thanks to John for the test drive and personally delivering the boat to my drive way.
I will not hesitate to recommend LYS to anyone.
Thanks again,
Jeff and Beth

We listed our boat with Little Yacht Sales and Capt Rick Weiler because we were familiar with their professionalism and position in the market. Rick helped us get the boat ready to sell and even found a minor issue with the boat when he moved it over to the brokerage docks. With his help we got it fixed and the boat sold in just a few weeks and for a good price. I will be coming back to Capt Rick when we are ready to buy our next yacht.
Bud and Christel 2005 Catalina 387

Brad & I want to thank you for being the best boat broker ever! Our Catalina 38.7 sailboat had been on the market for almost a year in the Pensacola/Mobile area with only 1 offer which eventually fell threw. You provided a Captain to take our boat to Houston to your brokerage company. That was such a worthwhile investment. It was so much less stress on our part in the delivery process of our boat. Your attention to detail was fantastic. You de-cluttered our boat. You cleaned and detailed the boat inside and outside. Your pre-survey found flaws which we addressed ahead of time. The one survey performed previously in our area did not detect any problems which was not accurate. You detailed mechanical parts to eliminate any corrosion which had occurred from use. You were able to provide us with a top dollar price for our boat plus we felt so secure that the new owners had a truly sound vessel. Thank you again for your professionalism. You followed through with everything you promised.
We would highly recommended you & your brokerage company to everyone.
Brad and Janet Newhall

I also want to express my sincere appreciation for what you have done for us in selling these two boats (one power and one sail). In my opinion you and your team have gone above and beyond any expectations I had for these transactions and what I thought would be a long drawn out process has happened so much faster than I ever thought possible. And all of this while my wife and I have been half a world away. Every time we speak to anyone about the sale of both of these boats please know that everyone will know that we could not have done it without you. I will recommend you to everyone I meet that wants to buy or sell a vessel and when we return and start looking for our retirement cat please know you will be in the middle of that deal whichever way we decide to go. Once again thank you for all you have done for us. I’ll see you when I return at the end of the month.-Gary Vaughan

Kent has been our (husband Gary & I) yacht broker/consultant >20yrs. He knows all there is to know about boats (sail & power), readily shares his knowledge & has endless patience. We wouldn’t think about buying/selling a boat without consulting Kent. He has earned our friendship & respect. Kent has impeccable integrity, is always reliable, trustworthy, & consistently solid/stable.~Debbie Leonhardt

…..Ultimately we decided upon the Santego 638, and we are very happy that we did. The sale was conducted by Mr. Dan Hughes….in Kemah, Texas.
The image the general public has of the typical sales representative is that of a high-pressure, over-bearing, aggressive personality type, equipped with enough information about the product to enable them to berate the competition, but not to “sell” the product. Rest assured that Dan Hughes does not fit that mold.
Dan carefully led us through the boat explaining all the features, and demonstrating the “nice touches” that Carver products have. He spoke with a confidence and assurance in the product that instilled in us a sense of trust, both in Dan’s abilities and in the quality of the product. There was no topic he tried to avoid, nor was there any question he could not (or more importantly, would not) answer. Dan’s professionalism and personal approach to this sale, favorably affected our decision to buy.
Once we were relatively certain that we wanted the Santego, we began a more detailed interrogation of Dan concerning the boat. As a practicing litigation attorney in Texas, I can tell you that Texas has a very active field of litigation concerning deceptive trade practices. This has reigned in some sales enthusiasm when the product is not exactly what the sales representative wants the purchaser to believe it is. Dan never hesitated.
On a day that was less than ideal, we asked Dan to take us for a sea trial. Probably, most new boats will pass a sea trial in optimum weather. Once again, Dan did not hesitate. Perhaps now you are beginning to appreciate why our confidence in our decision was growing. Dan’s conduct during the sale made a pleasure out of our boat purchasing experience. He is to be commended for his knowledge and demeanor.
But it didn’t stop there. Dan knew we were inexperienced. After the purchase, Dan taught us docking procedures, and enough about handling the boat to set us at ease during our maiden “solo” voyage.
We have had our share of “novice” questions. We don’t know who to ask other than Dan. Not only does he answer our questions, but he does so willingly and enthusiastically. We will recommend him to our friends…..
Carver Boat Corp.
PO Box 1010
Industrial Drive
Pulaski, Wiscons in 54162

I wanted to send you a letter about the experience I had with you company in my search for a medium sized cruiser. I have been looking at boats for a number of years and recently got very serious about purchasing. I have been to numerous boat shows and continually ran into Dan Hughes with your company. Dan always remembered me and worked to help me in every manner possible.
I was looking at the Cruisers 420 Express because of its open layout but ultimately choose a smaller 33 foot boat from another manufacturer your company does not represent. This choice was simply based on the design of the boat, lower entry cost and the fact that it will ultimately be located in Austin , Texas.
Although I was treated well by the company I purchased from, I think Dan Hughes is probably the best representative I worked with overall. I know that if I ultimately trade­ up I will look to Dan and Ship & Sail for my next boat.
I own my own business and it is important to have people who represent your company well. I wanted to let you know that Dan is one of those individuals you love to have on your team.
Thank you gain for all of the assistance,
Mike Hodde
Power Associates, Inc.

Just a note to express my many thanks and appreciation for all of your cooperation, assistance and professionalism in the sale of “Fever,” the Carver 444 Cockpit MY 2003 to my buyer, Robert E. Kennedy .
It is a rarity and certainly a pleasure to conduct business in such a nice manner.
The very best of luck to you both, and please do not hesitate to contact me if I may be of assistance to you in the near future.
Bryan Long
Westport Yacht Sales