BOAT SELECTION
CONSULTATION SERVICE

Since 1976 I have professionally consulted with over 10,000 people seeking cruising boats. My experience in the marine industry is unique; 391,000 miles and 48 years worldwide ocean sailing experience plus boatbuilding, surveying and previously owning a yacht brokerage. I’ve also owned and maintained four ocean cruising boats.

April 2023 MARKET UPDATE:

We’re actually seeing some new listing coming to market now in early April, so that quality offshore-capable cruising boats aren’t impossible, just challenging to find.

2022 saw the most buyers ever seriously looking for offshore-ready ocean cruising boats. Prices for quality used boats increased, and full price and above full price offers became common. Many boats are selling even before they are officially listed and posted on yachtworld.com. However, I have had patient clients worldwide finding their dream boats and setting sail – it’s just that sometimes the boats they purchase are not necessarily in their first-choice locations. I am ready and keen to help you find your dream cruising boat.

$750

Unlimited Email Consultation Includes:

  • An analysis of the boats you are currently considering, discussing design, construction quality, seaworthiness, safety, speed, and comfort.
  • Suggestion of additional boats for you to review based on your cruising plans.
  • Answers to your questions regarding suitability of various designs.
    Analysis of your total overall cost of ownership: purchase, refit, outfitting, maintenance, and resale value.
  • Evaluation and forwarding of listing and selling prices of sisterships utilizing information from soldboats.com.
    Referral to qualified and unbiased marine surveyors worldwide.
  • Review of the survey with recommendation on post-survey price negotiations.
    Evaluation of current gear and additional equipment needed for offshore passage making.
  • Advice and referrals regarding documentation/registration, offshore flagging and tax implications.
    Recommendations and referrals for offshore insurance including crew of two.
  • Assistance selling you boat years later, potentially in a higher market than where you are considering purchasing.

$400

Unlimited Outfitting and Voyage Planning Consultation

This service is offered if you’ve already purchased your cruising vessel, but need advice and recommendations on gear replacement and additions plus overall voyage planning.

Consultations are best conducted by e-mail.

  • Fill out and return the Boat Consultation Questionnaire. 
  • Contact our Friday Harbor office with your credit card information, office phone: 360-378-6131, mobile 360-378-7344.
  • Download a .doc file of the survey. You can email me your completed questionnaire to: sailing@mahina.com
Download Boat Consultation Questionnaire

Please note I am a professional consultant. I don’t sell boats or receive commissions of any type from anyone. My only interest is in helping you find the boat which will allow you to realize your cruising dreams safely and comfortably, while maintaining as much of your investment as possible.

CONTACT JOHN NEAL

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