The team at DBY Boat Sales came highly recommended by my cousin who had purchased his yacht through them earlier in the year, any nerves were settled during the first conversations with Rod and Darren, two absolute legends who made their time and knowledge available during the purchasing process and who continue to assist me presently.
If you’re looking to land yourself a vessel with confidence, you’ve most certainly come to the right place, the pleasant experience over the phone is more than matched by their entire team once you have walked through their doors.
I couldn’t recommend them highly enough.
Izaak Smith, buyer of Eastcoast 31 “Crackerjack” – December 2021
Our purchase experience through DBY could not have been better.
John’s professional and friendly guidance through the inspection, survey and post purchase ensured we were fully aware of the yachts features to ensure we were comfortable with our decision.
DBY’s network of service providers gave us access to the best survey, rigging and maintenance people and John provided a wealth of knowledge in sailing and yacht maintenance.
The sail with him up the coast to deliver the yacht was filled with tips and advice making the trip a highlight of the purchase.
All the DBY team could not have been more helpful and a pleasure to deal with. We will be engaging with them again.
Stephen Goodall, buyer of Bavaria 33 “Dolce Vite” – November 2021
I would like to thank Darren from DBY for the excellent service above and beyond the call of duty having bought and sold my last vessel through Darren I could not recommend him high enough to anyone interested in either buying or selling, nothing was ever a problem that couldn’t be fixed and always with a happy smile, and as he said ‘ Pittwater is the place to sell boats’ I couldn’t agree more thanks for all and it’s a pleasure knowing you.
Graham Brown, buyer of Southcoast 36 “Jazztime” – November 2021
Darren is a professional through and through. My sale went through very smoothly, and very quickly. I would recommend DBY and Darren Parker, to anyone thinking of selling, or buying a boat.
Kevin Owen, seller of Southcoast 36 “Jazztime” – November 2021
When the Eastern States were in lockdown, Rod and Darren managed to find the exact boat for us and negotiated a smooth and hassle-free sale.
We are now onboard our new craft and couldn’t be happier.
Thank you for facilitating such an easy process and especially for always being available to answer all our queries and questions.
Extra thanks to Liz for organising insurance quotes.
Dave Clark, buyer of Lagoon 440 “Cat Nirvana” – November 2021
When you are buying a boat, especially for the first time, you really want to make sure you are buying from someone who knows boats!
It was a real pleasure to deal with John @ DBY. From our first phone call he guided me on what to look out for with the type of yacht I was buying.
John’s experience in yachting meant that I could really rely on his advice and first-hand stories. It made me aware that just because two same model boats are asking the same price doesn’t mean they will cost you the same in the long run.
True to John’s word, I haven’t had to fix anything. So far I’ve tightened one screw on my boat.
I felt like I could txt or call John at anytime to ask him how something worked. He even checked in with me on the night I sailed the boat down the coast to make sure I got in safely, and this was weeks after the boat was sold.
It’s this sort of service that is gold and made me feel very valued.
When I upgrade to my next yacht, John will be the first person I get in touch with.
Geoff Grace – buyer of the Northshore 27 “Starlight Express” – November 2021
DBY did an amazing job! Everything was handled so professionally and they made it easy at every step.
Of course the main was that they sold my boat quickly, and for the asking price – it doesn’t get any better than that.
James Morrison, seller of The Tiny Houseboat – October 2021
Our small gaff-rigged cutter was an unusual boat to sell. In spite of lockdown restrictions, DBY Boat Sales were able to find an enthusiastic buyer at the right price. What’s more, they were so relaxed and helpful to deal with, as well as being capable and efficient.
Sheila Crosse – seller of Yarmouth 23 “Rummager” – October 2021
I purchased the Santana 30 in September. It was a very easy transaction, all done in one day! Darren is great to deal with. He knows boats, knows Pittwater and knows his job. Gave me some good contacts too for getting work done on the boat.
Peter Dulson, buyer of Santana 30 “Mystique” – September 2021
Very happy to provide feedback regarding Darren and his expertise in recently selling my cat. He provided helpful advice and strategies for selling the boat, kept me in the loop throughout the process and negotiated a good deal with the successful buyer. He was responsive in replying to any queries I had. Would thoroughly recommend Darren and his team for anyone considering buying or selling a boat.
Peter Richardson seller of Leopard 47 “Pussy Galore” – August 2021
In May 2021 I purchased a Woodward 47 on behalf of our family residing in Central Queensland. Because of circumstances at the time we had to rely heavily on DBY Boat Sales staff in the purchase process.
We found their website specifications and condition statements to be detailed and accurate. They assisted with coordination of the vessel slipping and survey, facilitated establishment of contact with the owner and provided expertise to help in the delivery to the Queensland coast.
When we finally personally inspected the vessel we found everything in order and true to form making a possibly difficult remote purchase very smooth and a win/ win, I believe for all parties.
I would like to specifically thank Rod for his efforts and integrity together with Darren and his staff. A business result that is only achieved through in depth experience combined with integrity.
Garnett Hollier, buyer of Woodward 47 “Cooinda” – May 2021
Rod came to me asking me how much we wanted for the boat and the week after the boat was sold. It was my first boat, that we cruised intensively around New Caledonia it was important for us to see her go into good hands and DBY listened and delivered!
The boat is now owned by a happy couple planning on sailing up the coast of Aus indefinitely and we got the price we wanted.
The end for me and the start for them of a beautiful story on a nice boat!
Benjamin Roulant – seller of Beneteau 40 “Lola” – April 2021
We recently purchased a Northshore 38 from DBY Boatsales and the process was super easy. Darren was helpful always obliging and exceptional to deal with. I would gladly work with him and the team again.
Jon Shaw, buyer of the Northshore 38 “Vamos” – February 2021
Rod and team sold my Colvic Countess 37 in record time! They made the whole process easy from meeting me on my boat when I arrived at the marina to drop it off to having a ready-to-go list of potential buyers lined up to confirming the money had reached my account.
Agatha Fox, seller of Colvic Countess 37 “Serafina”, January 2021
Recently I sold my share in a Catalina 320 with the help of DBY. Darren, who is very personable, was quick off the mark with the paperwork, advice on how to present the boat and the price I could expect to receive.
Within a day of advertising the share, there was a list of people wanting to see the boat.
The first person who saw the boat, bought the share at the expected price. You can’t do better than that.
I have no hesitation in recommending the services of DBY. Thank-you Darren.
Geraldine Martin, seller of 1/5 share Catalina 320 “Five Stars” – December 2020
We first met DBY’s Rod Waterhouse in Fiji when he came aboard our British flagged 37ft Colvic Countess and gave us a rough idea of the market price we could expect in Australia, passage planning advice and information regarding clearance and importation procedures. Rod was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable; it was because of him that we decided to place our boat for sale with DBY.
On arrival at Pittwater, DBY were fantastic, we simply left the boat on one of their secure and reasonably priced moorings, flew back to the UK and they took care of everything else.
This included organizing the valuation and importation process as well as marketing the boat and carrying out routine checks. They even provided a shuttle service between ship and shore enabling us to leave our dinghy lashed on deck.
Our arrival coincided with the 2019 – 2020 bush fires which devastated vast tracts of Eastern Australia, as if this wasn’t bad enough, the Covid 19 pandemic then brought suffering to every part of the world. Throughout this difficult period of fire and plague, DBY continued to market the boat and conduct viewings – keeping us informed of developments at every stage.
Throughout the service provided by DBY was second to none.
We can wholeheartedly recommend DBY as a friendly, professional and efficient brokerage who are more than able and willing to assist international clients in the sale of their vessel.
Roger Geary, seller of Colvic 37 “Serafina”, October 2020
From the first call it was all easy to get my boat on the market with DBY. They do everything in a totally professional way and kept me informed as the sale progressed.
We sold for a great price in record time – I wouldn’t use anyone else.
James Morrison, seller of Four Winns H310, September 2020
Our family had been looking for a suitable cruiser for some time and we came across the DBY website, made an enquiry and Darren responded with speed and grace. In the blink of an eye were taking our prospective purchase for a spin on Pittwater and were instantly hooked – boat sold!
Darren has been just fantastic with instructing us on the boat’s operation and tech and answering our numerous questions; as novice boaties this gave us great confidence and trust in the boat we were buying.
The after-sales service has just been brilliant, many thanks to Darren and the DBY team!
Good luck and thanks again.
Brad and Lorna Higgins, buyers of Bayliner 2655, September 2020
A very big thank you to Darren Parker and the team at DBY boat sales for selling our boat.
We knew DBY had experience with our type of boat so, after a chat, we engaged them on that basis and we are extremely pleased we did.
Not only are DBY friendly and professional but a sale was achieved quickly, (despite the economic times associated with Covid19)
and an excellent price was achieved.
A key feature of our relationship with DBY was the almost weekly feedback we got from Darren regarding the progress etc of the sale.
DBY knew exactly what the market for our boat was and achieved exactly that – just as they said they would.
Adrian Nicholas, seller of Fisher 37 “Mele Kai”, July 2020
Rod and David at DBY provided a great one-stop-shop service, from taking delivery of our Hallberg-Rassy 42F Aurora B off the delivery skipper all the way through to the final sale. As a British family based in Hong Kong and having sailed from the UK to Australia, we were looking for a broker who could look after every aspect of the sale process including ongoing care whilst Aurora B awaited her sale. DBY truly delivered! Clearly this past year has been a challenging time to sell a boat, with bushfires and the pandemic. DBY kept working throughout and achieved a result that worked for everyone involved. Happy to recommend them.
Ed Simmonds, seller of Hallberg-Rassy 42F “Aurora B”, July 2020
I recently purchased a 34ft Charlie Peel-designed yacht. The team at DBY Boat Sales was a pleasure to deal with, accommodating and made the process very smooth. I would recommend them as a great place to sell your boat, and to purchase your next boat. Thank you!
Mike Watson, buyer of Charlie Peel 34 “Charlie, July 2020
Darren and the team were very helpful during the purchase of our Lagoon 440. Always responsive and offering to help with anything that we had questions about. We organised insurance with DBY as well, and all was done without fuss. Darren even went the extra yard in assisting with Club membership so that we had a place to moor the boat after purchase.
We would recommend DBY to anyone looking to purchase their next boat.
Wayne & Jacqueline Sillick, buyer of Lagoon 440 “Aquilon”, June 2020
I have found DBY Boat Sales in particular David Renouf To be easy-going and friendly to deal with. They sort it out any issues quickly and efficiently and would have no trouble recommending them to my friends.
Luke Ratcliff, buyer of Grainger 38 Mystery Cove Mk II “Papillon de Mers”, June 2020
Dear David and Liz,
Just like to thank you, and in particular, Graeme Hedges, who listed and coordinated the sale of Ninja, my Yamaha 25 sailboat, and Darren Parker, who sold it to the new owners. Selling a small sailboat is difficult at the best of times, and in the current COVID-19 climate, I expected a very long wait. As it turned out, it was less than six months, and you sold it within my acceptable price range. I met the buyers at the surveyor’s inspection, and last weekend they and I had a sail on Ninja while I checked them out on her systems. They are in love with her, and I’m so pleased that Ninja has found enthusiastic and loving owners.
DBY has been most professional in everything to do with the listing and sale, and I would strongly recommend them to anyone wanting to sell or buy a sailboat.
Once again, thanks.
Bob Fuller, seller of Yamaha 25 “Ninja”, June 2020
I recently sold my 34-foot sailing boat through DBY. Broker David Renouf responded quickly when I first contacted him, visited the boat, took the photographs and had the listing online in short time. David also made some suggestions about things we could do to the boat to improve the chances of a sale. He was also happy to include some extra comments I provided for the sales material.
The sale was somewhat complicated with the boat in Pittwater and me in Queensland, and restricted by the coronavirus restrictions, during the period of the sale. David kept me informed about inspections and the feedback from potential buyers. After one potential buyer commissioned a survey and responded with a list of items that needed attention, David went to work on the boat and rectified the items. The sale was completed. David’s efforts were more than I expected from a broker and a very clear example of making every effort and I am very grateful to him.
I certainly recommend DBY and David Renouf to anybody thinking of selling or buying a boat. DBY and David are very knowledgeable, experienced and professional, prompt with the paperwork and very pleasant to deal with.
Nigel McCarthy, seller of van de Stadt 34 ‘’Spirit of Biscay’’ – June 2020
Thank you for successfully selling our boat WOMBAT in this difficult time. The service was prompt and efficient and above all successful. The new owners are very happy with the boat and have taken it to the harbour. Next boat I have to sell, I will call on your services again.
Robert Perey – seller of Clipper 30 “Wombat”, May 2020
When it became clear that deteriorating health meant I was no longer able to safely or enjoyably sail our Phantom 32 cruising yacht Kasper, we set about searching for a powerboat.
Though the internet we became aware of the Clipper 30 “Wombat” and we duly met the most affable Darren Parker from DBY Boat Sales in Pittwater.
From the moment we first spoke nothing was too much trouble and being aware of my health issues he was at pains to ensure that the boat would afford us, in a manageable way, the boating future we sought – weekend days on the harbour with family and friends and perhaps with help, the occasional jaunt up the coast.
His liaison with the seller and ourselves was first class – prompt, accurate and at all times diplomatic and polite. His knowledge of the boat he was selling was remarkable and certainly eased any concerns we had.
Needless to say, the sale was concluded in a very timely fashion and a week after purchase we motored south to our mooring in Middle Harbour very happy boat owners.
Since then the boat has performed faultlessly and more than met our expectations. It even prompted me, a life longs sailor to state that ‘we should have got a powerboat years ago!’
Thank you Darren and DBY Boat Sales.
Martin and Andrea Pryor, buyers of Clipper 30 “Wombat”, May 2020
The team at DBY was great for our boat sales. Friendly, helpful and very competent. Highly recommended. Thank you very much!
Heidi & Gerald Ulm, sellers of Freedom 38 “Silver Seas” – March 2020
With the recent purchase of a Gulfstar 44, nothing was a problem for DBY Boat Sales.
We could not be happier with the customer service. All the team at DBY were friendly and answered every enquiry we had and gave us a deal we were extremely happy with.
Since the purchase, they have assisted us with arranging deliveries to the boat and purchasing items like a tender and stove which was above and beyond the legwork of the initial sale. They really didn’t have to, but it shows that even after the purchase, we were important. They even obliged us with multiple runs to and from the buoy while we were waiting for our tender to arrive.
If you are after fantastic service and you are lucky to receive the same level of service that we received when purchasing this yacht, you will be one very happy customer who will continue to use, and recommend, DBY Boat Sales for a very long time.
Rod and Meg Bleasdale, buyers of Gulfstar 44 “Lode Star” – January 2020
The team at DBY was helpful, friendly and efficient in selling our much loved yacht. They provided us with the right info, contacts and advice when needed (i.e. importing the boat into Australia, gas certification, storage).
They know the market and will help you get a fair price for your boat.
They are professionals and they don’t waste anyone’s time. Our broker even had people lined up to view our boat the day it was ready to be shown. In fact the first person who viewed our boat put an offer on it straight away.
After we agreed on the terms, the process was fair and very quick. One thing I would say: don’t expect to get daily updated from DBY, but know they always work in the background and will make contact with you when they need you to make a decision.
Extremely efficient service all together.
Tiberiu Coroliuc – Sellers of Trintella 38 “Quo Vadis” – December 2019
Thankyou Judith, Ross, David,
We have found this process to be extremely well executed on your part. Based on my past experience with various brokerages I can honestly say that were we not dealing with yourselves we may have put this purchase in the too hard basket.
Look forward to catching up at Marsden Cove in the near future.
Mark & Kathy Power – buyers of Corsair 51 ‘’Mango Moon’’ – September 2019
Big shout out to Darren Parker and DBY Newport for helping us buy our very first yacht! As we did not know anything about buying a yacht we were very grateful to Darren and DBY in providing us excellent, reliable support and all the knowledge and guidance we needed every step of the way.
Darren went above and beyond in providing after sale support since we were in Qld and the boat we purchased was in Newport. The icing on the cake was a wonderful trip engaging Darren’s skipper services and expertise for an amazing, educational delivery of our yacht and us safely home to Mooloolaba, Qld.
Thank you, very grateful customers.
Gillian and Jason Hooper – buyers of Catalina 42 ‘’Me Too’’ – August 2019
We have been researching our options to purchase a catamaran for nearly 2 years. Every time we dealt with a broker, we felt like they were trying to “sell” us a catamaran and never really listened to what our needs were.
David Renouf from DBY Boat Sales was totally different, and provided an excellent and professional service. He is very knowledgeable and worked with us until we found the ideal boat.
DBY’s after sales service was also professional and all the documentation was finalised promptly.
I can highly recommend DBY Boat Sales.
– Pierre & Fernanda Skinner – buyers of Lagoon 440 ‘’Carpe Ventum” – May 2019
Just a quick note to thank the DBY team for their help in the sale of our Lagoon 440 Raftkin.
For us this was more than just the sale of Raftkin but the process from turning the cruising dream into a tangible plan that started nearly 20 years ago when we met Rod Waterhouse at a catamaran regatta on the north coast. The plan laid dormant for many years until we decided if we wanted to make it happen at what we felt was the optimum age for our kids then now was the time.
From that decision point in late 2016 to purchasing Raftkin in Turkey in May 2017 and returning to Sydney in late 2018 we were constantly advised by DBY on all parts of the process. This included finding the boat and visiting Turkey with David Renouf to assist with inspection, survey and purchase.
Financially the whole thing worked out more or less where we were advised and hoped it would. More importantly we met heaps of wonderful people, experienced many parts of the world in a unique way and have cherished family memories that will last a life time.
– Dave (Fisher), Tracy, Hayley and Megan – sellers of Lagoon 440 ‘’Raftkin’’ – March 2019
We had a great experience selling our boat through DBY Boat Sales at Newport.
We had interest from the first day our boat was listed on their website and it was sold in under two weeks.
Darren was great and kept me informed at all times with what was happening.
– Luke Basham, seller of Island Gypsy 30 ‘’Lupageo’’ – March 2019
Darren and Graeme provided excellent service during the purchase of my Island Gypsy Flybridge Cruiser, they were very helpful on both the technical and practical aspects. I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking to purchase a boat, they could not have been more helpful.
Steve Duckworth, buyer of Island Gypsy 30 ‘’Lupageo’’ – March 2019
I was extremely satisfied with the service I received when I approached Graeme at DBY Boat Sales in Pittwater about purchasing a vessel listed for sale. Throughout the sale process, Graeme kept me informed and up to date with a range of matters and questions about the vessel characteristics and sought explanations from the vendor when required.
The negotiation process was smooth and trouble free. I was overseas during the sale and my local adviser liaised regularly with Graeme and both kept me fully informed.
A number of matters regarding the vessel were quickly resolved after discussion prior to the final settlement.
Sales documentation was handled professionally and promptly.
Overall my purchase experience with Graeme and DBY Boat Sales was most positive.
Ian Bone, buyer of Amel Mango 52 ‘’Karma’’, February 2019
Really thankful to have bought my first yacht through you and your team. DBY provides honest advice and ensure all your questions are answered. Their service well exceeded my expectations.
Zhiran Zhou, buyer of Wauquiez Gladiateur 33 ”Oso”, February 2019
Sydney’s yacht brokers was a mixed experience…. Our first choice was a Jeanneau, closely followed by a Beneteau and then a Bavaria. Some dealers were not there, phone calls (on a week day) were greeted with, “I am not working today, and so’n’so is moving a boat and might get back to you”. Others, who I had rung in advance, asking if the boat had any of the known problems, “all good, these boats don’t suffer from that defect”, only to find the deck cracking and mast sinking into the deck when we viewed the boat.
By comparison, DBY Boat sales were like a breath of fresh air, there was a receptionist and multiple sales staff. The staff had sailed the boat and were very knowledgeable of features and items that needed attention. They were very honest about the boat which gave us confidence in what we were looking at.
There was one boat that fitted our requirements, it was newer than other boats on the market. We put down a deposit and made an offer, and after a bit of negotiating with the seller, we agreed on a price.
We took advice from friends in Sydney for a surveyor and rigging inspector and had the boat checked out. That probably wasn’t necessary as DBY were well connected with all the local trades. And Liz organized a competitive quote on Insurance.
Overall it was a surprisingly straightforward experience, I found all the staff at DBY to be very knowledgeable, helpful and generous with their time.
Alan Barrow, buyer of Beneteau 40 ‘’Cést si Bon’’, February 2019
We would just like to thank the entire DBY team for the smooth selling of our Westerly Ocean 43, Kindred Spirit.
We have raced, sailed, sold and bought yachts for over 40 years and this was by far the quickest and easiest time.
The team at DBY are very knowledgeable and know their market. Within a week of arriving we had multiple viewings and within 2 weeks an offer.
We heard of DBY via the Down Under Rally and would certainly recommend their professional and friendly service to anyone looking to sell a yacht.
Geoff and Bernice Holden, sellers of Westerly Ocean 43 ‘’Kindred Spirit’’ – February 2019
We recently purchased our first yacht through DBY Boat Sales Newport and are so grateful to Graeme, Darren and Liz for making it such an easy and enjoyable experience. They provide a wonderful service and have continued to give us help and support even after the sale went though. They well and truly exceeded our expectations and we would highly recommend them to anyone looking to buy or sell. Thanks again guys for everything 🙂
Nathan Truscott & Kate Tarnawski – buyers of Fraser 41 Merrion, January 2019
Thanks so much for everything it was a quick transfer and smooth sale … I’d recommend DBY to anyone wishing to sell their boat.
Sanne van der Duin , seller of Radford 50 ‘’Lightwave’’ – January 2019
DBY have sold a vessel for us personally and have helped many people we know both sell and buy monohulls and catamarans. They have in our experience have always acted with integrity and honesty.
John Hembrow, Organiser – Go West/ Go East Rallies, January 2019
I recently purchased a Hans Christian 33 from DBY boat sales at Princess Street Marina, Newport. The broker I dealt with was Graeme Hedges. Throughout the process I found Graeme and the team at DBY to be friendly and helpful. Graeme’s easy going and relaxed manner certainly helped me through the process and it became clear he had both the buyer and sellers interests at heart. Having purchased the boat and spent a considerable amount of time aboard I have found all representations as to its history and condition to be accurate. I am happy to recommend Graeme and DBY to any potential client.
Peter Schultz, buyer of Hans Christian 33 “Pau Amna”, December 2018
Hi David, I just wanted to say thanks to you and your team for achieving such a prompt sale at a good price. The whole process went without a hitch from my perspective and I just wanted to say how pleased and impressed I am. I think Simon and Kate are perfectly suited to Audacious and I hope they enjoy the boat as much as I have. See you out on the water.
Thanks & regards
John Priddis – Seller of Pawtucket 35 “Audacious” – November 2018
Hi Darren, Just wanted to say a big ‘thank you’ for all your assistance with my recent purchase of Audacious. For my first foray into the world of yacht buying, your honest advice and help over the last couple of weeks was really appreciated. Will definitely pass on the good word for DBY Boat Sales
Simon Gray – Buyer of Pawtucket 35 “Audacious” – November 2018
Our DBY experience.
We came to DBY, not because of the company, but because they had particular boat for sale.
In the past I have had a couple of very poor experiences with other companies which gave me a very jaded view of brokers in general. However my experience with DBY was totally different and has changed my view completely.
For a start there was no pressure during the sales process. We were given as much time and space that we needed to inspect the boat. David’s management of the negotiation process was excellent, as was his management of the sale. There was never any attempt to sell the boat as anything other than what it was, and he kept the process moving along at a comfortable pace.
There is an integrity with this brokerage in that they stand by their word. If something about the process isn’t right, they will make it right. I know everyone says “don’t use the surveyors on the brokers list”. Well, they had the same surveyors on their list that were recommended by my sailing friends.
Another good thing about using DBY is their industry knowledge and contacts. When I was preparing the boat for the delivery trip and needed anyone for work or advice on the boat, they were able to get someone or put me in touch with people at very short notice. They just know the business.
Who would expect after sales service from a broker? I didn’t expect it, but DBY went way beyond my expectations to make this whole experience easy. The team at DBY are professional and friendly, as well as having a wealth of knowledge. I should also point out that they are very hardworking. We watched these guys continually ferrying potential clients out to boats, putting paid to the idea that brokers just sit around waiting for sales to happen. I shouldn’t mention that they sometimes worked on their days off, but they did.
I have no association with DBY and get no reward for writing this. I bought a boat using their services and was very happy with that experience. I would say, if buying or selling a boat, do yourself a favour and let them be your first port of call. I am happy to be contacted if anyone wants further information.
Phil Gray – buyer of Feeling 416DI ”Oceana 1” – April 2018
All the staff at DBY in Newport were most helpful and flexible when I came to look at and eventually purchase a boat through their agency. I was especially grateful for the local advice and after sales assistance they gave me when I moved onto the boat in an area unknown to me. Thanks again Graeme and the folks at DBY.
Hans Sipsma, Buyer of Duncanson 35 ”Blythe Spirit” – June 2018
We recently purchased a Lagoon 440 catamaran through DBY boat sales. This came after months of searching for the right boat for our family. Graeme and the team at DBY boat sales were fantastic through all facets of the sale. We couldn’t have had more help during this period and are delighted with the outcome, Steve and Lou.
Steve & Lou Smith, buyers of Lagoon 440 ”Sioux” – May 2018
Hello Rod, we got the money for our boat and wanted to say thank you for helping us. I am very happy with the amount, we got almost 100% of the money we spent on the boat including boat purchase in 2015 … We probably wouldn’t have even sailed to Australia if we hadn’t met you in French Polynesia. We are going to do a trip like this again and will contact you about which boat we need to buy. Already told some friends crossing the Pacific about you guys. Take it easy, Adam
Adam Southerland, seller of C & C 39 ”Black Watch” – May 2018
Greetings fellow sailors,
When the decision was made to sell our catamaran, we were ﬁnishing another season of cruising in Fiji and were debating whether New Zealand or Australia would be the best venue for marketing the yacht. Several Australian cruising friends encouraged us to continue west but the decision was made easier by a personal meeting with Rod Waterhouse of DBY Boat Sales and his charming wife Kerry during the Musket Cove Regatta Week.
We were immediately impressed by their warmth, enthusiasm and impressive sailing backgrounds. They explained in depth the process of selling a foreign yacht in Australia, made recommendations as to ports of entry and suggested an itinerary for enjoying the coastal cruising en route to their headquarters in Pittwater. After hearing about the ease of inbound clearance, DBY’s prime location just north of Sydney and the present strength of the Australian economy and market for yachts, the decision was made. Australia it was!
Our positive experience with DBY Boat Sales continued once we arrived in Pittwater and were immediately made to feel at home by the ﬁne staff. David Renouf, their resident catamaran expert with extensive international experience, took the lead in helping us price our yacht appropriately and, along with all the others, made sure our yacht would be enthusiastically marketed and well looked after while we travelled home to the States.
Ultimately, our yacht sold in a timely manner and completing the formalities of the transaction and hand-over to the new owners was a smooth as could be.
Based on our very positive experience, we are happy to offer our sincere recommendation of DBY Boat Sales to others that may be selling their yachts. When you get to Pittwater, please give Rod, Kerry, David, Darren, Graeme and Liz our warmest regards.
Mark McClellen and Anne MacDonald – seller of the Dolphin 460 Catamaran “Three Sixty Blue” – April 2018
I have really appreciated the expert help from you and all of the DBY team over the last year in connection with the purchase and overhaul of Blue Goose. I always enjoy your friendly, cheerful approach to life, coupled with your vast knowledge of the whole boating scene, especially local information. All of my interactions with DBY have been smooth and timely and the after-sales service has gone well above and beyond what I expected.
I highly recommend DBY as the first choice boat broker in Australia.
Margaret Pidgeon, buyer of Fisher 37 “Blue Goose” – February 2018
As a first-time boat buyer I wasn’t sure what to expect in dealing with a boat broker, having read a lot about them and the industry. Thankfully I came across Darren and DBY on my searches.
From the outset Darren was honest and helpful, spending time pointing out the bad and good bits about the boats I looked at, he seemed to genuinely care and his passion for boating was obvious.
After finding the boat that I wanted, Darren helped me through the buying process and things went smoothly, communication was great as he was always on the end of the phone or quick to reply to emails.
During the handover of the boat he went through everything, going through all the boat’s intricacies and after a few teething problems I was out on the water cruising and enjoying my new purchase! I have been so grateful for the follow up service I’ve had from Darren… He’s been a point of contact and knowledge, and has helped me immensely as a relatively inexperienced sailor. On a number of occasions I’ve had to call Darren to get me out of trouble and he’s come to my rescue! The most recent was after we fouled the prop on a mooring line in a strong southerly – on a Friday evening… diving under the boat in these conditions, and at that time, to free the line would not be thought of as part of the regular broker service? But that just goes to show that Darren’s a genuinely good bloke who cares about people and would go out of his way to help the boating community. Looking forward to sailing down to Sydney with Darren’s help, I’ll miss Pittwater and his ‘on call service’! I will be back though and if I’m lucky enough to upgrade in the future there’s no doubt I’ll be giving Darren and DBY a call! Cheers!
Micheal Tame, East cost 31 ”Hustler” – February 2018
I have received confirmation of the sale of Monark and wanted to thank you three and the whole DBY team for your excellent service. I have no doubt that our boat would not have sold as quickly or at the same price were it not for your expertise and time. Thank you very much, we will highly recommend DBY to any and all prospective buyers within our realm of influence.
Robin Urquhart, seller of Dufour 35 ”Monark” – February 2018
We would like to thank Darren and all the team at DBY Boat Sales for the exemplary way they have helped us through the buying process for our Bavaria Ocean 40 yacht. Darren was incredibly friendly, helpful and professional in understanding our needs and achieving a successful outcome for us – we just love the boat. Darren is very knowledgeable, was responsive to all our questions and also provided us with lots of useful information to help make our boating experience enjoyable. Not only this, but we have also had lots of practical support from DBY after completing the purchase so we can use the boat with confidence – including some challenges with a tangled mooring line! This is far and away over and above what we expected and we know we can get local help and advice when we need it which is very important for us. Thanks to the DBY team.
Andrew and Ali Staal, buyers of Bavaria 40 ”Tahaa II” – February 2018
I just want to thank you and Darren for you efforts in selling the boat so quickly and efficiently. Although a bit of sadness that the boat is gone, once I decided to sell the boat it was good to get it sold quickly. As previously it has been a pleasure dealing with you……
Ted Culley – Seller of Bavaria 40 ”Tahaa II”
Thanks Rod, you have made this easy for us we will definitely contact you if we look for another boat someday….
Adam Southerland, Owner of the C & C 39 ”Black Watch” upon leaving his boat in our care to sell – January 2018
You and the others of DBY made my stay in Australia very enjoyable. Moving out of a boat is similar to move to another house, in another country…complex.Your support exceeded the attributions of a boat broker, and I left with the feeling of new friends.
Julius Weber, Owner of the Dehler 39 ”Trinidad” upon leaving his boat in our care to sell – January 2018
Hi Darren, Thanks for your great work to sell our boat so quickly. The payment has gone into our bank account. We appreciate your kindness and consideration during the process.
John and Gersha Staal, Sellers of Compass 29 ”Saskia II” – January 2018
We had been keeping an eye on the boat market for around a year and struggled to find any boats that ticked all the boxes – everything was a compromise. We first met Darren after inquiring about a boat he had listed and after a couple of inspections we decided that it wasn’t quite for us. Darren was really understanding, patient and friendly – he listened to us and had a clear idea as to what we wanted from our next boat, and it was obvious from the start that he genuinely wanted us to find a boat that worked for us and not just sell us a boat that needed selling. It was for these reasons that he stood out from all the other brokers that we had met.
After a couple of weeks following the last inspection, Darren contacted us about a boat that was yet to be listed, he said that it might just be the one for us, however it was located in Rockhampton. Darren met me at the airport, drove me to the boat and let me spend as much time as I wanted looking through the boat and answering all the ridiculous questions that you can ask about a boat. He was right, this boat genuinely ticked every single box, we agreed the sale on the inspection.
Darren did everything he could to make the sale as smooth as possible – talk about going above and beyond he even delivered the boat with one leg in plaster while he was on crutches! He has since helped us after delivery with a mooring and lots of sound advice to get us started on our new boat. We certainly didn’t expect this from him, it has made a huge difference and has been greatly appreciated.
We would wholeheartedly recommend Darren and the team at DBY, we would without a doubt use DBY to sell our boat if we were ever in that position.
Andreas & Christian Smith, Buyer of Bavaria 32 ”Rhonda” – November 2017
After spending a few months on our yacht sailing from Port Macquarie up the east coast of Australia, we had pretty much decided that we needed a bigger boat, perhaps a motor cruiser.
We spent quite a bit of time surfing the internet looking at what was about and came upon a listing of DBY’s and decided to make an inquiry and to also find out if we could trade our yacht.
Upon meeting Darren, we found him to be knowledgeable and easy to get along with. We emailed Darren some photos and the details of our yacht and before we knew it, it was sold! It was that easy.
Darren communicated well via email and phone, we were kept informed at all times as to the progress of the sale.
We would highly recommend Darren and DBY to assist you with your boating needs.
Col and Rhonda Taylor, Seller of Bavaria 32 ”Rhonda” – November 2017
I am delighted to write this little story of my experience at DBY Boat sales in Newport. Proir to this I had no experience with Yachts so I called DBY Boat Sales as I had Interests in a TopHat Yacht. There, Darren Parker Guided me through the purchase and helped me in every way, even in securing a mooring. Being a chef I know how customer service works and he went beyond that and made me happier than I can remember. 100% recommendation to Darren and The team at DBY Boats.
Yours truly John Hofma, Top Hat 25 ”Atacama” – August 2017
Dear Rod, now our Franchini 47 has been sold it’s time to look back. In 2015 we contacted several eastern Australia based yacht brokers, DBY (David) answered within 24 hours and we got in touch with you.
Being international sailors we needed a lot of information from you. First we were not ready to sell, but in mid 2016 we decided to sell anyhow. In December 2016 we arrived in Pittwater. Selling an unknown Italian Franchini mono hull is not an easy process, we went through difficult times but at the end you found a new owner of the boat. Thank you for your patience, perseverance and open communication. I want to thank Liz and Katie for their endless support while being in Australia and in Europe, the men are lucky with you! Darren thank you for taking customers from known boats to our unknown boat and the dive. I keep very good memories of the time I was in contact with DBY…
Bert Boerema, Seller of the Franchini 47 ”Luna Azul”, July 2017
I would like to pass on my sincere thanks for the excellent service I received following the purchase of 30′ yacht “Aqua C” through DBY Boat Sales.
In particular the continued follow up by Darren Parker who greatly assisted with sound advice following vessel survey on recommended contractors in which to provide vessel upgrades.These proved to be excellent and work was undertaken and completed to an excellent standard and in a timely manner.
Darren also followed up and assisted with vessel move to appropriate mooring and checked vessel on a regular basis. Nothing was too much trouble and his experience within the boating market proved invaluable.
Also the initial and continued follow up by Liz Guthrie whom greatly assisted with boat insurance through Club Marine. This process ensured that policy was adjusted accordingly and accurately reflected yacht condition noting full replacement of running and standing rigging. All enquiries were handled in a prompt and professional manner.
I have no hesitation in recommending DBY Boatsales to any prospective boat purchaser noting the excellent service that I received and again a sincere “Thank You”.
Ian Rushton, Buyer of the Traditional 30 ”Aqua C”, June 2017
I have had some mixed experiences with boat brokers over the years but Darren Parker at DBY bent over backwards to help with the purchase of our yacht. Being interstate makes things even more complicated but even post purchase Darren helped out with advice & all the last minute arrangements, even giving us a loan of his own car! No problems recommending Darren & DBY Pittwater & their friendly service.
Steve Cartlidge, Buyer of the Cavalier 395 ”Amante”, March 2017
Darren, thank you for finalising the sale of ‘Amante’ – you achieved in no time what others were not able to do in over a year.
Eugene O’Brian, former owner of Cavalier 395 ”Amante”, March 2017
Thanks for all your awesome work on making this happen – far faster than we anticipated and at the price better than we’d hoped for.
Wayne Seitz & Dana Greyson, former owners of Journey, Pearson 365 Ketch, February 2017
Dear Graeme and David … We did appreciate all the wonderful support and kindness we received from you and the team. We can’t thank you enough!!!
There is always a bed for you at … our house …
Neville and Sally Kidd, purchasers of the Beneteau 46 now called Hau Koruhi.
Happy New Year! We would like to thank DBY for excellent work.
Lidia and I were most impressed by your crew’s service, attention to detail, professionalism and creativity.
In particular, Angela and Graeme took care of everything from arranging the mooring at a short notice, valuable advice, friendly and supportive attitude, creating beautiful marketing material with pictures and video, bringing many potential buyers and finally selling our boat in less than 3 weeks.
We hope the new year will bring a lot of good business to your team.
Dmitri and Lidia Ishchenko, former owners of Beneteau Cyclades 43.3 Brizo, 3rd January 2017.
Thanks Rod, we appreciate everything you have done for us.
If/When we sell Manali you will be the first on our call list!
Thanks for all your assistance – your help has been outstanding and it has been an absolute pleasure dealing with you.
– Erwin, Beneteau 42 Buyer, December 2016
I would like to record our appreciation and thanks to Darren for the professional and skilful work over the sale period.
Due to the circumstances it was a difficult sale. I was in Queensland, the boat in Pittwater.
Darren arranged for several trades to work to prepare the boat.
During the sale period he kept me fully informed of progress and gave good advice and showed perseverance and patience until he made the sale. I am grateful for his help and wish him well.
Dennis Rowan, seller of Southcoast 36 Nankeen, July 2016.
As you know I purchased recently an Amel Mango via your brokerage. What you may not know what was preceding that:
But more or less by coincidence I contacted Darren Parker, who showed me a few boats the next day. I was impressed by Darren’s demeanour, knowledge of the boating scene and his personal and professional traits.
After the nearly 3 months’ courting process I became the owner of a boat I never had considered 3 months earlier. Although it is very early days, and I have barely taken possession of the boat, I am happy with the purchase.
And here is the reason of the letter: without Darren I would have never completed the purchase, would have walked away after my first or second visit, not to return again.
And maybe to sum it up, and I said this to Darren as well: “You made it so easy for me to buy this boat”.
Of course when all the paperwork has been done, the brokerage fees will be split etc. Although technically I am not contributing to such fee, I hope I can change that by including some lotto tickets with this letter. I will leave it up to you how to split the winnings (yes, I asked for 2 winning tickets…..), as the other staff I met were all helpful and courteous: Dave, Graeme, Liz and Katie.
Unfortunately the tickets are WA based, but I am sure there is a way to cash in the winnings.
Again, thank you all for your help, and may your company enjoy fair winds.
– Happy new owner of the Amel Mango 53 Tempest, June 2016
I would like to say a big thank you for your help and support when I purchased my Vancouver 34. It was a particularly lengthy process, because I was selling my house in order to fund buying a boat. Well, it wasn’t just buying a boat for me, it was the beginning of my dream project and I’m so glad that you were involved in this journey with me. And you are still continuously supportive and encouraging me!
You shared so much of your knowledge when it comes to boats and sailing, above and beyond any ‘customer service’ I would normally expect. In fact, everyone at DBY has been incredibly friendly, helpful and above all professional, which why I would never hesitate to recommend you to anyone looking to buy/sell a boat.
Thank you very much!
– Vancouver 34 Nausikaa buyer, Kayo Ozaki, June 2016
From our first impression, to the clear explanation of the buying process and the follow up, we could not have better customer service. Darren went the unexpected mile in supporting our purchase. Belinda and I are more than happy and would recommend DBY to anyone for either selling or buying a yacht.
– Challenger 41 buyers, Malcolm and Belinda King, March 2016
Thanks to you and all the staff at DBY for making the purchase of our yacht so easy and trouble free. We are particularly grateful for all of the local knowledge passed on, the aftersales assistance, and for babysitting our dinghy whilst we flew back to Melbourne for a little longer than expected.
Kind regards Jason and Marie .
– Walker H28 buyers – February 2016
DBY went to great lengths to show us a number of yachts – and in the end knew what we really wanted even more than we did! They found us our dream yacht and continued to assist us through our purchase and even provided after sales service and advice well after the deal was done. The friendly team all worked together to this end, and we now consider them as friends as well as business associates. We have listed our old yacht with them – and recommend them to anyone, whether buying or selling a yacht.
– Najad 34 buyers – Laurie and Eden Smith, Mitta-Mitta, VIC, January 2016.
I entrusted the sale of my Space Sailer 24 to Graeme Hedges of DBY Boat Sales with confidence given their long track record of successfully selling boats on Pittwater. I had previously sold another boat through DBY some years ago.
My Space Sailer 24 was listed on a Friday and sold the following Wednesday. This sale was entirely due to Graeme’s skill in redirecting a buyer who was looking for a larger boat to consider looking at my boat which was more suited to his needs.
A very speedy sale was the result.
– Spacesailor 24 seller – Don Rees, December 2015.
What can we say. Bloody brilliant. You are just bloody brilliant.
Thank you so much for everything you have done. I had no idea there was so much at stake.
We sure as hell owe you a beer – which of course isn’t enough. We will sure be recommending you to anyone who needs a damn good yacht broker.
– Lenny and Gina, “Feijao” Jeanneau Sunkiss 47, November 2014
From an August 2014 press release broadcast by McIntyre Adventures on the Youth Program ‘The Voyage of Imagination’ with Jessica Watson –
My ultimate little Ocean cruiser is a Tradewind 35. This 1993 model had been for sale 11 months before in New Zealand, for US$123,000. Built and fitted out in the UK by the designer builder for his own use, it was in excellent condition.
It was bought by an Australian, then sailed to Australia late last year. Duty and GST were paid and it was put up for sale with David Bray Yachts shortly after for $95,000. I mentioned it to Jessica and was surprised to learn she had fallen in love with the design when originally considering a boat for her own solo challenge.
It had dropped to $75,000, then all of a sudden just days before I saw it, to $68,000. Current new build price is $500,000!!. I made a move on it at $58,000 all sight unseen, with no survey, or slipping done, but with excellent service from the broker who I trusted.
It took one Phone call and about six emails. I got it. Opps? It was just seven days since I saw that $17,000 bargain. Now the budgets are around $90,000. We renamed her ‘Betty” after my Mum!
Best of luck Don McIntyre and Jessica on your project and thanks heaps for the kind words!
– Follow the progress and read more on the Voyage of Imagination here
We have just sold our Beneteau Oceanis 461 ‘QuickStar’ through Rod Waterhouse at David Bray Yachts.
Since the time we first contacted Rod while we were in Fiji, he has been responsive and pro-active. He gave us great advice to enter Australia via Coff’s Harbour rather than Brisbane. Once we arrived in Pittwater, Rod listed ‘QuickStar’ for sale.
We then flew home to Canada and he took care of everything since then.
Our sailboat was a unique custom configuration that didn’t have mass market appeal, so he needed to work hard to get showings to the more limited potential client base.
We have been more than satisfied with the professionalism, email updates and extra effort that he had to put in to selling our boat to maximize the sale price.
Their mooring rates were also very reasonable and we appreciated the guardianship of ‘QuickStar’ while we were halfway across the world.
Once sold, they recommended a foreign exchange company that got us a better rate. They even took care of this for us and we received the proceeds immediately. They went above and beyond and we would highly recommend Rod and David Bray Yachts.
Please send our thanks once again to Rod and the team.
-Diana Young and Peter Bruckmann, “Quickstar” Beneteau Oceanis 461, September 2014
I just wanted to say thank you for the very efficient way the team at DBY managed the sale of my yacht, and the purchase of my new vessel. You made the whole process easy and stress free.
It was particularly pleasing that the whole DBY team got involved with advice and assistance as and when necessary.
So thanks to all at DBY. I will certainly recommend you to friends and anyone I meet who is looking to buy or sell a boat.
-Charles, “Provocateur” Catalina 270 and “My Way” Triton 24, August 2014
Naomi and Wayne,
Once again thank you and thanks also to David for sticking to the agreement. We have purchased a waterfront property on Pittwater and will be relocating shortly.
I will have no hesitation in recommending your brokerage to all I come in touch with.
Am sure the business will grow and grow with the great crew that you have there.
-Ian Walton, “Dreaming” Northshore 27, June 2014
Finally getting around to writing to thank you for all of your help in purchasing Divided Sky and preparing her for transport to WA. Since she arrived here we have been busy upgrading and replacing various items. Our three month trip up north began yesterday.
Once again thank you for recommending an excellent surveyor, guiding us in the selection of a company to ready the boat for transport and going out of your way to provide transport until we picked up the hire car.
Nick and Robyn Walker, “Divided Sky” Catalina 400, April 2014
Dear Wayne, Rod, David and Naomi,
I’d like to express my sincerest thanks to you all for your work over the past few weeks. Everything from the abandoned purchase of Divided Sky to the sale of Avalon was done with absolute efficiency and speed, and your friendly and professional manner made the process painless for me.
In all respects you made the experience everything one could wish for in working with a broker. I’d like to give a special thanks to Naomi for getting insurance cover through for my new boat on a Friday afternoon and to David for dealing with last minute banking problems.
I trust you’ll understand I hope I won’t need your services again for a while, but I will strongly recommend you to anyone who is looking to list their boat.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you Rod for helping us into ‘Lulu’ as painlessly as possible.
We felt so at ease dealing with you, that you even made parting with all the money easy!
Your help in getting us through was outstanding as I was not sure what to expect, so thank you very much.
– Colin & Glenys from New Zealand, “Lulu”, Hanse 470, Feb 2014
We bought our Corsair 37 through David. After only a short time, it became apparent that both he and his delightful wife Linda, are experts in multihulls.
Their depth of knowledge is enhanced by their boundless enthusiasm for the subject and is mirrored by their expertise as multihull sailors. Their impressive racing performance speaks for itself. There was great after-sales service.
We were new to this type of multihull and they gave us a lot of coaching which was most welcome. With accomplished expertise, David also fitted the depth gauge, the radio, the EPIRP and the automatic steering system.
The package included his knowledge of the marine insurance industry – not always the easiest to get with these crafts, however, David managed to arrange full insurance at a suprisingly good premium.
See you on the water – if you can keep up!!!