We have recently had the great pleasure of purchasing our yacht Dulce Vida, a Carver 450 Voyager, through Gregg Somerville of Galati Yacht Sales.
This was a transaction involving more than the usual formalities, as we purchased the yacht ‘sight unseen’ from our home in Auckland, New Zealand, with the yacht being located in Tampa, Florida.
Right from the start, Gregg demonstrated an incredible willingness to help us though the pre–purchase process, albeit from afar. At no time did Gregg make us feel pressured, but at the same time we felt that he was working hard to ensure our interests were being protected. He was most particular about ensuring the specifications and condition was accurately represented to us, given our inability to inspect the yacht first-hand.
Pleasingly, upon post-sale delivery of the yacht to us, everything was exactly as we expected – we cannot be happier with our purchase decision, which would not have been possible without the advice and guidance Gregg provided throughout.
Also, for anybody considering moving up to a larger yacht (as we did) I can recommend Gregg as a patient and thorough boating tutor, who certainly helped ease us into the operation of our new vessel. Thanks for the backing-and-berthing instruction, Gregg!
As this purchase involved the export of the boat from Florida to New Zealand, Gregg and the rest of team at Galati Yacht Sales had to ensure more than the normal amount of paperwork was completed, to satisfy the various authorities. Despite the time-zone issues, communication throughout was regular, timely and thorough, and the documentation flawless – evidence of the experience and knowledge Gregg, Sandra and the Galati Yachts team have amassed.
It therefore goes without saying that we can highly recommend Gregg Somerville as a fantastic yacht broker, a gentleman of honesty and integrity, and a great ambassador for Galati Yacht Sales.
Grant and Rachel Benns
Auckland, New Zealand