Dear Mr. Plymale:
“I have been a fresh-water boater on lakes in the Adirondacks all my life, but we have really missed boating during our winter in Sanibel. Last April we sailed in a benefit for the Leukemia Society at St Charles Yacht Club where Galati was one of the primary sponsors. So when we decided to start looking for a boat, we started at Galati’s website. We soon decided that we wanted a down-east style boat such as a Back Cove 29. We saw that there was one in Dunedin, so we called Galati to see if we could take a look on our drive north to New York. We were fortunate to be put in touch with Lee Hutton.
We made it clear to Lee that we were just in the information-gathering phase, and had no experience with boats of this size, but had a pretty good idea about certain features we wanted. Lee provided a wealth of information to help guide us, and arranged for us to visit a Back Cove 29 in Dunedin at a time convenient for us. Lee was careful to provide us with the pros and cons of the Back Cove, answered our questions intelligently, and most important, told us honestly when he did not know the answer.
We liked the Back Cove and it was in our price range, but we had experienced a friend’s MJM, and the Back Cove looked 2nd rate in comparison. That same morning Lee set up a meeting with a fellow yacht broker who is an MJM dealer. When we heard that an MJM 29 was for sale in Charleston, SC, we modified our “flight plan” to take a look at the MJM.
As you know, the MJM is a great boat in many ways, and we ended up buying it despite it being well above our target price range. Lee was supportive, and never pushy, from start to closing. At each step Lee solved problems when there were glitches, provided contracts for nessasary vendors, and helped us through an unfamiliar process making sure that we were comfortable with each decision. Lee even offered to get us some fastener covers that were missing and replaces a broken locking ring for the shore power cord.
Lee gave us a pleasant and successful introduction to the yacht buying experience, and also pleasant introduction to the Galati organization. If Lee is any indication of the quality of Galati, I know we will be well served by relying on Galati for our yachting needs."
Alexander B. Trevor