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Carlos Beruff Said:

I would like to commend Gregg, he was a strong and conscientious advocate for us throughout the process.

His patience, attention to detail, and keeping the boat yard experience as pleasant as it can be, makes him a HUGE asset to the Galati organization. I would find it hard in the future to buy anything in your industry without consulting Gregg.

Carmine thank you for the introduction, he is the right guy.

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Tom Brussee Said:

Just a quick note of thanks for your assistance in the recent purchase of our Tiara 3200 open. Your extensive knowledge and experience realIy helped make this deal possible. I appreciate your willingness to go “above and beyond” and really felt like you were looking out for my best interest during this whole process which made this long distance transaction do-able. I look forward to working with you again in the future.

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Gary Hitch Said:

In May of 2014 I contacted Galati Yacht Sales regarding a boat listing I saw online. The listing did not pan out, however I had the pleasure of speaking to Rob McCarthy in detail about other listings. Usually I prefer to deal directly with the listing broker, but in this case Rob was so knowledgeable and helpful that I decided to go through him to with my search for a new boat. Although I do not write recommendation letters often, I feel Rob’s level of professional service has been outstanding and he deserves the recognition.

During the next few weeks Rod and I spoke often until we found my 2000 3500 Tiara in Grand Haven, MI. I traveled 1000 miles to see the boat and have a survey performed. I had been looking for a boat for months and was ready to put my endeavors on hold. Rob helped me feel confident by spending a lot of time with me on the phone. I can be a bit demanding when it comes to a major purchase and Rob impressed me with his ease of conversation and willingness to promptly respond with answers to my questions.

Rob stayed engaged with me during the boat showing, survey, sea trial, sale and the shipping of the boat to the Chesapeake Bay! He still answers questions regularly and his service before, during and after the sale has just been over the top. I feel obliged to go find him more clients!

In closing, I’d like to add a positive comment about Jodi. She assisted with all aspects of the settlement process. Her knowledge and effective manner helped all go smoothly. Together with Rob, these two employees gave me a wonderful experience!

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Jack Culdertson Said:

Just wanted to send you a quick e-mail to let you know I appreciate the hard work you put into getting me into my new 2013 Tiara 36 Open. Needless to say I was upside down in my other boat and felt I would continue to be envious of every Tiara owner on the water. Jim, you put together a package that really works for me, I’m a happy customer.

I also want to thank the rest of the team who helped me through the uneasy feelings that came with me while trading my Old boat for the Tiara; the Galati team put me at ease by answering all my odd questions.

Mike Galati and his service team have gone beyond my expectations, as an example, He even sent a tech to my boat to show me where a switch was.

I also cannot say enough positive things about Chris Galati; Chris offered an offshore fishing trip which I took advantage of. Never has anyone earned my respect as fast as Chris did, Chris thank you for the polite fishing tips, they have improved my catch, and again thank you for a life long memory.

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Anne Gau Said:

I wanted to take a moment to recognize one of your yacht brokers, Steve Gilliam. When my husband and I were considering selling our 2001 Tiara Open, we weren’t quite sure who would do the best job for us and actually have a relationship with a broker at Marine Max. We believed that a dealership that sold Tiara’s would have the most knowledgeable brokers about our boat but were concerned that our boat was located in Pensacola and Galati is located in Destin. We decided to try Galati and thankfully, we found Steve Gilliam, who did a phenomenal job! He came out to our marina in Pensacola shortly after our first conversation, spoke very honestly about the boat and spent a good deal of time with us. Within the first week of signing our paperwork, he had 2 potential buyers and 2 contracts on the table to consider. He has spent countless hours on the phone and driving back and forth to Pensacola to finally close our sale today.

We could not be happier and would highly recommend Galati and especially Steve Gilliam to anyone either looking to purchase or sell a boat. Since we will be moving to Tampa soon and will likely not see Steve again anytime soon, please pass along our sincere appreciation for his hard work in person.

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Micheal Domzalski Said

Thanks again for all the hard work you and Doug put into selling our boat. You were a pleasure to deal with and I appreciated being kept up to speed on developments related to the sale. For two guys that were rookies to the entire process, we could not have found a better partner to sell the boat. I will continue to send referrals your way ­ knowing that you will provide the same level of excellent service.

There is no sellers remorse, but I¹m already thinking about the next boat. While it will most likely be a 2016 or 2017 purchase, I will certainly be contacting you when the time comes.

I look forward to seeing you around a marina soon.

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Kevin Cullen Said:

We received the check for the returned escrow funds yesterday. Now that the deal has been concluded, Phyllis and I wanted to thank both of you and Galati Yacht Sales for the valuable services you provided in brokering our 2005 Tiara 32 Open.

From the day Rob first met with us to discuss the listing it was clear that we were partnering with knowledgeable professionals who could access a much wider network of prospective buyers than we could on our own. Your communications were always thorough and clear and we knew exactly where things stood during the entire process.

The advice you provided in establishing the initial listing price, adjusting it when appropriate and negotiating the details of the sales agreement was greatly appreciated. The closing process was very straightforward. In short, we would (and have) strongly recommend you to our friends who are looking to sell their boats.

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Jeff Saplis Said:

Anna and I want to thank you and the entire Tiara family. We accepted our new little girl into the family last week, had a proper christening and finally was able to take her for a cruise.

The day was perfect,and the Galati team really made us feel special. Joe, hats off to you and your crew as well.

The second day we took her out again to complete our orientation. I did not touch the helm on time. Anna was in command from the time we stepped on the boat until we returned. Even as we practiced docking 5-6 times at different locations.

I wanted to share a few pictures from that day. We attempted to record the event but my friend had operator error with her phone, so the stills will have to do.

She will stay at Galati this week and part of next and they will finish the punch list we identified on our walk through. She will make her way to West Palm Beach loaded on a ship for a delivery in mid-late May in STT.

Now that we have seen her, and taken her out for a ride the next 3 weeks will be tough to wait out until she is finally home!!!

Please let your entire team know, we love her and will take great care of her.

Take care my friend.

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Bruce & Sandi Beecher Said:

Sandi and I want to thank you for making our yacht buying experience so stress free. Given that we are from Montana and have never done any boating in Florida, this could have been a really scary but your advice and explanations comforted us that we were making the right decisions. And even after we had signed on the dotted line (when most sales people move on to their next customer) you spent time going over the details of our new boat and teaching us how to dock and maneuver through the channels. In short, Gregg, you made us feel like we were dealing with a friend who was watching out for our best interest. We thank you for your help, your advice, and your friendship. We look forward to boating with you in the future.

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Bob Camastro Said:

My name is Bob Camastro. My wife, Laurie, and I have recently taken delivery of a Tiara 3100 from Galati Yachts. This is our first boat purchase.

I am writing this email to credit your entire organization. Right from the start, Jim Nelson was accommodating and professional. Even though Laurie and I were not sure exactly what we were looking for, Jim always remained patient and enthusiastic.

Honestly, we started out only going to Galati to look at some boats. My business partner is an experienced boater and was to have us deal with “his guy” in Ft. Lauderdale. In the end, we just felt comfortable with Jim and your organization.

Our initial feelings have since been vindicated by the service we have received from Mike Galati and his staff, including Dan Busby.

As the owner of two Mercedes-Benz Dealerships, I tip my cap to everyone at Galati Yacht Sales. I have since used my experiences with your organization as an example for our businesses.

Laurie and I look forward to many enjoyable years of boating. It is our expectation that the people at Galati will be right there with us!

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Jeff Augustin Said:

I have recently been involved in the purchase of an older Viking 53' Convertible. Two of your team members assisted me in this endeavor. Carrie Chambers assisted in the financing end of the deal and John King assisted me in the search for and actual purchase of the vessel.

I know how difficult it can be to arrange financing these days - Carrie was on top of things from the start and even when the inevitable snags appeared she was able to work with me and the bank to move things forward. She was always very responsive and her professionalism was exemplary. Without her help I'm certain this could not have been done.

John was involved with me from the start of my search. He made multiple trips with me to view different vessels over the past few months and I saw vessels from Connecticut to Tampa to Miami. John was an excellent advisor on what to look for and how to navigate the negotiation to close the deal. I had nothing but confidence in his knowledge of the business and knew I had someone that would help me get the best deal.

Both of these team members of Galati were a complete pleasure to work with and I would recommend you and your team to any of my friends in the market for new or used boats.

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Dan Alderson Said:

I am writing to thank you for the excellent experience that Sandy and I received listing and selling our Grand Banks with you and the Galati team.

One important note is your explanation of the importance in having a professional photographer provide pictures of the boat. No doubt, that was instrumental in the quick sale. We have since had Mike take pictures of our business and will continue to use him for future promotions.

Jim, please pass on our gratitude to your support team for helping make the closing painless for us and the buyers. In all, we are very pleased and will gladly refer you and Galati to friends and family for their boating needs.

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Will Said:

In respect of my purchase of a 1980 Viking 35 convertible located in Algonac Michigan, I wanted to share my experience of working with Rob, Doug and (most importantly) Jodi from Team Galati.

Throughout the initial diligence process, during negotiations and in the crucial closing phase of the transaction, each of Doug (acting on my behalf), Rob (acting on the sellers’ behalf) and Jodi (the “closer”) were utterly professional.

In the diligence phase, Rob and then Doug were extremely knowledgeable about my vessel in particular, the model of boat and the broader marine marketplace in the region. They helped me understand the issues surrounding the purchase of a 1980 vessel and were able to communicate their wealth of experience in a language and manner that I could easily understand. This translated into a very transparent negotiation process during which, and with the aid of a marine survey, I was able to bargain in good faith and ultimately a deal was struck that was reflective of the interests of both sides. I feel that Doug and Rob permitted me to treat the sellers fairly and with respect with those attributes being returned to me in kind. I have never had the pleasure of working with such knowledgeable, professional and decent marine professionals and I will (without qualification) be recommending Rob and Doug of Team Galati to my peers who are in the market.

Once the deal was struck, Jodi came in, like a force of nature to shepherd me through the technical and legal “finer points” and “took care of business” her enthusiasm and good humor were truly the icing on the cake of a very enjoyable purchase process.

Thanks again for all your support and advice and I am very much looking forward to the next time our paths cross.

Wishing you all the best of the season!

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Jim & Donna Peltier Said:

Again, with your help, our insurance coverage was completed today, and tomorrow, a year after our first visit we have attained our objective.

In my continual buying, and selling of these wasteful toys I have had more experiences then one might want, some good, and some terrible. However, none more pleasurable, or professional then the service you provided us, in the sale of our last vessel, and our recent purchase.

Your patience, and knowledge was exceptional, not in "selling" us a boat, but rather by building a relationship that enabled us to find and buy the boat we wanted.

Donna, and myself enjoyed working with, and feel you are the best.

I have wasted greater sums of money, certainly more foolishly, but......never with such enjoyment.

Thank you again, YOU are the best, and I look forward to our next endeavor, knowing you survived this one.

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Dee, NJ Said:

Rob and Doug, we ran the boat last weekend and we are very pleased. Thank you for all of your support you gave us. You worked around the clock to accommodate us and you really pulled through. As I promised, you have been referred and I wish you all of the luck.

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Eric Loeffler Said:

You have a great MacRay Harbor Galati team. I would be happy to serve as a positive reference for any future clients looking to utilize your/their services in the purchase or sale of a new Boat or Yacht.

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Scott W. Said:

My recent purchase of a 48 Ocean would not have happened without Rob’s help. I put complete trust in Rob to navigate me through this purchase. He worked tirelessly before and after the sale in my interest.

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Lynne and Rick Deal Said:

We had such a positive experience recently with John King of your sales team that we feel compelled to drop you a line.

Always the knowledgeable professional throughout the purchase process John was available when we needed him for advice and information and to coordinate the process.

And, by the way, we took confidence from John’s comment that Galati is the only company in southwest Florida with whom he would work.

We will certainly recommend John King and Galati Yacht Sales to anyone who might ask.

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Ed and Ann Roussea Said:

The long awaited day has finally arrived when we can all say “It’s a done deal.” I’ll bet this is the longest boat sale of your career. It certainly was no small feat, right from the beginning last November with the boat being in Bradenton, your being in Palmetto, our being in Punta Gorda and the seller being in Tennessee. Just the logistics was enough to make one’s head buzz. And then there were the various times when it looked as if it was a “no go,” but you diplomatically and caringly persisted, even making trips here to Punta Gorda to follow up on things after you had relocated to another yacht sales brokerage, in another city.

When we first looked at the boat in Fort Myers, we thought of you as the seller’s broker. Before long we came to feel that you were indeed our broker as well. Your diligence and concern for fairness on both the part of the seller and the buyer was exceptional. You certainly seemed to go the extra mile for each of us and it is very much appreciated on our part. You always kept us informed as to what was going on. Your openness and honesty is refreshing, and your attention to detail is above average.

In the future, should the occasion arise, we would be delighted to do business with you again in the capacity of either a buyer or seller, and we definitely would recommend you to anyone we know. Thank you again for all your efforts.

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Barney Hill Said:

I’ve dealt with buying and selling boats for over 50 years and have had ample opportunities to form opinions about those with whom I work. My first several contacts with Gregg Somerville were by e-mail and telephone concerning the possible purchase of a 46’ Bertram through your company. After finally meeting Mr. Somerville in person, he proved my original assessment to be true. He proved himself to be very professional and knowledgeable. He made it extremely easy to relax and conduct business without always having to feel “on guard.” He was at all times very personable and never left a detail unnoticed or an issue unsolved. Throughout the entire purchasing process, he followed up instantly and effectively on any issue that arose. After purchasing the boat, I feel that I made a friend that cared deeply about the outcome of the purchase, and gave full fiduciary consideration for me as the customer. He feels that the company that he represents has a sterling reputation and upholds that reputation to the greatest degree.

Many times, in business, you come in contact with sales personnel that don’t take their career very seriously. Gregg exhibits an extraordinary talent for problem solving and reassuring the individuals involved in the process. He operates his business in an exemplary manner. For these reasons, I have listed my 42’ Bertram for sale with Galati Yacht Sales assured in the fact that these are the type sales people that you employ.

It is my opinion that employees of this caliber should be recognized, and it is my hope that this letter will serve that purpose.

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