“I decided to sell my boat when the market was less than buoyant. Phil gave me sound and realistic advice. He saw the whole thing through with great efficiency, expertise and courtesy. I can thoroughly recommend his agency.”
“After searching online for the right Swan 38 for over 3 years, we happened across Network Yacht Brokers in Dartmouth. We live overseas so the logistics weren’t expected to be easy, but Phil and his team made it so. They worked to our schedule, put us in touch with the services we needed and made themselves available at the drop of a hat. It was the extra effort that sold the deal. I can’t speak higher of the service we received and I highly recommend Phil and his team.”
Dan & Helene Stephano
“I have bought and sold over thirty boats, both motor and sail. Some years ago I had the good fortune to come across a guy named Phil Howling who had just taken over Network Yacht Brokers in Dartmouth, having previously worked for Ancasta. I got on straight away with Phil, as he seemed honest and up front and willing to put himself out to go that extra mile.
Since I have known Phil, he has sold just about all of my 20+ boats for me, and I have bought several from him too. He is always my first choice. He answers all your questions openly and honestly, and if he doesn’t know the answers he will tell you, and then go and find them.
I also appreciate the way that Phil will deal with buyer and seller equally. He is an excellent mediator and negotiator, and has faced many challenging circumstances over the years. He doesn’t give up.
He recently dealt with a very difficult solicitor in Germany who was acting for the purchaser of my Sealine SC47. I would have walked away from the negotiation long before and moved onto the next, but Phil’s persistence won the day and the sale completed to everyone’s satisfaction. On another occasion Phil sold a boat for me in Mallorca where I agreed to take a part exchange against my Princess 61, and he managed the process successfully all the way through. Phil once found a buyer from Finland for my Princess 56. I took a V42 in part exchange and the whole deal, shipping and currency, was sorted by Phil. This is normally the type of deal which one would walk away from as being too difficult, but it all went perfectly. I sold a Beneteau 50 which had dreadful structural problems revealed at survey, but against all odds the deal completed successfully, thanks again to NYB Dartmouth.
In summary, I would recommend Phil and Network Yacht Brokers Dartmouth above anyone I have dealt with in the brokerage business over forty five years of owning boats. He is a man to be trusted with the greatest integrity and honesty, nothing seems to be too much trouble and he gets results. He cares about his customers and doesn’t treat them just as another number.
With the greatest of thanks so far”
“I purchased ‘Tarka’ through NYB Dartmouth in late 2019 and the whole process could not have been easier.
I first set eyes on her on the internet and quickly called NYB Dartmouth to arrange a viewing. Phil Howling could not have been more helpful. He answered all my questions, before quickly agreeing terms with the vendor. He then arranged a sea trial, including a haul in and out, lined up a marine engineer to survey the engine, recommended a haulier, arranged for the previous owner to accompany us when we went to sea, and made sure all the paperwork was in place to complete the transaction on our return.
It really was a pleasant, trouble free experience buying through NYB Dartmouth and if you a have a boat to sell do instruct them – you won’t regret it!”
Commodore, Aldeburgh Yacht Club
“Network Yacht Brokers in Dartmouth sold our Etap 39s in France in the summer of 2019. Selling a boat overseas has particular challenges, especially when the broker is not in situ, however NYB came strongly recommended by a friend who was also in that position, and had a successful outcome selling their Wauquiez 41 Pilot Saloon with Phil and Kay.
We were delighted with the relatively speedy outcome, and we achieved close to the asking price too. I would definitely recommend their services.”
“I have used Network Yacht Brokers on numerous occasions both to buy and sell boats and I would not think of using any other broker. Phil Howling is very knowledgeable on all types of boat and it has always been a pleasure to deal through him. I can enthusiastically endorse him”
“I recently purchased a superb Swan 46 yacht from Network Yacht Brokers Dartmouth. From the outset Phil Howling at the Dartmouth office made the process a pleasurable and stress free experience.
I highly recommend this company as a reputable and professional business. I have already recommended his services to several colleagues who have instructed Phil to find new owners for their boats. If I ever decide to part with my beautiful yacht, I would not hesitate to instruct Network Yact Brokers Dartmouth. An excellent experience received from a thoroughly knowledgeable and friendly company.”
Alex Bennett, professional yachtsman
“I have just sold “Tarka” my bespoke wooden 25 foot motor vessel, after only being listed for around 6 weeks through Network Yacht Brokers. Considering the specialist nature of the craft this indeed has been a complete success.
Through the entire process the attention to detail and the feedback has been superb. I have known Phil for about 20 years and he has sold 3 of my previous boats, which have all been rather unique, and by that very nature not the easiest to sell, but he has persevered, and has the experience to value the craft for sale accurately and is prepared to debate the price to be asked. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to anyone wishing to sell or purchase a boat, they will not be disappointed”
“Recently Phil sold my Prestige 32 powerboat for me. I have been a client who has unusual requests and requirements which fall outside of the norm, and Phil undertook my instructions in a friendly and professional manner. After several weeks I was delighted to hear that a purchaser had been found. Phil and his staff tied up all the loose ends to my satisfaction, and I thoroughly recommend him as a first class yacht broker.”