Yacht & Power Sales Reviews
Here at Yacht & Power Sales, customer satisfaction is the most important indicator of success to us. We pride ourselves on our core principles of honesty and integrity and believe that our client testimonials speak for themselves when it comes to client satisfaction.
I could not possibly have asked for a better experience when going through the motions of buying a boat. I’m so thankful that I chose to appoint Yacht and Power Sales as my broker. Chris, in particular was superb, right from the very first introduction to the boat, throughout the survey process, ensuring that the snag list was taken care of and finalized, navigating me through the legal process and he even went so far as to arrange the Certificate of Listing and Certificate of Fitness.
There was complete and utter transparency on every level throughout the entire process which provided me total clarity on the situation at all times and thus I never once felt as if anyone was being dishonest about any feature of the boat – the minor niggles were well presented to me and Chris and Thomas worked hard to rectify the issues. It was a seamless process from start to finish
While initially uncertain about buying through a broker, I’m very glad I did. Thomas was extremely helpful and responsive from the start. He addressed all queries I had in detail and has a wealth of knowledge which provides you as a buyer with comfort that you’re making an informed decision with confidence.
Thomas was able to guide on everything from registering a change in ownership of the vessel to finding a mooring for her going out of his way to help. He also struck a pragmatic balance between buyer and seller to close the deal in a way where both sides felt their interests were covered. As a result, I’d highly recommend Thomas for any sale or purchase of a sailing boat.
Wynand and myself just want to take this opportunity to thank Thomas for the excellent service we have received (and continue receiving) when purchasing Nyamezela via Yacht & Power Sales. It is a huge risk buying a boat in Cape Town when both partners are situated in Gauteng. Since the very first call Thomas replied prompt and without any delays. He organised a pre-sale survey as well as haul-out / external hull survey of the yacht.
When we arrived from Johannesburg everything was in place and Thomas handled all the paperwork, very professional. He even helped offloading the old life raft, took it in his own vehicle to get a quote for servicing, collected, delivered it for a second opinion… all on his own expense. Nothing we asked extra was too much. This was certainly a very good boat buying experience and we can recommend Thomas / Yacht & Power Sales without hesitation.
HUBERT & WYNAND
Chris from Yacht and Power sales has given the sort of sales service that restores one's faith in humanity. He has gone the extra many miles. He has put up with client indecision, waver and insecurity. He has steadfastly advised, provided assistance where ever possible and created the framework to bring comfort to the table.
His straight honesty is refreshing and has earned a great deal of well deserved trust. He has done what he said he would do, he has stood by his convictions and created a relationship between buyer and seller. I can honestly say that if it were not for Chris we wouldn't have been able to buy our boat and embark on the realisation of our dreams.
In this world where there are so many ripoff artists and cynicism is a default state, Chris has reminded us of how things should work. It was a pleasure working with him and I would recommend him to any potential buyer or seller with conviction.
Looking for a boat is daunting at best, but with Chris as our broker we were in good hands. He helped us to find the boat we now love and call our home. We bought our boat before we ever laid eyes on her... we could do this because Chris came highly recommended as trustworthy by many others in the community. Chris is very professional and knowledgeable.
He really went the extra mile to get our boat released from an estate while he confidently guided us through the transaction. If we're ever in the market for a boat again he will be the only person we'll call. Chris we have had her for four months and true to your word she sails like a dream. Thank you for being there for us during covid we are eternally grateful.
Andre and Gwen
Chris- thank you for the exceptional service you gave me with the purchase of Tiketi Bu. Your assistance and professionalism way exceeded my expectations and you made the process far less daunting than I expected.
We just want to say a BIG thank you for everything you did to assist us with buying the sailing yacht of our dreams.
Buying the boat through you was such a pleasant experience as you were so efficient, knowledgeable, informative, helpful and friendly. We are so very happy with our purchase and are looking forward to our adventures ahead.
Brendan and Leila
Excellent support structure - the services that Yacht and Power Sales operated by Chris, provides a blend of high-end expertise as well as every-day, practical experience. Short of encyclopedia - his knowledge, his passion, and never-ending energy and consistency of effort make him solid and trustworthy as an advisor but also as a project manger. He is reliable with logistical matters, but also applies holistic approach to decision-making that helps strategize for the long-term. Objective and fair towards the interests of all concerned, his services are unbeatable in ethics, authenticity, and sustainability. Highly recommend.
"Yacht and Power sales has given the sort of sales service that restores one's faith in humanity"
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The words honest and salesman/broker are never used in the same sentence and that's common knowledge. BUT I would like to set any potential future clients minds at ease. When dealing with Chris at Yacht and Power sales you can be assured that as a buyer you will receive the best post purchase assistance in the market. A huge amount of paperwork is generated and Chris was amazing at keeping it under control and taking care of the bureaucracy while you can focus on your new vessel. Chris also has a very extensive network of great contacts from technicians to new electronic instruments. He knows who how when and how much. It's important to know that with Chris that it is not a case of once you have paid that's the last you see of him. He will be there until everything is properly completed. If you are a foreigner but not sure if it's worth the risk then rest assured dealing with Chris is your safest bet. What he says he will deliver he delivers.
To sellers who are thinking selling out of hand... Rather sell through Chris. He works very hard for every cent of that commission he earns. He is incredibly experienced. I can also honestly say that if I ever have to sell Isabella she would go onto Chris books exclusively because he understands the buyer and he spends a huge amount of time making sure everything is done to the letter of the law and that the sale is done without hassles and complications.
I have been dealing with Chris for a long period of time and also bought my last boat through him. He does much more than you could ever expect of a broker. He sorted radio licenses, COF's boat registration with SAS and SAMSA with the minimum input from my side. He just makes all those things that has to be done when buying a boat seem insignificant but believe me, try to do it on your own and it is a nightmare.
We left Cape Town in January for the Carribean when our autopilot started to give us trouble. With a husband and wife team this spelled trouble. I was at a loss who to contact on our irridium when I thought of Chris with all his contacts. While on our way to St Helena Island he organized spare parts and sorted out payments and delivery to St Helena Island as we could do nothing from our side.
Three days from St Helena Island the autopilot packed up completely. If you ask Theresa today she will tell you that it was exactly 351,9nm to St Helena that we had to handsteer almost dead downwind on a monohull. It was tough but we made it. Upon arrival we were informed that the spares would be on the once a week flight which was the weekend after we arrived. Unfortunately the spares was not enough and we had to fly in a new autopilot linear drive. Again Chris was an absolute star and sourced a new linear drive and went through all the hassles of sending it to St Helena again. Nothing we asked of him was ever to much and two weeks later we were on our way.
He did all of this for basically nothing although he could have asked me almost anything. What a great human being to deal with. If you ever consider to buying or selling a boat, Chris is your man. Keep up the good work mate!
With the Covid-19 pandemic, we were unable to view the proposed boat in person at any stage of this process. Normally, we would shy away from any deal in which we could not view the boat on offer. However, in this case our trust in Chris was well placed.
The contact with Chris was nothing short of excellent, from virtual tours, detailed photographs, answering our many questions, and supervising the survey and sea trails.
Once the sale was completed the service did not stop there, registration, purchasing equipment that was required and keeping an eye on her. It was a delightfully pain free process and all we need now is a weather window to get her home.
We can't thank you enough for your professionalism and honesty.
As a first-time yacht buyer, he showed tremendous patience and was always available to field questions. Chris has connections across South Africa, and really has his finger on the pulse in terms of his client's specs and needs. He is affable and honest, and I recommend his services as a boat broker to anyone in need.
I am so grateful that we had him as part of our journey which has now allowed us to explore more that this beautiful coastline and world has to offer!
The yacht was in the hand of Chris de Kock. I have an absolute confidence in Chris, he is a very experienced trader and without his precious help it would not have been possible to achieve this complicated transaction.
Even now, months after the sale was concluded no request for help is turned down. Thank you Chris you are a CHAMP.
To rewind just a bit, Chris wouldn't have known me from Adam. I phoned, probably sounding like one of those tire kickers. I had four boats spotted that I wanted to see, three of them were with Chris. This is what happens when you while away an afternoon googling. Chris drove to pick me up in Wellington, miles from his own house, drove me to Simon's Town and Hout Bay and was the chattiest guy from the getgo. We saw Capensis first and I kinda knew immediately it was the one. Chris didn't push or prod, just let me take it in. Then we moved on and viewed the others. The thing about dealing with Chris is he asks you the right questions that start making you think about your purchase and your process in getting there. There are no grandiose statements, just an honest boat lover hoping he has met an equal enthusiast so he can talk boats. And boy does he know his stuff. My learning curve in the past two months is steep and I wouldn't have got to this level without his help. I always felt from the start that Chris had solid integrity and was a very straight and honest bloke. That thinking was on the nail. I'm about a week away from sailing Capensis back to the Med. If I hadn't met Chris I'd be already there twiddling my thumbs just looking.
You're a smashing guy Chris, a new friend and mentor and I hope you come visit Maria and I when we settle down in the Cyclades. All the best to you in the future and I wish you safe seas and fair winds.
Their broker, Chris de Kock, was highly professional, knowledgeable and honest and somehow understood my needs perfectly. Comparing yachts was made easy thanks to the provision of detailed specifications and inventories.
The whole process of inspecting yachts, managing the sale, sea trials and hull survey went smoothly thanks to his arrangements and good communication with all parties. He was even willing to assist with the administrative issues like transfer of yacht registration and ICASA licensing.
It was a pleasure dealing with Chris and Yacht and Power Sales.
To rewind just a bit, Chris wouldn't have known me from Adam. I phoned, probably sounding like one of those tire kickers. I had four boats spotted that I wanted to see, three of them were with Chris. This is what happens when you while away an afternoon googling. Chris drove to pick me up in Wellington, miles from his own house, drove me to Simon's Town and Hout Bay and was the chattiest guy from the getgo. We saw Capensis first and I kinda knew immediately it was the one. Chris didn't push or prod, just let me take it in. Then we moved on and viewed the others. The thing about dealing with Chris is he asks you the right questions that start making you think about your purchase and your process in getting there.
There are no grandiose statements, just an honest boat lover hoping he has met an equal enthusiast so he can talk boats. And boy does he know his stuff. My learning curve in the past two months is steep and I wouldn't have got to this level without his help. I always felt from the start that Chris had solid integrity and was a very straight and honest bloke. That thinking was on the nail. I'm about a week away from sailing Capensis back to the Med. If I hadn't met Chris I'd be already there twiddling my thumbs just looking. You're a smashing guy Chris, a new friend and mentor and I hope you come visit Maria and I when we settle down in the Cyclades. All the best to you in the future and I wish you safe seas and fair winds.
You have lots of patience and strong negotiation skills which benefitted us a lot. Keep up the good work and I'm happy to take calls from any potential clients wanting to use your services.
Will continue exploring the Indian Ocean North/Eastward for some time.
Because of our unique setup, Chris de Kock was heavily involved in countless hours of paperwork and phone calls and registration details. He did an excellent job and made what could have been a stressful experience such a smooth and painless process. We would easily recommend Chris and Yacht and Power Sales to others!
In an industry full of sharks (of which we met a few) you completely changed our perspective with your can do attitude, your extensive knowledge and willingness to assist with everything from paperwork, to repairs, to checking equipment, surveys and buying new electronics.
You truly provide a one stop shop when it comes to boat brokering and sales. If we ever sell our dream boat, there is absolutely no question as to whom we will use for the sale and next purchase.
We recommend you without reservations to anyone wishing to buy or sell a boat. We thank you once again and wish you every success in your business. You deserve to do extremely well!