We are excited to announce the recent in-house sale of our magnificent Sunseeker Manhattan 73 “SILVER LINING”, Centrally Listed by Tom Benson of Bristow-Holmes in June 2017. Bristow-Holmes represented both the Buyer and Seller in an in-house transaction reinforcing the Brokerage Houses reputation of finding direct purchasers. Harry Bristow-Holmes (Buyer’s Broker) comments “It’s been an absolute pleasure working with our client throughout the purchase process. With the buyer’s based in Costa Rica it was imperative that we assisted them through every step of the purchase process. From the appointment of the surveyor through to sea trial’s, survey and most recently the loading of the vessel on the bulk carrier BBC Balboa”.
Silver Lining is one of 5 vessels sold in the last year by Bristow-Holmes which has been purchased by an American/USD buyer. The trend of Americans/USD customers shopping for European berthed yachts and then shipping them back to the buyers native homeland has sky rocketed in the last year. Potentially down to the change in exchange rate which favors the US Dollar over the Euro. This means the American buyer can get a lot more for their buck by buying a yacht in Europe, even with the shipping cost and power modifications taken into account.
Shipping a yacht across the Atlantic Ocean in winter may seem like a daunting thought but with a shipping company such as our in house favourite Peters & May its almost guaranteed to be a breeze in the park.
Although we often find that winter is our quieter season for yacht purchases, we’ve noticed that it works well for an American buyer, allowing them time to get the yacht shipped and once arrived in America to convert her to USA specifications. This is done by either rewiring the yacht or fitting her with an atlas converter. Rewiring is the more expensive option and is much harder to reverse if ever the yacht would be sold back to a European buyer. An atlas converter is a system installed on the yacht which changes the power that comes into it, for example in the USA it changes 110v to 220/240v. Re wiring the boat whilst being the more expensive option means that the boat functions as normal without the need for a large heavy piece of equipment. This generally takes a couple of months, so if completed in the winter the yacht will be ready to cruise by spring.
Destined for Florida we wish her new owner the very best and look forward to visiting her in the coming months and updating you on her whereabouts!