I just found the "perfect" boat. How does that happen? It starts with the right broker, Craig Nann at Northstar Yachts. We worked closely together to make the tradeoffs always facing a boat buyer. Faith is my third boat, so I had a good idea what I wanted, just needed (a lot of), help finding it. Craig and I worked together and found a great fit, and were able to get a deal done. After the transaction, I'm also using Northstar's service coordination capability and have been very pleased with that too. If you're looking for a turnkey partner for your boating needs, I'd recommend Craig, and Northstar Yachts.
Craig Nann was our broker and I cant express enough the over the top customer service he provided. Craig kept us in the loop of progress and guided us through the process above and beyond what I would have expected. We will surely be going back to Craig for our next yachting adventure! I would 100% recomend Crag Nann and the NorthStar team to any one of my friends in the in the market to purchase or sell.
Craig was a huge help when we bought Nemetona (a 2003 Beneteau Oceanis 473). I've got years of experience sailing boats in the 30' range, but this was a big step up for us. Craig was well-informed and helpful throughout the process, and also went above and beyond standard "sales", e.g. providing timely guidance on backing her into a tight slip w/ a breeze on the beam. I'm completely comfortable at the helm now, but Craig was instrumental.
I am proud to have the privilege to recommend NorthStar Yacht Sales as a highly professional and experienced broker, upon purchase of my 2018 Dufour 360 at the Annapolis Boat Show in the fall of 2017, Craig Nann offered to assist in the sale of my PDQ Catamaran, the process was seamless and found the closing on my existing vessel and the closing on the new Dufour 360 to be less than a week apart, he diligently walked the paperwork and all the inspections through step by step. He took my many phone calls and explained each concern and question I had with dignity and professionalism. one thing that I have been made aware of is that not many people take the time to visit the factory and see the build of an individual boat, I wanted that experience so I had an intimate knowledge of each component going into my new vessel, he arranged every detail and could not be happier with the outcome, the factory is one of a kind and highly recommend that. I have come to call Craig a close friend through the process and would and have recommended him and his firm to many others. He has accepted my offer to race with us this year and with all good luck and fair winds will have a Dufour on the podium of the Block Island Race Week, thank you again for all you have done. Sincerely, Chester
My wife and I worked extensively with Craig to buy a new Dufour 412 for our kids will grow up on. He was wonderful to deal with on our older trade-in and brought a ton of knowledge and experience. The help and guidance he gave throughout the ordering process was great; he listened to our needs and made suggested many changes that we're ecstatic with after delivery. Working with Craig we ended up with a better setup than we had originally specified and got better than factory quality going with locally sourced canvas and solar packages. The delivery and after-sales support with Craig and JP has been everything we could have hoped for and we've even been introduced to other owners to share our experiences with. They are good people to work with and I wouldn't hesitate to suggest them to friends and family.
I've dealt with both JP Skov and Craig Nann for the sale and purchase of several boats. In all my dealings with them, they have always been knowledgable, straighforward, and honest. I've always felt comfortable knowing that they were working for me, whether buying or selling, and I've known I can rely on their expert advice.
I've known JP and his team for over 8 years. During this time, he has help us purchase (used) and sell 5 boats. His professionalism, customer service, marine and boat knowledge is top notch! JP has provided support and insight to the markets and have made all of our transactions simple and stress free. JP and Northstar is my one stop shop for all our boat purchases and selling needs.
It is a big deal to sell everything you own (as in real estate) and pour it all into a boat! Lucky for me I went to the Annapolis Boat Show and met Craig Nann of Northstar. He was great from the beginning. He listened to what we needed, what we were looking at and where we wanted to end up. He even talked us out of a bigger boat than the Dufour 500 GL which we bought from him. Craig stayed with us every step of the way -- never lost his patience and made it work. He even listened to my 10 years old son and made sure what he wanted was also considered. He never tried to sell us something we didn't need and in fact told us when we didn't need something. I really appreciate the effort and the ethical behavior Craig displayed and to this day two years later I count on him to answer questions and give sound advice. I would never buy a boat from anyone else so I hope he stays in the business. One last thing, when you buy a new boat there is a longish time between when you order and when you get delivery. Often over time, your memory or expectation of the boat your purchased doesn't live up to that expectation when it is delivered. In my case when the boat arrived and I saw it for the first time, it not only matched my expectations it exceeded them. I love my Dufour and our life at sea, wouldn't have been half as good an experience without Craig and Northstar.
We recently stepped up our racing to a larger, faster platform. Craig Nann asked the right questions of us at the beginning of our search for the ideal racer / cruiser and was able to find the right boat for us in short order. He expertly and patiently guided us through the entire process from start to finish. Our team enjoyed a very successful first season with the new boat and could not be any happier with the service we received from Craig and Northstar. We consider him to be our broker for life
Great experience with Craig selling my Dufour 40e. He was super knowledgable and helpful throughout the process and found the right buyer at the right time. Strongly recommended for anyone looking for help on the sell or buy side.