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Buying Yacht Broker

Elmar Teeuwen

As an EMCI certified Yacht Broker & Appraiser I guided many sailors with purchasing their dream yacht at various yacht brokerage companies. I know the pros and cons of many boats from my own experiences as I have been offering onboard training and yacht deliveries all over the world, since 2000. I am an experienced yacht owner myself after I competed in club regattas with my own sailing team and refitted a steel, classic sailing yacht. In addition to my native language Dutch, I speak English, German and Italian. My knowledge, experience and network could be off great value to anyone who is looking for the yacht of his dreams.

WHY assigning a BUYing YACHTbroker?

Buying a yacht is most of the times the result of love at first sight. However the wrong choice can really cause many sleepless nights. To prevent this: ask a second opinion from an EMCI Certified Yacht Broker & Purchase Appraiser who also is a very experienced sailor and yacht owner. I am able to provide valuable advise about which yacht is the most suitable for your sailing plans, crew and budget. My services are applicable for used and also new built yachts.

Many buyers do not realize that selling yacht brokers are primarily acting on behalf of the seller, not on your behalf. As buying broker I serve primarily your needs. As a buying broker I look with different eyes at which yacht is really suitable for your yachting plans.

Yacht Search

Finding the perfect sailing or motor yacht that exactly meets your needs can be time-consuming and frustrating. There is not one online marketplace, but there are countless. Each boat segment has its own website and there are also websites that are popular in a certain country, but not outside of it.

The websites that are best known internationally do not offer all yachts available, because advertising is expensive or only possible for yacht brokers, not for yacht owners. There are also yacht brokers who deliberately only advertise the boats on their own company website, to attract customers there. Google also does not offer a solution, because the search results are unclear and confusing. For example, many yachts are still offered for sale, while in reality they have already been sold.

On the other hand, there are often yachts in “silent sale”, which means that the owner is open to sell, but does not want to advertise the yacht on the internet, for example because the boat is used for charter activities. You must therefore contact the yacht owner.

As a yacht broker I have in-depth knowledge of the market and can help you find the perfect yacht to suit your needs and budget. I have access to an extensive network, am objective and can help you make an informed decision. As a yacht broker, I am happy to relieve you of the time-consuming work of searching. If you are looking for a yacht and want to save time and benefit from the expertise of a professional, giving me the order to search for you can be a good choice.

Market Scan & viewings

With a market scan you can compare similar yachts on the market, looking at the most important decision making factors. Also I do (pre-)viewings on yachts that are located on remote locations and with the use of video-calling we can have a look onboard together.

Sea trial & Inspection

I also am happy to assist buyers during sea-trials and inspections done by a certified marine surveyor. I will look with a critical eye to the survey reports and advise you what to do in case any unexpected issues come up.


After many years working as a yacht broker in the most luxury segment of yachts from 20 meter and having been involved in many transactions, we are able to advise you with all the paperwork like the MOA, proof of ownership, VAT certificates, registrations and mortgages.

Since 2007, I have been working as an international yacht broker & appraiser for various offices. My focus has always been on selling (semi-)custom sailing yachts from 20 meter. Most of them built in steel or aluminium. I have been responsible for various deals with satisfied buyers and sellers. Part of the work is participation in yacht shows in for example Monaco and Cannes. Moreover, I have produced various valuation reports for sailing yachts between 20 and 30 meter.

  • Yacht sales and brokerage
  • Yacht marketing
  • Yacht valuations
  • Yacht photography & (drone) video production
  • Yacht brokerage contracts & yacht documents
  • English
  • Dutch
  • German
  • Italian

“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a boat and that’s pretty much the same thing.”