Welcome to Essex Yacht Sales!

CPYB Endorsed Yacht Brokerage in Essex, CT featuring Downeast,
Trawlers, Express Cruisers and Fine Yachts, Power and Sail

Office: (860) 767-3013 Cell: (860) 388-8701 Fax: (860) 760-6797



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John Stratton, Buyer of Grand Banks 43 Heritage Europa writes:

Grand Banks 43 Heritage Europa

It’s my absolute pleasure to send this letter of reference, albeit much later than I originally intended. No excuses, just a very busy summer! But the passage of time in no way diminishes my appreciation for the wonderful assistance you provided Anne and me on the purchase of our Grand Banks Heritage Europa.

As I suspect may be the case for many of your clients, the demands on my schedule can be quite significant, making the job of finding, inspecting, and ultimately purchasing a yacht very challenging. With this reality in mind, I was quite hesitant to engage the process early, but was very quickly convinced that your experience and complete professionalism would greatly reduce the time and stress I might otherwise experience. At every step along the way, your proactive communications, coordination of required tasks, and deep subject matter expertise proved invaluable. For us and the seller, the continuous support you provided smoothed the path to a successful close. We know we’ve found a very special boat, and recognize that she wouldn’t have come our way without your efforts at every turn.

Please feel free to contact me at any time if I can provide a personal reference for any prospective clients. I’m happy to share the details of our experience and the value-add that EYS delivers so continuously throughout the buying experience and beyond.

David L, Seller of Eastbay 38 HX writes:

Eastbay 38 HX

When the time came to sell our Eastbay 38, my first and immediate thought was to enlist the talents and experience of Essex Yacht Sales. Leslie and Peter bring new meaning to the words” know your customers”. Their knowledge of boats and the boating market is unmatched. They introduced us to a buyer the very next day, and worked with us, and the new owners, to a successful closing.

Thank you Essex Yacht Sales!

Mark and Karen, buyers of Eastbay 38 HX write:

Leslie and Peter are the quintessential team we didn't expect getting when we shared our dreams for our next boat with them. They listened, advised, and worked diligently to make sure we all found that perfect next boat. We appreciated their advise and guidance every step of the way from the initial inspection through the close. Thank you both for a wonderful experience.

Eastbay 38 HX

Nancy and Richard Green, buyers of Navigator 44 write:

We contacted Leslie Quarrier based on the high recommendation of a friend, Dan Harding, the Editor-in-Chief of Power & Motoryacht Magazine. Our trawler had just sold, and we hoped to find a nice upgrade, while realizing that it's currently a seller's market and buyers have to act quickly and perhaps pay top dollar. Leslie and Peter Amos met with us immediately and swung into action. They have the inside scoop on what is new on the market, and direct contacts to get more details than the buyer can obtain.

Navigator 44

Well, the boat we liked initially, was in Cleveland - quite a journey from our home in Connecticut, but it was the style we felt we must have. Leslie was persistent with the Listing broker, to get a quick offer in for us. Then, Peter took two trips to Cleveland with us to guide us through the viewing and surveying processes! Ultimately, we did withdraw our offer after consulting with Peter on the extensive maintenance issues that were revealed in the survey.

Fortunately, next up was a lovely 2004 Navigator 44 flybridge cruiser, which had just re-entered the market. It was a design we loved, and had been very well maintained. Again, we acted quickly with the help of Essex Yacht Sales. Peter went multiple times with us to Rhode Island to see the boat and be present for the inspections. He reviewed the findings carefully with us, and negotiated a fair price. Within a few weeks, we had brought our new boat back to our marina slip in Westbrook!

We highly recommend Leslie, Peter and their team for their cheerful and knowledgeable guidance through the entire process. They were there for us in person as well as by phone, text and e-mail, to travel with us, make suggestions and answer any questions or concerns. Peter reviewed pages and pages of survey reports and provided his own invaluable insights, making us feel even more confident in our boat purchase. Thank you again, Peter and Leslie!

Allen Brown and Susan Taylor, buyers of Regal 4460 Commodore write:

Regal 4460 Commodore

Sue and I want to thank you for providing so much guidance and support as we ‘navigated’ our search for and ultimate purchase of Second Symphony.

We are pleased that we have now had a business relationship with Essex Yacht Sales for almost 15 years (and 3 separate transactions) and have a wonderful personal relationship with you both, even when we were not buying or selling a boat.

We want to express our appreciation.  We never would have found a boat this summer without your help. Thanks again.

Peter Doremus, seller of Legacy 40  writes:

Thank you both for all your help and advice  one of the easiest transactions I have ever experienced. Well done! Our best to you and Leslie; we will meet again.

Legacy 40

Pete and Nancy Barrett, buyers of Neptunus 56 write:

It was a difficult decision for my wife Nancy and me to put up our 2007 Silverton Sport Bridge, “Two Old Crabs” for sale, but we didn’t have too much time to think about it as it sold a week after it was listed last Fall.  We started our search for a new boat before listing our boat believing we knew exactly what we wanted.  What a surprise to learn we

Neptunus 56

were only on the periphery of understanding what the next boat should be after looking at what seemed to be dozens of boats!  Then along came Leslie and Peter who were patient with our indecision about exactly what was going to be the right fit for our next boat.  We looked at several and went in many different directions – convertible, trawler, pilothouse.  Finally, we found what we were looking for, a 2003 Neptunus 56 FB, aptly renamed “Still Crabby”!

You are not going to find a finer pair of brokers than Leslie and Peter – sincere, honest, dedicated, professional and genuinely nice people.  Nancy and I highly recommend contacting Leslie for buying or selling your boat.

Pete Stagaard, seller of Eastbay 38 writes:

Eastbay 38

Any who makes the decision to sell their boat won’t be disappointed if they choose to use Essex Yacht Sales. Leslie Quarrier and Peter Amos are both knowledgeable and energetic and you will be satisfied. Selling my Grand Banks 38 “Lulu “ was a big decision and I’m glad to have had Essex Yacht Sales.




Bill and Sue Babek, buyers of Grand Banks 36 Heritage Europa write:

Not having purchased a "new" boat in 20 years, but at the point of our life that it was time to move to a power boat, we did not know what to expect in the process.

Grand Banks 36 Heritage Europa

Our last boat was a 1982 Cape Dory 36 that we have lived aboard for the past 18 years in the summers and cruised with her from Maine to the Bahamas. Due to age we just could not handle her as well as in the past.

We looked at many different types of boats and came to conclude that a trawler would service our needs excellently. Then the question, "which type, size, and manufacturer?" Upon further research came to decide on a Grand Banks. We also felt either a 36 or a 42 would suit our needs, but after extensive investigation, we decided on a 36 Grand Banks Europa.

And did we find a great boat with the help of Leslie and Peter! Both were knowledgeable and walked us through the process of buying her. Their recommendations were invaluable and made the purchase much easier than expected. Communications were prompt and professional.

Thank you both!!

Stephen Roger and Diana Bushard, buyers of Eastbay 38 write:

“One week from 'saw it' to 'sailed it home’ ”

Eastbay 38 Hardtop Express

Leslie and Peter did a fantastic job expediting a quick closing. We were in NY looking at a boat on Sunday and we decided to see Alerin, an Eastbay 38, on the way home. On very short notice Peter and Leslie got us aboard a few hours later. The boat was pristine, our offer was accepted Monday and our survey was completed Tuesday, financing and insurance on Thursday, closing on Friday and we sailed it back to Marblehead on Sunday. We provided the surveyor, Leslie and Peter provided all of the other contacts and connections, including a captain to help with the trip home. Everyone we dealt with, including the sellers, were helpful, efficient and most importantly, simply delightful people. They made the entire transaction a pleasure.

Dan Neri, CEO of North Sails Group and buyer of Duffy 35 writes:

"I have been remiss in sending you thanks for the great job helping Karen and I find and purchase the Duffy 35 Anamchara (now Turtle).    Turtle is ideally suited to our plans.   She is structurally rock solid and cosmetically just beat up

Duffy 35

enough that we are happy to go on adventures without stressing the finish.   I am impressed by how quickly you figured out our needs and taste in boats.

The transaction, from first inspection through the survey and hand over could not have gone any more smoothly.   Your help was invaluable and your unflaggable positive attitude made it fun.

We are still in the water and have been exploring Narragansett Bay or exploring the engine room (for learning, not repairing) every weekend.    Everything is good and we are looking forward to some winter work at Wickford Cove Marina.

Thanks again for your guidance and advice.   Please don't hesitate to use us for a reference if that is ever appropriate."

Chuck and Cathy Hill, buyers of Tiara 3100 write:

Tiara 3100 Coronet

Our experience with Essex Yacht Sales was exceptional from the start of our first meeting to the closing on our Tiara 31 Coronet.  Leslie and Peter took considerable time in helping us to determine the right make of boat with the options that suited our every need and their thoughtful advice, input and recommendations resulted in a boat that exceeded our expectations. While we were very pleased with the entire process, what we liked most was that the Essex Yacht Sales team always had our best interest in mind and provide a personal service well beyond just selling/buying - most importantly Leslie and Peter were always available, anticipated our needs and bottom line are two down to earth individuals who are absolutely delightful to work with.

Mike Osnato, seller of Tiara 400 writes:

Tiara 4000

I have been involved with buying and selling multiple boats, houses and property. Essex Yacht Sales is the most efficient, client-centered firm I have ever worked with. Leslie and Peter are always available, helpful and knowledgeable. Mike Osnato, immediate Past Commodore  North Cove Yacht Club, Old Saybrook, CT.




Richard Didan, seller of Mainship 34 and buyer of Grand Banks 42 writes:

Grand Banks 42 Europa

After discovering "Paradis" right in our own back yard (or back cove) in early May, Essex Yacht Sales provided timely, informative, and most courteous service throughout the summer. Eventually, the drama ended in a flourish with the simultaneous sale of our beloved "Dark Horse" coupled with new ownership of a pristine Grand Banks 42 Europa.

The Didans are most grateful to Leslie Quarrier and Peter Amos for their boating expertise, marketing strategies, and professional savvy which proved valuable time and time again.

Leslie provided many friendly and skilled contacts which we used to make our decision(s) that have been helpful with our new boat after the sale.
I hope this note helps you both in the season ahead and look forward to seeing you again.

Joanne Masin, seller of San Juan 30 and buyer of Grand Banks Eastbay 50 writes:

Eastbay 50 SX

"It was a wonderful experience purchasing our Eastbay 50SX 'Quarterly'.  Leslie was a delight to work with, knowledgeable and most helpful from start to finish."






Scott Anderson, buyer of Marine Trader 38  writes:

Marine Trader DC 38

"Leslie was a pleasure to work with, very diligent and responsive. Good follow up and makes you feel like her best customer. She participated in all aspects of the purchase from initial showing, follow-ups, survey and sea trial."





 John Hjort, buyer of Grand Banks 36 writes:

Grand Banks 36 Europa

"From our very first meeting, it was a pleasure working with Leslie and Peter at Essex Yacht Sales. While in the area one weekend, we called on a lark hoping to have our first look at a Grand Banks. Leslie graciously set up some time for us. We looked at two available Grand Banks and, all the while, felt so comfortable and unpressured with Leslie and Peter."

"One of those boats is now ours. Throughout the process, Leslie made the purchase of our Grand Banks as seamless an undertaking as could ever have been imagined. She has the knowledge and experience to solution all aspects of the process from showing, discussing the pros and cons, financing, survey, sea trial, you name it. Her recommendations of local names and businesses for services was invaluable to us. Leslie is passionate about her work insuring every aspect is spot-on. Peter is the quintessential Wingman, extremely professional. His technical input was perfectly on target in helping us resolve a small engine detail."

"Leslie and Peter had us covered every step of the way and made a daunting process seem like a cruise on a calm bay. We still can't get over finding "the right" boat and being able to purchase it through such a delightful team."

 Karen Lika, buyer of Eastbay 38 writes:

Eastbay 38

"We recently bought a boat through Leslie and team. They were a joy to work with and very helpful throughout the process. I highly recommend Essex Yacht Sales."






Dr. Max Okasha, seller of Legacy 28 and buyer of Back Cove 33 writes:

Back Cove 33

"I have had a wonderful experience with Essex Yacht Sales. Leslie is a very competent organized knowledgeable Yacht broker the whole experience of selling my boat was made very easy seamless and enjoyable. Leslie and Peter were great helping me find a buyer quickly and guided me every step of the way."

"I was also fortunate to have Leslie as my broker when I wanted to buy a new boat again she excelled and went beyond my expectations to find a boat for me and to help and guide me until I found the right boat helped me with her connections to have my boat surveyed financed and insured."

"I highly recommend Essex Yacht Sales and would be glad to refer family members and close friends alike to Leslie and Peter."

Jeffrey Goldstein, buyer of Mainship 31 writes:

Mainship 31

"I can't imagine a better buying experience anywhere. Leslie was knowledgeable, accommodating, and thorough. Her attention to detail throughout the sale was spot on including her follow up once we left the boatyard.I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to friends who were interested in either buying or selling a boat."




Peter Bierrie, seller of Blue Seas 31 writes:
Blue Seas 31, offered by Essex Yacht Sales

Blue Seas 31

"I feel remiss in that I have waited so long to put our earlier verbal praise in writing."

"You were full of surprises in the scope of your knowledge of everything pertaining to boats and people."

"Despite my having sailed since 14 ,the whole boat selling process still became an education."

"Of course your charm made the few showings where I attended almost a pleasure, and your energy and enthusiasm for brokering such a small boat was a lesson in professionalism."

"So many thanks again for your successful Halcyon 'campaign'."

Lamar LeMonte, buyer of Grand Banks 42 writes:

"Leslie is not only the most competent broker I've ever worked with, she is also the most knowledgeable source for information, arcane parts and service vendors."

Grand Banks 42

"Find me a fitting made in Malaysia 30 years ago."

"No problem, here are three vendor sources."

"Don't debate working with her firm. Do it and relax. She will take care of everything."






Kevin S. Garrity, Grand Banks Eastbay 43 seller writes:
Eastbay 43 HX

Grand Banks Eastbay 43 HX

"I am writing to share my representation and sales experience with Leslie Quarrier. I am a demanding luxury boat owner with a like-new condition eight year old Eastbay 43. No question my boat was in excellent condition with under 200 hours. Leslie had the patience to work with me for almost two years until a qualified and knowledgeable buyer was found. I wasn't moving off my asking price and Leslie understood this and calmly dealt with all my parameters."

"Leslie found a qualified buyer, worked with both parties though the inspection process and was also present for the boat survey and closing. In fact Leslie was equally sensitive to both of our issues and managed a compromise that was satisfactory to both parties."

"I would recommend without hesitation Leslie's representation in both the buying or selling process. Her integrity is at the highest level, and no matter what the challenge, her warm and engaging personality ensures a wonderful experience."

"Often said 'knowledge is power' and I believe Leslie is one of the most knowledgeable brokers in the marketplace today. In fact she consistently kept me updated with changes in the marketplace."

"I am extremely satisfied with my experience with Leslie and would not hesitate to recommend her."

Henri M. David, Jr., Duffy 35 FB seller writes:
Duffy 35 FB

Duffy 35 FB

"Leslie H. Quarrier, CPYB is a true professional in her field. Whether you are a seller or buyer Leslie is most diligent in making sure all representations are correct and all details are followed up. Also of note, Leslie puts forth a true effort to consummate the transaction. I highly recommend Leslie to represent you in obtaining your yachting objective(s)."





Grieg Todd, Mainship 30 Pilot buyer writes:

Mainship 30

"Moving up from a smaller boat, I had many questions. Leslie made sure the process was as smooth as possible. During the search she carefully selected boats she thought would be a perfect fit, and once my offer was accepted, she worked tirelessly to keep the deal on track and on schedule. She was always clear, always honest, and always available to answer questions. Thanks to Leslie, I could not be any happier with the process or with my new boat!"



Tom Whidden, Past Commodore Essex Yacht Club, President and CEO, North Technology Group, eight time America's Cup Tactician, seller of Eastbay 43 HX, buyer of Eastbay 55 SX writes:
Eastbay 55 SX in Essex

Eastbay 55 HX

"Leslie, I wish you the very best of luck in what is an exciting new venture, in a business that you know better than anyone. As you know, I have bought two good size boats in my life, both from you. You made fairly difficult transactions so easy and you have given me fantastic support ever since. You have a wonderful location in the Brewer's Yacht Yard in Essex. I am guessing that you will have many years of success ahead."



Donna Kolius, buyer of Sabre 42 HX writes:
Sabre 42 HX

Sabre 42 HX

“Leslie Quarrier is a very professional yacht broker. Although she represented the seller of the boat I acquired, she treated me fairly and with respect to the point that I often forget she did not represented me.  She is detailed oriented and made sure I did not miss any key activities necessary to purchase the boat. Problem resolution and transaction management are her best skills. She made the sale between me and her seller painless.  I consider her one of my special friends in Essex and plan to remain in touch.”


Henry Thorn, buyer/seller of  Grand Banks 36, Sabre 42 (sailboat), Northern Bay 36 / Hunter Scott  ( Lobster yacht), Eastbay 43 Flybridge, Hunt Yachts  Surfhunter  33 writes:
Hunt Surfhunter 33

Hunt Surfhunter 33

"We have known Leslie for over 20 years. Leslie handled  the sale and purchase of  six boats for our family. She was always available  evenings and weekends to show us boats .

Leslie walked  us through the sale and purchase contracts professionally and always calmed our anxiety during those anxious moments. We always feel we are in good hands with Leslie.

When we found it was time to downsize , Leslie sold our Eastbay 43 " Mischief"  and helped us purchase a wonderful new  " Mischief" a Hunt Yachts  33".

Wes Bray, seller of Back Cove 29 and buyer and seller of Beneteau 343 writes:
Beneteau Oceanis 343

Beneteau 343 Sister Ship

"We have worked with Leslie for the sale of two different boats, one sail and one power. In both cases her diligence, professionalism, excellent network and persistence carried through to a successful sale."




Chuck Ramsey, buyer and seller of Island Gypsy 44 motor yacht  writes:
Island Gypsy 44

Island Gypsy 44 Motor Yacht

"In 1996, I decided that it was time to get back into boating.  A friend referred me to Leslie Quarrier in Essex.  I described the boat I was looking for and she told me that it was my lucky day!  She had the boat sitting on a mooring at Essex Yacht Club.  Within three weeks of viewing my future "summer home" the ship was mine.  Leslie's knowledge of the market, total professionalism and reputation for integrity proved that I had chosen the right boat and the right broker."

"Last year, when my wife told me that it was time to get out of boating, I chose Leslie Quarrier to sell the love of my life, the M/V @Home.  Again, her experience in the art of buying and selling yachts proved, once again, that I had made the right choice.  She negotiated a sale that was advantageous to both parties and @Home now has a new Captain and First Mate.  Thanks Leslie, for 16 great years "at the helm".

Allen and Sue Brown, buyers of  Grand Banks 42 Classic  write:
Grand Banks 42 Classic

Grand Banks 42 Classic

"Leslie sold us our first trawler six years ago. She guided us through every element of our search, showing us boats all over Long Island Sound, recommending financing sources, surveyors, insurance brokers, marinas, service firms and equipment suppliers. She knew everyone! When we found our boat, she coached us  through the entire purchase process, from negotiating a great price to closing the deal in record time. On top of that, we became great friends and have kept in close touch with her ever since. When it's time to sell and buy again, Leslie is the only broker we’ll consider…  because she’s the best in the business."

Chuck and Barbara Coffey, buyers of Sabreline 47 write:
Sabreline 47

Sabreline 47

"Having purchased 6 sailboats over our 19 years of boating, when we decided to make the change to a power boat, Leslie was highly recommended to us by several professionals in the industry.  Having sold our 47' sailboat in January, we wanted something very spacious and comfortable, yet capable of cruising around 20 knots.  Having shown us Eastbays and Sabres, we decided that the Sabreline 47 was a perfect match.  From there, Leslie contacted several listing brokers on our behalf in order to get a more detailed history of each boat we were considering."

"Once we chose a boat, Leslie flew to Chesapeake, VA with us and within a few days, we had a contract.  We were unable to attend the survey, due to our work schedules, but Leslie flew back to Virginia order to represent us, sending photos to us as the survey progressed.  The closing was a breeze and Leslie had excellent recommendations for delivery Captains.  Our boat arrived in April, a mere 3 months after the sale of our sailboat."

"All in all, Leslie made the process so much easier than we thought it would be to switch from sail to power.  She has a wealth of information to share and we could not be happier with our boat."

Carla Klein, buyer and seller of Grand Banks Eastbay 47 FB Sedan writes:
Grand Banks 47 FB

Grand Banks Eastbay 47 FB Sedan

"Over the past 15 years I have had the pleasure of using Leslie as the yacht broker for the purchase and sale of the Grand Banks line. With her vast knowledge of all the intricacies of each model, Leslie, not only eased my mind but also aided me in the selection process for a new purchase.

I would highly recommend Leslie Quarrier for anyone considering a Grand Banks or Eastbay yacht."




Dr. John McCallum, Commodore, Sachem's Head Yacht Club, and Erin McCallum, sellers of Sabre 386 and buyers of Eastbay 43 write:
Sabre 386 sold by Essex Yacht Sales

Sabre 386

"We recently sold our beautiful Sabre 386 sailboat and bought an equally beautiful Eastbay 43, with Leslie's help and expertise. Both transactions went smoothly and timely. It was a pleasure to work with Leslie as she is extremely knowledgable and wonderful individual to help us navigate this process. She found us a buyer for our sailboat and expedited our purchase of a gorgeous new boat that fit our every need and desire. Leslie is a true professional and a trusted friend. We wish her the best in her new venture."


Steve and Susie Frasier buyers of 42' Sabre FB Express Cruiser write:
Sabre 42 Express

Sabre 42 FB Express Cruiser

"Leslie deserves all the praise she has received because she is persistent, tireless and attentive to the needs of her clients. She will go to the ends of Long Island to check out that next boat that might be the right fit for them.

Susie and I, both Colorado residents, were probably the two most unlikely buying prospects Leslie might have encountered. Susie was in CT for her 50th HS class reunion and I was the new husband who didn't know a soul there. So, I said, Let's go boat shopping on our down time.

We bought our 42' Sabre FB Express Cruiser on Long Island in 2014 with Leslie's guidance and have enjoyed cruising from CT to ME to FL and everywhere in between."

Ron Levine, CEO, The Front Line Group, seller of Marine Trader 38 and buyer of Ocean Alexander 50 writes:

"MERLION is finally home in Essex.

Ocean Alexander 50 purchased through Essex Yacht Sales

Ocean Alexander 50

As you certainly are aware; it can be an extremely frustrating experience dealing with co-brokers and boatyards hundreds of miles away. But I have to give you the highest praise for your knowledge, tenacity and expertise in putting my purchase together. I have to
admit I've never engaged the services of a Yacht Broker for any prior boat purchase before but I'm now enlightened.  You stayed in constant contact with both myself and the Virginia brokerage company during both the negotiation and delivery phases of my acquisition and made what could have been a 'no deal' into a seamless 'deal' and I'm grateful for everything you did.

Sometimes it really does pay to have a 'control freak' on your side." ????

Rick Weiner, buyer of  Boston Whaler 24 Outrage  writes:
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Boston Whaler 24

"I was just blown away by the relentless professionalism displayed by David Dorrance and Leslie Quarrier throughout the pursuit, negotiation, purchase and commissioning of my new boat. Their sterling reputations are well deserved. To call David's service "above and beyond" would be an understatement. Leslie was equally understanding of my requirements and helpful wherever and whenever necessary without hesitation. The team at Essex Yacht Sales clearly understands the needs of their clients and does the best job possible to exceed expectations."