Calling Andrea Gaines a boat broker is like calling Willie Mays a baseball player.
Like Willie, she is so much more. She brings her substantial project management skills and incredibly varied marine experience to her work. Extremely knowledgeable, well-organized, and helpful with the smallest details, she not only has focused on our needs and wishes but has helped educate us in ways that will make us safer and more adept boat owners.
We met Andrea because of our interest in the Krogen Express, a boat whose classic good looks had turned our heads when we were still sailors. Andrea had a Krogen Express listing that interested us and when we learned of her skills and experience, we immediately asked her to represent us.
We knew a fair amount about sailboats but almost nothing about motor yachts. Andrea helped us identify the features most important to us and then shepherded us through a week-long series of showings, updating a matrix every few days so we’d have side-by-side comparisons of boats we’d viewed. She encouraged us attend a small trawler boat show with her just to make sure we’d seen a range of possibilities.
Based on our cruising and live-aboard objectives, Andrea cast a wide net and identified several possibilities. These included such brands as Fleming, Dettling, Nordhavn, Sabre, CW Hood, Grand Banks, Kadey-Krogen and the Krogen Express. We narrowed our list down to three appealing options – a great position for any buyer. At the end of the day, a Krogen Express 52 won our hearts. It had the livable spaces – especially an extremely appealing pilothouse – that suited our needs, a criterion Andrea stressed. Easy boarding at the stern for our dogs was one of many factors.
The boat we wanted was in heated storage in Wisconsin and would not be available for a sea trial for several months. Andrea established a sequence of events which allowed us to close in a timely fashion. She attended the survey on the hard and the sea trial and provided very helpful advice as issues arose.
Along the way, she offered a stream of valuable advice. Need a checklist for basic review of engines, transmission and stabilizers before getting underway? Here you go. Need to understand how the trim tabs work? Here’s a lesson. Want to find the best way to prepare for a safety check? Here’s a link.
Now that we are owners, our connection to Andrea remains strong. She believes her relationship with clients does not end with the sale. We feel so fortunate to have her help.
George & Susan
Krogen Express 52