Testimonials

After years of talking about it we finally took the plunge and through Laurie Collins purchased a launch

On behalf of the seller Wayne held a firm line on price while finding easy solutions for how we could address problems found on the marine survey. It was his fix it attitude  that got us over the line.  He found contractors, a berth and arranged the work with no hassles after we paid the price. Family commented that if car sales persons gave such service you would never buy from anyone else.

The after sales care has been phenomenal exceeding all expectations and more.   His approach made the sale happen for the seller and made the deal achievable for the buyer. It was a win win. . Now after six magic trips out we wish we had taken this step earlier. It is our happy place, we are exploring the Haruki Gulf, eating fish that the children catch, talking and listening to the quiet, sleeping wonderfully and delighted with our purchase. Thank you

Gaeline Phipps

Barrister

We can strongly recommend their services

Lauri Collins Marine brokers have recently sold our Bavaria 40 for us. We can strongly recommend their services to anyone wanting to sell their boat. We were sceptical when we were told that the sale of our boat would be a matter of weeks, not months.

Wayne proved to be right, he reported a positive result sooner than expected. It was a pleasure dealing with Wayne. The marketing was carried out in a professional and effective manner. The ideal position of LC’s sales berths guarantees maximum exposure.

Not only did LC produce an early result, the offer we received (and accepted) was pretty close to the asking price too.

Wout & Felicity B
Auckland

The experience was very pleasing as you organised everything for me

I would like to thank you for selling my launch . The experience was very pleasing as you organised everything for me so it took any stress away from me as I live one and a half hours away. It was a quick sale and a excellent purchaser to deal with . I wish him many hours of happy boating . I recommend anyone buying or selling a launch to deal with Wayne

Regards

Paul Wade

I would like to thank you

Hello Wayne..

Buying a boat can be quite stressful for both parties, I would like to thank you for the way you handled my purchasing of Amarosa Rose. It was handled in a such a manner that I did not feel I was being put under pressure to buy and I have ended up with a very nice boat. Thanks Wayne

Regards Stephen Nicholls

Outstanding 380

I read an article about Integrity Boats in the Club Marine magazine in 2014/2015 and from that developed a relationship with Wayne Baston at Laurie Collins Marine Westhaven. Laurie Collins are the NZ agents for Integrity Boats.

The 380 Flybridge ticked all our boxes and after a bit of correspondence to and from and a trip to Sydney to see a Flybridge model in the flesh we placed an order.

We took delivery in March/April 2016 and the whole experience from start to finish was enjoyable. Wayne and his team of experienced tradesmen were a pleasure to deal with and nothing was too much trouble. When we customized a few areas for example the Flybridge hardtop and clears it all came together very smoothly right down to the smallest detail and we are delighted with the outcome. At no time were we made to feel in adequate ( this is our first serious boat ) and the advice we received from everyone was outstanding.

I cannot speak to highly of Wayne and his crew the whole experience has been great.

Regards Brett.

A good experience, and would have confidence in passing this on.

Hi Wayne

We have been very pleased with the way you have coordinated both parties towards a sale . Like all processes there are always obstacles and without your knowledge and professional contacts some of these hurdles might have obstructed the sale. Getting into an area where neither of us are experts on marine craft but know what we want , it has been very reassuring to have you take the process to an end purchase and have satisfaction that we are confident in the purchase.

Meeting the owner at the exchange after a period of negotiation proved that all parties were equally satisfied.

A good experience, and would have confidence in passing this on.

Regards
Nick and Shelley

A big thank you Wayne.

Just a thank you for the quick sale of our beloved vessel White Cloud.

Your company handled the sale in a professional and timely manner, ensuring that we and the buyer reached a platform of mutual agreement.

Your company’s function as a broker made sure that all parties were satisfied on the deal and made it happen.

Kind regards Fred.

Hi there

I took my dogs for a walk and went a little further than I thought.  Just as my dogs were hanging out for a drink I spied your lovely big bowl of water.

I just think it is incredibly thoughtful.

Many thanks and have a great week

Janine Blackburn (and Benji and Esther)

" We have had the pleasure of working with Wayne on the purchase of a new Integrity 380.

Right from our first meeting all of our dealings with Wayne have been first class, proactive and he always has time for our questions.

All the representations that he made on the boat have been absolutely spot on.

As we live out of Auckland and are first time launch owners we have relied on advice from Wayne and the team to organise contractors for new fit outs and ongoing servicing. We have been delighted with every transaction.

It's fair to say that Wayne looks after our boat like it is his own.

Nothing is a problem and at the end of the day Wayne and his team are great company."

Mike and Sue Stenhouse

We recently bought a yacht listed for sale by marine brokers, Laurie Collins Westhaven Ltd.

We had driven from Blenheim to Auckland over a couple of days, looking at yachts along the way. Even though we had a fairly good idea of what we wanted, we still had a relatively short timeframe to view and complete any potential purchase.

It was like a breath of fresh air dealing with Wayne Baston of LCW. Nothing was too much of problem sorting out a test trial, lift out and inspection and even going so far as to help us sort out our accommodation and charging up my cell phone. Excellent, honest and pleasant service.

The yacht we purchased, Moonspinner II a Townson 34, was every bit as good as advertised and exceeded my expectations several fold on the delivery trip back to Marlborough, surviving two substantial storms.

We have no hesitation in recommending Wayne to any vendor or purchaser of boats.

Paul & Robyn Williams

"Wayne and the team made the process an enjoyable experience"

Hi Wayne

I recently purchased a launch from the team at Laurie Collins.This was my first purchase of a large powered launch, my previous experience has been all sail boat related.

Wayne and the team made the process an enjoyable experience. They listened to what I was after, offered great advice being a newbie to larger powered vessels and identified potential craft. They found the right boat and helped with everything needed to ensure a smooth sale and ownership transition.

Post purchase Wayne and the team assisted me in ensuring I met the right people to complete the projects I had in mind, plus a quite Friday beer to discuss the serious side of boating. The treatment and service made me feel like part of the team rather than just a customer which means I won't be going far for the sale of this launch and my next purchase.

Mark Frood

"Your professional and 'nothing is a problem' attitude was very much appreciated"

Hi Wayne

This is to express our sincere thanks for your support and involvement in assisting us in purchasing our yacht White Hawk. Your professional and 'nothing is a problem' attitude was very much appreciated. The purchasing of a boat is often a complex, expensive and stressful business but you managed to make the whole process so much more simpler and eliminated much of the stress.

Angelique and myself have also appreciated your sage advice when requesting information on other associated support activities, such as marine services through to the various marina berthing options.

We have no hesitation in recommending your professional services to any potential customers and wish you and Laurie Collins Brokerage all the best. We will definitely use your brokerage services in the future when we come to sell.

Chris and Angelique Haliday

"I was very pleasantly impressed and have no hesitation recommending Wayne"

To Whom it may concern

I am the owner and Managing director of Giles Carpets Ltd, and the business has been in existence for over 30 years.

I have known Wayne Baston for a number of years. In December 2013 he facilitated the sale to me of a Mustang 32 Launch.

Wayne's advice stemming from his extensive knowledge and professional approach made the transaction - a major one for me - hassle - free and very easy.

I was very pleasantly impressed and have no hesitation in recommending Wayne - and Laurie Collins Westhaven Ltd - to anyone interested in buying or selling maritime vessels.

Please do not hesitate to call me to discuss any aspects of this reference.

Yours Faithfully

Kevin Giles

"Your professionalism, patience and experience definitely made the sale possible"

Dear Wayne

Being the purchaser of Erle Williams & Barry Everaid's Launch Candescent, I to would like to endorse Erle's comments. Your professionalism, patience and experience definitely made the sale possible.

Living in Nelson, your help with organising the survey, slipping and various other matters were appreciated. You went way beyond the call of duty.

Best regards. Candescent is now in Nelson. She performed way beyond our expectations (as you said she would) on the delivery trip down the East Coast.

Erle Williams' efforts to make sure all was in order for the trip were also appreciated. I know you have happy Vendor and Purchaser.

Thanks again

John Levy

"It was through your patients and experience"

Dear Wayne

My partner and I just wanted to thank you very much for the tremendous effort you put into the sale of our power boat of 7 years. It is a tough market to sell in at present and it was only through your patients and experience that you were able to bring both parties together for a satisfactory result.

Best regards.

Erle Williams

"Real pleasure working with the Laurie Collins team"

Dear Wayne

Please be advised that it was a real pleasure working with the Laurie Collins team, specifically Greg Stenbeck who facilitated the boat purchase for us.

I realise many negotiations are not easy with a 'sticky' vendor or purchaser, but through what was a protracted process in our situation, Greg was honest and professional in every respect and the fair advice that was offered over this period was considered always worthwhile.

There was a willingness from Greg no matter the situation, to ensure we were well informed and updated when possible..not an easy task with an offshore vendor!

So thanks to Greg, we now have a vessel we'll put time into and will enjoy for a few years to come.

We wish you and the Laurie Collins Team well.

Kerry Pearson

"I really appreciated your sound advice "

Dear Wayne

I really appreciated your sound advice

I also want to record that we found you and your team excellent to deal with. It took a while to sell but that was the market and I know that a lot of effort was put in by you and your team.

Best wishes

John and Janet

"I want to let you know that we remain very happy with our purchase"

Hi Russell

I want to let you know that we remain very happy with our purchase and continue to discover and appreciate her fine attributes every time we leave the dock (and sometimes without even dropping a line!). As you would expect, we have showered her with love and spend as much time on her as we can!

While I'm at it, let me say that Jodi and I really appreciate the way you handled our initial enquiries and then collaborated with us as we went through offer, survey and eventual purchase processes.

There is, I think, a stigma about the stereotype boat broker, just as there is with car salesmen! You are clearly not stereotypical and nor was Wayne or Laurie Collins in general.

You let the boat speak for herself (not hard in this case). You simply facilitated and supported our own investigation, and the way we wished to conduct that. You put us directly in touch with the owner's manager from the outset and allowed us to form our own relationship and understanding of the boat and her owner's circumstances. And when the survey process bogged down, you took the initiative and stepped into the role of project manager in order to ensure we could make informed and timely decisions about whether and how to best progress. You took it on the chin when we looked at alternatives with other brokers and then allowed us to finalise negotiations directly with the owner, trusting that your own interest would be fairly served in the end. Frankly, we were pleased that you could "book the sale" as you deserved to be rewarded for your efforts and excellent approach.

I hope that you have found a new vessel to fill this particular hole we have created in your portfolio of boats and wish you well. I can't imagine requiring your services for a very long while, but you never know!

Kind regards,

Bennett

"the outstanding job that Laurie Collins Brokerage has done in the recent sale"

Hello Wayne

This is to say thank you, and to acknowledge the outstanding job that Laurie Collins Brokerage has done in the recent sale of our Salthouse 65. You and your team have shown professionalism, tenacity, patience and generally made the process easy for everyone involved.

I have no hesitation in recommending Laurie Collins as a trustworthy, get-on-with-the-job organisation. In a tough market, some may say very tough, you and your team stayed focused and willing to endure through to a happy outcome I believe for the purchaser and for the vendor.

The long-standing fine reputation of your Brokerage has certainly been upheld.

Thanks again

Ray Littin

"Throughout the process Wayne showed patience and determination "

Wayne's handling of the sale of our first boat and subsequent purchase of a replacement vessel could not have been handled more smoothly or more professionally. What started out as an innocence enquiry "would you like to sell your launch?" ended up with my wife and I somewhat sadly parting with our Genesis 320 but becoming the proud owners of a Genesis 400.

Throughout the process Wayne showed patience and determination and found us an excellent buyer at an excellent price and had well researched our replacement vessel.

What amazed me was that everything happened so seamlessly and professionally. Wayne and his team were absolute excellent to deal with both in terms of timing and finding the right buyer for our old boat and a new boat for us to move in to.

I would recommend Laurie Collins to anyone buying or selling a boat, and particularly someone who is doing both at the same time.

John and Megan

"I wish to personally thank both you and Greg for the recent sale of my launch"

Hi Wayne

After unsuccessful marketing by another brokerage firm, and my personal attempts at achieving a sale, I was somewhat tired of the whole process. You and Greg were both positive and enthusiastic from the beginning, and had a buyer for me within weeks.

I really appreciated your sound advice, and have already taken the opportunity to recommend your services to others.

Thanks again and best regards

John Francis

"I have no hesitation in recommending Wayne, and Laurie Collins Westhaven Ltd"

Hi Wayne

Having listed my boat with a well known Marine Broker for some months, spending money on marina fees, advertising etc and where there seemed to be little enthusiasm or action, I decided to list with another broker. Wayne Baston, of Laurie Collins Westhaven Ltd, soon had a buyer interested and even though it was the middle of winter had a contract signed which became unconditional after the usual surveys etc.

This was a super deal for Wayne as he not only sold my boat, but sold the purchasers boat simultaneously (two happy vendors and two happy purchasers).

I have no hesitation in recommending Wayne, and Laurie Collins Westhaven Ltd, to anybody requiring the services of a very motivated and professional Marine Brokerage.

All the best

John Sharp.

"Your team gave us very good advice"

Hi Wayne

We would like to thank you and your team in assisting us with the purchase of our first yacht. We are still novices in all aspects of sailing and you and your team gave us very good advice on organizing the surveying and engineering reports as well as the purchasing of a marina.

We are so glad that we rather used a boat broker than doing a purchase on Trademe due to not having enough knowledge on boats.

Thank you for organizing a marina to rent from you for the time being while we wait for our marina to come open.

Kind Regards

Bernard and Michelle De Wet.

"My dealings with your firm have been a real pleasure."

Dear Wayne

My dealings with your firm and particularly with Jason Hoggard have been a real pleasure.

I have no previous experience of buying and owning a keeler and from start to finish the people at Westhaven and Opua have been unfailingly helpful and obliging.

Jason has been friendly, open and reliable throughout, both in the sales process and in providing introductions and advice on boating at Opua and in the Bay and acting as my agent in arranging work on the boat.

I am very grateful and will continue to hold your firm in high regard.

Kind Regards

Jim Kirker

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