Selling the Moody 41 “Mystic II” in the midst of Covid 19

There is no better feeling for a yacht broker than to see both the vendor and the buyer happy with the sale process and the result. This was the outcome for the sale of Moody 41 Classic “Mystic II”. There were many contributing factors, a well prepared yacht, a good walk through video, a large amount of trust when a  new buyer was not able to attend the survey or to pick up the yacht.

A combination of circumstance more complicated with the growing serious nature of COVID 19, and the lock downs. All of this, including also a trip up the coast to deliver the yacht (read more here.)

It all started back in January when Wendy and Ian were considering a change in their boating, and looking to buy a Palm Beach 38 , they used the very well-known searching tool: Google boats for sale , and they arrived at “I know it seems a bit the wrong way around but that is how it happened. We had just decided to sell Mystic and were in Pittwater at the time looking for Palm Beach boats to see if there were any for sale in the area with a view of maybe purchasing one when we had sold Mystic, then we met Brendan Hunt”, recall Wendy & Ian.

Once they all met, the clients decided that Vicsail was the right fit to sell their yacht, so our team started the whole process: inspection of their yacht for completion of inventory, sail and still photos, video for our YouTube channel, posting on our website and dealers’ websites, social media and email marketing to our database.

“The owners of Mystic II, were very proactive. They provided an amazing inventory for us to work from”, says David Sampson, our Sales Director.

moody 41 named Mystic II"sailing at Sydney Harbour


For Ian and Wendy, it also was a good choice. They claim that they found Brendan, David and Matt very easy and friendly to deal with. “They were prompt in their approach to viewing Mystic and taking photos, then getting it out to the web in many different countries so the wide coverage really impressed us”.

On one hand, good communication at all times with vendors has made the process really smooth. On the other hand, a very well maintained and ready to sell yacht, made the sale very easy. Sampson remembers: “This Moody 41 was immaculate and ready to sell. There was nothing to do, so once we had a buyer there would not be any issues with the survey. It really was a good boat and we had good interest in the yacht from our usual sources. Ultimately, the buyer for Mystic came to us via Boatsales”.

The buyer showed a high level of interest, so a survey was organised promptly once we had a firm offer and Sydney based surveyor Sven Runow took a great deal of time and effort over the inspection.

The delivery gave everyone a few tense moments. Due to the Coronavirus lockdowns, the new owner couldn’t come to Sydney from Queensland to collect the yacht. The new owner also could not even attend the survey.

With great speed and feeling confident with the yacht, Brendan and Matt took it upon themselves. They sailed Mystic to Queensland. They gave a very thorough handover to the very relived and happy new owner and returned to Sydney by plane. Read the full story here.

brendan and matt sailing mystic II


From the vendors: “It was an amazing accomplishment in the current environment and we were very grateful for their prompt and efficient delivery. We feel Vicsail was the right broker for Mystic. This because of their wide coverage of advertising. She is a yacht that would have a limited number of people able and willing to purchase it. We have now purchased our next vessel through Vicsail and have the highest regard for David and the team”.

And the happy new owner of Mystic II has expressed his opinion about us: “my experience with Vicsail has been first-class”.

It was finally a satisfactory outcome for all concerned. And from Vicsail, we express our thanks for the confidence shown by our clients.

Here is a video of the beautiful Moody 41 “Mystic II”. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to receive a notification every time we add a new video!

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