Published on Tuesday April 30, 2019
The Vicsail team are passionate for challenges, there’s no big news there, but when it comes to a boat like the 1982 Nautor’s Swan 47, “Crackerjack”– a true sailor – it turned out to be a special challenge.
The story of “Crackerjack” and Vicsail started a few months ago when seeing her sit on the market for a while, our Sales Manager, Brendan Hunt, proposed a new approach to sell her. “Because potential customers knew how good the pedigree and structure of the boat should be, we started to make a list of the repairs and an estimate of costs. We achieved qualified buyers and engaged people on this exciting project”, remembers Brendan. “From that moment, she was marketed as a project with a sale price and a budget to upgrade”, he finishes.
The lucky purchaser of “Crackerjack”, Phillip Harvey, told us that the Vicsail team went above and beyond during the sales process. “Vicsail were very open and accurate with her condition status and provided advice and an understanding of the work and cost required to bring her back to an acceptable standard. Once purchased, the Vicsail service didn’t stop there! They helped to get her cleaned, antifouled and ship shape in preparation for the 600 nautical mile sail south to Melbourne”.
Phillip also stressed the support he received remotely and the enthusiasm of Vicsail team to help keep him motivated. “I couldn’t have asked for more, it was well over and beyond my expectations and far more than just acting as boat brokers. I have dealt with other brokers before and they didn’t provide a fraction of the effort or service provided by Vicsail.”
The Sparkman and Stephens designed Swan 47 is a classic offshore cruiser. She was originally set up for short-handed sailing and retains much of her original charm with new teak decks.
It’s very rewarding to meet passionate customers who are excited about boats and yachts. We share their passion. The trust relationships we’ve developed with customers show that we love to work with buyers and much as the vendors who’s boats we are entrusted to sell.