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Offshore, out of sight of land, you are surrounded by the horizon in every direction.  If you are not in a rush to reach your destination, time slows and you enjoy the journey.  Days are marked by sunrises and sunsets as you make steady progress along your route.  Adventurous trawler owners savor the independence of traveling underway as they seek new experiences over the horizon.

A safe escape is on many of our minds as we continue to endure the challenges and restrictions in this damnpanic Covid world.  We long to get away and have discovered that trawlers, in particular, provide reliable mobility afloat with the comforts and conveniences of home.

The demand for trawlers has never been stronger. JMYS has some excellent trawler choices for you to consider (see below).  In the current seller’s market, it is important to identify which characteristics and features you are looking for and when you find it, move swiftly.  Your must-haves may need some adjustment, but it’s still possible to find a trawler that will fulfill your goals.

Every week more people contact JMYS with this wonderful notion of buying a trawler and taking off on their own. It’s a worthy ambition and one we are very familiar with.  Our company lives and breathes the trawler lifestyle daily, sharing our experience to enable others to create their own experiences.

The yacht brokerage business, like everything else, has changed.   Our role as trawler specialists has evolved to include more preparation consulting. We understand your desires and can provide a blueprint to outline the steps that will take you from thinking about owning a trawler to confidently cruising aboard.  This takes time and requires a committed relationship to be successful.

Gearing up for ownership is the best way to keep your end goal in reach.  There are several actions our clients are taking to remain motivated and to be ready when the right trawler appears.

The year-end holidays give us all time to pause and reflect. Like you, we look forward to the promise of a new year. Many of our clients are now chasing adventure over the horizon.  When would you like to join them?

Sending warm greetings and wishing you a prosperous 2022.


Jeff and the JMYS team

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JMYS youtube

2021 was a fantastic and busy year for the JMYS YouTube channel. We added 23 new trawler related videos and had over 2 million views across our channel. We always have more in the works for our 22,000 subscribers and we continue to thank you for tuning in and enjoying our videos!

Our latest video was Cruising Conversations Episode 8 featuring Denis and Mary Umstot, veteran cruisers who were early adapters of the cruising under power lifestyle. They traveled to over 40 countries by sea and share their most harrowing stories and favorite memories aboard.

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When it comes to interviews, Jeff is a seasoned interviewer – knowing all the right questions to ask and moderating the conversation as he goes. This quarter, his role was reversed and he was the interviewee for two different series of YouTube videos.

Tom and Andrea from The Sea Y’all Life are proud DeFever owners, but found themselves questioning how people are buying trawlers in today’s competitive market. They met up with Jeff to discuss this seller’s market in a 2-part series on their YouTube channel – The Sea Y’all Life!

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Kurt Antonius, a Nordhavn 35 owner, asked to speak with Jeff about his time as the Nordhavn 35 project manager. Every detail and feature aboard the 35 was hand selected by Jeff himself, so the reminiscent interview was full of pleasant memories. This interview was turned into a 5-part series on Kurt’s YouTube channel.

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Passagemaker Magazine Website Section

Jeff has known Passagemaker founders Bill and Laurene Parlatore for almost thirty years, and 2022 marks twenty years that Jeff has been a presenter at Trawlerfests all over the country. There have been so many wonderful Passagemaker events and projects that JMYS has been involved with over the years, so we recently revamped the Passagemaker website tab to reflect them all.

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postcard in paradise

A few months ago, we launched our Postcard in Paradise website section and we have received virtual postcards of trawlers from all over the world. While they don’t physically say “wish you were here”, they still have us wishing we could be cruising in those beautiful destinations!

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our clients say it best

Our clients are our top priority, and we believe the strongest endorsement for our business is a happy customer. Here is a note from a satisfied client who purchased their Kadey-Krogen 48 through JMYS.

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Trawler Transactions – It’s About Time

In his most recent Trawler Transactions article for Passagemaker Magazine, Jeff reviews the steps of the contract phase of a trawler transaction and explains how you can come prepared and stay on top of your deadlines.

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SAVE THE DATE Trawlerfest Stuart!

Join JMYS for the first Trawlerfest of 2022 taking place March 1st – March 5th at the Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina in sunny Stuart, Florida.

Jeff will be presenting:
Offshore Essentials on March 2nd from 1pm – 3pm
Dialing In Your Trawler on March 5th from 12pm – 2pm

And moderating:
The Boat Buyer’s Guide on March 3rd from 2pm – 5pm
Ask the Experts: A Town Hall Meeting on March 4th from 3pm – 5pm

Tickets are now on sale!
Use special discount code JMYS for 15% off all tickets and seminars.

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