Alan Giles - Boatshed Phuket
Boatshed is one of the largest international yacht brokerages in the world, specialising in the sale and purchase of second-hand sail and motor boats. The original business, set up in Milford Haven Marina some 15 years ago, by seasoned sailors Neil and Mandy Chapman, after years of adventures offshore, has grown into a major international business and is a cornerstone of the yacht brokerage industry in the UK and overseas.
-Today, we have a team of about 120 specialist brokers, sales agents and representatives:
-Operating from 63 locations
-In 18 countries
-Supported by a central HQ team of 10 professionals
As well as selling boats, we are involved with the British Marine Federation, the Boat Retailers and Brokers Association, the RNLI and equivalent overseas associations, promoting boating and the interests and well being of boat owners.
Of course, at Boatshed, physical presence, offices and regional representation is only part of the story. Boatshed’s online sales platform is the very best in the industry. We have pioneered the clear and transparent marketing and sale of used boats online. Our IT systems are constantly being developed and improved by our team of designers to make it easier, quicker and more cost effective for our owners to list and sell boats, and for our customers to find the right boat at the right price as quickly as possible.
-We have dealt with over 20,000 boats for sale so far using these cutting edge systems.
-Today, we have over 730,000 registered customers looking for boats.
-Our website attracts over 260,000 unique visitors each month.
-We sell more than 1,000 boats each year.
-We sell boats twice as quickly as other brokers, based upon independent industry statistics.
I have always been around boats, from a Saturday job looking after a 36' Moonraker motor yacht whilst still at school, through working as a Marine Engineer on Super Tankers to a period as a professional yacht skipper. I have also enjoyed racing both yachts and power boats, jet skiing and am a B.S.A.C. qualified diver.
On the work front, amongst many other things, I have managed an electrical component manufacturing company and my own successful business for 10 years, and so on to Yacht Brokerage on the beautiful tropical Island of Phuket, the first Boatshed Yacht Brokerage in Thailand or indeed Asia
Boating in Thailand has really taken off since the reduction of taxes on the importation of boats from triple digits to just 7% VAT and Phuket has become the premiere yachting destination in Asia, hosting the annual "Kings Cup Regatta".
There are now four Marinas on Phuket Island, the "Yacht Haven Marina" at the north of Phuket, the new "Ao Po Grand Marina", the "Royal Phuket Marina" and the " Phuket Boat Lagoon", in addition there are the anchorages at Chalong Bay and Ao Yon used by cruising yachts.
My interest in becoming a Boatshed Yacht Broker developed when I came across the Company whilst looking for a Yacht on the internet. I liked the idea of a global network, but with each office owner operated and thus committed to customer service and getting boats sold. Established in 1999 and now with more than 70 offices world wide, 2700 boats listed and 730,000 registered customers, Boatshed is the largest yacht brokerage group in the world.
Here in Phuket Thailand we are dedicated to making the process of buying or selling a boat as stress free an experience as possible, starting with our "No Sale No Fee" service, we personally take up to 70 photographs of every boat we list, accompany prospective buyers on viewings and sea trials, attend surveys, and keep all parties informed of progress.
At "Boatshed" International Yacht Brokers we only sell used boats, so with no loyalties to any particular manufacturer we can recommend the boat to suit your needs, and guide you painlessly through the purchase process.