My search for a late model Hunter Ranger 245 led me to RBS Marine – they had what appeared to be one of the better examples, advertised on their website.
Initially, I was a little nervous about potentially purchasing a boat 475 miles from where we live, but RBS Marine made the process really straightforward, with their professional, “honest broker” and friendly, “can do” approach.
My (many) questions were all answered promptly and accurately, supported by literally dozens of explanatory photos, by e-mail!
The RBS Marine team were polite, helpful and friendly throughout our dialogue as well as during my two visits to Birdham. They co-ordinated on my behalf, with the Marina (for lifts), my surveyor and my boat transport company throughout the process.
All matters were handled smoothly and professionally, enhanced by a friendly and engaging approach, throughout.
When I first entered the office in Birdham, I was little concerned that RBS was a motor-boat dealer and all I wanted to do was sell my 18 year old, 32’ bilge keel sailing boat... But Paul and Dana were infectiously enthusiastic, and quickly gained my confidence with their combination of friendliness and professionalism. They advised on pricing strategy and how best to describe and present my yacht. Based on what I had seen on the internet, I expected it would take many months to sell but to my joy - and great surprise - they found a buyer within a few days of putting the boat on the market. Dana and Ben arranged the viewing, organised the survey, lift out and sea trial, and dealt with all the paperwork associated with the sale. A very smooth process - thank you.
Ben and Dana of RBS marine could not have been more helpful when I purchased a previously owned Hunter Channel 323 through their brokerage. They were accessible, professional and knowledgeable, and made the purchase very straightforward. Highly recommended!
We were delighted we chose RBS Marine to sell our Hallberg Rassy 31. Their cheerful enthusiasm and professionalism rapidly secured several viewings and ultimately found the right person for the yacht. Dana and Ben are two exceptional, very personable people, who have the ability to make the difference and we felt we were in very safe hands.
We finally got a 2006 Rodman 810 after months and months of looking for a new boat. We purchased her from RBS Marine in Chichester and we felt we had a pretty good deal. I just wanted to report that Ben and his team at RBS Marine have been very impressive throughout and have provided an excellent service. We had a couple of bespoke extras fitted such as extra cockpit railings for safety and some fold away seating and the quality, design, and finish are second to none. There were lots of extra services provided such as storage out of the water, and electric hook up as well as anti fouling and tired silicon sealant scraped and re applied and we found the RBS team to be a conscientious bunch with close attention to detail.
After now having christened her in her new Cornish home, we are happy to report just how pleased we are with her performance. The Rodman feels such a solid and sturdy boat which has given us new confidence to explore places that were way beyond the capabilities of our last boat. She is a big step up for us and getting used to her will take some time although after some great fishing and cruising in the last week we can hardly wait to get back out on her.
Thanks to you all for the friendly service and everything else you did... will definitely recommend you to others I know in your area! Love the Targa, and spent all day yesterday pressure washing, hull polishing, cleaning and sorting stuff on there. As promised to Ben, I will send some photos when I finish all the TLC. Best regards to all there.
From the first inspection of a 2nd hand Beneteau Swift Trawler 42, the backwards and forwards of negotiation and completion formalities, Ben and his team at RBS Marine were very courteous, helpful, informative and very professional at all times. Even now, 3 months after completion and having transferred the boat further along the South Coast, they have continued to answer various questions and queries that have arisen during my re-fit of the boat. I am delighted to take this opportunity to add to other testimonials and say that RBS Marine are an excellent company to do business with and can be trusted whether you are buying or selling.
Having had a few sailing boats for the last 15 years we decided to move to Motor Cruisers for a little more relaxation and comfort! We looked at many boats until we found a used Rodman 41 on the RBS Marine website and arranged a viewing with Ben who spent a lot of time helping with the transition from sail to power.
I made many requests for minor changes and servicing etc. which were all dealt with efficiently. Ben also helped arrange an initial handover skipper to help me with the first trip to our mooring at The Hamble, which proved extremely useful.
The whole transaction was dealt with in a friendly, professional and helpful manner which has continued post sale with help dealing with the inevitable queries that arise in the first few weeks of owning, what is quite a different boat for us, but one which we are very pleased with.
We would certainly be happy to use RBS again in the future.