As a Yacht Consultant for the past 17 years, John brokers new and pre-owned cruising vessels. He also provides expert guidance to his clients regarding Sailing and the Cruising Lifestyle. A good listener at heart, John is willing to play devil’s advocate to ensure his clients have assessed their options and are purchasing a yacht based upon attributes that are truly important to them.
A US Coast Guard Captain, John has logged over 35,000 miles at sea running private and charter yachts from as far south as Trinidad, to as far north as New Brunswick, as well as from the Pacific Northwest to Mexico. This time at sea has helped him to hone both knowledge and skills in dealing with Mother Nature’s calm and fury, including squalls and violent thunder storms.
Prior to becoming a yacht consultant, John was a top-level sales manager/executive, selling digital printing systems to leading A&E, Healthcare and Educational institutions. In brokering yachts, he most enjoys assisting clients with the discovery and investigative process to determine which vessel best suits their intended use, along with exposing them to a supportive boating community and sailing events.
“Watching clients realize their dream of embarking on the Cruising Lifestyle is a very gratifying experience. I currently have over twenty sets of clients who are out sailing the oceans of the world on yachts that I assisted them in finding or in designing and outfitting.”
John is a member of the Portland Yacht Club - Falmouth, ME and Cinder Creek Yacht Club - Johns Island, South Carolina.
I have purchased two sailboats through John and I have experienced excellent professional service on both occasions. The first time a used Hunter 320 in 2006 and more recently a new 2019 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 419. John was incredibly helpful with navigating the options prior to placing the orderand kept me informed during the long building process. His knowledge of sailing and of my own sailing preferences was instrumental in the delivery of a boat that meets my needs for San Francisco Bay and the California Coast. He made himself available after the delivery to help with a variety of issues that will inevitably arise for any sailor becoming acquainted with their new boat. John is very detail oriented and he will identify issues that many would overlook.
John Kuony has my highest recommendation as a knowledgable and trustworthy yacht salesman and fellow sailor. You will find no one better at their profession than him.
Timothy A Carlton MD, FACC
I met John Kuony in 2007 in San Francisco as I started my search for my first sailboat. I knew nothing other than the basics learned in 3 sailing certifications at a local sailing school. I feel extremely fortunate to have benefited from John’s many decades of sailing experience. John held my hand (metaphorically) through the entire process from selecting new vs used, make, length and features. We ended up with the perfect boat for a beginner a new 2007 Jeanneau 39i. Purchasing the boat was only the beginning, John continued to provide constant support after the sale. John actually spent hours with me at West Marine to help select every item I would need to outfit the boat and start sailing. John frequently organized trips to Santa Cruz and was “always” available to answer sailing questions. John also helped me sell the boat 4 years later and remains a friend today and I expect for many years to come. I “may” be getting the sailing bug again and would NEVER consider reaching out to anyone other than John for help.
Purchasing a boat is more than a financial transaction, it’s also involves emotion. One of those emotions is trust. John developed that with us through communication, diligence & honest concern for what we wanted.
My wife and I decided we wanted to spend time in our retirement cruising. We knew we were not interested in sailing andwere looking for something large enough for my wife to live on during the last years of her employment in the San Francisco Bay area. We also wanted the ability to take our grownkids on weekend trips. Therefore, it didn’t take us long to realize that what we were looking for would be around 50 ft. We wanted 3 staterooms; baths with separate enclosed showers; duel engines; a functional engine room; and a hull design I can take out the Gate not just up the Delta.
We spent two years researching, and looking for a boat that fit our demands, tasteand budget. The first day we walked on to our Navigator 51, we were in love. Theopen layout with the great visibility and functional design fit ourneeds/tastes perfectly. We had seen poorer workmanship on many higher pricedboats. It took me an hour to get my wife off the boat the first time. This is when we first met John Kuony of Cruising Yachts, Inc.
We found John to be extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and sincere throughout the buying and delivery process. We took off shore delivery at buoy 8 and I took the boat up to the Puget Sound Area to save the sales tax. In addition, this was a big step for us, moving from outboards on lakes into a 51ft twin engine cruiser. I doubt most sales people would have ever provided us as good as service, guidance and friendship as we received from John.
After bringing the boat back to the San Francisco Bay area, my wife spent several years living on the boat. During that time we accompanied John on several cruise out around San Francisco Bay, Half Moon Bay, Sacramento delta, and Petaluma.
We found that even after the sale John was always a pleasure to be around and willing to spend time with us. Anytime we needed information or help, John always went out of his way to be there.
After LaRae retired, we moved to the Puget Sound and live on Whidbey Island, WA. One of the few regrets we had at moving to the Pacific North West was not being able to cruise with John anymore.
I had a friend up here in Washington who was looking for a boat and he found a boat on-line in the San Francisco Bay area that looked interesting. I phoned John and asked him if he could checkthe boat out before my friend spent the time and effort to travel to the Bay Area. John, knowing there was no sale for him, checked out the boat and reported his findings directly with my friend.
John has a knack for building and maintaining strong, enduring friendships and we consider him a friend and we are so thankful for all his help over the years. We have always said that if we should decide to upgrade the first person we will call will be John.
Now that John has moved to the East coast, we sincerely hope our paths will cross again.
So you want some comments on our experience in working with you:
Well, first and foremost, you're a gentleman. You listen, and you are thoughtful and polite and you treat the wife with the same respect as the husband. Not all boat brokers can say that. But even better, you're a real person with common sense and the willingness to share. Not only do you know your stuff, but you are candid and thorough and most helpful. In addition, you provide the best service. Not only do you arrange all the purchase and sales details, but you follow up afterwards. When I forgot to do my bottom job, or to change a zinc, or to replace a worn fitting that the surveyor warned about, you were on it. You watched over me and my boat and kept us both in good shape. But above all else; you've got deal brain.That's the quality that's possessed only by the rare few who actually make the overwhelming majority of all the sales. The rest don't count. When we made an offer on a boat with multiple owners who couldn't agree, you pursued it until you made the deal. When it came time to sell, you conscientiously helped us get the price right, and bingo, the deal was done in days. We worked with many brokers, and we've never been happier than when we worked with you!
So there. Put that in your pipe and smoke it; and best of luck to you in your new passage in life. Regards, Merle
John Kuony helped to guide us in the purchase of our 50’ sloop. Our first read of him being a trustworthy individual was spot on. He proved his worth in helping us to realize and achieve our cruising dream. This mans knowledge and word is to be trusted. When business is done he is still a pleasant fellow to know.
Were commend him highly. 5 stars.
In early 2018 my wife and I worked with John as our buyers broker to purchase a Hylas 54. John had been recommended to us by amutual friend and previous client of John's, and it turned out to be a verygood recommendation.
My wife and I are lifelong sailors, but we had limited cruising experience, and we were purchasing a sailboat with the intent of cruising Canada, the US West Coast and Mexico. John was extremely helpful guiding us through the purchase process, and helping us evaluate the pros and cons of the various boats we were considering. John has a wealth of cruising experience, and we found his insights into boat design features quite useful. Once we settled on the boat, he was excellent helping us negotiate a good deal. John is a good communicator, and his calm demeanor helped us to comfortably move through what can be a stressful andemotional process. We always felt John was working in our best interests,and we never felt pressured.
We enjoyed working with John on the purchase of our boat, and have continued to stay in contact with him to solicit his advice on various issues. We are enjoying our boat, and after spending two summers cruising in the San Juan's and Gulf Islands we've moved her to San Francisco and are preparing to head to Mexico in 2020.
Our experience using John as our broker was very positive, and we would recommend him to others who are in the market for a good boat.
We bought our first sale boat from John. We had only sailed a few times and fell in love with being on the water. We test drove many boats but John helped us select the right size for us and our travels. Being completely new at this, John showed us how to work everything. He went to the store with us to select our supplies for the boat. He knew of a amazing sailor who we hired to teach us how to sail around the bay. Anytime we had a question or concern John always answered his phone and walked us through it or sent someone to help us fix or adjust the boat. John set us up to succeed and enjoy our new boat. We consider John a great salesperson and a wonderful friend and person.