Client Feedback


Vessel Owner/Operator 

"I sold my business Kimberley Expeditions in North West Australia and I engaged John Lane  of dbb to help me sell it.  During the sale process they demonstrated a unique blend  of skills and understanding of marine business and assets combined with  years of commercial experience, that presented my business in a highly professional way. They assisted with advice on asset and business valuation, communicated well and the Information Memorandum they prepared for sale was impressive.  I would highly commend them to anyone looking to use their services."

Nick Linton
General Manager Kimberley Expeditions


"I wanted to extend my deepest gratitude for your investment in Papua New Guinea. I'm grateful for your friendship and support. Thank you for standing with us and making a difference in PNG"

Ken Mulligan OBE,OAM
YWAM Medical Ships 


"At last it has happened, I never thought it would. YP is heading towards Christmas Island on its way to the Maldives. When I first started my search for a large dive boat 12 months ago I thought it would be easy to find a boat. I contacted a broker in Europe and to my dismay found he did not even know where the boat was or who owned it. He was just part of a large gang of brokers all taking a cut. One or two of these guys were ok but the rest were arrogant, supercilious and in one case just plain stupid. I was lied to, ignored and in two cases sent to the wrong country to see a boat that had moved. I had almost given up searching when I found your web page, I found you had direct contact with the seller, you were willing to travel to meet me, I guess you did 10,000 mile by air, you were at the vendors place twice to do the deal. With your knowledge of the industry you were able to provide an enormous amount of assistance with the paper work. Thanks once again and I would be more than happy to recommend your service to the industry."

Dave Keedy
MD Kada Leisure Pty. Ltd.


"John assisted us greatly in the purchase of the wavepiercer, which after a complete makeover became Seaflight, now based in the Whitsunday and operating out to the Great Barrier Reef. John gave advice in all sorts of areas and even travelled with me for the inspection visit. As it was being bought from a New Guinea based company the process was not without its frustrations including a seller who tried to back out of the signed contract. Again John assisted greatly in helping sort this out. Whilst we have only made the one purchase with John we have always kept in touch as his knowledge and advice on what is happening within the industry and of the vessels on the market is always extensive. Assuming a similar approach to all his clients which I'm sure would be the case, you could safely expect a lot more from him than getting you to sign on the dotted line."

Chris Jacobs
Marine Tourism Holdings Limited, Cruise Whitsunday
South Sea Cruises, Awesome Adventures
Asia Pacific


"Having known John Lane for many years, it was a pleasure to find out how firsthand how well he knows the industry as well as potential clients. I can’t say that the sale went smoothly, but I can definitely say that it went much more smoothly than it would have without his help and advice!"

Clay McCardell
Explorer Ventures


"It was a very good business experience, you have delivered everything you promised and beyond. I found you very professional, honest and knowledgeable. Your marine engineering and naval architecture background along with your contacts in Australia contributed a lot to the success of the purchasing and my ability to finalize my renovation plans. I would highly recommend your services to anyone who is looking for vessels."

Navot Bornovski
Fish and Fins
Asia Pacific


"I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for all your help in helping me sell my liveaboard for me at a time when I needed to move out of my business. You have the knowledge of vessels, international survey requirements and general understanding of what our industry looks for in a dive boat. Thanks again."

Steve Jacobs
Adventure H2o
Equipment Manufacturer


Global Vessel Designers 

"I have known John for in excess of 25 years in a Professional capacity as a well respected and innovative engineer and project manager. The factors that differentiates the average from the excellent project manger/engineer are experience, capability, enthusiasm and raw talent all of which John has demonstrated repeatedly throughout his career. These attributes coupled with a strong work ethic, a proven penchant for leadership and an affable personality gives me confidence in recommending him to future clients. "

G. D. MacDonald (MIEAust., FRINA.)
Director Technical & Operations
BMT Defence Services Pty. Ltd.


"John was supporting one of his clients when he contacted us. He needed the details to transport some of our older boats and knew exactly what he wanted and took the trouble to track us down. He's a professional engineer and more than just a broker to his clients."

Katsuhiko Kiso
Kiso Shipbuilding

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