This web site provides liveaboard, cruise and ferry operators, potential owners and investors with a professional service to source and sell second hand and new liveaboard, cruise and ferries to match operational needs. It also allows businesses and resort owners, interested in buying or selling, to list their business with the only business with focus on the global resort, cruise and marine business market.
We are a world leader in second hand ferries and small cruise vessels/liveaboards. We have an extensive global boat builder contact list that can assist with new build requirements.
We also sell marine based businesses having successfully sold AUD$40m worth in the past 2 years since inception.
Our web site has over 200,000 hits per month from the industry and has been steadily growing since inception in September 2004. This industry recognition places your vessel directly in front of the operators/owners in the business and our active marketing campaign keeps it there. Ferry sales continue to increase with two vessels sold in 2019 FY and a number under consideration in 2020 even with virus impacts. Our technical and commercial qualification enable a close understanding of owner requirements when selling or buying. Through our extensive world wide contacts we provide vessels to meet your needs. If you have a vessel/business to sell we provide access to over 15,000 qualified contacts in the industry.
If you have a liveaboard, cruise ship or ferry to sell or are looking to purchase one please refer to the web page entitled what you want to help define your requirements. By completing this page, you allow us to understand the specific requirements of your market and how best to meet your needs; whether we are matching existing second-hand dive vessels to your requirements or defining specifications for a new-built dive boat project with reputable and world recognized liveaboard/dive boat builders.
With over 32 years experience in the finance, commercial, design and project management aspects of the Marine Industry we can confidently and comprehensively cover all your needs in buying or selling liveaboard/day operational vessels and businesses.
"I am more than happy to act as a referee for John, who I have known on a personal and professional level for nearly 20 years."
New Products Development Manager
"Great professional service and advice on all matters relating to vessel selection and sale specific to my needs. If I’d acted on my decisions alone I’d have made some big mistakes. They put me first at a loss of commission to them. High level of integrity and honesty. We’ll continue to use them and recommend them to anyone."
"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."
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."
Marine Tourism Holdings Limited, Cruise Whitsunday Australia
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!"
"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."
Fish and Fins
"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."
"I wish to take this opportunity to thank John Lane of dbb for his invaluable and professional help in planning our business marketing strategy; in particular the successful and far reaching electronic mail - out package designed and implemented by him for Dolphin Desalinators. It certainly gave many potential customers access to our product range and our Company."
Sharplift - Dolphin Desalinators
"I have known John for in excess of 15 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
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."
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We have brokered the sale of marine businesses and boats worldwide for over 15 years. Director Neil Houlahan shares 5 things that will make the process easier and put more money in pocket when it comes to business sale.