James King - Yacht Broker
James King, Owner-Broker, Certified Sailing Instructor, United States Coast Guard Master
After a 25 year career in commercial real estate and corporate risk management, James turned a lifelong passion for boating into a second career when he opened his first yacht brokerage, and today enjoys bringing a lifetime of boating experience to bear for the benefit of his clients.
Having been a certified sailing instructor for over 15 years, James also holds a United States Coast Guard Masters License, as well as being a Royal Yachting Association certified skipper and holder of the RYA International Certificate of Competency.
With over two decades experience cruising both local and offshore waters, James has an intimate understanding of the types of vessels suited to our Pacific Northwest cruising grounds and how to match them to each client's specific needs. James enjoys working closely with each customer to provide professional buying and selling solutions, and aims to exceed client expectations by bringing integrity, responsiveness, accountability and diligence to every transaction.
If you're thinking about buying or selling a boat, James is an excellent choice to represent your needs, but don't just take our word for it, read what other happy clients have had to say about working with him:
"I have bought and sold several boats over the last 40 years, and this was by far the best experience I have ever had working with a broker - thank you!"
Larry K - September 2016
"When one has owned the same boat for 35 years and has been boating for more than 60 years, contacts in the boating community - some satisfactory and some less so - have been myriad. Our relationship with James King, with whom we contracted to sell our Mason-43 ketch "Serenade", has been one of the most gratifying we have ever had. James is knowledgeable, thorough, communicative, honest, warm and professional. From the time he first saw our boat, took innumerable pictures and sold it, he kept us regularly informed, offered helpful advice, showed it to prospective buyers and took it out on sea trials while we were absent in Hawaii. if you want to sell your boat you can do no better than giving the job to him."
(Dr.) Elliot Leiter - Mason 43 - March 2017
“We recently purchased a used Ranger Tug R23 that was being sold by James King. James was an excellent broker and a great assistance to us in this process. James was very helpful, patient and provided us excellent customer service. The vessel was located in a remote area of Puget Sound and was quite a distance from us, as well as from James. He went out of his way to help us view the vessel and again when we returned for our sea trial. James's knowledge and his extra work to provide us with specific questions about this vessel was a tremendous help and truly made the sale process easy and transparent. James was helpful without being pushy and always responded to all of our questions. We are now very happy boat owners and enjoying our vessel in the San Juan Islands. We strongly recommend James King as he exceeded our customer service expectations.”
Lindsey Holloway and Chuck Dalldorf - Friday Harbor, WA - May 2019