Praise from a New Member of the Offshore Family
To Whom It May Concern:
We recently purchased an Offshore 54 from John Olson and Offshore West. Our experience in working with John was outstanding from beginning to end, and we highly recommend John and Offshore to future boat buyers.
We have been boating in the Inside Passage for more than 30 years with an emphasis on fishing. Over three years ago we began the search for a new boat that would provide us with a few more creature comforts, while still allowing us to access remote areas and shorelines where the fish like to hide.
After a great deal of research, we determined that the Offshore was the ideal boat for the Northwest waters that we travel. We connected with John Olson, (who gets the award for the most patient boat broker of all time!), and began looking at various new and used Offshores’, visiting boat shows across the country, and searching for the right boat for our specific needs.
One of John’s great strengths was his ability to really listen to us, and to understand the kind of boating that we do, and what we needed in a boat. We wanted to be able to operate the boat ourselves with just the two of us on board. We wanted it to be comfortable and functional for long distance cruising, but be outfitted for hard core fishing, fish processing, and storage. John listened to us talk about all of these goals, and took several stabs at designs for new boats, as well as strategies for customizing existing hull designs.
In the end, thanks to John and Offshore West, we found the perfect boat for us, and could not be more thrilled.
It is also important to note, that buying the boat through John was really the only first step for us. Once purchased, the entire boat was refitted to transition it to a fishing vessel. Amazingly, John’s support did not stop with the sale. Rather he and his team worked with us continually to assist us in getting the boat properly outfitted, using many of the design ideas he had come up with earlier in the process.
Suffice it to say that we give John and all the staff at Offshore West the highest recommendation.
We are proud to be new members of the Offshore family.
Tamar and Steve Goodfellow
I am just back from the maiden voyage of the Taipan VI. I cannot even begin to tell you how much we LOVE our boat!!!!!!!
The "six" as I call her, fully lived up to her legacy as a fishing machine (the most important issue for Steve!), but equally important, the whole boat worked wonderfully for both of us. We could handle it perfectly with just the two of us. All of your special designs, ie; the vacuum packer, new freezer, fish cleaning station, etc. worked perfectly and created a lot more ease, and we were comfortable, had great visibility in bad weather, etc. etc. etc.
I could go on and on. We are just so thrilled.
We hope that if you are ever in the Northwest we can get you aboard so that you can see the result of all your hours of hard work on our behalf.
We also want to thank you again, for your patience, time, energy, accommodating our crazy schedule, etc. It was wonderful to work with you, and while I don't anticipate we'll be upgrading anytime soon, you are definitely the man we will call if that day ever comes.
Again, thanks for everything.
Tamar (and Steve) Goodfellow
Praise from a New Offshore Owner
December 26, 2010
Pat and I REALLY love our new Offshore 76. Now that we have had a week or two aboard, we are beginning to notice the extra thought and care that went into designing and outfitting her. We wake up every morning and our first words are, "We love our boat!" Our thanks to everyone in your organization for making the transition easy.
In Ft. Lauderdale, the team at the Harbor Town office: Captain Palmer, Captain Davis, Rich, Mary Jane. They unfailingly went out of their way to get us an answer or make a connection.
I enjoyed meeting Chris at the boat show -- very knowledgeable and helpful. And special thanks to you and Rojo for direct involvement and ready phone numbers. Very impressive responsiveness.
Finally, Geir, who made it all happen. He is simply a perfect representative of your company: honest, persistent, cheerful, and the kind of old salt that appeals to other old salts like me. Together you all make quite a team, and we feel very lucky to have chosen Offshore.
Wishing you a great 2011,
(Offshore West -- Terry & Pat Baxter purchased a new Offshore 76 in early December 2010)
Comments overheard at the
"Looks like a ship. It's a different world." (on the Offshore 76)
"Man, this is smooth! Beautiful, the whole boat is sweet."
"Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. I'm floored!" (on the Offshore 64)
"Attention to detail like I've never seen." (from the wife of a naval architect
I will definitely stop by and see you (at the San Diego Boat Show). I am anxious to see the new 64 that you have at the show. Since I purchased my 48, I have gained much respect for the brand. Man what a boat Offshore builds!
Comments overheard at the
"The details are just gorgeous."
A Sportfisher's Tale -- Offshore 55
Comments overheard at the
"You guys make gorgeous boats. I have always admired them."
"The quality is just exceptional."
"This is just awesome. This is the boat show winner!"
"That's a lotta boat!"
"I'm ready to move in."
Comments overheard at the
"Of all the boats, this one (Offshore 72') has the best plan."
"Is this new?" (regarding a 21 year old Offshore 48)
"These guys make great boats."
"I love these. It's like the Bentley of boats."
From a male visitor: "I like your engine room, impressive."
"They do it right, don't they? Awesome."
"The Cal Deck is just totally bitchen."
Yachting Magazine (Jan '07): Voyager 85' Feature Article Quotes
* "... every so often, there comes a yacht that is so beautifully executed and built that it makes others pale by comparison, and that's the case with the new Offshore 85 Voyager."
Comments overheard at the
* “We’ll stay right here.”
What Do Our Owners Say About Us?
From Catalina to Canada, our Offshore has given us great adventures and wonderful memories. After owning many boats, we believe that no other brand can give the total satisfaction of an Offshore. And, the Offshore family makes the experience complete.
From the time we ordered our Offshore 54’ Pilothouse until now, four years later, we’ve had only wonderful experiences. The commissioning process was really fun because the Offshore crew was so friendly and professional. The quality of an Offshore yacht speaks for itself. On our journeys to Mexico, British Columbia, and Alaska, many other boaters have said to us, “We wish we had an Offshore.” We love our boat, Safari, and have had no problems. It’s the perfect cruising boat--we wouldn't change a thing.
If you are going to spend your money on a quality cruising boat, there is no better place to go than Offshore West. We are proud to be part of the Offshore family. Our salesman Chris, president John, and commissioning expert Rojo and his wonderful crew, Pablo, Modesto, and Jose, typify the excellence of the company. The boats are well built and beautiful, the service first rate, and we can’t imagine cruising and living aboard on any other boat. Offshore definitely deserves its excellent reputation.
Dear Mr. Olson,
Unlike the typical "production" boat company, you catered to our desires and gave us good advice on the innovations we built into our boat. We've tested this boat with 540 hours and over 4000 miles in the first year, and you've stood behind the entire adventure. Again, Nancy and I want to thank you and your team for this last year, and we look forward to working with the Offshore people over the long and exciting life of La Sirena.
May 11, 2005
After leaving San Francisco in September 2004, we cruised to Southern California and then down the Baja coast to Cabo San Lucas and across to Puerto Vallarta. By Christmas time, we were in Barra de Navidad and Manzanillo, and in February, began working our way back north and across to La Paz in March. We then spent time in the islands north of La Paz before coming home to San Francisco. In all, we put 450 hours on the engines during this trip and never had a single significant problem with the boat or engines (other than normal maintenance). We did not always hang around for the best possible weather since we had various couples coming to join us for a specific week or so at a time. As an example, during a one week visit with another couple, we planned to cross the Sea of Cortez from Isla Isabella to La Paz. Despite a favorable weather forecast from Commander’s Weather, during a 27 hour crossing, we encountered 9 hours of 30+ knot winds and steep 8 to 10 foot waves (with short intervals) basically on the nose. If anything, the boat seemed happier in those conditions than in the perfectly flat seas of the day before!
The Offshore Pilothouse motoryacht is a well-designed, well-built vessel. All of our guests during these trips, most of whom are devoted sailors, raved about the boat and their experience aboard. Surprisingly, (especially for the sailors) most even said that their trip on Freedom ranked as one of the best boating experiences they have had! You should be proud, as we are, of the capabilities of Offshore yachts.
We would like to compliment the crew at Offshore West, (particularly Chris Murray, Rojo Lomeli, and John Olson) who are of enormous value and benefit to us, as owners of an Offshore yacht, and therefore to you, as owner of Offshore Yachts. They are always friendly, attentive, and responsive to any need. We truly feel we can rely on them, and on their advice, rather than treat them with the usual caution with which people generally have to regard someone who could be trying to “sell” you a good or service. Somehow, they make us feel like we are part of the “Offshore West Family”, and that family approach does actually factor into our interest in remaining a loyal Offshore Yachts owner, either with our current boat, or with the inevitable “next one”.
Chris Murray has been as reliable as a barometer in introducing us to the Offshore family of boats and people during the last several years. We have, for the last eight years, dreamed and fantasized cruising British Columbia and Southeast Alaska.. Recently, two 54 Offshore Pilot House boats became available in Seattle, Washington.
From the beginning of the purchasing process Chris was there for us, whether it was in Newport Beach or Seattle. Chris answered questions and presented computerized comparison charts of boats and equipment involved in prior Offshore boat sales. In short, he provided information and opinion that increased our comfort level in purchasing a Pacific Northwest boat while residing in Southern California boat.
It was time to go to Seattle to see “the boat”. Chris was there before we arrived. He flew from Orange County Airport and we flew from Long Beach. When we arrived at the boat Chris had the snow and ice cleared, the boat covers off, the diesel heater on “full”, and the boat in a very attractive condition. Later, Chris organized the sea trial, the surveys and the haul-out into a day of seamless inspection of the boat.
The boat is purchased in Seattle. Usually, the broker would be gone at that point. However, Chris’ participation doesn’t end. We wanted some post-sale work done on the new “Sparrows Point”. Chris, working closely with Robert Scott of Alliance Yacht Sales, facilitated the purchase, fabrication and installation of an exceptional bridge enclosure for the boat.
We have owned Sparrows Point for about a month at this point and Chris is still part of the “crew”. He is still there in Newport Beach or Seattle, as close as his cell phone. He still answers important questions, such as: “Where is the electric switch for the VacuFlush?” or “What does the switch near the cook-top control?”
Our experience buying an Offshore boat in the Pacific Northwest with Offshore West and Chris Murray was and is PRICELESS.
Jan and Bryan Brown