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Calibre Yacht Sales BC Testimonials

5 ***** stars! 

To be blunt, I don’t generally like sales people. I went to and called several other yacht brokers, and when I went to see Trina she was friendly and helpful, not pushy or condescending, interested in me and my boat.

I was treated like a friend, and so I quickly made my decision. Trina would be my broker. She put great effort into selling my boat. I am very happy. I would recommend them. 

Thanks Trina and Calibre Yacht Sales. 

Eric S. December 2023

We found Rob Ksyniuk to be very personal and professional. He is a good listener and quite quickly got to know us and our boat.  His attention to detail is exemplary and he was prepared to dig in to do whatever it took to get our boat ready for sale. We appreciated his quiet, calm demeanour and great communication skills. He is very knowledgeable about the industry and we trusted his advice along the way. The photography and videography was excellent and showed our boat in its best light. Choosing Calibre was a wonderful decision for us. The entire sales process was seamless. We would highly recommend Calibre and Rob Ksyniuk to other boaters.

Linda G. and Cam B., November 2023

Rob Richardson from Calibre Yacht sales – unbelievable customer service!  I couldn’t have done all this without your help and guidance!

Darren K., November 2023

Dear Richard,

It was thirteen years ago in the fall of 2010 when we decided that a yacht was in our future. You were starting out in a small temporary office at Mosquito Creek Marina in North Vancouver and welcomed us into your life as one of the most reliable, ethical, and knowledgable sales representatives we have ever met. You guided us in deciding the type of boat which suited our needs, and after a prompt search on the internet you located our 42 Grand Banks for sale at Sydney, BC.

We have watched over the years as Calibre grew and became one of BC’s most established and innovative yacht brokers. You, Richard, have become the next best thing to a movie star with your video performances of the boats Calibre has for sale including the wonderful drone shots of them performing at sea.

You have now helped us again in the sale of our GB and we must say how comfortable we were in having your “hand on the wheel” again to navigate us through the transaction.

We must also give a big “high five” to Kristine Schenkey for her work with the listing, the presentation on the website and her assistance with the sale documentation. Well done, all of you.

J&J R., October 2023

We have just successfully sold our boat with the professional help of Richard Evans and Calibre Yacht Sales. Richard made what we had expected to be a trying ordeal into a pleasurable experience from start to finish! The marketing plan, implementation and communication throughout the process were exceptional.
The entire process from Listing to Sold was almost a seamless transition, with Richard and his team involved throughout. Richard’s years of experience in the business has resulted in a great understanding of the brokerage industry, and his ethical approach to both buying and selling a vessel are admirable.  As owners of
a previous business, our mantra was “Do what you say you are going to do!”  Richard did exactly what he said he was going to do. We would highly recommend Richard and the Calibre Yacht Sales team to anyone looking to sell or buy a boat!

David C., October 2023

Gary Conrad was nothing short of exceptional: knowledgeable, super friendly, very helpful and going the extra mile. I couldn’t be more pleased with my experience.

Peter M., September 2023

This was my second vessel I, unfortunately, had to sell with Trina Holt as my yacht broker. Like previous time she did an excellent job. Trina takes care of you as a customer and of your vessel. While my vessel was at the sales dock Trina kept an eye on it, kept it presentable and informed me about anything that needed my attention. Thank you, Trina, for all your hard work and helping me to sell my boat.

Ron V., August 2023

Rob Richardson was absolutely amazing to work with.  Always made himself available and has lots of knowledge regarding all boat types.

Darren K., August 2023

Great people to deal with and got the job done.

J.W., June 2023

I also wanted to let you know what an absolutely excellent job Robert K. did as our broker on the Cooper Prowler sale which concluded on the 25th. He was extremely diligent, professional, and responsive in helping myself and our family to acquire the Cooper Prowler. It’s really a gem of a boat and we feel very fortunate to have gotten her. All the elements and the timing came in to make it happen with us and the seller, and Robert K. was terrific in orchestrating it all. He made boat buying what it should be and that was – FUN!!!  Everyone at Calibre was a great team to work with!
I thought I would take the opportunity to let you know my experience with your company, it seems that people usually find the time to complain but they don’t take the effort to highlight when they’ve received excellent service and a job has been well done…and I certainly wanted to do that.
DJ S., June 2023

Trina was wonderful to work with. She is knowledgeable, open minded, every detail of our boat purchase and sea trial was attended to, and answers for questions were promptly provided. We thoroughly enjoyed working with Trina for our latest purchase.

Carol E., May 2023

Excellent service from start to finish! Trina took care of everything and made the sailing process easy. Thank you so much!

Pierre B. April 2023

Rob Ksyniuk in Oak Bay was excellent to deal with. He was proactive in the full lifecycle of the sale from listing, showings, negotiation, removal of conditions and closing. I would definitely recommend Calibre Yachts.

David C. April 2023

5 stars!!!

Thanks to all, especially Rob K for his ever-present support on guiding us through the purchase process!  Rob’s very personable nature, and his efficiency to schedule every step from surveys to sea trials made it a seamless progression from first enquiry to final boat delivery.

I would recommend Rob and the Calibre Team to anyone considering purchasing.

Stephen H. March 2023

Calibre Yachts were an excellent choice for us when we decided to sell our boat.  They were very professional and thorough.  Darryl Jolly, the broker we dealt with, was very attentive and detail orientated.  He kept up updated throughout the process and was quick to answer any questions or concerns we had.  We were very pleased with the service Darrell and Calibre Yachts provided and would highly recommend them.

John and Sue T.  September 27th, 2022

We feel that Trina’s hard work was instrumental in us getting Blue Yonder. We look forward to many voyages in the years to come. Thank you, Trina!


Richard and Kerry S. 2022

Trina Holt is now my friend. Four months ago, I didn’t know her, but she was my newly appointed Calibre boat broker. When first we met, I wasn’t even sure I wanted to remain a boater. My wife Valerie, with whom I had ordered the boat, had passed away within the last month. We bought a new Helmsman 43E, but delivery was delayed and confused by Covid-induced issues. A special shipping cost levy had to be paid, there had been luxury tax, sales tax, and duty confusions.

Enter Trina…she worked with others to resolve the administrative glitches…and I gradually recalled the reasons we had ordered the boat. I started to develop a hands-on feel for her and conceded that there was a path I could see to coming to love the boat.

…I came to appreciate Trina’s special talents as a person and a boat broker: knowledge of boats and boat processes, understanding of my situation, assessment of what I needed, persistence, conviction about her recommendations and course of action, all brought together with an engaging personal approach…she became my friend.

Over the next couple of months, she appropriately dealt with all sorts of commissioning and delivery issues. She was easy to work with and always prompt, always reinforcing my day-one impressions of her.

I told her when I sold Sea Zen that she would be my broker, and I would recommend her to anyone else…work with her while you can! You won’t regret it.

Brian O, 2022

When in the middle of the covid pandemic, I decided I would like to finally purchase a boat, I contacted Tony (Roberts) for his thoughts and guidance. Tony was very frank and realistic about what I was up against and the costs and responsibilities of owning a boat. He asked many hard questions to see if owning a boat was the right decision for me. Through this process Tony helped me narrow down my search to a certain size and style of power boat that would meet my needs and budget. He also explained the inevitable compromises that you end up having to make with prioritizing one feature over another.

Tony then counseled patience and so we settled into a process of monitoring new listings and also calling around to various contacts to let them know what we were looking for. Finally, after many months Tony identified a new listing that was almost exactly what we had been waiting for. We mobilized very quickly to view the boat, confirm the boat had all the features and was in the excellent condition we were looking for and we set about making an early offer in a highly competitive market which was in the end accepted.

Tony then helped shepherd me through the various surveys and mechanical inspections prior to closing and helped me assess the various issues that were identified in order for me to be comfortable completing the purchase, which I was.


After almost a year of ownership, I could not be happier and am excited about all the adventures that lie ahead aboard my new boat, purchased with the outstanding help of Tony Roberts!

I would be happy to talk to anyone seeking a reference on Tony further.  Rob (416) 816-3107

Rob T, 2022

Teresa and I wanted to reach out and let you know how happy we were with the service you provided including the quick responses and communication we received.

With us being out of province complicated further by the ever changing covid rules, we weren’t as hands on as we normally would have liked to have been. You definitely  stepped up to the plate looking after all the necessary things that popped up so the Monkey Joe was ready for prospective buyers.  Your professional approach made us confident we had the right person and combined with the  support of a knowledgeable company like Calibre yacht, created a comfortable and easy process for selling our boat.

Shane and Teresa G, 2021

“I wanted to pass on notice of my very great satisfaction with your man Darrell Jolly`s handling of the sale of our Nordic Tug 26, Lily B. After some time spent with me becoming familiar with layout and system references I was impressed by his professional personal presentation and courteous, genuinely caring manner. He inspired immediate confidence as someone I could trust to represent us fairly and honestly, which was all we had hoped… We simply admired his diligence through what, for us, turned out to be a completely seamless series of transactions. I`m sure you`ll continue to find him an esteemed member of your crew.”

Michael R, 2021

“Trina… you know your stuff and made my wife and I feel very comfortable. We actually felt like valued customers which was wonderful. Thank you for your great service and we look forward to searching for our forever boat with you and Calibre Yachts!

Greg and Emily W, 2021

I could not have wished for a better yacht broker than you to sell my lovely yacht “Marakei”. To start with, the many photos you produced for the listing were top notch. You even tidied up the interior to made sure there was no extraneous personal stuff cluttering up the scene. I was also impressed by the first class layout of Calibre Yacht’s website. And then you delivered so much more than you promised, finding a purchaser way sooner than I could have ever hoped for. Come on, who has heard of a final sale happening in less than a month from first posting — including engine inspection, haul-out and marine survey, considering that July is the busiest time of the year for all those professional services involved?!

I especially appreciate your ready willingness to set aside several days to help me sail my boat to and from the nearest haul-out facility 25 nm away, attend the survey and move her to a nearby marina slip when I couldn’t attend for medical reasons. You were always fully focussed on my needs, so much so that I felt I was the only client who mattered. And your friendly and fun company during the sail home a few days later simply was the icing on the cake!

Thank you, Trina. I am sure with your personality and dedication you will turn many other clients into friends.

Heldor S, 2021

Trina was wonderful to work with.  Very helpful in making our sale successful, super friendly, and knowledgeable about sailing in general, and Marakei, the boat I purchased in particular.  She worked above and beyond in all respects.  I would recommend her services without reservation.

Phil H, 2021

“I have owned four cruising boats over the years; two sail, two power. I have spent a good deal of time and worked with many brokers trying to find the right boat for what we needed at the time. I can say without any reservations that working with Richard Evans and his people at Calibre Yachts defines for me what marine brokers ought to be about. The service level was beyond anything I’ve ever experienced. Although it took more than a year (and offers on four boats), Richard’s enthusiasm and steady support never flagged. Moreover, the service didn’t end when the contract was signed. It is ongoing. He doesn’t build client lists; he establishes relationships. I would not remotely consider buying (or selling) a vessel without Richard’s involvement. He is knowledgeable, personable, and above all, operates with the strictest of ethics. I would gladly expand upon these remarks to anyone whom Richard may wish to refer.”

Stuart J. W, QC, 2019

“[Selling my boat] was a heart-wrenching emotional process for me and I would like to thank you for your understanding, your ability to listen, to understand, your professionalism, marketing ability, and warm personal touch in the whole process.”

Len R, 2021

“Richard at Calibre was everything one would wish for at all points in the research and purchase process. His most undeniable trait beyond “really good guy” is his integrity and therefore, the strength of character he demands throughout his company. This was tested in our relationship, and when things happen, what truly matters is how people deal with the situation. Richard was professional in all aspects and did “the right thing.” What defines individuals in this sense is how they react under duress; Richard was composed and clear, transparent and helpful.”

Gordon S, 2020

“A thank-you just doesn’t express the gratitude that my wife and I feel for the incredible service and success in selling our boat. Finally, a friend suggested that boats are sold on the internet and that a video is incredibly important so I spent my evenings watching boat sales videos and the Calibre Yacht videos really stood out.

Rob and Sue Ksyniuk were incredible.  Rob is a very likable and a talented sales person and his wife Sue helped do some decorating changes which really updated the interior. The result of all of this good work is that the boat was sold in 6 weeks and there were multiple backup offers.”

John H, 2019

“I just wanted to write to tell you thank you for all the help and guidance you gave me during the purchase of Anthea an Alubat Onvi 455. You exceeded all expectations. While three countries involved in the sale was enough, adding to that the impending time constraints involving the pandemic made the sale next to impossible. Your professionalism, persistence and your overall friendliness meant a lot to me. The research you did in finding out about my background and how well I fit with such a special boat was meaningful to me. I love Anthea. Thank you again for bringing us together. I will cherish her.”

Alan S, 2019

“Buying a boat is hard…Rob Ksyniuk showed us some of the first boats we looked at. At first, we did our own legwork, but then we realized how valuable it would be to have a broker on our side, keeping an eye out for “our” boat, making contacts, and walking us through the process. He had our backs and we trusted him 100%. He never pressured us to buy a thing, he just listened—really listened, and he was in it for the long-haul. When we finally found the right boat, it turned out that process was fraught with challenges (a gross understatement) but Rob was right there with us, keeping up a steady line of communication, being up-front, pushing hard to get us what we wanted most in the world. I think he wanted us to have that boat as much as we did! Having dealt with a dozen or more boat brokers, we can unequivocally say that Rob is in the top of his field: an excellent broker, and a fine human being.”

David M and Trina H, 2018

“Tony was marvellous, not only does he possess considerable boat ownership experience he was also prepared to help me fulfil the normal tasks of survey and sea while remaining in the UK. Tony organised the sail to Sidney for survey, recommended the marina for lift and scrub and returned Puff safely to Oak Bay. John the owner being unable to assist due to infirmity.

I received frequent communication on progress and was introduced to the accountant for transfer of funds, a slow process nowadays due to money laundering regulations. Tony also recognised that my UK domicile status would allow me to purchase Puff without GST being applied. Well done Tony, many thanks.”

David W, 2018

“Robert Kysniuk is a pleasure to work with. He is tenacious without being aggressive and is very professional which strikes a nice chord with clients. I have had a potential buyer say how much they have enjoyed their interaction with Robert.

Similarly, working with me he has made suggestions that have helped to sell our boat both in pricing and how the boat was presented.  Robert goes the extra mile in offering to help out , including cleaning the boat and even shoveling off the snow last week!

He has kept me informed throughout the sale period regarding potential buyers, their feedback and his own recommendations.

I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Robert to other potential clients and I am more than willing to act as a reference if ever needed.”

Bruce W.

“Tony’s extensive knowledge and experience as a boat broker were key to successfully selling our boat at close to the healthy asking price. First of all, Tony found us a moorage spot with excellent exposure to potential buyers, and put us in touch with a hard-working and reasonably-priced boat-cleaning fellow at the marina. Tony also provided great advice on the touch-up work needed to show the boat to best advantage, and found us a reasonably-priced boat painter to refinish the window and door trim. Finally, Tony was very patient while I worked through the extensive paperwork needed to sell our ex-corporate boat, and helped us drive the boat to and from the up-Island boatyard for her marine surveys and maintenance work. I highly recommend Tony’s boat-broker services and would definitely want to hire him again when buying our next boat. Tony was a pleasure to work with, and you won’t find anyone better!”

Dr. Dennett N, P.Eng. (ret’d), 2018

“The generosity, kindness, and most of all, patience shown to us by Richard Evans and his team at Calibre Yachts knew no bounds in the process of buying a boat. We needed the perfect boat for our National Geographic Assignment off the BC coast.

After hundreds of emails, dozens of phone calls and many pick up at the Horseshoe Bay Ferry terminal, Richard held out until we found a beautiful 40′ Tollycraft. I wish that buying other items in my line of work was this much fun. Calibre Yachts showed true integrity and class throughout the entire process. We can’t thank you enough.”

Paul N and Cristina M, 2017

“Calibre Yachts, with Jeff at the helm, matched us and our 32′ Nordic Tug with the perfect buyers! It has been a pleasure to work with Jeff and we are very satisfied with the process, feeling that our boat will go to a good home. And, we have made new friends. We certainly will recommend Calibre Yacht Sales to our yachting colleagues. Thank you, Jeff.”

Hugh and Anna G, 2019