Read what our customers have to say in their Horizon Yacht Sales Testimonials.

“I had an extremely positive and smooth sales experience – all thanks to Giles”

Horizon Yacht sales testimonials

James Coomes

“I highly recommend Horizon Yacht Sales to anyone considering the purchase or sale of a boat in the Caribbean. Although I had already identified the model I wanted, and first made contact with Horizon because they had one listed for sale, I still had many questions about the boat, the practicalities of ownership, and the positives and potential negatives of keeping it in a charter fleet. Giles Starkey, our broker at Horizon, was consistently patient, forthright, and fun to work with. Every transaction is different, and ours had some unique challenges due to the pandemic, requirements of the seller, etc. With the help of Giles and his colleagues at Horizon, we sailed through them all smoothly. (As a bonus, Nanny Cay, where Horizon has its base, is easily the nicest commercial yacht basin you’ll find. I would hang out at the adjacent beach bar even if I didn’t have a boat there.)  I don’t believe in the old cliche about the two best days of boat ownership being the first and the last, but I can tell you that both of those – as well as many in between – will be greatly enhanced if you choose Horizon.”


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Bill Bryan

“This is to place on record my appreciation of the support provided by Horizon Yacht Sales  during our recent purchase of our Fairline 52 Targa in BVI


It was quite difficult for me to exercise the purchase arrangements as I am based in Panama and the craft was being sold ex BVI .


It was therefore purchased without my personally sighting the yacht but thanks to the support from Horizon and in particular Giles Starkey we were able to conclude the sale and most importantly the post sale arrangements.


Covid restrictions and shipment limitations meant that I had to rely entirely on Horizon to not only assist in the insurance of the boat but in looking after her whilst we decided how to get her down to Panama  …eventually having to sail her down the whole way .



We were also entangled in pre departure local tax clearances and the delays seemed endless . Giles and Horizon came through brilliantly throughout the process and indeed continue to assist us in our ongoing education of the ins and outs of this new acquisition


Thank you to Giles and  all at Horizon BVI !”

John Meredith

Buying a boat for the first time, in a different country, during a pandemic is not for cowards! This is especially true when there are only a few Helia 44 owners’ version catamarans for sale in the world.   We were so lucky to have Giles Starkey from Horizon Yachts Charters as our buyer’s broker.  We cannot imagine how we could have ever landed the purchase of “Eventually” without him.  From providing advice about anything you can ever dream up, to working with our foreign broker in Turkey, including helping us understand the different legislation and rules and navigating all the differences in the process, to helping organize our Canadian registration and ensuring that we had all the required documentation, including translation of several documents.  Giles was there at all hours given that the boat was in a time zone 7 hours ahead; you cannot imagine how much we appreciated his efforts.  He always made us feel like we were his priority and that all our questions deserved a researched answer…and there were a lot of them.  He gave us total peace of mind!  Once we owned Eventually, you’d think your buyer’s broker would disappear, not Giles!  We got a call in Kusadasi, Turkey from Giles after he heard about the nearby earthquake just to make sure we were ok and that Eventually was unharmed.  How’s that for service!


It was a terribly complex process from start to finish and Giles was there making it as easy for us as he could, with many laughs along the way.  Thanks, so much Giles, can’t wait to see you in the BVI when we bring ‘Eventually’ to the Caribbean.


Sincerest Thanks Giles.


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Brian Field and Tara Tyson

“We’d been looking for our next adventure dream yacht and found one on Tortola. It was a long way from home and in an unfamiliar place so I was hesitant to come to see it but thanks to the outstanding help from our contact Giles Starkey from Horizon Yacht Sales not only was the trip down easy but the sales process and handover also went smoothly. We purchased a 2015 Lipar 41. Giles worked with us for the first week to make sure everything was organized and correct. He even organised dockage for us. I couldn’t be happier with the whole process. A solid five stars for this guy! If you’re looking for a great yacht with a smooth sales process, you need to talk to this guy.”

Tim Dacosta

Purchasing Swift from Horizon Yacht charters has been a very positive experience. Before leaving Canada to go to Tortola, Giles has provided us accurate answers to the numerous questions we had. Therefore, we flew to Tortola confident that Swift would be as described, and it was. We had no major bad surprises, and things that revealed to be faulty were repaired without complaint.
Giles has been very helpful throughout the process, from inspection to paper transfer all went smoothly.
It is not the first time we purchase a decommissioned sailboat from a charter company, but we have to say that Horizon Yacht Charters does take care of their fleet, and it shows in the overall condition of their boats.

Original French version:

Acheter Swift chez Horizon Yacht Charter s’est révélée une expérience très positive. Avant de quitter le Canada pour se rendre à Tortola, Giles nous a fourni des réponses précises aux nombreuses questions que nous avions. Nous nous sommes donc déplacé à Tortola confiants que le voilier serait tel que décrit, et  nous n’avons pas été  déçu, au contraire. Nous n’avons eu aucune mauvaise surprise significative, et ce qui nécessitait des réparations a été réparé sans discussion de la part du vendeur.  Giles a été très serviable tout au long du processus, de l’inspection jusqu’au transfer d’immatriculation, tout s’est déroulé sans anicroche.

Ce n’est pas la première fois que nous achetons un voilier d’une agence de location de voiliers, mais force d’admettre qu’ Horizon Yacht Charters prend soin de sa flotte, et cela se réflète sur la condition générale de ses voiliers.


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Carole Girard et Daniel Vallée

“Recently I purchased a Bavaria Cruiser 35 from Horizon Yacht Sales and I am a very happy owner. I live in Puerto Rico and was looking for something in the 30-foot range to cruise around the islands near Puerto Rico and the US and the British Virgin Islands. Through a search, I found Horizon in Tortola and Giles Starkey, a broker for Horizon representing Bavaria.

Giles was outstanding. He understood the big picture and the details. It felt as though Horizon partnered with me on the purchase. Giles and Horizon also made me feel like a member of the Horizon family. Giles worked hard to address the suggestions made by my surveyor and was committed to making them right before I took possession.

I bought the boat from charter not despite the fact that it was in charter but because it was in charter and Horizon takes good care of its boats. It came with a very well crafted manual and all the owners’ manuals.

The boat in charter was named Nemo and I renamed her Second Wind. I am now looking forward to many days cruising the islands and look forward to a return trip to Tortola for a sail and visit with Giles and Horizon.

I highly recommend Giles and Horizon.”


We had a great experience with your Horizon crew. They are very detail oriented and took good care of SOBEN. Thanks to all.

Thomas C

We had a great trip on the boat, and wanted to pass on some comments about the staff – everyone we met was exceptional and reinforced my feeling that Horizon would be the best company to place SECOND WIND with.

We departed yesterday for the ferry terminal, and prior to that asked our guests to sweep through their cabins to make sure nothing was left behind. Upon arriving at the ferry terminal, I received a call from Jon, who said he found a set of keys and glasses in one of the guest cabins. I asked him if he could hand them to a taxi driver, and send them to the ferry terminal. He said he would deliver them personally and would be at the terminal in 15 minutes.

Upon arrival, our guest met him outside and tried to pay him for the inconvenience – he would have nothing to do with it and refused to take anything from our guest.

Our friends only had that set of keys, and were driving back immediately to Cape Coral after we arrived back in Miami – without the keys, they would have been stranded.

That act from Jon really struck a chord with everyone in our party, and though all were talking about recommending Horizon to their friends, that only accentuated the positive experience everyone had.

A shout out to Jon, as that was above and beyond anything that would ever be expected.

Dale MacDonald

“I have bought three yachts through Horizon all of which have been based in the BVI and managed by Horizon Yacht Charters.  Being a part of the Horizon family made my dream come true.

It has worked at all levels for me and my family.  We have had wonderful sailing in the BVI.  We arrive and boat is ready. We return after the holiday and I give a list of anything that I’d like done – and it’s done.  No hassle, 100% enjoyment. We have sailed all over the Caribbean with Horizon delivering my yacht to where we want to sail. Yacht two I sailed over the Atlantic.  Horizon managed her delivery in France and preparation for the trip.

I’ve also been part of the delivery team of another boat from Annapolis to the BVI.

There is an amazing team in Horizon.  The same friendly faces are there every year.

Something I believed would never be possible was delivered by Horizon.

Jamie Brown, owner of Bavaria 46, Hakuna Matata II.”

Jamie Brown

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