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Boat Sale Testimonials

September 2017

“Amazing Service - Leisure 27 Cruising Yacht”

Amazing Service My husband and I purchased Lyra in June 2016 through Andy Ladds at Foundry Reach and throughout the purchase process, as first time purchasers, Andy was incredibly helpful and professional, advising and guiding my husband on surveys, tenders, moorings and of course through all the paperwork. My husband was the sailor, so I had minimal contact with Andy at this time, but we went on to have an extremely enjoyable summer sailing . Sadly my husband passed away early in 2017 so I was then left to arrange the sale of Lyra, naturally via Andy as he knew the boat. I know very little about the sailing world, but Andy was amazing and took care of everything for me, so I didn’t have to worry or stress about anything. Once a buyer had been found, the sale took one week to complete. Andy was amazing and kept me informed at every step of the way, emailing me details, answering my questions even replying “out of normal office hours” and went out of his way to help me. I cant thank him enough for the way he handled everything in such a kind, caring and professional way. His knowledge of the sailing world is incredible, and he has a good a sense of humour too! I would have no hesitation in recommending Andy whatsoever. Liz - Norwich

Click here to view Lyra, the vessel this testimonial relates to.

June 2017

“'Service Beyond Expectation'.”

Hi, where others have failed, yet again you have delivered! Since taking the decision to 'sell up and sail away' my life has been a constant whirlwind of chasing the 'professionals' on whom we all rely to transact our affairs, simply to ensure they deliver the most fundamental level of service. 
The most notable exception has yet again been Andy Ladds to whom I entrusted the sale of my beloved yacht Pepper. Due to my circumstances Pepper had been sadly neglected, yet despite this Andy not only willingly rose to the challenge but delivered spectacularly! 
Having now both bought and sold through Andy I can unequivocally recommend him to anybody who values honesty, integrity and good old fashioned professionalism!

Craig Dawkins 

November 2016

“'Rival 34 Deep Keel sold in short time'”

Dear Andy

The monies are safely in my account.

I just wanted to thank you again for your excellent service. I am amazed that you have managed to sell Knight Templar with such ease. I am very pleased.

Roy Townsend

Click here to view Knight Templar, the vessel this testimonial relates to.

August 2016

“Ham Class Minesweeper”

 We recently purchased our new vessel MV Tongham, through brokers Foundry Reach and I can't praise them highly enough. Over the last year we have dealt with 5 or 6 brokers of wildly varying abilities, whilst looking for a large historic vessel for our project. Without fail Andy at Foundry Reach always dealt promptly and efficiently with our enquiries. We felt the service we received was professional, balanced and they went out of their way to solve various issues that helped us make the purchase. Thanks for a great service. Highly recommended. Chris Beer."

Click here to view MV Tongham, the vessel this testimonial relates to.

July 2015

“Summer sale of Moody 28”

Dear Andy & Jess,

When selling my yacht I have nearly always felt it was in for a long haul. When I put 'Solent Flame II' onthe market at the end of May I did not thinkk she'd be sold by today.

I was impressed with your website and high quality of photos. I also liked the fact that you took the trouble to keep me informed of the day to day progress of prospective purchasers.

Congratulations on a job well done. As a result I shall have no hesitation in recommending your brokerage.

Yours sincerely,

Roger Smith

Click here to view Solent Flame II, the vessel this testimonial relates to.

July 2015

“Sale of Pegasus 700”

Dear Jess and Andy
Just to let you know that 'Amethyst' arrived safely. I was totally impressed with how well you had stowed everything and protected everything from chaffing.
Thanks again for making boat purchase such a painless pleasure.
Best Regards

Click here to view Amethyst, the vessel this testimonial relates to.

May 2015

“Sale of Verl 900- Vendor”

Dear Andy & Jess,

Just wanted to say thank you for handling the sale of “Pepper” on my behalf; a very professional and smooth process from start to finish, keeping me informed at all stages of the sale.

I had the pleasure of meeting Andy for the first time a few years ago when I was looking to buy a boat having been away from the sailing scene for awhile. With his guidance I purchased “Pepper” and she turned out to be everything he said she would be.

If you are looking to buy or sell a boat I can strongly recommend his services. You will not only receive a warm welcome but will also come to realise his depth and breadth of knowledge. He will give you sound, friendly and honest advise which is worth it’s weight in gold and will always go out of his way to answers all of your questions and put you at ease.

Thank you both once again

Kind regards

Stuart Barker

Click here to view Pepper, the vessel this testimonial relates to.

May 2015

“Sale of Verl 900 - Purchaser”

Dear Andy & Jess,
Just a brief but genuinely sincere thank you for the truly outstanding service you have provided throughout the purchase of our new yacht 'Pepper'.
From our first meeting with Andy at the yard to delivering her to her new berth at Woolverstone, I simply could not have asked for more. The way in which you have facilitated the purchase, including negotiations with the previous owner,  and coordinated preparations and repairs goes way beyond what I could have reasonably expected.
Simply superb, and I will have no hesitation recommending you to anybody considering a purchase in the future.
Kindest regards,

Craig Dawkins 

Click here to view Pepper, the vessel this testimonial relates to.

March 2015

“Sale of Jeanneau Tonic 23”

“ Purchase of Patricia II”

Thank you so much for your help and advice during our purchase of Particia II, a Jeanneau Tonic 23. 


“When we first saw the boat online we thought it may be the one for us, the only problem was that we live in Northumberland and the boat was in Essex.  As almost complete novices to both sailing and especially the process of purchasing a boat, we found that Andy provided a very thoughtful and calming influence over the process.  It was a big decision for us to come all the way to view the boat and when we met Andy his knowledge and passion for sailing was evident.  The process was very efficient and any repairs or modifications were taken care of under the watchful eye of Andy by specialists within the area.  Having sailed Patricia II at Kielder now for two seasons we are delighted with the boat and we would recommend Foundry Reach to anyone looking to take up this wonderful sport”.


Due to family commitments she will be spending this season on dry land, where we hope to have a bit of a fiddle on with one or two things and look forward to the summer of 2016 when she gets her toes wet again.  Thanks once again, sorry it took so long to get back to you.


Kind regards


Richard & Georgina Bailes



Click here to view Patricia II, the vessel this testimonial relates to.

March 2015

“Sale of Etap 23”

As a first time-buyer, I think I needed more advice and guidance when it came to buying my first sailing boat. Here I found the quality of work and advise from Foundry Reach Brokerage as excellent. Andrew Ladds has given invaluable service every step of the way in order to facilitate a smooth and satisfying transaction. From our first point of contact, I found timely and accurate responses, advice and guidance on my extensive questioning about the boat and other matters concerning it. We visited the boat several times, each time a Sunday as the whole family travelled from central London for the occasion. Andrew has been ready to welcome us every time.

I cannot stress enough the value that a quality broker provides for a safe and fair transaction. Andrew Ladds of Foundry Reach Brokerage did exactly that, and more. As I write this, I’m now a proud owner of our first family sailing boat and I still find myself asking favours/questions to Andrew who never ceases to provide answers and solution in his very friendly way. Thank you.

Kind regards,


Click here to view Simply Red, the vessel this testimonial relates to.

November 2014

“Sale of Open Day boat”

Dear Andy and Jess
Thank you so much for dealing with the successful sale of Billows and the extremely efficient transfer of proceeds to our account.
Once again thank you both.
Kindest regards
Yvonne and Eric


Click here to view Billows, the vessel this testimonial relates to.

November 2014

“Sale of Shearwater 23”

Dear Andy and Jessica,

I would like to say a big thank you to  you ,your staff and all the lads in the yard , the care and attention you afforded us was exceptional especially considering we were buying from your boatyard bargains, the buying 'experience' was great fun and I am delighted with the boat which was exactly as described.

Many thanks again and I would recommend you to anyone.

Best regards

Click here to view Shona, the vessel this testimonial relates to.

July 2014

“Sale of a Pandora 22”

Hi Andy & Jess

Just to let you know the journey was smooth and we got here in one piece!
Many thanks for your help with sorting everything out. The whole process of
buying our first boat was very easy and stress-free, thanks to you guys.

Best wishes for the rest of the summer,

Click here to view No Panic, the vessel this testimonial relates to.

June 2014

“The Sale of 1380!”

"The Maritime Volunteer Service would heartily recommend Foundry Reach Yacht Sales having received a superb & extremely professional service from them in achieving the sale of a boat."

Click here to view Anglian Volunteer Service No 1380, the vessel this testimonial relates to.

February 2014

“Sale of Sadler 32”

I recently bought a second hand Sadler 32 through Foundry Reach, and have received nothing but friendly help and guidance all the way.  Happily recommended.

Colin Hughes

Click here to view Charis, the vessel this testimonial relates to.

February 2014

“Sale of Stephen Jones One Off - IOR Half Tonner!”

In all the years I have been sailing, including purchasing and selling many boats, I have never come across a brokerage company that has your efficiency and outlook. Any question posed has been answered efficiently and to the absolute best of your or Jess' ability and in many cases I would class your service as 'over and above the call of duty'. The purchase of Tumblehome 2 has been effected with ease and simplicity, and I have no hesitation in recommending your brokerage to others. Jess is a credit to your organisation and deserves recognition for the exemplary service she provided. It is a pleasure to deal with a broker who has genuine 'old fashioned' values.
Again, many thanks, regards Charlie Ball.

Click here to view Tumblehome 2, the vessel this testimonial relates to.

February 2014

“Winter Viewing!”

It was really pleasant meeting you, and I was impressed with your attitude to brokerage. It is unusual to come across a yacht agent to whom I take immediately, and very refreshing. Some seem to treat showing prospective purchasers over vessels just as a chance to escape from the office, and others treat it as an imposition to be rushed through as fast as possible.You did neither, and made the experience pleasant. I have bought many craftover the years, but never before has the first meeting with a broker been something I enjoyed. Hence my first comment above. I can even truthfully state that there have been craft with which I might have proceeded had I dealt with the owner direct, but did not after my meetings with ill-informed or disinterested brokers.

Thank you again, 
Peter Leggett.


December 2013

“Winter sale of Peter Duck 29!”

Very many thanks for the friendly and efficient way you and your staff
dealt with the sale of my Peter Duck ketch "Depper".  I was kept
informed at every stage of the transaction and particularly appreciated
the speedy completion and transfer of funds.

Best wishes

Corinne Holmes

Click here to view Depper, the vessel this testimonial relates to.

November 2013

“Sale of Golden Hind 31!”

We would like to thank you for your extremely efficient handling of the sale of Golden Morn. We fully expected this to take some time but by following your very profesional advice we were delighted to find that she sold so quickly. Being able to leave the preparation and presentation of the boat with you was especially helpful as due to health problems, we were unable to do this ourselves. We found your charges for this service and the brokerage to be very reasonable and particularly competitive.
Once again, many thanks. Peter & Catherine Wellington.

Click here to view Golden Morn, the vessel this testimonial relates to.

September 2013

“Sale of C-Midge Cutter!”

Lazybones was never going to be an easy craft to sell , being of a type suited to a particular type of sailor. However , Andy showed a great deal of understanding of the boat and pitched her perfectly in the marketplace. I was greatly impressed with the amount of communication , keeping me informed all the time and providing excellent advice each step of the way . Thank you Foundry Reach - I cannot praise your services highly enough.

Kevin Sherwood

Click here to view Lazybones, the vessel this testimonial relates to.

August 2013

“Swift Sale for Beneteau Oceanis 321 Clipper.”

Dear Andy,

Jackie and I were delighted with the efficient way you handled the sale of Ocean Spirit . Over the years I have bought and sold many boats. Never has a transaction gone so smoothly and never has a broker provided such support.  We will certainly use Foundry Reach again and will be pleased if you can publish this testimonial.  


Click here to view Ocean Spirit, the vessel this testimonial relates to.

August 2013

“Summer Viewing!”

Very impressed with yourself, and how you seem to go the extra mile for your clients, so will keep an eye on your website, whilst we go away to discuss ideal size boat.


July 2013

“Vivacity 24 - Quick Sale!”

I cannot praise too highly the services of Foundry Reach Yacht Brokers. Very efficient and friendly, they are a pleasure to deal with. My 24 ft bilge keel yacht was sold within two weeks at 95% of the asking price. I was delighted!

Andrew Kazimirski.

Click here to view NAIAD, the vessel this testimonial relates to.

July 2013

“Sale of Classic Albert Strange Yacht 'Charm'”

I was greatly impressed with the level of understanding and application Andy Ladds brought to the sale of my classic Albert Strange yacht 'Charm', and have no hesitation in recommending the Foundry Reach brokerage.

Richard Wynne.

Click here to view Charm, the vessel this testimonial relates to.

June 2013

“The Sale of Senior 23 Estuary and River Cruiser, 'Vardo'.”

Entering the world of boating from the lower end of the financial spectrum can be a daunting prospect. Not at Foundry Reach! It genuinely doesn't matter to Andy Ladds whether your spending in multiples of tens of thousands, or just a few thousand, it's the same here for everyone. Andy did everything that needed to be done in a very professional, reassuring and friendly way. My wife and I are now the proud owners of a small 'cheap n cheerful' river/estuary cruiser and not a lot of money changed hands! Not only that, but the support and advice continues even after the sale. Andy is always available, never rushed and always warm, welcoming and helpful. I can't recommend Foundry Reach brokerage and Andy Ladds highly enough.

Barry Simpson

Click here to view Vardo, the vessel this testimonial relates to.

May 2013

“MG 335 Amigos - Spring Sale”

Just completed purchase of Amigos from Andy at Foundry Reach and for the first time in many boat purchases had a hassle and stress free buying experience.

When you deal with Andy you get ‘what it says on the tin’, a personal and effective service that above all delivers, a rare occurrence in today’s world.

Having dealt with many brokerages over the years I found that I usually ended up doing most of the chasing, not so with Foundry Reach where timely updates were regularly provided on the purchase process.

My recommendation is that whether you are buying or selling, contacting Andy at Foundry Reach will probably pay dividends in terms of getting a result for your boating needs.

I will certainly be using him again!

David Cosby.

Click here to view Amigos, the vessel this testimonial relates to.

March 2013

“Sale of Vivacity 650 to Thailand”

Andy Ladds at Foundry Reach was recommended to me by a friend who has also sold and bought his boats through Andy and Foundry Reach.  Andy came to see my boat promptly and gave me useful advice on how to show it off to it's best potential.  Andy gave me a clear and reassuring account of how he will market my boat and be the in-between man between buyers and me.  Andy put my advert on the Foundry Reach and other advertising websites quickly and within a few months the boat was sold.  Andy took charge of everything, which was very reassuring.  Foundry Reach's help and service was fantastic and I am very glad I had my boat placed with them.
Many thanks.
Thank you Andy,


Click here to view Christabel, the vessel this testimonial relates to.

February 2013

“Contessa 26 Tye Tye”

Hi Andy,
I see John Wood gave you a good reference on you website and I must say from a buyer's point of view I also would like to say what a great and helpful service you provide.
 I was new to and a little intimidated at buying a boat and I must say the process has been literally a breeze compared to perhaps buying a car or house and that I feel is down to your service, so cheers, Miles.
Miles Davies.

Click here to view TYETYE, the vessel this testimonial relates to.

January 2013

“Re Sale of Contessa 26 TYETYE”

Re  Sale of Contessa 26  TYETYE

Initial contact was made with Andy Ladds on 19th September 2012. The Cheque was received on 23rd January 2013 .

FOUR MONTHS from start to finish !     Over Christmas !

Throughout the period Andy`s attention to paperwork and detail made for a

very smooth hassle free process.

Would thoroughly recommend Andy to any prospective seller or purchaser .

John Wood.  East Yorkshire

p.s. If you want a trailer for a 26 foot boat contact Andy .

Click here to view TYETYE, the vessel this testimonial relates to.

September 2012

“Sale of Maurice Griffiths Tidewater 30, 'Tidewitch'”

Sale of the Maurice Griffiths Tidewater 30, 'Tidewitch'

I would like to recommend Andy Ladds at Foundry Reach. Andy recently handled the sale of my father’s Maurice Griffiths Tidewater on behalf of his estate.

Andy’s enthusiasm for the yacht was evident from our first meeting and his confident and knowledgeable approach helped set a realistic price point and ensured a swift sale toward the end of the season.

All paperwork was dealt with swiftly and efficiently and funds transferred promptly.I have no hesitation in recommending Foundry Reach and welcomed their advice and guidance.

James Garnham

Managing Director

STL Technologies Limited

Click here to view Tidewitch, the vessel this testimonial relates to.

May 2012

“Sale of Albin Cumulus class Yacht - Loafer”

Thanks for the efficient way in which you sold our boat. The previous broker just wasn't interested- you were and succeeded where others failed!

M&J Stallard

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April 2012

“Highly Recommended”

Andy has provided an exceptional service for buying a yacht. He goes the further mile to ensure the boat is what you want and ensures a smooth sale, providing expert guidance, knowledge and even helping sail her to your nearby mooring! I would thoroughly recommend him and will use his services again in both selling and buying. Well done!


Richard I W Hiles

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April 2012

“Friendly, Professional and Knowledgeable Approach”

We first met Andy Ladds in 2010 when we purchased a yacht through a brokerage where Andy freelanced. He then sailed it back to Felixstowe with us.

My wife and I were very impressed by Andy's friendly, professional and knowledgeable approach in handling the necessary paperwork and also his excellent sailing ability! We were therefore very pleased to hear that he started his own brokerage around the time that we were looking to sell our yacht and purchase something larger.

We had no hesitation in letting Andy handle the sale for us - his experience and sensible advice resulted in a purchaser being found without delay, Andy handled the sale very efficiently, taking care of everything whilst keeping us fully informed at all times.  

We have no hesitation in recommending the services of Foundry Reach.

John Bowler

Click here to view Superstitious, the vessel this testimonial relates to.

April 2012

“Guided Through The Sale Smoothly”

Andy Ladds was most professional, helpful and informative during the sale of my Cobra 850. I was guided through the sale smoothly each step of the way.

I will most certainly recommend Foundry Reach for all boating requirements.

Kind regards Alan Hoy

Click here to view Freedom Warrior, the vessel this testimonial relates to.

March 2012

“Experienced an Exceptionally Professional Service. ”

‘We have experienced an exceptionally professional service from Andy Ladds at Foundry Reach Yacht Sales & Services. Communication has always been high, knowledge, advice, advertising and experience fabulous, all ensuring the successful sale of our boat. Thank you!

Anna S.

Click here to view Esoteric, the vessel this testimonial relates to.

February 2012

“His common sense advice paid dividends in that a buyer was quickly found”

When I bought Baruch (a She 27) through Andy a couple of seasons ago I was impressed with his honest approach to the business of selling boats. It was clear that he knew what he was talking about and that gave me the confidence to buy. When it was time to sell the boat I didn’t need any persuading to contact him to discuss not only the price but the all too important matter of how the boat should be presented to achieve a sale within the shortest timeframe. His common sense advice paid dividends in that a buyer was quickly found, Andy nurtured the buyer’s interest and a fair price agreed which led to a swift sale. I thoroughly recommend Andy to all those contemplating a boat sale.

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December 2011

“You won't get a better, more personal service”

I have used Andy Ladds services for both the sale and purchase of sailing yachts. Andy sailed my Trapper 501 up from Eastbourne to Walton on the Naze, Essex, undertook various hull treatments at a reasonable cost and quickly sold the boat - both the new owner and seller were very pleased with the service. Andy also sold me a Dufour 30 and project managed various tasks including hull copper treatment, re-rigging, engine maintenance etc. The service provided has been exemplary - very much a can do service, Andy keeps things straight forward and makes problems go away, costs are fair and reasonable. I would recommend Foundry Reach - you won't get a better more personal service.

John Murphy.