We met Josh at the Annapolis boat show while contemplating a purchase of our second boat. It was a coincidence that doesn’t happen very often, and it was the best luck we can imagine.
We had already set our minds on a competitors boat, but after only minutes with Josh it was clear we would be taking a different direction than originally thought. His knowledge and approach to the design and systemization of the boats he represents is an uncommon advantage for the buyer. Therefore, we quickly changed course.
But more importantly, it is the time after the configuration, commissioning, and delivery that continues to delight.
Josh and his wife, Tiff, work together to bring the boat and the new owners to a level of intimacy and comfort that would not be possible with other dealers. His motto is “the relationship doesn’t stop at delivery”, and he is serious about it.
Josh and Tiff are great people, great for the industry, and great to know. We consider ourselves very lucky to have met them, and very lucky to have purchased our boat through them.
Kurt and Tina
Outbound 46 #52 “pneumatic”
Follow them on their blog: http://www.pneumaticsailing.com
We first met Josh Hodgson at the Newport boat show in 2006. After working with Josh, we made the decision to buy Kite, our Valiant 42, through Anchor Yachts at the Annapolis show later that fall and commissioned her in October, 2007. We liked Josh immediately, and have found him to be honest, trustworthy and thoroughly dedicated to serving his customers. He is an excellent sailor with a thorough knowledge of boats and boat systems. He went above and beyond in helping us design and commission Kite, which we have now sailed from our home port of Portland, Maine to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Colombia and the Panama Canal, then across the Pacific to the Galapagos, French Polynesia, Tonga and New Zealand. We are now in Fiji and plan to continue heading west. It’s been five years since we took delivery of Kite, and Josh remains an invaluable resource to us wherever we are. We have found the Valiant reputation as an excellent bluewater passage maker to be absolutely true. Kite is the right boat for us.
When we bought Kite, Josh listed our previous boat for sale. He sold her within weeks to an English cruising couple, and she was off across the Atlantic to her new home near London the following spring. He did a great job marketing her and providing information to potential buyers, all with a smile on his face and without being pushy or overbearing as some boat brokers can be. We were thrilled with his service and have since recommended him and Anchor Yachts to friends.
Since we bought Kite, Josh and his wife Tiffany have become friends – as they do with many of their customers, perhaps the strongest endorsement of all. We cannot recommend Josh highly enough whether you are considering a sale, purchase, or simply want to talk to someone knowledgeable whom you can you trust about the possibility of buying or selling a boat. We were fortunate that our paths crossed when we were in the market for a new boat.
Jack and Zdenka G.
s/y KITE – Valiant 42 #178
When committing to building a semi-customized yacht like the Outbound 46, we knew that we needed to rely on an experienced team. What we didn’t know is how quick it would be for us to feel completely at ease with our choice of Outbound, and Anchor Yachts.
Josh Hodgson was perfect from Day 1 in his role as the local representative for Outbound. He has a unique ability to provide fresh ideas and suggestions throughout the process–We often joked that he must have been born with a gift of attention to detail! And well after delivery of our new boat, Josh has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to customer service and to owner satisfaction that is unsurpassed!
Whether selling or buying, whether looking new or used, we give Josh and Anchor Yacht and Ship Sales our highest recommendation!
Bennett & Susan K. – Outbound 46 “Pratique”
Follow them on their blog: http://outbound46pratique.blogspot.com
If it weren’t for Josh, we’d have bought the wrong boat. Even with my 30 years of sailing experience, it was Josh’s experience and advice that prevented me from making an offer on a boat that in hindsight would have been a disaster, and instead helped guide us to the perfect boat. Josh’s knowledge, experience, honesty, and integrity are all beyond reproach. If you are buying a boat, it would be foolish not to have Josh at your side.
Kevin & Lizz – Island Packet 40 “Cielo”
Follow them on their blog: http://www.sailingcielo.com
Late in 2010, Els and I began our search for a new cruising sailboat we loved our Pacific Seacraft 34 but we wanted a bit more room and we wanted a new boat in time for the 2011 season in New England. The Valliant’s, along with HR’s and Pacific Seacraft’s have always been on our short list. AYSS had a very nice Valiant 50 on the lot – however 50′ was a bit more boat than I was willing to handle. Josh informed us of a Valiant 42 that was in production and could be available in time for the season – this fits the bill. However, the most important element was the knowledge, time, understanding and commitment that Josh brought to the table. During the negotiations Valiant announce that they would be ceasing further new vessel production…. this was and in fact remains a concern but again the earnest and continued commitment on Josh’s part has ameliorated those concerns.
Since our purchase we have not been completely satisfied with the Valiant factory, but more than satisfied with Anchor Yacht & Ship Sales. Liberty our Valiant 42 -187 – the last Valiant was commissioned in June 2011 and she has seen over 3000 off shore miles from Halifax to St.Thomas and Bermuda, often with Josh as Delivery Captain or crewing as Watch Captain. In July of last year, less than a month after taking delivery, we entered the Marblehead – Halifax Ocean Race, with Josh on board, as our off-shore ‘shake down’ cruise. That spoke volumes in terms of dealer confidence and competence.
Dick & Els S. – Valiant 42 “Liberty”
Josh It’s a welcome opportunity to offer you a well deserved ” I couldn’t have done it without you” pat-on the back. You are truly a sales and boating professional and a compliment to the Valiant Family theme.I have become one grateful boat owner and a much improved sailor based on all your timely friendship, knowledge and sailing support. If ever I am to make a future substantial purchase, I hope you are selling what I’m looking for. Your INTEGRITY SPEAKS for it’s self. Best wishes for you & Tiffany with all your future adventures.
Fair Winds, Calm Seas
Ed& Val – Valiant 42 “Tir Na Nog”
Thank you for the opportunity to explain our experience with Anchor Yacht and Ship Sales. We were looking for a boat to be our first home when the housing market was unreachable for us. My father met Josh Hodgson and he gave us detailed printouts, advice and time without even asking to be our broker. We decided that his wisdom would be helpful to us and asked him to help us in the search. He joined us in after office hours boat showings, gave us advice on different boats and information on what similar boats actually sold for. He looked out for us when the boat we finally found matched our needs, but had some problems. He was there for the entire survey, and helped the surveyor find some problems. He helped us negotiate a good deal, and worked to protect us, warning us about a questionable broker (who later lost his license). He continued to go above and beyond, helping us with advice on work, marinas and actually pitching in during a couple of projects.
We have also the opportunity to live at the boat yard where Anchor Yachts operates, which has given us the opportunity to watch him working with many buyers, sellers, power boats, sail boats and different personalities. Josh, and everyone there, consistently goes out of their way for each client.
Many of his clients have become friends for years, sending photos from their journeys or just showing up, knowing they will be welcome.
We are coming into our ninth year living aboard and I would not hesitate to recommend Anchor Yachts to my friends and family. It is the only company we will use if we decide on a change in boats.
Jeremy & Kendra – Freedom 38 “Liberte”
Josh Hodgson has earned the respect of both my wife and I as our offshore sailboat and boat systems consultant. Josh convinced Tanya and I to move up our cruising plans to a higher priority and he helped us manage a very successful boat design & build project with Valiant Yachts in 2009. Our Valiant 42 Minx was a pleasure to build and outfit with Josh’s guidance and ocean-tested recommendations. And Minx has exceeded our expectations in a comfortable and fast blue water cruising sailboat. Tanya and I have become a loyal part of the Anchor Yachts Family of Valiant Yacht owners and Outbound Yacht owners. Josh and his wife Tiffany have created a unique sailboat business around good people sailing great boats across oceans and bays. On safe and sturdy boats, leading to more good memories.
Our Boat – Minx (Valiant 42 – Hull 185 layed-up in March 2009 and launched in August 2009)
Tanya and I have had our eye on a Valiant 42, blue water cruising boat since the day we saw one anchor in Snow Island, Maine in 2002. We knew it was the type of boat that we would own and explore the oceans aboard, and we expected to save up for 10 years and buy a good used boat to fix up. We had a solid 34’ blue water cruising boat and we thought it was prudent to wait for the right time for THE boat. Josh proved to Tanya and I how important it is to outfit your dream boat as early as you possibly can so you can enjoy it longer, expand your horizons, and sail more places.
The Valiant 42 Hull, Rig, and Center-Entry Pullman interior were the 3 things we knew we wanted and started our boat project around. After that, we wanted someone who knows what the state-of-the-art systems are and how they can be integrated into a liveaboard cruising boat. Someone who has used these systems and hardware on the open ocean and in coastal waters. This is where buying a boat from Josh at Anchor Yachts is different than from most brokers or boat dealers. The knowledge base is also better because Josh maintains contact with all the cruisers he sells boats to and finds out what works well on their boats. Most of our boat details were discussed with Valiant and Outbound Yacht owners who had used them offshore or demonstrated their value to us.
We picked the right stuff the first time with Josh’s help. Everything from our Thurston Quantum Sails, electric halyard winch, 55HP Auxiliary, LifeLine AGM Batteries, Lopolight LED navigation lights, LED interior lights, Spade Anchors, and Seafrost refrigeration have been right on from the first sail.
Minx is equipped for sailing the Chesapeake Bay / New England Coast / Bahamas right now. It is also designed and being equipped for crossing oceans with just a few changes. We have taken a modular approach to the way we add features or install our equipment so that we are not committed to certain brands or technologies, as they improve at a VERY fast rate these days.
Our sail plan is a conservative and flexible one: Fully battened mainsail with two reef points and halyard, all led aft to cockpit. The mainsail runs on a Strong Track for smoother setting, dousing, and reefing (and less paint wear & tear on our mast.) A roller furling Staysail and a roller furling 120% Genoa (this is the “power sail” on a Valiant 42 with her large foretriangle.) We have added adjustable fairleads for the Genoa and adjust them often for both wind strength and sail furl. All three sails total 850 Square Feet.
Our asymmetrical chute alone is 860 square feet. It is set and flown from a Karver Top-Down Furler that we recently installed with Thurston Quantum Sails. We save a LOT of diesel fuel with this sail by keeping the boat moving at 5-7 knots when the winds are lighter and from aft.
The owners Jay & Tanya are in our 40s and still working while we sail and live aboard at every chance. You can frequently find us rafted up with our Anchor Yachts family up and down the east coast sharing good food, beer, and boat ideas.
Jay & Tanya – Valiant 42 “Minx”
Follow them on their blog: https://minx185.wordpress.com
For many sailors, the purchase of a boat is the second largest investment in their lifetime. With so much at stake, having a broker who is knowledgeable, and trustworthy is essential. Josh Hodgson at Anchor Yacht and Ship Sales is all this and more.
Jayne and I first met Josh when he was showing a Valiant 42 at the Newport Boat Show in 2002. At the time, we had been sailing for 15 years and owned 3 different boats. We knew we wanted a bluewater boat and after comparing other cruisers sailboats, we placed a deposit with Anchor Yacht Sales. Eight years later, we remain happy with both our choice of boats and brokerages.
Some boat dealers are adept at converting their friends into clients, but Josh and his wife have the unique ability to convert clients into best friends. During the many years we have known Josh, we can truly say that we have never seen any professional in the marine industry that has been as generous with his time and expertise. Unlike many brokers who forget your name once you’ve signed the contract, he is as patient and attentive after the sale as before. Josh provides a level of follow-up service that is truly remarkable. I have personally seen him work successfully with both veteran and novice sailors. He has cheerfully served as offshore crew on our boat and has done the same for other Valiant owners. Like the boats he sells, Josh is reliable, experienced and competent. If you’re looking for offshore sailboat that will take care of the crew, look at a Valiant. If you’re looking for a hard-working broker who will take care of you, call Josh Hodgson at Anchor Yachts.
Ron & Jayne D. – Valiant 42 “Tenacity”
Over the last 9 months I’ve sailed more than 6000 miles, from the US to Grenada and back, in my Valiant 42. It’s been the realization of a dream I’ve had since I was 18. My Valiant performed flawlessly throughout the trip, and I have nothing but praise for the quality of the construction and materials. I sailed in the Caribbean 1500 last year and we encountered very strong winds and heavy seas for 8 days. Many of the other yachts in the rally suffered damage, but my Valiant came through with only one minor electrical problem. I feel this is a testament to the true seaworthiness of Valiant yachts.
I also wanted to thank you for your prompt help in answering several questions about the history of my boat. Your fast response helped me resolve several questions quickly so I could continue cruising.
Paul H. – Valiant 42 “Entheos”
Dear Joshua and/or Dear Danielle and/or Dear Tor,
Thank you again for all your efforts on my behalf in acquiring Rainbow. I have always been very satisfied with all the services that you performed and I will recommend you to all my boating friends who are looking for a yacht broker to buy or sell a boat.
Impressed by the number of boats you found for me in your BoatSearch. Thanks for your good service.
Dr. John B.
We contacted Anchor Yachts because Tor Pinney and Anchor Yachts came highly recommended!
Many thanks for your prompt responses. It is a pleasure to deal with a broker who actually wants to do business.
Your rapid response to any inquiry is a credit to both you personally and your dealership.
You impressed me as being an honest, hard worker with a good straight forward approach.
We want you to be our Broker. You’ve been more than considerate.
You’re the best, buddy! You know how to find them and what your customers want. Keep up the GREAT work! Thank You.
Jim & Sunny, U.S.N. (ret.)
Thank you for listing our boat. I checked out her web site and it looks great! Excellent write-up!
You have been very professional and there is nothing more important in a situation like this than honesty. Many brokers don’t have it. You do. We compliment your integrity.
Paul & Wendy C.
Thanks for sticking with us during this long search. If you need a recommendation for someone else who also is in search of their dream, please have them contact us. I’m now convinced that the services of a good broker and a good surveyor in a purchase like this are necessary.
Your website presentation of (our boat) looks and reads great!
Thanks again for making this so easy.
You are a professional. Thanks for being a part of my team.
I would like to thank you for your professionalism in answering my enquiry so immediately. My experience, of late, with other Brokers is that some don’t seem interested and others just don’t reply. It is as if the bigger and more fanciful their ads, the less they care. So thank you.
Thank you very much for your explicit review of what the purchase process entails. You will have to add me to your list of fans and I’ll send you something suitable for quotation!
Thanks, you are by far the best broker I encountered.
Many thanks for your remarkably fast response. Amazing service – your reply arrived less than 8 minutes after I emailed you my query! And may I also congratulate you on providing remarkably detailed and comprehensive info on the boats you deal in, compared to other brokerages.
Thanks again for all your understanding and professional assistance, often well above and beyond the call of duty.
Shane G. & Meggi M.
Thanks for putting together the deal (on the sale of my boat). I’m sorry we did not get the opportunity to meet…in person, but the whole experience was very positive from my end. I appreciate your efforts and wish you much success in the future.
I very much appreciate your professionalism and help, which far exceeded any of the other brokers I have worked with.
Thanks for taking the time (to help me consider all the angles). I really appreciate that.
It’s nice to know a yacht broker that actually knows sailboats and doesn’t make attempts to drive the buyer higher and higher up the scale. Looking forward to meeting you and hopefully doing business.
Thanks so much for all your help. This is proving to be a most pleasant experience!
We are very pleased with the level of service you have provided from the day of the Newport Boat Show until the present. I wouldn’t be surprised if you sell a Valiant 42 when your prospects see our new boat. You are free to use us as a reference both for Anchor Yachts and for Valiant Yachts.
I spoke to a lot of brokers last year and you were the most agreeable to deal with.
Your web site is very good. Easy to operate and informative. Good Job.
Wow, you’re certainly “Johnny on the spot” with all of this (information). That’s a very pleasant new environment in the yacht brokerage world.
Thank you so much for your help. You are a first class pro.
Anchor (Yacht & Ship Sales) has a great reputation. I’d like you to list my boat for sale.
Kudo’s to the team responsible for managing the site here. Very well constructed, and I should know first hand as I have spent the past week searching through various broker sites.
You & your company at all times have made me feel comfortable that all best efforts to sell the my boat have been made. I am confident that Joshua will continue in the same manor.