Jane and I want you to know how much we have enjoyed working with Josh Johnson over the years. He has helped us find wonderful boats that match both our budget and lifestyle. Josh has sold two of our boats for us, in less than 30 days! He is currently looking for our next boat.
Josh works hard and is such a professional. We have counted on him after the sale to recommend contractors and workmen, and we value the expertise that he has when he recommends someone to us.
We consider him to be a good friend.
Gregory and Jane W.
I met Josh eight years ago when my wife and I were searching for a boat. During that process he was more than helpful, and we purchased what was likely to be our last boat. Over the years he has kept in touch about the boat, how it weathered the hurricane and such.
Over the past three years my health has headed the wrong way – not what I had planned for retirement. The past year has been a particular challenge, and the decision was made to sell the boat. Unfortunately, I’m not able to travel now, and when I contacted Josh he was more than willing to take care of any repairs and make ready for sale. It turned out there were several things that needed to be repaired, and he coordinated the work using several contractors. It was all done with first rate services and at reasonable prices.
Through all, Josh was personally very supportive. Selling the boat was not an easy decision to make. I am very appreciative of Josh’s extra efforts in this.
I’m writing this email to pass along how impressed I was with Josh Johnson who I recently worked with as my broker. I traveled from Fort Myers to your area to replace a boat I lost in hurricane Ian. At that time, I put a deposit on a Catalina 355 that Josh had listed. From the get go, I found Josh to be very easy to deal with. Not only was he knowledgeable about the boat but more importantly, he was organized, always took my calls and answered my emails promptly. While being very professional in acting as a broker, Josh had a nice, disarming way of interacting with me. I imagine he’s the same with others. As you probably know, buying a boat can at times be stressful and complicated. Josh helped minimize all that. In addition, after returning to the dock after the survey, he arrived with lunch for everyone on the boat. Wow, talk about going the extra mile!
It turned out that I didn’t accept the vessel which had very little to do with the vessel itself. I just found it too small for my charter business. During my time with Josh, I also had some interaction with your staff (Liz and Jordan) who I found to be very cordial and helpful.
I was CEO of a family manufacturing business for many years. If there was one thing I would often say to my staff it was “make it easy and fun for our customers to do business with us.” Seems like you have been saying the same thing.
Please feel free to share this with Josh and post it on your website.
Wishing you and the company well in the future.
Capt Rick Hartmann
I just wanted to pass on a word of thanks to Josh Johnson for his work in selling our Shannon 43 Ketch. Josh is solid, unflappable, and a steady hand, as well as an excellent communicator; all things we wanted in an agent.
Best wishes for 2023,
I am writing to say thank you for the great experience I had with your company while buying my boat. Josh Johnson was extremely helpful and went beyond all expectations to make the process as painless as possible. Very good and professional work, thank you LYS!
I just wanted to drop you a note about how pleased I am about the recent sale of our C320. I gave Josh Johnson a a call last month about selling our C320. I’m going to be be racing my MC Scow this season and didn’t want our Catalina to just sit. Not only did Josh find us a buyer within 3 days, he handled everything. I’m a United pilot and it’s our high season. If it were legal I could fly everyday as we’re short staffed. I had no time to fix anything. Josh scheduled the survey and the 3 maintenance items that resulted from it. We were closed money in my account in about 1 month. Josh, must be slipping a little though, he sold our C30 five years ago in 2 days. There is probably a boat sale record there, both boats in less than 1 week.
Josh has always done a great job helping me buy and sell. I can’t tell you how pleased we have always been with his level headed service, knowledge, and presence in the boating community.
Another transaction complete that would have been so much harder without his assistance.
My Clients Say it Best….
Just wanted to thank your team, and especially Josh, for working hard to
sell my 38 Wauquiez.Great job seeing it to the end … overall win/win for the buyer and me.
Glad she went to a good owner.
It has been good working with you all. Thank you again for the note. I passed it on to my wife. She texted me and said she also really appreciated it.
Donnie and Krystine Curington
I eventually got the 2019 Catalina 355 ‘Petite Bateau’. So far I’m loving it. She performed beautifully on the sail down to Corpus Christi. Its looking like Laura will miss Houston, and I hope all is well on and off the water for you all.
Just a quick note of thanks. The sale of my Catalina 350 represents the 5th transaction that Little Yachts has handled for me. Josh Johnson,miracle Man, did a fantastic job during these trying times in selling my boat in a matter of weeks. As usual, Josh handled the transaction in a very professional manner and closed a deal that all parties were happy with.Again , thank you LYS and especially Josh.
I believe Little Yacht Sales (and maybe its precursor?) has just sold the same Catalina 387 for the third time: new as “Dionysus” in 2004, to us as second owners in 2011 (we re-named her “Knot Working”), and now to her third owners this past week. Congratulations and thank you for your efforts.More importantly thanks to Josh Johnson for making it happen (and by the way Josh was involved in both of our sales). His creative deal making made this one. Plus, I’m told we ran into three (3) unrelated and unforeseen problems on the day of the survey and test sail. Josh solved all of them with some help from three (3) contractors who responded immediately, and we were able to close. Our best to you, Josh!
Clif and Nann Pearce
I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say how pleased Jill and I are with LYS and especially with Josh’s help in selling our Catalina 387. From our perspective, everything went very smoothly, and we got a very fair price for our boat. If we meet anyone who’s in the market to buy or sell in the future, we’ll be sure to send them y’alls way.
Thanks again, and hope you guys have a successful open house this weekend!
Jeff and Jill Eschman
Josh asked me rate my purchase experience of No Worries from LYS.
My wife and I decided to buy a boat before we were too old to enjoy it. I’d been scanning the internet for boats for over a year and had narrowed the list to a Catalina 380 series for various reasons.
When I saw No Worries on your website, I figured it was as close as I was going to get to what I wanted. Josh was extremely helpful with my questions and concerns, as we hadn’t planned on buying until next year.
I’m a fairly cynical person, having spent over 30 years dealing with the federal government and large corporations as an airline pilot. I’ve not been as comfortable dealing with someone for a number of years as I’ve been with Josh. He’s an excellent representative of your brokerage and someone I’d recommend to friends and family if they’re in the market for a boat.
I respect the way he represented the seller as well as myself in my quest for the perfect boat. I’ve met the seller and due largely to Josh’s interaction, I think we’ll be friends far into the future.
I’ll be recommending your company to others. Thank you for the professionalism exhibited by your staff. A total newby like myself couldn’t ask for better hand holding.
Just wanted to let you know that my experience with Little Yacht Sales was a good one. I found Josh to be excellent an salesman. He advised me as to what was needed to sell my boat, and what should be expected in the sales process. He worked very hard. My expectations have been exceeded.
We recently bought a 37 foot Nordic Tug from Little Yacht Sales and I wanted to tell you what a great experience we had working with your staff, in particular, Josh Johnson. He was wonderful: was always available to answer questions, knew what he was talking about, put us in touch with a great surveyor, delivery captain, Mockingbird Marine, etc. He has taken care of having some of the delayed maintenance done, had the boat prepared for trucking, has overseen the loading and much more. Jo and I have been in boating for over 50 years and have never met a more competent individual.
John and Jo Aklonis
I wanted to take a moment to share my Little Yacht Sales buying experience with you. Josh Johnson was always there to answer all of the questions that my wife and I had throughout the entire process. Because this was our first sailboat purchase we had a lot of questions. Josh was professional and answered all that we had even after hours. He knows sailboats inside and out especially Catalina’s. He found us a Catalina C30 Mark III at the right price in great shape and we closed in 11 days. Wow that was fast. Josh even helped us get some repairs done on a few minor issues found during the survey and worked with the owner to pay for the repairs. Josh Johnson and Little Yacht Sales will always be my first recommendation.
Thank you for everything,
Jody & Mary La Point
I just wanted to drop you a line and tell you what a great job Josh did for us. We purchased a C30 from you about 5 years ago thru Josh. I finally got it nearly perfect when my wife spotted a C320 that Josh had listed. The boat needed a little work so I thought about it and made what I thought was a fair offer and it was accepted. I then listed our C30 with Josh which he had sold nearly immediately. He got us our asking price less about $1600 for a few items found during survey. In a total of 11 days from when we looked at the C320 we owned it and had the cash in our account for the boat we sold. Josh even lined up a contractor for the repairs to our old boat as I’m busy flying during Xmas season. I’m pretty sure that has to be a record, I’ve never heard of anything happening that fast. We could not be happier.
I wanted to reach out to you and recognize Josh Johnson for making my last boat purchase such a pleasure. He helped explain the process to my wife and answer her many questions. He has made himself available and has been prompt in getting back to us with information.I know that we will enjoy the Catalina 350, and just wanted to say thanks to Josh and Little Yacht Sales.
I wish to express my sincere thanks to Josh Johnson for the effort he put into our search for the perfect sail boat. We were referred to Josh from Craig Allison. We first met with Josh over a year ago. He was most patient in his determination to understand what our desires and needs were in a sailboat. We had just moved onto a canal in Bal Harbor and through his questions and showing us a variety of boats came to understand our desires.Months later we re contacted him saying we had narrowed it down some and raised our price range. After some discussion we made an appointment to see a few boats. While looking at a couple of boats, which he felt were in our window, he suggested we look at another boat which had just come on the market.
When he suggested the type of boat, we said that we had not been looking at that brand because we felt it would always be out of our price range he said it was an older boat but in perfect condition and in his opinion the perfect boat for our usage desires and budget.
After looking at Stardust, an Island Packet 31, we fell in love and it turned out to be the PERFECT boat for us.
Without Josh’s acumen we would never have found this boat. It is beautifully maintained and loaded with everything we could want.
Josh is extremely knowledgeable of all brands of boats and was able to help us compare the advantages and disadvantages of various boats.
I would recommend him to ANBODY looking for a personal fit for a boat.
He is patient, meticulous, knowledgeable, genteel and did I mention patient?
Even after the sale when I had questions he directed us to the right professionals and even contacted the sellers for information I needed.
I cannot say enough about his professionalism.
Plus which I made a new sailing friend.
I will be happy to recommend him to anyone if you have them call me.
I wanted to let you know that Josh did a great job selling me the 37 c&l. This is the first boat of this size and most expensive boat I’ve bought. The deal took several days longer than it should have because the boat had issues which prevented the sea trial until Thursday afternoon. Josh did his best considering the circumstances and I am happy with the deal.
I have admired the Catalina 310 for years so when it was time for my wife and I to buy a sail boat we went looking for a 310. I called Josh to ask about the only one in this part of the country. My wife and I own a real-estate office and were surprised at how much similarity there is between buying a boat and buying a house. Anyway I just wanted to let you know that Josh has been a huge help for us through the buying and to my pleasant surprise after the sale too. We have had a thousand questions and Josh has been providing us with much needed information and also services in the area. We have decided to stay in Kemah for a while so we can continue to use Josh’s expertise. It has taken a lot of the worry out of buying this boat having Josh available to help us. I would happily recommend him to friends and family.
Our experience working with Josh Johnson was great. He sold a sailboat of ours a few years back while we moved on to fishing. We have always been drawn back to sailing and would often walk the docks to look. Josh would always greet us and spent time with us answering questions. His knowledge and willingness to share is amazing. This year we were ready to buy. Josh helped us find the perfect boat for us. He always followed up quickly with our many questions during the buying process. After the sale, he has helped out with recommendations for contractors and products. We are totally pleased.Mike and Denise Harrell
Really enjoyed working with Josh on our purchase of the Catalina 400. I think he went far above the call of duty on making things satisfactory for us. I noticed the time stamp on one e mail from him was at 1:00 AM. This is the 2nd boat i have purchased from Josh over the years. I remember the great service from the past and that is why i looked him up this time. Thanks again.
I can’t imagine having better help selling a boat than Josh. An A to Z guy all the way.
I just wanted to let you know about that great experience I had at Little Yacht. I bought my boat from Josh Johnson in 2012 and sold it last week I used Josh as my broker. His knowledge and experience made both buying and selling our boat an easy and stress free process. Our boat. Was posted on your web page listing on a Thursday evening and we had a contract on it the next day. It was had to believe the boat sold so fast. Just an example of you great staff. If I am ever in the market to buy another boat I will contact Josh at Little Yacht.Thanks,
I am the purchaser of the Cheoy Lee “Le Gale” a Golden Wave 42. Josh Johnson was the broker that introduced me to the boat and guided me through the process. He is a true professional and a tremendous asset to your office and the boat brokerage business. He helped me and the seller throughout the transaction while always doing his best to do the right things for his client and me. Even after the sale, he continued to assist me by providing me with contacts to help get estimates and work done on the boat.I have been in the real estate business for 45 years and have always been a broker/owner and manager of a brokerage office. I have trained agents all my life and am still mentoring and training them today. The character and values that Josh displays is something I always try to instill in my agents. I always tell them that our job is not to sell a house, it is to help people get what they want and need. We sometimes have to show them how to get it, and that’s where the “sales” come in. Josh did all that and more. I would whole heartedly recommend Josh and your company to anyone looking to buy or sell their boat.Thank You for having someone as professional, informed and a pleasure to work with as Josh on your staff.
I wanted to drop you a note to mention how helpful Josh was in the recent sale of our boat. When my wife and I finally decided it was time to sell it, we were hoping that we could get the transaction completed quickly and with a minimum of hassle. Josh handled everything, gave us some really good advice about how to get her ready, and found a buyer much faster than we had thought. The whole process was very easy and it is obvious that Josh is very experienced and knew exactly what he was doing. We got a fair price and we were both amazed at how smooth the entire process went.I’m sure you know that Little Yacht Sales is lucky to have him and if / when we get ready for our next boat we’ll be starting with your company and with Josh.Thanks and Best Regards,
John and Annette Coon
Thank you, Josh Johnson, and Little Yacht Sales so much for making my purchase of Catalina 30 sailboat “Irie” so pleasant. I am very happy and proud of my boat.
I took a stab in the dark several months ago after viewing LYS videos on Youtube and contacted Josh Joshnson. Josh responded and graciously agreed to assist me in finding a suitable sailboat. He answered all my questions and showed me different boats to assist me in refining my search. I decided the Catalina 30 was just right and selected one of two boats Josh showed me. His expertise and experience proved invaluable to me before, during, and after the sale.
Josh is very amicable and straight forward and a good listener – qualities I admire. His “open-door” policy and willingness to provide assistance has continued after the sale. I really appreciate that.
Josh is an asset to LYS. I will contact him again in the future when I decide to upgrade to a larger sailboat.Jim Sheffield
Just wanted to drop you a line and make you aware of the great help and service Josh has been to us over the years.
About 4years ago we bought one of Josh’s listings. We didn’t buy through Josh, But through Don at HSH. we had been dealing with Don for years. After the sale we had a chance to talk with Josh be fore we moved the boat. He shared a great deal of helpful information with us.
Since that time we have visited a couple times a year and part of our visits include coming by to see Josh. He is still helpful and forthcoming with information every time we stop by. You may know that Don retired last year so when ever we here of anyone looking for a new or different boat we will be sending them Josh’s way.Thanks for your time,
I just wanted to complement the great job that Josh has done in helping me sell my boat. I have been trying to sell it through different brokers for the past three years, namely Mayer Yachts, but it wasn’t until I contacted Josh this past May that anything was really done. I had moved to Florida and selling a boat in Texas was an experience to say the least but Josh was a tremendous help. Not only was he very professional, at times he seemed to go beyond in helping me repair necessary items to get the boat sold. I feel that this was also done with him trying to keep expenses to a minimum.
He did an excellent job and represented your company very well. If I were ever asked to recommend someone, Little Yachts and Josh would be at the top of my list.Sincerely,
I thought you should know.Sincerely,
I want to thank you for having Josh Johnson on your broker team. Josh helped us buy our first sailboat in February and turned -what we thought would be cumbersome- into an enjoyable experience.
Josh has the experience, knowledge, and the patience we heard so much about. But, what made the experience different is that Josh made us into lifetime customers for him and for LYS.
Josh never came across as a “Transactional” broker to us even though we were rookie buyers and buyers of an entry level vessel. He invested time and effort in making sure we were completely comfortable with the boat evaluation and purchase process.
Please don’t let him retire anytime soon! He can keep buying and selling for as long as we keep coming back to him for help.
Thank you again from your very satisfied clients, Orlando & Silvia Saenz.
Boat purchased- 1995 Hunter 336 “The Bounty”
I would like to express my appreciation for the great job that Josh Johnson has done for us in helping us with the purchase of our dream boat.
Not only did Josh display a high level of integrity and honesty during the purchase process but he was always very helpful and accommodating with our requests for information.
Josh has gone out of his way to make this a very hassle free and pleasurable experience for us, and I would recommend him to anyone considering buying a boat in Texas.
Tony & Cheryl Bale
I’m sorry I never met you, but I wanted you to know that your people, and in specific, Josh Johnson, were “above & beyond” what would normally be accepted as expected normal business practices. I cannot brag on Josh enough! He was so very helpful to me in a lot of extraordinary situations. They may or may not have been normal to him, l don’t know, but he made me feel that they were normal to him and they were not a “complication” to the purchase of my boat. Thanks to you and your staff, and in particular Josh, for making a difficult process, EASY.
Little Yacht Sales has been a great partner in our sailing adventures. We’ve now purchased and sold three boats with the outstanding help of Josh Johnson. He knows boats, has the eye to help buyers sort through the truly important from the trivial, and has the gift to bring transactions to a conclusion in a fair way for both sides. Two of our purchases were Island Packets, including our most recent transaction of selling an IP27. Josh found a buyer within three weeks!
As we’ve hung around the docks and yards of Galveston and Aransas Bays I’ve been amazed to hear how many others know Josh or know of Josh. His fine reputation is well deserved.
We’re taking a break from ownership to do a little chartering. When that time comes to pick up another saltwater boat, we’ll be calling Little Yacht Sales and Josh.
Rev. Dr. Dave Wasserman, Honorably Retired
Our neat boat arrived in Corpus Christi last night. We are extremely pleased with the boat and especially with the expert professional service you provided us during our search.
While searching around for a boat we saw a potential listing you had, and we recalled that we had bought a new S2 from you back in the 80’s. Time flies by, but we got re-acquainted and provided you some idea of what we were looking for. Shortly then after you recommended an Island Packet 27 that you had just taken in. After some discussions, and pictures, etc. we decided to make an offer and you assisted in working out a fair and equitable deal to both parties with a minimum of hassles. We made the trip to view the boat and arrived on a Sunday night. We didn’t dream that we would ever be able to concluded the deal in one three day trip. But you made it happen.
We decided to take the boat and by some magic we had a survey and haul out on Tuesday, signed the papers and made the necessary financial arrangements on Wednesday, and yesterday the really excellent Captain you recommended delivered the boat after a 36 hour journey.
So we found the perfect boat thanks to your expert advice, and we concluded the deal in record time due to you organizational skills and contacts.
We are extremely pleased with the advice, service, and excellent communication you provided during this transaction. We highly recommend you to anyone looking for the “right” boat.
Thanks again, and you may offer our recommendation to others as desired.
Lillian and Chuck
Just purchased a used Hunter 33 from Josh, he also sold a boat for us last November, a boat that had been listed at another brokerage for around a year. Josh sold it in a month or so. I am really impressed with his service & knowledge, good guy to do business with…
Fast forward to 2014 and it is time for new adventures and putting “Big Fun” on the Market. We knew immediately who we wanted to list with. We called Josh, he gave us advice on what we should do to make her ready. We followed that advice and it wasn’t a week later we were writing a contract for the sale! Josh is extremely knowledgeable, professional, courteous and has a knack for matching up people with the right boat for them. We are proud to have known Josh as a friend through the years.
Thanks Josh Johnson!
We have nothing but high praise for our recent boat buying experience with LYS and Josh Johnson. We are first-time boat buyers, and we are very appreciative of Josh’s experience, knowledge, and patience. He took the time to thoroughly explain the buying process, to show us a variety of boats (which really helped us figure out exactly what we wanted), and to define terms we were unfamiliar with and explain repairs that were needed. We anticipate a long happy relationship with LYS in the future, and would definitely call on Josh again when it comes time to sell or buy. We are incredibly thankful to have worked with such a knowledgable professional. (And we are “Love Struck” with our new sailboat!)
Steve and Amy Holdaway
Thank You for making our recent boat purchase such a positive experience. I had been out of boating for a number of years and this was Lisa’s first boat purchasing experience. Your knowledge of boats, the boating community and your patience were greatly appreciated. Although our purchase was small your time, availability and attention to detail was large. We look forward to doing business with you in the future and would recommend you to anyone looking to buy or sale a boat.Sincerely,
Tom & Lisa Slagle
Hats off to Josh for sticking with us for 4-5 years and dozens of boats. He never flinched while we meandered our way through the buying/discovery sequence one takes when shopping for just the right boat.
When it is time to trade up, Josh, your our guy!
Thanks for hanging in there,
Gene and Katherine Hause