Testimonials

Dave Jones

"We just wanted to send you a special thanks to you and your team. Our 2015 Marlow Hunter 33, is everything you said she would be.." Read More

Julian & Loraine Clark

"If you’re in the market for a boat we would highly recommend you make Specialty Yachts your first and only stop!" Read More

Ian & Leila MacIntosh

"We have no hesitation recommending Specialty for all of your boating needs, purchase, sale and service.  We’re looking forward to many new adventures on our Marlow-Hunter 31." Read More

James & Barbara Conrad

"It turns out selling a boat that you’ve owned for twenty-five years, that was perfect for you, and into which you’ve poured much treasure and heart, is really very hard.  The good people at Specialty Yachts took much of the sting out of the process." Read More

Kevin Lance

"I would like to say thanks to Specialty Yachts for making our purchase easy and trouble free." Read More

Jan Beringer

"This will always be my first boat, but likely not the last. I would highly recommend Darren and Specialty Yachts." Read More

Jayson and Helen Woodbridge

"... working with you was Top Cabin all the way and much like receiving five-star service, you attended to everything efficiently and properly." Read More

Luke Sousa

"[Darren's] personal experience with sailing made me confident that the boat I was buying was a quality, solid, and dependable vessel." Read More

Walter Protsack

"I recently purchased my Coastal Craft 56 IPS from Specialty Yachts and I would like to thank and commend Lawrence and his staff for representing the sale and facilitating my transition." Read More

Paul & Susan Crober

"Our thanks to Lawrence for helping us to acquire a boat which meets the criteria for a 'good investment' as well as any boat can be said to do so." Read More

Jeremy Warden

"Darren was terrific throughout the process, and was proactive, professional, and knowledgeable about every aspect of the boat and the transaction." Read More

Ellie Fox

"I couldn't have asked for a better broker than Darren. He showed me several beautiful sailboats, answered all my questions promptly, and ultimately sold me the boat of my dreams." Read More

Don Woods

"Overall I felt that I received good courteous professional service, and have no hesitation in recommending Darren to anyone looking to buy a boat." Read More

Dean Smith & Linda

"You should be very proud of the way your company operates and the level of "white glove" service that you provide to your customers." Read More

Yunhui Sun

"To buy a high-end pleasure boat for the first time could be a very daunting task for me, but Lawrence proved himself to be highly effective in helping me successfully purchase a Coastal Craft boat." Read More

2011 Coastal Craft 45 IPS testimonial

我最近通过游艇经纪公司Special Yachts购买了一艘45英尺的Coastal Craft游艇。特写此推荐信,以感谢该公司的负责人劳伦斯(Lawrence)和他带领的团队为我买船所提供的帮助。 Read More

Jim and Barb Graham

"We want to take this opportunity to thank Lawrence and his team at Specialty Yachts for their warmth, professionalism and a commitment to excellence that they have shown us over the past thirteen years." Read More

Dwayne and Teresa Anderson

"We also had a few personal touches entrusted to Lawrence and his specialty-yacht team who more than delivered. Thank you Lawrence to you and your team for making our dreams come true." Read More

Dr. Charles Chavkin

Like many dreamers, I have come to boat shows and chartered different sailboat types and configurations for many years trying to figure out exactly what boat I wanted. Read More

Bev and Gary Campbell

We are delighted with our purchase. We would highly recommend your company to anyone looking to purchase a boat or wanting their boat serviced. Read More

Kiran Patankar

Darren was instrumental in helping me experience the joys of sailing and the cruising lifestyle. We first met at the Seattle Boat Show, where I was captivated by the beauty and elegance of the new Marlow Hunter sailing fleet. I was just approaching 40 and in the midst of a life and a career ... Read More

Simon and Chasley

Hi Karl, The boat is going great! We managed a few little weekend trips when the weather has been nice. After speaking to several brokers in Canada whilst trying to find our boat before leaving for Australia, Karl was by far the most helpful and professional to deal with. Karl made us feel ... Read More

Fiona and Mike Gregory

Recently we had the opportunity to sell our 44’ Hunter sailboat and purchase a “new to us” 49’ Hunter sailboat. We love the Hunter design and find that the Hunter provides us with exactly what we are looking for in a sailboat. We worked with Lawrence and his team at Specialty Yachts to help us ... Read More

Jane and Richard Mitchell

“Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or a newcomer, a yacht purchase can be a daunting undertaking. Finding the right dealer in whom we had confidence to provide knowledgeable advice and support, not only prior to the sale but also, and of equal importance to us, on an on-going basis was a ... Read More

Michael & Debra Wright

“Lawrence, my wife and I wanted to pass on our thanks to Specialty Yachts for helping us through our purchase of our Hunter 29.5 in March. We are especially happy that Darren was on hand to show us around the day we just turned up on the dock, his enthusiasm for his job coupled with […] Read More

Eric and Nancy Davis

“Based on encouragement by Lawrence Fronczek, owner of Specialty Yachts, Vancouver BC, I ventured from Boise, Idaho to the Marlow Hunter plant in Alachua Florida this week to see our new Marlow Hunter 40, SAGE, being built. The visit was far more enriching than I could have possibly imagined…. ... Read More

Jim and Janice Petersen

“Dear Lawrence, We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff at Specialty Yachts regarding the purchase of our Hunter 340. We were particularly impressed with your salesman Darren Marriott, who guided us through the sale from start to finish. Darren was very helpful and ... Read More

Alan and Andree Stovell

“It is time I take a moment to write to you in thanks for getting us into the boat we wanted. We have now had Le Soleil for three months and Andree and I are absolutely delighted with our choice. The Hunter 44DS looked to meet every need we identified and after a number of […] Read More

Bruce Keith & Leslie Vermeer

“Buying a boat long distance isn’t easy. Buying a boat for the first time is also a tad nerve-wracking. When we found our boat, which was being brokered by Specialty Yacht Sales, we didn’t know what to expect. But what we got was Lawrence Fronczek, someone we could  trust to ... Read More

The Bjorklund Family

“We have owned and enjoyed our new Marlow Hunter 40 for 6 months now and we have enjoyed sailing her for at least 75% of the weekends from February through July in varied conditions. We had never sailed as a family before last year when we started sailing J-24s and J-80s and my wife was […] Read More

Simon and Jane Huddye

“After spending some time looking at many sailboats with various brokers, we called Specialty Yachts and spoke with Karl. Karl stood out from all the other brokers we had dealt with due to his enthusiasm, efficiency and following things through. We arranged to view the boat the following day ... Read More

Brian & Undine Dreisse

“On behalf of myself and Undine I wanted to say a special thank you to Specialty Yachts of Granville Island, Vancouver, B.C. for bringing us our Hunter 45cc. During the 3 month purchase process – taking time & effort required in large part to timing issues, inspection and survey ... Read More

Linda McKnight

“Dear Lawrence, Sarah, Crew and suppliers. I love my boat! Thursday’s Child is phenomenal, turning heads where ever I go!  Thank you so much for helping me obtain the boat of my dreams. Your attention to my “needs and wants” and your guidance on the best way to achieve my goals has ... Read More

Eleanor J. Reimer MD, FRCPC

“I first met Lawrence Fronczek in 2009 when I was starting my search for that perfect sailboat.  Even though I had co-owned several boats (sail and power) this was going to be my first solo ownership experience.  There was so much I didn’t know but Lawrence was very supportive and ... Read More

Frank and Edith Brown

“Stephen Hawking once said, ”a family is a group of people who matter”.  During the length of time we were purchasing our Hunter 33, you could say we were  adoptees, into the Specialty Yachts family. In fact ever since we bought our first Hunter from Lawrence in 2003 we became part of the ... Read More

Deb Zellermeyer and Yves Lavallee

“Having been away from the sailing world for over 15 years, and never having owned my own boat, being a first time buyer was somewhat daunting. My partner Yves had even less boating experience and the added complication that English was not his first language.   Meeting the team at ... Read More

Larry Hansen

“I have cruised over 300 nm aboard the new Marlow Mainship 32, between Vancouver B.C, and Seattle Washington in conditions that varied from calm to 25 knot winds with 3 foot seas on the beam. We experienced the 25 knot winds in the Strait of Juan De Fuca, West of Whidby Island. We were keeping ... Read More

Peter W Corless

“I first saw Lawrence Fronczek in the early 1980s; he stood with a mischievous grin on his face, a mop and bucket in his hands while his father, Harry, was ordering him around like a drill sergeant. I got to talk to Lawrence this winter as I purchased a used Hunter sailboat from Specialty Read More

Allen and Norma Schernus

“As we lay at anchor, glass of wine in hand, we reflect on the deal that might not have been. Thank you Lawrence for your persistence, professionalism and good cheer in the protracted trade of our Hunter 336 to our Hunter 380. Despite the numerous delays and difficulties, your belief that a ... Read More

Munson, Elizabeth, Malcolm, Hannah, & Mouse

“I learned at a young age while delivering newspapers by boat that people who pay a premium to have the paper delivered to their dock have high expectations for said delivery. It had to arrive rain or shine, before 7:00AM, dry, and not wake up the clients by hitting the boathouse door too hard! Read More

Rick and Karine Johnson

“There is a story about why I have purchased three new Hunter sailboats from Specialty Yacht Sales. I moved to Canada from Texas about 10 years ago and fell in love with the Pacific Northwest sailing opportunities. After shopping for a suitable sailing vessel, I bought a new Hunter 45CC from ... Read More

“A testimonial to boat buying made pleasurable. Buying a new sailboat was a novel experience for my wife and I and it has proved surprising indeed. We are now the proud owners of the new design Marlow Hunter 37 and have found, much to our surprise, that not only do we have a new boat […] Read More

Dr. Gordon Reid and Janice Noble

“My wife and I are the proud owners of a new and beautiful Marlow Hunter 50 AC. Throughout the buying and commissioning process, I have come to know Lawrence Fronczek and his team at Specialty Yachts. Lawrence is an honest, knowledgeable, hardworking sailor who truly believes in the boats he ... Read More

Paul and Colleen Wilson

“Colleen and I had a dream to sail since we were first married, and now we are realizing that dream thanks to Ian Libke and the helpful staff at Speciality Yachts. Having just relocated to the Vancouver area from Winnipeg, it was time to find that perfect first yacht and start having fun. For ... Read More

Stephon & Jane

“We are very happy with our HUNTER 35.5 and appreciate all the kind assistance that Lawrence provided us. As new immigrants to Canada, our knowledge about how to buy a yacht was low and we lacked proficiency in understanding English boating or yachting terms. However, Lawrence showed ... Read More

Owen Pawson

“I have had the pleasure of dealing with Lawrence Fronczek of Specialty Yachts now for the purchase of 2 Hunter sailboats. Lawrence knows Hunters inside and out and he is supported by a strong and specialized service team. Lawrence makes the process of purchasing a boat seamless and he ... Read More

Allan and Karen Lees

“Specialty Yachts recently matched us up with our perfect retirement boat – Charisma. From the moment we met company owner, Lawrence Fronczek, we were very impressed.  Through matchmaking with the perfect boat, sea- trials, survey, negotiations and closing, Lawrence was extremely ... Read More

Susan and Malcolm Clegg

“Christmas 2013 and thanks to Lawrence Fronczek of Specialty Yachts our only problem is how to fit a boat under the tree. We listed our sailboat in late September and accepted an offer in November with conditions to be waived in early December. Lawrence then arranged a co-brokerage with a Read More

Linda and Bill Hamilton

“After about eight years of very comfortable cruising in our Hunter 340, we decided it was time to assess our wants and needs for the next decade of sailing here on these beautiful west coast waters. We were quite familiar with the Hunter 38, having casually inspected it during visits to ... Read More

Chris Cheeseman and Gill Taylor

For most sailors, or aspiring ones, making the transition from the dream to a true ocean going vessel is a daunting task.  How do you decide which is the right one for you and then ensure that your vessel of choice is one in which you can put your full trust?  In our case my […] Read More

Leo Knight

“Twenty five years ago at the Vancouver International Boat Show I first came across Hunter sailboats and was immediately taken by their unique and innovative designs. I have been sailing most of my life and I finally took the plunge and bought my own new Hunter 38 in 2010 from Specialty ... Read More

David Mussell

“The experience of owning a sailboat encompasses not only the boat itself but it also includes the involvement of a great may people. Ownership without good relationships and support can be somewhat unfulfilling. Lawrence Fronczek and Sarah White have been instrumental in making the ... Read More

Alan Winter

“I have known Lawrence Fronczek for over 20 years, having bought three Hunter sailboats over that period – a Hunter 35.5 in 1994; a Hunter 380 in 2000; and a Marlow-Hunter 40 this year. Lawrence and his team are consummate professionals, sailors themselves, and responsive to every question. For Read More

Rick and Lesley Kroeker

” My wife Lesley and I were in the market for our first sailboat, we had heard nothing but good things about Speciality Yacht Sales (and in particular Lawrence Fronczek) from our co-workers here in Nanaimo. We quickly realized that Lawrence had a following of loyal customers, maybe better Read More

Dr. Adam and Emma Thompson

“We first met Lawrence and the SYS team at the Mosquito Creek boat show, and from that moment on he has been courteous and helpful in our quest to find a new yacht. Having only moved to British Columbia 18 months ago, it was important for us to buy a boat from someone we felt […] Read More

Tony and Isobel Cairone

“We owned a Gulfstar 50 for 27 years and sold it four years ago, thinking that, at our age, it was time to “retire” to a power boat. After spending many months looking at, comparing and conducting sea trials on many beautiful power boats, we came to the realization that what ... Read More

Veda, Lyle and Chelsea Hanna

“As long term boaters and having bought and sold several yachts, Lawrence and his staff at Specialty Yachts has provided outstanding professional service above and beyond our level of expectation. The prompt attention to the SMALL details has made “THE BIG DIFFERENCE”! ... Read More

The proud new owner of “To The Point”

“I recently bought a new 2012 Hunter 50AC from Specialty Yachts. This is the second Hunter I have purchased from Specialty, my first was a Hunter 44ds. I had several things that I wanted done a certain way to meet my own specific use and taste. Lawrence Fronczek made the entire experience Read More

Ron & Denise Lepchuk

“Lawrence I want to write a testimonial to tell you this: We purchased our Hunter 45cc center cockpit on July 3rd through Lawrence Fronczek of Specialty Yachts in Granville Island, BC. Lawrence is an amazing professional yacht broker with unbelievable attention to detail and exceptional ... Read More

Dr. David Hadley

“Hi Lawrence, Just wanted to say thanks to you and Specialty Yachts for all your help and exceptional service on our recent purchase of the Hunter 356. My dad and I had been looking for many months to replace his older sailboat and had never come across such a personable and knowledgeable Read More

Judi & Len Pringle

“We had been considering the possibility of a newer sailboat for sometime when Pacific Yachting featured the new Hunter 33 in its April 2012 edition. After an initial email, Lawrence Fonczek met us on board the 33 at the Victoria Boat Show. His enthusiasm, professionalism and knowledge of Read More

Stephen Lapin 

“Dear Lawrence, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your staff of Specialty Yachts for the way in which you all helped in putting me into a new boat. My first experience, a few years ago, was one of openness and honesty which led to me buying a Hunter 28. The […] Read More

Ian and Leila MacIntosh

“After looking at beautiful Hunters for sale online, we took the plunge and stopped in at Specialty Yachts. We were warmly greeted by Ian Libke and Lawrence Fronczek and immediately felt like we were in the company of new friends. No sales pressure here at all – instead, a courteous and ... Read More

Noel, Fearn and Olive Edmonds 

“The Hunter line has always intrigued us and 10 years ago when we bought our C&C we knew what we really wanted was a Hunter. We recently were walking the docks on Granville Island and the gleam and majesty of the Hunter 41 Deck Salon caught our attention. Following a few visits and ... Read More

Graham Dickson

“My wife and I had the pleasure this fall of purchasing a new 2012 Hunter 50ac from Specialty Yachts. Every aspect of this acquisition has been enjoyable and made more so by Specialty Yachts. The service we have received from Specialty Yachts has been exemplary in many ways. We were ... Read More

Les Morton & Janis Ostling

“We recommend Lawrence Fronczek and his team at Specialty Yacht Sales to anyone interesting in purchasing a sail or power boat. Our first experience with Specialty was in 2002 at the Vancouver International Boat Show at BC Place Stadium, where we bought our first Hunter, a 356 model. ... Read More

Oliver and Marion Hung

“This is the second new boat we bought from Specialty Yachts. We found Lawrence Fronczek and the rest of the Specialty Yachts staff very knowledgeable about sailboats and, more importantly, they focus on a long term relationship with their customers and gaining customer satisfaction. ... Read More

Wally and Carla Protsack

“We recently purchased our Hunter 50ac from Specialty Yachts in Vancouver and are very pleased with how the team handled the sale and subsequent support. Sales associate Ian Libke, who introduced us to the boat, was a pleasure to deal with and continues to follow-up to ensure our ... Read More

Howard, Teresa, Jenna and Kayla Louie

“Always offering a quality product whether in new, or used boats, the people at Specialty Yachts have guided us through, first, the purchase of a new Mainship 390 Trawler almost ten years previous, and now to our new sailboat, a Hunter 49. The thoughtful dedication to minute detail, ... Read More

Laird O’Conner

“Dear Lawrence, Glenda and I have now had the opportunity to spend many wonderful days on our beautiful new Hunter 49 “Winterlude” and wanted to express to you and your staff how pleased we are, not only with the boat, but with the experience with Specialty Yachts. From our ... Read More

George & Suzanne Malysheff

“Every year in early June, Specialty Yachts hosts the annual Hunter Rendezvous at Telegraph Harbour Marina on Thetis Island. We mark the dates in our Calendar a year in advance and consider it to be one of the highlights of our sailing season. Lawrence and his team put together a first ... Read More

Doug Hubbins & Owen Pawson

“Finding the right yacht broker makes all the difference when buying a sailboat. The team at Specialty took time to understand our needs, helped us assess the merits of different boats, and worked with us to conclude our purchase. The team consistently demonstrated integrity, diligence, ... Read More