Having just completed a sale with James Neil and Freedom I have to say it was a fantastic experience.  The buyer ended up being US based and James made the whole process simple and easy. In particular, James was always responsive.  Always available and answered all my questions promptly and professionally.  And most importantly, made the deal happen.  Congratulations and thank you to James and his colleagues at Freedom.  You can feel the genuine customer service difference and great dedication to looking after their client’s interests.

 Reg and Myla


I just wanted to drop you a quick note regarding the sale and after-sale service provided by Shawn Dunand.  My wife and I are very pleased with its performance and in particular Shawn’s dedication to ensuring our full satisfaction.  I have had occasion to contact Shawn at various times, often after normal working hours and he always responds immediately.  His comments have been helpful and reassuring and have made the “break in” of our new 28 relatively seamless.  His after sales follow up has been superb and I would recommend him to anyone looking for a new or used boat.

T,H Lester


“When the time comes to sell your boat you need the best in the business on your team! David Campbell has what it takes…he knows boats, brokers, boaters and is very well connected up and down the West Coast! I bought a new boat in Florida in January and gave David my listing in February. He sold my boat and completed the sale the day before my new boat arrived. He worked tirelessly to get everything done. He sold it to an American buyer in American dollars. The best thing about working with David is that he has the attention to detail so that there are no surprises. He is a very talented, trustworthy and effective broker and I am pleased to recommend him. ( I asked David if I could write this recommendation as I was completely satisfied with his services and wanted to thank him!)”

May 10, 2018


Tom Vendel is a detail-oriented yacht broker who ensures that all of his clients’ needs and requirements are covered when considering a purchase.

Tom keeps the pressure to a minimum yet covers all options before, during and most importantly after the sale. I have always felt comfortable knowing that in the event of an emergency Tom will take your call and offer assistance.

Tom’s professional attitude and knowledge ensures he has a client for life.If you are considering a yacht purchase and working with Tom but have some reservations I’d be happy to offer further details on my experience.

Rob McInerney, President of International Gold Vault Ltd.


We bought a Marquis Sport Yacht from Tom a couple years back. Has been a good boat and great experience. It opened up a new world to us. He also taught us how to use the boat, once even got me out of anchoring trouble (over the phone) when we were stuck. Because of such tremendous trust, I then bought my second boat, ChrisCraft sport coupe through Tom. Thanks!

 Dr. Navraj Heran, Neurosurgeon


We had the distinct pleasure to meet Shawn from your Canoe Cove office. We had chatted with Shawn from time to time over the past few years, and have always found him open and ready to talk boats in any fashion.

My Wife Karyn and I have been considering moving to power and had recently touched base with Shawn in this regard. Shawn took the time to spend several hours with us on our boat during the Festive season, that’s  just behind us, and this said it was a day that even ducks were hiding from. This didn’t deter Shawn from coming out, his time aboard was illuminating and rewarding and we found we had a common thread in fast Catamarans.

Shawn was amazing and a true asset to your business with his thoughtfulness and helping ways. Opening our minds to other options over on the “dark side”, it was a great time and thoroughly enjoyed his company.

R White and K Faryna


The amount of time, skill, dedication and professional support from you and your team has been so incredible.

As a 62-year-young guy, in sales myself now for 42 years, I can recognize a straight-shooting, true professional when I see one. You are that man David Campbell and I am so grateful for all you have done.

James Lazaruk


We recently placed our boat for sale with Freedom Marine and were absolutely delighted with the service we received. Our broker was exemplary in every way. Working with us every step of the way he set a fair price, informed us on a regular basis (often every day) on how things were going and involved us (if we wished) in the various inspections that the boat went through.

It was a thoroughly stress-free and enjoyable experience and our boat sold within the first month. Who could ask for more!? Our broker, Shawn Dunand, was an absolute pleasure to work with, very professional, informative and a person of the highest integrity.

Many thanks to Freedom and especially to Shawn for making everything run so smoothly.

David and Jane Brooks


This past year, we determined to proceed with our first luxury yacht purchase. However being very inexperienced in process and unfamiliar in product, and as residents of Alberta, we believed we were facing a number of challenges in fulfilling our dream. We were therefore most fortunate to have met Peter Priebe from Freedom Marine at the Victoria Yacht Show. Peter was extremely knowledgeable of both the choice and availability of yachts on the market for us to view and his expertise was most helpful in finding the most suitable yacht to meet our needs. In addition, Peter provided exemplary support in fully facilitating the purchase process given our location in Edmonton and ensured that any and all arrangements were considerate of our schedules and made the most efficient use of our travel time to the coast for viewings and in order to complete the sale. We were most impressed with the all the representatives of Freedom Marine who also provided support to our purchase from out of province and most certainly Peter who has continued to provide excellence service and ongoing after sale support. We would most heartedly recommend the team from Freedom Marine to help bring a prairie longing for the ocean to fruition.

B. Haggarty – Edmonton. 52’ Sea Ray
December 2014


I have been around boats all my life, cruised around Vancouver Island, to the Sea of Cortez & commercial fished from Washington to Alaska. I have thus bought a number of boats. I can honestly say that David Campbell and the rest of Freedom Marine were as knowledgeable and professional as any broker with whom I have previously dealt.
Buying in Canada was new experience and David made it work well. He dealt with us completely honestly and without any sales pressure. We truly enjoyed working with him.

Earl & Louise Kari, 2006 38’ Sabre
November 2014


As an Australian, living on the opposite side of the world, meant that buying a boat in Canada would probably be difficult in terms of negotiating and dealing with the broker. In fact, the experience of purchasing ‘Pastime’ was very easy thanks to Tom.
I found Tom to be great to deal with, his information accurate and most importantly for me, there was none of the usual sales hype that often goes with the territory.

Mark E. – Nordhavn 57 Motor Yacht


Tom represented us as buyers broker. He was flexible, replied very fast to all our requests and represented our interests during the purchasing process in a professional manner. Even after the deal was done, Tom was always ready to help and give us advise whenever needed.”
Ralf S. – Cruisers Yachts 31’


I would like to express my sincere thanks to Freedom Marine for their excellent service and effort in making my recent motor yacht purchase an enjoyable and amazing experience. Freedom acted independently in keeping with professional broker guidelines to putting together a deal which was beneficial to both the vendor and myself. Their ability to find a good fit in the interest of both parties was quite remarkable and deserves acknowledgement. I have only the highest professional respect and I highly recommend Freedom Marine for anyone looking for a yacht and exceptional service. Yours very truly

Michael B, P.E.,P.Eng. June 2014


Mr. Don Young,
Just a note to let you know how pleased we are with the way Freedom Marine handled the sale of our boat. You definitely is the best broker we have met, knowledgeable, quick thinker, and thinks out of the box- goes out of his way to make the sale happen.

Dave Myers
April 15, 2014


I have had the excellent experience in working with Freedom Marine, both in acquiring my 124’ adventure yacht ‘Dr. No’ and in selling my 122’ classic motor-sailor ‘Atlantide.’  In each case I was impressed with David’s efficiency and no-nonsense approach, together with his energy in getting the task done.  Over the years I have worked with a number of bigger and better known brokerages, but I put David right up there as an equal or their better.

Tom Perkins – 124’ “Dr. No”, formerly “Maltese Falcon”, “Atlantide”


Dear Don, Evan and I want to thank you so very much for your kindness, patience and your expertise in the selling of our boat. We really appreciated all your help. Have a wonderful summer with your family and success in your business.

Shelagh and Evan


David, Thank you for just being you!  I would not have wanted to buy a boat through anyone else but you.


Thank you Freedom! They were thrilled with all the support you gave them. They specifically thanked us for putting them in touch with you. Before we did, they weren’t sure they needed it as their friend “did it himself”, but then half way through they said “thank God we did”.

More happy boat owners!



Freedom, Just wanted to say thank you for our work in the purchase of our new boat. It was a pleasure dealing with a professional from the initial stages of looking for a boat to the final closing. I will be sure to recommend your services.



Hi Freedom, I have you to thank for frank advice and educated thoughts on these boats. I feel very comfortable with this one and at the price, well worth it. “Boat A” seemed like a dream boat but was heavier than she should have been and would have been difficult to resell.

I think this boat will be thrilling to sail in all winds and for the same price as “Boat B”- well worth the experience.

Thanks Freedom for your support and opinions.



Hello Freedom, Thank you for your email tying up the loose ends. Congratulations for your handling of this sale under difficult circumstances. You have done a very good job and we would not hesitate to recommend your services.

With best wishes,




Many thanks for your very professional assistance re the sale of our boat. Please feel free to use me as a reference for your firm any time. You do good work. The sale by you and purchase you helped to arrange went very smoothly.

Dr. J


As an avid boater for over 40 years it was with great excitement and a bit of intimidation that my wife and I stepped up from 16’ to 22’ boats in fresh water boating to a 50’ boat on the Pacific Northwest out of Vancouver.

After searching for a boat over a few months we were fortunate enough to meet Tony Derrien and with in days he found the perfect first boat for us. A 45’ aft cabin MY. The reason I say perfect is that this model with an LOA of 50’ was just the right size, not too large, not too powerful but large enough for long term on board accommodation as well as introduce the novice to interesting marina maneuvering. I credit Tony with this as he knew not too over sell us on a boat based on our boating background. Along with his excellent instruction over a number of weeks my wife and I found ourselves cruising the Sunshine Coast solo with the appropriate knowledge for not only feeling safe, but always alert to the weather, tides and hazards. Tony did not just sell us a boat, he taught us about the boat, the environment we would be using it in and the proper use of it. This is what is truly meant by selling a life style.

In addition, Tony made all arrangements for insurance, financing if required and made sure that we had moorage for our new boat. Also he sold our existing boat within weeks using his network of contacts. Buying the boat was the easy part, Tony made sure we experienced no pit falls.

It’s been over a year now since we bought our first yacht and during this time Tony has continued to be part of our boating life. Like many owners in Vancouver we are from out of province and he is always there if we need him to arrange maintenance, move the boat or simply just check on it from time to time. In fact, he is even available when your out on the boat and have a problem, in our case a quick cell call and we were quickly on our way. One could say Tony is definitely not a salesman but a true consultant/advisor of boating since he remains with you well after the sale ink has dried. I credit Tony’s excellent knowledge of boats and the boating lifestyle not only because of his passion but also he is a boater himself. When Tony is not advising, selling or just talking boats he is out on his own boat with his family.

Recently, due in large part of Tony making our boating experience so enjoyable we sold our 45’ MY and purchased a 60’ class A vessel and of course Tony sold the 45’ and found the 60’ for us. There was one big difference though when we took possession of the 60’. There was not a bit of intimidation thanks to Tony.

Craig M, Calgary Alberta


I have dealt with Don Young of Freedom Marine on numerous boat purchases. I have always trusted his advice and the sales and service levels of Freedom Marine. His ethics are outstanding, his approach is sincere, the attention to detail is superb and knowledge of boating is very much appreciated. He makes the process of purchasing a boat fun from start to finish and the results even better.

Art V, 1st Vice-President BC Law Society


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