About Jim Ross
Catamaran specialist Jim Ross was born and raised in South Florida. He worked for a local Fire department for twenty-six years and recently retired as a Battalion Chief.
Jim grew up on and around the water and has been sailing/boating for most of his life. He has owned and raced all types of sailboats since an early age. He taught ‘learn to sail’ for a local sailing school and has a real passion for being on the water.
Catamarans have intrigued Jim for a long time and that is why he sells them exclusively. In fact, he is in the market to purchase a new catamaran for himself and his family and plans to sail around the Abaco Islands and the Caribbean.
Recently Sold Catamarans
After interviewing several Yacht Brokers my wife and I selected Jim and Just Catamarans to sell our boat ‘Anything Goes’ a 42-foot Manta Catamaran and we were very satisfied with the service he provided in March 2018.
First, he put us in contact with a company that arranged for our boat to be docked behind a home in Fort Lauderdale at substantial savings compared to local marinas. Then he picked us up and brought us to the car rental company about 30 minutes away. Immediately upon signing the brokerage agreement, he had our boat listed on ‘Yacht World’. Whenever we had any request or question, he was responsive and helpful. Within 3 weeks he had a buyer from another brokerage.
He personally showed AG to this buyer and negotiate a selling price. Then he accompanied the buyer and surveyor on a sea trial that lasted the entire day. Afterward, he negotiated a concession with the buyer and closed the deal. Even then he was not done.
He made sure the closing process went smoothly and quickly. It’s because of this personal service that we would recommend Jim to any individual selling their boat.Vic and Harela Paglia | Hopewell, NY
Jim Ross brokered the purchase of a previously owned Lagoon 450S for us and we are very pleased at the value Jim provided to the process. Our purchase was exceptionally challenging since we were novices at boat purchases, and our purchase was of a non-US registered yacht.
Jim compiled and managed a team who understood the complexities of the required international negotiations, the financial complexities of a non-USD purchase and navigating through the necessary paperwork.
Very notable was Jim’s responsiveness and attention during the 4 months, from initial offer to closure. During the entire process Jim’s communication to us was constant; informing us of key milestones in the process, ensuring we were aware of actions requiring our attention, and providing advice on how to proceed when we had questions. Jim’s responses to our emails and texts were almost immediate – notable since we were located two time zones away! Jim’s attention to our concerns certainly made the process easier.
Since our purchase, Jim has provided great support. After closure, and as we transitioned to our on-board lifestyle, from two time zones away, Jim continued to be engaged. As our yacht was docked, and we were out of the area, Jim checked in on our new home, and even provided improved mooring protections to ensure our home was secure. Well beyond our expectations and very much appreciated. Jim certainly treated us like one of the family, as opposed to just another customer.
We wholeheartedly recommend Jim’s services in the purchase of a yacht.Mark and Debra Resman
After contacting numerous brokers with no response, I came upon Jim Ross at Just Catamarans. He was friendly, professional and gave us the time of day.
We couldn’t buy our boat yet because we were waiting for our business to sell. He kept in contact with us. Upon selling our business we called Jim and said that I wanted to come to Ft. Lauderdale to look at a boat we were interested in. We were ready. Not only did he show me the boat we were interested in, but several others. He explained things to me and was very patient. We have never owned a boat so he had his work cut out for him. After many discussions with my husband, we were going to keep looking.
Jim kept in contact and sent us anything new on the market. After hurricane Irma, there just wasn’t that much out there that we liked. I sent him several emails asking questions about costs, etc. He was always quick to respond.
At the beginning of May, an Ocean Cat 49 had just been listed. This was the one. We called Jim and asked him to put in an offer. He did it immediately. They countered, we countered and we had our boat in one day.
Now I was terrified. What do we do now? He walked us through everything. He gave us names of a few surveyors. He met us in 10 days for the survey in Annapolis, MD. He gave us contact information for several people in the area and if he didn’t know he found out for us. He had the Documentation people contact us to get the ball rolling. We closed in about a month. Jim is a great guy. He still calls or texts to make sure everything is going well. We would definitely recommend Jim Ross if you want excellent service when purchasing your boat.Pam & Steve Kirschke