John Crawford Marine - Queensland's Used Boat Specialists
Hi Mathew,

Just a word of thanks for your assistance on my boat purchase from you and your team.

I am located in Cairns and made the decision to purchase over the net and by phone from you due to your years in the boat business . Your professional team and yourself made the process seamless and all the question answered with relevant Photos .

I would do this again in a heartbeat as risk free and great delivery process. I am more than happy with the boat as more than meets my expectations.

If others wish advise re long distance purchasing from you I am more than happy to be a reference thanks again great work. DB
Date of Posting: 01 June 2017
Posted By: D. Brinn
Cairns boating fanatic, Cairns
Hi Matthew,

Just a short note to thank you and your staff for the wonderful service we received from your company on the purchase of our Stacer 549 Easyrider.

Your staff were so obliging, not only on the sale of the boat, but in the subsequent sea trial and Chris was a wealth of knowledge and was happy to share his experience with us.

Robert was a great help in getting the boat to our house and we would have no hesitation in recommending John Crawford Marine to our friends and family.

Kind regards,

Ray and Rosana Smith
Date of Posting: 08 March 2017
Posted By: Ray and Rosana
I had the good sense to approach John Crawford Marine and have them market my boat, the interview with Matthew Hodson was very encouraging and the paper work was very thorough, his manner was positive and optimistic.

He assured me that boat would be sold within a short space of time, which it was.

I have no hesitation in recommending this company to anyone who would like to buy or sell a trailerable craft, big or small.

With kind regards,

M. Simon
Date of Posting: 04 January 2017
Posted By: M Simon
Boat owner for over 50 years, Brisbane
Dear John Crawford Marine,

RE: Your Trailer Sailor Library

In the process of looking for both a trailer sailer and a 30ft Keel boat you site has provided lots of very helpful information, brochures, comments and specifications.

I write to thank you for this wonderful library that you have built and provide free to all and sundry.

Many thanks and we wish you a very Happy Christmas and a successful 2017.

Kind regards H Browell.
Date of Posting: 21 December 2016
Posted By: H. Browell
Sailing enthusiast, Brisbane
Hi Matthew,

I would like to just say thank you to you and your staff for the very professional manner that our transaction was completed.

Your customer service is a credit to you and your staff. Nothing was any trouble and all questions I had with Chris were fully explained.

Thanks and kind regards

Robert (Bob) and Hayley Chattin
Date of Posting: 03 November 2016
Posted By: Robert Chattin
To the team at John Crawford Marine,

My initial email contact with John Crawford Marine was promptly responded to by Geoff, who was enthusiastic about listing my Whittley cruiser.

I had approached two other business offering a consignment service, one of whom failed to return my call and the other whose response was entirely unprofessional. In contrast, my initial and subsequent dealings with JC Marine gave me the confidence that I’d entrusted the transaction to the right business. My subsequent dealings with Matt, who provided updates on progress, were timely and friendly.

The boat took about 6 weeks to sell and I received the full amount we’d agreed upon. The sale process was very simple, with JC Marine dealing with all the associated paperwork. As I had nowhere to store the boat during the sale process it suited me to have it presented professionally and secured at JC Marine.

Having boating professionals look after the process of dealing with potential buyers, and making themselves available if the buyer wanted to take the boat for a test on water certainly alleviated any concerns that would normally be associated with selling a boat privately.

If you need to sell your boat and would prefer to leave the process to someone who’s experienced in this specialised field I have no hesitation in recommending you speak to the staff at John Crawford Marine.


Warren and Carmel Sales
Date of Posting: 01 November 2016
Posted By: Warren Sales
Dear Matt,

We would like to say a very big Thankyou for selling us our first boat Fish 'N' Impossible. She has been a wonderderful introduction for us and a family. Many fond memories are with us on boating, fishing and camping. She never let us down and we are sorry to let her go.

We have made the next step in our boating journey with a new boat we will proudly name Fish'N'Impossible 2 our next adventure as our family grows larger with Grand Children.

Thankyou so much for your support.

Kind Regards Pete and Deb

PS. Please feel free to add this to our beautiful boat on her next journey.
Date of Posting: 01 September 2016
Posted By: Peter and Debbie
Dear JCM team and fellow readers,

After a 30 year professional maritime career, I recently went looking for a little family fishing boat to get some payback in retirement. I was looking for a quality built GRP trailer boat, with low hours, modest running costs, and a street legal towing beam of 2.5m.

This ruled out most American imports which are over-width and no longer as financially attractive as they were few years back. I started looking Australia wide and found a classic Aussie built boat at John Crawford Marine in Queensland that ticked all the boxes for me, namely a Cruisecraft 685, powered by a Yamaha 250hp V6, and guided by Furuno electronics.

After securing the boat at a reasonable price, Matt Hodson and the staff at JCM were super-efficient in arranging the shipping from Queensland to Western Australia utilising Chris Arfoo's CRA Freight. This awesome boat arrived in sparkling condition partially wrapped in glad wrap with barely a bug on it – amazing after 6,000km.

For anyone in WA looking to import a second hand boat from Queensland stress free, I can highly recommend John Crawford Marine as a good place to start.

Matt Hodson is a true professional, nothing was too much trouble, his communication was excellent, and all the services advertised on the JCM website were well & truly delivered.

I also highly recommend Chris Arfoo, the gentleman truckie, who will get your boat coast to coast intact.

Thanks JCM & CRA - Neil McCallum, Ocean Reef WA.
Date of Posting: 08 August 2016
Posted By: Neil McCallum
Lifetime within or around boats!, Ocean Reef, Western Australia
Hi all,

All through my years of wondering through your boatyard I have got to meet most of the staff and have been greatly impressed by how friendly and knowledgeable everyone is. Valid, relevant advice has always been offered freely whether I was buying or selling. There has never been a pushy sales pitch which seems to be standard practice in other yards.

You have sold two boats for me with absolutely no hassles while achieving excellent outcomes for me even when the market was very slow.

Your reputation for providing excellent service is well deserved and I have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone considering buying, selling or just looking at boats.

Keep up the great work.

Jos Ruhland
Date of Posting: 29 June 2016
Posted By: Jos Ruhland
Hi folks

On behalf of myself and my family I would like to extend a sincerely vote of thanks to you both. My family collected our boat on Saturday morning and on Sunday we took her to Somerset Dam and it was absolutely wonderful.

Thank you to you both for making this purchase extremely simple with no fuss.

Ashley and Family
Date of Posting: 08 May 2016
Posted By: Ashley
Toomoomba fishing enthusiast, Toowoomba

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