Carrswood Yachts Ltd

Carrswood Yachts

Carrswood Yachts

Carrswood Yachts are a bespoke yacht brokerage who specialise in the sale and purchase of luxury yachts worldwide. We are based in Hamble, Hampshire (UK) where we have excellent links to London and airports. Most of our business is conducted in the Mediterranean but from time to time we travel to the US and Caribbean to conclude brokerage sales.

Carrswood Yachts was founded by Alastair Shove; a yacht broker of 25 years, who has worked within most sectors of the yacht sales industry. His detailed knowledge of sail and motor yachts, combined with a thorough understanding of the ever-changing marketplace has resulted in many notable sales and acquisitions for his clients.

Buying a yacht is a substantial financial commitment and of course an emotive process. It is crucial a trusted relationship is developed and that our clients feel they are receiving accurate and crucially current advice from their broker. Over the years we have built excellent client relations, and we are proud to have been involved with repeat business and overseen the management of multiple yachts for families. 

Carrswood – that’s a distinctive name?

“Carrswood is the name of the house I grew up in! Our family home was located in the beautiful coastal town of Salcombe, Devon, UK. Our formative years in Salcombe were undoubtedly very memorable and special times. We were fortunate to live close to the sea and the stunning beaches; so much of our time was spent sailing and being involved with all aspects of boating. I instructed sailing, raced competitively, and got to try my hand at most water sports. It’s hardly surprising this led to a career in yacht sales.

After university I travelled to Europe and the Caribbean where I worked on various superyachts and learnt a great deal about large yacht systems and the superyacht industry as a whole.

I was fortunate to join Ancasta International Boat Sales in 1997. Ancasta is a vibrant company with multiple brands and volume sales was very much the game! We had targets to meet, were incentivised to sell and were regularly attending sales training courses to ensure we succeeded. Ultimately, I learnt how to engage with my clients, negotiate sales, write contracts and transact luxury items. During my time at Ancasta I sold in excess of 400 boats!

In 2014 I left Ancasta and made a conscious decision to re-engage with the superyacht industry. Chris Cecil-Wright asked me to join his boutique superyacht brokerage ‘Cecil Wright & Partners’ – a premium superyacht brokerage with offices in St James’ and Monaco. As a team we focussed on large motor yacht sales, charter, and new build management. With the underlining philosophy of ‘fewer clients, serviced better’, my time working with Cecil Wright was absolutely invaluable.

With 20 years of boat sales experience behind me I then decided it was time to establish ‘Carrswood Yachts Ltd’ – a premium brokerage company which delivers sales results effectively and efficiently. 

Carrswood provide a bespoke and highly focused brokerage service, which is very much tailored to each yacht individually. Operating extensively throughout Europe and international markets, we have developed a strong client database and a reputation for selling premium quality sailing yachts in a timely manner. Our global reach through various marketing mediums, social media, yacht shows, and networking is strong and our sales transactions reflect this. Indeed, a great deal of our sale listings successfully sell within four months of our instruction. 

Carrswood Yachts are always looking for quality yachts (sail or motor) to market for sale on the worldwide brokerage market – please contact Alastair to discuss our services further.

Alastair Shove
+44 747 6888 639


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