I wanted to write and thank you for all that you did to help us sell our barge.

I appreciated your personal letter explaining the process to me and your knowledge of the market was invaluable in setting the price at a level to attract potential purchasers. I was very pleased with the quality of the publicity brochure you produced, and delighted to have completed the sale within six months of signing the contact with you. I would certainly recommend you to anyone.

With thanks and best wishes for Christmas and the New Year,

Margaret & Ian

I have been reviewing my files on Jeltje the beautiful Dutch barge you completed last year for Margaret and I, noting that I had not written to you expresing our gratitude in the great job you did for us on this very demanding project.

To recap a little the Jeltje project started with a phone call to you from our little place in Mexico, to us flying over for a few days to your lovely town of Elburg, visiting the building yard to signing the agreement to build in March 2007. Although the agreement was vague in detail as to what we would get Margaret and I felt we were in good hands with professional people. We again visited when she was in the water and interior work was underway and to decided on the galley, heads etc at that time we were impressed at the quality of the build. Having been kept up to date on a regular basis with many, many digital pictures and questions via the internet we felt we were there though actually far away, at this time we had the privilege of meeting several of the talented people working on the project.

In the summer of 08 we arrived to take possession and christen Jeltje which was done with great fanfare and fun in the traditional Dutch way, there were a few items to be corrected, changed and adjusted which were all completed with great willingness never a hesitation which made it a real pleasure and not a chore.
In these uncertain times with whom to do business today has taken on a greater importance with the Bernie Madoff’s and Fred the Shred characters among many others that fill the news of late, it is very refreshing to deal with a company with the combination of ethics, pride and talent. You produced for us a beautiful barge that exceeded our expectations, if ever we want to upgrade again or change style I would not hesitate to do a deal on a handshake with your company.

Margaret and I sincerely thank you and do not hesitate to use us a customer reference if you ever need one.

Les & Vivienne

My wife and I would like to take this opportunity to thank both you and Luke for the very professional, and more importantly for us, personal and caring way you handled the recent sale of our boat. To successfully obtain such a quick sale in the present difficult economic times was outstanding and way beyond our expectations. We also really appreciated the very quick responses and replies to what must have sometimes seemed like very strange questions, especially as the boat was lying in France and we currently live in China.

We would certainly have no hesitation in recommending Bowcrest Marine to anyone contemplating either buying or selling their craft.
Once again, many thanks…..

Sean Stover, CFO – Grand Circle Travel

Tony and Bowcrest completed a difficult sale advisory assignment for us in a very challenging environment. They are tenacious, persistent and professional. We would not hesitate to use them again.

Amanda Magrath “Bella of Bow”

Excellent and extremely professional, knowledgeable service, Bowcrest made sure the selling of my barge ran without a hitch and were there to help at every opportunity – thank you very much indeed for everything you have done.

Peter Ball – Mini Thames Barge “Rachel Louise”

Thank you for a making my entry to boat ownership a straightforward matter, I know this is one of the less expensive vessels on your books but I would have no hesitation in coming back to you at Bowcrest Marine for future dealings.

Jeff Rankin

Living in Santa Fe, New Mexico and buying a barge in Europe presents its challenges. One cannot simply ‘pop over the pond’ to look at the ‘boat of the day’. The’ boat of the day’ invariably turns out to be ‘the little shop of horrors’. If you don’t quite know what you’re looking for, and we didn’t, you MUST have an honest and experienced agent who will find the quality boats/barges that suit your needs, pocket book and stated intentions. We found that Bowcrest Marine exceeded all those requirements. Tony took us from A (answering all of our questions in a thoughtful manner) to Z (getting our survey done in Zwartsluis. In between, he drove us around Belgium, France and England looking at boats. Service like that is hard to beat. Trust me, finding some of those boats was a real effort, even with a GPS.

The Bowcrest Agents in Elburg, NL also provide extraordinary service. We are re-fitting our boat and Mandy and Pieter are handling all the work co-ordination. Being in the States, we absolutely could not do this on our own. They hire high quality craftsmen for each major job that we want done and make sure the project is completed to a high standard. They are worth every Euro for the peace of mind they provide.

Basically, without Bowcrest Marine and their high quality of service and support, I don’t believe we would have purchased a barge. We will be moving to Holland to live on the boat July 17th, 2013


We met Marc on Saturday and explained the ship and gave the keys and a box with a photo book of the ship and all the papers etc. We thank you for the collaboration, you were quick to respond to any questions, it was a pleasure. Thanks!

Ruth & Bill

Dear Tony,

Yes, all went well. Everyone worked together really well. Especially yourselves at Bowcrest as you were there at the beginning of our venture, guiding and advising us. So it’s a special thank you to you.

The whole experience is a fine example of how business & individuals should work together positively & harmoniously for a success outcome of the same goal – the uk government could take a leaf out of this book! (I hope the others feel the same? )

All the best and thanks again.


So pleased that the sale has gone through OK. A long couple of years, but probably no quicker than you anticipated! Many thanks for your hard work in getting Tist moved on: hopefully the purchaser will get her back in good health in due course.