A long time boater from the age of 10 canoeing on the Slippery Rock Creek in Pennsylvania, Jon boats, and 7’5 HP fishing boats on Palermo on the Lake Ohio where we had a summer cottage. With an admiration of his fathers work in an inland shipbuilding yard Dravo Corporation for 44 years. Building and launching LST’S, Towboats, and Barges on the Ohio River at Neville Island, Pittsburgh, PA.
My first choice was to work in that boat yard but my father had better plans for me and it would not to be building boats ..Which he loved to see being launching into the Ohio River. My service time in the Air Force lead me in to air conditioning in the early 60′ through a York air conditioning wholesaler and then in to his own business in the Pittsburgh area.
After the Steel industry shut down in Pittsburgh, John was hired by a Mechanical Contractor in New York City as a Project Manager and after 3 years revisited his own business once again becoming an owner of a successful mechanical contracting business. During that time he expanded his life long love with boating on the Great South bay, Long Island New York. Owning powerboats with his wonderful mate Pat; and using them for weekend and vacation get-a-ways from Maine to Key West.
When moving to Florida in 1992 he decided to turn his love of boating to good use. John has an aptitude for helping people and believes that a broker should use every tool at his disposal to educate his client completely about current market conditions and determine the needs of each individual boater. He has therefore retained clients over many years.
John has sold boats in the United States, Canada, and Australia. He joined United Yacht Sales because of the high level of service he can bring to his clients as a result of this affiliation. The firm advertises heavily in national media and on the internet, providing sellers unsurpassed levels of quality marketing.
The firm United Yacht Sales and all of its brokers are also members of almost every marine database in the industry. Combining John’s experience and commitment to his clients best interest, with the marketing power of United Yacht Sales, and you have one of the most effective brokers in the country.
United Yacht, Pat, and I look forward to helping you now and in the future.
Earning Your Trust ………………… One Boat at a Time!
Anne and Jeffrey Timmons
We had a dream to complete the Great Loop. John Pribik made this a reality. He was not only our broker. John became a true friend and wanted to be sure we had the trip of a lifetime.
John met us at the sea trial for the first boat we seriously considered. When we had questions and concerns he was our advocate and did not try to influence our decision in order to make a sale. We walked away from this deal knowing he'd help us find a better boat for our trip, and he did.
We kept in touch with John throughout our journey. At one point he even offered to help us find parts that we needed when our shift cable broke. He always went over and beyond for us. It was our extreme pleasure to work with John.
My name is Terry Connolly and I have had an affinity with boats for the last 40 years; having owned very small run-abouts in my earlier life always having the dream to end up with a large vessel to live aboard and create adventure. Circumstances created a situation where our lifestyle changed which created the opportunity to fulfill this dream. Like all people with a passion in any field the go to place is the computer. Given my age, computers proved to be fairly frustrating for my whole family and after many many months of this frustration I inquired about a totally impractical vessel which John Pribik had advertised. John didn’t do what my experience had been with most inquiries, and ignore me or send back very minimal information. He actually took the time to call me and this started our long standing relationship we still maintain.
John’s passion for boats is amazing and along with his extensive experience and knowledge, really provides a very pleasurable experience when shopping for your dream.
John’s patience and perseverance after two and a half years of daily and weekly contact scenarios and photographing and finding out facts on vessels in the United States as well as Europe were outstanding. Throughout this journey, we flew to America on a couple of occasions and John was the perfect host, driving us around the country and looking after us to ensure we were provided with every detail required to assess the various vessels we had interest in.
I value John’s time and approach throughout this journey, as he has guided me through so many phases of this journey to arm me with enough information and comfort to make a considered decision on our final purchase, which has proven to be a very good decision.
I would have no hesitation in recommending John as his integrity, honesty and professionalism is second to none and shines very bright in an industry where this sometimes isn’t so.
I’d like to personally wish John all the very best in his future endeavors.
I have used John Pribik to represent me on a sale as well as the purchase side of a transaction. He knows the market, the players, and the product lines as well as anyone I have known. Add good communication and computer skills to the mix and you will have a true professional on your side.
I met John Pribik on an initial inspection and sea trial of a boat that I was considering buying. John was the seller’s representative. The deal did not work out, however I was very impressed with John’s knowledge and integrity. It became apparent to me that John was honest and forthcoming with any information needed to reach a deal that was a win-win for all parties involved. I was so impressed with John that I asked him to act as my representative and help me find a boat to purchase. John came through for me and with his help, I was able to find and buy a boat that was more than I had hoped for.
I would highly recommend John Pribik to anyone needing the services of a yacht broker or buyer/seller representative.
Ken Piper – Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron
After corresponding with John for several weeks my wife & I flew to Fort Lauderdale where we were met by John & looked at numerous boats. John advised on the various aspects of each, finally settling on a 56' Hatteras which was shipped back to Brisbane.
From start to finish John & his wife Pat couldn't have been more helpful as all went along with out a hitch. Several more people after my experience also purchased boats. We are still in regular touch learning about each others country.
This is an honest and caring person in the boat selling industry, and I would if the occasion arises buy another boat from him again.
If I had to buy another boat. John who would be my broker. Very honest and takes care of everything.
I first met John in 2002 through his son, a scientist, who I worked with. I was interested in buying a boat but had little knowledge of the details that make a great yacht. Over several months John patiently taught me what I needed to know without any pressure to buy. I was highly impressed with his integrity.
One day he called with a tremendous deal on a new 49' De Fever that the dealer wanted to sell because he was now concentrating on a rival line. I loved that boat and over the years took it on The Great Circle Route and on a trip throughout the Caribbean to South America. Later, when age caught up with me and I had to cut back on my wild adventures, he sold it for me for almost as much as I paid.
We have stayed in touch over the years and I consider him a great friend. Anyone interested in buying or selling a yacht would be well served with John as the broker.
John was a great help to me in selecting my Viking! It would have been impossible to do all my own! He even volunteered to go to Long Island New York in December and help me bring the vessel back to South Florida!
I promise you it was not nice weather we had lots of ice, snow, wind and everything bad that mother nature can throw at you! Through it all he kept his cool and was great company. I am out of the yachting part of my life now but were I to do it again, I would want John Pribik by my side!
Thank you John!
John Pribik was a broker/associate with my firm many years ago - even though we are friendly competitors these days i can highly recommend john as an honest hard working and very tenacious yacht broker - he is completely honest, very knowledgeable and an all around fine fellow to deal with and be around.
William Morrison, SIOR
I have had a half a dozen boats and have dealt with a lot of yacht brokers in Newport Beach California. My experience with John Pribik was enjoyable easy and straightforward John is a very knowledgeable Yacht broker and I would recommend him to anyone I knew that was looking to buy a new boat or used boat.
If you would like further information you can reach me on my cell phone at area code 213 300-5139
Roy and Beverley Ferguson
I have engaged the services of John Pribik to sell our vessel. John has been a delight to work with, his integrity is beyond approach; his vast knowledge of the marine industry and vessel construction is amazing. I would with out pause recommend John weather buying your buying or selling.
Mississauga Ontario Canada.