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Al Pollak

St Petersburg
The Harborage Marina
1110 3rd Street S Suite 2
St. Petersburg Florida 33770
alp@masseyyacht.com
Office: (727) 824-7262
Cell: (727) 492-7340

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About Al Pollak:

Al has sailed (both sail and power) for more than 40 years. For 25 years, he has held top international management positions in leading marine and outdoor equipment companies (both Asia and Europe). In 1999, Al and his wife resigned their corporate positions to live their dream: to live aboard and cruise over 5,000 miles. From the Great Lakes, they went down the river systems, through the Gulf, the Bahamas, and then north through the Chesapeake, Long Island Sound and on to New England. They sold their yacht in RI; his wife went back into the corporate world and Al joined Massey Yacht Sales in St. Petersburg.

Al is a graduate of the State University of NY at Buffalo, a member of The Florida Yacht Brokers Association, and the St Petersburg Yacht Club.

As one of his clients put it –”I was warned by friends of “used car salesmen”. My experience with Al Pollak of Massey Yacht Sales have been the best of any major purchase I have made” or as another put it, “Al acts more as a consultant than a salesman” .Al is ready to use this experience to help you sell or purchase the right new or brokerage yacht (sail or power) to fit your needs.

 

Awards and Achievements:

  • Certified Sales Representative, Island Packet Yachts
  • Technical Specialist, Catalina Yachts
  • Sales Professional, Hunter Marine
  • Awarded as one of Hunter’s Top 6 Sales Professionals in the World

 

Testimonials:

2001 Catalina 34
Customer: Tom & Bahama Russell

We had the pleasure of working with Al Pollak during our search process that spanned almost a full year. Al spent time working to understand what we were looking for used his experience to guide us towards various options. His primary focus was to ensure that we were looking at boats that were clean that fit our profile. It became evident early in the process that Al was one we could trust. We ended up purchasing a Catalina back in March and are very happy with it. Al stays in regular contact and is quick to follow-up. We will always be happy to recommend Al and Massey to anyone looking for a boat.

 

 

2000 Catalina 470
Customer: Gary Bratton

Al Pollak is the top yacht broker in Florida for good reason. Having worked with several brokers over the years, it took a while for me to understand that my expectations were completely out of sync with what. Al was really going to do. The difference was not in looking at boats for sale, but rather in the time we spent discussing individual boats and the yacht market in general. Al was brutally honest in giving us the facts about selling our old boat, and an absolute wealth of knowledge and experience in looking for the new one. When we made an offer on a boat in Mobile, Al took two days to drive up for the survey and sea trial. And it turns out we were not an exception. Give Al a call and he will often tell you that he is in St Augustine, Miami, or some other corner of the world looking at a boat for a prospective buyer. A year after purchasing our Catalina 470, Al continues to be a consistent and reliable source of information for us. Knowing that we were looking for a new dinghy, Al gave us a call when he found a dealer in Miami that wanted to clear some inventory at a good price. Working with Al is not just a way to look at boats for sale, but hooking into the boating business from the inside.

 

 

1997 Morgan 41
Customer: Jon and Cara Volmar

My wife and I wanted to take a moment of your time and let you know about the fantastic experience we had working with Al Pollak, one of your sales reps out of the St. Petersburg office. After dealing with a couple of other brokers and getting nowhere I placed a call to your St. Pete office and spoke with Al. He took some information about the type of sailboat we were looking for (mid to late 70′s 41′ Morgan O/I) and set up a meeting for that Saturday. When we arrived Al had a fistful of printouts of boats for us to look in our price range. He listened as we told him of our plans to outfit the boat and then take off for a year or more and explore the Caribbean. Within a month of first meeting with Al we had visited Miami twice, first to see the boat in person and then for sea trial and survey. Al was there with us every step of the way and we soon closed on a 1977 41′ Morgan O/I named Scotch Mist which soon became The Last Resort.
Eighteen months later in early 2008 I sent out an e-mail to friends and family detailing our imminent departure and to let them know of our web site to they could follow along on our journey. Al responded “You’re actually doing this? Can I share your web site with others who want to do the same?” Al told us of how many people he dealt with that had the same aspirations we did but never put their plans in action. I told him that he could give our web site to anyone he’d like.
Over the next year and a half Cara, our two cats and I made a clockwise circumnavigation of the Caribbean visiting 25 countries and sailing some 5,000 miles along the way. We stayed in touch with Al from time to time and towards the end of the journey when we were in Guatemala I contacted Al once again about being our broker to sell The Last Resort once we got back to Florida. As always he was extremely helpful and once we were back in Madeira Beach he provided pointers on how to get her looking good and ready to show to potential buyers. By early September she was ready to show and the listing was completed and two months later The Last Resort had sold to a couple from Canada.
We were able to realize a dream we had nurtured for over 12 years thanks in large part to Al’s hard work and encouragement. And when it came time to move on to other things he was right there with thoughts on how to get the boat ready to show to potential buyers and we ended up getting the price we were looking for. Now that’s service!
Al was not only our broker for both purchasing and selling our boat, but be became a friend and mentor before, during and after our amazing journey around the Caribbean and we’ll always be grateful for his help and knowledge.
So next time you see Al in the St. Pete office give him a pat on the back and a big thank you from Cara and I, he’s a true professional and someone you should value a great deal as a part of your business.

 

 

2003 Catalina 36
Customer: Peter F. Dieck

I would like to express my sincere appreciation for all the assistance provided by Al Pollak over the last couple of years in finding me a 36′Catalina. Although it has been a long haul and we looked at boats from NY,VA, TX and FL, Al never lost his enthusiasm and could not do enough to assist me. After all the searching we finally found the right boat just around the corner in Palmetto, a boat that your company sold new, then took it in trade and sold it again and finally it was sold to me. Al made the sales process very easy on me and was intimately involved with all the steps in getting a contract, survey and delivery to my slip. Al is extremely knowledgeable, competent, professional and a pleasure to deal with. You should consider yourself fortunate to have a professional like Al in your employ.

 

 

1988 Irwin 38
Customer: Jamie and Kelly Brown

Dear Al, Enclosed are a few pictures for you! As you look at them, I hope you find a deep sense of satisfaction and accomplishment for the part you played in our cancer “miracle”. The past year has been quite a rollercoaster of uncertainty searching for the boat was a bright spot, and the best part of our search was you! We truly appreciated all the time and energy and persistence you put in to help us find our “perfect boat”. It was a job well done – we love the boat. Thinking of you with big smiles.

 

 

2003 Catalina 36
Customer: Ed and Isabel

Al, thank you very much for helping us to find our dream boat. We are very happy cruising the Gulf. Also thanks so much for the very generous gift certificate.

 

 

Hunter 420 Center Cockpit
Customer: Richard and Sandra Barnard

Dear Mr Massey,
Having recently purchased a Hunter 420 in Bear DE via your company and in particular Al Pollack, I would like to take the oppertunity to say how pleased we are with Al’s outstanding help and guidance throughout our purchase. We live in the Uk and came over to Florida last year to view a few yachts that we had seen via the internet, Al was more than happy to show us around the yachts we had ear marked to look at. He gave us completly unbiased advice and pointed out good and bad features in each yacht. As we are from the UK many of the yachts were unknown to us and Al was keen to help us find a yacht that would not only suit our needs but that would stand up to what we had in mind.
Just as we were forming an idea as to what yacht we preferred we received news from the UK that the buyers of our house had pulled out of the deal and therfore we could not proceed with the purchase of a yacht at that time. We promised Al that we would be in touch when we were in a better position to buy and we had the cash in our hands. Well that took almost a year to happen and we had found a boat in Delaware but it was not listed with yourselves. We contacted Al via our friends in Tampa and he told us that he could act for us and we were over the moon. He contacted the listing broker and after a long exchange of e mails and phone calls we finaly made an offer on the boat.
Al then very kindly went to Delaware to view the boat on our behalf and to tell us if it was worth the trip over. He gave us the thumbs up and we came over to survey and sea trial the boat.
When we arrived at the boat we were so pleased that the boat was exactly as Al had described. Al arrived and walked us through the survey and the sea trial, once again pointing out all the good and bad things about the boat and making sure we were 100% happy. His laid back friendly and professional attitude helped us tremendously through the whole procces and as such good service is rare these days we thought we should write and commend Al for all his help and advice. He really made a huge difference to our whole buying experience and because of his help we would not hesitate in using or recommending Massey Yacht services and Al Pollack.
Yours sincerely
Richard and Sandra Barnard ‘SV KYANNA’

 

 

S/V Country Dancer 2000 Catalina 470
Customer: Gary Bratton

Al Pollak is the top yacht broker in Florida for good reason. Having worked with several brokers over the years, it took a while for me to understand that my expectations were completely out of sync with what. Al was really going to do. The difference was not in looking at boats for sale, but rather in the time we spent discussing individual boats and the yacht market in general. Al was brutally honest in giving us the facts about selling our old boat, and an absolute wealth of knowledge and experience in looking for the new one. When we made an offer on a boat in Mobile, Al took two days to drive up for the survey and sea trial. And it turns out we were not an exception. Give Al a call and he will often tell you that he is in St Augustine, Miami, or some other corner of the world looking at a boat for a prospective buyer. A year after purchasing our Catalina 470, Al continues to be a consistent and reliable source of information for us. Knowing that we were looking for a new dinghy, Al gave us a call when he found a dealer in Miami that wanted to clear some inventory at a good price. Working with Al is not just a way to look at boats for sale, but hooking into the boating business from the inside.

 

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