ABOUT GLI YACHT BROKERS
GLI – LUXURY MOTOR YACHT SPECIALISTS, with a lifetime of boating history and experience.
Perfectly located in the heart of the stunning Gold Coast, Marina Mirage is the jewel of the Broadwater. GLI has called this home base since the grand opening in September 1988. GLI has continually proven Marina Mirage to be the premier location to sell all vessels ranging from the smaller 30 foot pleasure craft to sailing boats, commercial and surveyed charter vessels, stylish sports cruisers and sports fishers, and as the title suggests, Luxury Motor Yachts are our specialty from 30 metre yachts through to the unsurpassable Benetti 65 metre Superyachts and beyond.
Whether you’re looking to purchase your first luxury boat, selling and moving up to your next, or wanting to plan a memorable boat charter experience, you’ll want the best service and advice you can get.
Our experience is unparalleled in Australia and our team of marine specialists are equipped to find exactly what you’re looking for – locally, nationally or internationally. It has been our policy to list a small number of quality vessels that all our staff become familiar with rather than listing 400 to 500 boats as some brokers do. This enables us to present your vessel in the most professional, hands on and personal way, unlike no other.
GLI’s listings of luxury boats for sale and luxury boats for charter, are the most discerning in Australia. With contacts in all of Australia’s capital cities and affiliated offices overseas, you can be assured that GLI will source and broker your next boat deal with professionalism and extreme confidentiality. As today’s purchaser is tomorrow’s vendor, GLI would like to welcome you to our family, the wonderful world of boating and the pleasure it brings. By putting our client’s needs first for over three decades, we’ve built GLI into Australia’s most reputable and most successful large motor yacht broker. We look forward to helping you bring your boating dreams to life.
“Australia is an incredible country full of enthusiastic boaters. We are delighted to count many of Australia’s most wealthy and influential businessmen as long-term clients. Like all our clients, these are discriminating buyers looking for quality and value.” Geoff Lovett.
GLI’s Managing Director, Perry James shares his insight into why buyers and sellers choose GLI:
- Australia’s most discerning list of luxury boats for sale
- Australia’s most experienced motor yacht dealership
- Brokerage network and contacts throughout Australia and the world
- Specialist brokers for Benetti Yachts
- Also specialising in sport fishers, sport cruisers, production and motor yachts
- Marketing & Advertising campaigns in major boat sales sites, electronic media, newspapers and boating magazines
- Showroom overlooking the hub of boat buying in Australia, Marina Mirage
- Reserved berths for clients at Marina Mirage
- Finance referral service
- Club Marine Approved Agent
- Confidentiality for all of our clients is assured
PERRY JAMES – MANAGING DIRECTOR
Perry grew up on a marina at Lake Macquarie, “a great old place” where he was free to explore the waterways, learning the boating lifestyle that both his mum and dad loved with a passion.
“Boating is in my blood,” says Perry. “My grandparents had a love of the water and my son is a game fishing Captain.”
An avid and adept angler all his life, Perry still holds the Australian record for blue marlin with a catch off Port Stephens in the 80s that topped the scales at 176kg. “During the 70s when I was on charter boats off Cairns, we caught fish that were much larger than that. The largest would be about 1203 pounds, or 550kg,” he recounts.
After a brief interlude in real estate, Perry returned to the boating industry, and has now clocked up sixteen years with GLI. “Geoff Lovett and Jenny have been friends of our family for many years – since I was about six. Being able to work with Geoff and the rest of our experienced team has allowed me to enjoy all aspects of the business and continue to explore my love of the sea.”
Along with the challenge of making the sale, Perry says he most enjoys “making people happy”.
“When I’m out on a boat, I forget about everything. That same relaxation and freedom that I find on a boat, I love sharing. That’s the buzz I get from getting people in the boat that suits them.”
At just 21-years old, Geoff was attracted to boating because it seemed like the best fit for an outdoors type with a penchant for water skiing and a knack for sales.
When a job came up at Sports Marine in Victoria selling Mercury Outboards, Geoff jumped at the chance to merge business and leisure.
Over 50 years later, having coursed all paths of the marine industry in sales, dealership, distribution and marina development, Geoff has firmly established GLI on Queensland’s magnificent Gold Coast, with an international reputation based on longevity in a competitive industry, tenacity and customer service ethic, working side-by-side with sellers and prospective buyers on realising their dreams of boat ownership.
For his part, Geoff says of his Golden Anniversary in the business that each and every day has been a breeze and a blessing. “It really is the best job in the world. I never get up and don’t want to go to work. And it’s not just the boats, it’s the people. Our clients become like family and we are certainly close to our brands.”
COL MCPHERSON JP (Cdec)
Col has a very successful history in the Australian marine industry, with the last 35 plus years of his career spent owning and operating Spinnaker Sound Marina, operating his own successful brokerage business showcasing the Bertram / Caribbean franchise, plus holding the position of Sales Manager for one of the Gold Coast’s most successful boat brokerages. Over his career he has been involved with selling a wide variety of vessels from small cruisers, sport fishing boats through to luxury motor yachts.
Being a previous marina owner, he understands what a client wants and needs from the day they buy their dream vessel to keeping it looking in top condition and maintaining it ready to use at any time.
He is a life member of the Bribie Island Game Fishing Club and organised game fishing tournaments from their home port of Spinnaker Sound Marina for over 15 years. He is a proud family man who enjoys time with them and especially his 4 grandchildren.
Any leisure time he has is spent relaxing with his wife caravanning and taking short trips to enjoy what our countryside has to offer.
Col brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the business and is true testament as to why customers keep coming back to GLI when looking to sell or trading up to their next boating dream.
Gary started his seafaring life on the Gold Coast at Buds Beach, Surfers Paradise at his family’s Boat Hire and Bait Shop. These early days involved renting out boats to holiday makers, novice and experienced fishermen alike.
His love of the sea has taken him on a lifelong journey of marine adventures both in a professional capacity and recreationally. His marine career has allowed him to experience everything on offer throughout the waters of Australia, Papua New Guinea and Asia.
Gary has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge throughout the marine sector with an impressive resumé including; Commercial Fishing, Catamaran Boat Building, Dive Boat Chartering, Sea Freight, Tug and Barge Operations, and Yacht Brokering.
All this has now culminated in Gary working with GLI and doing what he loves most, and with over 20 years’ experience in brokerage and selling boats, Gary knows that it is all about finding the right yacht for our clientele. “My passion is selling boats and in the last two decades I’ve been able to make some fabulous friendships and sell boats to clients from all walks of life. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of my career and working with GLI is the perfect fit for me and allows me to keep doing what I love!”.
Tony grew up in Sydney and like most young adults, had a passion for boating and motor racing. “I developed an early love for the water (and most things fast) and there was nothing more enjoyable than spending the weekend camping on the Hawkesbury and getting up early to water ski on the river when it was at its best. If I wasn’t boating or skiing on top of the water, then I was spending time scuba diving underneath it!”
Tony has spent over 30 years in the motor industry in various management roles and joined GLI as a Business Development Manager. “The marine industry is constantly changing and there is so much potential for development and growth. GLI is a trusted name in the business and I’m very excited to be part of the team and assisting in moving the business forward. The business already has a tremendous work ethic and there is no doubt that the knowledge and experience of the team would be almost impossible to match, there is over 100 years’ of experience just within the dedicated team.”
“GLI has prided itself on having available superior quality stock and their attention to detail is second to none, they may not have 500 boats but what they do have they know inside and out, I can’t think of a better organisation to be associated with.”
Lauren has a background in Administration and joined GLI in February of 2007. Lauren’s roll encompasses Administration, Charter Operations and Account Management, as well as providing the backbone to the day to day running of the business. “There is never a dull day in the marine industry, and every day has both its challenges and rewards. We have a fabulous team at GLI and I enjoy being able to support the team both in front and behind the scenes to help the team do what they do best.”
My aim is to provide a high level of professional service to ensure the smoothest experience is made possible for all of GLI’s clients including an extensive knowledge of AMSA registrations and requirements.
“Helping others is my main focus and I really love it.” Another of Lauren’s motivations has been her love of a challenge, “I love a problem and I love solving it. I get a real buzz out of that,” and this is the secret to her career longevity.
Lauren originally started out as our Charter Manager and office administration assistant, before furthering her career into the accounting and office management side.
Lauren is here to make you feel welcome at GLI and is always on hand with a friendly smile.
Feel free to direct any enquiries to Lauren and she will do her best to help you or refer you on to the right team member for further assistance.