A different kind of yacht brokerage

By Sailors, For Sailors

You can choose any number of yacht brokers to help you buy or sell a boat. But the vast majority of them are far from offshore yacht sailors. They are salespeople, pure and simple.

5 Oceans Marine Group

  • Expert yacht brokers
  • Global network of locations
  • The highest of ethical standards
  • Friendly service

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Meet Our Team

Phil Berman

Phillip Berman is the president of 5 Oceans Marine Group and a lifetime sailor and racer. He grew up racing Hobie Cats in California in the late 1960’s and published his first book on boat racing at the age of seventeen. He went on to write many more books on the subject including the best-selling catamaran training manual of all time. In 2011 Phil formed Balance Catamarans to co-design and fabricate his own line of boutique, high-end, semi-custom performance voyaging yachts.

Alexis de Boucaud

Alexis grew up racing dinghies in the waters of France. He immigrated to the United States as a young man and developed an interest in offshore cruising. Alexis began his professional yachting career as a captain on a Fountaine-Pajot Marquises 57 catamaran. He is bilingual, was educated in the United States and has worked in the US, Europe and the Caribbean. He has sailed extensively on yachts and particularly enjoys performance boats.

Cal Landau

Cal grew up in Pennsylvania, spending every summer since born on the rivers, on houseboats, speedboats and did some serious water skiing. Boating is now his passion and his father is now 94 years old and still enjoys sailing with Cal. He and his wife Marty are USCG certified 50 ton captains and spend as much time as possible on their 42 ft. Fountaine Pajot catamaran in West Palm Beach, FL.  Cal now serves as 5 Ocean’s Associate Broker in West Palm Beach and his vast experience as a broker and cruiser are welcome additions to 5 Ocean’s expert team.

Will Miller

Captain Will Miller grew up in Virginia and learned to sail in the Chesapeake Bay. He has lived in Charleston since 2001 and knows the city well. He developed a love of the water at a very young age and chose to pursue a career as a captain after graduating from the College of Charleston in 2005. As a lifelong sailor Captain Will has traveled extensively throughout the waters of the United States and Caribbean. He has been a certified sailing instructor and licensed US Coast Guard Captain since 2006. Shortly after, Will joined 5 Oceans Marine Group as an associate broker.

Carl Olivier

Carl Olivier was born in Cape Town, South Africa. Through his love of the sailing lifestyle, together with his innate business sense, he found his niche in yacht brokering. After 5 successful years as a yacht broker in South Africa, Carl went on to form his own brokerage, which he sold years later to take his family cruising.  Carl has made the Caribbean his home and continues to live aboard, enthusiastically serving 5 Oceans Marine Group clients in and around the Virgin Islands.

Chris Rundlett

Chris Rundlett’s first sailing adventure was on a small Sunfish owned by the U.S. Coast Guard where his father was stationed in North Dakota. Since then he dreamed of bigger horizons and sailed whenever he had the chance.  In 2008, Chris started working with a sailing school in the Caribbean – St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He enjoyed sailing in these exquisite waters so much, he decided to stay. Chris found that many of their sailing school students were interested in buying boats and in turn joined 5 Oceans Marine Group as an associate broker in 2013.

Zvonimir Kalinic

Zvonimir, or “Ze”, comes from the Island of Krk, the largest Croatian island. As he has always been adventurous, the coast of the Adriatic Sea was the perfect location for various hobbies that have now become his profession. After many years of the yachting life he decided to further develop his skills in the area of Marine Surveying. For the last couple of years he was involved in various aspects of surveying and has used that knowledge to join 5 Oceans Marine Group as an Associate Broker since 2015.

Learning Center Yacht TV

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What Does “Not For Sale in US Waters to a US Resident” Mean?

The language "NOT FOR SALE IN US WATERS TO A US RESIDENT" must legally be added to listings for non-US Registered boats that are in US waters under a cruising permit and placed for sale by the Owner.

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Can I Avoid Paying the Duty on my Boat?

We're constantly asked how an owner can avoid paying the duty on a boat, and it's doable, but is it worth it? 5 Oceans President, Phillip Berman sits down to discuss the details behind the perks and limitations when contemplating paying the duty of a boat.

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What is an Offshore Closing?

Occasionally we handle transactions where either a buyer or seller require a closing to occur outside of the area where the boat is currently lying. Follow along as 5 Oceans founder, Phillip Berman discusses what we call an “offshore closing”.

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Tips For Making Catamaran Sailing Safer and More Pleasurable

TMC President Phillip Berman shares 14 tips for making catamaran sailing safer and more pleasurable for cruisers.

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How Will The Hurricanes Impact The Catamaran Market?

How will the recent storms in the Caribbean impact the catamaran market for buyers and sellers in today's market and going forward? TMC President Phillip Berman and Sales Manager Andrew Holland are here to help shed light.

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Balance 526 Wins Cruising World Boat of the Year

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SAIL Magazine Reviews the Balance 526

Wondering what the real cost of closing the sale and maintaining ownership will be on a catamaran? This handy guide provides unique insight into the real cost of owning the catamaran of your dreams.

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Heavy-Sea Rating

Wondering what the real cost of closing the sale and maintaining ownership will be on a catamaran? This handy guide provides unique insight into the real cost of owning the catamaran of your dreams.

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Negotiating the terms of acceptance after the survey is completed is one of the most challenging aspects of a yacht sale. Check out these tips on getting the sale to the finish line.

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Fourteen things you should do to sell your boat quickly at the best possible price

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Establishing a Bristol value is key to making the right decision for your catamaran purchase

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Shopping for a catamaran on the internet? HERE ARE 6 QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN CHOOSING A YACHT BROKER

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While choosing the right catamaran is a highly personal matter, most of us can avoid a serious buying blunder if we pay careful attention to the following ten commandments of catamaran buying ~

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Currency fluctuations, condition and brand can all factor into depreciation. If you want to avoid depreciation, take care of your boat.