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Yacht Finders

Matching Buyers and Sellers

Contact us to learn more about our listings and to request a free market evaluation.

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 Who We Are

Yacht Finders offers a wide array of options to buy and/or sell your dream vessel. We offer a personalized, hands-on approach and provide pre-inspection checklists and full market evaluations on every boat we offer for sale. We're a full-service brokerage handling all your needs from start to finish including:

  • Advertising your vessel for sale on all the major online sites. Yacht World, Boat Trader, Boats for sale, Boats.com as well as print ads including Boats4sale magazine, Long Island Boating World and more!!
  • Find your next vessel
  • Finance/insurance
  • Survey
  • Closing
  • Transportation services (available)
  • Boating Lessons
  • Management Services
  • Winter Services (storage, winterization) at 3 of our locations, ask for details
Become a part of the Yacht Finder Family and join us on getaways, raft-ups, picnics at various locations, dinner/happy hour cruises, and so much more!

Meet the Owners

Capt. Kevin Graffagnino 631-926-4753

kgraffagnino@yachtfindersonline.com

“My passion for boating started at the ripe age of 6 years old. My dad was an avid boater who bought boats, fixed them up, and started the love of boating that my whole family enjoys. Boating has always been in my blood – whether I’m cruising or at anchor with my wife, Mary Jo, daughter Jillian, and son Jack on our 42 Sea Ray Sundancer or out 100 miles offshore running a charter or fishing a tournament.


Like my business partner, Bruce Parker, I started my professional career in the Auto Industry as a Sales/General Manager. After 26 years in the industry, I decided to follow my passion, get my Captain's license, of which I possess a 100 Ton Master License, and get into boat sales and brokerage.

That is where I met Bruce. We handled brokerage for MarineMax on Long Island. We worked very well together and built an honest, trustworthy reputation from Manhattan to Montauk and everywhere in between.


We always go the extra mile for our clients, whether they are our buyer, seller, or both, by walking them through the sometimes very difficult process of boat buying and selling. Nevertheless, it’s always a happy experience on both ends.


More than 10 years later, I have decided to join Bruce on a journey to make boat buying and selling a happy and fun experience. I am looking forward to providing professional services while learning new ways to satisfy our clients!”

“Over the years, my wife and I have had a passion for boats and the water lifestyle, sharing that love with our children as well. After 30 years in the automotive field, I switched to the industry I truly love – boating.


Now over 18 years later, and hundreds of happy clients, I have moved on to have my own company. I am excited to work with Kevin so that we can help hundreds more either sell or buy a boat with ease.


I have an excellent reputation in the industry and work well with all the marinas here on Long Island as well as throughout the rest of the country. I look forward to working with you through the process of buying or selling your boat with professional skills.” 

Bruce Parker 631-806-2751  

bparker@yachtfindersonline.com

  • Meet​ The Crew

Capt. Keith Graffagnino

(Representing Long Island and NY)

Boating has been a part of my life from an early age. Whether it was together as a family or fishing in the canyons with my Dad and my brother Kevin, we made great memories together. 

When raising our family, My wife Danielle and I wanted to impart the same experiences I had growing up with my Daughters, Alexa, Olivia, and Ava, and boating became a way of life for us!! We started with a 27 ft Rinker and soon after grew into a 33ft Rinker. Weekends at the beach and endless cruising to different destinations made me realize that my passion for boating was taking me in directions I never imagined and now I am going to be part of selling boats and will be going for my Capt's license to do lessons and transports. The experiences I have had on the water motivate me to expand into what I have wanted to do my whole life, be on the water always. Boating has a special place in my heart and I look forward to helping you sell or buy your next boat so you can create the same traditions with your family. I want to help you do what we at Yacht Finders do best -- put the fun back in boating!!

Capt. Keith Graffagnino 631-358-8154

keithgraffagnino@yachtfindersonline.com

 

Capt Buddy Benton

(Representing the NJ Shore)

As a young boy growing up in the Bronx about 10 years old I knew boating would be a part of my life as I was scraping barnacles off of my grandfather's wooden Chris Craft cabin cruiser. I was always around boats with friends and family as the years went on.

About 24 years ago I started my business as a financial advisor and it was stressful. I was newly married to my wife Monica and we had our first child Nicholas at the time and one day we rented a little boat with a 20HP outboard motor. My wife said, “I never saw you so relaxed”. It was then we realized we need a boat for the family. During the past 15 years, we owned 3 brand new Formula boats, a 280SS, 34PC, 40PC, and now a 50ft flybridge boat. I am now the “go-to” guy with friends and family for anyone that needs a boat. As a licensed master captain I run up and down the east coast helping clients move their boats to different locations. I would also work tirelessly to help you along with my partners, Kevin and Bruce to help you sell your boat and/or find the perfect boat. 

Capt Buddy Benton: 732-715-7788

bbenton@yachtfindersonline.com

Jim Passela

(Representing Long Island)

Growing up on Long Island as an avid fisherman I was always drawn to the water. As an owner of my own business I spent a lot of my spare time on the water fishing offshore and around the Long Island Bays. Knowing Kevin growing up, we fished together often and we both became part of a fishing team together. My passion for selling boats became more apparent as I owned my own boats and I was looking for something enjoyable to do later in life. That is when I decided to join Yacht Finders. I want to take my passion for boats and make it something I can help others with who are in the process of buying and/or selling a boat. I enjoy meeting new people and seeing an endless inventory of many different makes and models of boats. I knew I would love the boat business and I am looking forward to "Matching Buyers and Sellers" for many years to come.

Jim Passela 631-335-8936

jpassela@yachtfindersonline.com

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Jillian Graffagnino

Social Media & Marketing

Growing up on Long Island, I basically spent all my summers on the boat and at the beach. After graduating from St. John the Baptist High School, I attended Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee where I pursued a B.B.A in Marketing. After working in the social media space for multiple local Nashville businesses during my undergrad, I knew I had a passion to help small businesses grow their social media presence and create quality content. I love working alongside my dad and Bruce, and the rest of the Yacht Finders Team. I currently reside in Nashville and in addition to running the Yacht Finders socials, I also work as a Social Media Specialist at a digital marketing agency.

jillgraffagnino@yachtfindersonline.com


God Bless the USA!!

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Mission Statement

Here at Yacht Finders we strive to make sure your buying and/or selling experience is beyond your expectations through an honest and trustworthy approach that makes sense to all involved. We will put the fun back into buying or selling your dream vessel!!!


Every boat we offer for sale will have a Pre Sale Checklist in the listing. It will identify the condition of the vessel as well as systems that were checked for proper function. Pictures are taken and if the boat passes our condition criteria it will be listed,  If not we will ask the owner if he plans on bringing the vessel up to Yacht Finders "FOR SALE" condition. We will then determine how the listing and the report will be presented to YOU, the public!!


Here is an example of a Yacht Finders Pre Sale Checklist

Yacht Finders Pre Sale Checklist

The systems listed below where verified as “In working Condition” at time of listing

Please note: This is not considered a survey, this is for info purposes only

Vessel: Pamela Marie

Year, make, model: 2004/Carver/392 MY

Date of Listing: 10/3/2019

Walkthrough by: Capt Kevin Graffagnino

Description: Above average, Average, Needs attention

The following items were verified to be working at the time of listing

Visual items
1. Hull and deck overall condition: nothing unusual, hull and decks shine well for a 2004, ABOVE AVERAGE
2. Canvas, glass, Upholstery: Canvas is average for the year of boat, Glass and exterior seating is very clean, ABOVE AVERAGE
3. Interior (cabin), flooring, seating, lighting: Interior carpets, upholstery, cabinets, and appointments are very clean, ABOVE AVERAGE
4. Started engines
Hours: 102 at time of listing
Batteries: Batteries new at time of listing
5. Electronics (if equipped)
GPS, Radar, all working
Spotlight, working
Windlass, working
Autopilot did not sea trial
Bow and/or stern thruster, working
6. If equipped
AC/Heat, working
Hot Water Heater, new last year and working
Battery charger, working and charging
Pressurized water system, all water systems are working
Head system, working, pump did cycle 1 extra time
Risers/manifolds, NEW, were being replaced at time of listing
Refrigerators/freezers, WORKING
7. Broker Findings and/or comments
OVERALL WELL ABOVE AVERAGE CONDITION, NOTHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY OF A 2004 VESSEL, SHOWS AS A NEWER BOAT, VERY WELL CARED FOR. ALL THE SYSTEMS TESTED WORKED, THE VACUFLUSH DID CYCLE 2 OR 3 TIMES, POSSIBLE LEAK??


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