We met Dominic Lowe (Dom) approximately six years ago. We were considering changing our 45’ yacht for a deck saloon type vessel.
We met Dom at the boat show, and we were shown over some boats, but none suited our criteria. He told us of a boat at Halfmoon Bay that may suit.
Dom also informed us of a new bigger model that was coming over soon, but none were available in New Zealand yet. He didn’t try to talk us into a smaller boat in order to get a sale, if fact he didn’t put any pressure on us.
Two years later our circumstances changed, so we met with Dom again. He encouraged us to go to the Sydney Boat Show and view the boat on the water. Dom met us, gave us tickets, showed us around and was very helpful. His extensive knowledge of boats was very reassuring, he is also very understanding of a clients needs.
A few months later, we had our new boat; Dom also supported us through the process of adding in extras.
Dom sold our 45’ for us before our new boat arrived, which was a big help.
To anyone who is considering purchasing a boat, we would highly recommend you talk with Dom. He is not a high-pressure salesman; he listens to people, understands their needs, and has a great knowledge of the market and product.
Dom is well respected within the industry; he runs an efficient office with a good team of people.
You can trust him to carry out what has been arranged and that he has your best interests at heart.
I would recommend anyone who is looking for a boat, either power or sail, to talk with Dominic Lowe.
Working with Dom has been an absolute pleasure. You will struggle to find a more professional and respected person who understands the marine industry and particularly yachts as well as Dom. We have purchased and sold various yachts through Dom and could not recommend him and his company more highly. He also understands the importance of resale value to a boat owner and will work with you understand what is most important to you. You will not be disappointed working with Dom and his team. Thank-you Dom and Ocean Time.
I can totally recommend Dom after buying our new Moody 45ds through him. We were having trouble selling our old boat in Tauranga so we sent it up to Dom and he sold it during lockdown no problem. As we could not access the boat due to covid so Dom went the extra mile in arranging work to be done and moving the boat as required which is much appreciated. You feel you have a friend for life after dealing with Dom.
We have no hesitation at all in recommending Dom and his company Ocean Time when you are looking at purchasing your next vessel. I have purchased my last two yachts through Dom and have found his integrity and professionalism to be the best in the business. He is honest as the day is long and when he says he will do something, it is done. Dom is never one to pull the wool over your eyes and if you have questions re your purchase he will give you a straight up truthful answer, whether the news is good or bad.
Even after you have taken possession of your new boat you will find that Dom still answers the phone and continues to be extremely helpful, once a gain a trait that is not always common once the deal is done these days.
Dom genuinely cares about his customers whether they be buying or selling and this will make your experience with Ocean Time a very enjoyable one from beginning to end.
I have dealt with Dom both as a purchaser and a vendor. He was a great help when purchasing my yacht initially as I had little big boat sailing experience and I leant on him for advice in many areas. I had no hesitation in contacting him again when the time came to sell the boat. On both occasions, he was very professional and absolutely trustworthy. Dom is always a pleasure to interact with and I can't recommend him enough
We have purchased a Hanse 505 yacht through Dominic Lowe and we have found Dom to be highly professional in all dealings with good knowledge of the product. His communication during the process was exceptional given few in this industry return calls. Any queries we had were followed up and information required on the Yacht was only a text, email or phone call away. This is how I measure a Yacht Brokers commitment in getting the deal complete with no issues. Dom has a genuine interest in his new found business and have recommended him to a number of yachties selling or buying a boat. We wish Dom well and still bump into him weekly with a smile on his face. Thanks again Dom for our purchase of the Hanse 505.
From the moment we called Dom to enquire on the change over costs with a boat upgrade to the point we settled on the new boat we couldn’t have been happier. Dom took total control in giving us options & direction in making all the pieces of the puzzle fit, he had the buyer for our boat & also the contact that had the boat we upgraded to. Very much recommend Dom & the crew at Oceantime.
We have bought one and sold two boats through Dom in the last 5 years. Our first purchase was a Hanse 445.Dom made the process low stress and very easy. We could rely on his honesty,open communication and ability to negotiate any issues that arose. We then decided to buy a yacht in Europe and sail it back to New Zealand. We had no hesitation in approaching Dom to sell our 445 as our initial dealings made it easy. Dom sold the boat quickly and at a good price. We then bought a Hanse 505 in Europe and spent the next 2.5 years sailing back to New Zealand. We wanted to sell the boat once back in NZ so contacted Dom when in the Pacific. He outlined a plan and had a buyer in mind before we got back. Needless to say when we were back a contract was entered into almost straightaway at our expected price. The sale was negotiated by Dom in a highly professional manner and any issues resolved immediately. His assistance during the sale process was invaluable and we are very thankful. We have not felt the need to deal with any other yacht brokers over this period as all our experiences have been positive.
After owning our previous yacht for 12 years we felt it was time for a bigger and newer replacement. We looked at quite a few yachts with different brokers, but weren’t always comfortable with their pressure to buy. In contrast Dom listened to what we were seeking and only showed us relevant boats, and at no time did we feel pressured into making a decision that we might regret. He got the purchase and sale of both boats over the line to our satisfaction. After the sale he has been available to introduce me to the right people to get things fixed and answer my questions. I have no hesitation in recommending him if you are looking for a new or second-hand boat.
I have observed Dom’s work in the brokerage industry for over 10 years. He has consistently stood out as having an extraordinary work ethic when it comes to getting a result for clients. He is a person of great integrity and has earned trust with his professionalism, honesty and ethical business practices. He has a great depth of knowledge and practical experience with sail and power boats. The best indication of this is the number of repeat clients he retains. I would have no hesitation recommending Dom and Oceantime.
I have purchased 2 boats through Dominic Lowe over the last 6 years. I have found Dom to be highly professional in all dealings with good knowledge of the product he is selling.
Any issues we had were followed up and fixed as quick as possible with very little fuss. This is how I measure a persons attitude to service.
He is genuinely interested in his customers experience and I would highly recommend him to anyone considering using his services.
Dom was very helpful with the purchase of my Dehler 41. He was straight up, responsive and patient with the process and timing I needed. Since the purchase he has spent time on the boat with me teaching me about it and sharing details of the best people in the industry to get support from for the boats maintenance. I have no hesitation recommending Dom to vendors and purchases and would definitely engage him again.
Seeking a replacement for our 20 year-old 10m planning launch last year, we looked at NZ and offshore new builds as options. We wanted to stay in the 10-12m size range. High on the list was the Sealine C330, which seemed to tick many boxes from the layout, roominess and quality points of view.
We approached Dominic as the local representative of the agent. We quickly came to appreciate his non-pressured, knowledgeable style. His evident personal background in yachts and launches, coupled with his thorough approach to products he was representing, gave us considerable confidence.
Having now owned the C330 for nearly a year, our confidence in Dom and the boat has been thoroughly well placed. We thoroughly recommend him for the buying and selling of quality new and pre-owned boats.
I have experienced Dom’s expertise maintaining a Hanse 495, selling that vessel and purchasing a new Hanse 548 with the requisite commissioning requirements.
I have been impressed with Dom’s sincerity, honesty and realism and in particular his customer focussed dedication in ensuring positive outcomes for all parties.
I have experienced him going the extra mile on service.
In particular he has the requisite experience and objectivity to deliver excellent results with respect to brokerage and managing commissioning and maintenance issues.
I bought my first large yacht through Dominic in 2014. During that process and to this day, Dominic has always shown an honest, professional and helpful attitude to me, the boat and on general sailing advice. Dominic is always interested in me getting the most out of my boat and is always happy to share the benefits of the sailing network he has built over his years in the sailing community.
“Dominic “Dom” Lowe was a delight to interact with during our selection of a new Hanse yacht. The entire process was informative, reassuring, accurate and pleasant. Dom kept us informed, offered suggestions and placed no time pressures on us. He wanted us to have the right boat at the right time for our needs. At commissioning we were assured of ongoing support. The team delivered a list of likely needs and took care of any we selected for the next exciting phase on the water. We can thoroughly recommend Dom to any prospective owner of a vessel he may represent. Mike Hitchcock, Auckland