Field Notes: Navigating Towards Success

A Rare Opportunity in Yacht Transportation and Logistics

Pete Weishaupt
2 min readMay 30, 2024

Sailing, takes me away… Okay, I couldn’t resist. I came across this listing for a yacht transportation and logistics company that has a strong market presence along with substantial physical assets and a well-established operational system. The asking price based on cash flow seems a bit steep, but remember, there’s a whole lot of FF&E baked into it. The company’s been around longer than you or I, and the reason for the sale is our favorite: The owner is retiring. The real estate, sold separately, could enhance the value of this deal for the right buyer.

Financial Overview

  • Asking Price: $4,250,000
  • Cash Flow: $496,905
  • Gross Revenue: $6,507,874
  • EBITDA: $496,905
  • FF&E (Furniture, Fixtures, & Equipment): $4,195,000 (included in the asking price)
  • Real Estate: $2,500,000 (not included in asking price)
  • Established: 1954

Business Operations

  • Location: Florida, multiple terminals
  • Industry: Yacht transportation and logistics
  • Employees: 13
  • Facilities: Three terminals located on the East and Southeast coasts of the United States


Valuation and Price Justification:

  • The asking price is approximately 8.6 times the reported cash flow.
  • However, the substantial investment in FF&E indicates a significant asset base, which is critical for operations in this industry.
  • Strengths:
  • Established company with decades of experience, leading to strong brand recognition and a loyal customer base.
  • Exclusive service provision with no direct competitors matching its range of services and equipment capacity, providing a competitive edge.
  • Strategic geographical locations in prime market areas enhance operational efficiency and customer reach.

Risks and Considerations:

  • High dependency on specialized equipment and skilled labor could pose risks in terms of maintenance and staffing.
  • The business operates in a niche market, potentially limiting its customer base to those owning or dealing in yachts. However, if you can afford a yacht, you’re probably not too price sensitive.

Opportunities for Growth:

  • You could expand the fleet and increasing the number of drivers could meet the existing high demand for yacht logistics and tap into new markets.
  • You could increase service offerings like international transportation or additional logistic services tailored to luxury and large-scale marine vessels.
  • You could leverage technological advancements in logistics and transportation management to improve efficiency and customer service.

Market and Location:

  • Florida is a key hub for boating and marine activities in the US, which supports steady demand for yacht transportation.
  • The business’s location and services are well-aligned with the needs of leading US boat OEMs and dealers, securing high-profile clientele.

What do you think? Check it out and let me know!

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