Written Testimonials


 “We couldn’t have had a more positive experience. The owner, Shawn, personally delivered our boat and spent several hours with us to make sure we were completely comfortable; being that my husband and I are newer to boating. The time spent was invaluable and we feel like old pros in a months’ time. Our financing and paperwork also could not have been easier, especially doing this transaction long distance. Keri even found us an unbeatable insurance rate. We could not love our new toy more!

“We owe Emerald Coast Marine for drastically improving our quality of life with what we consider to be the most beautiful boat on the water!
“Thank you Shawn, Keri and Emerald Coast Marine!”

-Jess Simboli Family, St. Petersburg, FL

“Emerald Coast Marine went above and beyond in my experience. Davied was the sales agent that I was originally connected to and he worked with me from start to finish. He was easygoing, very accommodating and truly a pleasure to work with. He took the time to answer every question and even contacted the previous owner for answers to questions that he did not know off the top of his head.

“Keri and Shawn were very helpful with my trade and Keri made the closing and financing quick and painless. The customer service even continued after the close of the sale, which is rare in today’s age.

“The entire operation was top notch and I highly recommend doing business with ECM.”

-Mike Paulzak, Ft Walton Beach, FL

“Just purchased a used Edgewater 245cx from ECM. I live in NY and was of course hesitant to buy a boat unseen. Shawn assured me the boat was one of the cleanest he had seen. But nonetheless I paid a surveyor to take a look. There were a couple issues (basically cosmetic). When I showed Shawn the report, he didn’t hesitate to make it perfect and send pictures during the process. Keri handles the finances and couldn’t be any more pleasant to deal with. They are honest, forthcoming and very knowledgeable. The boat arrived … better than I anticipated. I would highly recommend trusting them for a boat purchase. A+”

-Jen Esposito, Mamaroneck, NY

“We just purchased a 2000 Sea Ray 290 Sundance from Shawn and Keri and can’t speak highly enough about the experience. Both of them went overboard to take care of us all the way through the process. I’ve never had as good a buying experience as they provided. I’d never hesitate to recommend them to my best friend, whether buying or selling.

“I was also very impressed with their Service Manager, Bob. I asked to have a couple of things done and they were done promptly and for a reasonable price. What really impressed me was when he told me that one of the things I asked about, he told me that he could do it but it would be a waste of my money. They are the kind of people that we could be good friends with if we lived closer.

“To top it off, we love our boat. Definitely a win/win for Linda and I.”

-Jerry Montgomery, McHenry, MS

“I visited Emerald Coast Marine one afternoon “just to look.” And, well, two weeks later, I bought a boat. This is a first-class organization. Customer service is their main focus.

“Davied Lunsford is by far the best, most accommodating sales rep I have ever met. As a novice boat owner, Davied exercised patience and understanding while guiding me through the purchase process, teaching me how to do everything everybody else already knew about who own and operate a boat. “Everyone from Shawn Talpey, Pres., Keri Doscher, VP, Davied Lunsford, sales, Bob Peavler, service dept., and the entire dry dock team, focus on total customer service.

“I highly recommend you purchase your next boat at Emerald Coast Marine.”

-James Conley, Birmingham, AL 

“One of the nicest Marinas I have ever seen. Everyone is so helpful and pleasant. We bought a boat here yesterday and storing it at the high and dry. I highly recommend the Emerald Coast Marina.”

-Fred Lauderbaugh, Eustis, FL

“After much research and deliberation, my wife and I recently purchased a 2017 Key West 239FS from ECM. Even though we took awhile to make the final decision, Shawn and Keri were patient, informative, and made the process easy. And everyone from sales, parts, service, and marina dry storage who were involved in getting us on the water were awesome!

“I’ve always said that if people would be nice, be kind, and be decent the world would be a better place. Thanks to everyone for hitting that mark!”

-Chris & Kiki Gillespie, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

“I couldn’t be more pleased with Emerald Coast Marine. This is our first boat purchase and from the first phone call to Daniel Hall it was a great experience.

Keri Doscher worked her accounting and financing magic to make sure we received the best rate possible. They were patient with us as we had some delays on getting all the correct info from our CPA. We bought a 2013 Sea Hunt 234 Ultra and a brand new Magic Tilt Trailer from them. Being a used boat and buying from Louisiana, I was dependent on transparency of the condition. Daniel climbed into the boat within minutes of the first call and sent text pictures of it along with pictures of a few small flaws so I knew what to expect. The boat was actually in better shape than we imagined. We showed up from a 5-hour drive at 2:30pm, tested the boat, closed the deal, and were back on the water and happy boat owners shortly after 5pm. Awesome Experience!”

-Carruth Higgins, Prairieville, LA

“Personally I highly recommend Emerald Coast Marine. Staff, service, outstanding advice and support will always be on hand.

“My story. I live on an island called Bahrain. Renowned for its waters, I decided to buy a boat. Found a Monterey Cruiser in need of attention in Florida. Contacted Mr. Bob at Emerald Marine who saved my boat and my life. Imagine knowing nothing geographically or who is who in a country you don’t even know… a scary prospect. Who do you trust to handle, not just repairs, but transporting/preparing it for export to Bahrain. Emerald Coast Marine!

“Can’t thank you guys enough. The communication, emails, phone calls and pictures that kept me up to date with the progress, was second to none.

“Bob and Phil are champion guys who go the extra mile in everything they turn their hands to.

“My boat arrived in Bahrain sea ready with all safety and mechanical repairs completed to an exceptionally high standard.

“Don’t hesitate to contact or use the services they provide. Trustworthy and value for money. Simply an outstanding company.”

-Bryan Logue, Bahrain

“Unbelievable! I have finally found a boat dealer that does give a damn.
The whole crew at Emerald Coast Marine is Outstanding. ( HIGH FIVE )
“If anyone is considering buying a boat please take the time to check out Emerald Coast Marine.
“I personally found that they are a no-haggle dealer, it is what it is, and their price would be very difficult to beat.
“They have a great selection of brands and models to choose from.
“Your boat is waiting for you at Emerald Coast Marine so stop searching other dealers and go with the pros at ECM.”

-Barry Borders, Pinson, AL

“Very happy with the purchase of our new 2016 Crevalle 24 Bay! The entire team at ECM was a pleasure to work with. Shawn and Keri are genuinely kind and made the experience stress free. Bob is a good guy also and helped me through the process of selecting and mounting electronics and rigging out all the accessories that were added to the boat.

“I highly recommend Emerald Coast Marine to anyone in the market for a boat, even if you have to drive a little extra as I did.

-Steve Smith, Molino, FL

“If you are looking for a boat, Emerald Coast Marine is where you need to go.
“Being a fan of Key West Boats, our daughter and son-in-law purchased a Key West from ECM. We were introduced to Daniel, Shawn and Keri who are awesome individuals.

“ECM is a beautiful and up-to-date facility. We looked at a small boat, but realized we needed a larger boat, so we decided to wait because of cost. After some phone calls from Daniel, we sat down with everyone and were able to put together a deal to purchase the larger boat. Daniel walked us through and explained everything in detail about the boat and maintenance facility. Shawn, Keri and Daniel made us feel at home in their dealership. Shawn and Keri went above and beyond in making the figures work to our satisfaction.

“We love our new boat and family at ECM. We are making memories! Thank you Shawn, Keri and Daniel.”

-Edna Hoke, Niceville, FL

“Absolutely wonderful! Everyone at this place was great! You just know you are gonna have a good experience when you are welcomed by a salesperson that has plenty of product knowledge and can answer any question you ask without having to go ask someone (Thanks Daniel Hall).

“The owners were just as nice. We have been looking for about a year for a boat and having visited many dealers and this is by far the most professional yet accommodating place we have been.

“Thanks Emerald Coast Marine.”

-Teresa Wright, Cedar Bluff, AL

“I recently had my 41 Bahama yearly service done at Emerald Coast Marine. I have to say first of all, this place is absolutely first class , the guys who handled my boat treated it like it was there own. They sent videos of my boat being taken out of the water and placed inside on the rack to do the service. Bob the service manager explained and also took care of my boat very professional. They also covered my boats while it was in the bay. First place ever we’re I took my boat spotless and received it back in the same condition. Thank you Shawn, Kerry and everyone else at the marina.

John Vallianatos, Destin, FL

“We love our friends at ECM! Best in the area in every aspect, hands down!”

-Bobby Dove, Hooligan’s Charters, Niceville, FL  

 “Purchasing a boat from E.C.M. was a breeze. “My experience with ECM started online and went to phone calls all of which were answered and or returned in a timely manner. Both Keri and Shawn always seemed to be eager to help with any questions I had, which I had plenty of due to living in southeast Texas and not being on site to view the boat. All questions or concerns were dealt with immediately and everything that was represented was the truth. I couldn’t be happier with my purchase.
“Smooth sailing and tight lines!”

-Don Yentzen, Beaumont, TX


“Outstanding customer service. Beautiful facilities. Every employee is an expert on boats and boating. Best boating club in all of northwest Florida.

“Special shout out to Annamarie Worrell, boat club coordinator and Joe, the everything boat guy. They were very kind and patient with my entire family as we are new to the world of boating. They go above and beyond all expectations.”

-Sharon Pederson, Niceville, FL

“As a member of the Emerald Coast Boat Club, we have been extremely impressed with the professionalism and friendly service offered by Emerald Coast Marine. Annamarie and the staff do an outstanding job of making you feel welcome. Always available to help and always willing to go the extra mile to make your boating experience easy and fun!

“We cannot wait to get back to Emerald Coast Marine to take advantage of the many great services (food, bar, pool, marina services, boat maintenance, etc). You will not be disappointed.”

-Tom and Linda Miller, Niceville, FL

“Outstanding customer service! Being a member of the boat club has been one of the best experiences my family has ever had. The staff is very friendly and helpful and is willing to go above and beyond to meet your needs. Very convenient boat reservation app and the boat availability can’t be beat. “Thanks ECM for providing such a great experience for my family!”

-Paul and Amy Kenter, Niceville, FL