John Peterson New Bern Yachts

John Peterson, CPYB

New Bern, NC


In 2011 and 2012 John Peterson was awarded the “TOP GUN” award for United Yacht Sales, having sold the most brokered boats!

John also is a Certified Professional Yacht Broker who has quickly become one of United Yacht Sales most successful worldwide brokers and is also a licensed Coast Guard Captain.

During his childhood, while growing up outside of Portland, Maine, John spent summers lobstering with his uncles learning the trade as well as how to handle vessels and predict weather and sea changes. Leaving home at age 18, John joined the United States Coast Guard. Advancing through the enlisted and warrant officer ranks, John obtained a full Coast Guard commission in 1991. Finally retiring in 1996. While in the Coast Guard John served on board both Polar Class ice breakers, Polar sea and Polar Star. Making multiple arctic and Antarctic trips. Additionally, John spent a total of 5 years in Kodiak, Alaska making for a challenging boating experience.

Since retiring, John has owned various vessels making multiple trips along the Atlantic as well as the ICW. Comfortable with all aspects of boat handling, mechanical issues, sea and weather states, planning, and vessel management. He looks forward to being of assistance to you and/or your customers.

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When it is Time to Sell or Buy; Who do You Call?

John Peterson, United Yacht Sales of the Carolinas, New Bern, NC. (AGLCA Sponsor)

Having been long time sailors we deliberated whether and when to transition to a vessel more suitable for our LOOP dream. (No I am not dissing any sailboaters that have / are or will Loop - we are transitioning to a m/v for other reasons as well)

We met with John Peterson, Yacht Broker in New Bern, NC

From our first meeting we knew John was the right person to help us find new owners for our sailboat - and guide our search for our next vessel.

Today we closed on our s/v sale - tomorrow we begin our m/v search.

John is a CPYB professional, he is a boater - and understands boating & boaters. John guided our boat preparation and handled all aspects of the promotion and sale.

Our Thanks to John's personal attention and commitment to guide us throughout our transition.

Well Done!!

Dale and Merna Hartwig

Many thanks to broker John Peterson from United Yacht Sales of the Carolina's for his professional service in helping us sell our 32 ft. Nordic Tug. We are happy to say that LeeLoo now has found a new home! Our interactions with John, both in searching for and purchasing our 37 ft. Nordic Tug and in listing and selling our 32 ft. Nordic Tug, were positive experiences. John enthusiastically represented us both as buyer and seller.

John is very knowledgeable, dependable, approachable, and goes the extra mile to assist his clients, day or night. We highly recommend John Peterson if you are looking for a broker.

37-122 Tug LeeLoo - 2005 37 Ft. Nordic Tug

Carey and Nancy Cook

Dear Mr. Schmidt:

I just wanted to drop you a few lines to commend the members of your staff with whom I recently dealt during the just completed purchase of my Sea Ray 310 Sundancer. Mr. John Peterson provided me outstanding professional support, advice and assistance from the start of the transaction right up until completion.

I was purchasing a vessel some seven hundred miles from my home and knew no one in the area there. John helped me to obtain the services of an excellent marine surveyor as well as those of a local boat yard enabling me to have the boat hauled and stored prior to shipment. He then provided me contact information with numerous shippers which enabled me to take bids for shipment and procure transport for my vessel at a reasonable cost. During the transaction he acted as liaison between the seller and myself enabling my many questions about the vessel to be answered.

I also wish to commend Ms. Kathy Hochenberger for her efficiency and dispatch in handling the closing of the sale. At my request, she went way out of her way in moving up the closing date of the sale to accommodate the schedule of a potential shipper I was attempting to engage.

It is always a pleasure to deal with competent, professional individuals that are good at what they do. Your fine staff reflects great credit upon you and your management team at United Yacht Sales.

Please do not hesitate to use my name as reference to any potential buyer, and further, express my sincere thanks to your staff for a most pleasurable buying experience.


John Leach

John Leach

6 days ago I read an ad about John Peterson, new sponsor of AGLCA, in our AGLCA newsletter. I loved his Boat Brokers ad (United Yacht Sales of the Carolina's ). I picked up the phone and called him, met him on my boat a few days later, listed my boat, awed with the pictures he took, discussed pros and cons of our boat for marketing strategy and now my boat is sold (closing on Friday). All within 56 days. I could not have scripted a better Broker and final outcome.

During these past 56 days - I came to appreciate John's unique and comprehensive way he approaches a boat sale. He has a unique way to determine the optimum photography of your boat, writing copy and personalize a marketing strategy for your particular boat. People are online looking at boats and not waiting to read the ads in the back of a magazine. John leverages multiple online sources and search words to get your boat recognized. He even has a sophisticated metrics system to determine quickly if your boat is getting the number of hits necessary to sell. The metrics allows him analyze live data to make shifts in online placement to increase hits and increase odds of finding a buyer. Ask John to explain in further detail.

John Peterson sold tons of boats in the last year. Enough said! You have to be good and organized. John is engaged and not doing all this from a distance. I heard some Brokers will ask you to take pictures of your boat and send it to them to list. What? How can that Broker know your boat and have the depth to sell your boat? He was there every step of the way and for the survey...He offered sage advice when asked. He responded quickly whenever I asked what was happening.

If you are thinking about selling or buying a boat call John Peterson of United Yacht Sales of the Carolina's. I promise it will be a positive experience.

1992 Jefferson 42 Motoryacht

Jack McManus

If you are looking for a slogan for John's work it would be "Concierge Service That Never Sleeps! (and I have to mention Lenny's contributions here!). Many thanks for John Peterson and the entire crew at United. - John D. Zielinski - Hoosier Lady III (2000 Silverton 322)

John D. Zielinski

My Yachts For Sale

Romsdal 100'  Expedition 1962


Romsdal 100' Expedition 1962

Portsmouth, Virginia

Hatteras 70' Sport Deck Motoryacht 1997

That's A Wrap

Hatteras 70' Sport Deck Motoryacht 1997

New Bern, North Carolina

Hunter 45'  Center Cockpit 2008

Al Di La

Hunter 45' Center Cockpit 2008

New Bern, North Carolina

Albin 43'  Sundeckbow And Stern Thruster 1987


Albin 43' Sundeckbow And Stern Thruster 1987

New Bern, North Carolina

Beneteau 43'  2011


Beneteau 43' 2011

New Bern, North Carolina

Nonsuch 44'  Nereus 1989


Nonsuch 44' Nereus 1989

New Bern, North Carolina

Silverton 40'  Aft Cabin 1988


Silverton 40' Aft Cabin 1988

New Bern, North Carolina

Edgewater 37'  Cc 2018

Stir It Up Iii

Edgewater 37' Cc 2018

Palm Beach, Florida

Albin 36' Trawler 1983


Albin 36' Trawler 1983

New Bern, North Carolina

Beneteau 35'  Oceanis 1994


Beneteau 35' Oceanis 1994

New Bern United States

Sea Ray 34'  Sportsman 2005


Sea Ray 34' Sportsman 2005

New Bern, North Carolina

American Tug 34'  2001

Forever Young

American Tug 34' 2001

New Bern, North Carolina

Ranger Tugs 35'  Sedan 2017

Ranger Tugs

Ranger Tugs 35' Sedan 2017

New Bern, North Carolina

Atlantic 34'  Lrc Trawler 1983


Atlantic 34' Lrc Trawler 1983

New Bern, North Carolina

Back Cove 29'  Hardtop 2008

Back Cove

Back Cove 29' Hardtop 2008

New Bern, North Carolina