Phone: 941-417-2814
Cell: 912-401-5267

Captain Barry Sikes

Licensed Yacht and Ship Broker

“The Cruising Broker”

After a successful career in the Television Broadcast and the Internet Advertising and Marketing industry I followed a lifelong passion and entered the Marine Industry. I built, owned and operated numerous business on the simple principal of “clients always come first”.

I offer 40 years’ experience owning and operating marine vessels both inland and offshore. I have years of extensive cruising along the eastern seaboard, Florida’s east and west coast, Florida Keys, Bahamas, Exumas, Elethrua chains as well as numerous charters in the US Virgin and British Virgin Islands.

My wife and I have been full-time live aboards on our 65ft Grand Alaskan, 61ft Hatteras and 45ft Carver over a 10 year period. This real world experience results in extensive knowledge of all marine systems, electronics, operating and performance metrics. Coupled with an understanding of proper maintenance and upkeep. My goal is to represent a buyer or seller with the upmost integrity and unmatched service. I’m also a US Coast Guard Merchant Marine Licensed Captain.


Customer Testimonials

We made it home yesterday!!! She is safely tucked in her new home in a covered slip at the Little Rock Yacht Club. Last leg took us thru the Tennessee, Cumberland, Ohio, Mississippi, White and Arkansas Rivers. Total trip from Palmetto was over 1700 miles thru 23 locks and we used 3500 gallons of fuel in 16 days of travel. We had no mechanical issues and the boat ran great!!! We anchored 10 of the 17 days and the generator never missed a beat. We are so proud of her!!! Thanks again for all your help in making our dream come true!!! We will keep you posted on our progress as we continue to update her!!! — Pam C from Little Rock, AK
Thank you Barry for all of your help in our purchase of the 58' Hatteras Shangri-La. It has been a pleasure from start to finish on the purchase and your knowledge and expertise made us feel at ease thru the entire process. Pam and I not only consider you to be a great broker but also consider you to be a great friend. Thanks again. — Roy and Pam S from Arkansas
Barry and American Marine Yachts has been awesome, and all have gone above and beyond expectations. You can use us as a referral anytime. In our year and a half of looking for a boat, we have NEVER met a broker of the integrity, knowledge and honesty of Barry! It was a total pleasure! — Frank M Columbia, CT, 60 Defever
I was looking for a 41' Tiara and met with Capt Barry Sikes. He showed us two of them he listed in the marina and was very knowledgeable and honest. We negotiated a deal on one of them and it was a very easy and straight forward process.

Once we had a deal set he gave us a list of surveyors in the area along with a few yacht loan brokers to use. All during the process he kept us up to date and always answered his phone (something unusual for a boat broker). When I asked about items on the boat he not only would get the information for me but would email me a picture of it.

During the seatrial Capt Barry ran the boat and explained the systems one by one. Even though it was not my first boat this size, he was still very informative and knowledgeable. He even stocked the fridge with waters, snacks and sandwiches for everyone including the surveyor.

Once we closed he had the boat we arrived to transit it to the east coast and they had nice Wine and Glasses on the dinette table the boat washed and everything ready to go. They were Totaly Professional and went above and beyond in every way.
— Paul S Orlando, Fl
Thought I would let you know we took the boat through Lake Okeechobee and it ran perfectly (as I expected). We left Saturday morning and arrived in Ft Pierce Sunday evening. I want to thank you for all your help on this purchase. You made it very easy and professional. It was truly a pleasure to work with you. — Paul S Fort Pierce, FL
Just a quick note to let you know what a phenomenal job you and your staff did. From the initial listing to the final closing, things could NOT have gone any smoother. Your team handled every aspect of the sales process and made the sale very enjoyable. Thanks again to YOU, and all the "behind the scenes" staff. — Mike R from Texas and Riviera Dunes Marina
For anyone seeking to buy or sell a boat, you need look no further than Captain Barry Sikes! Earlier this year, through Barry, I purchased my first large boat, a 68 foot Hatteras. I could not have imagined a better experience and it was completely due to Barry's efforts! On every single level, he went above and beyond the call of duty! I could not of asked for a more professional, hard-working or honest individual! I would recommend Barry to anybody. I simply can't imagine anybody who would be better! Thanks again, Barry! — Scott E from Maryland
Captain Barry Sikes is the most professional, efficient and effective yacht broker. He just sold our Cruisers 4450 in a matter of days. Coordinated everything that needed to be done to prepare the boat quickly, selectively and cost effectively. Videoed and photographed the boat but, alas, the boat was sold before the ad was even placed. Great job Barry!

Thank you very much for your hard work on this project. You have demonstrated unprecedented professionalism and fairness.
— Jennifer and Tom S from Riviera Dunes Palmetto
Capt Barry - Thank you for your guidance during the purchase of our Fountaine Pajot catamaran, the process could not have been more pleasant. Between your expert knowledge of yachting, the industry, and patience with a first-time buyer, there was never a question left unanswered, nor a doubt where we were in the process. Your "client first" attitude put us at ease knowing you were there to ensure nothing but the best for all concerned. — Bob W from : Yet another Satisfied Customer, moving to our Riviera Dunes location
Capt Barry - Thank you for your professionalism, thoroughness and most importantly, your support and continued advice. You made the experience of our purchase a fabulous one! — Frank and Heidi B from : Yet another Satisfied Customer, moving to our Riviera Dunes location
Capt Barry - in all lines of business or industry there are only a few individuals who truly stand out in terms of customer focus and customer service. Barry has that set of traits we all wish for when making purchases. On top of that, Barry has a deep level of knowledge for boats, the lifestyle and the industry. You will not go wrong in utilizing Capt Barry for your purchase or your sale - he is exceptional in his role. — Peter A from : Yet another Satisfied Customer, moving to our Riviera Dunes location
Just a note to thank you for your help in purchasing our 42 ft. Chris Craft. You went above and beyond in providing the expert advice and coordination during all phases of the sale. Even though this was our first purchase of a boat in this class you made us feel completely comfortable throughout the process. My wife and I are most impressed with the way you have continued to support us with advice and training after the sale. Once again, thanks so much. — Larry and Kris B from Ohio / Riviera Dunes, Palmetto FL
I have bought and sold many boats over the years and worked with numerous brokers. Capt Barry is the most professional, knowledgeable and hardworking broker I've worked with. He went way out of his way to sell my 42 foot Chris-Craft with an extraordinary effort to put myself and the buyer together. I've had no other broker work this hard and be so positive in the process. Thank you so much Barry. — Kim G from Riviera Dunes Marina, Palmetto FL
I wanted to thank you for the amazing experience you gave me in the search for my first yacht of size. Your advice and knowledge in boating matters lead me into picking the right vessel for my needs. Your willingness to spend time with me gave me the trust and confidence in knowing I was getting expert guidance and advice. You are the man! I consider you my boating mentor. — Tom G from Joining us at Riviera Dunes from Virginia
Capt Barry was a pleasure to work with. He set aside his weekend family time to show me the boat after I made an unexpected call while in the area. He was thoughtful, knowledgeable, and considerate. I was especially impressed with his patience during the financing process functioning as the line of communication between me and the seller. He also, provided a much appreciated extensive list of surveyors, finance, and insurance agents.

I highly recommend Barry to anyone in the boat market either buying or selling. He is professional, experienced, and works through what can become a difficult process with ease.
— Chris F from Pensacola FL