Sumter native Richard Davis said he's got a "really sweet gig."
"I get to do full time what I love. Not everybody can say that."
The 28-year-old started his business, Davis Marine Management, less than a year ago and feels he's found his …
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The 28-year-old started his business, Davis Marine Management, less than a year ago and feels he's found his niche. He also works in the family business, Extreme Sports, run by his parents.
While he was an avid motocross competitor from age 4 to 21, Davis also grew up around boats, often going out with his father, a boat enthusiast. Having grown up on the water, living at Lake Marion for a few years and being around boats for his entire life convinced him he didn't want to do anything else.
Over the years, he "learned a lot about boats," so much, in fact, that he " always had people calling me for advice."
He decided to turn his boat expertise and 10 years' experience in the marine industry into a boat brokerage business, which he said is going very well. Davis Marine Management, he said, makes the process of buying and selling boats much easier for his clients.
When he gets a call for a consultation, Davis said, "I will come out and get information, do market research to see what the boat is selling for, its value and just a lot about the boat."
Most of his sales are advertised and marketed on the internet, he said, "after we agree on a listing price and commission." He cleans the boat, and his strong interest in photography allows him to take professional-grade photos. Davis stores the boat, shows it "anytime" and will take it out for a sea trial, or "test drive."
He consults the seller regarding any offers, and if one is accepted, Davis handles all the paperwork, which can be quite complicated. He also provides financing options.
In addition, Davis also works with clients interested in buying a boat, again handling all the details and paperwork.
"There is a great demand for people wanting me to sell their boats this year," he said. "People don't have time to meet with the buyer and haggle over the price, complete all the paperwork."
He specializes in center console boats and has sold bass boats, pontoons and other boats. In fact, Davis will sell almost any kind and size of boat. He prefers salt water boating and "gets down to the coast regularly for fishing."
Davis thinks he is one of very few boat brokers west of the coast, which is a great advantage of living in Sumter.
"My goal is to do this full time," he said. "Being in the center of the state gives me a hub to work out of. I can show boats and meet with people from all over. There is nobody else around doing this. Also, the paperwork can all be done electronically - you don't even have to see me.
"I take the headache out of buying and selling boats."
Contact Richard Davis 24 hours a day at (803) 968-7878. For more information, visit the Davis Marine Management Facebook page.
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