SVN | Safe Haven Advisors was founded by marina and marine businesses experts to solve a market need for specialized advisory services provided by professionals with the industry knowledge, relationships and strategic marketing resources required to successfully acquire and divest marinas, marine properties, and marine businesses.
Conventional (In-Water), Dry Stack, & Mooring Fields, etc.
Boat Yards & Ship Yards, Business Developed Marine Specialty Properties, Marine Destinations & Resorts, etc.
Boat Dealers, Boat Builders & OEMs, Boat Suppliers, etc.
/sāf ˈhāvən/ • noun
I. a place of refuge for a vessel in distress or in danger from a storm;
II. an investment that is expected to retain or increase in value during a time of market turbulence.
SVN | Safe Haven Advisors is a specialty advisory practice within SVN’s global network of offices. With dedicated offices in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Jupiter, Florida the Partners in SVN | Safe Haven Advisors, Mike Howell and David Kendall, focus entirely on advising on marina and marine related transactions. Additionally, the Partners of SVN | Safe Haven Advisors also serve as the Co-Chairman of the SVN | Marinas Alliance, which enables regional SVN offices to collaboratively promote marina and marine property listings through the svnmarinas.com listing portal maintained on our website.
SVN is the only national commercial real estate firm with a dedicated marina and marine specialty practice. With a network of over 2,000 SVN advisors and +200 offices, SVN | Safe Haven Advisors is capable of reaching a much broader universe of buyers and investors than local commercial real estate firms. With nearly two-thirds of all commercial real estate transactions completed by buyers beyond state lines our reach can be the difference between a highly successful transaction or a suboptimal outcome.
SVN has the largest geographic footprint of commercial real estate offices in the country and ranks among the top firms in terms of transaction volume and overall value. The SVN® brand is globally recognized as a leading commercial real estate company and differentiated by a shared vision of creating value with clients, colleagues and our communities. When you choose SVN you mobilize the entire SVN organization of experts and all our trusted relationships to act on your behalf. This shared network is the SVN Difference.
SVN by the Numbers
- +$20.4B of Closed Transactions
- +2,000 Advisors
- +200 Offices
- + 8 Countries & Expanding
- +7 Core Specialty Practices
- +57M SF of Properties Managed
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Acquisitions of marina and marine properties is in high demand with activity being driven by a few large national consolidators, strategic acquirers, family offices , and high net worth individuals.
Marinas, Marine Properties and Marine Businesses are distinct asset classes for which we have trademarked as Business Developed Commercial Real Estate (BdCRE™) or Special Purpose Commercial Real Estate (SpCRE™). These asset classes have distinct risk and return characteristics which require a specialist understanding. Increasingly, we are seeing international and professional investors as potential acquirers of marinas and related properties as they are seeking attractive “safe haven” investments that can be actively or passively managed.
SVN | Safe Haven Advisors was founded by marina and marine businesses experts to solve a market need for specialized advisory services by professionals with the industry knowledge, relationships and strategic marketing resources required to successfully acquire and divest specialty marine properties and businesses.
Marinas Businesses often provide a product or service that requires the ownership or control of specific commercial real estate, often with water access that is integral to the success of the business. Increasingly, we are seeing a convergence between large marine business operators and the marina consolidators as they compete for ownership and control of properties with deep water access and high demand service capabilities.
SVN | Safe Haven Advisors was strategically formed by partners Mike Howell and David Kendall. Mike Howell spent nearly 20 years as an M&A investment banker during which time he advised on many large marine business transactions. Nearly a decade ago, David Kendall founded U.S. Marina Brokers, which became a leading specialized marina brokerage located in Florida. Together now as partner in SVN | Safe Haven Advisors we are uniquely qualified to advise on marina and marine related transaction throughout the United States and the Caribbean.