Report: #435912

Complaint Review: Savage Yachts LLC

  • Submitted: Fri, March 20, 2009
  • Updated: Mon, June 30, 2014
  • Reported By: Baltimore Maryland
  • Savage Yachts LLC
    151 107th Avenue,suite #2,
    Treasure Island, Florida

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Maritime Law requires the firm selling any vessel provide full disclosure of all known defects current or pass related to the sale of a vessel. Let me start this story from its beginning, all truthfully stated, without imbelishments.

I viewed a Scout boat, Model 240 Bay Scout on a boaters site. It looked good and discription was boat was in good order. I called Savage Brokers in Treasure Island , Florida and spoke to their agent , namely Traver Smith. Nice fellow, at that time at least. Told me the boat was really nice, sent pictures, and kept calling me for interest. I gave him what price I would like to pay, and he countered, then price was agreed upon. I asked him for a hull number.

I took that number , paid $43.00 to and got a perfect report, no problems reported by any agency, nor did their data base contain any known mishaps or alike. I even went to another degree and checked the hull number of my cousin's boat , knowing it had been severely damaged, and that history did appear. Now remember they are called, not So all checked out perfect. Now I proceeded to make the deal. I wired from Maryland bank $2,000 downpayment.

I drove to Florida , with another preson who has great knowledge of boats and especially motors. It took a couple days to get everything together by Savage Yachts, although my trip was well planned , they sort of made sure things got screwed up, along with the boat owner they were representing. So a trip of one day turned into three days.

I arranged to meet them at a motor compression testing facility named Central Marine (who by the way were the nicest , most organized, well priced, people I have ever meet). They checked the compression and all reported very good. They did however mention their belief the motor was exposed to a large amount of saltwater, not consistant with normal use. I asked the owner of Savage, he called the boat owner , who stated the boat was bought without the cowling and therefor was exposed to additional salt. Central sort of did not believe their statement , but felt it was not their position to make judgement.

I had asked Savage Yachts several times about the reason why this boat was up for sale. Several times Traver said he did not know. Remember this statement I made here, its important. When the owner of the boat delivered the boat to Central Marine, I ask him right out , how did you get this boat. He stated it was a reposession (repo), and that is how he secured it.

We then went to get a load test at a local lake near St.Pete. The motor performed ok, little racket sounding, but I was use to a Honda and this was a Yamaha, so I thought they might be louder sounding. Shifting was sort of hard to do.

Upon my trip back to Maryland all four tires on the trailer had to be replaced at my cost. No big deal, but that stay in a Citco Station in Whereever, Ga overnight in the truck was something special. Hope they did not check behind the gas station for unauthorized deposits. LOL

Upon my return, I saw the engine compression documents contained the name and address of at least the motors previous owner. I got their number off the web and made the call expecting to hear, boy that was a great boat, and I lost my job so the bank took it over. Oh, no thats not what the guy told me. He said, son this boat was a total loss in hurricane Ike in Galveston Bay in 2008, where as Progressive Insurance Company totaled the boat and motor. After I passed out , hitting my head on on the floor, wondering just how this more than diligent guy got screwed, I really got upset. I did my homework, I paid dearly for a site to give me information. I checked out and paid for the compression check of the motor. What more could I have done.
Well honestly , never again buy a boat from Florida. Never , Never, absolutely never again.

Now I am told by Savage, hey there is nothing I can do, I was just selling the boat. Although during the exchange of emails Traver admitted he saw the boat prior to its repair and only saw the T-top bent down. Now remember he said nothing about this when I asked him about the boat history.

Now that guy Manny Galvao, president of Imported Enterprises, won't answer a phone call or email. He vanished. Gone, puff, adios amigo.

So I now sit in Baltimore , with a storm damaged boat and motor, oh, also no trailer title, so I cannot title the trailer and all the other players are still out their screwing all their other perspective clients. I say, do not go near any of them.

Savage Yachts, Traver Smith, Manny Galvao, Imported Enterprises,Inc, If they ever attempt to shake your hand, wash it and get the blood of others off yours. They are all thieving bastards, breed by the mother of contempt, fostered by the turning of your good , hard earned money into theirs, no regards for laws, considering you at best as their prey, feasting upon your goodwill, when in fact they are the pimple on the feastered hair, located on the anal section of boat sales. If you have a strong desire to get ripped-off, call any and I mean any of those persons/firms. So to the courts I go , and only God knows its outcome. Wanta buy a boat? Not from those I just gave you. Demons in disquise.

Now best of all Progressive was the insurance company I insured the boat with, before I even left Baltimore. They not only accepted the unit, but gave no indication they would not cover. Oh, by the way they are the very company that put the boat up for salvage in Texas. Tell you something about them also???? Does me.

My estimations are that all parties had good knowledge the boat was a salvage boat, all were in the same bed together , and all hold witness to the forthcomming law case.

Baltimore, Maryland
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#1 General Comment

My experience

AUTHOR: Boater - (USA)

A year after my purchase and experience with Manny Galveo. A year ago I was in the market for a particular boat. With months of research I finally found the Boat for me. I called the seller (Manny Galveo) and spoke with him for several days during negotiations. During this process, I did my research on the seller and Boat to be purchased. During my research, I stumbled across this report and never mentioned it to the seller. I was familiar with this particular Boat and it’s history before I even made the first call. Manny was upfront and honest with everything about the Boat before I had a chance to make him aware I knew the boats history.

He stood behind his work 100% and made me feel very confident in the current state of the boats structural integrity. I have spent countless hours on this boat crossing the Atlantic into the Bahamas along with fishing the Gulf of Mexico up to 200 miles offshore. During my year of ownership, the boat has not showed or given me reason to believe, this Boat is any less of a Boat after the repairs have been performed. Boats get damaged no different than cars. Insurance companies are quicker to salvage a boat than a wrecked car. When done correctly, boats are stronger in the places the repairs have been done than they were when leaving the manufacturer. Salavage boats may have a few cosmetic flaws, but at the end of the day cosmetics don’t get you back to dry land safe. If a Boat has sunk or taken on water this doesn’t mean it’s a throw away. It may receive a salvage stigma but can be brought back to better condition than the Boat was before the mishap occurred. That’s the great thing about fiberglass, it can be mended back together with a stronger bond than before. Boats, cars, houses, furniture and machinery are all rehabbed and given a second life with years of trouble free use. In the end find you a reputable person or company that specializes in this line of work and feel confident in your final product. I have no affiliation, other than being a past and hopefully future client of Manny Galveo. My experience has been very positive. I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase another high dollar Boat from him.

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#2 Author of original report

Traver Smith still a rip off

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Traver Smith was part of this scam, a good friend of Manny and up to his eyeballs in rip offs in St. Pete. He deserves to be serving time in jail. with Manny as his cell mate.  Nothing has changed and all are still doing the same bullcrap

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#3 Author of original report

This rebuttal has nothing to do with this post

AUTHOR: - ()

Whoever posted this , nothing is related to this post. Savage Yacht , Manny and all who are involved has not paid anything to anyone. They are all still rip offs and I am sure still doing the same to others.

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#4 Author of original report

Manny Galvao is still up to his antics

AUTHOR: Lv2bass - ()

Seems Mr. Manny Galvao is still ripping folks off. I just got an email from another fellow who just suffered his wrath.

I would suggest and if you are smart enough to check his name out on, you should heed our advice and run if you hear anything this guy is saying or selling.  Run, Run, hide, come out when he is not present.  Shame folks like him are left to exist by current laws. A real shame.

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#5 Author of original report

Customer paid his bill

AUTHOR: Lv2bass - ()

It seems it must of been a terrible mistake and Mr. Tyson Munson has elected to pay his bill.

Thanks, great job again.

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#6 Author of original report

Manny Galvao up to his old tricks again, and again and again

AUTHOR: Lv2bass - (U.S.A.)

I was contacted by a gentleman, thanking me for the warning that I posted on He too was about to be scamed by Manny Galvao. He now has a sailboat for sale. Again trying to lie about the clean title. Remember folks Texas does not issue salvage titles. Only clean titles. Needless to say, when he re-titles the boat, whalla , its clean. That is how he works. He re-titles the boat in Florida under his company called Fishtails.  Honestly, I would suggest, do not buy any boats out of Florida. Until that state starts a process that will not allow this type of business to occur, stay the heck away from a Flordia boat sale. Its nothing but a scam. Until the Florida Dealer Association, lobby's their electorate to stop this scam, personally I would never buy another boat from Florida. Any boat, like any auto/truck should have the ability to follow all the damages and history. Sorry to say, that is not the case out of Texas and Florida. They all know what is happening, from the insurance company's to the buyer to the broker. All are part of these scams. The insurance company allows these auctions of salvaged boats to occur in order to recoup some of the cost of the claims. The auction company's know darn right well what the new buyer will be doing, the brokers know darn right well they are representing a boat that was once totaled, and you as the buyer are the only ones left out of this loop. You might be told it was a storm damaged boat, with little repair needed. That is a pure lie. They fiberglass it together, making it look good, but needless to say it is a great possiblity you and your family will be on the boat when it breaks apart. I have noticed that Progressive is one of the major players in this scam. I am certain there are other insurance company's that do the same, but for now they are a major player. Once a family all gets killed by these hurricane damaged boats, the crap will be flying. Its been well over a year and the same stuff is still going on in Florida. So if you want a boat, at a great price, that is guaranteed to fail , then buy it. If you care for your family and buddy's , then don't trust any insurance company's/auctioneers, dealers/brokers/or even the sites that give you boat history. They all lie about the boat history. You are their targets here. You are the prey they seek. Stop buying Texas and Florida boats until they straighten up their acts and pass laws to prevent this type of business practice from occuring.
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#7 Author of original report

Manny Galvao & his other business

AUTHOR: Lv2bass - (U.S.A.)

Since these statements on well illustrate Manny Galvao as a number one rip off, I shall also list the other companies he owns, runs, or has a part in, therefor providing a service to others, who might desire to buy a home to consider this guy's complete history. My dad always said, you cannot change a tiger's stripes, knowing once a rip off , always a rip off. His other companies or affiliates are:

Mk&Mg Properties, Inc

Manny Gz, Inc.

This guy is and always will be a complete rip-off, and I would believe any firm he either owns or is affiliated with, will conduct the same exact type of business behavior. If you are attempting to buy a home from this guy, I would certainly re-consider. This sub-human will get you, your money, and break your heart in the process. Don't get drawn into any scheme he now has going on. I shall do my best to track him throughout his life. Some will say I am sour/angry person. Well I guess that is true, but if Manny Galvao never ripped me off, I would have nothing to report upon. Manny your day will be forthcomming, its called "What goes around , comes around."

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#8 Author of original report

Manny Galvao is a major player in these scams

AUTHOR: Lv2bass - (U.S.A.)

Manny Galvao, was certainly one of the main players related to the scam, but one must remember there were many, including Progressive Insurance Company, who allows this bull to continue. After this mess was discovered, I did much research, finding Manny purchased the boat he sold to me for $10,000 considering structurally the boat was not bad, hence he was able to repair. Both of them absolutely in my opinion are a team in this type of scam. If I were the Attorney General in Florida, I would of put a stop to this rip off scams a long time ago and Manny would be serving time for his top role. All the others too had a part. Manny Galvao, shall have his time in court, when an honest buyers, has a boat come appart , killing someone, and then Manny shall be doing time in sing sing. This is exactly what will happen. Remember Manny lawyers will do anything they can to get all who had parts. Even Progressive knows darn right well , they are also playing a major part, and when the suit gets gone, not will be spared, especially the ones with the deepest pockets. Progressive you better start raising rates to pay for that suit. It will come. Manny may you enjoy your iternity in hell, being a great friend of the devil.
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#9 General Comment

More about Manny Galveo and Import Enterprises

AUTHOR: Icantsay - (United States of America)

Manny Galveo who operates under Import Enterprises is a boat rebuilder. His entire business is buying damaged boats, repairing them, and selling them to the public as a as "repo." He has done this at least a hundred times and buys all his boats from either Cooper Capital Salvage or Salvage Direct, the auctioneer for Progressive. Every boat that he buys is a total loss. In most cases that means they sank or ran into something so bad that the insurance company felt it was worth selling rather than to accept the cost of repairs down the road. He has two full-time fiberglass guys who can cover any problems no matter how much putty it takes. He typically buys high dollar boats for cheap, using an inside deal from his direct relationship with Ron Cooper, and rebuilds them. Ron has been caught before for fixing auctions. Manny has been caught for lying about boat sales in the past; this is nothing new but it's starting to catch up with him. His username on Salvage Direct is "fishtales." If you have bought a boat from anyone involved with Manny, just search google for "salvage direct" and the make of your boat and/or fishtales to see all the boats he is involved with. He can also be found on ebay as it gives him a better outlet where buyers are more reliant on pictures than an actual visit. His username is "Tunatime43." Buyers beware; he will make every effort to convince you that the boat is in great shape. He even transfers the title into his company name so that you dont know that it was a total loss owned by an insurance company.

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#10 Author of original report

Rebutal to Rebutal from the guy who got screwed by Traver Smith,Savage Yachts,Manny Galvao

AUTHOR: Lv2bass - (U.S.A.)

For the person who has Traver as his good friend, you should choose your friends with more oversight, for the fact is and finally admitted by Traver, he did see the boat come to the guy who bought it from auction, and it did have damages. He admitted that after I had threatned legal actions against him, his company, and the owner of the boat that he represented, and certainly mis-represented to me.  He had knowledge of the damages, yet said nothing to me at anytime prior to my purchasing. So at best, he did not offer full disclosure, which is required by any boat agent, representing a seller. Full disclosure is a must. Secondarily, he told me the trailer had clean title, but it had no title.  So yes, Mr. "Traver Smith" was a great partner of the scheme.  Due diligence was done. I checked with, and no reported damages, yet the boat turned out to be totaled in a hurricane. So my man, and whoever you might be, maybe Traver's father? , he was right in the middle of this problem, and never wavered in getting a sale, no matter who got screwed as its result. Out of his own email to me, he saw the damaged boat when he went to Manny's location. Never said one word until well after the purchase was completed. Might be a nice guy, never doubted that part, but nice guys are also crooks. If he got me, he will get others is my statement, and no doubt he will do whatever it takes to facilitate the sale, no matter who is getting the shaft. It would of cost me more than the worth of the boat to travel to Florida to fight this problem, but was told by the State Attorney General of Florida to do just that. Come back and file suit. I decided to have this wonderful site, keep record of this, hoping it will defer others from falling into the trap. No matter how you paint this canvas, Mr.Traver Smith ,Manny Galvao, Imported Enterprises, and Savage Yachts, are all crooks at the highest levels of boat sales at least. I did my homework, so just shut up and go onto another scam.  I have kept all my proof and if anyone has a desire to see all the particulars, just email me at and I shall be more than glad to present you the facts, not the crap you are trying to clear his name upon. Facts clear names, not statements. I present facts. Peter Creager III
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#11 Consumer Comment

Traver Smith (formerly of Savage)

AUTHOR: Sean - (United States of America)

Periodically I google friends and colleagues to see what they are up to.  I came across this report and was astonished to find someone defaming a close friend whom I have known over ten years.  Disclosure: I am not in the yacht selling or buying business, but have been around it all my life as I grew up in Florida.  I have nothing to gain (or lose) by posting this.

It would appear to me that Traver did not know of the boat's history prior to the repo.  Progressive is the entity in this matter, along with the bank, which had the most to lose should the boat not sell.  Traver Smith's business is based upon his reputation in the industry and he knows full well that if he were to misrepresent anything in a buy/sell transaction word would circulate and nobody would want to work with him.  It is in his best interest to be forthcoming in all instances, and my experience with him has been that he is a straight shooter who would rather tell you the full facts up front and retain your future business than work somebody over to make a quick buck.  It doesn't add up that he would misdirect someone to sell a small boat (assumption based upon deposit amount) and make a small commission on the deal with the knowledge that he might lose out on selling the same person a larger boat down the road, or have that person post something such as the above report and cause him to lose business from others.

This whole affair smells of sour grapes and a lack of due diligence on the buyer's part.  It is always easier to place blame on others when you are unhappy with a purchase for which you didn't do your homework or relied too heavily upon a web-based reporting system. 

Traver Smith is a good person whom you can trust will provide exemplary service, honesty, and a good deal.  It pains me to see his reputation sullied by what appears to be a first time buyer.
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