Broward Yachts is as American as bourbon. Originally founded while Michigan boat technician Franklin Denison – credited with fitting the first diesel engine in a yacht during the 1930s - was on his honeymoon in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Denison and his wife, Gertrude, purchased a Fort Lauderdale shipyard and immediately rechristened it from Dooley’s Dry Dock to Broward Marine (it has since been renamed Broward Yachts). The couple ran a service and repair business there until 1953, when Broward launched the Stormy III, its first custom motor yacht designed by John Wells, a respected naval architect and marine consultant from New York.
Between 1950 and 1953, Broward was commissioned by NATO to built minesweepers for the US and Dutch Navies, a task that cemented Broward’s reputation as a leader in technical naval innovation. After this stint in the military sector, Broward returned to producing luxury yachts. In early 1950s, Broward was commissioned by the Reynolds family of Reynolds Metal Company to build a boat with the family’s own metal alloy. The result of this commission, launched in 1955, was the first all-welded aluminum yacht built in the US. Broward was also responsible for the glamorous 82-foot Jonathan III, built for Harry Blum, owner of Jim Beam Distilleries. Through the 80s and 90s, Broward presided over what would become known as ‘the golden age of yachts,’ its enthusiastic creative atmosphere and competitive corporate culture spurring innovation. By 1999, the shipyard had launched over 220 yachts. Though it has since changed hands – the shipyard is now operated by Bruce Moore, a former merchant marine, and his brother Chris, an electrical engineer – Broward’s reputation for excellence and technical expertise continues unabated.
Broward Yachts specializes in 60- and 165-foot hand-built aluminum and steel custom yachts; these materials are uniquely suited to bespoke customization as changes to the length or superstructure of the yacht can be made during the building process which encourages a dynamic and free-flowing collaboration between shipyard and client. Broward vessels typically have deeper-depth drafts and wide beams, making them perfect for overnight cruising. Over the years, Broward has produced many different yacht and superyacht configurations, from sport fish and pilothouses to raised bridges and tri-decks.
Broward Yachts Models
The spacious Broward 124 exemplifies the marriage of elegance and innovation that Broward Yachts is famous for, offering all the comforts of a luxury home. This lavish but modern vessel is perfect for taking out large groups of family and friends with its generous sleeping quarters and spacious, sumptuous flybridge. As large as the saloon itself, the flybridge is equipped with a hardtop for shade, a full-blown wet bar and seated dining area ideal for large gatherings. Aft is an ample jacuzzi, ideal for late-night entertainment, and lounges for afternoon sunbathing. The Broward 124 has the capacity for 10 guests and 5 crew. Twin MTU diesel engines ensure smooth, quick sailing.
This classic motor yacht with raised pilothouse makes the most of its available space, accommodating up to 8 people in elegant, roomy staterooms, as well as 5 crew spread across three crew cabins whose warm maple interior finish exemplifies the comfortable design that Broward Yachts is renowned for. The generous main deck is equipped with a full wet bar and wraparound bench-style seating, perfect for socializing late into the night. The hardtop provides shade on the forward part of the flybridge, which also features a barbecue for a summer grill-out. Two caterpillar diesel engines allow this vessel to reach up to 17 knots with a cruise speed of 14 knots.
How to Buy a Broward Yacht
If you’re interested in purchasing a Broward yacht, a Staten Island Yacht Sales professional can assist you in your buying needs. All employees are trained to identify as many ways as possible to improve your experience when purchasing a Broward yacht. As a 100-percent customer-driven business, SI Yachts delivers every time.
How to Sell Your Broward Yacht
Staten Island Yacht Sales has the experience and the product knowledge to sell your Broward yacht. Selecting the right full-service brokerage firm when selling your yacht improves the likelihood of a seamless and timely transaction. Listing your Broward with SI Yachts, you can be certain it is in the hands of dedicated professionals. Over 50 years in business, our devoted Sales Professionals work attentively to provide you with first class representation.