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DENISON FAMILY HISTORY

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Before we get ahead of ourselves, we want to welcome you to Marine Sales And Charters. While nothing can replace thing on-the-lot experience.

We appreciate you taking the time today to visit our website. Our goal is to give you an interactive tour of our new and used yachts inventory, as well as allow you to conveniently get a quote. The search for a luxury boat is filled with high expectations. Undoubtedly, that has a lot to do with the vehicles you are considering, but, we think you should also have pretty high expectations for your dealership.

BROWARD MARINE: THE EARLY YEARS

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BROWARD MARINE: MILITARY ERA

In 1954, and for the next four years during the Korean War, Frank Denison landed a large United States Navy contract, with the first flight of four 144′ wooden minesweepers, for the Royal Dutch Navy under a NATO contract.

Broward Marine subsequently added seven more AMS-class 173′ Minesweepers for the U.S. Navy. At the height of the Minesweeper program, Broward Marine became the largest private employer in Broward County, Florida.

After the demand for minesweepers dropped, thanks in large part to the conclusion of World War II, Broward Marine shifted its focus back to building custom yachts.

BROWARD MARINE: PRIVATE YACHTS

The launch of Alisa V established Broward Marine’s position in the world of megayacht construction, and the vessels that followed were the start of a tradition of building wooden motoryachts based on the timber lamination techniques. Broward Marine began building some of the finest yachts for the world’s premiere yachtsmen, such as the Jonathan III built for Harry Blum, the founder of Jim Beam Distilleries.

'60S & '70S

With the beginning of the 1960s came an increased interest from yacht owners in the quality of interiors and the need for interior design. To meet this demand, Broward Marine and Gertrude Denison established Yacht Interiors, which became one of the world’s first yacht interior designers. Some notable examples are Jonathan III of 1959, The Dorisam of 1963, and The Heather of 1965.

As the ’60s came to an end, Frank Denison noticed a trend away from wood to other materials such as aluminum and fiberglass. Seizing on this trend, Broward moved quickly and adopted aluminum as its material of preference, even at the expense of abandoning two wooden vessels that it had under construction. By the mid ’70s, Broward was in full production of an all-aluminum series of motoryachts.

After the demand for minesweepers dropped, thanks in large part to the conclusion of World War II, Broward Marine shifted its focus back to building custom yachts.

’80S & ’90S

Innovations in yachting continued rapidly in the 1980s, as Mrs. Denison designed the first-ever “country kitchen” galley, which remains an extremely popular feature on yachts today. Also, in 1983, Broward built the first ever yacht with triple diesel engines in the 92’ JERVET.

By the late 1980s, another Broward innovation was on the drawing board: the 112’ Britannia. Her triple Detroit diesel 16V92 engines with two outboard engines utilizing variable pitch Ulstein drives and the center engine, powering a Riva Calzoni jet drive, powered her ahead at an unthinkable 43 knots.

KIT DENISON

In 1971, Denison’s oldest son, Christopher (“Kit”) Denison, joined Broward and immediately started to build boats, first from wood, then, in 1973, in aluminum. The production started to increase from one or two boats per year to ten a year in 1983. During that time, Broward became known for modern styling, several new hulls were developed, and the workforce grew from 50 to over 250 employees, with annual revenues approaching $20 million.

In 1977, Broward started a new plant in Sauga