Seattle Yachts & Northwest Yachts Merge
Seattle Yachts and Northwest Yachts have merged their dealership and brokerage businesses as of April 15, 2016. The new company operates under the name Seattle Yachts and has offices at Shilshole Bay Marina in Seattle and Anacortes Marina in Anacortes. Their team is ready to help their clients find that perfect boat or sell their yacht that they just don’t have time for anymore. You know what they say about the two happiest days of a boater’s life, right?
“The merger is going great,” says partner Peter Whiting, formerly the owner of Northwest Yachts. “We’ve got six new lines of boats, including the brand-new Nimbus line from Sweden that everybody is excited about.” The new Seattle Yachts is a powerboat dealer for DeFever, Northwest, Nimbus, Paragon, President, and Eagle powerboats. The brokerage also deals with Catalina and Tayana sailboats. Northwest Yachts will continue to be the brand name of the Northwest line of trawler and expedition-style motor yachts that is sold exclusively by Seattle Yachts.
“We’re expanding the Seattle office and we’ve got this larger office here in Anacortes,” continues Whiting. But success is bittersweet at Seattle Yachts, for former owner and friend of the boating community Ted Griffin succumbed to cancer in late April.
“He [Griffin] was a longtime friend. We always talked about how to do something together as a joint venture,” says Whiting. The chance to finally work
together came to fruition with the merger, and although they knew that Griffin was battling cancer, it seemed like he was responding well to treatment. Griffin leaves behind a host of folks who love him.
“Ted was in this business because he loved it and wanted to have fun. And that’s the same reason that we’re in the business. Let’s make it fun, that’s what Ted would want. He lived a wonderful life with two great kids, and we’re happy for the life he had and the joy he brought to us and our lives,” says Whiting. “We’re not going to mope around, that’s not what Ted would’ve wanted.”
NW Yachting wishes Seattle Yachts well with the new voyage. The Seattle office can be reached at 206-789-8044 and the Anacortes office at 360-299-0777.