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  • Over 40 Years of Experience

    Whether you’re buying or selling, we know boats. Come see the difference with Merritt.
  • Your Dream Is Our Dream

    Superior, one-on-one customer service is our standard. We make it our business to understand your unique wants and needs.
  • State-of-the-Art Technology

Our Locations

Florida Offices

Fort Lauderdale, FL
Miami, FL
Florida Keys
(954) 761-1300

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Delmarva Office

Ocean City, MD
(410) 202.6027

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Carolina Office

Morehead City, NC
(919) 815.7657

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Northeast Office

Long Island, NY
(703) 928.9076

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Company History

Pictured is Richard Merritt with his father, Buddy

 

It all started with a lucky five-dollar gold coin, a man, and the sea.  Franklin Merritt started his dream and bought his first boat with the gold coin that he found while fishing.  He and his wife Ennis started a charter fishing business and in 1947 they lashed the family’s DeSoto to the deck of their boat and headed for South Florida.

They purchased a 10-acre tract of land on the Intracoastal Waterway in Pompano Beach, Florida and in 1948, they opened Merritt boat and Engine Works, which still stands today.

In 1955, the sons, Buddy and Allen took on the yard’s daily functions. An avid fisherman, Buddy Merritt built what he called “the perfect fishing boat”. The famous Merritt 37’ was born and built with one purpose in mind, to catch fish. In fact, hull number one is still afloat and is named appropriately, “The First”. The Merritt name stands for QUALITY and fine craftsmanship. Buddy’s son, Richard Merritt followed in his father’s footsteps and in the 60’s incorporated all he had learned from his father and crossed over into the boat brokerage business.  In the 70’s Richard started his own company , Merritt Yacht Brokers, Inc., a well respected South Florida yacht brokerage firm for over 35 years. Sadly, Richard Merritt passed away in 2011, but the Merritt traditions of honesty, integrity and high standards continue today under new ownership.

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The “Priced Right” Promise

It is only natural to feel that your vessel is worth more than a similar vessel that is on the market. After all, you know the care you have given the boat and the amount of money you have spent keeping it in perfect condition. Read complete article...

News

February, 2014

Promotion

Get a vessel tracking and alert system with your purchase.

For limited time only we are offering a free installation and subscription to EAGLE TRACK GPS.

Eagle Track is an advanced location and status alert system you will find invaluable to your peace of mind in ownership. Weather you are down the dock or across the globe your vessel will let you know her status and location with this remote tracking and alarm system.

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AUGUST, 2013

TWO "FIRST PLACE" TOURNAMENT WINS FOR MERRITT'S BROKERS !!!

Charley Pereira, Merritt's Outer Banks broker Won FIRST PRIZE TUNA ($573,000) in the White Marlin Open aboard "SUSHI", his 2013 stunningly beautiful 57' Island Boat Works Sport Fish.  This was the very first tournament his boat had entered.  Congratulations to Charley. Way to go!!!


 

Doug Rollins, Merritt's Ocean City, MD broker won FIRST PRIZE WAHOO ($21,000) in the White Marlin Open.  Congratulations Doug on a fine win.


2 of the 5 FIRST PRIZE money classes were won by Merritt Yacht Brokers.   Well done Charley and Doug.

See News Article...

 

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MAY, 2013

RECENT YACHT SALES - SALES ARE OFF TO A GREAT START FOR THE SUMMER BOATING SEASON

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MARCH, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A Much-Improved Climate for Boat Ownership

Fort Lauderdale, FL - In recent years the marine industry has battened down its hatches in an effort to survive the economic storm.  Read More...

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JANUARY, 2013

2013  SALES - OFF TO A GOOD START!!!

The 2004 45' Cabo Express, "DOUBLE EAGLE" was sold by broker, Charlie King.  Charlie represented both buyer and seller.  Way to go, Charlie!

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DECEMBER, 2012

ANOTHER SALE COMPLETED

Charlie King closed on the 1996 47' Buddy Davis Sport Fish, "SERIOLA" -  CONGRATS TO CHARLIE!!!

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OCTOBER 19, 2012

A Community So Proud Of Our Military Men And Women! | The Light Magazine

A wonderful article about the Wounded Warrior Program.  A day on the water to honor our wounded war heroes.

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OCTOBER 15, 2012

RECENT SALES AT MERRITT YACHT BROKERS

Merritt Yacht Brokers is pleased to announce the recent sale of two vessels - a 55' Andy Mortensen and a 50' Hudson Sport Fish. Congratulations to Charlie King as the selling broker of both boats!

 

OCTOBER 1, 2012

MERRITT YACHT BROKERS, INC.
to Expand Sales Locations

After 40 years of doing business from a single South Florida location, the time has come for Merritt Yacht Brokers (MYB) to expand. Read More...

Why Merritt

Experience
Our yacht brokers know boats. With over 40 years of experience in the marine brokerage industry, we know what real buyers and sellers want.  If you’re planning on a yacht purchase, your Merritt yacht broker pledges to take the time to help you find the right boat and will explain the entire purchasing process from making an offer, to sea trial and survey --- all the way through to the closing.

Exposure
When it comes to sales, we’re committed to using state-of-the-art technology to ensure your boat has maximum exposure, both here in Fort Lauderdale, and around the world. That includes promoting boats through social media including Facebook and Twitter, showcasing on our site with detailed photographs, video, and comprehensive specifications.

Excellence
We make it our business to understand your wants and needs. You can depend on superior, personal one-on-one customer service throughout every phase of your relationship with Merritt. We Guarantee It.