Broward Marine was founded in 1948 by Frank Denison, and for the next five decades produced some of the most popular yachts afloat. Configurations included sport fisher, flybridge, pilothouse and tri-deck ranging from 82 to 156 feet. Within 20 years, Broward yachts for sale had evolved from being all wooden to aluminum custom, luxury motor yachts and mega yachts. In fact, the 156-foot Bubba Too, commissioned in 1996, was the largest U.S.-built aluminum yacht, and it was built by Broward Marine. When Frank sold Broward Marine in 1998, the company had launched 220+ of the finest motor yachts ever built.
From the time he was a teenager growing up near the water in Saugatuck, Michigan, Frank Denison knew he wanted to be around boats. Build them, repair them, or both, he didn’t care. That’s why in 1948, while visiting Ft. Lauderdale with his wife, Gertrude, he bought Dooley’s Dry Dock. Since the shipyard was situated on the New River in Broward County, the Denison’s quickly renamed Dooley’s Broward Marine.