A Southern California native, Nathan has grown up around boats and yachts and lived near the Pacific Ocean all his life. He put himself through college by working on various fishing boats in the summer months, mostly in Mexican waters off Baja California.
Nathan earned enough time on the water to acquire his 100-ton Captain’s license. After college Nathan put his accounting major to good use, passing the CPA exam, and working for the next 30 years developing his own business.
Married for 34 years, and raising two great kids, fishing, boats and the ocean has always been a big part of his life. After selling his business, he knew that the next phase of his life had to include something to do with boats and yachts.
Nathan went on a year long walk-about, spending time in the Caribbean, on large megayachts, and even stepping back into the fishing industry for a short while; he finally ended up working as a Sales and Project Manager for Gambol Industries Shipyard in Long Beach, California, spending the next 3 years advancing his skills in the boat repair business.
This allowed him to make many new contacts in the local yachting industry, and led him to Denison Yacht Sales. Nathan is truly excited about starting this new stage of his career, and especially about the opening of Denison’s Newport Beach, California office.
Location: Denison Newport Beach California
Office Phone Number: 949.791.4220
Cell Phone Number: 818.601.3004
Fax Number: 949.791.4213
I have known Nathan for the past four years, and have dealt with him extensively in his capacity as Project Manager at Gambol Marine Shipyard, in Long Beach, California. Over those years we have hauled our 83’ Ocean Alexander Motor Yacht several times for a variety of work and was always greeted with a warm smile and a handshake from Nathan, who served as our personal liaison between the Shipyard, Vessel Owner and myself as Captain.
The final haul out was for a major refit and 12’ extension, and Nathan was involved every step of the way, helping to ease the pains associated with such a major undertaking.
Our now 95’ Ocean Alexander is cruising the oceans of the world and Nathan’s involvement in our refit will always be a part of who she is. I would highly recommend Nathan for all of your yachting needs. His attention to detail and his responsibility for follow through are second to none. He is a calming influence in a business that typically has many bumps in the road.
- Captain Joe Weber // M/Y Sveti Nikola
I first met Nathan Dotson after he had recently sold a very successful service business, employing as many as 50 people. A mutual friend introduced Nathan to me as a guy that could fill a job opening I had for the First Mate/Second Captain’s position on my 130′ charter motoryacht Sojourn. Why a successful guy would want to take a position like this was something I questioned. As it turned out, as a kid Nathan worked as a Mate on “Sportfishing Party Boats” and was yearning to relive those early experiences on the ocean, especially on a large motoryacht. So, he was following a passion, something we can all envy and respect.
Being an expert fisherman, seaman, and USCG Captain, with a can-do, pleasing attitude, and as a very responsible mature person he was a great addition to the yacht, and everyone was pleased to have him on board.
Nathan and I became very good friends, and after a while he accepted a land based position in the Project Management Department, at our full-service boat yard, Gambol Industries, located in the Port of Long Beach. Nathan’s first job at Gambol was to enhance his general knowledge of all aspects of repairing and maintaining wood, fiberglass, and metal boats under the tutelage and direction of “Master Boat Builder,” John Bridwell, Vice President of Gambol Industries. He became intimately involved with most of the jobs entering the boat yard and importantly, became skilled at knowing what quality workmanship meant in boat repair and construction.
Again because of his can-do attitude and other personal attributes, including his organizational skills, he served Gambol well in that position.
After Nathan’s “apprenticeship” in project management he became Director of Business Development and Public Relations for the yard. In this capacity he represented us to our current and prospective customers and also to the trade and community organizations. He excelled at his position and we attribute a lot of our success to having him on staff.
As you can imagine, at Gambol, Nathan is well liked and was much appreciated for his easy going manner. Everyone wishes him the best of luck in his new career in the boat brokerage and yacht sales business. I can sincerely recommend Nathan to anyone who needs to buy or sell a boat – he will work hard for them to accomplish their objectives and will do so in a most efficient and professional manner.
- Bob Stein, Gambol Industries, Inc.