Marvin Nielson / Seattle Yacht Broker

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  • home town Tacoma, WA
  • first boat Chris Craft Cavalier
  • First job Auto Parts Associate
  • favorite boat music '60s
  • Favorite boat show Seattle Indoor Boat Show


Marvin was delighted to join the Denison family in 2018, bringing with him decades of expertise on the water and in the boating industry. During his tenure as a yacht broker, he's served in various roles, everything from salesman on up to vice president of sales.

His vast experience is matched only by his enthusiasm for all things yachting, having grown up in a family that always owned a boat. At age 13, he passed his first U.S. Power Squadron course at the old Tacoma Yacht Club building. A year later, he was working as a deckhand on a sport-fishing charter in Westport, Washington.

In high school, he bought his first boat, a 17' Chris Craft Cavalier Runabout, before joining a dealership in Portland, where he sold Carver/Californian, Marquis, Navigator and Chris Craft boats in the mid-'80s. After a brief retirement in 2006, Marvin still had a longing for the business and went on to work for a prestigious dealership in Seattle, learning more about the Asian boat market while focusing on selling Symbol, Legend and Hampton Yachts.

The endeavor ultimately lead to the formation of an upscale international dealership in 2009, when he began building niche vessels, from runabouts to 80' yachts. Now at Denison's Seattle office, he looks forward to taking that experience and providing the best possible service to his clients.

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