Mike Japhet / Seattle Yacht Broker

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  • home town Olympia, WA
  • first boat Jolly Roger
  • First job Cook
  • favorite boat music Sarah Brightman
  • Favorite boat show Seattle


Mike was born with a passion for boating. He grew up fishing and water skiing on Summit Lake in Olympia, and later founded the Summit Lake Ski Club. When he wasn't on the water, Mike could be found playing tennis and racquetball at Tumwater Valley Athletic Club.

After high school, he spent time building sea walls for Japhet Bulkheading Company, where he furthered his draw to the water, having worked all over Puget Sound. Mike went on to earn his degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Eastern Washington University and has spent most of his nearly 30-year professional career in the business and finance sectors.

His love for boating has continued over the years as he migrated from a small ski boat to a larger SeaRay Sundancer and finally to his current boat, a Meridian 381 named SeaRenity – his go-to for the last decade. Mike and his family enjoy quality time each summer in the San Juan and Gulf Islands, as well as boating locally on weekends along Puget Sound.

Mike joined Northwest Yachtnet in 2015, opening a new office location in Olympia at Swantown Marina, saying about the role, “I have found my dream job. The ability to work around boats, meet new people, and build relationships is more than exciting." Now with Denison's Seattle team, Mike is excited to help his clients find the right boat while leaning on his industry experience to offer strong knowledge about the product. 

When Mike is not at the office, his favorite activity is spending quality time with his wife of 28 years, Rebecca, and their two sons, Tyler and Bryan. If you happen to see him out on the water, stop and say hello; he would love to meet you.

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