Mike McDermott / Palm Beach Yacht Broker

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  • home town West Palm Beach
  • first boat 54' Motoryacht
  • First job Dive Master
  • favorite boat music Jimmy Buffett
  • Favorite boat show Palm Beach


Mike grew up in the Palm Beaches and has lived in the area all his life. As a child, he had a fascination with the sea and spent his spare time watching Jacques Cousteau endlessly or reading about the ocean. At age 18, he learned how to scuba dive and spent the next five years diving and working on dive boats whenever he could.

He graduated college with the intention of becoming a teacher and scuba instructor, but plans changed and Mike quickly began working on private yachts and traveling throughout the Caribbean, Bahamas and along the East Coast. He would go on to become a captain and worked his way up to a 1600 ton USCG licensed master. As a captain, he built relationships with potential clients and eventually became a broker associate with a local firm where he began selling boats.

Over the years, he's sold brands such as Hatteras, Lazzara and Westport while also overseeing new construction and large refits. Mike has extensive knowledge of motoryachts and sportfish boats from 50 to 160+ feet. He now brings his years of experience to Denison's Palm Beach team and looks forward to helping clients fulfill their dreams of yacht ownership.

When Mike's not selling boats, he enjoys fishing, diving and spending time with his wife, daughter and two dogs. If he's not with his family or out on the water, you'll probably find him training for and competing in local triathlons.

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