Founded in New Rochelle in 1935 by Howard and Jacqueline McMichael, the company provided services to the boating public, including fuel and provisioning. Many of their customers were from nearby Larchmont Yacht Club. They built the business over the following years believing that “providing good service in a friendly manner is the key to success”.
In 1938, Howard and Jacqueline leased property on the east basin of Mamaroneck Harbor from the Orienta Yacht Club. The business continued to grow and service the needs of sailors, fishermen and recreational boaters of Western Long Island Sound. During the war years, Howard worked in a defense plant at night, ran the boat business during the day, and was also a foreman at a yard in Rye building tugs for the Navy.
In 1945, while still working nights, Howard purchased the Rushmore Avenue boat yard on the west basin in Mamaroneck. This was also our first sales office, where Edna Brilleman – the first female yacht broker in the industry – was our first broker. Today the Rushmore location is still in use as our power boat yard, where we provide a 50-slip marina and winter storage/service.
In 1960, the property next to Orienta YC was purchased and a service building was built on the water, with the first indoor drysailing operation on the East Coast. The building now houses our yard offices, heated work areas for boats up to 45’, the rigging shop, carpentry and mechanic’s shops. A sales office followed, built at the upper portion of this property on the Boston Post Road, which is now the main office for McMichael Yacht Brokers.
In 1962, Howard Jr. joined the business after serving two years as an officer in the infantry. Having grown up in the boat yard, he started in the office selling boats, managing purchasing and marketing. Howard remains deeply involved in the day-to-day operation of the business as President.
The 1960’s to the 1980’s were years of expansion and strong sales, with McMichael representing nearly every major builder at some point. Highlights include C&C, Pearson, Sweden, O’Day, Morgan, Ranger, Paceship, Nauticat, Islander, and of course J/Boats. During this time McMichael was the largest dealer in the world for many of these lines.
Today, McMichael Yacht Brokers and Yacht Yards employ over 35 people that continue to “provide good service in a friendly manner.” The second generation of the McMichael family, Howard McMichael (Jr), President, actively runs the business. Our service yards are widely recognized as one of the top choices in the East for laminate repair and offshore race outfitting. Our brokerage office is staffed by some of the most experienced and respected brokers and administration in the industry.
We look forward to working with you.