Jefferson Yachts For Sale
Jefferson Yachts was founded in 1982 by Leon Shaw. Jefferson imported and marketed a series of Taiwan-built trawlers and motor yachts, all manufactured by Her Shine Marine in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The first Jefferson model, the Jefferson 45 Motor Yacht, was introduced in 1982. The Jefferson fleet grew during the 1980s and early 1990s until their boats became some of the most popular Taiwan imports sold in the U.S. A downturn in the US economy—together with the 10% luxury tax of the early 1990s and increased Taiwan labor costs—resulted in a slowing market for Taiwan imports nationwide. Jefferson introduced its own line of U.S.-built center console fishing boats in 1994. With the downturn in the US economy, Jefferson declared bankruptcy in February, 2012.