June 10 2014
Bruce’s love affair with boats began when he was just a kid. As a child he spent summers at his family’s summer home in East Hampton on Long Island. Where, at age five, he was skippering the family boat, a 1962 Larson Pla-Boy Runabout. His family moved to the coast of Maine when he was eight years old where they lived in a drafty old colonial house within “spitting distance” of the harbor in Yarmouth. Bruce spent several summers at Camp Timanous in the Sebego Lake Region of Maine, where he learned to sail in a Tech Dingy.
For his thirteenth birthday Bruce’s Father gave him a 13 foot Boston Whaler in which he often shuttled his Mother, Father, and Brother to their summer cottage on an island right off the channel leading into Yarmouth Harbor. Bruce says “I’ve owned a lot of boats since, but I had some of the best times of my life in that Whaler.”
In high school, Bruce worked as a deck hand with the Yarmouth Harbormaster “...because I just couldn’t get enough of boats and boating” he said. In the late 1990’s he was appointed as a Harbor Commissioner in Falmouth, Maine and was later appointed to the Fort Lauderdale Marine Advisory Board by Mayor Jack Seiler after moving to Florida. Following high school Bruce worked in a boat yard that sold Boston Whaler, Chris Craft, and Johnson Outboards. He and a colleague eagerly expanded the sales department to include brokering yachts and they became central listing agents. After the luxury tax became law, the marine sales industry staggered. Bruce left yacht sales to work in commercial real estate where he had a successful career that eventually lead him from Portland, Maine to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
When asked why he wanted to work as a yacht broker again Bruce replied “I like making new friends every day and my passion is boats. What better way to enjoy going to work every day”? And why did he choose to work at Luke Brown Yachts? “When I read the client pledge, I knew this was the best possible place for me to work. The Luke Brown Yachts commitment to the client and strong, clear ethical standards sets them apart from the others, hands down.”
Contact Bruce Johnson at Luke Brown Yachts
1500 Cordova Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 • 954-525-6617
Cell 954-707-0257 • Email firstname.lastname@example.org