Fort Lauderdale broker makes a hire

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Fort Lauderdale-based motoryacht brokerage 26 North Yachts announced the addition of experienced broker Bob Offer.

“Offer has been an innovator and visionary in the industry since the 1970s, bringing his mantra of ‘experience matters’ to our growing community of buyers and sellers. His knowledge, undoubtedly, will deliver a more complete package to a sale or purchase,” the brokerage said in a statement.

26 North Yachts said Offer caught the yachting bug early on the waters of Michigan, driving a boat before he could drive a car. A family affair, his dad’s cousin was vice president and treasurer of the original Sea Ray Boats. Instead of toys under his bed, there was a collection of yachting magazines and brochures, including Hatteras’ original 50-foot motoryacht with the first standup engine room — quite impactful to this passionate 12-year-old.

The brokerage said Offer has influenced many firsts in the yachting industry, including the brokerage display of what is now known as the Miami Beach Brokerage Yacht Show.

He also pioneered the first transatlantic brokerage office in Monaco and assisted Monaco in organizing its first yacht show in 1991. His 37 years in the marine industry include experience in sales, charter, marketing, design and construction of yachts sized from 35 to 250 feet, with a focus on larger and luxury megayachts.

He was most recently was a senior broker at Luke Brown Yachts.