Michelle joins Don Kohlmann, Sales Manager at Nordhavn Yachts Northwest, bringing with her a rich and diverse boating history. Michelle grew up on the water, her parents deciding to move aboard a 30-ft O’day sailboat weeks after her birth. Later they moved on to a 41-ft Morgan out-island ketch where Michelle divided her time between homeschooling lessons and diving and exploring the Bahamas’ waters. As a youngster, she became adept at boat handling.
After marriage, Michelle and her husband moved to Newport, RI, and got jobs crewing on charter boats and doing deliveries. Years later, the couple relocated across the country and Michelle got her first yacht broker job at Dreamcatcher Yachts in Dana Point, CA, just steps away from the former Nordhavn sales office.
Michelle found great success selling boats and soon partnered in the purchase of Dreamcatcher as well as a neighboring brokerage outfit; Michelle repped Pacific Seacraft, Selene, Jefferson and Fathom. Through Pacific Seacraft, she became acquainted with then-production manager Don Kohlmann as well as with the Nordhavn 40 which, at the time, was being built there.
Michelle sold Dreamcatcher in 2009 to pursue other interests. When she and her husband moved to Seattle
last year, she reached out to Don Kohlmann, current sales manager at Nordhavn Yachts Northwest, just as he was
looking to fill a broker’s position.
“Although we were competitors with our Selene line, we always admired Nordhavn,” said Michelle. “So when it came time to decide where I wanted to sell boats, I thought Nordhavn would be a good fit. I’m really looking forward to getting out on the water with the boats and working >with customers.” Contact Michelle at