Way back in January of 1973, Pete Woods (with then partner Gary Oviatt) started a yacht brokerage company in Cape Coral, Florida. "Baptism by Fire" was the theme. Woods & Oviatt quickly advanced through the ranks and re-located to Ft Lauderdale in 1981. Woods Relocation From Cape Coral to Fort LauderdalePete bought out Gary four years later and the firm rose to a level of prominence within the yacht brokerage community.
Woods & Oviatt was the 1st acquisition by MarineMax when they went public in late 1998. Pete was then introduced to the new boat industry via dealerships with Hatteras, Sea Ray, and the Ferretti product line. Seven years later Pete left MarineMax and started Woods & Associates Yacht Brokerage and Realty with his wife Anne and their son Ryan. His youngest son Matt, came on board in 2009 following graduation from Florida Atlantic University.
Woods & Associates is the essence of a closely held family business. We are strategically located in downtown Ft Lauderdale on the New River. Rather than specializing in any specific type vessel, we have chosen to remain diversified and can accommodate our clientele in whatever meets their particular criteria. Pete's Move from Marine Max to Woods and AssociatesAs a further service, Matt has acquired his insurance license and can provide marine insurance coverage at competitive rates.
Over the years we have been involved in more than 2,000 separate yacht brokerage transactions ranging from 20' runabouts to 165' mega yachts. In some instances we have been commissioned by certain clientele to represent them in new construction projects. This includes several domestic and foreign production manufacturers along with custom yacht builders. We believe you can benefit from the many years' experience and knowledge the Woods team has to offer.