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We are the boating lifestyle. We are cruising yachts and powerboats. We are boating education. We are fishing, skiing, sailing, and leisure boats.

You name a reason to be on the water, and we can find a way to put you there with a boat that can do what you’re asking, delivering a solid deal based on integrity, honesty, and pride.

A Solid History


In 2011, Dave and Teresa opened Lighthouse Yacht Sales. In 2014, they were offered the opportunity to acquire Yacht Brokers, wasting no time dovetailing the two businesses.

The new team kept many of the same, friendly faces, expanding their reach, experience, and services. Continuing to focus on an ethical, professional, customer-centered experience, the growth of this hybrid company has successfully merged into one business that covers all aspects of brokerage services. In addition, they are able to offer boating classes and events all year through, for all types of boaters.

Yacht Brokers Inc. Staff

Jim Smith

Jim Smith

Jim Smith

Jim Smith

*Currently lives on a 38’ Chris Craft in the summer with his wife & dog and winters in New Orleans

*Retired Insurance Executive and Consultant, then a part-time School Bus Driver for Special Needs Kids

*Started boating as a kid on Lake Erie

*Boating Experience:  Great Lakes, Inland Rivers, Florida Coastal Water and Inland Waterway

* U.S. Power Squadron

* 16 years new and brokerage boat sales experience

* Helping to satisfy your boating wants and needs makes my job worth doing

* Have a boating question?  If I don’t have the answer I’ll find someone that does

Dan and Cindy Knak

Cindy McIntosh, General Manager

A flat lander from Iowa, Cindy is new to boating, but not to customer service.  Her attention to detail, organizational skills, and warm personality will help make your experience dealing with Yacht Brokers, Inc.  delightful and rewarding.

She currently enjoys boating on the upper Mississippi and St. Croix  aboard “Jelly Roll”.


Dan Knak, Owner, Sales Marketing

A life long boater, bought his first boat at age 14.  He has extensive experience cruising the Upper Mississippi and the St. Croix and has spent time on the Great Lakes and in the Bahamas.

He has owned boats from 10 to 38 feet, is co-holder of the unofficial record for longest voyage in a motorized industrial solid waste receptacle (i.e. dumpster).

He is also the creator of “Capt’n Pike’s Cruising North America, a nautical triva game.

Currently enjoys the boating life aboard his 38 Regal, Jelly Roll.


Dave Lynch

DAVID has been an active boater for over 17 years. He has have traveled up and down the St. Croix and Upper Mississippi rivers in a variety of boats ranging from 28 to 40 feet. His commitment to ethics, professionalism and customer service, along with an experienced group of brokers, is what makes Yacht Brokers Inc. the go-to team in the upper Midwest.

Dave and Teresa Lynch, owners of Lighthouse Yacht Sales, acquired Yacht Brokers, Inc. in 2014, “In 2011, we opened Lighthouse Yacht Sales at Windmill Marina in Afton, MN.” said Dave. But this acquisition has allowed us to broaden our reach and provide even greater services to our clients.” With the acquisition, the new Yacht Brokers, Inc. enjoys the experience and expertise of both firms. “Our focus is on customer service and providing our clients with a professional, ethical experience.”

Dave’s years as a Broker working on hundreds of transactions, and his 17 years of boating experience, help him understand the needs of both buyers and sellers. With that knowledge, experience, and commitment to professional ethics, Dave has proven his ability to deliver quality representation, and protection to all parties in the Buy/Sell process.

In the Center of it All: Afton, MN


East and West, America’s more recognized coasts take boating for granted, with lifestyles centered around the water. America’s central coastline, however, tracing from the majestic Great Lakes to the mighty riverbanks of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers, to the St. Lawrence River and Seaway, takes boating just as seriously.

The Yacht Broker, Inc. location in Afton, MN is right in the center of everything. From lakes and rivers to accessing the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, our position offers us advantages that separate Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Our co-brokerage arrangements deliver information about boats from every corner of the globe, with an easy way to take delivery, and a fabulous playground to test them all in.

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