Behind The Scenes At Bravada Yachts

June 2015 Industry

Uniquely built in the west, Bravada Yachts has unparalleled styling and design. In 2005, Jim and Tracey Goettl purchased their first houseboat. 

This 16 by 68 boat had numerous high-end amenities, including a 50-inch pull down plasma TV and a full size galley on the second level. When it was delivered to Lake Powell in southern Utah, people couldn’t get enough of it. In February of 2008, Jim and Tracey were invited to be part of an advisory meeting where they listened to people who were looking for more yacht style and design, while still retaining the houseboat feel. Suggestions were given to them in which they should private label a boat that they could market across the country.

“The economy in Arizona took a hit, but people still wanted the boats,” recalls Jim.

At this point, they were ready to embark on their own journey and start new dreams as a family, with help from kids Alexis and Steven. People warned them that this wasn’t the time or the industry to invest in, but they continued to move forward and Bravada Yachts was born. Bravada Yachts is currently running at maximum capacity in a 65,000 square-foot plant. Although they deliver to the east coast, most deliveries take place in Nevada, Arizona, Texas and California.

The company offers four exciting models with each detail carefully designed and engineered to incorporate a specific look on the water, but also the latest in safety, energy efficiency and comfort features. Bravada’s engineering and streamlined manufacturing processes are both revolutionary and cost-effective, ensuring the high value the market demands. With an experienced in-house design staff, luxurious style can be found in each model, including granite and natural stone counters, floors and showers, commercial-style kitchens, and designer touches throughout.

Date Founded: 2010

Location: Phoenix, AZ

Best-Selling Model or Floor Plan:  22’ X 75’ Bravada GT

Smallest Houseboat to Date: 18’ X 75’ Bravada LT

Largest Houseboat to Date: 22’ X 85’ Bravada Limited

Hull Design: Full Aluminum Hull

Water Applications: Lakes, Rivers and Intracoastal

In-House Transportation: Yes

In-House Interior Decorating: Yes

Contact Information: 602-278-3536/

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