The History Behind Destination Yachts

June 2016 Feature


This longstanding Indiana houseboat manufacturer brings the tradition of old style Amish craftsmanship to each model it builds. Destination Yachts has a deep history that started when owner Sheldon Graber and his brother Terry started Myacht, which was eventually bought by Tracker Marine. After selling, Graber felt the industry needed a twin hull houseboat that embraced a luxury-edged level of quality. Thus Destination Yachts found its beginnings in 1998 and has expanded ever since.

With a desire to keep these beautiful builds affordable for anyone who aspired to be a houseboater, the brothers made sure to incorporate elegant finishes that were still economical. With customization of builds from 37 to 100 feet long, customers can pursue exactly what they’re looking for in a houseboat.

In 2014, the manufacturer moved to a new facility in Washington, Ind., to be able to keep up with demands for their customers and to keep the prices lower. Their commitment has paid off as they continue to build boats for lakes all over America. Destination Yachts has recently expanded into opening their luxury Elite Series, as well as starting a line of high-end deck boats with Rotocast seating, dynamic sound systems, and lowered rear swim platforms. They also started refocusing on price point boats starting at $95,000 in 2014.

Date Founded: 1998

Location:  Washington, IN

Best-selling Model or Floor Plan: 16’ X 65’

Smallest Houseboat Built to Date:  10’ X 35’

Largest Houseboat Built to Date: 20’ X 100’

Hull Design: Twin Hull / Full Hull Aluminum/ Fiberglass Twin Hull

Water Application: Lakes, Rivers and Intracoastal

In-house Transportation: Yes

In-house Interior Designer:  Yes

2015 Recap: Destination Yachts set new records but also faced growth challenges that made this company smarter for the future. Compliments to their employees for being able to adapt and grow.

Looking to 2016: In 2016, this manufacturer is planning to improve its products and service while positioning its company for the long road.

Company Quote: “Thank you to our past customers over the years as we move forward and bring my son Dillon Graber into the helm seat. We look forward to our new customers!” –Sheldon Graber, President

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