Mikelson Yachts is the luxury sportfishing yacht maker of your dreams. Based out of San Diego, California, this boat builder focuses on crafting the perfect semi-custom sportfishing yachts for those who are dedicated and serious sportsmen of the ocean.
"We strive to accommodate our clients by satisfying the far-reaching possibilities and addressing the minute details that make Mikelson the perfect boat for you and for her," as stated on their website.
The boatyard was started, not out of a desire for money, but out of strong consumer demand for boats by Dick Peterson and Patrick Sullivan. The two men started the company by building their own boat and, by simple word of mouth, news of their prodigal craftsmanship spread. Within the following years, they were implored to design more yachts until Mikelson Yachts was created in 1983.
Customer satisfaction continues to be very important to Mikelson Yachts to this day. The company boasts an "all-encompassing" approach to their customers, who usually become customers for life for this very reason. Not only do they build and design yachts, but the company is also intent on teaching new owners about their watercraft. Training on your new boat is available, as well as servicing for the vessels such as electrical, diesel, and Zeus engine work. Mikelson Yachts has thought of everything for the West Coast Sport Fisherman.
Mikelson Yachts has only five models, but what they lack in diversity they make up for in design that “just makes sense.” You’re only going to need one. The winner of multiple tournaments, such as the Bisbee Black and Blue Tournament and the Catalina Classic Tournament, it is clear that Peterson and Sullivan’s artistry is one of a kind.
Because of their eye for design, it comes as no surprise that on their team was Tom Fexas himself, the American yacht designer whose 1978 design for Midnight Lace started the movement in the yachting world known as "Italian styling” because of its use of wood and retro look similar to styles of the 30s and 40s.
The Tom Fexas designed M57 has 360-degree windows, a three stateroom layout, an incredibly-sized salon, and even a molded staircase. Not only does it excel in comfort, but it is also highly functional. There is a cockpit day head with shower for when those breaks need to be short and sweet. A stand-up engine room allows easy access to the engine and ensures optimal room for working on it.
Even the smallest of the Mikelson yachts, the 2018 43 Zeus Sportfisher comes with the necessities of the larger ones, such as the generous staterooms, stand-up engine room, and cockpit day head with shower.
On the market, Mikelson yachts are unmatched in their customer satisfaction. Mikelson Yachts create the best atmosphere out on the water for all fisherman because they make sure their customers are satisfied with and are knowledgeable about their product before the new vessel even touches the crest of a wave. Their semi-custom designs, common-sense workmanship, and training options offer that assurance.