Northrop & Johnson Yacht Broker Whit Kirtland has enjoyed a 36-plus-year career in yacht brokerage. He is the third generation of his family in the maritime industry — his father was a broker and the head of Merrill-Stevens’ Shipyard. Whit began his maritime career working every shop at Merrill-Stevens. From there he became mate on board an ocean-going tug before serving as a mate aboard a 110-foot (33.5m) Feadship. Whit even spent time on the racing circuit for sailing yachts as a “grinder” aboard a 51-foot (15.5m) Swan.
Offering a maritime heritage as well as in-depth experience and knowledge, Whit provides his clients with a personal approach. He has brokered yachts of all sizes and builders ranging from power and sailing brokerage yachts to Dutch, Italian, French, Turkish and Danish new yachts. Throughout the process, Whit strives to ensure all clients are confident they have received a good deal.
As an active member in the industry, Whit has served on the Board of Directors and as President three times for the International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA), as a Board Member for the International Superyacht Society (ISS) and as a Certification Advisory Council Board Member for the Certified Professional Yacht Brokers (CPYB).