Hi, my name is Graham Rutherford, a Yacht Broker at Northrop & Johnson.
A native of Queensland, Australia, I started my career at an early age following in my father’s footsteps who ran a Powercat taking tourists out to the Great Barrier Reef, Lady Musgrave Island. From there I had spent 10 years servicing superyachts in various capacities – starting as a deckhand and working my way through every position, eventually rising to captain. Finding my wife in Portland, Oregon I settled in San Diego in 2007. Here I became a Project Manager at one of San Diego’s preeminent shipyards. Overseeing a variety of jobs from simple bottom paint jobs on 30’ vessels to major refits on 250’ superyachts. I then moved on to a start-up company named Aussie Yacht Service (Yacht Management company) in 2010. Drawing on experiences of both superyachts and ship maintenance, I was able to build relationships through trust and service with our clients and vendors which are still in operation today under new management. Now, after becoming a Yacht Broker four years ago, I understand the market and how to prepare a purchase and to sell a yacht. I do have a passion for customer service and will go above and beyond to satisfy the client’s needs.
My goal is to become one of the top Yacht Brokers in California.
Go hard or go home
My Outside-office Life
As an avid water person, you will usually find me on, under or in the water. Surfing, waterskiing, scuba diving and paddleboarding are my water hobbies. I have taken up mountain biking in the last four years and I am hooked now, especially with the perfect biking terrain here in Southern California.
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