Broward’s first yacht commission came in 1954, built for $500,000 ($4.5 million equivalent to 2017). The 96’ ALISA V was the largest motor yacht launched in the US in decades according to Time Magazine. She had a powder blue hull and a bright red boot stripe and trim, which was a shocker for the blue blazer set.
The launch of ALISA V established Broward’s position in the world of megayacht construction and the vessels that followed were the start of a tradition of building wooden motoryachts based on the timber lamination techniques. Broward began building some of the finest yachts for the world’s premiere yachtsman such as JONATHAN III built for Harry Blum, the founder of Jim Beam distilleries.