Seattle Team


Michael Locatell

Michael Locatell CPYB founded Discovery Yachts 23 years ago to serve the Offshore & Coastal Cruising Community. Born in Oregon, Michael, spent two years in the US Army stationed in Karlsruhe Germany. After a 30 year career with the NCR Corp, starting as an NCR service apprentice, he retired as the Country Director of CSD, NCR do Brazil. Michael & and his wife of 49 years, Elizabeth, moved to Seattle WA from São Paulo Brazil after living in Portland Oregon and Eagle River Alaska.

As an officer and President of the Northwest Yachts Broker Association, Michael helped found the nationwide program for Certified Professional Yacht Brokers a few years ago as an effort to raise the level of professionalism in the North American Yacht Brokerage industry. Not only is Michael one of the first CPYB Yacht Brokers in North America but NW Yachtnet is one of the few West Coast Yachts Brokerages that is a CPYB Endorsed Brokerage.

The Locatell’s have been boaters for over 38 years and have owned new & and used sailing & power yachts in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Sweden and France. With Michael’s yachting and racing experience in North American waters, Alaska, Sweden, the Caribbean, Mediterranean Sea, and a Cape Horn Circumnavigation he is eager to help our customers find the right new or brokerage yacht or to help our customers sell an existing yacht.

Call Michael at 206-459-0880 cell or E-mail Michael at mlocatell@aol.com


Steven Shull

Born and raised in Tacoma in an avid boating family, Steve was running boats in South Sound on his own by age 9, brought a commercial fishing vessel down from SE Alaska at 17 with a college classmate. Neighbors and friends are part of Tacoma history in the commercial shipyard business and the pioneers of the mega-yacht business in the Northwest, Peterson Shipbuilding, later Cooks Marine Specialties, Les Jones of Jones Goodell and Norm Nordlund of Nordlund yachts. Steve enjoyed a career of 32 years in executive positions with Weyerhaeuser in the financial arena and closely associated with International Marketing. Steve is a graduate of the U of W Graduate School of Business “Management Program” and also holds a Masters of Business Administration (Honors). Upon retirement he joined Fraser Yachts in Seattle in 1999, became a Certified Professional Yacht Broker in one of the first classes offered, and has successfully worked in large yacht brokerage and several other firms before joining the NW Yachtnet team. “Yacht brokerage allows me to bring together all of my skills from the Corporate ivory tower, international business and my deep knowledge of big yachts from the perspective of personal ownership, new construction, maintenance and refits, to chartering all over the world to support my clients.” Steve has chartered in Alaska for over 30 seasons, run 15+ seasons offshore for tuna, and 20 plus seasons on the Billfish and tournament scene in Hawaii. Steve and his beautiful wife Pamela of 48 years, have over 1000 days at sea, cruising most parts of the world, including a complete circumnavigation in 2013. He is an FAA licensed Commercial Pilot with Instrument, Land/Sea Ratings, Airline Dispatcher’s Rating, with aspirations for a Jet-type rating and a helicopter rating, also a Washington licensed Real Estate Broker specializing in Commercial Properties. “Keeping active is the best way to stay young and I thoroughly enjoy my clients and big yachts around the world. YES, Real Estate, Yachts and Airplanes have interesting synergy, come in and chat about this. My goal is to meet as a client and become a long-term friend!!”

Call Steven Shull at 253-677-8950 cell or E-mail Steven at steven@nwyachtnet.com


Louis Nelson


Louie has been boating,both power and sail,for 35 plus years. He has been an active member
of Tacoma Yacht Club for over 25 years and lives on his boat there. Louie has cruised up and down Puget Sound,the San Juan Islands and the Canadian Gulf Islands. He has also sailed yachts to Hawaii and the Caribbean. Louie understands how important it is listen to what you want,need and dream of in your next boat….
Call Louis Nelson at 503-319-4738 cell or E-mail Louis at louis@nwyachtnet.com









Dave Cheaney


Dave Cheaney was raised here in the Northwest and has been boating from the time he was 10 years old. He has delivered boats up and down the West Coast (even Alaska) and has handled boats (power and sail) from 20′ to 120′. He likes to fish and cruise the Pacific Northwest. Dave is currently a licensed Captain on 2 private yachts for the owners. He also hires out when someone needs a boat relocated or moved. Both boats that he operates now are a 84′ Hatteras and the other is a 85′ Horizon. Dave started off living and sailing on a 26′ S-2 Sailboat. He also does executive protection for the owners when needed or wanted. He ran his own company for almost 13 years. Served in the Marine Corps for 6 years. And worked as a Police Officer both federal and city. But after leaving that industry He wanted to get into boating and make a living in the marine industry. Dave has worked with some very high end clients on different boats and he loves what he does. Dave works out of our Seattle office.
Call Dave Cheaney at 206-349-7757 cell or E-mail Dave at davec@nwyachtnet.com









When seeking to buy your next boat, give serious consideration to being represented by a CPYB certified yacht broker who will work solely on your behalf. As your ‘Buyer’s Agent,’ a CPYB yacht sales professional will help strengthen your position in many ways, including helping to negotiate the fairest deal possible, while saving you valuable time and, possibly, avoiding costly mistakes.