About us

Our Salthouse Brokers sales team includes Don Salthouse and Mike Vitali. Their profiles will give you some indication of the depth of experience that we offer.

Don Salthouse - A Lifetime in Boats

Don Salthouse“Having grown up living above the family boat yard at Greenhithe it’s hardly surprising that from an early age Don was passionate about building boats and sailing them. 

  • New Zealand's longest serving and one of the most experienced marine brokers with more than 40 years in brokerage selling both new and used vessels of every type.
  • He grew up in one of New Zealand's best known boating and boat building families and spent much of his youth building and racing yachts.
  • By the age of 17 he had won an international boat design competition, and represented NZ in teams racing in New York.
  • Established his own brokerage operation at Westhaven in the early 1980s and was appointed founding chairman of the Boating Industries Association's “Brokers Division”.
  • In 1993, Don sold his brokerage business to concentrate on new boat sales for the family boat building company Salthouse Corsairs Ltd, which grew into Salthouse Marine Group.
  • During the last 34 years Don has sold hundreds of boats, working offshore buying boats in Asia, Australia and Europe for buyers as well as exporting many NZ boats abroad.
  • In March 2000, Salthouse Marine Group was awarded "Exporter of the Year" and was one of 3 finalists in the "Business of the Year" category at the Waitakere City Business Enterprise Awards.
  • In April 2000 Don was approached by one of NZ's leading real estate companies Bayleys, to set up and manage Bayleys Marine Brokers, marketing some of NZ's finest yachts and motor yachts internationally. 
  • Don has also delivered boats for his clients numerous times to the South Island and back via East and West Coasts and even to many parts of Australia.
  • As an active boater he has owned countless boats, both yachts and powerboats from a Coastal 32, One ton yacht, a Fleming 55, Salthouse 53 trawler, Corsair Cabriolet and currently has an offshore Warwick 53 yacht.
  • Since 2007 Don has been involved in sourcing and projecting managing new builds out of Asia including 4 Pama 65’s motor yachts and a Johnson 78 motor yacht from Taiwan.
  • Recent projects include selling and project managing the new Johnson 78 for a long term client.


Mike Vitali

Mike Vitali

Mike Vitali has been an active contributing member of the New Zealand Marine industry as a highly experienced marine painter with nearly 25 years. Painting and project managing super yachts, race yachts, local vessels, aviation projects & more. Some professional highlights of Mikes marine painting career have been completing multiple Team NZ projects, Oracle, Luna Rossa Prada, Multiple Volvo Ocean race yachts and stop overs in Auckland, Benetti (Italy), Alloy Yachts, Southern Spars & many other marine projects that have paved the way for his understanding of many various types of vessels and aspects of boats. 

Mike says: "I guess I just like keeping it real at work and life in general. When you work for many years as a tradesman on boats you understand the love and care that it takes to deliver for your clients. These clients of course are dad's, mum's, children, race teams, companies etc. Selling or finding a suitable vessel for a client is no different to understanding people in general, I truly believe that keeping it real and finding out about my clients needs and 'why' they want to buy or sell a certain vessel becomes the smooth and easy part. Understanding my client always comes first."

Boating & surfing in Auckland's Hauraki gulf has given Mike a true love for the ocean. A strong family man with a high value on being friendly and honest Mike can also be found at a local skateboard park with one of his four children or surfing a local beach with his family. Please don't hesitate to call Mike today +6421469239.


Selling your Boat?

What can Salthouse Brokers add to the sale of your boat?

  • Expertise in presentation and marketing programs which achieve results, designed to maximize price.
  • Skilled and up to date internet marketing generating significant email enquiry and proven sales results.
  • Strong database of qualified potential purchasers both nationally and internationally from our staff's years of marine brokerage in both new and pre-owned boats.
  • Experienced advice on preparing a boat for sale, sea trials and surveys and key data on recent sales of similar craft.
  • Assistance with export options and handling Customs and GST issues, ships registration and deliveries.
  • Presentation of printed and electronic brochures to fully promote your vessel.



Don Salthouse
Mobile: 0274 957 174
Mike Vitali
Mobile: 021 469 239

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