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Longtime Rhode Island yacht broker mourned

Bruce Brakenhoff Sr., co-founder of the Bartram & Brakenhoff Yacht Brokerage, died at the age of 80 after a heart attack June 15 at his home in Jamestown, R.I.

Brakenhoff started his career more than 50 years ago with Orienta Marine, was a vice president at Northrop & Johnson and co-founded Newport, R.I.-based Bartram & Brakenhoff in 1967 with partner and friend Joe Bartram, according to an obituary published in the online sailing newsletter Scuttlebutt.

Brakenhoff grew up in Larchmont, N.Y., and moved to Jamestown in 1985. He was a past commodore of the Conanicut Yacht Club in Jamestown, a member of the Storm Trysail Club and a former member of the Larchmont Yacht Club and New York Yacht Club, as well as ethics committee chairman for the Yacht Brokers Association of America for more than 20 years and treasurer of the American Yacht Charter Association.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Noel H. Brakenhoff; his son, Bruce R. Brakenhoff Jr.; his daughter, Betsy Brakenhoff Hickey; and seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in July. For information, contact David C. Lacz at

Click here for an obituary and guestbook in the Providence (R.I.) Journal.

Click here for the full Scuttlebutt obituary.