About Us

The selection of a good broker may prove to be the most valuable asset you have in today's market. Atlantic Yacht Works was established in 1998, dedicated to assisting buyers and sellers with all aspects of boat sales. Our company is comprised of friendly, knowledgeable and experienced yachting professionals who serve their customers with diligence and integrity.

In 2010 Atlantic Yacht Works was appointed East Coast Dealer for DeFever Off-shore Cruisers manufactured by POCTA International Group. We are excited about our growth into new boat sales and proud to have established ties and maintained friendships with customers and associates throughout the marine industry.


Meet our Sales Team

Rick Nissen is the owner and president of Atlantic Yacht Works and C & C Charters Maryland. His corporate responsibilities have encompassed all levels of yacht sales, yacht service and maintenance, personnel and yacht management, and accounts executive.  He has been a USCG licensed captain since 1976, and has regularly conducted captained charters, instruction and deliveries aboard power and sailing vessels 17’ to 70’. He is a PADI Certified Underwater Diver, and served 3 terms as President of the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Charter Association. Rick has commissioned more than 20 DeFever Off-shore Cruisers over the past ten years, and continues to provide technical and practical support for owners.   

Tyler Dean has over fifteen years’ experience in the marine industry. As a Marine Technician he has outfitted and commissioned more than 20 DeFever Off-shore Cruisers, and performed all areas of yacht service, repair, electronics installation and custom woodwork. He served three years in the United Sates Coast Guard patrolling waterways for rescue missions and law enforcement, and repairing and maintaining fleet vessels as a Machinery Technician. Tyler is a USCG licensed captain with instructional and captained-charter experience, as well as delivery experience on vessels 20’ to 63’ to ports along the Atlantic Coast, Bahamas and Bermuda.

Lynn Nissen serves as customer service representative, yacht sales assistant and accounts executive, with 21 years experience in the marine industry.


Rick Nissen


Tyler Dean



Lynn Nissen