Tolleson-based Bravada Yachts

Tolleson-based Bravada Yachts has custom-built yachts for customers on Bartlett, Havasu, Powell, Saguaro and Roosevelt lakes, as well as Lake Pleasant.


Tolleson-based Bravada Yachts launched its newest freshwater yacht that will set sail in Lake Pleasant. The 80-foot, completely custom vessel will be the first million-dollar houseboat to float on the lake. 

Complete with four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and two fully loaded kitchens, the vessel is part of Bravada’s new V-Series line.

Bravada’s yachts are known for their sleek curves, replacing the long-standing boxy designs. After purchasing it in 2017, principal Robert Gutierrez changed the way the boats look, fellow principal Aaron Browning said.

“We changed a lot of the materials that go into building them,” said Browning, an avid houseboater who calls himself a “serial entrepreneur.” 

“We’ve chosen material that is water, fire, and mold and mildew resistant. We’re different than other houseboat companies. We don’t use any wood inside of our boats. All the others use wooden framing, plywood floors and ceiling. Instead of drywall, we use a product that is waterproof and fireproof.”

In addition to the distinctive exterior, this vessel showcases a custom teak swim deck, firepit, dual kitchens with Samsung appliances, and a 14-foot waterslide. The interior boasts designer touches throughout, including floor-to-ceiling marble tile showers, electric fireplace, custom bedding and a surround sound system. 

The upper deck features custom outdoor furniture with powder-coated steel framing and Sunbrella cushions, built-in daybeds, a Pellet Grill, Nexus TV lift and waterfall island with Dekton counters. It also has an upgraded water filtration system, Volvo dual-prop diesel engine, Westerbeke generator, dual-prop bow thruster and two jet ski winches.

“Team Bravada is excited to launch our latest design, the Atlas V-Series, in our own backyard at Lake Pleasant,” Gutierrez said.  

“We’ve worked hard to develop a team of the best framers, welders, fabricators, designers, engineers, and a support staff that is laser-focused on innovation and perfecting the manufacturing process.

“Our goal was to create a hybrid of the sleek look of an ocean yacht with all the comfort of a luxury houseboat. We feel we have done that and look forward to our customers enjoying this vessel for years to come.”

These innovative houseboats can also be custom-built for other Arizona lakes, including Bartlett, Havasu, Powell, Saguaro and Roosevelt. The sleek designs Bravada has developed have created high demand for the vessels, and the company is taking orders for 2024. 

Bravada Yachts is the only luxury houseboat brand with a team of world-class fabricators; master engineers from various disciplines; designers from the ocean yacht world; and industry experts leveling up the game, including Browning and Gutierrez. 

Most of the Bravada Yachts on the water call Lake Powell home, but the company is expanding and can ship to anywhere in the United States or Canada.