Miami-Based Shipyard Adds Electronic Systems Division
Florida shipyard RMK Merrill-Stevens is adding a new Electronic Systems Division to the company.To lead the new business the company hired David Gratton, a new RMK Merrill-Stevens employee with experience in the electronics industry. Gratton’s career in electronics began in 1980 upon entering the U.S. Air Force. Gratton later worked on the environmental testing of NASA components for Teledyne Systems Company. Gratton has specialized in navigation, communications, and audio-visual, IT/networking, and PLC systems for commercial and recreational vessels.
Whirlwind of change: Where’s Trinity Yachts' crew today?
Four key players of the disbanded Trinity Yachts, once the world’s sixth largest custom yacht builder, are working in new roles in yachting since the company’s break-up about four years ago.Billy Smith, Geoffrey van Aller, Jim Berulis and Phil Nuss rolled with the punches, just as they did when this author interviewed them at Trinity’s Cinco de Mayo crayfish boil celebrating their new Gulfport facility in Mississippi in May, 2006. In a region suffering after Hurricane Katrina toppled the Gulf Coast and sank New Orleans on August 29…
Carver Yachts Adds EMC Yachts in Panhandle
ECM Yachts, a division of Emerald Coast Marine Group in Niceville, FL is the newest dealer to add Carver Yachts, with plans to sell the new Marquis when it hits the market later this year. ECM Yachts will sell and service Carver and Marquis prospects and owners from two prime waterfront locations including its Niceville/Destin, FL headquarters and its newest location in Orange Beach, AL set to open shortly. With the addition of ECM Yachts, Carver Yachts and Marquis now has the entire state of Florida covered.
Heesen: 55m Steel Class Vida Christened
Heesen has unveiled the latest yacht in the 55m Steel class, YN 18455. The YN 18455, now christened Vida and formerly known as Project Antares.Launched earlier this year on January 4, Vida is now entering the systems commissioning phase and is getting ready for sea trials.Vida is the third in the successful 55m FDHF Steel class, which features muscular exterior lines by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. The profile is clean thanks to the absence of fashion plates and the design…
Two Valentine's Day Boat Shows in Miami
If you love boats, there’s no better way to enjoy Valentine’s Day than in Miami, Fla. among 2,000 of the world’s most spectacular yachts and pleasure craft. With temps forecasted in the mid 70’s F, Miami welcomes the world to two different boat shows in three locations, Miami Boat Show and Miami Yacht Show, amid breathtaking views, exotic sports cars, beautiful, stylish women and hand-rolled cigars.In its first year downtown on Miami’s Biscayne Bay, the 31st annual Miami Yacht Show takes place February 14 -18. Many yachting veterans will miss the show’s location on Collins Ave.
RMK Merrill-Stevens introduces electronics division.
The refit on the Miami River continues as RMK Merrill-Stevens Shipyard (RMKMS) introduces a marine electronics service and sales division led by David Gratton, past chairman of National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). Gratton is an expert outfitting megayachts with complete electronics systems, having serviced and installed equipment on thousands of vessels with Martek of Palm Beach, which closed in 2018. During his tenure at Martek and on NMEA’s board, Gratton pioneered…
RMK Merrill-Stevens' Awarded for Refitted Yacht
Cielito, a 43’ trunk cabin motoryacht designed in 1930 by the Stephen Brothers, won the 2018 Vintage Weekend award for Best Restoration, which was completed by Florida’s original shipyard, RMK Merrill-Stevens.The 23rd edition of Vintage Weekend, organized by the Ocean Reef Club, was celebrated on November 29 – December 2 in Key Largo, Florida. The four-day event showcased the world’s finest vintage yachts, aircraft and automobiles, and awarded the best of each in multiple categories…
Fiberglass Boat Design and Technology Center to Open in Fall 2019
Brunswick Boat Group, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), has announced plans for the Brunswick Fiberglass Boat Technology Center (BFBTC), the most extensive recreational boat design and technology center in the United States. Located in Edgewater, Florida, the 45,000 square foot facility will be home to the industry’s most formidable boat product development team, with a mission to design, engineer, and launch innovative, industry-leading products for two of the most iconic brands in the marine industry-- Boston…
Bradford Marine sold to Fort Lauderdale Yacht Harbor
Bradford Marine rang in the new year with new ownership closing on January 2, 2019. Fort Lauderdale Yacht Harbor (FLHY) acquired Bradford Marine's Fort Lauderdale and Bahamas refit-service shipyards and its brokerage division.Paul Engle will continue as Bradford's president; he told YachtingJournal.com. “To fund improvements, the new owners will be injecting additional capital into both yards.”Incorporated in 1969, Bradford aims to be a megayacht destination shipyard, insomuch as it is surrounded by South Florida’s marine industry titans…
MarineMax Promotes Riley
MarineMax has announced that Bryan Riley has been promoted to Regional Service and Parts Manager of Midwest and North Florida stores.Riley grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to the Lake of the Ozarks in 1989. He began his career in the Marine industry in 1993 when he started working at Port Arrowhead Marina as a Delivery Captain and later as Service Manager. Port Arrowhead Marina joined the MarineMax family in 2006 and afterward, Riley became the Operations Manager. Along with his wife and two children, he enjoys boating and all watersports.
Captains, Crew Recoup Lost Wages by Arresting Megayacht
Most yacht crew are compensated every payday, via wire transfer or check. But for some yachties, the only way to get paid is the hard way: by filing a lawsuit in federal court and literally arresting the megayacht for back pay owed.While many captains and crew are reluctant to initiate expensive litigation to arrest the boat they’ve served on, pursuing their seaman’s lien is the best route for compensation. If the legitimate amount due is well over $10,000, crew should stand on their rights and act on their valid claim immediately.
Kramer Promoted to MarineMax District President of North Florida
MarineMax has promoted Aaron Kramer to District President of North Florida. In this position, he will oversee all MarineMax stores in North Florida including MarineMax Gulf Shores, MarineMax Pensacola, and MarineMax Panama City Beach.Kramer joined MarineMax in 2012 at MarineMax Houston. He has gradually moved through increasing roles of responsibility eventually managing MarineMax Gulf Shores. Most recently, Kramer was the General Manager of MarineMax Venice where he and his team achieved the utmost success for the past three years.
Captains, Crew Live Off The Grid With Marine CORE
Marine CORE, an innovative communications hub for yacht captains and crew, may change communication from sea. With four hotspots in one device, Marine CORE has a small footprint and tremendous capabilities, commanding communication in the U.S. and internationally.Distributed by Florida-based EC Ruff Marine for Agile Marine Solutions, Marine CORE deploys high-performance LTE service for HD streaming and Internet for constant communication with a strong connection in the air, on land and sea.
Concierge Yacht Repair, Service and Maintenance for Engine Rooms
As vessels increase in size, engine rooms increase in complexity. With superyachts approaching the size of small ships, qualified engineers with commercial and military experience operating larger vessels effectively prevent and troubleshoot problems.FHG Marine Engineering (FHGME) is a niche contractor with a business model providing concierge mobile preventative and routine yacht maintenance with emergency repair to luxury yachts in South Florida, minimizing downtime for vessels with 24-7 operations.
Derecktor to Develop New US Superyacht Hub
St. Lucie County Commissioners unanimously chose Derecktor Shipyards to create and manage a facility servicing large yachts in Fort Pierce, Fla. on Nov. 14. Located about 100 miles north of Fort Lauderdale and about 40 miles north of Palm Beach, the shipyard will develop a proposal for a mutually agreeable lease and contract to develop the 290-acre port, with deep water draft, easy land access and no fixed bridges.Derecktor was established in 1947 by the late Bob Derecktor, a competitive sailor in his own right with his personal fleet of “goose” sailboats…
Coast Guard Responding to Vessel Adrift in Gulf of Mexico
The Coast Guard is responding to a vessel adrift in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 80 nautical miles south of Cape San Blas, Florida, Wednesday.Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a report at approximately 2 p.m. from crewmembers aboard a NOAA ship, the Gordon Gunter, that a 30-foot white sailboat named My Time appeared to be floating adrift.Members aboard the Gordon Gunter reported that the My Time appeared to have electronics operating, sails stowed, and did not respond to radio calls or the ship’s horn.
Best Yachts, News from FLIBS
Nearly 2,000 megayacht captains blared their boat horns in unison for one full minute on Sunday night at exactly 6 p.m., a traditional symphony of ocean commotion signaling the official end of yet another FLIBS or Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.The consensus is the 58th consecutive FLIBS was one of the best shows in many years. Propelled by a strong economy and two, active hurricane seasons prompting new vessel purchases, repairs and refits, the five day show from October 31 - November 4 was well attended.
11' Jet-Powered Tender to Debut in Ft. Lauderdale
Amid the grandeur of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will be an 11' jewel glistening in the South Florida sun. The Argos Nautic 330 Jet is a bespoke five-passenger RIB tender powered by an intercooled turbo engine coupled to a waterjet. Marrying unbridled adrenaline with lavish opulence, its FLIBS debut is at Orange Zone Land 1001.A Boating Industry Top Product, the Argos Nautic 330 Jet was designed to solve the space issues common in many 50'–70' yachts. With an innovative center console that folds down and no bulky outboard, its storage size is a mere 129" L x 68" W x 40"" H.
M/Y Eternity 65-meter Superyacht Refit Debut at FLIBS
M/Y Eternity is one of the largest yachts in this week's Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, a staggeringly impressive display of the world’s biggest and most luxurious brokerage vessels. The 2010 Codecasa 65-meter superyacht makes her U.S. debut at FLIBS after an extensive interior and exterior refit at Rybovich Marina managed by Hill Robinson as part of its new refit management program aimed at the large yacht sector. After assessing the vessel’s condition in Hong Kong…