South Florida

Engine Room Wall (Photo: Advanced Mechanical Enterprises)

'Sea the World' Reveal At Huizenga Center

South Florida’s marine industry is a $12 billion/year economic engine that provides the region with 142,000 careers and jobs. With an aging workforce and a unique skill set, the maritime community is facing a workforce that’s aging out with skilled labor being very hard to find. To assist, Advanced Mechanical Enterprises/AMESOLUTIONS.COM, and 23 marine industry companies have joined forces with Junior Achievement of South Florida.On May 1, 2019, Junior Achievement of South Florida will unveil the Marine Industry Storefront…

Miami Super Yacht Show on Watson Island 2018. Photo by Lisa Overing

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.

Bradford Fort Lauderdale's 11,000 linear feet of covered in-water dockage. Photo courtesy of Bradford Marine.

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…

FHGME provides mobile service to engine rooms of yachts. Photo courtesy FHGME.

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.

M/Y Namaste 2018 courtesy of Mangusta

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.

Photo: Argos Nautic

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.

Photos courtesy Haulover Marine Center

World’s largest marine forklift transfers go-fast boats in Miami

Need a lift? Your performance power boat can get a ride on Atlas, the world’s largest marine forklift, at Haulover Marine Center located at Bill Bird Marina in North Miami Beach, Fla.Atlas, a Wiggins Marina Bull forklift, has a 70,000 pound lifting capacity and is the cornerstone of the Haulover Marina’s recent $25 million renovation. Operated by Westrec Marinas, the unique five-tier dry stack features an innovative elevator lift system for retrieving and launching vessels in a fully enclosed facility rated to withstand a category 5 hurricane.

All Photos Courtesy: Marina Palms and Glenda Ramos.

Yachting Life: Marina Palms introduces condo owners to yachting lifestyle

An almost primitive connection draws humans to the water. Calming ripples lapping at the shore wash away concerns. The curiosity of what’s over the horizon, accessible only by boat, lures one to the land’s end. That indigenous appeal is the business model of The Reserve at Marina Palms, a luxury, high-rise condominium with the newest, private marina in South Florida.With breathtaking water views, Marina Palms introduces a unique, yachting lifestyle with a boat club for residents of its new, affluent condo in vibrant North Miami Beach, FL.

RMK Merrill-Stevens commissions new 100T Marine Travelift

Adorned with stars and stripes, RMK Merrill-Stevens’ newly commissioned 100T Marine Travelift Old Glory increases lifting capacity by 30-percent, enabling the iconic Florida shipyard to now lift and dry dock megayachts in the 70 - 90-foot range.Commissioned on August 3, 2018, a 33-foot Sealine was the first vessel lifted at RMK Merrill-Stevens’ south yard, followed by a 42-foot Cruiser Catamaran and an 82-foot Ferretti.The 133-year old shipyard has embarked upon a new era of yacht refit and repair with a complete yard modernization program to service megayachts with haul-out…

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FB Marine Group Acquires Shield Marine

FB Marine Group has announced the acquisition of yacht management and service company, Shield Marine. Combining forces enables the newly formed division, FB Shield Marine, to enter into new markets, benefit from economies of scale, grow their customer base and expand their workforce. Founded in 2010 by Matthew Hayes and Jeff West, Shield Marine provides personalized yacht management service related to the operational requirements of many yachts in South Florida and around the globe.

Photo: ARC

ACR Electronics Named South Florida Manufacturer of the Year

Broward County based survival gear manufacturer catering to the marine, outdoor, aviation and military markets has announced that they were named South Florida’s Manufacturer of the Year. ACR Electronics, Inc. was recognized by the South Florida Manufacturers Association (SFMA) at their “Annual SFMA Recognition of Excellence” banquet and awards presentation, hosted at The Signature Grand where there were over 400 people in attendance. The SFMA celebrates excellence in manufacturing by recognizing companies that have demonstrated success in leadership…

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Marina Reservation App Launched

GPDock, the new community-based online reservation system designed to make the process of reserving a marina slip easier than ever before, announced the launch of its first and free mobile app, available for iOS and Android. For Boaters, the app offers an opportunity to book marinas the same way they book hotel rooms. With the app, they can access a large database of marinas in the U.S. and the Caribbean, compare amenities, read customer reviews, and book directly 24/7. Additionally, they can pay for fuel or any other services at selected marinas.

Lumitec Celebrates 10 Years

Lumitec Lighting this month celebrates a company milestone as the South Florida based LED lighting manufacturer enters its 10th year in business. Lumitec was founded in November 2007 with its initial focus primarily on marine lighting. The company has since gone on to venture into other markets, producing new products year after year, with sales increases exceeding triple digits in many years. “Our success is partly the result of hard work, focus, determination and a little luck. But above all else our talented and devoted team is what has gotten us to where we are today,” said company founder and president John Kujawa.

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AvYachts Enters into Partnership with Elite Alliance

AvYachts, the foremost provider of fractional yacht ownership, announced that it has entered into a partnership with Elite Alliance, a leader in exchange services for luxurious vacation homes. With this partnership, AvYachts owners are now also members of Elite Alliance, and can trade a week on their yacht for three weeks at a luxury villa or other Elite Alliance property around the world, with the option of trading additional weeks if they choose. In exchange, Elite Alliance members also have access to AvYachts' vessels.

(Photo: Lauderdale Marine Center)

‘The Beast’ Begins Work at Lauderdale Marine Center

The United States’ largest yacht repair facility Lauderdale Marine Center (LMC) announce that the boatyard's massive, new travel lift, nicknamed The Beast, has begun hauling boats from the New River onto the yard for service. Built by Italian manufacturer Cimolai, it stands over five stories tall and 47 feet wide. Painted bright green, The Beast is now one of three lifts in operation in the South Florida area with capacity over 400 tons and is the largest lift on the New River, the heart of South Florida's yachting repair community.

Photo credit Gilles Martin-Raget

G Marine Named a Wallytender Dealer

The European Yacht Boutique takes on a world leader of yachting innovation, debuting the Wallytender X at Yachts Miami Beach. Since its arrival in South Florida merely 5 years ago, G Marine, has become the exclusive dealer of fine European yacht brands including Fairline, Astondoa, EVO Yachts and now adds Wallytender, one of the world's most iconic brands. Based in Monte Carlo, Monaco, Wally has revolutionized yacht design with its unmatched boats, having launched over 45 sailing…

IGY Marinas Expands in Flordia with the Addition of One Island Park

IGY Marinas has  announced that it has expanded its Florida marina portfolio with the addition of One Island Park located on Miami Beach’s Terminal Island. The new location marks a company milestone, as this is the first time IGY will offer its award-winning services and quality to the South Florida market. Branded “One Island Park – Miami Beach an IGY Marinas Destination”,  the marina is currently open and IGY is already welcoming yachts to its newest destination. “Miami is one of the leading luxury yachting destinations in the United States…

ABC Draws 35 Industry Organizations as Co-hosts

The 2016 American Boating Congress (ABC) will be co-hosted by 35 industry organizations, working together to create a dynamic and engaging program that meets the needs of the entire recreational boating industry. Now in its fourth year, the ABC co-host program brings together organizations across all industry segments to strengthen recreational boating’s collective advocacy impact. These organizations have committed their time and resources in order to develop an event that will create a louder voice for recreational boating on Capitol Hill. ABC will be held in Washington, DC on May 9-11, 2016.

Palladium Announces VP of Business Development

Palladium Technologies has  announced the addition of David Arnold as its Vice President of Business Development. For 15 years, Arnold has been involved in the Luxury Residential, Commercial and Marine/Aviation markets with relation to IP Automation and Control solutions. As the recent V.P. of International Business at Savant Systems LLC., Arnold setup the Distribution and Field Engineering for the company and also developed and managed all B2B relationships in the International markets. Those markets included Australia, New Zealand, ASIA, EMEA, Russia, South America, Central America /Caribbean and Canada.