Four Bertrams at Lauderdale Boat Yard
What possible professional encore exists after being mayor of Fort Lauderdale, the yachting capital of the world, for 18 years? Where do you go from there?
For Jim Naugle, the choice was obvious. Nicknamed “Mayor Marine” by insiders who saw the city and its boat show boom during his public service in the city’s executive office from 1991 - 2009, Naugle became a managing partner in Lauderdale Boat Yard (LBY), the former Striker aluminum yacht facility on Marine Mile in Fort Lauderdale. The DIY yard allows licensed, bonded and insured subcontractors to work on boats on the owner’s dime.
Naugle reports four Bertrams in his yard for service at one time: a 1963 25-foot Moppie; a classic 31 having a complete refit; a 55-foot sportfish; and a 38-foot 1985 combie;
“The 38 is in for a bottom job,” said Jim Naugle. “The buyer just bought it and also may need some fiberglass work. The work is done by Hicks Yacht Service. The 31 was received by truck from California for engine service by Marine Diesel Service by Jack Dibella. The 55 is using dockage space, and the 25 Moppie, owned by tenant Supreme Marine, is in for engine service."
This year, LBY had two Classic Merritt 43s and a 37 Striker that was sold out of the yard in 1968 in for 50 year service. Striker established the boat yard location in 1957. Currently, Lauderdale Boat Yard has 28 bays, dockage, a 25-ton lift and two offices for companies in the marine industry.