It's a New Year at LMC

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2018 was a great year for LMC. We got a lot accomplished, but we still have many items on our list for 2019.

Our largest project in 2018 was the complete reconfiguration of our west dockage area. The area previously primarily served vessels in the <60’ range. We began the demolition of these docks in March. When the new Bellingham docks were installed by October, we had dockage for more than 30 additional vessels in the 100’ + range.

Nothing is worse than a crew with no WiFi access – at least that’s what some captains have told us. We made a significant investment into our WiFi system and now have great connectivity across the entire 65-acre facility.

We opened our crew gym initially in 2017, but very quickly it became apparent that the gym wasn’t large enough to accommodate the demand from our visitors. We were able to swiftly expand the gym to meet that demand in early 2018.

In 2019, we aren’t taking a break from making improvements. In fact, we’re very excited about the plans we have for this year.

The much-anticipated restaurant Yot is beginning to take shape. We expect the restaurant to be opening in March. We know that once open, Yot will become a great spot for captains, crew, owners, and industry folks to gather – and we can’t wait to see you all enjoying the beautiful waterfront space.

We are also in the permitting process for a new lift. In 2017, we welcomed Brutus and the Beast, our 220- and 485-ton Cimolai machines, and in 2019, we will be welcoming a 140-ton machine. This machine will service our Riverbend Marina and be wide enough to accommodate catamarans. We’re excited to become the only facility in town with a dedicated lift and space for these vessels when they need to be hauled out of the water.

2019 is already shaping up to be an excellent year at LMC. We look forward to seeing all of our “regulars” this year and meeting a few new friends as well. If you’re in town, give us a shout or stop by – we always love giving a tour of our updated facilities!


Busy Summer at LMC

Summer may be our “slow season” at LMC, but we haven’t been slowing down. We’re excited to share updates on our numerous summer projects:

Progress continues our dock reconfiguration. Once complete, our west dock area will have spaces for vessels 80-150’ and we will also have dockage on the river for vessels 200’+. To complement the updated docks, we have also nearly completed dredging of the entire marina to 12’ so that we can accommodate the draft of larger vessels.

We are also adding a restaurant/coffee bar to our facility, and a new floating platform will serve as a bar. The restaurant and bar will be located adjacent to the newly reconfigured marina, offering a convenient option for coffee breaks, lunch on the run, or a relaxing place to meet friends for a drink after work. LMC is also excited to host events for our customers and industry events at this new space.

Additional upgrades to crew amenities include an expansion of our current gym, and renovations of restrooms and showers near the new marina.

We expect the projects listed above to be fully completed and ready for business for our busy fall season at LMC, and we can’t wait to share them with you. If you’re new or returning to the area in fall, contact us today to book your space and take advantage of our great new amenities!


Lauderdale Marine Center Gains Production Authority Under Foreign Trade Zone

Lauderdale Marine Center has announced that it has received Production Authority under its existing Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ),  the first of its kind for the recreational marine industry in the United States. The designation, provided by U.S. Customs & Border Protection, allows work to be performed on vessels while they are in the FTZ.

Whether the project is small in scope or a full refit, there are numerous financial and logistical benefits to completing work within the FTZ at LMC. Owners and contractors for foreign flagged vessels entered into the FTZ will now be able to ship parts into the FTZ without paying duty, and these parts will not have to clear U.S. customs before arriving at the FTZ, as these zones are considered territory not in the commerce of the U.S. and these articles are considered an export for the purpose of commerce.

Providing an example of how the production authority could be used, LMC President, Doug West, said, “A foreign-flagged vessel could arrive to the FTZ and replace anything from seals to entire engines, saving up to 8.8 percent duty on these parts. Large refit projects will certainly see immense savings, but smaller projects will see cost savings as well when conducting work within the FTZ. ”

Vessels which wish to utilize the benefits of the FTZ with Production Authority also retain the benefits of the standard FTZ entry, which include the ability to show the boat for sale to U.S. citizens, and travel for exhibitions or sea trials within U.S. waters for up to 120 days. This means once a vessel completes repairs it could remain in the FTZ for sale, eliminating the need for boat show bonds.

Vessels that have utilized the FTZ since it was introduced in August 2017 include M/Y Cheers 46, M/Y Ninkasi, and M/Y Clorinda, among others, to exhibit to American citizens both in and out of boat shows.


Tenant Partner Spotlight: Freedom Yacht Services

Chances are if you were to ask any Marine Industry leader the question; “We’re needing maximum show value for our yacht and seeking a vetted team to optimize the cosmetic condition and preserve it until sold. Who should we call”? Their eyes would perk up and they’d quickly reply, “Call Freedom Yacht Services.”

Freedom Yacht Services specializes in exterior cosmetic refinishing, periodic exterior upkeep, and the application of protective yacht coatings such as polymer, ceramic and anti-foul systems.

Starting from a wash bucket in 2005, owner/operator Josh Cunningham seized on the need for 5-star professional deck services aboard crew-less yachts sitting static and/or awaiting sale in South Florida. Thirteen years later, Freedom Yacht has grown into a specialized trade group of 16 full time crew members and five Admin professionals – quite possibly the largest yacht detailing/deck service support group in South Florida.

Recent landmark developments include-

  • In September of 2017, FYS spearheaded a massive Hurricane Relief Drive with the help from M/Y Grey Matters and Lauderdale Marine Center to deliver much-needed medical and baby goods to the devastated islands of St Maarten and Barbuda.
  • In late September of 2017, Freedom Yacht Service’s bottom painting team coated the largest vessel ever hauled at Lauderdale Marine Center – M/Y Cary Ali weighing in at 475 Tons.
  • In October of 2017, FYS contracted with 3 of the industry’s most prominent Shipbuilders: Ferretti Group, Sanlorenzo and Cheoy Lee to lead in the exterior commissioning of all incoming product. Further duties include Exterior Representation for all Fleets at the 3 local International boat shows here in South Florida.


Tenant Partner Spotlight: Nauti-Tech, Inc.

“Anything with a wire connected” – That’s Nauti-Tech’s specialty and what we do every day. Our ability to understand the most complex hardware/software systems is second to none. We are a solid team of well rounded electrical, electronics, software engineers and administrative executives working for over 20 years towards our ultimate goals:  innovation and customer satisfaction. Nauti-Tech is also the designer and manufacturer of electronic products for the yachting industry such as the YQ100 SmartY and the automatic isolation/boost transformer both distributed by Hubbell.

Nauti-Tech’s service and installation departments moved to LMC mid 2017 allowing for the expansion of the R&D and electronic lab departments at our Andrews Ave facility.

As a service company we are mobile, tri-county or world-wide, but we invite our customers with larger repairs to LMC as we did recently with:

Annamia, 140′ Baglietto:  At arrival from Europe, shore power hook up & Glendinning cable master was installed. We updated the navigation system and added a MiniC. Just before the owner’s vacation, the fresh water system stopped working, and we had to design a replacement from locally sourced analog pressure sensor and PLC, programmed to keep the pressure stable by staging pumps and adjusting speeds dynamically. Later we repaired the automatic doors, monitoring and control system, seamless transfer, DMX lighting and wireless network. We also installed a new camera system,  a cellular modem, TVs and audio systems, electrical upgrades and switchboard repairs. The 100Kva frequency converter failed just a month before the owner’s second trip but we were able to get a new one installed in time.

Victory, 72′ Mangusta: Complete electronics refit, New E-Plex Monitoring & Control, Simrad Navigation, A/V, Kymeta Vsat antenna, Electrical, Security, Lighting and more.

Antelope, 141′ Leopard: updates to Navigation, A/V, Kymeta Vsat antenna, Electrical, Custom TV lift fabrication and A/V automation among other projects.

www.nauti-tech.com

954-527-0716


LMC welcomes Benetti America

Lauderdale Marine Center is pleased to welcome Benetti Americas to its list of world-class on-site tenant partners. Benetti Americas has signed a multi-year lease for office space at the 65-acre Lauderdale Marine Center. In addition to taking space at the facility, LMC has become a Benetti Service Partner. Benetti will use the facility for its service operations and after-market sales team.

“In choosing Lauderdale Marine Center as its regional service facility, Benetti is recognizing the competitive benefits our facility has to offer – from its sheer size and ability to haul boats up to 485 tons, to our Foreign Trade Zone which will allow Benetti to import boats to our facility duty free,” says Doug West, President, Lauderdale Marine Center.

Benetti Americas joins several other notable organizations who have signed leases with Lauderdale Marine Center in the past year including Pinmar USA, Ferretti Group and Northrop & Johnson.


LMC Opens New Crew Fitness Center

LMC is happy to announce the opening of our new Crew Fitness Center. The long-awaited amenity is located in the 2015 building just across the hall from the Crew Lounge. The Fitness Center is accessible to crew from 6am until 10pm daily.


M/Y Cheers 46 ‘showing’ at LMC

While two boat shows and hundreds of yachts are on display in and around Miami Beach this weekend, one charter yacht that has been a staple at recent shows is docked in Fort Lauderdale, still available for show and sale.

M/Y Cheers 46, a 140-foot Benetti, couldn’t qualify for a boat show bond to attend the Miami Yacht Show this year because of a timing discrepancy, so Capt. Kelly Esser decided to take advantage of a foreign trade zone slip at Lauderdale Marine Center. That slip enables the foreign-flagged yacht to be shown to anyone — including Americans — for sale or charter. A sale could even happen on site (though not on the aft deck for technical reasons), eliminating the need to head into international waters.

“This just gave us the benefit of being available for the show,” Capt. Esser said, “as well as being able to get ready for multiple trailers back to back.”

The yacht paid for a month of dockage — dockage it was paying anyway to prep for its upcoming charter season — as well as a foreign trade zone bond, which works out to a few thousand dollars for a $15 million boat.

Cheers 46 will leave South Florida next week for a charter in the Bahamas, and being in Fort Lauderdale instead of the boat show enabled the crew to continue provisioning and prepping for the journey, making the upcoming charter a bit less stressful, Capt. Esser said.

Content originally posted by The Triton: http://www.the-triton.com/2018/02/miami18-m-y-cheers-46-showing-in-fort-lauderdale/


Partner Spotlight: DYT

DYT Yacht Transport, formerly known as Dockwise Yacht Transport, is considered the pioneer in yacht transport since 1987. Using semi-submersible vessels to ensure the safest method of loading and unloading and never having to crane the yacht onto the deck.

This unique feature (we sink our vessels on purpose) in combination with a dedicated scheduled service throughout the year to cruising grounds in the most desired areas, has been key to the success of our services.

Reliability of schedule and as owners and operators of our own vessels, we are able to maintain a schedule far in advance, catering to meet with the various event dates of the most popular yachting venues. Whether you need to catch a Boatshow, Cannes Film Festival of Monaco Grand Prix, we are your reliable choice.

We pride ourselves in personalized service and guide you throughout the process of booking, transport to a safe discharge in your destination of choice. Our team members are well trained in all aspects of the shipping process and can answer any question you may have.

It is our true pleasure to team up with local industry leaders such as LMC, supporting community and most of all awareness of the many aspects of yachting services offered by reputable companies in South Florida.

DYT team members look forward mingling on February 22 at the grand LMC location.

If you like to learn more, please check our website www.yacht-transport.com or call our office at 954 525 8707


Tenant Partner Spotlight: Engineered Yacht Solutions

At Lauderdale Marine Center, we place an emphasis on making sure the tenants we have on-site are the best in the business, consistently performing above standard for our shared customers. The fall is the busiest time of year for everyone at LMC, and on-site tenant Engineered Yacht Solutions was no exception. EYS specializes in welding, fabrication, pipe fitting, and plumbing and has been involved in some of the shipyard’s largest projects. EYS has been at LMC since 2015 and continues to prove their excellence time and time again.

In early November, EYS was working on two large projects that had their team fully occupied.  Bad Company, a 150’ Trinity had been in the yard for close to 18 months for major overhauls that included the replacement of 300 square feet of hull plate, the removal and reinstallation of main engines, generators, gyro stabilizers, gear boxes, and fire main. The vessel was also being fitted with custom stainless-steel rod holders and brand-new aluminum sea chest standpipes and crossover piping. Additionally, the team was working through a rush project on Helios II, a 167’ Palmer Johnson. Helios II is a Lloyd’s Register vessel that required a strut bearing cover replacement using materials that could only be ordered from a Lloyd’s certified vendor in New Orleans. Since having the parts delivered in the short timeframe was not a feasible option, the in-house engineer from EYS personally flew to New Orleans to retrieve the material. He designed a blueprint for the part, got it approved by Lloyd’s, and it was built and installed in-house.

With both projects in the works, another vessel came into the picture with a seemingly impossible deadline. My Seanna, a 185’ Delta, had been at LMC since early October for her 15-year survey. A heavily chartered vessel, her repairs and maintenance were scheduled to be completed so that the vessel could travel to Antigua for the start of her charter season. Upon starting the planned maintenance, additional issues arose turning the routine job into a major project with a strict deadline. Given normal circumstances, the work required on My Seanna would take at least 30 days, but EYS was given just 15 days to complete the work before the vessel needed to depart for the Antigua Charter Show. The EYS team burst into action replacing around 100 square feet of hull plate, the majority of an integral storage tank, both main exhaust trunks, and the sea chest standpipes and crossover pipe, all the while completing work on Bad Company and Helios II.

Although the plan seemed unrealistic at first, each passing day proved more and more that team at EYS had the skills to make it happen. They worked weekends and around the clock to complete all the required work, with full cooperation from the Captain and crew of My Seanna and Lauderdale Marine Center which allowed them 24/7 access to the vessel. The work was successfully completed by November 21st, one day ahead of the proposed deadline. Bad Company and My Seanna left in the same week ­– on schedule, and looking and running their absolute best.

“We believe that we have the best workforce in the industry, and it’s projects like this that really solidify that belief,” says EYS’s president Thomas McGowan, “Our guys knew what was expected of them and how crazy it was going to be, but they jumped on-board with the plan and executed it perfectly.”