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Lauderdale Marine Center Appointed as Gulf Craft After-Sales Service Center

west-marina-wideFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (June 10, 2020) Lauderdale Marine Center (LMC), the largest yacht repair facility in the United States, is pleased to announce that Emirates-based Gulf Craft has selected the shipyard as the location for its U.S. Accredited After Sales Service Center.

“As builders of award-winning brands such as Majesty Yachts and Nomad Yachts, Gulf Craft was seeking a service partner that could accommodate their range of yachts from 55 feet to 175 feet, which LMC is very well positioned to do,” said Colin Kiley, Executive Vice President of LMC. “We are proud to build upon our successful relationship with Gulf Craft, a builder we hold in very high regard. “

LMC has over 1600 total vessel visits and more than 1300 haul-outs per year.

“The United States is the most mature market in the world, with the highest number of boats in one country. Gulf Craft had a successful entry to the US market at the 2019 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show where our exclusive distributor, Majesty Yachts USA displayed the award-winning Majesty 140 and the Majesty 100.” said Nizar Tagi, Chief Commercial Officer for Gulf Craft. “As we continue solidifying our presence in the Americas, our partnership with LMC was crucial to our expansion and most importantly customer satisfaction. LMC’s facilities share the same ethos as Gulf Craft, and we are glad to have them as our US service partner.”

“We are happy to welcome Gulf Craft brands to a growing list of prestigious builders that choose to call Lauderdale Marine Center their Yard of Choice,” added Kiley. We at LMC are looking forward to being a mainstay of Gulf Craft’s expansion into the United States and are eager to support them and expand our partnership for years to come.”

To learn more about builder opportunities at LMC and leasing Marine Executive Office and workshop space, please contact Colin Kiley at ckiley@lauderdalemarinecenter.com, or +1 954-713-0333.

For media inquiries please contact Emily Burchwell, Marketing Manager at +1 954 527-0040 or eburchwell@lauderdalemarinecenter.com.

About Lauderdale Marine Center

Located in Fort Lauderdale on the New River, visible from I-95 and close to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, LMC is a 65-acre facility consisting of a boatyard, marina and marine service center providing a complete offering of marine-related repair and services.  Featuring 10,000 linear feet of dockage, it accommodates boats up to 200 feet with 25 covered slips and 207 berths on property. The facility also has five boat lifts with haul-out capacity up to 485-tons. LMC’s business model includes leasing workshop space and commercial office space to approximately 20 on-site contractors providing a choice in all shipyard trades. Find us by water at 80˚.09.9 West
26˚.05.7 North.

For more information on Lauderdale Marine Center, please visit LauderdaleMarineCenter.com. Like LMC on Facebook at /lauderdalemarinecenter, follow LMC on Instagram @lauderdalemarinecenter, Twitter @lmcboatyard  and subscribe to the LMC YouTube channel, YouTube.com/lauderdalemarinecenterfl.

About Gulf Craft

As Emirates pioneering shipyard set up in 1982, Gulf Craft continues to captivate the world with the finest “Made in UAE” luxury yachts and leisure boats. The growing portfolio features the ultra-luxury series of Majesty Yachts, the oceangoing Nomad Yachts, Silvercraft fishing boats and family cruisers, Oryx sport yachts and cruisers, and the Utility Series of Touring Passenger and multipurpose transportation vessels.

With great emphasis on advanced technology, naval engineering, research and development, Gulf Craft builds ocean-going crafts ranging from 34 feet to 175 feet in length at its state-of-the-art shipyards in the UAE.

A work ethos of ‘innovation with passion’ has been influential in making Gulf Craft one of the top seven shipyards in the world, backed by a strong global network spanning Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

Gulf Craft envisions success not as the reward for its innovation, but as a motivation to set out on a path of difference, with dedication and commitment, while creating ocean-going masterpieces that truly belong to the waters of the world.  www.gulfcraftinc.com.


The Ferretti Group Selects LMC as North American Service HQ

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (June 1, 2020) Lauderdale Marine Center (LMC), the largest yacht repair facility in the United States, is pleased to announce the expansion of its partnership with The Ferretti Group.

The Ferretti Group, a member of LMC’s Builder Alliance Program, has designated LMC as the location to develop its North American Headquarters for its American Service Department. LMC has been home to The Ferretti Group’s Service Center for its North American after-market warranty work since April 2017.

“Having collaborated with Ferretti Group for many years, we are pleased to see the company’s continued expansion into South Florida and we are proud that they have chosen LMC to be the home of their worldwide service center,” said Colin Kiley, Executive Vice President of LMC.

The Ferretti Group has expanded its space at LMC to 30,000 square feet which includes additional office space, a parts and service warehouse, workshop space, dockage, lay day space and full covered sheds allowing the company to provide a full-service “boatyard within a boatyard.” Ferretti Group will now have 16 in and out-of-water slips at LMC to service their existing and new customers, regardless of what brand vessel they own.

“We are very pleased with this fantastic opportunity presented by LMC and we believe our company is an excellent fit at the boatyard,” said Ferretti Group Chief Commercial Officer, Stefano de Vivo. “LMC has clearly invested a lot in the quality of the facility, with a focus on delivering more to the elite customer experience with regard to refit, parts and services.”

“Among the factors in The Ferretti Group’s decision to expand at LMC is the overall size of the facility, our attention to a positive customer experience and our ability to accommodate the needs of the company’s fleet at any time,” added Kiley.

The Ferretti Group brands include Riva, Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Custom Line, Itama, Mochi Craft, Wally and CRN.

To learn more about the LMC Builder Alliance Program and leasing Marine Executive Office and workshop space at LMC, please contact Colin Kiley at ckiley@lauderdalemarinecenter.com, or 954-713-0333.

About Lauderdale Marine Center

Located in Fort Lauderdale on the New River, visible from I-95 and close to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, LMC is a 65-acre facility consisting of a boatyard, marina and marine service center providing a complete offering of marine-related repair and services.  Featuring 10,000 linear feet of dockage, it accommodates boats up to 200 feet with 25 covered slips and 207 berths on property. The facility also has five boat lifts with haul-out capacity up to 485-tons. LMC’s business model includes leasing workshop space and commercial office space to approximately 25 on-site contractors providing a choice in all shipyard trades. Find us by water at 80˚.09.9 West
26˚.05.7 North.

For more information on Lauderdale Marine Center, please visit LauderdaleMarineCenter.com. Like LMC on Facebook at /lauderdalemarinecenter, follow LMC on Instagram @lauderdalemarinecenter, Twitter @lmcboatyard  and subscribe to the LMC YouTube channel, YouTube.com/lauderdalemarinecenterfl.


YOT Bar & Kitchen now open


YOT BAR & KITCHEN, a unique Fort Lauderdale Dining Destination on the New River

Service is always the first priority when it comes to YOT, everything else is second. When the service and food are spot on and excellent, the next step is to find a unique and desired location: YOT Bar & Kitchen located at the Lauderdale Marine Center.

Guests can enjoy gorgeous waterway views and South Florida’s sunny weather while being surrounded by stunning yachts. The next best thing to being on the water is being at YOT: Fort Lauderdale’s new Bar & Kitchen with gorgeous waterway views offers its own brand of unforgettable hospitality with irresistible food.

“Here at YOT, we don’t treat people as our client or customers, we treat them as our guests, as if they were coming into our home. We treat them with the utmost respect and make sure our service is unforgettably positive. Guests will enjoy our unique and classic menu filled with comforting food with a sophisticated twist. Our Executive Chef calls it “clean eating”. We have menu items such as Fig & Truffle Pizza, our famous Silver Lining Salad, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Mussel & Frites, and our award-winning Smoked Fish Dip. Our success comes from the manifesto of SFL. Service. Food. Location.”

Mike Linder is the restauranteur and owner of Jet Runway Café, Silver Lining, and YOT Bar & Kitchen. Mike Linder has been in the business for over 20 years catering throughout South Florida. His company, Silver Lining will be celebrating 20 years of catering the skies via private aviation from Orlando to Key West. Jet Runway Cafe, located at the FXE airport in Fort Lauderdale is also celebrating 10 wonderful years!

YOT BAR & KITCHEN
2015 SW 20th Street | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

(Inside LMC, West Entrance, Valet Parking Available)

954-953-9000 | www.yotlmc.comcontact@yotlmc.com

RESERVE A TABLE!


It's a New Year at LMC

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: 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/