Yacht options in Ft. Pierce, Florida

The Triton – By most all accounts, there are more and larger yachts being built each year. With that growth comes expansion in the support economy including places to dock and work on these vessels. Two facilities are aiming to fill these needs, one in Ft. Pierce, Florida and another in Savannah, Georgia.

Yachts give a go to new central Florida facility

Captains build strong relationships with shipyards and Capt. Michael Auer wanted to continue to work with one for the recent refit of M/Y Double Down, a 213-foot (65m) Codecasa.

 

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Networking with Taylor Lane Yacht and Ship

The Triton – Start your summer season with Triton networking on the first Wednesday of June with Taylor Lane Yacht and Ship in Dania Beach, Florida. Join us on June 1 from 6-8 p.m to meet captains, crew and industry professionals to enhance your career and business. Find the marina at the recently rebuilt Powell Brothers facility on the Dania Cut Off Canal.

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Fort Pierce May Gain Megayacht Service Yard

Megayacht News – If St. Lucie county commissioners get their way, the Port of Fort Pierce in central Florida will see a megayacht refit and repair yard be established in the near future.

The creation of such a megayacht facility has been discussed as far back as the early 2000s. It’s due to port officials wanting to revitalize the area, and due to overcapacity in South Florida. Just last November, two megayachts, Double Down (ex-Lady Lau) and Freedom, underwent refits at the Indian River Terminal in Fort Pierce, with contractors brought in from around the area and as far south as Fort Lauderdale. The Indian River Terminal is the only working portion of the port. But, now that several undeveloped acres are up for sale, officials will solicit proposals this summer to create a maritime complex.

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Megayachts’ impact could boost Treasure Coast

TC Palm – And then there were two. Closely following the arrival of the megayacht Lady Lau into the Port of Fort Pierce, the 230-foot Freedom tied up late last week for a refit over the winter.

The two luxury ships represent what could become a profitable future for the port, which has been idle since the collapse of the Atlantic & Caribbean cargo shipping line in 2014.

In many ways, Fort Pierce is an ideal location for the owners of these multimillion-dollar vessels. The port is practically deserted, the inlet makes for extremely easy ingress and egress and dockage and skilled labor rates are about half of what they would be in Fort Lauderdale and other traditional yachting centers in South Florida.

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Port bringing in new wave of business

Fort Pierce Magazine – Buddy Haack was having a bad day. The 257-foot super-yacht that the owner of Taylor Lane Yacht and Ship was expecting had been snatched from under his nose by a Palm Beach County shipyard. He had just gotten a phone call telling him that the shipyard was going to match Fort Pierce’s low dock fee just to get the yacht into its one empty space.

“I got the phone call from the captain while I was literally standing on the edge of the dock waiting for him,” Haack says. “It was a bad day.”

It was a bad day for the Port of Fort Pierce, too, and for Fort Pierce and St. Lucie County in general because that yacht meant more jobs, more housing rentals for crew and workers, more money spent for food and entertainment – and with a simple turn of the wheel, it went to Palm Beach County instead.

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Taylor-ing refits to your tastes

SuperYachtNews – Taylor Lane Yacht & Ship (TLYS) has thrown its metaphorical hat into the South Florida refit circle as it enters its first full winter season offering superyacht refits for vessels up to 99m.

Positioned on the Dania Cut Canal, TLYS’s offering is similar to that of European hub STP Shipyard, offering a site complete with all necessary equipment for refits to be conducted by the yacht’s management team and locally sourced subcontractors. Taylor Lane is, so to speak, something of a blank canvas.

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