Two major names in megayacht refit and repair in South Florida have joined forces.
As revealed in this month’s Megayacht News e-newsletter (see signup at left on the homepage), Dania Cut Super Yacht Repair Facility and Bradford Marine are together targeting 200-foot-plus megayachts. Specifically, Bradford customers with yachts in this size range will be accommodated at Dania Cut’s facility. Each company is located in Fort Lauderdale, so it’s convenient.
The partnership is a boon to both. In fact, Keith Klar, vice president of Dania Cut, told me that he and Chip Macpherson, Dania Cut’s president, decided there were “no negatives to it” when Bradford proposed the deal. Dania Cut relies on subcontractors for paintwork and other tasks, since its full-time staff only totals eight people. “We’re geared to letting the yacht choose who they want to work on the boat,” he explains. (He adds, of course, that this is as long as proper insurance and other documentation is provided.) Bradford’s craftspeople would essentially serve the same role on site. As for Bradford, the deal keeps clients in the proverbial family as they continue stepping up in size. Bradford’s facility can only handle 180-footers in covered slips in the water and haul yachts to 150 feet with its 300-ton Synchrolift. Dania Cut, by contrast, is capable of working on yachts exceeding 200 feet. Previous visitors have included the 205-foot Apogee, and the 229-foot Reverie uses it as home base part of the year.
Dania Cut benefits in an additional way. Its clients will receive priority booking for hauling at Bradford Marine Bahamas, located on Grand Bahama Island. A 150-ton TraveLift and 1,200-ton floating dry dock are present. Plus, an agreement Bradford has with Grand Bahama Shipyard enables haul outs and below-the-waterline services for far larger megayachts.
Dania Cut and Bradford will soon see the first result of their collaboration. Klar says the 190-foot Lady Sheridan will arrive later this month for a paint job.