Florida Gains New Megayacht Refit Facility

Diversified Yacht Services (DYS), which specializes in mobile services for boats and yachts, is opening a refit center along Florida’s Gulf Coast, targeting megayachts.

DYS acquired property in Fort Myers, specifically on San Carlos Island, a few years ago and began redeveloping it. There’s now a marina for yachts to 85 feet (26 meters), featuring a combination of for-lease slips and work slips plus fuel for sale. In addition, by the end of the month, DYS should open its refit and repair facilities. There are two climate-controlled buildings, one of which is a paint shed. Both are built to hurricane codes. There’s also a 150-ton TraveLift, suitable for megayachts to 120 feet (36.6 meters). All of this makes DYS’ new facility somewhat of a novelty for the Gulf Coast of Florida and an alternative to East Coast facilities.

DYS was founded in 1994 by Chas Donahoe, a yacht captain. It has focused on servicing and repairing boats at owners’ homes, plus offering delivery services, yacht management, sea trials, and inspections. While Donahoe sold the business in 2007, he remains a consultant and oversees a 105-foot Sunseeker, Giga Byte, serviced by DYS. DYS is presently owned by Levi Ray & Shoup, a global software company whose CEO, Ryan Levi, has personal ties to the local community.

“DYS has earned a reputation for quality and reliability that is catapulting growth,” Levi tells a local newspaper. “This new facility is a significant milestone for our company, and it will greatly enhance the area’s appeal to boaters as well.”

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