John and Michael Kelly are more than father and son. The two have always wanted to work together. Even more than this, though, they wanted a family business related to boating. Three generations of their family started boating together in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and the family continued to do so years later in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Their experiences with marinas and shipyards convinced them that there had to be a way to make the yacht-ownership and yacht-management experience better, and simpler. All of this came together about a year ago when the Kellys acquired the well-known shipyard Bradford Marine in Fort Lauderdale. They additionally own the Bradford Marine location in Freeport, Grand Bahama.
The Kellys are in the midst of transforming and expanding Bradford Marine. The ultimate goal is to create a true community of owners, captains, and crew, with the special approach that only a family business can deliver. In this episode of Megayacht News Radio, the duo discuss this, as well as:
- how the existing Bradford Marine services are being built upon to create this sense of community
- how dramatic renovations to the facility will invite people to the water
- and how the leisure needs of captains and crew are especially top of mind.
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