Compared to other countries, the United States of America is not all that old. However, 244 years of existence is still longevity, in anyone’s book. Speaking of longevity, several American megayacht shipyards still in business have long histories. Here are five of the oldest ones, which further regularly and actively promote their capabilities. While three
Billfish Marina, family-run since opening in 1956, will have new ownership if all goes according to plan by April. The same owners behind Bradford Marine have an agreement to acquire not just the facility, but its affiliates, too. Fort Lauderdale Yacht Harbor (FLYH), run by father-and-son team John and Michael Kelly, acquired Bradford Marine last
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.
After more than half a century in business in South Florida, Bradford Marine has earned a loyal customer base. In the hands of new ownership since January, it’s about to receive multi-phase updates. These will improve the customer experience whether seeking dockage, refit, or brokerage services. Ultimately, the Bradford Marine renovations will “revitalize this iconic
The famed Bradford Marine, with a footprint in Florida dating back half a century, is under new ownership. Despite the change, the company name remains the same. Furthermore, the new owners plan to keep the focus on megayacht repair, among other specialties, with investments. Fort Lauderdale Yacht Harbor (FLYH), a Florida-registered company, acquired Bradford Marine.
To drive American and Canadian sales and assist owners with service needs, Numarine now has a base in Fort Lauderdale. Numarine USA, the new dedicated division, is the result of a partnership with the well-known Bradford Marine. Established in Turkey about a decade ago, Numarine builds fiberglass motoryachts between 60 and 130 feet (about 18.3