A major expansion valued at US$13m was recently undertaken at the Lauderdale Marine Center (LMC) in Ft Lauderdale to boost capacity and allow for the lifting and haul-out of larger superyachts. The investment was forthcoming following the takeover in July 2015 of LMC by the Carlyle private equity group.

The investment included the paving of a previous unpaved area and the purchase of two larger travel lifts. Marketing manager Staci Love told IBI: “The investments were in both our ‘Riverbend at LMC’ facility and our two new lifts, Brutus and the Beast.”

Investment for the Riverbend upgrades, including concrete, new docks, dredging, power and repurposing the existing buildings, was approximately US$10m. The investment in the 220- and 485-tonne machines was around US$3m.

Love indicated a further project due to be worked on at the end of the winter season will be a reconfiguration of the west marina berths so as to allow the berthing of craft up to 36.6m (120ft) as opposed to the current maximum of around 30.5m (100ft). This project will be completed during 2018 and the smaller craft from the west marina will be moved to the east side of the 60-acre LMC facility.

The two new travel lifts, supplied by Cimolai, have increased capacity to 300 tones. LMC is said to be the largest yacht repair and refit facility in the US and can handle superyachts up to 200ft. The LMC only numbers around 50, but onsite are around a 100 specialist trades companies that meet all the needs of the projects being worked on.