Fort Lauderdale Yacht Harbor has acquired Bradford’s boatyard and marina operations in Ft Lauderdale and Bahamas

Bradford Marine has grown into a leading yacht repair yard, marina and brokerage firm

Bradford Marine has grown into a leading yacht repair yard, marina and brokerage firm

Fort Lauderdale Yacht Harbor (FLYH) has acquired the boatyard and marina operations of Bradford Marine Fort Lauderdale and Bradford Marine Bahamas.

Established in 1966, Bradford Marine grew into a leading yacht repair yard, marina and brokerage operation and the two facilities will continue to operate under the Bradford name. Paul Engle will continue as president of Bradford Marine and manage the daily operations, and Tom Thomas will remain as chief financial officer, according to FLYH CEO John Kelly.

Kelly said that Fort Lauderdale – billed as the yacht capital of the world – is poised for continued growth and Freeport, The Bahamas is positioned to be a world-class port with the deepest harbour on the island’s Eastern seaboard, according to Marina Dock Age.

New dockage and state-of-the-art, high-speed WiFi will be added to both Bradford facilities, with changes to traffic flow and parking being made at Fort Lauderdale. Kelly said other improvements will be announced over time.

“FLYH is focused on yacht owners, captains and crew. We will be working with this whole community to ensure we are their first choice for repair, refit, dockage and brokerage services,” Kelly said.

Bradford Marine in Fort Lauderdale is one of the world’s largest in-water, covered facilities with 11,000 linear feet of slips and service bays. The covered slips can dock vessels up to 180ft.

Bradford Marine Bahamas was founded in 1997. It is located 60 miles off the Florida coast and can accommodate superyachts up to 500ft.