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RMK Merrill-Stevens shipyard adding 100-ton lift as part of massive modernization campaign

MIAMI, FL - Iconic Miami shipyard RMK Merrill-Stevens has announced plans to replace its 70-ton travel lift with a new 100-ton travel lift, the latest improvement in an overhaul that is transforming the South Florida refit landscape.

The announcement comes as the yard has just decommissioned its 1950s-era shiplift as work progresses on the a new, state-of-the-art 2,700-ton shiplift. When completed this year, the north yard will offer multiple dry berths up to 230 feet and in-water berths ranging from 130 feet to a 450-foot berth that can accommodate multiple yachts.

The addition of the superyacht lift on the north side of the Miami River and 100-ton lift on the south side are part of a $30 million capital improvement campaign that includes new equipment, workshops and crew amenities including a dining option.

“Our goal is to exceed the demands of the most discerning clients and offer high quality workmanship with unsurpassed honesty and integrity,” said Aaron Leatherwood, president and CEO of RMK Merrill-Stevens. “The modernization project, new management and new company culture will help us become the first choice for the next generation of superyachts.”

The shipyard continues to operate during the construction, and it is also an official service and warranty center for Sealine, Fjord, Maori and Newport Custom Yachts.


Miami Yacht Show Moving to Resorts World Miami’s Property

Ease of access, ample parking and proximity to other boat show prompts change 

The organizers of the annual Miami Yacht Show, known by yachting enthusiasts worldwide as the luxury in-water exhibition during Miami’s annual boat show week each February, have announced plans to move the event in 2019, pending state and federal permits, to the area located just north of downtown Miami next to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and the Sea Isle Marina. 

The prime waterfront property is strategically located between the Venetian and MacArthur causeways. The property is owned by Resorts World Miami LLC, a Genting Company. The show’s product mix will continue to feature new and brokerage yachts, with the added benefit of more on-land exhibit space for luxury components such as exotic cars and private aircraft in the new location. 

Attendees had the opportunity to meet the RMK Merrill-Stevens team, learn about the new and improved equipment at our shipyard, see a model of Arkup's livable yacht and experience the impeccable quality of Newport Custom Yachts at the 30th annual Miami Yacht Show.

Ease of access and proximity to the Miami International Boat Show will make it more convenient for attendees to attend both boat shows on one day than it has been since MIBS moved from the Miami Beach Convention Center to the Miami Marine Stadium on Virginia Key in 2016. 

The new Miami Yacht Show location brings with it vastly increased parking capacity, with approximately 3,500 spots. In addition, water taxi transportation will connect the 2019 Miami Yacht Show to its secondary site, known as Super Yacht Miami, at the Island Gardens Deep Harbour marina on Watson Island. 

“This is a collaborative move that is designed to make Miami’s boat show week an easily accessible, interconnected system of events,” said Andrew Doole, general manager of Informa, the Miami Yacht Show’s co-owner and producer. “The show will be better positioned for growth with additional land space to enhance and expand VIP lounges and add entertainment and additional concession options, as well as benefit from the proximity to Island Gardens Deep Harbour for yachts up to 400 feet. That being said, we are grateful for the many great years of support and collaboration with the City of Miami Beach and all the other entities that have contributed to the success of the show for the past 30 years.”

Paul Flannery, president of the International Yacht Brokers Association, which co-owns the show, added, “We are extremely excited about the future of the Miami Yacht Show and our partnership with Informa. I firmly believe that the move to our new venue will provide combined vendor and customer services that are unparalleled in the boat show world. Great displays, easy access and the energy of a modern and international city, combined with great hotel, dining and entertainment facilities, will provide a consumer experience that no boater will want to miss. It’s not just a boat show; it’s an event.” 

About the 2018 Miami Yacht Show
Celebrating its 30th year, the 2018 Miami Yacht Show opened Wednesday, February 15 along Collins Avenue across from the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc hotels in Miami Beach and wraps up on Monday, February 19. The show attracts a global audience to a spectacular display of yachts and marine products, including more than 500 new and brokerage yachts and a wide array of the latest marine technology and accessories.

By RMK Merrill-Stevens Shipyard 

Keep in mind the 3 c’s when considering your next refit and repair: conduct, confer and concur:

Accomplishing a refit on-time and on-budget requires the captain/vessel representative, owner, and yard to be well aligned on the scope of work. Be it a periodic maintenance or an extensive refit and repair that involve mechanical, electrical, piping/valves, hydraulic, paint,  joinery, fabrication, or interior, each job/task must be carefully defined to ensure the work can be performed to meet all expectations.

Generally the Captain and Crew remain occupied with running an exceptionally-busy yacht with a demanding schedule. There is often insufficient opportunity for comprehensive planning of a refit or major maintenance let alone creating a consensus around a large project. The out-of-service time of the yacht is meant to be minimized and all stakeholders want the project to get going the moment the vessel arrives at the yard.

A pre-refit inspection is a vital part of starting the alignment process. Shortly after the yard conducts a pre-refit vessel inspection, crew, project managers and vessels rep discuss the findings and prepare the best approach to achieve the desired results. The customer “wish list” and report of findings from inspection should be consolidated and used as a guide for the estimate/quote process. 

When considering your next refit and repair: conduct, confer and concur. First conduct a pre-refit vessel inspection. Secondly, confer on the finding of the pre-refit inspection. And thirdly, concur on a report based on the findings of the pre-refit inspection.

RMK Merrrill-Stevens is listed in Mariner Exchange, a mobile app for boaters to find boat repair professionals. 


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May 4th and May 6th


Miami Beach Marina

Miami Beach, FL 33139

2017 Yamanha Contender Fishing Tournament is an exciting fishing torunament as well as fundraiser. The fishing tournament will take place May 4th and May 6th  2017 at the Miami Beach Marina. The proceeds go to area marine conservation organizations, educational programs and scholarships. Last year the tournament produced a winning weekend for everyone! Boats fished for a $30,000 Top Boat Prize, plus other cash prizes, gifts and trophies. A total of almost $80,000 in prize money was awarded for one day of fishing! 

RMK Merrill-Stevens is a champion of marine conservation and education.



May 6th, 2017




Saint Thomas The Apostle parish and school is hosting their annual fishing tournament event. The fishing tournament will take place May 6th 2017 at Cocoplum Yacht Club. The event will benefit the parish and school community. The proceeds from the event will go directly to the Development Fund, which is used for the expansion of the facilities and education programs.

Sponsorships and registrations are available for purchase. RMK Merrill-Stevens is a proud sponsor of the event.

There will also be a Children's Sea-World Tournament (each child will receive a fishing rod and shirt). There will be plenty of categories and opportunities to win prizes, as well as a raffle and live auction. Both Off-Shore and In-Shore anglers are invited. The Off-shore category will include Mahi, Kingfish, Tuna and Wahoo and In-shore will include Snook, Grouper and Snapper.

RMK Merrill-Stevens is a longtime supporter of Saint Thomas The Apostle parish and school.


RMK Merrill-Stevens is pleased to complete the project of renewing the Life Support Buoy operated by the School of Environment, Arts and Society at Florida International University, Aguarius Reef Base (laboratory). "I want to thank RMK Merrill-Stevens, especially Aaron Leatherwood and Stan Crooks both for understanding and working with me in order to correct that initial welding job. Your honesty was refreshing in that particular situation and I will always recommend your yard to anyone that needs yard work, because of the way that situation was handled. I appreciate it all, and look forward to working with you agai," said RMK Merrill-Stevens customer, Roger Garcia, Operations Director Aquarius Reef Base. Life support buoy is comprised of power generation, air compressors, wireless communications/telemetry array, and the capability to incorporate ocean observing sensor packages.


Progress on construction of RMK Merrill-Stevens new facility in the north side of the yard continues. The new faciliy will reflect the fast-paced, high-tech, state-of-the-art 2,700 ton shiplift, and dockside working berths up to 450' characteristic of superyacht shipyards in the 21st century.


A shout out to the crews competing in the Pineapple Cup - Montego Bay Race race ! RMK Merrill-Stevens is a proud sponsor of this world class sailing competition. Many came to our facilities to prepare for this exciting race.11 teams set out yesterday from Miami and are now in route to Montego Bay Jamaica. Race tracking updates can be followed at tracking . Race results can be found here.


Anticipation is high for Miami's biggest show this year the Miami International Boat Show. It will not only unveil the industry's hottest new toys, but it marks the revitalization of a historic Florida landmark. The event which will take place over President's Day weekend, moved from the Miami Beach Convention Center to Miami Marine Stadium park. Many gathered at RMK Merrill-Stevens booth at the show and meet with the RMK Merrill-Stevens team. Get more info:miamiboatshow.com

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