Following a busy summer and autumn period at the Fort Lauderdale-based yard, Floyd said, “Shipyards are historically slow during the summer months but I believe [but the busy period] says a lot for the state of the industry here in the States.
"Another sign of an uptick is the scope of work we are receiving and bidding on now, in comparison to the past several years. Refits, paint jobs, extensions and cosmetic work are a nice change from the basic maintenance that we all were doing for several years.”
Floyd and his team welcomed Black Knight to the yard for a full refit. “Black Knight is a classic wooden yacht built in 1967 by Goudy & Stevens, which is today known as Hodgdon Brothers Shipyard”, he explained.
“I remember the vessel here at Bradford when I started at the yard in 1976. She was then called Cassiar and later changed to Black Knight. I know she has been in and out of the yard over the years but it is nice to see her back in the sheds at Bradford Marine again.”
Other notable Bradford projects included Feadship builds, Blackhawk and Charade, both of whom were repeat customers. And Floyd reflected, “At Bradford Marine, we know that our customers are our most valuable asset and as the year comes to a close we would like to take a moment to express our gratitude to customers old and new.”