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Ft. Lauderdale-based Yacht Repairs & Maintenance (YRM) has received patent approval for its tender/Jet ski chocks. Each chock is made from marine grade aluminum, custom fitted for each boat, with state-of-the-art metal-working equipment in the company’s design and fabrication facilities.


For more, visit yrmcustom.com.


Full press release from the company here:

 

YRM growing, opening another office

 

Started mid-recession in 2008 as a one-man yacht repair and maintenance business, Ft. Lauderdale-based YRM today has a dockside service, custom metal fabrication and custom carpentry division, a work force of 20 and a satellite office opened in March 2014 in West Palm Beach to serve its clients there. “We’ve been steadily growing,” said Stuart Pudsey, YRM’s founder, president and CEO. Located at 45th office, storage facility and workshop is minutes away from Palm Beach’s marina district. “We’ve been doing a lot more work in that area,” Pudsey said. The satellite office gives YRM a base to work from in Palm Beach County.

 

The company moved into its main 10,000-square-foot facility near the international airport in Ft. Lauderdale in September 2012, about the time general manager Chris Tomaszewski joined YRM. Tomaszewski brought expertise in metal fabrication. Pudsey’s background is in maintenance, repair and carpentry. “Custom is what we do” is the company motto. “Pretty much everything we do is custom because just about everything we are asked to do is one-off, whether it be metal or wood,” Pudsey says. “We’re not a production line.”

 

YRM recently received a U.S. patent for a chock design for tenders 9 to 25 feet, which its fabricators design and build in various configurations depending on the size of the tender, the shape of its hull and the deck configuration of the boat the tender is stored on. The chocks are fabricated in aluminum or stainless steel, or a combination of wood and metal for a more classic look.

 

The company also offers custom-designed chocks for tenders up to 36 feet, and is currently building chocks for two motorcycles that a superyacht will carry in its garage. The metal shop also can build chocks for paddle boards, kayaks and Seabobs, and installs the chocks on various sized vessels.

 

YRM builds radar arches in aluminum and stainless steel, and fabricates stainless steel handrails and hoop rails, aluminum and stainless steel brackets and supports, and custom aluminum structures.

 

The carpentry division mills, fabricates and lays teak decks, repairs teak decks, installs and repairs wood soles, does custom cabinetry and carpentry, makes and installs headliners, and undertakes interior redesigns.

 

Dockside service staff do monthly boat maintenance, handle plumbing and electrical work, repair or replace windows and hatches, and find and repair leaks. Coming in fall 2014 at YRM: Davits and cranes designed and built in its metal division. “We’d like to have our own line of davits and cranes,” Pudsey said.

 

Scheduled to debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, this expansion of YRM’s product line probably will require four more workers – two , fabricators and two installers – continuing the company’s growth.

 

“The industry is coming back now,” Pudsey says, and that has given YRM a boost. “Since the middle of last year, we’ve had a lot more inquiries, a lot more jobs.” Yacht owners were buying tenders for their boats at the recent boat shows, so they needed chocks. YRM was there to take orders and fill the need. St. and Australian Ave., the new 1,500-square-foot

 

Many yachtsmen and women are fixing up their boats instead of buying new ones in these unpredictable times, which also has helped YRM. “We’ve been redoing a lot of interiors, doing a lot of carpentry work,” Pudsey said.

 

More information available from YRM, 3295 SW 11th Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315. Contact president & CEO Stuart Pudsey or general manager Chris Tomaszewski at 954-406-3569, or email Stuart@YRMcustom.com or Chris@YRMcustom.com.

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