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The Triton’s monthly networking event with Universal Marine Center

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Date(s) - Apr 20, 2016
06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

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Universal Marine Center

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The Triton’s monthly networking event (the occasional third Wednesday of every month from 6-8 p.m.) with Universal Marine Center. Join us for casual networking.

On the third Wednesday of April, The Triton networks with Universal Marine Center in Ft. Lauderdale. Join us on April 20 from 6-8 p.m to optimize your contacts with a gathering of captains, crew and industry professionals. Find the marina on the north side of Marina Mile Boulevard (also known as State Road 84) just west of I-95. UMC is between Cable Marine and Rolly Marine.

Until then, meet Capt. Bernard Calot and learn more about changes at the marina.

Q: Please tell us about Universal Marine Center.

Universal Marine Center is a marina/shipyard with 35 floating slips up to 165 feet in length conveniently located in Ft. Lauderdale on the New River. We’re in the heart of marine industry here. We are the most flexible shipyard in the industry where the captains and management companies have the choice to use our onsite contractors or bring their own.

Q: You are the marketing manager, tell us how that came about.

Life has treated me good. After 15 years in the industry and the sale of my last command, M/Y Olga which was docked at Universal Marine Center, UMC offered me a new challenge to expand and create a professional and friendly marina/shipyard.

Q: What is your background in yachting?

I worked for 20 years as a sales manager for an Italian hydraulic manufacturer, which gave me my mechanical background. I worked 15 years as a charter yacht captain cruising from the U.S. Great Lakes down to South America and through the Panama Canal.

Q: Who will crew work with at UMC?

During the last 10 months we have put together an experienced crew in the marina. They bring with them previous yachting experience ranging from chief stews to deckhands that help captains and crew in all their needs. On another note, we bring in a complete selection of experienced contractors for paint jobs, electrical, hydraulics, mechanical, wood work, fiberglass and air conditioning.

Q: What is special about this marina?

We run the marina/shipyard like we would run a yacht. First, the crew and contractors work with a smile and always with a can-do attitude. Secondly, because we are relatively small, with 35 slips, we have the chance to have customized and personalized services for marina dockage or for complete refits. We avoid the bureaucracy of larger facilities. We can host 22 yachts between 112-165 feet and 13 yachts from 80-112 feet.

Q: What’s on the calendar for the future?

Ten months ago, UMC agreed to invest almost $3 million to upgrade the electrical to 480 volts, add docks, dredge and open the entrance area. In mid-2016, we expect to see the opening of the entrance of the marina and the addition of four extra slips up to 175 feet.

Q: What trends are you seeing in marinas?

In general, marinas try to be larger and accommodate larger vessels and penalize the customers with higher costs. In our case, we try to focus on customized and personalized services to save time and money for our customers.
All industry professionals are invited to the April 20 networking event, no RSVP required. For more information contact Universal Marine Center at 2700 SW 25th Terrace, Ft. Lauderdale, (33312), umcmarina.com and +1 954 791-0550.

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