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The shipyard and marina was built and opened by Ronald F. Marrone in 1966. About 12 years ago, the yard was leased out to another company, but in January, Marrone’s son, Ronald L. Marrone, came back to the yard he grew up in.

The son, who says he could get used to being called “Junior” around the yard, worked with Awlgrip for the past 12 years and plans to bring his expertise to the yard.

The yard and marina are on the south bank of the Dania Cut-off Canal just south of Port Everglades. Across the water is Derektor Shipyard and Playboy Marine.

The marina has been a long-time base for live-aboards with 60 slips for yachts to 80 feet. The deeper water on the face dock will be made available for the shipyard’s clients.

Marrone the elder bought about 15 acres on the canal after moving to Florida from New Jersey and built apartments east and west. He blasting out a basin for the marina — “back when you could use dynamite,” he son said — and established the shipyard. He ran them both until 2000, when he leased the yard to another company.

With his son back at the yard, he will continue to run the marina and think about retiring.

Marrone, the son, has plans to upgrade the yard, including widening the haul out slip, improve the face dock with three-phase power, put up a new fence and lay new asphalt, but for now, he just wants to get it open and back to work. It has a 75-ton Travelift and room on its face dock for yachts up to 145 feet. And there is about 3,000 square feet of shop space in the 1-acre yard.

He said he expects to put a paint crew together and find good companies to contract out engine and electrical work.

“The yard had a great reputation, with clients coming back year after year,” the elder Marrone said. “That fell off, and Ron’s gotta build it up again.”

Lucy Chabot Reed is editor of The Triton. Comments are welcome: lucy@the-triton.com.

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