Nautical Ventures Group purchases River Bend Marine Center

May 28, 2013 by Guest Writer

Dania Beach-based Nautical Ventures Group has purchased River Bend Marine Center, located just east of Lauderdale Marine Center in Ft. Lauderdale.

A shipyard and marina for nearly 40 years, Nautical Ventures Group plans to upgrade the facility and offer additional contractor services, according to a press release.

River Bend provides dockage for yachts up to 135 feet and dry storage up to 80 feet. It has an 80-ton TraveLift, a 15-ton hydraulic yard crane, and a 50-ton self-propelled boat transporter.

Marina amenities include 30/50/100-amp electrical hookups and wi-fi connectivity. The yard will provide a variety of services but will also have on-site offices for sub-contractors and an area for do-it-yourself repairs.

Jeff Garcia is president of River Bend. He is also a co-founder of a shipyard in the south of France. For more information, visit

Nautical Ventures Group is a consortium of South Florida investors whose goal is to purchase underperforming marine enterprises. By year’s end, it will have infused more than $1 million into capital improvements, with sales projected to reach $20 million by 2014, according to a company statement.

In related news, Nautical Ventures Group has been chosen the exclusive dealer for Belzona Marine for Florida and the Caribbean. Belzona Marine introduced a 32-foot center console at the Ft. Lauderdale boat show last year.

“With the towing package, these boats make great yacht tenders,” said Roger Moore, CEO of Nautical Ventures Group. “Aside from the obvious advantages for fishing and diving, Belzona Marine’s easy opening sliding doors afford people with disabilities an easier entry and exit point — a first in our industry.”

Belzona plans to introduce a 32-foot Walkaround Cuddy later this year, and a 39-foot center console and walkaround cuddy are both on the drawing board.

Nautical Ventures expects to open a 13,000-square-foot showroom with floating docks in September. For more information, visit