The Triton

Boat Show News

FLIBS18: Dockmaster profile: Hall of Fame

ADVERTISEMENT

By Tom Serio

Since his father was a captain, dockmaster Bob Garey at the Hall of Fame Marina in Fort Lauderdale has been around boats all his life. Literally.

“I was two years old and went on a yacht trip with my dad, from Baltimore to Florida”, Garey said. Over the years, he learned how to operate a boat and handle lines. At 11 years old, he did another trip with his dad, and the rest of his family on a client’s boat. Garey has traveled to the Bahamas, South America, and even took two months off from school to cruise with his father on a 56 Hatteras to Caracas (he did bring his schoolwork with him though).

Dockmaster Bob Garey, Hall of Fame Marina

As he grew, Garey mated on yachts his dad commanded. “My dad captained a yacht in the Med, and it was a family affair. Dad ran the boat, I was the mate and Mom was the stew and chef”.

After his dad passed away on a trip to St Maarten, Garey became discouraged as his boating partner was no longer with him. “I couldn’t work for another captain.”

Garey opted to get into law, working on the admiralty side. But one day, he realized he couldn’t do it anymore. He loves the boating lifestyle. “Boaters are a happy group, very positive. In the legal field, everything is negative.” Garey explained.  

Starting in the private sector, Garey spent 12 years as dockmaster at Lighthouse Point Yacht Club in Lighthouse Point, FL, moving on to the Royal Palm Yacht Club in Boca Raton for the next 6 years. At the Hall of Fame Marina for just a few months, he already knows he made the right choice “It’s a great opportunity here and the yachts are larger than at my previous locations.”

The worst aspect of the job for Garey is working in the bad weather. He’s done his fair share of hurricane preparations and stepping out in the worst part of a storm to help a yacht. “You just have to step up and get the job done” Garey added.

When not wrestling yachts into slips, Garey is an accomplished music writer and guitar player, recording his own music. You may hear it playing in the background in the office.

The amenities of the marina are also a big draw for yachties and Garey alike. “The location is perfect. We have the beach across the street, Los Olas Boulevard is close, only one bridge and 40 slips up to 155’”, said Garey. Belonging to the Westrec family of marinas, the Hall of Fame Marina has a famous neighbor. The marina encircles the International Swimming Hall of Fame, the world’s largest outdoor swimming complex.

Asked what he would be doing of not a dockmaster. Garey replied assuredly “I’d never go back to law”.

Related Posts...
Update Nov. 14, 10:00 p.m. Derecktor Holdings Inc. has been Read more...
The Hilton Marina in Fort Lauderdale has been bought by Read more...
The Superyacht Show will return to OneOcean Port Vell in Read more...
By Tom Serio Running a public municipal marina for the Read more...
By Dorie Cox Two Florida marina projects with large yacht Read more...

Share This Post

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please answer the question below to leave a comment. * Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Editor’s Picks

Derecktor wins bid to develop Fort Pierce large yacht facility

Derecktor wins bid to develop Fort Pierce large yacht facility

Update Nov. 14, 10:00 p.m. Derecktor Holdings Inc. has been chosen to build and manage a Fort Pierce large yacht facility by a unanimous …

Triton networks with Longbow Marine

Triton networks with Longbow Marine

About 200 captains, crew and industry professionals network with The Triton at Longbow Marine on Nov. 14 in Fort Lauderdale. Photos by …

Rules of the Road: A review of taxes that apply to Florida boat sales

Rules of the Road: A review of taxes that apply to Florida boat sales

Rules of the Road: by Capt. Jake Desvergers It’s that time of year again: boat show season. Events at Cannes, Genoa and Monaco …

Former large yacht chef, resort owner Joe Cannon dies

Former large yacht chef, resort owner Joe Cannon dies

Former yacht Chef Joe Cannon passed away in November in Costa Rica. The cause of death was complications from cancer. He was 68. Since …

Events