By Dorie Cox
Capt. Kevin Klar has a new workload as of Aug. 1.
Formerly one of the founding partners with Chip Macpherson, Capt. Klar has taken full ownership of Dania Cut Super Yacht Repair in Dania Beach, Florida.
“Chip retired in July,” said Klar, 58, from his office at the yard. “We were partners going on 13 years. It was 50-50.”
Recently out of lifeboat and advanced fire-fighting courses in Fort Lauderdale, Capt. Klar also retains his U.S. Mariners license and runs M/Y Lady Bee, a 142-foot Christensen. He previously ran M/Y Ohana, a 154-foot Heesen, and has held a license for decades, first being certified for International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) in 1993.
At 18 years old, Capt. Klar ran a marina on Grand Island in Louisiana.
“I mean the biggest boat was 35 feet … but the owner went on vacation and gave me the marina to manage, and that’s how I learned to manage,” he said. “Most important is to be a people person.”
Dania Cut has seven employees and yacht work is subcontracted out.
“Our philosophy is for the boats to pick out their vendors, price out themselves, and work out their own deal,” he said. “We bill through us and get a percentage. We have no in-house work.”
Capt. Klar plans to make the yard even more “captain-friendly,” he said.
“Being a captain, I can understand what captains look for going into a yard. Our goal is to simplify.”
For more information, visit www.daniacut.com.
Dorie Cox is editor of The Triton. Comments are welcome below.