THE YARDS | ROLLY MARINE SERVICE
Right: Rolly Marine is a respected name
in the Florida superyacht refit market, as
seen by the business lining up
Below: facilities for painting work afloat
business since 1966 when the company was founded by Roland 'Rolly'
Rolly Marine Service is now one of the most respected refit
and repair yard names in
Fort Lauderdale, the heart of the North
American large yacht industry. Indeed, at any
one time in its yard
there are likely to be twenty or more significant motor yachts,
everything from minor maintenance programmes to major
refit and repair work. Moreover,
such is its reputation, it also
handles a considerable amount of new-build commissioning work
brands such as Lazzara and Azimut.
The yard is located at its original premises on what is now known
as 'Marina Mile,' which
is on the south fork of New River and a
15-minute drive from the Fort Lauderdale Inter-
national Airport at
Dania. By water it is around one and one-half hours away from Port
Capacity within the yard is restricted to a maximum of 225 tons.
That is the capacity of
its marine Travelift, which was custom
built for the yard to accommodate tri-deck motor
yachts and is
fitted with the essential load cells and weight scales.
Furthermore, this piece of
equipment is claimed to be the tallest
of its kind in the world. The draught restriction at the
3.05 metres (10 ft.) and the beam restriction is 8.8 metres (29
The maximum length vessel that can be accommodated under cover
would be between 39.6 and 42.7 metres (130-140 ft.) depending on
design. However, yachts up to 48.8 metres (160 ft.) that do
not require hauling out can be ministered to on the face of the
dock. For example, the
largest yacht so far to have visited the yard was the 48.2-metre
(158 ft.) Gray Mist, who stayed afloat during a
complete paint job. And in terms
of under cover accommodation, a German-built 42.7-metre (140 ft.)
is said to hold the crown.
In terms of new-build work content, however, the
largest yacht project the yard has been involved with to date was
the building of Margaux.
She is a fast 35.36-metre (116 ft.) twin-screw all-aluminum motor
yacht, powered by twin 16-cylinder 2.400hp Detroit 149TI diesels.
tion commenced at the yard in 1990, with their sister company
Advanced Ocean Systems, and was delivered complete with a
designed interior in 1992.
Completed jobs in 2002 have included the 38.7-metre
(127 ft.) 1986 Feadship Excellence, the 38.1-metre
(125 ft.) Christensen Sun Chaser,
the 38.4-metre (126ft.) Azimut Frostie's Sleigh, the
38.4-metre (126 ft.) Sovereign Westship My Chelle,
the 34.1-metre (112 ft.) Westahip Lady
Melia, the 38.7-metre (127 ft.) Lloyd Ship Endless
Summer, the 36.6-metre (120 ft.) Cantieri di Pisa
Luna Sea, the 36.6-metre (120 ft.) Hakvoort
THE YARDS | ROLLY MARINE SERVICE
Right: working in partnership
with sub-contractors allows all types of specialist undertakings
to be carried out
Below: from lift out to return to water, Rolly Marine's
custom-made Travelift can accommodate tri-deck motor yachts up to
Curt C, the
36 metre (118 ft) Broward
Arriva II, the 3l.7-metre (104 ft.) Broward
Alise, the 31.4-metre (103 ft.) Westbay
Little Paradise, and the 38.1-metre (125 ft.)
Broward Show Time, which was in for six
weeks for computerised prop and drivetrain
work. The Benetti Classic 35-metre (115 ft.)
Nanseabee (ex-Intrinsic) has returned
work following a six-month spell last year,
when it was in for commissioning and a
complete paint job.
Rolly Marine Service's direct workforce now numbers around 60,
although including its
army of regular subcontractors, many of whom are virtually Rolly-dedicated
there are usually at least 155 or so people working in the yard at
any one time. The yard not
only acts as an authorized service center for International/Interlux
paint systems, Onan generators, Cummins Diesel and Kilo Pak
gensets, but also as an approved service yard for
the likes of Azimut, Lazzara Yachts, Ferretti Yachts and the
mighty Rodriguez Group.
Joan Rocks, founder Rolly's widow since 1995, is the
president and owner of the yard,
which is managed by the Marina Management of Broward, with Greg
Poulos as general
manager. Rolly Marine can accommodate most kinds of work, and in
conjunction with its
dedicated contractors, they strive to be the most courteous, clean
and punctual yard in Florida.
This desire coupled with over 500 success stories, leads them to
be proud of their reputation,
especially when it comes to their specialization in performance
engineering and vibration control.
Beyond English, the yard offers Dutch, German, Spanish
and Portuguese speakers, while
24-hour security ensures projects are unhindered.