Florida broker partners with Dutch boatbuilder

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The Dutch ShipYard Group and Dwight Tracy and Friends Yacht Sales are partnering to expand the Holland-based firm’s presence in the U.S. market.

“We’ve wanted to have a larger presence in the U.S. market for some time now, but felt it required having representation that was not only sales-oriented, but highly qualified on a technical basis, as well,” Dutch ShipYard marketing and sales director Bob Schutte said in a statement.

“The quality of our work and product is at a very high level, and our pedigree is impeccable, so we wanted to be represented by someone with a deep understanding of yacht building, someone who could interface with owners and their captains with acumen and authority. We believe that in Phil Friedman, director of new build and refit for DT&F, we’ve found that person.”

Friedman is a longtime yacht-building consultant and former president and CEO of Fort Lauderdale-based Palmer Johnson Yachts.

“Our New Build and Refit Program offers clients an omnibus menu of value-added services that include initial concept development, project planning, build team coordination, project management, owner representation and ancillary support in the areas of finance and insurance,” Friedman said in a statement. “When we say we can deliver a seamless new-build experience, we really can — because we have. And that is why noted designers, naval architects and engineers and top-quality shipyards, like Dutch ShipYard, have joined us in strategic collaboration.”

In addition to building the Puffin range of sailing yachts, the Dutch ShipYard Group provides motoryacht construction, yacht service and refit and skilled mast construction and rigging and includes Dutch Yacht Sales, Pepper Yacht Service, Refit Centre, and Master Masts.

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