Awards handed out at refit conference

International yacht refit professionals were recognized for their accomplishments at the first Refit Excellence Awards.
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International yacht refit professionals were recognized for their accomplishments at the first Refit Excellence Awards, which were presented Sunday at the Refit International Exhibition & Conference in Fort Lauderdale.

Winners were the yacht teams behind Starflite, nominated by Jarrett Boatworks; Enigma XK, nominated by Atlantic Refit Center; Axia, nominated by Front Street Shipyard; and Quitena, nominated by Saunders Yachtworks.

Winning yacht refits were selected from online submissions accepted through the Refit show website at www.refitshow.com between September and January. Any yacht refit professional could nominate a yacht for an award.

An independent panel of judges selected winners based not only on the finished yacht, but also on the teamwork, problem solving and efficiency of everyone involved, including the boatyard, captain, owner, designer, surveyor and management.

The ceremony was held during the show at the Broward County Convention Center and was emceed by Kitty McGowan of the U.S. Superyacht Association.

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