Yacht tender builder expanding in Florida

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A maker of luxury yacht tenders based in Tampa, Fla., is growing, buying the real estate it occupies and planning to launch a new business there.

Carbon Craft paid $5.489 million for waterfront land that is currently home to Lazzara Yachts on a small peninsula just south of the Gandy Bridge in South Tampa.

Bank of America provided a $4.4 million mortgage for the transaction, the Tampa Bay Business Journal reported, citing property records.

Carbon Craft is currently in a small building on that same property, co-owner Mark Levey said.

It's not clear whether Lazzara Yachts will stay on the property.

Levey said Tuesday that his company is expanding in response to demand for a new model unveiled at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which wrapped Nov. 3.

Response to Carbon Craft's new model 160T, a 16-foot diesel tender, was "tremendous" when it debuted in Fort Lauderdale, Levey said.

The property also will be home to the Rattlesnake Marine Center, a new yacht service center.

"There is no full-service yacht facility from the Panhandle to Fort Myers," Levey told the paper. "We can haul yachts as large as 120 feet. Our facility has a full furniture mill, which is ideally suited for major refit of yachts."