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Refit awards conference set for Florida in January

International yacht refit professionals will be recognized for their accomplishments at the first Refit Excellence Awards.

International yacht refit professionals will be recognized for their accomplishments at the first Refit Excellence Awards, which will be presented Jan. 28 at the Refit International Exhibition & Conference in Fort Lauderdale.

Nominations are being accepted for excellence in the yacht refit process online.

The awards will be judged by an independent panel based on not only the finished yacht, but also on the teamwork, problem solving and efficiency of everyone involved in the refit, including the boatyard, captain, owner, designer, surveyor and management.

The Refit Excellence Awards are divided into five categories:

  • Best Sailing Yacht Refit Between 60 and 100 Feet
  • Best Sailing Yacht Refit Over 100 Feet
  • Best Power Yacht Refit Between 60 and 100 Feet
  • Best Power Yacht Refit Over 100 Feet
  • Best Accomplishment in Refit Excellence.

Although the criteria for each award will include both quality and the process work of the refit, the final award will be judged on overall satisfaction and contribution of the key professionals working on the project.

The awards will be presented during a special ceremony on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Broward County Convention Center.

“The Refit Excellence Awards are opportunities to honor the professionals who make today’s complex refits happen — instead of honoring just the boat itself,” Jim Miller, show manager of the Refit International Exhibition & Conference and publisher of Professional BoatBuilder magazine, said in a statement. “Refit professionals rarely get to enjoy the kind of spotlight that their work does, but their vision and craftsmanship are ultimately what makes a vessel spectacular.”

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