San Diego, December 5, 2018 — For more than a decade, Marine Group Boat Works (MGBW) has been attracting yachts of all sizes from around the world to San Diego for its refit abilities and superyacht berthing. Boat International Magazine, a superyacht media company that covers more than 60 countries, released its list of “The Best Yards for a Superyacht Reboot.” MGBW was ranked 3rd in the U.S. and 7th place overall among the world’s renowned shipyards.
According to the magazine, MGBW’s diverse skill set, new propeller shop, and the fact that it’s the world’s first solar-powered superyacht facility are what have contributed to the company’s high ranking. Thus, it comes as no surprise when MGBW was awarded 2018 Refit of the Year by the U.S. Superyacht Association at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, for its multi-million-dollar renovation of SCOUT II. This superyacht project was only one of 100 superyacht projects this year for MGBW—the most it has ever serviced in one year and double the amount from three years ago.
SCOUT II was constructed as a steel 111-foot expedition yacht built in 1993 by Brooke Marine and underwent phase three of a comprehensive transformation with modifications by MGBW to the design, structure and seakeeping abilities of the vessel. The most notable upgrades were fabricated and installed by MGBW’s team of craftsmen and women, which included a 15-foot steel transom and swimstep extension, a completely new designed aluminum mast, a reshaping of the bow, extensive system and mechanical upgrades and a repaint of the entire vessel with a new color scheme—all of this totaling just over $3.5 million.
MGBW credits the international recognition to its talented workforce consisting of approximately 200 tradespeople skilled in fabrication, welding, pipefitting, sheet metal and machinery. MGBW is known throughout the industry for its 665-ton Travelift which is one of the largest on the West Coast. It has the capacity to lift and mobilize vessels up to 220 feet and dockage supplying renewable shorepower energy to vessels up to 400 feet.