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Flying The Flag for Gold Coast in Florida – ROD TWITCHIN MARINE

After a journey spanning almost 30 hours, RTM successfully arrived at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) in late October.

The extensive travel proved worthwhile as it provided an opportunity to reconnect with current colleagues and, equally importantly, to meet with many world renowned industry leaders in yacht construction and brokerages.

Engaging with industry professionals, RTM proudly, offered its professional services within the southern region. This outreach was well received, particularly by those familiar with Australia, as the region continues to attract international yachts. The interactions included a meeting with Mr. Luca Gazzotti, the Global Technical Support & Warranty Manager for the Ferretti Group, to discuss RTM’s past relationship with the group and explore future collaborations.

Attending FLIBS for the first time since 2016, the experience did not disappoint. The show featured a plethora of yachts of various configurations and power sources, along with displays showcasing the latest technology in yacht systems and accessories. Notably, the Superyacht Village had been relocated to Pier 66 to accommodate the modern superyachts, as the sheer size of some would block the main channel if moored ‘stern to’ in the main marina.

Following FLIBS, RTM embarked on a tour of the Florida Keys, Miami, and California, establishing new relationships with industry colleagues along the way. A highlight of the trip was meeting Mr. @ wavy_boats during a visit to Haulover Inlet, Miami.

As an on-site service provider at The Boat Works, boasting 5 Gold Anchor and Superyacht Ready certifications, RTM stands as the ideal collaborator for marine professional services during yard periods. With a quarter-century of experience, RTM has forged strong alliances with industry professionals, facilitating the assembly and supervision of proficient project teams for refits and maintenance intervals. Arranging the yard period ahead of arrival ensures project timelines and financial parameters are met.

Founded in 2011, RTM celebrated its 12th anniversary in November, drawing on 25 years of previous industry experience, both sea and shore-based. A family-run business committed to providing sound, reliable, old-fashioned service, RTM assists vessel owners and crews with vessels of all configurations and sizes for their professional requirements.

Services offered by RTM include:

Project Management & Consulting,

Vessel System & Diagnostics,

Expert Witness,

Pre-Purchase Condition Surveys,

Insurance Condition Surveys,

Condition & Valuation Surveys,

and Safety Management Systems.

With an array of certifications and AMSA accreditations, including:

Trade Certificate – Mechanical (1987),

Commercial Boat Licence (1993),

AMSA Coxswain (1997),

AMSA Engineer (1999),

AMSA Master (2000),

AMSA Surveyor (2012),

Ships Valuer (2014),

RTM stands as a proud member of Superyacht Australia, Marine Surveyors Association Inc, Boating Industry Association, and the Australasian Institute of Marine Surveyors.

For all marine inquiries, please contact RTM at 07 5556 0035 or email




Published in print January-March 2024