It will be early November before US boatbuilder Rybovich Yachts learns whether it will be able to develop a superyacht repair and refit facility at Rivera Beach Marina. The company has developed a plan that could handle yachts of 76m (250ft) and above, which is larger than at its present Palm Beach, Florida facility. Rybovich has been cooperating with Viking Developers, the company that was recently awarded the mandate to create a master plan for the 150-berth marina.

There has been a sizeable amount of opposition to the Rybovich plans from local residents. They have produced a petition which, under local laws, means a decision will have to be put to a local vote. This is due to be held on November 2, 2010. Viking will have the task of totally revamping the marina and modernising it.

The proposal between Viking and Rybovich is that the latter would lease part of the marina site for a 25-year period to operate it as the yacht refit and repair facility. If it goes ahead it would complement Rybovich’s existing Palm Beach yard, which offers berthing for yachts of up to 90m (300ft) but cannot build or repair as its shoreside facilities are limited to 55m (180ft). The Rivera Beach yard would give Rybovich the capacity to cope with the large yachts that are increasingly visiting Florida.