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Hi, I’m Phil Friedman…

I have more than 30 years hands-on professional experience in the recreational marine industry.

My most recent consulting work includes the start-up planning and new-build management for two new semi-custom yacht lines in China. Some of my other more recent work includes the project management, on behalf of an owner, of an 80-foot new build in Taiwan; management of engineering for a naval architectural and boatbuilding firm; the prototype construction management for a new line of 65-foot high performance catamaran motor yachts that incorporated patented active air-lift technology; and the start-up planning and operations management of AeroLite Marine Interiors, a marine joinery firm specializing in the fabrication and installation of high quality, ultra-light yacht cabinetry and furniture.

Before that, as president and CEO of Palmer Johnson Yachts, I was responsible for executive management of a group of companies with annual gross revenues in excess of $100 million and with nearly 600 employees across the country. Under my direction, PJ developed and sold several hundred million dollars in new yacht construction and major refit work, and built and delivered a dozen luxury megayachts in the 30- to 60-meter range utilizing Critical Path Planning and Management techniques introduced by me to the company.

With Port Royal Marine, Inc. from 1984 to 2000, I provided a broad range of marine-related technical, marketing, and business consulting services to a wide array of clients that included yacht owners, boatbuilders, marine manufacturers, and aerospace companies, as well as advertising and public relations firms.

And before that, I served as VP-Operations and CFO for a multi-location yacht dealership and chain of boatyards employing 150 craftsmen and trades people in the maintenance and refit of luxury yachts. I’ve also operated my own custom boatbuilding shops and, through the years, maintained an active design, survey, and marine consulting practice. Numerous yachts have been built to my designs in various parts of the world. Several of these have made successful trans-oceanic passages.

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As Senior Editor for Power & Motoryacht magazine, I tested and evaluated hundreds of yachts worldwide, and I’ve published more than 1,300 articles on yacht design, engineering, construction, repair, and maintenance. I was the author of the electrics and electronics chapters of later editions of Chapman’s Piloting, Seamanship, & Small Boat Handling, considered by many to be the bible of recreational boating. My articles have also appeared in Professional Boatbuilder, Boatbuilding, Boating, Motorboating & Sailing, Yachting, Sail, Marlin, Boating World, Motorboat, Canadian Yachting, Pacific Yachting, Canadian Power Illustrated, Sailing Canada, Small Boat Journal, Motoryacht International, and other marine publications. I still publish regularly in print and digital magazines such as PassageMaker and Power and Motoryacht, as well as on my own digital channels.

Working on a more theoretical plane, I created the curriculum for, and directed the Marine Industry Management Program at Humber College of Applied Arts & Technology (Toronto), where I also taught boatbuilding and design. I am proud to say I was among the first people in the industry to apply computerized P.E.R.T. Analysis and Critical Path Management (CPM) to the construction of yachts. And as early as 1981, I was awarded a grant by the Canadian National Research Council for my work in developing a computerized specification program for building small, sail-assisted commercial fishing craft.

For a complete background profile, including an illustrated portfolio of prior work and letters of recommendation, please to to my LinkedIn profile.



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Greater Fort Lauderdale Area, Florida, USA

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