Who We Are
Beaufort Marine Center, aka BMC, opened its doors December 2012, a stone’s throw from her sister facility, Moores Marine.
We’ve been in the business of working on boats since 1986, and over the years, we came to specialize in antique and classic boats as Moores Marine.
But we love boats of all kind. As a kid, there was an 18-foot lap strake double ended sailboat, followed by an English built 36’ sloop, then a 47-foot Ted Hood design built by Franz Maaz in Holland - a ketch rigged old racing boat, a 1950 Stonington motor sailor, a 47 foot and 61 foot Trumpy yachts, and now we have scaled down to smaller boats but we seem to be compensating by owning more of them.
Our current fleet includes a 1988 25’ Shamrock tug, a 25’ 1911 Faye & Bowen torpedo stern launch and a 1968 16-foot inboard Dyer launch and our latest, a 1953 Dyer launch, and oh, there is also a 12’ 1984 Norwegian built KMV launch.
Since we opened our first boatyard here in 2007, we’ve have come to love North Carolina, Beaufort in particular. It will take a lifetime to explore all the waterways in this area and the friendliness and generosity of the folks here can’t be beat.
We wanted to build a boatyard that welcomed all kinds of boats, whether your dreamboat is a Chinese junk or a 70’ trawler, or sleek 120-foot Sunseeker. It’s your dream. We’re here to help you make it happen.
"We’re not fancy, just a good clean, professional boatyard where you can get your work done at a reasonable rate. We want to get you in and out as soon as we can because the whole point of having a boat is to use it,” said Jim Moores, co-owner of Beaufort Marine Center.
If you find yourself asking why we have horses on our logo, find out here.
Stephanie Smith, managing partner in Beaufort Marine Center, has been in the marine industry for two decades that includes start ups of two boatyards and a marine retail/service shop.
Prior to entering the marine industry, Stephanie was a reporter for The Palm Beach Post, the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and The Daily Business Review. Her beats included business, law, and local governments.
She has served on the board of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, including serving as chairman of the Membership Committee; was a speaker at IBEX, the International Boatbuilders Exhibition & Conference and currently serves on the board of the Jarrett Bay Marine Industrial Park Association.
Jim Moores, operations partner in Beaufort Marine Center, has been in the marine industry for more than 40 years and completed more than 100 major refits including the eighth presidential yacht, "Honey Fitz," a 1930 93′ Defoe, a 102' 1929 Alden schooner "Summerwind," that won its class in the Newport Bucket 3 months after a two-year refit, the 1929 92' New York Yacht, Launch & Engine Co. "Olympus," brought back to the East Coast after 70 plus years in Seattle, and more.
He started his careers as a boat builder in Lubec, Maine building commercial fishing boats and dories after apprenticing in some of the most venerable boatyards in Maine.
As a younger man, Jim cruised the islands, worked as a charter captain in the British Virgin Islands and has owned and currently owns a slew of boats because he loves them all.
The partners purchased Beaufort Marine Center in 2013 with the idea that all boats deserve a professional, clean, secure yet affordable boat yard able to offer both full-service as well as DIY.
Whether you have questions about doing it yourself, or want professionals to do the work for you, Jim understands both the service and ownership sides of a boat and is ready to help.