South Florida Intercoastal

Yacht Service Technician Apprenticeship Program Report

By: MIASF Staff

Date posted: Dec 21, 2020 Mon

Apprentices in the Yacht Service Technician Apprenticeship Program (YSTAP) had an exciting November highlighted by an exceptional drive train and vibration analysis presentation by Richard Merhige, from Advanced Mechanical Enterprises.  Rich, a graduate from SUNY Maritime College and a Vibration Analyst, spent over two hours presenting issues related to drivetrain conditional analysis as well as yacht system vibration analysis. Other topics discussed in November’s classes included beginning part sketching and blueprints, lapping of shafts, and rudder systems.  December and January class topics will include stabilizer systems, bow and stern thrusters, hydraulics and blueprints.  In January the apprentices will begin the second year of the two year program.  Second year topics include plumbing, pumps, switches, welding, metal fabrication, yacht painting, and shipyard carpentry. Our new 2021 YSTAP classes are beginning in January as well and all classes are taught at award-winning Atlantic Technical College in Coconut Creek.  For more information on how to sponsor the program or attend, please contact instructor Jon Lowell at