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Phil Friedman has a long and varied background in the marine industry, as a yacht builder, boat and shipyard manager, small-craft surveyor, and yachting writer and editor. As Managing Director of the Port Royal Group, he provides clients with the benefit of his intimate knowledge of yacht construction, major refit and repair, surveying, damage assessment, estimating, contract negotiation, and dispute resolution.

Phil was for several years the president and CEO of Palmer Johnson Yachts, during which time the company, under his supervision, developed, built, and refitted nearly two dozen luxury megayachts in the 30- to 60-meter range.

During his multi-year tenure as Senior Editor of Power and Motoryacht magazine, Phil tested and evaluated hundreds of yachts worldwide. He has published more than 1,200 articles on yacht design, construction, repair and maintenance. And his recently published eBook, Ten Golden Rules for Successful New Build Projects, has received wide acclaim from industry professionals.

Some of Phil’s published writings, can be found at: and

He continues actively as a consultant to yacht builders, buyers, owners, and sellers ( His more recent consulting work includes managing the start-up of two new yacht lines in China; supervision of the construction of an 80-foot motor yacht in Taiwan; the supervision of shipfitting for a 45-meter composite military patrol vessel; the project management of prototype construction for a new line of 65-foot high-performance catamaran motor yachts; and the design and supervision of the fabrication and installation of ultralight interior joinery and furniture for a number of high-performance Hovercraft patrol vessels.

Phil welcomes questions and comments, which can be sent to him in care of PassageMaker.