Thrusters & Stabilization

Gillen Yacht Services can install or service your thruster or stabilization systems on your vessel. We can provide routine maintenance of your thrusters and stabilizers or troubleshoot operational issues. When it comes to the stabilization selection there are many choices and factors to weigh when deciding to use fins or gyros. Contact Gillen Yacht Services for expert advice on your stabilization or thruster needs. GYS is proud to be selected as one of the first dealers of the revolutionary SmartGyro System.

Learn more about SmartGyro’s System here

General Yacht Maintenance

Our goal is to keep you boating in the water in the most cost-effective manner – period. We do that with our full-service capabilities. Some of the most common maintenance and repair service requests are: stabilizers, thrusters, steering systems, hydraulics, plumbing, marine sanitation and running gear. Our large comprehensive facility with dockage includes our in-house-hydraulic hose department, welding, carpentry and electronics. Some of our general services include Stabilizer Service, Repair and Install, Thruster Repair and Installs, In-house Hydraulic Hose Fabrication, Running Gear, Props, Controls, Marine Sanitation.

Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

Being located in Florida, we know how important air conditioning and refrigeration repairs and installations are to enjoying your boating experience. We are known for custom fabrication of refrigeration solutions. Whether it is converting an unused space for additional refrigeration or adding a new refrigerator drawer or ice chipper, we can customize the best solution. Gillen Yacht Services committed technicians, have in-depth knowledge and are factory authorized to work with numerous companies including Dometic, Marine Air, and Cruiseair. We regularly service our family of customers in different parts of Florida and South Florida, the Bahamas, as well as the Caribbean.

Watermakers & Desalinization

Customers who spend time in the Bahamas know the importance of having a watermaker on board. These systems require routine maintenance, especially if they have not been routinely run and operated. From normal maintenance, repairs or new equipment installs, our experienced technicians at our Fort Lauderdale boatyard are expertly trained to install and repair watermaker systems from all the top brands, and we are dealers for Horizon Reverse Osmosis and Sea Recovery.


The technicians in our electronics department are ABYC and NMEA certified in both electrical and electronics. Our ability to custom fabricate electronics panels coupled with our factory certified installers, Gillen Yacht Service can retrofit your vessel with the latest electronics suite. No matter how large or small the job – from software updates to radar and navigation installs Gillen Yacht Services has you covered. Our technicians are Garmin and Simrad Certified installers.

Ventilation Systems

Proper engine room ventilation has been largely overlooked for years. Most of today’s newer vessels lack adequate airflow for optimum engine performance because the trend toward larger engines with a greater need for combustion and cooling air. This leaves you vessel subject to:
• Greatly increased maintenance and fuel costs
• Salt and moisture damage
• Dangerous heat and noise levels
• Engine warranty problems
• Catastrophic engine failure

Gillen Yacht Services is the authorized dealer and repair center for Delta T, the premier provider for engine room ventilation systems, moisture eliminators and A-60 rated fire dampers. We can both service existing systems or design a new system to improve your engine rooms ventilation – a variety of vessel ventilation systems, fire dampers and moisture eliminators.

Engine Room Ventilation, Moisture Eliminators & A-60 Fire Damper

Diesel Engines

Marine diesel engine repairs and overhauls are what launched us into the industry 30 years ago, here in Fort Lauderdale. With David Gillen Sr. at the helm, we continue to provide the best diesel engine-services and engine overhauls, optimizing your vessel for peak performance.
Gillen Yacht Services provides detail-orientated personalized diesel engine services across the entire spectrum of boat ownership – beginning with mechanical surveying during vessel purchase. If you’re looking for the best marine diesel engine repair near me, look no further than Gillen Diesel & Marine. We will work with you and your broker to understand the state of your mechanical systems before you make your purchase. Contact us to book your engine survey. We have factory trained and certified technicians for most engine manufacturers.

Engine Repowers & Engine Routine Maintenance


Over the years we have worked on almost every yacht make and model and that means servicing lots of generators. Whether we are providing routine maintenance or replacing your generator Gillen Diesel Service have the technicians and equipment to keep your systems running.
Gillen Diesel Services will also perform Generator surveys when purchasing your new vessel thus ensuring you know the current state of all your mechanical systems before you make the purchase. Our generator services include Generator Survey, Generator Maintenance & Repair, and Generator New Install.


Services we pride ourselves in our ability to solve some of the most complex problems associated with all forms of power systems. From Air Conditioners to watermakers -most system install will typically require some form of electrical component or custom fabrication to complete the install. We have various technicians that specialize in the multiple trades required to start and complete an installation or job. Our certified technicians are proficient in NMEA and ABYC standards. We work with battery inverters, lithium ION battery banks, automatic power transfer systems, isolation transformers and 3-phased power. From power conversions, electrical panels to transformers our South Florida team of experts has the expertise to repair or upgrade your yacht.

Fiberglass & Painting

challenge for all boats. Gillen Yacht Services has extensive experience working with on all types of boats, from legacy wooden vessels to steel and aluminum hulls. We’ve developed a systematic process ensuring top-quality bottom paint, fiberglass repair, and hull paint using
Awlgrip, Seahawk, and Dupont. We are experts at creating fiberglass molds for custom fabrication. Our master craftsmen can easily facilitate simple to complex challenges at our state-of-the-art marina facilities.