Our History

Our History
In 1996 Ken Keefe and Paul Kaplan founded Keefe Kaplan Maritime, Inc. (KKMI for short) with a vision of delivering superb craftsmanship and lasting value to boat owners on San Francisco Bay. After a great deal of hard work from an incredibly dedicated team, the dream has been realized. KKMI now operates service centers in both Pt. Richmond and Sausalito, and has become one of the leading maritime companies in California.

We provide a complete range of boat maintenance services at our environmentally-compliant, award-winning facilities. KKMI strives to provide clear and timely client communications supported by a high level of expertise. With our team of seasoned professionals, we are uniquely qualified to smartly apprise boat owners of their vessel’s condition and maintenance needs. In doing so, KKMI delivers the best service and value supplied by the finest team in the industry.

Our Value
KKMI understands that no two boats are identical nor are the owner’s goals and budgets. Determining what must be done on a vessel can be a complex task, which is why we consider value with each decision when servicing your vessel. The true cost of boat ownership can be greatly reduced when a higher level of knowledge, safety and craftsmanship are applied. Simply said, we do it right the first time and we stand behind the quality of our work. KKMI provides this value to you and your boat.

Our Craftsmanship
Our knowledge, training and love of what we do shows in every job that passes through our yard. Because of these things, you can come to us with confidence that KKMI will take the very best care of your boat, from bow to stern. The complexities and nuances of a sail or power vessel demand a level of expertise that is in our DNA. We know and care about your boat and this is reflected in our craftsmanship.

Our Relationship
At KKMI our goal is to provide each client with a knowledgeable advisor, your Project Manager who will foster a relationship of integrity with no surprises.
We openly share with you how your job will flow, form beginning to delivery. The work we do and the costs associated are discussed up front, before we begin the work. Once discussed and approved, we’ll proceed as outlined. It is this level trust that has allowed us to foster lasting relationships with our clients.

Our Awards
Over the past two decades KKMI has been recognized for its leadership in many areas, from within the maritime industry and beyond. The American Boatbuilders and Repairer’s Association named KKMI “Boat Yard of the Year”, the only such company to achieve this prestigious award in Northern California. In addition, the California Water Environment Association has named KKMI on two separate occasions their “Small Industry of the Year” award for our advanced methods in protecting our Bay waters.

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