The boat, named Lady Di, caught fire shortly after 4:30 a.m. at the Dania Beach Marina, 151 N. Beach Road.
A man, a woman and a small dog were onboard the boat when the fire broke out, but no one was hurt, according to Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Michael Kane.
The occupants of a neighboring boat alerted the two people to the fire by banging on the Chris-Craft.
“These folks had very good neighbors. These neighbors alerted them early on in the event,” Kane said.
The man and the woman “say they barely had time to escape and left with just a few items and their dog, Cocoa.”
Some 60 firefighters from Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, the agency’s marine unit and Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue were at the scene.
Arriving crews found the Chris-Craft, which was tied to a boat slip, going up in flames.
“It took firefighters approximately two hours to fully extinguish the fire, which was declared out just before 7 a.m.,” Kane said.
No other boats at the marina were affected by the blaze. However, about a dozen people on other nearby boats had to be temporarily evacuated to a bus that was brought to the scene and should be able to go back to their boats later Wednesday when investigators determine it is safe to do so.
How the fire started remains under investigation.