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A cut above in storm prep

As Sandy bore down, these three marinas took radical steps that minimized their losses The fury began Oct. 22 when meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center in Miami picked up a tropical depression forming off Nicaragua. At first blush, there was nothing unusual about it, but in a matter of hours the low-pressure system strengthened…more

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Tiny Rhode Island is a big player

When J/Boats went shopping for a new domestic builder in 2008, times were tough and more than one company would have given just about anything to get the business. Parting with its Rhode Island-based builder, in large part because of the worsening recession, J/Boats “had to start over in many ways with brand-new models and…more

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Webinars teach Sandy’s lessons

The BoatUS programs identify weaknesses that contributed to boat and marina destruction from the storm On the night of Oct. 29, Hurricane Sandy thundered ashore just south of Atlantic City, N.J., as a Category 1 hurricane packing winds of about 90 mph and creating a storm surge in excess of 10 feet. According to the…more

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Online used-boat sales sans broker

DoItYourselfYachtBroker.com connects buyers and sellers and guides them through the transaction Some might say Jort van Sisseren is tilting at windmills. If that’s really the case, then as a native of the Netherlands operating a new kind of marine Internet business in Amsterdam, he has plenty of potential targets. Others might say he’s pioneering an…more

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A battle for Biscayne Bay

Critics say new government regulations would wall off fishing and hurt the South Florida economy Guiding anglers to monster game fish is Stan Saffan’s passion. A charter captain from Miami for nearly 50 years, he currently runs two 58-foot sportfishing boats from Haulover Park Marina. But there’s one aspect of Saffan’s job that makes him…more

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Research points MarineMax to charters

Retailer launches its large-scale premium operation in a popular Caribbean destination Talking with customers can sometimes spur big company initiatives. That’s the case with MarineMax, the world’s largest powerboat retailer. In January, the company began operating a premium yacht charter business out of Tortola’s Hodges Creek Marina in the British Virgin Islands under the umbrella…more

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A New England tradition that won’t die

Fatty Knees, the versatile tender launched by Edey & Duff, is revived by a Massachusetts sales rep It’s not often you’d turn down the chance to buy a boat you really wanted if it didn’t come with the right dinghy, but that’s what happened with George Dow. Dow, 75, had offered to buy Seraffyn of…more

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Young Turks: Chris Allard, 29, Metal Shark Aluminum Boats

Patrol- and rescue-boat builder has $193M government contract, will continue foray into recreational market When Chris Allard was 10, he sketched a 23-foot powerboat of his own design, something he often did at that age. He liked it so much he thought Boston Whaler should build it. Showing a fair amount of gumption for a…more

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Big-time refits for small boats

Metan Marine’s clients regard classic restoration as a better investment than buying new It’s not every day that a weak transom leads to major life changes, but that’s what happened to Vince Miragliotta. He’d been boating, skiing and just kicking back after selling his interest in a successful technical recruiting company when he noticed trouble…more

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It spells curtains for flying chips

Manufacturer says its zip-together nylon panels take the risk out of paint removal and other boatyard jobs In Greg Silver’s business, baking soda is king. He owns Southcoast Sodablast LLC, a soda-blasting company based in Westport, Mass., and he makes a living removing old antifouling paint from boat bottoms. It’s a messy job. Care is…more

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