Boatyard News

As the recreational boating industry strives to grow, the role boatyards play continues to become more significant. Owners who use their boats frequently require service that is quick and complete, even as the vessels themselves grow more complex in terms of their engines and electronics. Boatyards are starting up or expanding in an effort to meet this challenge.

My-Villages signs deal with Canadian boatyard

Northshore Yachtworks, a repair and refit facility in Vancouver, is the first yard in Canada to adopt The Boat Village to provide online service coordination and improve communication with its customers.

Hull No. 12 of Westport’s flagship 164-footer was launched this year.

New owners take over at Westport Shipyard

Management at Washington-based Westport Shipyard expects few changes following the yacht builder’s sale to Westport LLC, a group that includes members of the Louisiana-based Chouest family.

South Florida poised for marine-career growth

South Florida’s marine industry is well-positioned to supply the materials, expertise and trained workers to handle the wave of repairs, refits, repowering and interior remodeling anticipated during the next seven to 10 years on the thousands of yachts over 80 feet built from 1998 to 2010, said Phil Purcell, executive director of the Marine Industries…more

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Hodgdon Yachts adds service division

Hodgdon Yachts launched Hodgdon Yacht Services, marking the Maine company’s expansion into both the yacht and pleasure boat service and refit sectors.

‘Young bloods’ organize

Sam Crocker is the assistant manager at Crocker’s Boatyard in New London, Conn., and he was born and raised in the marine industry. At 24, he is a fifth-generation Crocker — along with brother Greg — and is working his way up the ranks of the family business.

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