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.

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.

Front Street Shipyard signs deal with PierVantage

In January, Front Street Shipyard announced an exclusive partnership with Newport, R.I.-based Trefoil Marine to begin the construction of a new line of 30-foot multihull, high-performance catamaran patrol boats.

Portland Yacht Services finalizes boatyard purchase

Portland Yacht Services completed the purchase of boat repair business Gowen Marine, a move that will enable the company to service and repair larger vessels in the coastal Maine city. Portland Yacht Services president Phineas Sprague Jr. said its customers and those of the former Gowen Marine should experience a significant increase in efficiencies and…more

Industry leaders in Maine worry about skills shortage

The current gridlock in Washington has caused a skills gap in the nation that is detrimental to the marine industry work force. That’s according to an op-ed that ran Monday in the Bangor Daily News by Maine Marine Trades Association executive director Susan Swanton and Front Street Shipyard  CEO Tuesdi Woodworth, which commends U.S. Sen.…more

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