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.

ABBRA objects to California copper-paint bill

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association is raising concerns about a proposed California bill that would make it unlawful to manufacture, sell or distribute marine antifouling paints that contain copper in the state after Jan. 1, 2015.   The bill, introduced by state Sen. Christine Kehoe, would require manufacturers to use the least toxic…more

ABBRA revamps its annual conference

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association’s annual conference will be redesigned this year to focus on boatyard and boat repair business owners, operators and managers. The conference will be expanded by 25 percent and is intended to bring decision makers in the boatyard and repair industry together to discuss common business problems and best…more

Brewer Yacht Yards will help sailing school rebuild

Brewer Yacht Yards in Rhode Island will donate $500 from all new summer slip contracts to support the Edgewood Sailing School in Cranston. When the 103-year-old Edgewood Yacht Club’s clubhouse burned down this year, the sailing school lost most of its gear. Now, relying on private donations and contributions from other programs, the school plans…more

Group seeks marine partners in fire-protection study

The Fire Protection Research Foundation is looking for partners in the marina and fire-protection industries to help find cost-effective fire-protection solutions for drystack and other indoor boat storage operations. The idea to conduct this research came from a session at last year’s International Marina Institute fall conference. Among the topics of discussion was the hardships…more

Intrepid Marine Electronics has new location

Intrepid Marine Electronics relocated its operations to Brewer Yacht Haven Marina in Stamford, Conn. Brewer Yacht Haven Marina is a home port for Connecticut, New York and New Jersey boaters and is one of the largest in the Brewer Yacht Yard organization, with more than 600 slips between the East and West locations. “We are…more

Brewer Yacht Yards doubles fuel discounts

Brewer Yacht Yards is doubling the fuel discounts its customers receive in order to make it easier to spend time on the water this summer. Seasonal Brewer customers already receive a 10-cent-a-gallon discount on gasoline and diesel fuel at all Brewer fuel docks. Customers who keep their boats at a Brewer yard year-round are eligible…more

California boatyard wins environmental honor

KKMI Sausalito was named Northern California Small Industry Facility of the Year for the second time in 10 years by the California Water Environment Association. The award is given to industrial facilities with significant accomplishments in environmental protection and wastewater control. With operations in Port Richmond and Sausalito, KKMI offers yacht maintenance services and says…more

Bellingham Marine renovates California marina

Bellingham Marine recently completed work on Marinas International’s Emeryville Marina in the San Francisco Bay area. Developers of the marina hired Bellingham last year to rebuild the south basin, including new docks with larger slips and upgraded utilities. The marina builder also supplied floating docks. The layout of the south basin also was significantly improved…more

Brewer Yacht Yards schedules open house

Brewer Yacht Yards is hosting its first companywide open house on March 19. All 22 marinas will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on that Saturday to start the coming boating season. One visitor will get a free seasonal slip for 2011 at a Brewer location of the recipient’s choice. Other promotional incentives…more

ABBRA elects new officers, board members

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association elected 2011 officers and directors at its annual members meeting, which was held at the International Marina & Boatyard Conference in Fort Lauderdale. Pamela Lendzion, of MarineTec Management, will serve her first year as president of the board. She will be joined by vice president John Fitzgerald of…more

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