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.

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

New Nautical Coatings wins small-business award

The Small Business Commerce Association gave the 2010 Best of Business Award in the marine paints category to New Nautical Coatings Inc., parent company of Sea Hawk Paints, based in Clearwater, Fla. The association’s awards program recognizes the top 5 percent of small businesses in the country. Using statistical research and consumer feedback, the association…more

Famed Maine sardine plant to become a boatyard

A group of Maine maritime professionals intend to convert the former Stinson Seafood property in Belfast, Maine, into a major regional shipyard. With the sale expected to close today, the new owners plan to turn it into Front Street Shipyard, which will be used to repair and restore commercial and private boats and eventually could…more

Dutch builder adds second boatyard

Netherlands-based Mulder Shipyard is building a second yard near its current facility, the company announced. This second yard will focus on the maintenance, refit and new build of yachts up to 130 feet. Operations are expected to begin in 2012, with the first new yacht launching in 2013. The existing facilities will remain open and…more

Shipyard to convert boat into hybrid ferry

Derecktor Shipyards in Bridgeport, Conn., is converting an existing vessel into what will be a hybrid-powered 600-passenger ferry for New York Harbor. Hornblower Cruises and Events commissioned the multimillion-dollar vessel and an April launch is expected, according to a report in the Connecticut Post. The Hornblower Hybrid project calls for the vessel to use wind…more

Working waterfronts national coalition is formed

Federal, state and local government representatives and organizations have formed a National Working Waterways & Waterfronts Coalition following a national symposium on the issue held last month in Portland, Maine. Sea Grant programs from around the country, including Maine Sea Grant and Virginia Sea Grant, which were lead hosts of the symposium, will partner with…more

Brewer buys Massachusetts marina

Brewer Yacht Yard Group announced it acquired Hawthorne Cove Marina in Salem, Mass. Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina joins the company’s 21 other full-service marina and boatyard locations between New York and Maine. “We are thrilled to be taking over this wonderful operation,” said Jack Brewer, president of Brewer Yacht Yard Group, in a statement. “This…more

Bellingham Marine enters Korean market

Washington state-based Bellingham Marine is expanding into South Korea and recently opened an office in Seoul, the company announced. Bellingham appointed South Korean national Simon Yoo as business development manager. He will help the company set up operations in Seoul and oversee new projects in the region. “The timing is right,” Bellingham Marine president Everett…more

C.J. Broom shuts down boatbuilding division

The boatbuilding division of British company C.J. Broom & Sons is closing and as many as 70 jobs will be lost. But Broom Boats Ltd., the boat service company that operates Broom’s marina, will continue to operate with its 50 staff members, according to media reports. The action is part of a reorganization after the…more

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