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.

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

Sea Hawk Paints debuts website

New Nautical Coatings, manufacturer of Sea Hawk Paints, launched its new website. The new site features high-end website design, search engine-friendly site structure and custom web modules and controls. “Sea Hawk Paints has a reputation for quality and innovation within the bottom paints industry and we rely on our partners to maintain that reputation,” director…more

Connecticut yard finishes 281-foot yacht

Derecktor Shipyards, of Bridgeport, Conn., last weekend launched what is believed to be the largest yacht (by volume) built in the United States – a 281-foot motoryacht called Cakewalk. “Needless to say, as with any project of this scale and sophistication, there were some growing pains along the way, but we think the result speaks…more

Dutch shipyard to expand underground

Feadship’s Royal Van Lent shipyard announced plans to expand its facilities on Kaag Island in the Netherlands. Confined by limited expandable area around the yard, the Royal van Lent facility will extend underground in order to build even larger yachts in coming years. Construction is set to start in August 2012. Based in the Netherlands,…more

Brewer yard given Maine Clean Marina designation

Brewer South Freeport Marine was recently named Maine’s newest Clean Boatyard/Marina. “Formalizing our commitment to protecting coastal waters and the marine environment is something we’re focused on as a company,” general manager John Brewer said when accepting the award. “We operate 21 marinas and boatyards in the Northeast, from New York to Maine, so we…more

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