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.

Sides seek compromise on Miami River development

Miami city officials and members of the marine industry are trying to reach a compromise on future Miami River development policy. Some, including Miami mayor Tomas Regalado, have viewed the policy – shaped under several lawsuits – as increasingly giving riverfront residential projects preference over marine industry operations, according to Miami Today. The parties will…more

Bellingham, Bahia Mar win design award

Fort Lauderdale-based Bahia Mar Yachting Center was awarded the 2010 PIANC Marina Excellence Design Jack Nichol Award, Bellingham Marine reports. The purpose of the Jack Nichol Award is to recognize excellence in the design of modern recreational boating facilities around the world. “A tremendous amount of effort went into designing the Bahia Mar marina to…more

Pettit Marine Paint unveils rebate program

Pettit Marine Paint is offering a new rebate program for consumers. Between now and May 31, Pettit is offering rebates up to $20 per gallon on select Pettit antifouling paint. This initiative follows the company’s 2009 stimulus rebate program, which saved U.S. boat owners more than $300,000. “We understand what people are going through, which…more

Brewer donates $25,000 to help Haiti

In the wake of the recent earthquake that devastated Haiti, Brewer Yacht Yards has made a $25,000 contribution to Hope for Haiti. In addition, during the month of January, the Brewer Yacht Yard Group matched all donations made to Hope for Haiti by Brewer Yacht Yard employees. “We are fortunate to be in a position…more

Groups seek submissions, proposals

Submissions for presentations for The Working Waterways and Waterfronts National Symposium on Water Access 2010 are due Jan. 22. The conference is set for Sept. 27-30 in Portland, Maine. The symposium will provide a forum to help communities, organizations, businesses, and individuals address waterfront access challenges by showcasing successful models and tools from around the…more

Florida’s oldest shipyard lays off its work force

The Merrill-Stevens shipyard in Miami laid off the remainder of its work force, effective immediately, as it attempts to restructure financially. Several sources at the yard confirmed the closure to The Triton newspaper. No one answered the phone this morning at the shipyard. Merrill-Stevens was established in 1885, according to its Web site, and is…more

Waterfront access symposium seeks submissions

The Working Waterways and Waterfronts National Symposium on Water Access 2010, set for Sept. 27-30 in Portland, Maine, is seeking abstract submissions. The deadline for submission is Jan. 22. The symposium will provide a forum to help communities, organizations, businesses and individuals address waterfront access challenges by showcasing successful models and tools from around the…more

New work buoys Maine’s marine industry

During the last few winters, Custom Float Services on Portland, Maine’s Union Wharf has had to lay off a few full-time employees because of a lack of work. But the company has landed the biggest job in its 21-year history – constructing a replacement marina in the boating haven of Newport, R.I. – and its…more

Shipyard receives $1 million wind turbine grant

Vancouver, Wash.-based yacht builder Christensen Shipyards received a $1 million grant allowing its sister company to switch a portion of the boat manufacturing plant to small wind turbine production. The newly created sister business, Renewable Energy Composite Solutions LLC, is using the money to get into the wind turbine and hydrokinetic energy component manufacturing. According…more

Brewer Yacht Yards marks 45 years of service

Brewer Yacht Yards, with locations from New York to Maine, is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. In 1964, John Brewer Sr. bought the boatyard next to the family hardware store and invited his son, Jack, to run it. Brewer Post Road Boat Yard, in Mamaroneck, N.Y., was the first yard. “When my father called…more

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