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 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

Colonna Yachts adds Marine Travelift facility

Colonna Yachts, a division of Colonna’s Shipyard Inc. of Norfolk, Va., announced an expansion with the opening of the new West Yard Marine Travelift facility. Situated on approximately 10 acres, this new facility will accommodate the simultaneous repair of up to 15 megayachts and deep-draft sailing yachts. The Marine Travelift acquisition was partially enabled by…more

Working-waterfront guidelines taking shape in Florida

A bill in the Florida legislature would set guidelines to be used by property appraisers in determining how to assess “working waterfront property,” according to an analysis of the measure. Some local marine companies in Manatee, Fla., are looking for a boost for their businesses with House Bill 7127 and its senate counterparts. It would…more

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Florida boatyard picks up another award

Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor and Yard in St. Augustine, Fla., recently received the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association’s Award of Excellence in Customer Care. Camachee Cove is a fully protected facility adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway and less than a mile from the St. Augustine Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean. “Peter Sabo and his…more

ABBRA sets service management course dates

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association is offering its popular marine service management course in September. The next course is scheduled for Sept. 10-13 at Roscioli Yachting Center in Fort Lauderdale. ABBRA’s instructors present participants with pointers in such non-technical topics as human-resource development, financial controls, customer relations, codes and standards, marketing and sales.…more

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

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