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.

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

Petit Marine Paint offers rebates

To help dealers and boatyards in these difficult economic times, Pettit Marine Paint introduced a cash-back rebate on Vivid and Hydrocoat products, which it plans to offer through March 2010. Dealers and boatyards will receive a cash rebate of $10 for each gallon and $2.50 for each quart of Vivid and Hydrocoat purchased.  Dealers must…more

Clean Marine Solutions given environmental grant

Wilmington, N.C.-based Clean Marine Solutions was awarded an $84,600 North Carolina Green Business Fund Grant to further fund development of an affordable solution for boatyard/marina powerwash wastewater effluent. The grant is administered by the North Carolina Board of Science and Technology. “The grant will provide money for custom systems at four North Carolina marine service…more

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