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.

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

Brewer seeks entries for photo contest

Brewer Yacht Yards is looking for photos that depict the “Brewer experience” and is holding a photo contest to find the perfect shots. Winning images will show originality, artistic creativity, and will reflect an appreciation for Brewer locations. All images will be considered for use in Brewer Yacht Yard marketing, on the BYY Web site,…more

Former owners reopen Stuart Yacht

Gregg and Nancy Burdick have ended three years of retirement to reopen Stuart Yacht, a Florida boatyard that operated exclusively as a commissioning and service center for Riviera Yachts during the last three years. As a result of the downturn in the economy, new boat sales have weakened, and as Riviera restructures, the builder is downsizing in…more

Bellingham completes work at California yacht club

Renovation work was recently completed at Coronado Cays Yacht Club in Southern California. Bellingham Marine completed installation of the new D and E docks in late April, just in time for the club’s 2009 opening-day celebration on May 2. New electrical and mechanical systems were installed with 30/30 receptacles at each power center and a…more

Bellingham replaces N.Y. marina docks

Bellingham Marine recently completed the replacement of the 20-year-old wooden docks at East Creek Marina in Riverhead, N.Y. The marina offers 120 berths featuring concrete floating docks, with slips ranging from 20 to 30 feet. There is also a pumpout station, storage (outdoor, wet, and dry), some repair services, fuel, bait and tackle, and a…more

Working waterfronts bill introduced in Congress

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine last week introduced a bill to amend the Costal Zone Management Act of 1972 to establish a working waterfront grant program. The bill is referred to as the “Keep America’s Waterfronts Working Act of 2009.” “Water-dependent commercial activities are the economic and cultural heart of many coastal communities,” according…more

Bronstein to assist Alaskan boatyard

The city of Kodiak, Alaska selected Florida-based Marine Business Advisor’s president and owner Jim Bronstein to guide the opening of a new boatyard with a 600-ton Marine Travelift to serve the Alaskan fishing fleet and visiting boats. “We are seasoned in running our marinas in Kodiak, Alaska, but operating a boatyard is a large undertaking,”…more

Bellingham Marine designs Australian marina

Bellingham Marine of Bellingham, Wash., led the design and construction of the recently opened Marina West, the newest marina in Port Adelaide, South Australia. Marina West, which celebrated its grand opening in March, was developed by the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia as an extension of the club’s existing complex in North Haven. Marina…more

Service center offering out island repairs

Gillen Diesel and Marine Services of Dania Beach, Fla., is offering a new out island yacht repair service. The company’s turbocharged, twin-engine aircraft is piloted by a diesel mechanic and is available to haul parts for servicing up to a 1,000 nautical mile range. “We have provided emergency engine and generator repairs and even hauled…more

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