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.

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

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

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