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.

‘Young bloods’ organize

Sam Crocker is the assistant manager at Crocker’s Boatyard in New London, Conn., and he was born and raised in the marine industry. At 24, he is a fifth-generation Crocker — along with brother Greg — and is working his way up the ranks of the family business.

Front Street Shipyard signs deal with PierVantage

In January, Front Street Shipyard announced an exclusive partnership with Newport, R.I.-based Trefoil Marine to begin the construction of a new line of 30-foot multihull, high-performance catamaran patrol boats.

Portland Yacht Services finalizes boatyard purchase

Portland Yacht Services completed the purchase of boat repair business Gowen Marine, a move that will enable the company to service and repair larger vessels in the coastal Maine city. Portland Yacht Services president Phineas Sprague Jr. said its customers and those of the former Gowen Marine should experience a significant increase in efficiencies and…more

Industry leaders in Maine worry about skills shortage

The current gridlock in Washington has caused a skills gap in the nation that is detrimental to the marine industry work force. That’s according to an op-ed that ran Monday in the Bangor Daily News by Maine Marine Trades Association executive director Susan Swanton and Front Street Shipyard  CEO Tuesdi Woodworth, which commends U.S. Sen.…more

North Carolina marina set to add service facility

Southport Marina in North Carolina is celebrating the opening of Zimmerman Marine’s service and repair facility. The partnership will launch with an open house at the marina from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 26. The companies announced that they will hold two roundtable discussions. The agenda is as follows: 3 p.m.: Boat Repair Roundtable, moderated…more

ABBRA releases annual compensation survey

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association announced that the results of its 2013 Compensation and Benefits Survey are now available. The report, “ABBRA Compensation and Benefits Benchmark Study,” is meant to serve as a resource for employers in the boatyard, marine service and repair sectors to gauge rates, salaries and benefits in the employment…more

New covered dry dock had role in Cold War

Bay Ship & Yacht Co., a California-based service, refit and new-construction yard for superyachts and commercial vessels, expanded its capacity and capabilities with a new covered dry dock that accommodates vessels with a maximum beam of 76 feet and displacing up to 6,300 long tons. This new facility on San Francisco Bay is the only…more

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Restored historic whaleship launches in Connecticut

A nautical restoration job for the ages reached a milestone Sunday with the launch of the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut. After a nearly five-year restoration in the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard in southeastern Connecticut, the national historic landmark and America’s oldest commercial vessel was carefully lowered into the…more

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