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.

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

Brewer yards will host Newport Bermuda Race seminars

The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee named the Brewer Yacht Yard Group as the official boat preparation resource of the Newport Bermuda Race. “We are very happy to welcome the Brewer Group of 22 yards in New York and New England as a member of the sponsor family for the 49th Newport Bermuda Race,” organizing committee…more

ABBRA conference set for Lauderdale in January

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association will hold its 2014 Annual Boatyard Business Conference Jan. 22-24 at the B Ocean Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. The event will focus on business issues affecting boatyard owners, operators, managers, boatbuilders and boat repair businesses. “We’re building on our 2013 conference success and will once again offer relevant…more

Zoning dispute stalls boatyard plan in Connecticut

The battle over a new boatyard and hedge fund corporate campus proposed for Stamford, Conn., made international news despite the appearance of an agreement being struck three months ago. The Australia Business Insider had a headline in Wednesday’s online publication that read: “Ray Dalio’s awesome new mega-campus is being stalled by small-town bureaucracy.” A zoning…more

American Boatbuilders Association signs deal with supplier

Gurit announced a multiyear frame supply agreement for core materials with the American Boatbuilders Association. Bristol, R.I.-based Gurit USA, a subsidiary of the Gurit Group, announced that it was designated a preferred supplier of choice for the supply of G-PET, PVCell and Corecell SAN structural foam cores. Structural cores are a key materials category in…more

Crane collapses on boat in Connecticut marina

It was a tough start to the boating season for a Stamford, Conn., couple whose 47-foot boat, still shrink-wrapped from the winter, was damaged by the steel arm of a crane that toppled at their marina. The crane was pulling up pilings at Stamford Harbor Marina that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy when it toppled…more

Working waterfront report set to be released

A comprehensive report detailing the work at the third National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium will be released this summer. The event, which ran March 25-28, brought nearly 300 people representing 24 states and four countries to Tacoma, Wash. Key themes emerged from more than 36 breakout sessions, Washington Sea Grant symposium coordinator Nicole Faghin…more

Hell’s Bay Boatworks event featured on NBC Sports

Hell’s Bay Boatworks launched a fishing event for Patrick Air Force Base airmen with professional guides in a segment featured on the NBC Sports Network’s “American Hero Experience.” “With much pride and honor, we’ve kicked off the Hell’s Bay Boatworks Military Appreciation Initiative, one we feel strongly about,” Hell’s Bay sales and marketing director Todd…more

Tall ship touted as learning platform in Rhode Island

Thirteen Rhode Island teachers and school administrators discussed the positive impact that their state’s official sailing education vessel, the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, will have, not only on their curriculums, but also their motivation for teaching in new ways. The group, including Rhode Island Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist, had just toured the weather deck…more

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