Adam Alexander is the fifth-generation operator of the family-owned J.O. Brown & Son Inc., a boatyard that has been on the Maine island of North Haven since 1888. It provides fuel, boat maintenance and storage, hardware supplies, boat-taxi services and, not the least, local color to the North Haven waterfront.
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.
A Connecticut marina owner wants to sell her property, but not before she finds a safe haven for the historic oyster barge that has long been a fixture at the site.
An expedition support vessel, hull No. 366, was launched late last month from the Kleven Verft shipyard in Ulsteinvik, Norway.
The Penboscot Pursuit Regatta, presented by sponsor Front Street Shipyard, drew more than 30 boats this year.
The American Boat Builders and Repairers Association will offer its intensive three-day marine service manager course Sept. 8-11 at the Viking Service Center in Riviera Beach, Fla.
Gamage Shipyard in Bristol, Maine, recently chose PierVantage for Boat Yards to help with business management, abandoning its former software.
Northshore Yachtworks, a repair and refit facility in Vancouver, is the first yard in Canada to adopt The Boat Village to provide online service coordination and improve communication with its customers.
Management at Washington-based Westport Shipyard expects few changes following the yacht builder’s sale to Westport LLC, a group that includes members of the Louisiana-based Chouest family.
Scandia Marine Services renamed itself Scandia Marine Center LLC and is relocating from Kentmorr Marina in Stevensville, Md., to Whitehall Marina in Annapolis.
South Florida’s marine industry is well-positioned to supply the materials, expertise and trained workers to handle the wave of repairs, refits, repowering and interior remodeling anticipated during the next seven to 10 years on the thousands of yachts over 80 feet built from 1998 to 2010, said Phil Purcell, executive director of the Marine Industries…more