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.

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

Derecktor signs deal to build 63-foot catamaran

Robert E. Derecktor Inc. was chosen to build a 63-foot catamaran research and classroom vessel for The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Conn. The Maritime Aquarium has been providing student and public research voyages in the protected waters of Long Island Sound since 1988. A new Incat Crowther-designed aluminum vessel will carry as many as 65…more

Nautical Ventures Group buys Fort Lauderdale yard

River Bend Marine Center in Fort Lauderdale, which has served the yachting and brokerage community for nearly 40 years but has struggled through foreclosure, was purchased by Fort Lauderdale-based Nautical Ventures Group. “This active boatyard has provided important maritime services to boaters in the area for many years,” Nautical Ventures Group CEO Roger Moore said…more

Deltaville Boatyard staffers attend Beneteau training

Deltaville (Va.) Boatyard employees Starr Pullman and Neal Hoar recently graduated from the Beneteau Academy. The academy is a training school established by the boatbuilder to offer educational programs to the sales, technical and managerial teams of its dealer network. The intensive two-day course includes a tour of the Beneteau boatbuilding facilities in Marion, S.C.,…more

PierVantage adds four boatyard clients

PierVantage, a cloud-based solution built specifically for boatyards, full-service marine facilities and boatbuilding operations, reached agreements with several operations. So far this year the company has signed on with Kittery Point Yacht Yard, Concordia Co., Derecktor Shipyards and Schooner Creek Boat Works. “We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to be working with some…more

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