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.

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

Broker will open office at Maine shipyard

DiMillo’s Yacht Sales is opening a brokerage office on the Belfast, Maine, waterfront in one of the Front Street Shipyard’s newest buildings, where the company will sell new and used yachts. The new relationship with DiMillo’s will allow the shipyard to enhance its offering to current and new customers living in and visiting the Mid-Coast…more

Waterfront symposium set for March

Waterfronts are getting squeezed. Traditional activities once considered vital to coastal communities — boatbuilding, fishing, recreational boating and other water-dependent businesses — must now compete for limited space on the shoreline. Residential development, zoning changes, shifting populations and energy production are just some of the pressures against a robust working waterfront. There’s also a new…more

Fire damages boats at Connecticut yard

Firefighters battled a blaze Thursday that destroyed one boat and damaged at least three others in winter storage at the Dodson Boatyard in Stonington, Conn. A column of thick black smoke was visible from a mile away Thursday morning, according to The Day in New London. Early stages of firefighting were complicated by live wires…more

Virginia shipyard forms alliance with Connecticut interior design firm

Bridgeport, Conn.-based Clear Yacht Interiors and Portsmouth, Va.-based Ocean Marine Yacht Center have formed a strategic alliance to position Ocean Marine’s Portsmouth shipyard as one of the only U.S. facilities to offer complete yard and interior design/build services. “Our goal is to offer owners and captains the expertise and convenience of comprehensive services,” Ocean Marine…more

Brewer marinas set to hold open-house events

Boaters across New England are invited to attend Brewer Yacht Yard Group’s second annual companywide open house. All 22 marinas from New York to Maine will be open to provide tours of the facilities, services and amenities, offer educational displays and information and to welcome boaters to experience the “Brewer Difference,” according to the company.…more

Boatyard group opposes Connecticut development

The coalition that was formed to save a Connecticut boatyard is calling on the public to write letters to local news organizations in support of a “working boatyard.” “[It] seems as though our Connecticut governor is on the move regarding destroying the boatyard with this investment company that wants to come here,” wrote Maureen Boylan…more

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