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.

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

Contractor seeks to reopen Connecticut shipyard

Rhode Island-based J. Goodison Co., a marine industrial maintenance and repair contractor, is looking to reopen a bankrupt shipyard in Bridgeport, Conn. The company is using the former Derecktor site to repair a Coast Guard patrol boat, but the hope for a longer-term arrangement has been pushed off course by the former tenant’s bankruptcy, according…more

Deadline nears for Interlux grant applications

Community organizations have until Sept. 2 to apply for a 2012 Interlux Waterfront Challenge award. Interlux will award a total of $50,000 in October to organizations to create sustainable waterfront environmental improvements in their communities. Eight awards, ranging from $4,500 to $20,000, will be made to groups in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.…more

Maine governor tours Front Street Shipyard

Maine Gov. Paul LePage today is visiting Front Street Shipyard, a boatyard that opened last year and recently purchased the neighboring Belfast Boatyard. LePage will begin with a tour of the yard, which services boats as large as 160 feet. The tour will be followed by a reception at which he will meet shipyard employees.…more

American Boatbuilders Association selects supplier

I-Core Composites was selected by the American Boatbuilders Association as the supplier of choice for balsa core products. This is a continuation of a long-standing relationship whereby I-Core has been the supplier of choice for the ABA since January 2008, according to I-Core. The ABA is a buying group comprising independent boatbuilders in North America.…more

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