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.

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

Front Street Shipyard expands with purchase

Front Street Shipyard, on the Belfast, Maine, waterfront, announced it has purchased its neighbor, Belfast Boatyard. The owners of Front Street Shipyard are welcoming the employees and customers of Belfast Boatyard while maintaining existing operations. The addition of Belfast Boatyard adds 500 feet of deepwater frontage, 22 slips, 20 moorings and harbor floats, increasing the…more

Worker pinned under boat at Rhode Island yard

A worker who was painting the bottom of a 6,000-pound boat at the Standish Boat Yard was in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital after a support gave way and the boat crushed his abdomen and chest. WPRI reported that the man working on the boat was the boatyard owner’s son-in-law. Tiverton Police Lt. Patrick…more

Supplier signs deal with American Boatbuilders Association

Marine lighting and electrical supplier DRSA, of Riviera Beach, Fla., said it was again selected by the American Boatbuilders Association as a preferred ABA supplier of choice for marine interior lighting and Vimar electrical devices. The agreement extends the partnership between DRSA and the ABA through June 30, 2015. The association is composed of 12…more

Fort Lauderdale boatyard adds online tracking service

Foster’s Yacht Services, which does custom yacht refits, interiors, painting, fiberglass fabrication, carpentry and maintenance, created a system that allows yacht owners to track custom work being done on their yachts. Fort Lauderdale-based Foster’s private, interactive and customized website tracking system, which is updated weekly throughout a project, allows clients to track the progress and…more

American Boatbuilders Association signs deal with ASA Electronics

ASA Electronics was selected by the American Boatbuilders Association as a supplier of choice in its audio and video categories. The electronics maker has entered into a three year agreement in which it will supply the trade group with its marine-specific products. The association is composed of 12 independent U.S. builders. “ASA Electronics’ unique core…more

Outer Reef Yachts signs deal with Virginia yard

Deltaville Boatyard was named an authorized service provider for Outer Reef Yachts. Deltaville is an ABYC standards-certified yacht repair facility in Deltaville, Va., at the southern end of Chesapeake Bay. “Outer Reef clients will receive expedited personal service for either warranty or general service from DBY’s highly qualified, ABYC-certified staff.” Outer Reef Yachts president and…more

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