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.
FORT LAUDERDALE — Westrec Marinas, the Encino, Calif.-based marina management and development company, is undertaking a $20 million redevelopment of Miami’s Haulover Inlet Marine Center, company executives said during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
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.
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.