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.

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

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

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