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.

California drops copper-paint-ban bill

Recreational Boaters of California supports a decision by state Sen. Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) to abandon a bill that would ban the use of copper-based antifouling paint. “In all probability the bill would have resulted in a ban on the use of copper-based hull paints by recreational boaters,” RBOC president Cleve Hardaker said in a…more

Maine boatyards name development rep

Three independent boatyards in mid-coast Maine named former Sparkman & Stephens president Bruce Johnson as their business development executive. Brooklin Boat Yard, Front Street Shipyard and Rockport Marine reached an agreement to employ Johnson to represent each yard independently in seeking new construction projects. He will be responsible for attracting and negotiating new national and…more

Bellingham Marine helps upgrade South Carolina marina

James Island Yacht Club recently marked the grand opening of its new dock in Charleston Harbor on James Island, S.C. The club’s existing fixed pier and small launch float were replaced with a new fixed pier and 400 feet of concrete floating docks from Bellingham Marine. “The [new] dock was constructed with great care and…more

American Boatbuilders Association names fuel-system supplier

The American Boatbuilders Association recently selected Attwood Fuel Systems as the preferred supplier of EPA-certified fuel systems. The boatbuilders’ group joins the United Marine Manufacturers Association and Independent Boat Builders Inc. in selecting Attwood to ensure that member builders meet the EPA emissions control requirements for marine fuel systems. “Attwood Fuel Systems were selected as…more

Bellingham Marine finishes California marina renovation

Bellport’s Lido Yacht Anchorage & Drystack in California recently completed a renovation that included the removal and replacement of a portion of the marina’s docks, according to Bellingham Marine, which did the renovation. The work was scheduled to coincide with a large dredge project in the Rhine Channel. The docks were removed last July to…more

Connecticut boatyard set to open in May

A new boatyard serving the Stamford (Conn.) Harbor is set to be in operation by mid-May, subject to city approval. The facility will be known as Skipper Gardella’s at Harbor Point. This new boatyard is designed to serve as an interim facility at Harbor Point, replacing the services lost when the former Brewer’s Yacht Haven…more

American Boatbuilders Association renews deal with supplier

The American Boatbuilders Association renewed its contract with Schmitt & Ongaro Marine Products for another three years. The company has been the exclusive ABA supplier of choice for marine stainless-steel steering wheels since 1999. “Schmitt & Ongaro provides excellent service and high-quality products at competitive pricing to our members,” ABA president Jay Patton said in…more

Problems mount for Derecktor Shipyards

Derecktor Shipyards, the yacht builder that has gone bankrupt twice in Connecticut and now also in New York as its shipyard there seeks Chapter 11 protection, is finished in Bridgeport, according to a city official. Derecktor is the builder of the 281-foot Cakewalk V, which at the time of her 2010 launching was the largest…more

Rhode Island boatbuilder will move to Maine

Front Street Shipyard announced that Carbon Ocean Yachts is relocating its operations from Rhode Island to the Belfast, Maine, facility. The two builders will work together on the construction of lightweight, performance-driven yachts. “We’re excited by the new possibilities that will exist by integrating Carbon Ocean Yachts into Front Street Shipyard,” Front Street Shipyard president…more

Brewer offers boater discounts in New England

Brewer Yacht Yards and Mystic Seaport in Connecticut are offering discounts to visiting vessels. The Brewer Cruising Club Card will be offered to transient boaters staying at Mystic Seaport, in addition to all 22 Brewer marinas throughout New England. After spending their first night at a Brewer marina or at Mystic Seaport, boaters will receive…more

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