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.

New York company sues Derecktor Shipyards

A Mississippi company’s lien on a tugboat has Derecktor Shipyards in Bridgeport, Conn., facing another lawsuit. New York-based McAllister Towing and Transportation filed suit against Derecktor on Nov. 22 in U.S. District Court in Hartford, seeking $18,809.03 for unpaid towing fees and damages related to disputed repair payments to a Mississippi company, which slapped a…more

Governor’s boat sits in closing Brewer yard

Only two boats stand in the gravel lot at Brewer Yacht Haven, the last working boatyard in Stamford, Conn., which must close at the end of the month. One is Sapphire, a 28-foot powerboat owned by Gov. Dannel Malloy. Malloy, Stamford’s mayor from 1995-2009, was a boater for many of the years he lived in…more

Derecktor Shipyards shuts down Connecticut yard

Derecktor Shipyards is temporarily closing its operation at Connecticut’s Bridgeport Harbor. Bridgeport city officials said Derecktor, which leased the shipyard from the city’s port authority in 2001, is not taking on new projects and has told the city that it is pursuing plans to reposition the company to make it profitable. Workers losing their jobs…more

Video shows man setting fire to boat

Surveillance video from Sloatsburg, N.Y., shows a man setting fire to a covered boat in a construction company’s parking lot, an action that apparently led to five of the company’s trucks catching fire, according to police. “We see him light one side of the cover tarp of the boat,” Detective Lt. Mark Emma told The…more

Derecktor Shipyards weighs shutdown

A year after attracting national attention for the launch of one of the world’s largest private yachts – Cakewalk V – Derecktor Shipyards said it is considering a temporary shutdown of its operations in Bridgeport, Conn. “We’re not planning on leaving Connecticut,” Paul Derecktor, president of Derecktor Shipyards, told the Connecticut Post newspaper. He cited…more

California puts hold on copper paint ban

A bill that would ban the use of copper antifouling paint on recreational boats in California is delayed until next year at the earliest, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reports. Although the state Senate passed bill No. 623, its sponsor, state Sen. Christine Kehoe, worked with the Assembly’s Appropriations Committee to delay action on the…more

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Florida yard completes 180-foot yacht

Newcastle Shipyards recently launched its largest build to date with M/Y Harbour Island. Hull No. 1 of the Newcastle 5500 Series will spend a few weeks in St. Augustine, Fla., for dock tests and sea trials before heading south to Rybovich Super Yacht Marina and Refit. When the Newcastle 5500 is delivered, she will be…more

Court ruling ends Miami River condo proposal

The Miami River, long a center of marine commerce, attracted substantial residential development during the real estate boom. Marine interests can now claim a legal victory in efforts to keep it a working river. Two residential projects on the Miami River, whose city approvals were challenged in court for undermining the marine industry and the…more

Brewer boatyard will close in October

Brewer’s Yacht Haven West, one of the Northeast’s largest full-service marinas, will shut down in the fall after losing its lease from a developer that plans to remediate and develop the land. Unable to gain an extended lease or purchase the 14-acre-site in Stamford, Conn., Jack Brewer, president of Brewer Yacht Yards, told the Stamford…more

American Boatbuilders Association signs supplier

Hubbell Marine Electrical Products was awarded a three-year contract as the exclusive supplier of shore power products for the American Boatbuilders Association, the company announced. “We are honored that ABA recognizes the reliability of our comprehensive line of marine electrical components,” Joe DiMaria, director of marine and wirecon marketing and sales, said in a statement.…more

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