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.

Owner wants to sell 281-foot megayacht

Looking for a new yacht? Cakewalk V, a 281-foot megayacht, is for sale. Built by Derecktor Shipyards in Bridgeport, Conn., the yacht took to the water for the first time last October. It can be yours for $215 million, the Hartford Courant reports. Charles Gallagher, a Denver private equity investor, took possession of the vessel…more

Group forms opposition to California copper-paint ban

Recreational Boaters of California is encouraging the state’s boaters to express their opposition to SB 623, which would prohibit recreational boaters from using copper-based antifouling paints on the hulls of their boats to prevent marine organisms from growing there. The bill is expected to pass the state Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday without a vote and…more

Florida boatyard gains Clean Marina designation

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, together with the Clean Boating Partnership, recently named Pensacola’s Harbor View Marine a Clean Marina. The voluntary state initiative recognizes marinas and boatyards for their commitment to the protection of the state’s waterways and natural resources. To become a designated member of the Florida Clean Marina program, facilities must…more

Keynote speaker named for ABBRA conference

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association’s annual conference July 18-19 will begin with a keynote address from James Brewer of Derecktor Shipyards, the yard responsible for building and launching the 281-foot superyacht Cakewalk. Brewer’s presentation at what is also known as the Summer Symposium, at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in New Bedford, Mass.,…more

ABBRA objects to California copper-paint bill

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association is raising concerns about a proposed California bill that would make it unlawful to manufacture, sell or distribute marine antifouling paints that contain copper in the state after Jan. 1, 2015.   The bill, introduced by state Sen. Christine Kehoe, would require manufacturers to use the least toxic…more

ABBRA revamps its annual conference

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association’s annual conference will be redesigned this year to focus on boatyard and boat repair business owners, operators and managers. The conference will be expanded by 25 percent and is intended to bring decision makers in the boatyard and repair industry together to discuss common business problems and best…more

Brewer Yacht Yards will help sailing school rebuild

Brewer Yacht Yards in Rhode Island will donate $500 from all new summer slip contracts to support the Edgewood Sailing School in Cranston. When the 103-year-old Edgewood Yacht Club’s clubhouse burned down this year, the sailing school lost most of its gear. Now, relying on private donations and contributions from other programs, the school plans…more

Group seeks marine partners in fire-protection study

The Fire Protection Research Foundation is looking for partners in the marina and fire-protection industries to help find cost-effective fire-protection solutions for drystack and other indoor boat storage operations. The idea to conduct this research came from a session at last year’s International Marina Institute fall conference. Among the topics of discussion was the hardships…more

Intrepid Marine Electronics has new location

Intrepid Marine Electronics relocated its operations to Brewer Yacht Haven Marina in Stamford, Conn. Brewer Yacht Haven Marina is a home port for Connecticut, New York and New Jersey boaters and is one of the largest in the Brewer Yacht Yard organization, with more than 600 slips between the East and West locations. “We are…more

Brewer Yacht Yards doubles fuel discounts

Brewer Yacht Yards is doubling the fuel discounts its customers receive in order to make it easier to spend time on the water this summer. Seasonal Brewer customers already receive a 10-cent-a-gallon discount on gasoline and diesel fuel at all Brewer fuel docks. Customers who keep their boats at a Brewer yard year-round are eligible…more

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