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.

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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

Couple buys boatyard on Martha’s Vineyard

Edgartown Marine announced that George Rogers Jr. and Sheryl Roth Rogers acquired Edgartown Marine Inc. and Edgartown Marine Boat Services from longtime owners Tony Chianese and Maurice Dore. Edgartown Marine operates a full-service, year-round boatyard and is one of the largest indoor and outdoor boat storage facilities on Martha’s Vineyard. “We looked long and hard…more

Colorado boatyards up for auction

Several boat and RV storage yards are among the properties up for auction in Colorado. Williams & Williams is conducting the auctions at 1 p.m. (EDT) on June 17. Selling in three groups, the properties in each group will be sold as “Buyer’s Choice.” The first property in each group will sell without reserve above…more

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

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