Marina News

Marinas offer docks, moorings, fuel, supplies and other facilities to vessels that range from small boats to large yachts. They can be found along riverbanks and coastlines and on inland lakes.

Interlux plans 2012 Waterfront Challenge contest

Interlux announced that the Interlux Waterfront Challenge will return in 2012 and award a total of $50,000 in October to organizations that create sustainable waterfront environmental improvements in their communities. Eight grants ranging from $4,500 to $20,000 will be awarded to groups in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. “We are pleased to be…more

IGY Marinas finishes New York marina expansion

IGY Marinas completed the megayacht berth expansion project at the Newport Yacht Club & Marina in New York Harbor. The undertaking has increased the number of berths at the marina available to megayachts by 50 percent, to 18, in addition to 154 standard slips. “Newport Yacht Club & Marina stands ready to welcome even more…more

Maryland marina has a new owner

Boyd Tomkies, owner of Annapolis Inflatables, purchased The Marina, formerly Mark’s Marina, on the South River in Maryland. Tomkies said he is making “immediate and significant improvements,” including new and improved docks, electrical service, landscaping and parking. “For boat owners that live in Washington, D.C., Baltimore and cities in between, The Marina is quick and…more

Market researcher offers marina reports

Research and Markets announced the addition of a “Marinas” report to its offerings. The U.S. marina industry includes about 3,500 commercial marinas, excluding private yacht clubs, with combined annual revenue of about $3 billion. Major companies include Westrec Marinas, Marinas International, Flagship Marinas and California Yacht Marina. More than 90 percent of marina operators have…more

Marinalife adds to discount program

Marinalife announced the expansion of its discount program. Cardholders now have access to thousands of discounts and a streamlined way to search for them by keyword, city, state, body of water and category. The discounts include savings of as much as 50 percent on dockage, fuel, repairs, towing, service and maintenance, restaurants and more. “The…more

Chesapeake Bay marina has new owner

Vinings Marine Group, through its affiliate R L Prop 2011-1 Investments, announced the acquisition of the Windmill Point Marina in Whitestone, Va. The facility, at the mouth of the Rappahannock River on the Chesapeake Bay, is the seventh marina acquisition for VMG’s affiliates on the bay and its 14th marina purchase in seven years, the…more

Former Bellingham Marine executive is mourned

John Colonel, who worked for many years in the marina industry, died Jan. 10 at his home in York, Pa. He was 62. Born in 1949, Colonel retired from the Navy as a master chief petty officer after 23 years of service, and in 1993 he went to work for the Southeast Division of Bellingham…more

ABBRA releases 2011 wage rate survey

Results from the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association’s 2011 Wage Rate Survey are now available. The survey results, generated via information from ABBRA members and other members of the marina and boatyard industry, allow employers to gauge whether they are fair and competitive in the employment market. Employees and independent contractors also can research…more

Arson suspected in Illinois marina fire

Fire officials said a blaze that destroyed 15 boats Thursday at Spring Brook Marina in Seneca, Ill., is suspicious. “These boats were covered up since October. There’s no reason for them to start burning,” Seneca Fire Chief Jerry Sears told the Chicago Tribune. “It’s suspicious.” No injuries were reported in the fire, which also damaged…more

Illinois marina fire engulfs several boats

At least 16 luxury boats were on fire early this morning at a marina in Seneca, Ill. The blaze started at about 1:15 a.m. at the Spring Brook Marina, which is about 75 miles from Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reported. The Seneca Fire Department, aided by a half-dozen neighboring departments, was still on the scene…more

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