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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.

MRA says conference attendance topped expectations

The Marina Recreation Association reported a significant upswing in attendees and exhibitors at its recent 39th annual Marina Recreation Association Educational Conference and Trade Show. The conference was held Nov. 2-4 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. “This conference exceeded expectations in every way,” MRA president Jim Hayes said in a…more

How-to marina guide released

Marina industry veteran Simon Arrol released The Marina Manual, an A-to-Z guide on how to efficiently set up, administer and operate a marina. Arrol headed Camper & Nicholsons Marinas for 16 years and later became a founding director of Island Global Yachting in Dubai. The Marina Manual contains a comprehensive system that has been developed…more

Westrec completes dredging at Florida marina

Westrec Marinas recently completed its monthlong dredging project at Sunrise Harbor Marina in Florida. The marina also has upgraded electrical pedestals, giving yachts additional 208 and 480 3-phase power. These enhancements add considerable megayacht capabilities to marina amenities and accommodations, the company said in a statement. “With an 8.5-foot minimum depth at mean low tide…more

Florida marinas take shark-free pledge

Loggerhead Club & Marina registered all 13 of its Florida locations with the Shark-Free Marina Initiative, which seeks to reduce worldwide shark mortality. A shark-free marina is one that does not allow caught sharks to be brought into its facility for display or slaughter. The organization works with marinas, fishermen and like-minded non-profit groups to…more

Florida marina gains Clean Marina designation

North Light Marina in Niceville, Fla., was certified as a Clean Marina by the state Department of Environmental Protection. To earn this designation, North Light implemented environmentally sound measures designed to address critical environmental problems, including sensitive habitat, waste management, storm-water runoff, spill prevention and emergency preparedness. “We are extremely proud to be recognized by…more

Bellingham Marine upgrades California marina

The first phase of work at Santa Barbara Harbor’s Marina 1 along California’s southern coast was recently completed by Bellingham Marine. The first part of a multiphase project to replace the marina’s approximately 500 slips was started in November 2009 and completed in August. It included the replacement of the marina’s headwalk and access gangway…more

Wisconsin names first Clean Marinas

The new Wisconsin Clean Marina program has certified its first four marinas: Port Washington Marina, SkipperBud’s Harbor Club Marina and SkipperBud’s Quarterdeck Marina in Sturgeon Bay, and Nestegg Marine in Marinette. The Wisconsin Marina Association received a $50,825 grant in July to launch and administer the certification program with training and technical assistance from the…more

Bellingham to merge European operations

Bellingham Marine plans to consolidate its European operations and move its staff and capital equipment to the company’s facility near Barcelona, Spain. “This strategic move not only lowers overheads by combining physical office and plant locations, but also creates synergies in our manufacturing and construction operations that will allow us to provide greater value to…more

Boat repossessions up in Georgia

Georgia’s foreclosure crisis is not just on dry land, as lenders are repossessing larger boats at Lake Lanier in record numbers. One year after a drought, Holiday Marina is busy again, WSB-TV in Atlanta reports, but vacancy signs are up at slips that once were home to the biggest of the big – houseboats valued…more

SNAME sets technical program for annual meeting

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers will hold its 2010 annual meeting Nov. 3-5 in Bellevue, Wash. A core part of the meeting continues to be the technical program, which includes: “Maintaining Marine Diesel Emissions Using Performance Monitoring,” Herb Roeser & Dilip Kalyanker “Zero Emissions Vessels,” John Boylston and Bret Smart “Designing Effective…more

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