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Island Global Yachting adds new division

Island Global Yachting created a new division to expand its marina management role beyond its current brand structure and to offer its services to other marina owners. The new marina management division offers a variety of services for marina owners, including operations, marketing, accounting, insurance, design and engineering. “With our new marina management division, we…more

Drystack organizers report large exhibitor participation

With double the exhibitor participation, this year’s Drystack Conference was deemed a “huge success” by organizers. The eighth annual conference, presented by the International Marina Institute, was held Oct. 26-28 in West Palm Beach, Fla., and more than 125 marina industry professionals from around the world came to learn about the newest technologies in drystack…more

Bellingham completes yacht club makeover

The Silver Gate Yacht Club in San Diego recently completed a $3 million renovation project, headed by marina builder Bellingham Marine and Anchor Environmental, a leader in shoreline restoration. The project, completed in a little less than a year, included maintenance dredging and a complete rebuild of the club’s marina. The marina features barrier-free floating…more

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A firsthand look at Ike’s wrath in Texas

Hurricane caused $175 million in boat losses across the Lone Star State while destroying or damaging nearly 15,000 craft With notebook in one hand and camera in the other, I stood on a mound of dirt at the Watergate Yachting Center in Kemah, Texas, wondering, “Where do I start?” In front of me were the…more

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Brewer seeks more ‘clean marina’ tags

Big Northeastern chain intends to get all 21 of its yards up to speed environmentally As boatyards and marinas nationwide adopt procedures and practices that minimize impact on the environment in the name of “good business,” Brewer Yacht Yards and Marinas are planning a chain reaction. The first of 21 sites, Brewer Pilots Point Marina…more

BoatU.S. teams up with Marinalife

BoatU.S. has formed a partnership with Marinalife to improve the boating experience for members of both organizations. Marinalife members can take advantage of half-price BoatU.S. membership and discounted on-water assistance services provided by TowBoatU.S. and Vessel Assist fleets. BoatU.S. members can use discounted concierge services offered by Marinalife. “This partnership stemmed from a shared mission…more

Large marina chain chooses DockMaster software

Flagship Marinas LLC is implementing DockMaster software to consolidate accounting and business management operations onto a single system. The Atlanta-based holding company owns seven marinas in Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi and Texas. DockMaster provides business management systems for boatyards, marinas, dealers and various marine service companies. “We ultimately chose DockMaster because of their financial stability,…more

SkipperBud’s gets new deal with Florida marina

SkipperBud’s was awarded a five-year management contract, with a five-year renewal option, for the Halifax Harbor Marina in Daytona Beach, Fla. SkipperBud’s, the marina management affiliate of Skipper Marine Development Inc., has managed the Halifax Harbor Marina for the last 10 years. The previous management contract expired earlier this year and, as required by law,…more

West Basin named 110th Clean Marina in Maryland

The West Basin Marina at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station recently became the 110th Clean Marina certified by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. “We have wanted this designation for a long time,” said Francisco Pace, manager of West Basin Marina, in a statement. “This is the direction the Navy as a whole is…more

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Maintain an even keel

The message from Lauderdale Marina in Fort Lauderdale is to build up discipline, cash during slow periods “This, too, shall pass,” says John Clark, referring to the current slump in the boating industry. “It will pass.”Clark, 70, ought to know. He’s president of the 70-slip Lauderdale Marina, celebrating its 60th year in business in Fort…more

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