Chicago’s newest boat harbor, the 31st Street Marina, recently added a floating swimming pool.
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.
Freedom Boat Club Cornelius was named the 2013 Rookie of the Year by its Venice, Fla.-based parent company for being the fastest-growing location in the franchise.
Barton & Gray Mariners Club is bringing yachts to Miami because of the area’s recent economic resurgence.
Marinas have life cycles, with ups and downs and, sometimes, an inglorious end. Some tired old facilities just fade away and are torn down, replaced by hotels, condo complexes and the like. Others get a second chance.
Boater demographics, environmental requirements and storm preparations and repairs all affect the business model of today’s marina. Marina owners and managers are in a continuous state of upgrading pilings, addressing new government regulations and assessing the needs of a baby-boomer boating population.
Three years after it was devastated by a tsunami triggered by the 2011 earthquake in Japan, Santa Cruz (Calif.) Harbor is in full operation, with all docks in working order.
The Freedom Boat Club will celebrate its 25th anniversary Friday with a community event on Venice Beach in Florida.
Marinalife named the Nantucket (Mass.) Boat Basin and Haven Harbour Marina in Maryland as winners in the fifth annual 2014 Best Marina Contest.
Low water levels on Vermont’s Lake Champlain have challenged boat dealers and marinas that are trying to pull boats and winterize them and have left some boats stranded as some ramps have dried up.
The St. Augustine Municipal Marina was designated the second Clean and Resilient Marinain Florida and is the first municipal marina in the region to earn the designation.