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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

Brewer donates to ABBRA relief fund

Brewer Yacht Yards has donated $1,000 to the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association’s Disaster Relief Fund. The fund gives awards to employees of ABBRA-member facilities who have suffered loss because of natural disasters. The fund was created in 2004 in response to a fire at Crosby Yacht Yard in Osterville, Mass. Money also has…more

IMI adds Charleston to training locations

The International Marina Institute has added Charleston, S.C., to its list of course locations. Beginning Feb. 22, 2009, IMI will begin its spring training calendar at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, which also will host IMI’s Advanced Marina Management and Intermediate Marina Management courses. In addition, IMI’s new course offering, the Marina Operators Course,…more

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EXCLUSIVE: Firsthand report from Texas on Hurricane Ike

Chris Landry, senior reporter for Trade Only and Soundings magazines, is in Galveston, Texas, with a BoatU.S. Marine Insurance Catastrophe Field Team reporting on the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. Look for his dispatches over the next several days. A full report will appear in the November issue of Trade Only. The stench of the sun-baked…more

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