The Freedom Boat Club announced the promotion of Capt. Marti Wagley to training manager for its 15 corporate locations in southwest Florida.
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.
Blue Haven Marina in the Turks & Caicos, part of the Blue Haven Resort, was awarded 5 Gold Anchors by The Yacht Harbour Association.
Chicago’s newest boat harbor, the 31st Street Marina, recently added a floating swimming pool.
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.