Marina News

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.

ABBRA seeks input on annual wage survey

Data collection for the 2013 American Boat Builders & Repairers Association’s Compensation and Benefits Survey for Marine Service Employees, formerly known as the Annual Wage Rate Survey, is under way. ABBRA said the survey is a useful and popular tool for employers in the boatyards and marine service and repair sectors to gauge and compare…more

National Marina Day adds 2013 partners

This summer’s Welcome to the Water on National Marina Day 2013 will be the first nationwide boating event dedicated to helping industry stakeholders expand their customer base as the industry collaborates to grow boating through participation across the United States. Events will be held at on-water locales around the country on June 8. All recreational…more

Drystack conference returns to Lauderdale in October

The International Marina Institute, a subsidiary of the Association of Marina Industries, is hosting its 10th Drystack Conference Oct. 27-28 in Fort Lauderdale as part of its series of annual fall events. “We’re excited to bring back the popular Drystack Conference,” AMI chairman Gary Groenewold said in a statement. “New technologies and recent projects make…more

R.I. yard owner receives ABBRA’s President’s Award

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association has named William “Bill” Munger, founder/owner of Conanicut Marine Services in Jamestown, R.I., the 2013 recipient of the Dennis Snow President’s Award. Presented last week at the Boatyard Business Conference Awards Dinner & 70th Anniversary Celebration in Fort Lauderdale Beach, the award is for significant and lasting contributions…more

Marinalife adds boatyard search feature

Marinalife recently launched a service and maintenance locator feature on its website that provides detailed information about the services that boatyards and repair yards around the country provide. This new service allows boaters to search by city, state, or facility name and use an advanced search to filter by the type of repair they need.…more

ABBRA set to honor California boatyards

Two California boatyards will be recognized for their environmental stewardship and for achieving certification as Clean Maritime Facilities in 2012 by the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association. Keefe Kaplan Maritime, in Point Richmond, and Dana Point Shipyard, in Dana Point, will be honored Jan. 16-18 at the ABBRA Boatyard Business Conference in Fort Lauderdale.…more

Marina fire under investigation in Massachusetts

A 40-foot Viking and two commercial vessels were destroyed Thursday afternoon by a suspicious fire at a marina in Marshfield, Mass. The fire is under investigation by Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan’s office, according to the Boston Globe. The blaze started just after midnight, about three hours after another suspicious fire was sparked in the…more

ABBRA sets speakers for January conference

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association announced the lineup of topics and speakers for its Boatyard Business Conference. Scheduled for Jan. 16-18 at the B Ocean Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, the conference will focus on issues important to boatyards, boatbuilders and marine service/repair businesses. Participants will hear updates about opportunities and challenges facing the…more

Developer plans new marina in North Carolina

North Carolina-based developer USA InvestCo announced plans to construct a 204-slip marina on the Cape Fear River in downtown Wilmington, N.C. Port City Marina is under construction and a grand opening is scheduled for next summer. The floating docks will accommodate boats as large as 130 feet. The first full-service marina in the downtown area…more

Marinas International hands out scholarships

Two high school seniors from Kentucky and Tennessee recently received inaugural $1,000 college scholarships funded by Marinas International and co-sponsored and promoted by their respective state marina associations. The inaugural Gary Sharp Memorial Scholarship, named in honor of Sharp, a former Kentucky Marina Association board member and Marinas International manager who died in 2009, was…more

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