Whether it’s frugality in a new economy or a societal sea change about valuing experiences more than possessions, rentals and fractional ownership start-ups have clearly gained traction in the industry.
Marinas and Boatyards
Marinas and boatyards offer the vital services, ranging from repairs to slips and seasonal storage, that boaters require. Because they're in regular contact with boat owners, these businesses can take the pulse of the recreational boating industry every day. Developments such as new facilities and new services at these sites help to drive the industry forward.
Freedom Boat Club franchise owner Lisa Almeida received Flagler College’s Professional Achievement Award for 2015 during the recent Alumni Weekend.
California-based Marina Shipyard recently signed with PierVantage for Boat Yards.
South Florida’s largest boat repair center is being sold.
Yacht charter company The Moorings will invest more than $50 million this coming year on new sail and power yachts for vacation destinations worldwide.
Eight new marine industry businesses signed up for MyTaskit Pro and four existing customers upgraded to the optional hosted solution of the MyTaskitPro Operations module.
Thieves broke into Ocean Master’s secured boatyard in Stuart, Fla., and stole a truck, a trailer and a new boat with outboards.
River Forest Yachting Centers of Stuart and LaBelle, Fla., said it launched a new mobile-friendly website.
Silicon Valley’s reputation is built on technology. Detroit, though it has lost some of its mojo, has been renowned for its cars. And South Florida? Its future lies in branding itself as an “international marine hub,” says Phil Purcell, executive director of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida.
The Lake Norman (N.C.) Carefree Boat Club added a Bryant 233X wake sports boat with Volvo’s Forward Drive to its fleet.