The Freedom Boat Club announced the promotion of Capt. Marti Wagley to training manager for its 15 corporate locations in southwest Florida.
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.
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.
Alabama boatyards, take note: Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Jake Peavy wants someone to paint his duck boat, the one he bought after the Red Sox won the World Series in 2013.
FORT LAUDERDALE — Westrec Marinas, the Encino, Calif.-based marina management and development company, is undertaking a $20 million redevelopment of Miami’s Haulover Inlet Marine Center, company executives said during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
The Maine-based Front Street Shipyard was chosen to receive a $10 million federal loan that will help the boatyard with expansion plans.
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.
Adam Alexander is the fifth-generation operator of the family-owned J.O. Brown & Son Inc., a boatyard that has been on the Maine island of North Haven since 1888. It provides fuel, boat maintenance and storage, hardware supplies, boat-taxi services and, not the least, local color to the North Haven waterfront.
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.