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.

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Marina buzz on a budget

Building slip-holder camaraderie is one way to raise a yard’s profile, Maryland conferees agree EDITOR’S NOTE: This report was written by associate editor Reagan Haynes, who presented data at the Marine Trades Association of Maryland’s September conference based on her July story on the aging of the boating population. That story served as the basis…more

Marinalife honors marina-contest winners

Marinalife announced the winners of the fourth annual Best Marina Contest 2013. Saybrook Point Marina, Inn and Spa in Old Saybrook, Conn., won Best Transient Marina, and River Dunes in Oriental, N.C., was given the award for Best Customer Service. Saybrook Point Marina, located at the mouth of the Connecticut River, can accommodate vessels as…more

Active Interest Media signs deal with Marinalife

Active Interest Media announced that its Marine Group created a partnership with Marinalife to create a new all-access membership program dedicated to enhancing the cruising lifestyle. The official launch of the Cruising Club, powered by Marinalife, will take place at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which runs from Oct. 31 through Nov. 4. “This…more

Industry leaders in Maine worry about skills shortage

The current gridlock in Washington has caused a skills gap in the nation that is detrimental to the marine industry work force. That’s according to an op-ed that ran Monday in the Bangor Daily News by Maine Marine Trades Association executive director Susan Swanton and Front Street Shipyard  CEO Tuesdi Woodworth, which commends U.S. Sen.…more

North Carolina marina set to add service facility

Southport Marina in North Carolina is celebrating the opening of Zimmerman Marine’s service and repair facility. The partnership will launch with an open house at the marina from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 26. The companies announced that they will hold two roundtable discussions. The agenda is as follows: 3 p.m.: Boat Repair Roundtable, moderated…more

Rhode Island marina switches to solar power

Conanicut Marine Services, Rhode Island’s newest Clean Marina, is going solar. The Jamestown-based business will “flip the switch” to solar Monday during a breakfast celebration. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, community leaders and members of the public will be at the Taylor Point boatyard to see the unveiling of the yard’s new addition, the company announced. Attendees…more

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Jersey marina honored for post-Sandy renewal

The South Jersey Marina received a 2013 beautification award from the Cape May Chamber of Commerce in honor of the marina’s rebound after a fire that preceded Hurricane Sandy. In August 2012, the marina suffered a major fire that not only destroyed its restaurant and yacht sales office, but also rendered most other marina offices,…more

Marinas International signs deal to manage Florida facility

Marinas International was awarded a management contract for the Bradenton Boat Club on Florida’s west coast. The boat club is a drystack facility on the Intracoastal Waterway with the capacity to serve more than 300 boating customers. In addition to rack and slip storage, the club offers amenities such as watercraft rental, brokerage, boat detailing,…more

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E15 runs head-on into market reality

Issue booted back to Congress as EPA finds massive opposition and an unattainable standard The Environmental Protection Agency’s hands are tied when it comes to E15. So says the National Marine Manufacturers Association, arguing that the EPA has punted the issue back to Congress because it is incapable of meeting mandates outlined in the Renewable…more

Bahamas marina receives environmental award

The Foundation for Environmental Education, an international non-profit and non-governmental organization, awarded a Blue Flag to Bimini Sands Marina on South Bimini in the Bahamas. The Blue Flag is a voluntary “eco-label” that is awarded to marinas around the world based on their compliance with 24 criteria covering environmental education and information, water quality, environmental…more

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