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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America’s great outdoors: It’s under attack

In a time of budget cuts and sequestration, our industry must advocate for the recreational pursuits that keep us in business America’s Great Outdoors — its waters, national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and more — cover one-third of our nation and attract a billion recreation visits annually. And 7,000 state parks prompt another 720 million…more

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A cut above in storm prep

As Sandy bore down, these three marinas took radical steps that minimized their losses The fury began Oct. 22 when meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center in Miami picked up a tropical depression forming off Nicaragua. At first blush, there was nothing unusual about it, but in a matter of hours the low-pressure system strengthened…more

ABBRA releases annual compensation survey

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association announced that the results of its 2013 Compensation and Benefits Survey are now available. The report, “ABBRA Compensation and Benefits Benchmark Study,” is meant to serve as a resource for employers in the boatyard, marine service and repair sectors to gauge rates, salaries and benefits in the employment…more

New covered dry dock had role in Cold War

Bay Ship & Yacht Co., a California-based service, refit and new-construction yard for superyachts and commercial vessels, expanded its capacity and capabilities with a new covered dry dock that accommodates vessels with a maximum beam of 76 feet and displacing up to 6,300 long tons. This new facility on San Francisco Bay is the only…more

Bellingham Marine completes marina renovation in California

The Harbor at Marina Bay, previously known as Bay Club Marina in Marina del Rey, Calif., reopened its marina in May after an extensive renovation. The existing marina was removed and replaced with a modern, low-maintenance concrete dock system with upgraded utilities and the latest in dockside amenities. Owned and operated by Avalon Bay, the…more

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Master Brewer

With 22 thriving boatyards, Jack Brewer, now 72, opts for a new role in the business he loves Jack Brewer knew little about boats, let alone the marine industry, when in 1964 he took over management of a 16-slip boatyard in Mamaroneck, N.Y. Forty-nine years later, what is now known as the Brewer Group owns…more

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Restored historic whaleship launches in Connecticut

A nautical restoration job for the ages reached a milestone Sunday with the launch of the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut. After a nearly five-year restoration in the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard in southeastern Connecticut, the national historic landmark and America’s oldest commercial vessel was carefully lowered into the…more

Ocean Alexander loses yacht in marina fire

A new Ocean Alexander 85 was a total loss after it was involved in a fire last week at Roche Harbor Marina in Friday Harbor, Wash., where it was on display and for sale, the company announced. The July 10 fire was contained to the motoryacht because of a quick response from the marina staff…more

Brewer yards will host Newport Bermuda Race seminars

The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee named the Brewer Yacht Yard Group as the official boat preparation resource of the Newport Bermuda Race. “We are very happy to welcome the Brewer Group of 22 yards in New York and New England as a member of the sponsor family for the 49th Newport Bermuda Race,” organizing committee…more

ABBRA conference set for Lauderdale in January

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association will hold its 2014 Annual Boatyard Business Conference Jan. 22-24 at the B Ocean Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. The event will focus on business issues affecting boatyard owners, operators, managers, boatbuilders and boat repair businesses. “We’re building on our 2013 conference success and will once again offer relevant…more

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