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.

Marrying data to mobile delivery

Cam Collins and Kevin Hutchinson say they’re not reinventing the wheel. They say My-Villages Inc.’s acquisition of Exuma Technologies and its DockMaster software will simply bring the same level of connectivity experienced in other industries to the marine environment.

ICOMIA helps emerging markets with marina plans

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations’ International Marinas Group is helping emerging markets around the world to plan marinas and infrastructure that will support recreational boating. “The mission of our marina group is to go places that have emerging markets and help with planning,” Gary Groenewold of Westrec Marinas, who is a part of…more

Supplier helps complete Nova Scotia marina

Ben Eoin Marina, a non-profit Nova Scotia marina that was in planning and construction for four years during a collaborative effort with Structurmarine, sold out immediately after its opening. “We had little or no experience” with marina planning, Ben Eoin Marina chairman and president Robert Sampson said in a statement. “We needed to find partners…more

Portland Yacht Services finalizes boatyard purchase

Portland Yacht Services completed the purchase of boat repair business Gowen Marine, a move that will enable the company to service and repair larger vessels in the coastal Maine city. Portland Yacht Services president Phineas Sprague Jr. said its customers and those of the former Gowen Marine should experience a significant increase in efficiencies and…more

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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

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