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.

Bellingham completes Florida drystack facility

Construction was completed on The Tarpon Club Marina Dry Storage Facility, located on Isles of Capri in Naples, Fla. Designed to accommodate up to 145 boats, the largest being 36 feet, the Tarpon Club Marina facility is the newest drystack facility in the Naples area. A flexible design, utilizing Bellingham Marine’s Unistack, allows the holding…more

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Southport boat works’ next chapter

The North Carolina boatbuilder was acquired by its largest dealer, American Global Yacht Group When the credit markets seized up last November, it sent shockwaves through the boating industry. Capital for dealers dried up, making it difficult, if not impossible, to borrow money to purchase new boats for the sales floor. This, in turn, caused…more

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Analysis: Emissions rules are fair for marine diesels

New federal standards take into account the way diesels are used in recreational boats The EPA has issued the final rule for emissions standards for Nonroad Engines, Equipment and Vehicles, including marine compression-ignition (diesel) engines. The new rules, some of which are already in effect, between now and 2016 will progressively clear the air by…more

Senate recognizes National Marina Day

The U.S. Senate approved a resolution designating Aug. 8 as National Marina Day. This resolution supports the goals of National Marina Day and urges America’s marinas to continue to serve as environmentally friendly gateways to boating. The resolution was sponsored by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and co-sponsored by Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.; Sen. Russell Feingold,…more

Sponsors sign on for ABBRA symposium field trips

Interlux Yacht Finishes and Awlgrip North America are sponsoring a special field trip during the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association’s first Summer Symposium Networking & Social Event, scheduled for Aug. 3-4 in Newport, R.I. The field trip offers attendees private tours of three major New England boatbuilding and repair facilities: Hinckley Yacht Services, Newport…more

ABBRA roundtable set for Aug. 25 in Maine

The American Boat Builders and Repairers Association and The Landing School are teaming up to host a free regional roundtable discussion Aug. 25 at the school’s campus in Arundel, Maine. The event is open to ABBRA members and non-members. ABBRA’s regional roundtables offer a chance for similar marinas, boatyards and boatbuilding and repair businesses to…more

Water access symposium being planned for 2010

The Working Waterways and Waterfronts National Symposium on Water Access will be held Sept. 27-30, 2010, in Portland, Maine. The event is designed to help communities, organizations, businesses, and individuals address waterfront access challenges by showcasing successful models and tools from around the country. Building on the inaugural symposium held in Norfolk, Va., in 2007,…more

Bellingham holding photo contest for marina calendar

Bellingham Marine invites the public to participate in the company’s annual calendar photo contest. Selected photos will be featured in the company’s 2010 calendar. Winners will also receive a $100 cash award. The annual company calendar, originally created in celebration of Bellingham Marine’s 50th anniversary, is distributed worldwide to marina operators, engineers, boaters and other…more

Illinois marina gearing up for National Marina Day

North Point Marina, in Winthrop Harbor, Ill., is planning a number of activities in celebration of National Marina Day Aug. 8. “Now, more than ever, Americans need clean, safe and relaxing locations at which to spend their leisure time,” harbormaster Roger Mellem said in a statement. “National Marina Day reminds our customers and our community…more

Barbour River Yacht Club named Clean Marina

Barbour River Yacht Club was recently named a Clean Marina by the State of Georgia. Unlike other Georgia marinas with this designation, Barbour River Yacht Club is a membership marina whose members pay an annual fee to use the launching, recreational and storage facilities. Owners John and Bunny Underwood sold their boat dealership/boatyard, Lockwood Marine, two years…more

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