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.

Marine tech group launches new Web site

The Association of Marine Technicians recently launched a redesigned Web site. The site now accepts online payments for new members and renewals for active members, as well as a new format for the “Tech Info Exchange” forum that allows industry experts to interact with each other and offer input on technical problems. Instant messaging will…more

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Florida marina lights the way on electrical leaks

The American Boat and Yacht Council has recognized a Florida yacht club marina for its comprehensive effort to modernize its electrical system and help boat owners address the dangers of electricity in the marine environment. “As part of their inspection, not only did they identify faults on the dock, but they also identified faults with…more

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Marinas: last hit and least hurt

Their strong position before the downturn may have been a factor in helping them weather the storm As most of the recreational marine industry struggles through perhaps its worst economic decline ever, one important segment has seemed practically immune – the marina business. Through much of 2008, while sales of new and used boats, accessories…more

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Marina conference includes new elements

Among the IMBC’s features is a brochure distribution area for companies unable to attend The upcoming International Marina & Boatyard Conference will include a number of new features in addition to the familiar elements that keep marina owners, managers and others in the industry coming back each year. IMBC takes place Jan. 27-29 at the…more

SNAME hands out awards

Four individuals were recognized by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers for their contributions to naval architecture and marine engineering. The Vice Admiral “Jerry” Land Medal was given to Robert D. Somerville, chairman and CEO of the American Bureau of Shipping. In his position, Somerville has created many new job opportunities for naval…more

Guy Harvey boat line debuting next week

Guy Harvey Inc. and the European marine manufacturer Peer Gynt are launching a new line of 26-foot customized center consoles showcasing graphic designs by Harvey, a marine wildlife artist and conservationist. Peer Gynt’s new PG-26 Guy Harvey Series will showcase Harvey’s colorful artwork featuring sailfish and dorado. The high-end custom powerboats will incorporate other luxury…more

Electronic navigation, paper guide groups team up

Rose Point Navigation Systems announced a partnership with Atlantic Cruising Club to offer Atlantic Cruising Club’s Guides to Marinas within Rose Point’s Coastal Explorer navigation software. This is the first time an independent marina guide publisher and electronic navigation software producer have collaborated to make vital planning information easily available in an electronic format that…more

New Key West charter to debut

Capt. Ted Lund, former editor of Salt Water Sportsman, is launching a new charter fishing destination for Over Under Sportfishing in Key West, Fla. The location will feature four boats, including a 46-foot Whiticar named Pretty Work, a tournament-rigged vessel that offers anglers a chance to tackle big game fish such as wahoo, tuna, and…more

Former MLB pitcher to keynote conference

The Marina Recreation Association announced former major league baseball pitcher Dave Stewart will be keynote speaker at the 38th annual MRA Educational Conference and Trade Show to be held at Harrah’s in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Once known for his searing fastballs that earned him the nickname “Smoke,” Stewart now works as a motivational speaker.…more

Shipyard receives $1 million wind turbine grant

Vancouver, Wash.-based yacht builder Christensen Shipyards received a $1 million grant allowing its sister company to switch a portion of the boat manufacturing plant to small wind turbine production. The newly created sister business, Renewable Energy Composite Solutions LLC, is using the money to get into the wind turbine and hydrokinetic energy component manufacturing. According…more

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