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.

R.I. court stalls Block Island marina project

The Rhode Island Supreme Court has stayed a ruling that allowed Block Island’s Champlin’s Marina to expand into Great Salt Pond. At a May 28 conference, the court will consider whether to hear the case, according to the Providence Business News. The high court’s order noted that petitions to overrule a lower court’s decision to…more

Marina consultant helping with troubled projects

Marina Management Services is retooling its consulting and management programs to respond to the increasing number of marina projects that are returning to lenders. MMS says it has received an increase in inquiries from banks, lending institutions, hedge funds and developers requesting assistance with troubled projects. It is offering marina-specific consulting services and third-party management…more

National Marina Day reaching out to young people

National Marina Day is collaborating with the National Youth Marine Alliance/Preserve America’s Waterways Initiative to help get young people out to the nation’s waters through service projects such as educational programs or waterway cleanups. The goal is to have 1 million youth volunteer hours. Organizers of NMD are asking marinas to offer their facilities as…more

N.C. marina gets ‘clean’ designation

The Cape Fear Marina/Bennett Brothers Yachts in Wilmington was recently certified as a North Carolina Clean Marina. The Clean Marina program is designed to show that marina operators can help protect the environment by using management and operations techniques that go above and beyond regulatory requirements. Clean Marina is a nationwide program developed by the…more

ABBRA hosting marina analysis tour

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association will host a study tour of southeast Florida marinas and boatyards in October immediately following the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. The agenda begins Oct. 14 – the final day of IBEX – with an opening dinner reception and concludes Oct. 16 with a closing dinner. In between,…more

Service center offering out island repairs

Gillen Diesel and Marine Services of Dania Beach, Fla., is offering a new out island yacht repair service. The company’s turbocharged, twin-engine aircraft is piloted by a diesel mechanic and is available to haul parts for servicing up to a 1,000 nautical mile range. “We have provided emergency engine and generator repairs and even hauled…more

ABBRA symposium set for August

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association will host its inaugural Summer Symposium networking and social event Aug. 3-4 at the OceanCliff Hotel in Newport, R.I. Open to ABBRA members and non-members, the event is geared toward boatyards, boatbuilding and repair businesses, and affiliated marine-industry partners. It will feature panel seminars from industry leaders, attendee-led…more

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Survival? Plan now for the reawakening

Megayachting may be in a deep slumber, but it is far from dead. “What you’ve got is a big bear that has crawled into its cave, and come spring it is going to re-emerge,” says Bob Saxon, a 29-year veteran of megayacht management and now president of Bob Saxon Consultancy in Fort Lauderdale. By the…more

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That export cushion is fast losing air

Boatbuilders expect to see stagnant overseas markets until U.S. leads the way out of recession Overseas sales, a cushion for U.S. boatbuilders in the early stages of the recession, are proving only a temporary respite, just as many of the manufacturers had predicted. Hard numbers from the federal government confirm the decline in export sales…more

Former Billy Joel boat sinks in Connecticut

A 35-foot yacht once owned by Billy Joel sank at a Connecticut marina over the weekend. Hub Orr, of Stamford, Conn., the boat’s current owner, had left Sea Major at Riverscape Marina in Cos Cob for repair work during the winter, according to a report in the Connecticut Post. Orr said the boat – built…more

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