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.

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

Michigan marinas receive ‘Clean’ designation

Three Michigan facilities were recently named Clean Marinas, bringing the number of marinas with that designation in the state to 24. The marinas are Edward C. Grace Memorial Harbor, Village of Elk Rapids; Linwood Beach Marina, Linwood; and Woodland Marina LLC, Brighton. Each participated in workshops to learn about best-management practices, conducted self-evaluations, implemented improvements, and underwent…more

Developer buys two Keys marinas

Summit Development, a diversified real estate development company with offices in North Palm Beach, Fla., acquired two marina properties in the Florida Keys – Mangrove Marina in Tavernier and Sombrero Resort and Marina in Marathon. Summit, which is planning extensive renovations to the properties, acquired the two sites from Sun Vest Communities, the successor to…more

Redden Marine marks golden anniversary

Bellingham, Wash.-based Redden Marine Supply is entering its 50th year in business and renaming its Alaska locations to reflect the parent company. All facilities will now be known as Redden Marine Supply. Stores affected include facilities in Cordova (formally Redden of Cordova), Homer (formally Kachemak Gear Shed), and Anchorage, (formally VIP Distributing). “Although these facilities…more

Bellingham adds to new California development

Bellingham Marine recently designed and built the marina portion of a new residential development at Seabridge in Oxnard, Calif. The upscale development, built by DR Horton, encompasses two gated islands with homes surrounded by a system of canals spanned by two landmark bridges and a causeway. Public and private moorage facilities line the canals and…more

Service center opens on the Cape Fear

Gregory Poole Marine recently opened a new service facility at coastal North Carolina’s Southport Marina near the mouth of the Cape Fear River. In addition to being an authorized service provider for Caterpillar, Mercury, Mercruiser, Crusader, Yamaha, Honda, Volkswagen and others, the new service center offer an array of capabilities for vessels from 20 feet…more

ABBRA regional event set for June

The American Boat Builders and Repairers Association and Bennett Brothers Yachts will host a free regional roundtable discussion June 8 at the company’s Wilmington, N.C., headquarters. The roundtable, open to both ABBRA members and non-members, will allow similar marinas, boatyards, and boatbuilding and repair businesses to discuss common problems and solutions within the marine industry.…more

San Jose waterfront about to see revitalization

For the first time in a quarter-century, San Jose, Calif.’s waterfront is about to reopen to boats. The Mercury News reports Santa Clara County supervisors are scheduled to vote April 21 to put out for bid a $2.7 million project to build a concrete boat ramp, along with parking for 26 vehicles and boat trailers,…more

Registration under way for National Marina Day

Online registration is now available for marinas holding events Aug. 8 to celebrate National Marina Day. The goals of registration are to determine how many marinas hold National Marina Day events, for participating marinas to share tips or work together on an event, and for the media to have access to participants as they plan…more

R.I. roundtable will focus on regional issues

The American Boat Builders and Repairers Association and Conanicut Marine Services are offering a free, regional roundtable discussion on industry issues. It will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 24 at Conanicut Marine Services in Jamestown, R.I. The roundtable allows those in the marina, boatyard, and boatbuilding and repair business a chance…more

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