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.

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One woman show

Tracy Riley bought River Harbour Marina in 2004, and her hard work as the only employee is paying off Tracy Riley won’t soon forget Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004, as she stood on the banks of the Beaver River in Bridgewater, Pa., watching the water rise. The remnants of Hurricane Ivan had dumped a record 5.9…more

Marina and boatyard satisfaction detailed

Survey Advantage, a customer  research and loyalty firm, released its 2008 benchmarks for marinas and boatyards, and it contains good news. The report was designed in co- operation with the Association of Marina Industries and the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association. The report tracks four key areas: facility quality, marine service quality, customer service…more

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Long-overdue shoaling relief on the way

Stimulus package earmarks $1.9 billion for a quick assault on dredging backlog The federal government’s stimulus package has turned out to be a boon for pleasure boaters, who too often must detour around shoaled channels and silted harbors. An estimated $1.9 billion of the $787 billion approved in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of…more

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Boating’s Copper Age: the future of bottom paint

From foul-release systems to organic biocides, copper-free coatings are gaining ground Companies specializing in marine coatings are looking down the road to a time when all metal-based bottom paints, including copper, are a thing of the past. California may be leading the charge in that direction, but paint manufacturers everywhere are experimenting with high-performance mixtures…more

Bellingham replaces N.Y. marina docks

Bellingham Marine recently completed the replacement of the 20-year-old wooden docks at East Creek Marina in Riverhead, N.Y. The marina offers 120 berths featuring concrete floating docks, with slips ranging from 20 to 30 feet. There is also a pumpout station, storage (outdoor, wet, and dry), some repair services, fuel, bait and tackle, and a…more

Working waterfronts bill introduced in Congress

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine last week introduced a bill to amend the Costal Zone Management Act of 1972 to establish a working waterfront grant program. The bill is referred to as the “Keep America’s Waterfronts Working Act of 2009.” “Water-dependent commercial activities are the economic and cultural heart of many coastal communities,” according…more

New marina under way in Florida

Construction has begun on the new Palm Harbor Marina in West Palm Beach, Fla. Last week, the first of several hundred concrete pontoons that will make up the foundation of the floating dock system were poured. Marinetek North America, the company chosen to engineer and build the project, was on site to oversee the process.…more

Bellingham Marine parent company is sold

Ambassadors Marine Group, parent company of Bellingham Marine and BellPort Group, was sold to Bellwether Financial Group, which is headed by president and CEO Joe Ueberroth, a former director, president and CEO for Ambassadors. The transaction, which was concluded earlier this week, consisted of cash, forgiveness of debt and assumption of liabilities in excess of…more

Bronstein to assist Alaskan boatyard

The city of Kodiak, Alaska selected Florida-based Marine Business Advisor’s president and owner Jim Bronstein to guide the opening of a new boatyard with a 600-ton Marine Travelift to serve the Alaskan fishing fleet and visiting boats. “We are seasoned in running our marinas in Kodiak, Alaska, but operating a boatyard is a large undertaking,”…more

Bellingham Marine designs Australian marina

Bellingham Marine of Bellingham, Wash., led the design and construction of the recently opened Marina West, the newest marina in Port Adelaide, South Australia. Marina West, which celebrated its grand opening in March, was developed by the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia as an extension of the club’s existing complex in North Haven. Marina…more

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