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.

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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Luxury tax déjà vu at the state level

Industry fights N.Y. proposal; Illinois quickly shoots down similar measure As states look for creative ways to fill billion-dollar holes in their budgets, one big one – New York – is considering raising the sales tax on “luxury” purchases, including boats. A luxury tax proposal also surfaced in Illinois, but was quickly pushed aside by…more

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A $100,000 boost for big-boat repairers

Marine industry’s long-sought insurance relief rides the economic stimulus package into reality Buried on Page 830 of the 1,424-page American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is a plum Kristina Hebert has been trying to wrangle from Congress for eight years -an insurance break for companies whose employees service boats 65 feet and over. No longer will…more

Florida marina groundbreaking set for Friday

Palm Harbor Marina officials are breaking ground Friday on a new multimillion-dollar facility in West Palm Beach, Fla., that they say will help fuel the local economy and bring permanent jobs to the area. The marina, scheduled for completion this fall, will be able to host hundreds of boats from 60 feet to more than…more

Celebrating National Marina Day

The Association of Marina Industries says it’s not too early to start planning for National Marina Day, set this year for Aug. 8. AMI can assist companies and organizations in preparing for National Marina Day by providing templates for press releases, advertisements, invitations, proclamations and more. AMI has listings of partner organizations that want to…more

Presenters wanted for IMI conference

The International Marina Institute is looking for presentations for its Emerging Applied Technologies Conference, scheduled for Oct. 25-27 in Fort Lauderdale. The conference will cover the latest in technologies, “green” products and current trends in the marine industry. Attendees will include international marina industry professionals, Certified Marina Managers, and marina owners and operators, as well…more

Higher lake level puts marina back in place

Following spring rains that raised the level of California’s Lake Shasta, the floating concrete Marina at Jones Valley Resort was moved back to its home port location last week. The 2,000-foot long, 70-slip marina was pushed and pulled by houseboats and workboats at a speed of a quarter-mile per hour. “Moving a marina of this…more

Boatyard installs system to reduce copper in runoff

Canal Boatyard of Seattle is staying ahead of environmental regulations with the recent installation of a new Stormwater RX Aquip filtration system designed to help reduce copper levels in runoff. The system consists of a large holding tank with several different layers of filter media, with fabric filters positioned at key points in the process.…more

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