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.

Marina owner given tourism award

Craig Perry, general manager of Delin Docks and the Dock Street Marina in Tacoma, Wash., was recognized as the 2009 Tourism Professional of the Year by the Tacoma Regional Convention and Visitor Bureau. A former Superfund cleanup site, the Thea Foss Waterway and Dock Street Marina were part of a massive redevelopment and economic revitalization…more

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In search of tomorrow’s work force

Companies showcase their businesses with an eye toward recruiting top local marine talent When the boating business turns around, there will be jobs to fill, and companies will be looking for skilled workers. That means it’s a good time to get the necessary training to be ready when businesses start hiring. That was the message…more

Marina firms were dealing for growth

Marina operators made their presence felt at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, announcing a host of new plans and contracts that look ahead to flusher times. Westrec Marinas says it will be managing the Fernandina Beach Harbor Marina, a municipal facility on Amelia Island on northeast Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway. “We think Westrec’s management skills…more

Two Virginia marinas gain Clean Marina designation

The Waterside Marina and Nauticus Marina, both in Norfolk, Va., were recently awarded Clean Marina status. The marinas were the first to receive Clean Marina status since the Clean Marina Program and the Elizabeth River Project’s River Stars Program joined together with the goal of reducing pollution and improving habitat of coastal areas. Waterside and…more

National Marina Day moves to June

June 12 is the new date for National Marina Day. The decision was made after members of the National Marina Day committee thought it would be better to hold it closer to the start of the boating season and away from the worst heat of the summer. Previously, it was held the second Saturday of…more

Water-access symposium seeks submissions

Organizers of the Working Waterways and Waterfronts National Symposium on Water Access are seeking presentation submissions for the event, set for Sept. 27-30, 2010, in Portland, Maine. Submissions are due Jan. 22. The symposium will provide a forum to help communities, organizations, businesses and individuals address waterfront access challenges by showcasing successful models and tools…more

Florida marina given Clean Marina designation

The Key Largo Resorts Marina was recently awarded Clean Marina certification from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and The Clean Boating Partnership. Some of Key Largo Resorts Marina’s initiatives include the use of oil absorbers in bilges, utilization of recycling centers and the installation of multiple trash receptacles. “We have developed a ‘best practices’…more

SNAME holds annual meeting

More than 1,150 people attended The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers 2009 Annual Meeting and Expo, which was held Oct. 21-23 at the Providence (R.I.) Convention Center. “In all aspects, the 2009 SNAME annual meeting was a resounding success,” SNAME president Keith Michel said. “I would like to express my sincere appreciation to…more

Seattle Yacht Club celebrates 100 years

The Seattle Yacht Club was honored Wednesday night as one of only 49 state corporations filed in 1909 that is still in existence. The club’s commodore Larry McCarthy was presented with the Century Corporation Certificate by Washington secretary of state Sam Reed, and a slide presentation about the organization’s first 30 years followed. McCarthy presides…more

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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