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.

Bellingham Marine holds calendar photo contest

Bellingham Marine announced its fifth annual calendar photo contest. The company will accept photos from now through the end of August. They must be received by an Aug. 31 deadline to qualify for the 2012 contest. Submitted photos must be of marinas built by Bellingham Marine or its Middle East licensee, Septech, or feature one…more

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New leadership at helm of Maine Built Boats

Organization touts cost cuts, outreach efforts   The statewide trade group Maine Built Boats elected Kerri Russell, operations manager of the John Williams Boat Co., president at its 2011 annual meeting at the Maine Boatbuilders Show at Portland Yacht Services. Three new directors – Drew Lyman, of Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding; Mark Mitchell, of ComMar Sales LLC;…more

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Partners offer a boat, a tow and a place to go

MarineMax, Sea Tow and Marinalife team up   MarineMax’s new partnership with Sea Tow Services International and Marinalife isn’t just a win-win, but a win-win-win-win, the principals said at the deal’s unveiling at the Miami International Boat Show. MarineMax’s boat buyers will be introduced to Sea Tow, the marine assistance provider, and to Marinalife, the…more

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Rebuilding the industry one job at a time

Career Day at the International Yacht Restoration School brings together employers and potential workers   As a measure of the industry’s health and future, the sixth annual Marine Industry Career Day at the International Yacht Restoration School was another sign that prospects are improving. “I’ve attended every one of these career days and this one…more

ABBRA objects to California copper-paint bill

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association is raising concerns about a proposed California bill that would make it unlawful to manufacture, sell or distribute marine antifouling paints that contain copper in the state after Jan. 1, 2015.   The bill, introduced by state Sen. Christine Kehoe, would require manufacturers to use the least toxic…more

Marinalife launches summer-photo contest

Marinalife announced the start of its second annual Summer Photo Contest. Members are encouraged to submit their favorite photos for the following three categories: Best Photo of Owner or Friends on a Boat; Best Pet Photo; and Best Sunset Photo. The contest is open for submissions through Aug. 15. Winners will be announced in the…more

Bellingham Marine completes California dock project

Residents of Coronado Cay’s development, Trinidad Village, in Southern California recently traded in their 35-year-old docks for modern concrete floating docks, according to Bellingham Marine, which worked on the project. Plans called for a complete overhaul, including new docks and anchoring, upgraded utilities and a new layout. The new configuration privatized each of the individual…more

Kentucky marina sold at auction

Cave Springs Marina, on Kentucky’s Lake Cumberland, was recently sold at auction for more than $2 million. “We’re with state dock, we own the state dock, we have 98 percent occupancy. I think the existing marina has closer to 40 percent. We’d like to grow that quite a bit,” Michael Bernard, who had the winning…more

ABBRA revamps its annual conference

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association’s annual conference will be redesigned this year to focus on boatyard and boat repair business owners, operators and managers. The conference will be expanded by 25 percent and is intended to bring decision makers in the boatyard and repair industry together to discuss common business problems and best…more

Brewer Yacht Yards will help sailing school rebuild

Brewer Yacht Yards in Rhode Island will donate $500 from all new summer slip contracts to support the Edgewood Sailing School in Cranston. When the 103-year-old Edgewood Yacht Club’s clubhouse burned down this year, the sailing school lost most of its gear. Now, relying on private donations and contributions from other programs, the school plans…more

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