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.

Rhode Island marina appeals expansion ruling

Champlin’s Marina, on Rhode Island’s Block Island, asked a state court to reverse the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council’s decision to block its proposed expansion. The action further extends an eight-year fight to expand 225 feet into the Island’s Great Salt Pond, the Providence Business News newspaper reported. The appeal asserts that Robert Ballou,…more

ABBRA sets deadline for symposium proposals

The American Boat Builders and Repairers Association’s Summer Symposium has an April 16 deadline for submitting speaking proposals. The symposium is a social event for the boatbuilding, service and repair industry. It’s scheduled for July 18 and 19 at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in New Bedford, Mass. The symposium offers boatyards, boatbuilding and repair…more

MIAMI: Interlux unveils waterfront grant initiative

MIAMI – Interlux on Thursday announced Waterfront Challenge 2011, a grant program that encourages groups to create sustainable waterfront environmental improvements in their communities. The program was announced at the Miami International Boat Show. “We are excited about launching the Waterfront Challenge 2011,” marketing manager Eleanor Ekman said. “The health of our bays, streams, lakes…more

ABBRA elects new officers, board members

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association elected 2011 officers and directors at its annual members meeting, which was held at the International Marina & Boatyard Conference in Fort Lauderdale. Pamela Lendzion, of MarineTec Management, will serve her first year as president of the board. She will be joined by vice president John Fitzgerald of…more

Yacht management company opens in R.I.

David Anderson has formed a new yacht management company in Rhode Island that will specialize in the management of yachts to 60 feet. Aquidneck Yacht Management also is available to advise and prepare a yacht for long-term cruising, safety at sea or operational instruction. Anderson can represent owners and work with specialized vendors, boatyards and…more

Connecticut adds two Clean Marinas

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection recently recognized two recreational boating facilities in southeastern Connecticut as Clean Marinas. At a ceremony at the Connecticut Marine Trades Association’s Hartford Boat Show, the Clean Marina certification was presented to Don’s Dock in Stonington and Port Niantic in the Niantic section of East Lyme. The certifications bring the…more

ValvTect: Take an active approach to E15

Teach boaters how to ward off ethanol damage through the use of additives and other measures E15 is headed our way, but boating can still survive and thrive through education and maintenance, the head of one of the leading fuel additive manufacturers told a group of marine industry journalists. “I think the marine industry needs…more

Like a catalytic converter in a bottle

Scientists say their diesel additive cuts fuel costs and lowers emissions Using nanotechnology, a group of entrepreneurial scientists has introduced to the marine industry a diesel additive they say helps the fuel burn cleaner and more efficiently. GO2, Cerion Energy’s nanoparticle combustion catalyst, simultaneously increases combustion efficiency while decreasing exhaust emissions, says Kenneth Reed, the…more

Marinalife to offer new online software services

Marinalife, an online boating concierge and marina reservation service, announced a partnership with Marina Reservation Services, founded by marine and outdoor hospitality technology and marketing leaders Exuma Technologies and Leisure Interactive. Marinalife will offer Hercules Marine, a suite of online software services built exclusively for marinas and the marina trades by Marina Reservation Services. The…more

IMBC opens today in Fort Lauderdale

The International Marina & Boatyard Conference starts at 6 p.m. today with a networking reception at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, followed Thursday and Friday by a full schedule of seminars. This year’s keynote speaker, Vince Morvillo, who overcame blindness from birth to become a successful venture capital investor, business consultant, owner of…more

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