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.

Report details state of U.S. marinas

First Research created a new report on the U.S. marina industry. Key topics covered in the report include an industry overview, quarterly industry update, business challenges, trends and opportunities, financial information, an industry forecast, a Web site and media links. According to the report’s executive summary, there are about 4,300 commercial marinas, excluding private yacht…more

Michigan names six more clean marinas

Six Michigan facilities were certified as Michigan Clean Marinas, bringing the number of certified marinas in the state to 30. The newly certified marinas are Algonac Harbour Club in Algonac; Lac La Belle State Harbor in Lac La Belle; Copper Harbor State Dock in Copper Harbor; Eagle Harbor State Dock in Eagle Harbor; Cedar River…more

IMI conference will focus on climate change

The July meeting will address policies and responses that will affect the marina industry The International Marina Institute is sponsoring a new one-day conference titled, “Our Changing Coastline: Understanding the Facts, the Fiction and the Reality.” The July 28 conference in Warwick, R.I., focuses on climate change and its effects on the marine industry, providing…more

Clarks Landing attains Clean Marina tag

Clarks Landing’s Chester Marine Center was certified as a Clean Marina by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The Maryland Clean Marina Initiative recognizes and promotes marinas, boatyards and yacht clubs that meet legal requirements and voluntarily adopt pollution prevention practices. The marinas meet the rigorous pollution prevention standards established by the Maryland Clean Marina…more

Halsey Herreshoff will keynote ABBRA event

Renowned sailor and naval architect Halsey Herreshoff will be the keynote speaker at the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association’s first Summer Symposium networking and social event. The symposium will be held Aug. 3-4 at the historic OceanCliff Hotel in Newport, R.I. “Those who own and work in the repair, service and boatbuilding industry, and…more

MRA now offers monthly e-newsletter

The Marina Recreation Association is converting most of its monthly newsletters to an electronic format to provide better access to news, events and useful information to the marina industry. Of the 12 planned newsletters per year, 11 will be distributed via e-mail and a Year in Review magazine will be printed and distributed by regular…more

Former owners reopen Stuart Yacht

Gregg and Nancy Burdick have ended three years of retirement to reopen Stuart Yacht, a Florida boatyard that operated exclusively as a commissioning and service center for Riviera Yachts during the last three years. As a result of the downturn in the economy, new boat sales have weakened, and as Riviera restructures, the builder is downsizing in…more

Bellingham upgrades New Jersey marinas

Bellingham Marine recently completed upgrades to Leonardo State Marina and Monmouth State Marina in New Jersey. Bellingham Marine supplied and installed the dock for Leonardo State Marina because the original fixed wood dock was no longer usable. The dock system was engineered by Bellingham, and pile installation and utilities were completed by Bird Construction. The…more

MRA hires communications consultant

The Marina Recreation Association hired Robert Wilkes, of Wilkes Creative, as its communications design consultant. “I was very impressed with the work of the MRA, and especially after seeing how much quality work gets done by contributing members and a very lean, hardworking staff,” Wilkes said in a statement. “My goal is to enhance the…more

Legislation designed to help Lake Cumberland marinas

U.S. Reps. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., and Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., have introduced legislation to help marina operators in the Lake Cumberland region whose operations have been hurt by lower water levels at the popular tourist site. Lake levels have been lowered to accommodate emergency repairs at Wolf Creek Dam. “Scenic Lake Cumberland has been the hub…more

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