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.

How-to marina guide released

Marina industry veteran Simon Arrol released The Marina Manual, an A-to-Z guide on how to efficiently set up, administer and operate a marina. Arrol headed Camper & Nicholsons Marinas for 16 years and later became a founding director of Island Global Yachting in Dubai. The Marina Manual contains a comprehensive system that has been developed…more

Westrec completes dredging at Florida marina

Westrec Marinas recently completed its monthlong dredging project at Sunrise Harbor Marina in Florida. The marina also has upgraded electrical pedestals, giving yachts additional 208 and 480 3-phase power. These enhancements add considerable megayacht capabilities to marina amenities and accommodations, the company said in a statement. “With an 8.5-foot minimum depth at mean low tide…more

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Cutting-edge companies are honored

Thirteen manufacturers receive Innovation Awards at IBEX; CSI and Mel Barr honorees also recognized Innovative achievement, dedication to the marine industry and excellence in customer service were recognized during the Industry Breakfast at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. Thirteen companies won Innovation Awards from the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boating Writers International. The…more

Industry fears impact of E15 decision

Confusion and misfueling are likely despite marine-engine exemption, industry leaders say Marine engines are excluded from the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to allow the sale of fuel containing more than 10 percent ethanol, but the approval still may have a negative impact on boating, according to marine engine manufacturers and industry experts. The waiver applies…more

Florida marinas take shark-free pledge

Loggerhead Club & Marina registered all 13 of its Florida locations with the Shark-Free Marina Initiative, which seeks to reduce worldwide shark mortality. A shark-free marina is one that does not allow caught sharks to be brought into its facility for display or slaughter. The organization works with marinas, fishermen and like-minded non-profit groups to…more

Florida marina gains Clean Marina designation

North Light Marina in Niceville, Fla., was certified as a Clean Marina by the state Department of Environmental Protection. To earn this designation, North Light implemented environmentally sound measures designed to address critical environmental problems, including sensitive habitat, waste management, storm-water runoff, spill prevention and emergency preparedness. “We are extremely proud to be recognized by…more

Working waterfronts national coalition is formed

Federal, state and local government representatives and organizations have formed a National Working Waterways & Waterfronts Coalition following a national symposium on the issue held last month in Portland, Maine. Sea Grant programs from around the country, including Maine Sea Grant and Virginia Sea Grant, which were lead hosts of the symposium, will partner with…more

Brewer buys Massachusetts marina

Brewer Yacht Yard Group announced it acquired Hawthorne Cove Marina in Salem, Mass. Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina joins the company’s 21 other full-service marina and boatyard locations between New York and Maine. “We are thrilled to be taking over this wonderful operation,” said Jack Brewer, president of Brewer Yacht Yard Group, in a statement. “This…more

Bellingham Marine upgrades California marina

The first phase of work at Santa Barbara Harbor’s Marina 1 along California’s southern coast was recently completed by Bellingham Marine. The first part of a multiphase project to replace the marina’s approximately 500 slips was started in November 2009 and completed in August. It included the replacement of the marina’s headwalk and access gangway…more

Wisconsin names first Clean Marinas

The new Wisconsin Clean Marina program has certified its first four marinas: Port Washington Marina, SkipperBud’s Harbor Club Marina and SkipperBud’s Quarterdeck Marina in Sturgeon Bay, and Nestegg Marine in Marinette. The Wisconsin Marina Association received a $50,825 grant in July to launch and administer the certification program with training and technical assistance from the…more

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