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.


A big, bold vision for Maine waterfront

Front Street Shipyard will serve the large-yacht market from the former site of a sardine cannery The waterfront in Belfast, Maine, got something of a facelift earlier this year. Crowds gathered to gawk at a spectacle city officials had been waiting nearly 10 years to see —the demolition of the two-story remains of a 13,500-square-foot…more

Group forms opposition to California copper-paint ban

Recreational Boaters of California is encouraging the state’s boaters to express their opposition to SB 623, which would prohibit recreational boaters from using copper-based antifouling paints on the hulls of their boats to prevent marine organisms from growing there. The bill is expected to pass the state Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday without a vote and…more

Marinalife offers updated fuel prices online

As peak cruising season nears, Marinalife, an online boating concierge and reservation service, announced updates to its fuel price locator, which provides current fuel prices from marinas throughout the United States and the Bahamas. Partner marinas have the ability to log in and update their marina’s fuel prices so that boaters have access to current…more

Florida boatyard gains Clean Marina designation

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, together with the Clean Boating Partnership, recently named Pensacola’s Harbor View Marine a Clean Marina. The voluntary state initiative recognizes marinas and boatyards for their commitment to the protection of the state’s waterways and natural resources. To become a designated member of the Florida Clean Marina program, facilities must…more

Virginia adds two Clean Marinas

Two Virginia marinas recently earned Clean Marina designations. The Chesapeake Boat Basin was awarded a Clean Marina designation on May 10, making it one of five Clean Marinas in Lancaster County, but the only one in Kilmarnock. Owners Clay and Lisa Holcomb recently improved their amenities and expanded their capacity. The boat basin has a…more

ABBRA conference includes boatyard tours

Interlux Yacht Finishes and Awlgrip North America are sponsoring the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association field trip during the group’s annual conference, set for July 18-19 at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in New Bedford, Mass. The field trip offers those who attend the conference a group lunch and private tours of four major…more

Keynote speaker named for ABBRA conference

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association’s annual conference July 18-19 will begin with a keynote address from James Brewer of Derecktor Shipyards, the yard responsible for building and launching the 281-foot superyacht Cakewalk. Brewer’s presentation at what is also known as the Summer Symposium, at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in New Bedford, Mass.,…more

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


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


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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