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.

SkipperBud’s opens Michigan marina store

SkipperBud’s and Grand Isle Marina are joining forces, the companies announced. Grand Isle, in Grand Haven, Mich., and SkipperBud’s consolidated operations to offer consumers a superstore. New and used boats from 16 to 100 feet will be available at the Grand Isle sales location. Skipper Bud’s has 20 locations, serving boaters in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan,…more

Bellingham Marine honored for work on Alaskan harbor project

The American Society of Civil Engineers’ coastal institute recently announced the winners of its 2011 Project Excellence Awards and recognized Bellingham Marine in the large project category. Bellingham was honored for its work on the St. Paul Small Boat Harbor project on St. Paul Island in Alaska. The project, which involved the construction of a…more

Marinalife offers free cruising updates

Online concierge service Marinalife added navigation notices free for boaters, giving them regular updates on regional cruising areas. To offer the service, Marinalife partnered with Chuck Baier, who maintains waterway updates and summarizes them as e-mail alerts for Marinalife members. In addition to providing navigation updates, Baier is a contributing writer to Marinalife magazine and…more

Maryland marina gains Clean Marina designation

Tome’s Landing Marina in Port Deposit is the newest Maryland Clean Marina, certified by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The marina joins 145 facilities that have adopted a significant portion of recommendations from the Maryland Clean Marina Guidebook and passed a site inspection. The department oversees the Clean Marina Initiative, a voluntary program that…more

Virginia marina gains Clean Marina status

Virginia’s Windmill Point Marina recently received a Clean Marina designation. The marina, which has 96 slips, is in White Stone, Va., on the western side of Chesapeake Bay. Harbormaster David Dudley said staying committed to the Clean Marina program was an easy decision. “We want to stay competitive, and maintaining Clean Marina status is one…more

Wisconsin adds six Clean Marinas

Wisconsin recently certified six new marinas as Clean Marinas. They are Pikes Bay Marina (Bayfield); Bayfield City Docks; Washburn Marina; South Bay Marina (Green Bay); McKinley Marina (Milwaukee); and St. Croix Marina (Hudson). There are 17 Clean Marinas in the state, which began the certification program last July. “Wisconsin is blessed with more than 15,000…more

Dockwise wants to arm against pirates

Dockwise Ltd., the parent company of Dockwise Yacht Transport, has threatened to abandon its Netherlands flag unless the Dutch government authorizes Dutch-flagged ships to carry armed security contractors to protect crews from pirates when they transit the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden. Dockwise Ltd.’s yacht transport division, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, doesn’t operate any…more

In a turbulent economy, what’s a yacht worth?

Figuring out a boat’s value depends partly on what it could be worth in a few years, and in today’s market that can be a lot like reading tea leaves. “You’ve got to be able to project what a yacht will be worth in three to five years,” says Jason Dunbar, a broker and yacht…more


Industry on short end of styrene decision

NMMA calls the federal decision to list the resin component in the Report on Carcinogens ‘misguided’ Styrene is one of eight new substances listed in the 12th Report on Carcinogens, released June 10 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, despite objections by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and a coalition of groups…more

Westrec announces Florida marina tenant

Westrec Marinas’ Harbour Towne Marina in Dania, Fla., has a new tenant in TUI Marine, the marine division of TUI Travel PLC, one of the world’s leading travel and leisure companies. TUI Marine is made up of brands such as The Moorings, Sunsail, Leopard Catamarans, Le Boat and Footloose. A major component of TUI Marine…more

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