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.

California boatyard wins environmental honor

KKMI Sausalito was named Northern California Small Industry Facility of the Year for the second time in 10 years by the California Water Environment Association. The award is given to industrial facilities with significant accomplishments in environmental protection and wastewater control. With operations in Port Richmond and Sausalito, KKMI offers yacht maintenance services and says…more

New program unveiled for marine technicians

The Association of Marine Technicians launched a new technician competency program at the organization’s annual service training convention. The program is designed to recognize Amtech members who have successfully completed training programs that are conducted by Amtech’s education division, the Marine Career Training Institute of North America. All technicians taking courses will earn credit toward…more

Bellingham Marine renovates California marina

Bellingham Marine recently completed work on Marinas International’s Emeryville Marina in the San Francisco Bay area. Developers of the marina hired Bellingham last year to rebuild the south basin, including new docks with larger slips and upgraded utilities. The marina builder also supplied floating docks. The layout of the south basin also was significantly improved…more

Marina survey finds a changing climate

The news from the field was mixed – some marinas doing better, some worse – in an Association of Marina Industries survey of 124 marina professionals. “Not everyone is on the way down. Some are on the way up,” association president Jim Frye said as he and Kirby Scheimann, an International Marina Institute instructor, released…more

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Marinas on shores of opportunity

International Marina and Boatyard Conference attendees are told their sector will lead the recovery The prognosis for marina operators is good, although the economy probably will drag along at a 3 to 3-1/2 percent annual growth rate for the next two to three years, according to economist J. Antonio Villamil and marina guru Neil Ross,…more

Brewer Yacht Yards schedules open house

Brewer Yacht Yards is hosting its first companywide open house on March 19. All 22 marinas will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on that Saturday to start the coming boating season. One visitor will get a free seasonal slip for 2011 at a Brewer location of the recipient’s choice. Other promotional incentives…more

Oklahoma marinas suffer $40 million in snow damage

Heavy snowfall caused an estimated $40 million in damage to marinas and boats at Oklahoma’s Grand Lake, according to reports. As much as 4 feet of snow fell in the area during the first two weeks of the month, the Tulsa World newspaper reported. Tom Benton, a marine surveyor who owns Marine Damage Consultants, estimated…more

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

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