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.

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Q&A James L. Frye Westrec executive, AMI chairman and president

James L. Frye is vice president of business development and acquisitions for Encino, Calif.-based Westrec Marinas. As the world’s largest owner/operator of marinas and marine-related businesses, Westrec provides professional management services to its properties, affiliates and clients around the world. Founded in 1987, Westrec manages both fresh- and saltwater marina facilities, handling a wide array…more

Charleston marina receives design award

The Charleston (S.C.) City Marina received the PIANC 2009 Jack Nichol Award for outstanding marina design. According to the award letter, “The jury considered that Charleston City Marina best represented the technical, functional, aesthetic and environmental award criteria.” Applied Technology & Management assisted in the 10-year redevelopment of the marina, which resulted in enhanced facilities…more

Florida marina gets three ‘Clean’ designations

Sebastian Inlet Marina was recognized by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection this week as a Clean Marina, Clean Boatyard and Clean Marine Retailer. Sebastian is the second facility in Florida to receive all three distinctions, according to a report in TCPalm.com. Three blue DEP flags were hoisted up the marina’s flagpole earlier this week…more

IMBC seeks 2010 presentations

Producers of the International Marina & Boatyard Conference are seeking presentations for next year’s event. IMBC’s coordinators are looking for presentations pertinent to IMBC’s audience, which includes internationally acclaimed marina-industry professionals, Certified Marina Managers, potential Certified Marina Managers, other marina operators, boat repairers, and more. Presentations can be designed for all levels of experience —…more

Brandy Marine focusing on international clients

Brandy Marine International of Sarasota, Fla., is expanding into marina management at luxury international resorts as the downturn in the domestic boating and marina market continues. In 2008, Brandy Marine signed contracts to manage two international luxury marinas — Marina Papagayo at the Peninsula Papagayo resort in Guanacaste province on the northwestern Pacific Coast of…more

New Costa Rican marina open for business

Marina Papagayo, a new luxury facility on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, is now leasing wet slips to the cruising and sportfishing communities. The marina — managed by Sarasota, Fla.-based Brandy Marine International — opened in December with 180 wet slips for boats from 35 to 220 feet. The opening comes in time for peak marlin…more

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New EPA mandates force new approaches

Some manufacturers are developing entirely new fuel systems to meet emissions regulations Marine fuel tank manufacturers are using different strategies to help boatbuilders meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s new evaporative emissions regulations. Attwood Corp., for example, is developing an entirely new fuel system it says will be relatively easy to install. Inca Molded Products is…more

Harborage Yacht Club and Marina wins IMBC honor

Harborage Yacht Club and Marina of Stuart, Fla. received the National Marina Day Marina of the Year award. The award was announced at this week’s International Marina and Boatyard Conference in Fort Lauderdale. National Marina Day is managed by the Association of Marina Industries. In celebration of National Marina Day, Harborage Yacht Club and Marina held…more

Marinalife reports boost in reservations

Marinalife, a cruising concierge company, is reporting a 30 percent increase in online marina reservations in the United States and the Bahamas for the first three weeks of January compared to last year. It also reported an increase in visitors to its Web site and use of such features as the fuel price locator, marina quick find,…more

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New yacht facility opens in San Diego

The Wharf at Point Loma in San Diego is the region’s newest yachting facility, featuring waterfront dining, shopping, a large outdoor event park, and 50 of San Diego’s largest slips, for yachts to 175 feet. The marina is located in the America’s Cup Harbor with direct access to the Pacific. The facility, developed by a partnership…more

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