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.

ABBRA releases wage rate survey

Results from the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association 2010 Wage Rate Survey are now available. The results, generated via input from ABBRA members and other members of the marina and boatyard industry, allow employers to gauge whether they are fair and competitive in the employment market. Employees and independent contractors also can research whether…more

Marinalife contest prize is $5,000 getaway

Marinalife is holding a sweepstakes in which the winner receives a “weekend experience” at the Nantucket Boat Basin in Massachusetts, which last year was voted the best transient marina in the company’s Best Marina Contest. The sweepstakes entry is free and the winner, plus three of their family or friends, will receive a prize valued…more

Famed Maine sardine plant to become a boatyard

A group of Maine maritime professionals intend to convert the former Stinson Seafood property in Belfast, Maine, into a major regional shipyard. With the sale expected to close today, the new owners plan to turn it into Front Street Shipyard, which will be used to repair and restore commercial and private boats and eventually could…more

Rhode Island rejects Block Island marina expansion

The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council Tuesday voted unanimously to turn down a proposal by Champlin’s Marina to expand its docks and piers over an additional four acres of Block Island’s Great Salt Pond. This could bring to an end a seven-year legal battle to expand the marina. The decision was greeted with applause,…more

Engine builders team up for EPA tests

Effort among BRP, Mercury, Volvo and Yamaha, with the NMMA, makes process less costly Four engine manufacturers banded together this fall to pool data in an effort to avoid costly test expenses and meet environmental regulations. The joint effort among BRP, Mercury Marine, Volvo Penta and Yamaha – in tandem with the National Marine Manufacturers…more


Florida marina decked out for the holiday

No one can accuse Mount Dora Boating Center & Marina owner Joe Lewis of not being in the holiday spirit. “Here’s what you get when you take a 2-acre lakeside property, six piers, two hy-dry buildings, an office building, 42 trees, 320 extension cords of all sizes and lengths, 600 feet of fence, 26 deer,…more

California marina gains Clean Marina designation

Marina Cortez on Harbor Island in San Diego became the 100th marina to be certified under the Clean Marinas Program supported by the Marina Recreation Association. The program, formerly called the Clean Marinas California Program, is a private, non-profit organization that helps marinas and yacht clubs satisfy the requirements of the national Clean Water Act…more

Nautical Software Solution adds new product

Nautical Software Solution, which launched last summer as a new division of Alliance Management & Consulting Group, added a third industry-specific software program to its lineup of products and services. “We acquired The Marina Program, a leading software solution for marina management established in 1985, from WatchCaptain, the same company we worked with this past…more

Companies launch revamped websites

Two marine businesses recently launched new websites. recently launched a redesigned website, aiming to extend its reach to a broader audience of houseboat enthusiasts, first-time houseboaters and people who are interested in California’s lakes, water conservation and recreational opportunities. The new website features expanded content and streaming media, houseboat news and lake information, a…more

Marinalife debuts new website

Marinalife, an online boating concierge and reservation service, launched a new website with an updated look and enhanced features. Marinalife’s mission is to connect boaters with marinas and marine service providers and the new website allows for a streamlined user experience with robust layers of resources, tools and special offers. “We are excited about the…more

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