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.

Shipyard receives $1 million wind turbine grant

Vancouver, Wash.-based yacht builder Christensen Shipyards received a $1 million grant allowing its sister company to switch a portion of the boat manufacturing plant to small wind turbine production. The newly created sister business, Renewable Energy Composite Solutions LLC, is using the money to get into the wind turbine and hydrokinetic energy component manufacturing. According…more

Bellingham completes Lauderdale Marina renovation

One of Florida’s oldest marinas was upgraded with the addition of a new section of Unifloat concrete floating dock, Bellingham Marine reports. The Lauderdale Marina, originally opened in 1948 and located near the famous 17th Street Causeway in Fort Lauderdale, selected Bellingham Marine to provide the fueling facility for the first phase of work in…more

Massachusetts town expands marine center

The town of Scituate, Mass., is dedicating its new maritime center Oct. 15, following five years of work to create a larger marina, boat storage facility and a park/trail area for water access. Scituate purchased about 3.2 acres – including the last remaining boatyard and open space in its harbor – years ago, Howie Kreutzberg,…more

SNAME selects marketing group

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers chose Home Port Marine Marketing to provide publicity and promotion services for the society’s membership programs, publications and events. SNAME is an international non-profit technical society whose members are dedicated to advancing the art, science and practice of naval architecture, shipbuilding, ocean engineering and marine engineering. Home…more

Brewer Yacht Yards marks 45 years of service

Brewer Yacht Yards, with locations from New York to Maine, is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. In 1964, John Brewer Sr. bought the boatyard next to the family hardware store and invited his son, Jack, to run it. Brewer Post Road Boat Yard, in Mamaroneck, N.Y., was the first yard. “When my father called…more

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Bellingham completes California marina renovation

Bellingham Marine of Bellingham, Wash., recently completed the $8 million renovation of Balboa Marina in Newport Beach, Calif. The marina, which celebrated its reopening Aug. 1, now features accommodations for boats from 20 to 60 feet. The facility, which was built in 1964, was completely rebuilt, from the parking lot to the seawall railing system,…more

Interlux rolls out rebate program

Interlux’s Yacht Paint Center and Boat Yard Center rebate program marks its 15th year in 2010. Details of the program include: Rebate offers extend to multiple line items that represent more than 100 stock keeping units. Competitive prices across the product line. Program period covers a full year, with current program running until June 30,…more

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An industry of small, niche builders?

Speculation grows on the size and shape of the post-recession boat business A sort of anti-consolidation scenario – fewer multibrand companies and more independents building boats for specific niche markets – is one widely held vision of the post-recession marine industry. But it’s only one of many potential boatbuilding landscapes emerging from all the speculation…more

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Back in the saddle, but only for a while

Gregg and Nancy Burdick took back Stuart Yacht when the boatbuilder that bought it fell on hard times Gregg Burdick and his wife, Nancy, were settling into a comfortable retirement after 30 years in the boatyard business when Riviera Yachts – the Australian boatbuilder that bought their Stuart, Fla., yard – went into receivership. That…more

Petit Marine Paint offers rebates

To help dealers and boatyards in these difficult economic times, Pettit Marine Paint introduced a cash-back rebate on Vivid and Hydrocoat products, which it plans to offer through March 2010. Dealers and boatyards will receive a cash rebate of $10 for each gallon and $2.50 for each quart of Vivid and Hydrocoat purchased.  Dealers must…more

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