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.

Funding problems cause cutbacks at Center for Wooden Boats

The Center for Wooden Boats, which operates on Lake Union in Washington state, is cutting back its hours and canceling two regattas this year because of funding problems. “Like all nonprofits, our income is down,” Heron Scott, deputy director of the center, told The Seattle Times. “We had a pretty conservative projection, but not conservative…more

Connecticut marina installs solar energy system

Brewer Pilots Point Marina in Westbrook, Conn., has completed an 8,500-square-foot solar photovoltaic system funded, in part, by a grant from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. The electricity that the new system generates will supply power to three work sheds at the marina and a portion of its 900 customer slips. “We are thrilled with…more

Connecticut yard finishes 281-foot yacht

Derecktor Shipyards, of Bridgeport, Conn., last weekend launched what is believed to be the largest yacht (by volume) built in the United States – a 281-foot motoryacht called Cakewalk. “Needless to say, as with any project of this scale and sophistication, there were some growing pains along the way, but we think the result speaks…more

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A 179-year-old marine paint newcomer

Italy-based Boero, a big name in Europe, taps Interlux veteran to build a foothold in U.S. market The name may be unfamiliar on this side of the Atlantic, but Boero Yacht Coatings has been a major player in Europe for more than a century. Now, the 179-year-old marine paint company is entering the North American…more

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Selling Europeans on a Northwest favorite

Nine regional companies will display at the Düsseldorf show as part of a program to boost exports Nine Northwest marine companies – eight builders of aluminum boats and one trailer manufacturer – are taking part in an innovative program that will allow them to introduce their vessels to European boaters. The goal is to increase…more

SNAME has new technical journal

The Journal of Ship Production was reformatted and redesigned to be the primary technical journal of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, the group announced. Renamed the Journal of Ship Production and Design, the journal will publish papers on ship production, as well as papers on advances in ship design and related technologies.…more

Keynote speaker named for ABBRA event

Business relationship expert Don Saracen will present the keynote address at the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association second annual Summer Symposium Aug. 2-3 at the Mystic Yachting Center in Mystic, Conn. The conference will start with “The Power of 3 C’s” by Saracen, president and founder of Saracen Sales & Marketing. The seminar highlights…more

Interlux debuts new website

Yacht paint manufacturer Interlux launched a new website. The site is designed to make it easier for boat owners and professional paint applicators to choose the right Interlux product, get technical information and support for any paint project. “Much of the information available online about yacht paint is, frankly, pretty boring,” North American marketing manager…more

Sides still apart on expansion plan for R.I. marina

The latest round in the Champlin’s Marina saga came to a close last week as both sides rested their cases over an application to expand the marina in Block Island’s Great Salt Pond. Lawyers for the marina and the town raised numerous objections to a compromise expansion plan offered by Dan Goulet, an engineer for…more

Early registration set for waterways symposium

Early-bird registration for the Working Waterways and Waterfronts National Symposium on Water Access in Portland, Maine, runs through Aug. 15. Building on the inaugural symposium in Norfolk, Va., in 2007, participants at this year’s conference, which runs Sept. 27-30, will learn about the economic, social, cultural and environmental values of waterfronts, and the important role…more

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