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.

Marina owner killed in boat explosion

A New Jersey marina owner was killed last Friday afternoon when his 30-foot powerboat boat exploded, caught fire and sank. Gary Theno, 51, owner of the Hidden Mill Marine Center in Egg Harbor Township, was at his facility when the boat exploded at about 2:30 p.m., state police spokesman Sgt. Stephen Jones told The Press…more

Deadline nears for drystack conference speakers

The deadline to submit a proposal to speak at the International Marina Institute’s Drystack Conference is April 2. The conference is set for Oct. 24-26 in Fort Lauderdale. “We are asking for proposals for seminars on new developments in dry storage and regarding the latest technologies that support the industry,” IMI training coordinator Kayce Florio…more

Bellingham, Bahia Mar win design award

Fort Lauderdale-based Bahia Mar Yachting Center was awarded the 2010 PIANC Marina Excellence Design Jack Nichol Award, Bellingham Marine reports. The purpose of the Jack Nichol Award is to recognize excellence in the design of modern recreational boating facilities around the world. “A tremendous amount of effort went into designing the Bahia Mar marina to…more

National Marina Day Web site debuts

The Association of Marina Industries launched the National Marina Day Web site. Users of the site will see some of the original features, such as the National Marina Day resource kit, but there is also new content, and the overall design has been updated with improved navigation and useful information. One of the most important…more

Former Interlux VP dies at 85

Louis H. Munkelwitz, a former vice president and general manager of Interlux North America, died March 7 in Crossville, Tenn. He was 85. Born Sept. 4, 1924 in Sayville, N.Y., Munkelwitz was a descendant of Daniel Tompkins, the sixth vice president of the United States under President James Monroe. He graduated from Purdue University in…more

Groups join for National Marina Day event

To start boating and fishing season, several industry organizations will host what they’re calling “Boat. Fish. Live. At National Marina Day” June 12. The Association of Marina Industries; the Marine Retailers Association of America; the National Marine Manufacturers Association; the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation and several others are involved in the program. To mark…more

Florida marina announces open-house schedule

Two of Florida’s most respected professional fishing guides and the National Weather Service’s senior meteorologist will offer their advice on making the most of a fishing expedition March 27 during Cannons Marina’s annual spring open house and fishing clinic at the marina on Longboat Key, Fla. The open house is free and open to the…more

Pettit Marine Paint unveils rebate program

Pettit Marine Paint is offering a new rebate program for consumers. Between now and May 31, Pettit is offering rebates up to $20 per gallon on select Pettit antifouling paint. This initiative follows the company’s 2009 stimulus rebate program, which saved U.S. boat owners more than $300,000. “We understand what people are going through, which…more

Marinalife holding ‘best marina’ contest

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Marinalife is holding a contest on the best marinas. Members are invited to vote on the best transient marina and the marina with the best customer service through April 30. There are more than 8,600 marinas in the Marinalife database that cover the cruising areas of the U.S., Canada,…more

ABBRA Summer Symposium set for August

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association 2010 Summer Symposium is scheduled for Aug. 2-3 at the Hilton Mystic at the Aquarium in Mystic, Conn. “Based on what we learned at our highly successful inaugural event last year, the ABBRA Summer Symposium promises to be a great chance for the marine service industry (boatyards, repairers,…more

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