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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Rebuilding the industry one job at a time

Career Day at the International Yacht Restoration School brings together employers and potential workers   As a measure of the industry’s health and future, the sixth annual Marine Industry Career Day at the International Yacht Restoration School was another sign that prospects are improving. “I’ve attended every one of these career days and this one…more

ABBRA objects to California copper-paint bill

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association is raising concerns about a proposed California bill that would make it unlawful to manufacture, sell or distribute marine antifouling paints that contain copper in the state after Jan. 1, 2015.   The bill, introduced by state Sen. Christine Kehoe, would require manufacturers to use the least toxic…more

Marinalife launches summer-photo contest

Marinalife announced the start of its second annual Summer Photo Contest. Members are encouraged to submit their favorite photos for the following three categories: Best Photo of Owner or Friends on a Boat; Best Pet Photo; and Best Sunset Photo. The contest is open for submissions through Aug. 15. Winners will be announced in the…more

Bellingham Marine completes California dock project

Residents of Coronado Cay’s development, Trinidad Village, in Southern California recently traded in their 35-year-old docks for modern concrete floating docks, according to Bellingham Marine, which worked on the project. Plans called for a complete overhaul, including new docks and anchoring, upgraded utilities and a new layout. The new configuration privatized each of the individual…more

Kentucky marina sold at auction

Cave Springs Marina, on Kentucky’s Lake Cumberland, was recently sold at auction for more than $2 million. “We’re with state dock, we own the state dock, we have 98 percent occupancy. I think the existing marina has closer to 40 percent. We’d like to grow that quite a bit,” Michael Bernard, who had the winning…more

ABBRA revamps its annual conference

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association’s annual conference will be redesigned this year to focus on boatyard and boat repair business owners, operators and managers. The conference will be expanded by 25 percent and is intended to bring decision makers in the boatyard and repair industry together to discuss common business problems and best…more

Brewer Yacht Yards will help sailing school rebuild

Brewer Yacht Yards in Rhode Island will donate $500 from all new summer slip contracts to support the Edgewood Sailing School in Cranston. When the 103-year-old Edgewood Yacht Club’s clubhouse burned down this year, the sailing school lost most of its gear. Now, relying on private donations and contributions from other programs, the school plans…more

Marinas International locations add green product line

As part of a commitment to promote cleaner marinas and lakes, Marinas International joined forces with Green Earth Technologies and is embracing the G-Marine and G-Oil line of biodegradable, non-toxic products at its marina facilities in Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas. “We are always looking for ways to make the outdoor lake and boating experience more…more

Group seeks marine partners in fire-protection study

The Fire Protection Research Foundation is looking for partners in the marina and fire-protection industries to help find cost-effective fire-protection solutions for drystack and other indoor boat storage operations. The idea to conduct this research came from a session at last year’s International Marina Institute fall conference. Among the topics of discussion was the hardships…more

Bellingham finishes dock in Jacksonville, Fla.

Bellingham Marine recently built a new public dock on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Fla., the site of a popular Saturday market. Bellingham Marine was awarded a contract in September to build the 200-foot, L-shaped dock. It features Bellingham’s Unifloat concrete system. The wide, stable configuration will accommodate large crowds and provide as much…more

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