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.

Redden Marine marks golden anniversary

Bellingham, Wash.-based Redden Marine Supply is entering its 50th year in business and renaming its Alaska locations to reflect the parent company. All facilities will now be known as Redden Marine Supply. Stores affected include facilities in Cordova (formally Redden of Cordova), Homer (formally Kachemak Gear Shed), and Anchorage, (formally VIP Distributing). “Although these facilities…more

Bellingham adds to new California development

Bellingham Marine recently designed and built the marina portion of a new residential development at Seabridge in Oxnard, Calif. The upscale development, built by DR Horton, encompasses two gated islands with homes surrounded by a system of canals spanned by two landmark bridges and a causeway. Public and private moorage facilities line the canals and…more

Service center opens on the Cape Fear

Gregory Poole Marine recently opened a new service facility at coastal North Carolina’s Southport Marina near the mouth of the Cape Fear River. In addition to being an authorized service provider for Caterpillar, Mercury, Mercruiser, Crusader, Yamaha, Honda, Volkswagen and others, the new service center offer an array of capabilities for vessels from 20 feet…more

ABBRA regional event set for June

The American Boat Builders and Repairers Association and Bennett Brothers Yachts will host a free regional roundtable discussion June 8 at the company’s Wilmington, N.C., headquarters. The roundtable, open to both ABBRA members and non-members, will allow similar marinas, boatyards, and boatbuilding and repair businesses to discuss common problems and solutions within the marine industry.…more

San Jose waterfront about to see revitalization

For the first time in a quarter-century, San Jose, Calif.’s waterfront is about to reopen to boats. The Mercury News reports Santa Clara County supervisors are scheduled to vote April 21 to put out for bid a $2.7 million project to build a concrete boat ramp, along with parking for 26 vehicles and boat trailers,…more

Registration under way for National Marina Day

Online registration is now available for marinas holding events Aug. 8 to celebrate National Marina Day. The goals of registration are to determine how many marinas hold National Marina Day events, for participating marinas to share tips or work together on an event, and for the media to have access to participants as they plan…more

R.I. roundtable will focus on regional issues

The American Boat Builders and Repairers Association and Conanicut Marine Services are offering a free, regional roundtable discussion on industry issues. It will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 24 at Conanicut Marine Services in Jamestown, R.I. The roundtable allows those in the marina, boatyard, and boatbuilding and repair business a chance…more

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Luxury tax déjà vu at the state level

Industry fights N.Y. proposal; Illinois quickly shoots down similar measure As states look for creative ways to fill billion-dollar holes in their budgets, one big one – New York – is considering raising the sales tax on “luxury” purchases, including boats. A luxury tax proposal also surfaced in Illinois, but was quickly pushed aside by…more

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A $100,000 boost for big-boat repairers

Marine industry’s long-sought insurance relief rides the economic stimulus package into reality Buried on Page 830 of the 1,424-page American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is a plum Kristina Hebert has been trying to wrangle from Congress for eight years -an insurance break for companies whose employees service boats 65 feet and over. No longer will…more

Florida marina groundbreaking set for Friday

Palm Harbor Marina officials are breaking ground Friday on a new multimillion-dollar facility in West Palm Beach, Fla., that they say will help fuel the local economy and bring permanent jobs to the area. The marina, scheduled for completion this fall, will be able to host hundreds of boats from 60 feet to more than…more

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