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.

Florida marinas take shark-free pledge

Loggerhead Club & Marina registered all 13 of its Florida locations with the Shark-Free Marina Initiative, which seeks to reduce worldwide shark mortality. A shark-free marina is one that does not allow caught sharks to be brought into its facility for display or slaughter. The organization works with marinas, fishermen and like-minded non-profit groups to…more

Florida marina gains Clean Marina designation

North Light Marina in Niceville, Fla., was certified as a Clean Marina by the state Department of Environmental Protection. To earn this designation, North Light implemented environmentally sound measures designed to address critical environmental problems, including sensitive habitat, waste management, storm-water runoff, spill prevention and emergency preparedness. “We are extremely proud to be recognized by…more

Working waterfronts national coalition is formed

Federal, state and local government representatives and organizations have formed a National Working Waterways & Waterfronts Coalition following a national symposium on the issue held last month in Portland, Maine. Sea Grant programs from around the country, including Maine Sea Grant and Virginia Sea Grant, which were lead hosts of the symposium, will partner with…more

Brewer buys Massachusetts marina

Brewer Yacht Yard Group announced it acquired Hawthorne Cove Marina in Salem, Mass. Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina joins the company’s 21 other full-service marina and boatyard locations between New York and Maine. “We are thrilled to be taking over this wonderful operation,” said Jack Brewer, president of Brewer Yacht Yard Group, in a statement. “This…more

Bellingham Marine upgrades California marina

The first phase of work at Santa Barbara Harbor’s Marina 1 along California’s southern coast was recently completed by Bellingham Marine. The first part of a multiphase project to replace the marina’s approximately 500 slips was started in November 2009 and completed in August. It included the replacement of the marina’s headwalk and access gangway…more

Wisconsin names first Clean Marinas

The new Wisconsin Clean Marina program has certified its first four marinas: Port Washington Marina, SkipperBud’s Harbor Club Marina and SkipperBud’s Quarterdeck Marina in Sturgeon Bay, and Nestegg Marine in Marinette. The Wisconsin Marina Association received a $50,825 grant in July to launch and administer the certification program with training and technical assistance from the…more

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Competing visions cloud marina makeover

Activists in Riviera Beach, Fla., oppose proposal for superyacht yard, force a November referendum The waterfront in Riviera Beach, Fla., is a diamond in the rough, but oh how rough it is and how tough it has been to turn that asset into the gem many think it could be. A divided city council in…more

Sailing icon recovering after boat crash

Yacht designer and builder Ted Irwin is recovering from injuries sustained during a nighttime run-in with a powerboat off Key West as he dinghied to shore from Distant Drummer, his 68-foot Irwin yacht, which was anchored. Irwin, 70, who was in the Florida Keys with his family for the two-day spiny lobster mini-season, was headed…more

Bellingham Marine enters Korean market

Washington state-based Bellingham Marine is expanding into South Korea and recently opened an office in Seoul, the company announced. Bellingham appointed South Korean national Simon Yoo as business development manager. He will help the company set up operations in Seoul and oversee new projects in the region. “The timing is right,” Bellingham Marine president Everett…more

Bellingham to merge European operations

Bellingham Marine plans to consolidate its European operations and move its staff and capital equipment to the company’s facility near Barcelona, Spain. “This strategic move not only lowers overheads by combining physical office and plant locations, but also creates synergies in our manufacturing and construction operations that will allow us to provide greater value to…more

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