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.

ABBRA hosting marina analysis tour

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association will host a study tour of southeast Florida marinas and boatyards in October immediately following the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. The agenda begins Oct. 14 – the final day of IBEX – with an opening dinner reception and concludes Oct. 16 with a closing dinner. In between,…more

Service center offering out island repairs

Gillen Diesel and Marine Services of Dania Beach, Fla., is offering a new out island yacht repair service. The company’s turbocharged, twin-engine aircraft is piloted by a diesel mechanic and is available to haul parts for servicing up to a 1,000 nautical mile range. “We have provided emergency engine and generator repairs and even hauled…more

ABBRA symposium set for August

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association will host its inaugural Summer Symposium networking and social event Aug. 3-4 at the OceanCliff Hotel in Newport, R.I. Open to ABBRA members and non-members, the event is geared toward boatyards, boatbuilding and repair businesses, and affiliated marine-industry partners. It will feature panel seminars from industry leaders, attendee-led…more

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Survival? Plan now for the reawakening

Megayachting may be in a deep slumber, but it is far from dead. “What you’ve got is a big bear that has crawled into its cave, and come spring it is going to re-emerge,” says Bob Saxon, a 29-year veteran of megayacht management and now president of Bob Saxon Consultancy in Fort Lauderdale. By the…more

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That export cushion is fast losing air

Boatbuilders expect to see stagnant overseas markets until U.S. leads the way out of recession Overseas sales, a cushion for U.S. boatbuilders in the early stages of the recession, are proving only a temporary respite, just as many of the manufacturers had predicted. Hard numbers from the federal government confirm the decline in export sales…more

Former Billy Joel boat sinks in Connecticut

A 35-foot yacht once owned by Billy Joel sank at a Connecticut marina over the weekend. Hub Orr, of Stamford, Conn., the boat’s current owner, had left Sea Major at Riverscape Marina in Cos Cob for repair work during the winter, according to a report in the Connecticut Post. Orr said the boat – built…more

Michigan marinas receive ‘Clean’ designation

Three Michigan facilities were recently named Clean Marinas, bringing the number of marinas with that designation in the state to 24. The marinas are Edward C. Grace Memorial Harbor, Village of Elk Rapids; Linwood Beach Marina, Linwood; and Woodland Marina LLC, Brighton. Each participated in workshops to learn about best-management practices, conducted self-evaluations, implemented improvements, and underwent…more

Developer buys two Keys marinas

Summit Development, a diversified real estate development company with offices in North Palm Beach, Fla., acquired two marina properties in the Florida Keys – Mangrove Marina in Tavernier and Sombrero Resort and Marina in Marathon. Summit, which is planning extensive renovations to the properties, acquired the two sites from Sun Vest Communities, the successor to…more

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

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