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.

National Marina Day roundup

Harborage Yacht Club and Marina will open its flagship marina Saturday in Stuart, Fla., in celebration of National Marina Day. Harborage was named by the Association of Marina Industries as the national winner of 2008 National Marina Day and will serve as the national site for the start of the 2009 National Marina Day. The…more

Bellingham finishes up Westport marina project

Renovation work at Westport’s Fort Lauderdale sales and service center is nearing completion. The project involved reconfiguring the marina to provide berths for the line of Westport yachts up to 164 feet, dredging the basin to an operating depth of 13 feet and installation of a new seawall system. Bellingham Marine completed replacement of the…more

Marina benefit will help Jacksonville Humane Society

Ortega Landing, a condominium and marina development in Jacksonville, Fla., is hosting the Boats and Barks Celebration Aug. 8, with all proceeds, including dockage fees, going to support the Jacksonville Humane Society. Attendees can come by land or sea with their dogs to attend the celebration. Some activities planned include a professional photographer to take…more

Brewer seeks entries for photo contest

Brewer Yacht Yards is looking for photos that depict the “Brewer experience” and is holding a photo contest to find the perfect shots. Winning images will show originality, artistic creativity, and will reflect an appreciation for Brewer locations. All images will be considered for use in Brewer Yacht Yard marketing, on the BYY Web site,…more

Bellingham completes Florida drystack facility

Construction was completed on The Tarpon Club Marina Dry Storage Facility, located on Isles of Capri in Naples, Fla. Designed to accommodate up to 145 boats, the largest being 36 feet, the Tarpon Club Marina facility is the newest drystack facility in the Naples area. A flexible design, utilizing Bellingham Marine’s Unistack, allows the holding…more

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Southport boat works’ next chapter

The North Carolina boatbuilder was acquired by its largest dealer, American Global Yacht Group When the credit markets seized up last November, it sent shockwaves through the boating industry. Capital for dealers dried up, making it difficult, if not impossible, to borrow money to purchase new boats for the sales floor. This, in turn, caused…more

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Analysis: Emissions rules are fair for marine diesels

New federal standards take into account the way diesels are used in recreational boats The EPA has issued the final rule for emissions standards for Nonroad Engines, Equipment and Vehicles, including marine compression-ignition (diesel) engines. The new rules, some of which are already in effect, between now and 2016 will progressively clear the air by…more

Senate recognizes National Marina Day

The U.S. Senate approved a resolution designating Aug. 8 as National Marina Day. This resolution supports the goals of National Marina Day and urges America’s marinas to continue to serve as environmentally friendly gateways to boating. The resolution was sponsored by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and co-sponsored by Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.; Sen. Russell Feingold,…more

Sponsors sign on for ABBRA symposium field trips

Interlux Yacht Finishes and Awlgrip North America are sponsoring a special field trip during the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association’s first Summer Symposium Networking & Social Event, scheduled for Aug. 3-4 in Newport, R.I. The field trip offers attendees private tours of three major New England boatbuilding and repair facilities: Hinckley Yacht Services, Newport…more

ABBRA roundtable set for Aug. 25 in Maine

The American Boat Builders and Repairers Association and The Landing School are teaming up to host a free regional roundtable discussion Aug. 25 at the school’s campus in Arundel, Maine. The event is open to ABBRA members and non-members. ABBRA’s regional roundtables offer a chance for similar marinas, boatyards and boatbuilding and repair businesses to…more

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