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 developer plans fractional marina

Charlotte County, Fla., developer Allen Heise, who has built a career developing high-end condo and commercial projects, is focused on building seven storage buildings with racks for 645 boats around a 42,000-square-foot clubhouse in downtown Port Charlotte. Instead of selling the racks to individual buyers, Heise plans to fractionalize the ownership of the racks and…more

South Carolina marina gains Clean Marina designation

The South Carolina Clean Marina Committee granted Clean Marina certification to Wilson Landing, a part of the Palmetto Bluff development on the May River near Bluffton, S.C. “The committee was impressed with the efforts Wilson Landing has gone through to comply with the Clean Marina standards,” South Carolina Marine Association executive director Suzi DuRant said…more

L.A. marina refitted to host megayachts

Following a $5.5 million transformation, Los Angeles’ Marina Del Rey can now accommodate yachts up to 250 feet and a 15-foot draft. “Del Rey Landing, with its new direct-fill fueling system, is capable of accommodating competitively priced megayacht bunkering and it is one of the few large marinas on the West Coast accessible without the…more

Bank buys Massachusetts marina at auction

The former Holland (Mass.) Sports Marina was sold at auction for $225,000 to the bank that held the mortgage on it. Webster Bank, which posted the high bid, declined to comment on the foreclosure auction, according to The Republican newspaper in Springfield, Mass. The property sits on three-quarters of an acre and features several buildings,…more

Dutch builder adds second boatyard

Netherlands-based Mulder Shipyard is building a second yard near its current facility, the company announced. This second yard will focus on the maintenance, refit and new build of yachts up to 130 feet. Operations are expected to begin in 2012, with the first new yacht launching in 2013. The existing facilities will remain open and…more

Shipyard to convert boat into hybrid ferry

Derecktor Shipyards in Bridgeport, Conn., is converting an existing vessel into what will be a hybrid-powered 600-passenger ferry for New York Harbor. Hornblower Cruises and Events commissioned the multimillion-dollar vessel and an April launch is expected, according to a report in the Connecticut Post. The Hornblower Hybrid project calls for the vessel to use wind…more

Wisconsin names Clean Marinas

Five Wisconsin marinas were recently certified as Clean Marinas by the state. They are The Abbey Marina (Fontana); Gaslight Pointe Marina (Racine); Lakeshore Towers (Racine); Manitowoc Marina; and SkipperBud’s Reefpoint Marina (Racine). The Wisconsin Clean Marina Program certification process was launched in July. There are now nine certified Clean Marinas in the state. “The Clean…more

Bellingham Marine set to revamp California marina

Reconstruction of Alamitos Bay Marina in Long Beach, Calif., which has been held up in permitting for the last few years, is expected to move forward in the spring, according to Bellingham Marine, which is contracted to work on the project. The project calls for the complete replacement of the 1,967-slip marina over four or…more


E15 testing continues; additives may help

Manufacturers of fuel treatments claim their products prevent damage from higher ethanol blends There certainly will be no shortage of fuel additives – or confusion – in the marketplace now that the sale of gasoline with up to 15 percent ethanol is allowed. “It’s an opportunity,” ValvTect Petroleum Products president Jerry Nessenson says. “It’s what…more

Marinalife debuts iPhone app

Marinalife recently introduced a new iPhone application giving cruisers, marine enthusiasts and others instant access to up-to-date listings for marinas and services and links to the company’s online reservation service. The app was introduced just before the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and Marinalife has seen thousands of downloads already, the company said. The Marinalife…more

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