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.

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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

Boat repossessions up in Georgia

Georgia’s foreclosure crisis is not just on dry land, as lenders are repossessing larger boats at Lake Lanier in record numbers. One year after a drought, Holiday Marina is busy again, WSB-TV in Atlanta reports, but vacancy signs are up at slips that once were home to the biggest of the big – houseboats valued…more

SNAME sets technical program for annual meeting

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers will hold its 2010 annual meeting Nov. 3-5 in Bellevue, Wash. A core part of the meeting continues to be the technical program, which includes: “Maintaining Marine Diesel Emissions Using Performance Monitoring,” Herb Roeser & Dilip Kalyanker “Zero Emissions Vessels,” John Boylston and Bret Smart “Designing Effective…more

Clarks Landing to renovate Maryland marina

Maryland-based Clarks Landing is finalizing plans to renovate its Eastern Shore Marina near Annapolis. Improvements will include new floating docks, a Travelift well to haul boats to 50 feet, a fuel dock and a pumpout station. “Our relocation from the former showroom facility on Route 50 to our waterfront marina has proven to be a…more

C.J. Broom shuts down boatbuilding division

The boatbuilding division of British company C.J. Broom & Sons is closing and as many as 70 jobs will be lost. But Broom Boats Ltd., the boat service company that operates Broom’s marina, will continue to operate with its 50 staff members, according to media reports. The action is part of a reorganization after the…more

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Bradford Marine bets big on the Bahamas

The boatyard’s 47-acre facility in Freeport on Grand Bahama Island is a long-term investment The yard is humming despite all the bad economic news. A fast ferry is in dry dock. Nearby, a steel tug lies on the hard for hull repairs. In the water, a luxury sailboat is prepped for painting. Meanwhile, workers in…more

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For owner, it’s about diversification

Paul Engle knows boatyards from both sides of the transom. The 52-year-old president of Bradford Marine, one of Fort Lauderdale’s premier boat and yacht yards, captained Malcolm Forbes’ 151-foot yacht Highlander for four years. He cruised the Pacific. He visited St. Petersburg, Russia. On one memorable occasion, he picked up actress Elizabeth Taylor in Singapore…more

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