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 moves to June

June 12 is the new date for National Marina Day. The decision was made after members of the National Marina Day committee thought it would be better to hold it closer to the start of the boating season and away from the worst heat of the summer. Previously, it was held the second Saturday of…more

Water-access symposium seeks submissions

Organizers of the Working Waterways and Waterfronts National Symposium on Water Access are seeking presentation submissions for the event, set for Sept. 27-30, 2010, in Portland, Maine. Submissions are due Jan. 22. The symposium will provide a forum to help communities, organizations, businesses and individuals address waterfront access challenges by showcasing successful models and tools…more

Florida marina given Clean Marina designation

The Key Largo Resorts Marina was recently awarded Clean Marina certification from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and The Clean Boating Partnership. Some of Key Largo Resorts Marina’s initiatives include the use of oil absorbers in bilges, utilization of recycling centers and the installation of multiple trash receptacles. “We have developed a ‘best practices’…more

SNAME holds annual meeting

More than 1,150 people attended The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers 2009 Annual Meeting and Expo, which was held Oct. 21-23 at the Providence (R.I.) Convention Center. “In all aspects, the 2009 SNAME annual meeting was a resounding success,” SNAME president Keith Michel said. “I would like to express my sincere appreciation to…more

Seattle Yacht Club celebrates 100 years

The Seattle Yacht Club was honored Wednesday night as one of only 49 state corporations filed in 1909 that is still in existence. The club’s commodore Larry McCarthy was presented with the Century Corporation Certificate by Washington secretary of state Sam Reed, and a slide presentation about the organization’s first 30 years followed. McCarthy presides…more

Marine tech group launches new Web site

The Association of Marine Technicians recently launched a redesigned Web site. The site now accepts online payments for new members and renewals for active members, as well as a new format for the “Tech Info Exchange” forum that allows industry experts to interact with each other and offer input on technical problems. Instant messaging will…more


Florida marina lights the way on electrical leaks

The American Boat and Yacht Council has recognized a Florida yacht club marina for its comprehensive effort to modernize its electrical system and help boat owners address the dangers of electricity in the marine environment. “As part of their inspection, not only did they identify faults on the dock, but they also identified faults with…more


Marinas: last hit and least hurt

Their strong position before the downturn may have been a factor in helping them weather the storm As most of the recreational marine industry struggles through perhaps its worst economic decline ever, one important segment has seemed practically immune – the marina business. Through much of 2008, while sales of new and used boats, accessories…more


Marina conference includes new elements

Among the IMBC’s features is a brochure distribution area for companies unable to attend The upcoming International Marina & Boatyard Conference will include a number of new features in addition to the familiar elements that keep marina owners, managers and others in the industry coming back each year. IMBC takes place Jan. 27-29 at the…more

SNAME hands out awards

Four individuals were recognized by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers for their contributions to naval architecture and marine engineering. The Vice Admiral “Jerry” Land Medal was given to Robert D. Somerville, chairman and CEO of the American Bureau of Shipping. In his position, Somerville has created many new job opportunities for naval…more

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