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.

Brewer donates $25,000 to help Haiti

In the wake of the recent earthquake that devastated Haiti, Brewer Yacht Yards has made a $25,000 contribution to Hope for Haiti. In addition, during the month of January, the Brewer Yacht Yard Group matched all donations made to Hope for Haiti by Brewer Yacht Yard employees. “We are fortunate to be in a position…more

A ‘new’ boater, a ‘new’ business model

Boatyards may be particularly well-    positioned to take advantage of the new day in boating expected to dawn as the global economy comes back to life, says Michel Weisz, a Miami attorney who has represented yacht builders. Before the recession, builders were selling too many boats to too many people who couldn’t afford to buy…more

Boatyard economics in an evolving world

There’s no ‘new normal,’ says consultant – change is constant, and businesses must keep pace Jim Bronstien borrows the lyrics of singer/songwriter Bob Dylan and gives them a spin to hammer home the realities of doing business not just in tough times, but anytime: “If your businesses to you are worth savin’, Then you better…more

An experiment in fixed-price boating

The headaches of boat ownership can easily spoil the experience for some people. Dockage, storage, engine and hull maintenance, electronics issues, insurance – the list goes on. But what if the consumer could hire a single company to deal with all these concerns for a fixed annual price? Bill Morong, president of Yachting Solutions, answered…more

EPA putting off E15 decision until June

Industry also gets safety council help in its fight to keep higher ethanol fuel blends off the market The industry has chalked up two successes in its fight to protect boat engines and fuel systems from ethanol damage. The Environmental Protection Agency in December delayed its decision on whether to approve the sale of higher-ethanol…more

Bellingham plants gain ISO certification

Three Bellingham Marine plants recently achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification, the company announced. The three newly certified plants are Bellingham’s Northeast plant in York, Pa., Bellingham’s Southeast plant in Jacksonville, Fla., and Bellingham’s drystack operations in Callahan, Fla. “It’s been a tremendous team effort and the ISO representative indicated that he was impressed by the enthusiasm…more

Magazine names year’s top marinas

Dock Street Marina in Tacoma, Wash., is the winner of Marina Dock Age magazine’s Marina of the Year award in the small category, while Las Vegas Boat Harbor Inc. in Henderson, Nev., is the winner for marinas with more than 250 slips. Both marinas will receive their awards at a ceremony Jan. 27-29 during the…more

Marinalife marks 10-year anniversary

Marinalife, a leading online marine travel service serving boaters and captains as an authority on boat travel for the U.S., Canada, Bahamas, Caribbean, and Central America, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Marinalife was founded in February 2000 by avid boater Joy McPeters as a result of her own search for online marina-related information. “Staying true…more

Westrec Marinas debut new Florida location

The Fernandina Beach (Fla.) City Commission unanimously approved Westrec Marinas to manage and operate the Fernandina Harbor Marina. “After a number of years renovating and adding new features to the marina, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on [Nov. 6, 2009], we officially opened the Marina Welcome Center,” Fernandina Beach mayor Susan Steger said in a statement.…more

ABBRA to hold marine-service seminar

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association will hold its Marine Service Management program March 28-31 at Roscioli Yachting Center in Fort Lauderdale. The program presents participants with pointers in such non-technical topics as human-resource development, financial controls, customer relations, codes and standards, marketing and sales and more. The program is a prerequisite to obtain…more

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