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.

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

Guy Harvey boat line debuting next week

Guy Harvey Inc. and the European marine manufacturer Peer Gynt are launching a new line of 26-foot customized center consoles showcasing graphic designs by Harvey, a marine wildlife artist and conservationist. Peer Gynt’s new PG-26 Guy Harvey Series will showcase Harvey’s colorful artwork featuring sailfish and dorado. The high-end custom powerboats will incorporate other luxury…more

Electronic navigation, paper guide groups team up

Rose Point Navigation Systems announced a partnership with Atlantic Cruising Club to offer Atlantic Cruising Club’s Guides to Marinas within Rose Point’s Coastal Explorer navigation software. This is the first time an independent marina guide publisher and electronic navigation software producer have collaborated to make vital planning information easily available in an electronic format that…more

New Key West charter to debut

Capt. Ted Lund, former editor of Salt Water Sportsman, is launching a new charter fishing destination for Over Under Sportfishing in Key West, Fla. The location will feature four boats, including a 46-foot Whiticar named Pretty Work, a tournament-rigged vessel that offers anglers a chance to tackle big game fish such as wahoo, tuna, and…more

Former MLB pitcher to keynote conference

The Marina Recreation Association announced former major league baseball pitcher Dave Stewart will be keynote speaker at the 38th annual MRA Educational Conference and Trade Show to be held at Harrah’s in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Once known for his searing fastballs that earned him the nickname “Smoke,” Stewart now works as a motivational speaker.…more

Shipyard receives $1 million wind turbine grant

Vancouver, Wash.-based yacht builder Christensen Shipyards received a $1 million grant allowing its sister company to switch a portion of the boat manufacturing plant to small wind turbine production. The newly created sister business, Renewable Energy Composite Solutions LLC, is using the money to get into the wind turbine and hydrokinetic energy component manufacturing. According…more

Bellingham completes Lauderdale Marina renovation

One of Florida’s oldest marinas was upgraded with the addition of a new section of Unifloat concrete floating dock, Bellingham Marine reports. The Lauderdale Marina, originally opened in 1948 and located near the famous 17th Street Causeway in Fort Lauderdale, selected Bellingham Marine to provide the fueling facility for the first phase of work in…more

Massachusetts town expands marine center

The town of Scituate, Mass., is dedicating its new maritime center Oct. 15, following five years of work to create a larger marina, boat storage facility and a park/trail area for water access. Scituate purchased about 3.2 acres – including the last remaining boatyard and open space in its harbor – years ago, Howie Kreutzberg,…more

SNAME selects marketing group

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers chose Home Port Marine Marketing to provide publicity and promotion services for the society’s membership programs, publications and events. SNAME is an international non-profit technical society whose members are dedicated to advancing the art, science and practice of naval architecture, shipbuilding, ocean engineering and marine engineering. Home…more

Brewer Yacht Yards marks 45 years of service

Brewer Yacht Yards, with locations from New York to Maine, is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. In 1964, John Brewer Sr. bought the boatyard next to the family hardware store and invited his son, Jack, to run it. Brewer Post Road Boat Yard, in Mamaroneck, N.Y., was the first yard. “When my father called…more

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