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.

Town moorings prompt $36M in lawsuits

A New York boatyard owner has filed a $19 million lawsuit against a Long Island town, some of its officials and a competitor for allegedly failing to recognize his winning bid for the town’s mooring and tender service. Seymour’s Boatyard filed its suit in August in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New…more

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Marina conference wraps itself in green

The focus will be on environmentalism and conservation when boatyard pros talk shop in Florida The 2009 International Marina and Boatyard Conference, scheduled for Jan. 25-28 in Fort Lauderdale, is going “green,” with efforts under way to provide a more environmentally friendly event. All seminar handouts will be provided on USB ports to save paper.…more

Conn. DEP delays clean-water regulations

Marinas have until next September to comply, but some say it’s still not enough time The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection is extending the deadline for marinas to comply with the federal and state Water Pollution Control Act, but some say the extension doesn’t give yard owners enough time to get a system in place.…more

Conn. marina upgrading its Web site

Virginia Beach. Va.-based Channel Blade was selected to design a new Web site for Candlewood East Marina Club using eXceleratePro, Channel Blade’s Web site solution. Candlewood East Marina Club is a 24-slip marina in Brookfield, Conn. It also serves as a dealership for Cobalt, Nautiques by Correct Craft and Malibu boats. Channel Blade provides lead…more

Bottom paints being tested in San Diego

Knight and Carver YachtCenter has partnered with the Port of San Diego to test environmentally friendly antifouling paints to see which are most effective in real-life conditions. The San Diego Unified Port District’s Alternative Hull Paint Project is examining various coatings and their effectiveness over a two-year period. Effectiveness will be evaluated based on application…more

Wayne Huizenga Jr. to keynote IMBC in January

Rybovich chairman Wayne Huizenga Jr. will give the keynote presentation at the Jan. 25-28 International Marina & Boatyard Conference. Huizenga, the son of the Miami Dolphins owner, will focus on where the marina industry is headed and how to take marinas into the future. Topics will include the growth of marina management companies, trends in…more

Florida marina continues $22 million renovation

Old Port Cove in North Palm Beach, Fla., recently completed the second phase of a $22 million renovation of its north and south basins. “Everyone involved in the project really put forth a tremendous effort to get the project completed by the beginning of the season,” said Rick Morgan, president and chief operating officer of Old…more

Layoffs at Island Global Yachting

Fort Lauderdale-based Island Global Yachting laid off about 40 of its approximately 800 employees, director of public relations Chuck Smith told Soundings Trade Only. “We know we’re not going to be buying a lot more properties over the coming year, so we’re doing some restructuring,” Smith said, citing the credit market as a reason why…more

Delaware City Marina gets Clean Marina tag

Delaware City Marina was certified as the first Clean Marina on the Delaware River in New Castle County, state officials announced. Located on Delaware City Branch Canal, adjacent to the Delaware River and the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, Delaware City Marina is the 12th marina in the state to receive the designation. The Delaware Clean…more

Island Global Yachting adds new division

Island Global Yachting created a new division to expand its marina management role beyond its current brand structure and to offer its services to other marina owners. The new marina management division offers a variety of services for marina owners, including operations, marketing, accounting, insurance, design and engineering. “With our new marina management division, we…more

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