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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Sea Tow Cuba’s long, long wait may yet pay off

For a time in the 1990s, the U.S. marine industry believed Cuba would soon be opened to American boaters. In 1994, the University of Florida hosted dozens of experts and business leaders for a conference that produced a report with a long title: “The Potential Impact on Florida-Based Marina and Boating Industries of a Post-Embargo…more

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Cuban marinas prepare for U.S. cruisers

Hope that the travel ban will soon be lifted fuels infrastructure expansion in Havana and other areas Anticipating the end of the travel ban, Cuban state enterprises responsible for marine infrastructure have begun an unprecedented push to ready the island nation for U.S. boaters. With growing support across America and in Washington, the U.S. House…more

Lease expires before Washington marina is finished

Construction on a new marina in Seabeck, Wash., was halted just a week after it began when the state’s Department of Natural Resources informed developers that the lease to build on the state-owned land had expired. The state says it would like to work with the developers, but the problem isn’t easy to fix because…more

California marinas consolidate

A yearlong master development process was implemented at Shasta Lake Resorts LP in Lodi, Calif., to permanently consolidate their services and facilities, in accordance with the USDA Forest Service. The resort’s facilities include Jones Valley Marina, first acquired in 1989, and the Lakeview and Sugarloaf marinas. This merging will allow Jones Valley Resort on Shasta…more

Bellingham Marine adds Chinese version of Web site

After producing its Web site in Spanish, Italian and French two years ago, Bellingham Marine added a Chinese language version of its site. “We are very excited to be able to communicate with our Chinese reading customers in their native written language,” said John Spragg, general manager for Bellingham Marine Australasia, in a statement. “The…more

ABBRA hands out annual awards

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association recently held its annual awards celebration. The Dennis Snow President’s Award was presented to Dennis Nixon, associate dean for research and administration at the Graduate School of Oceanography of the University of Rhode Island. The Award of Excellence in Customer Care was presented to Camachee Yacht Yard, a…more

ABBRA picks officer, directors

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association named its 2010 officers and directors. Doug Domenie, of Brewer Dauntless Shipyard, will serve his second year as president. He will be joined by fellow returning officers Pam Lendzion, of MarineTec Management Company, as vice president; Jack Stumborg, of Atlantic Yacht Basin, as treasurer and secretary and Charlie…more

Marina of the Year award handed out

Bill Bird Marina, at Haulover Park in Miami, is the recipient of this year’s National Marina Day Marina of the Year award. The award was announced at the recent International Marina and Boatyard Conference in Tampa, Fla. National Marina Day is managed by the Association of Marina Industries. Bill Bird Marina celebrated National Marina Day…more

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

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