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.

Sides seek compromise on Miami River development

Miami city officials and members of the marine industry are trying to reach a compromise on future Miami River development policy. Some, including Miami mayor Tomas Regalado, have viewed the policy – shaped under several lawsuits – as increasingly giving riverfront residential projects preference over marine industry operations, according to Miami Today. The parties will…more

Wildfire threatens 320-slip marina

An out-of-control wildfire burned about 60 acres and destroyed three buildings at the Great Salt Lake Marina in Salt Lake City. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the blaze began at 12:40 p.m. Tuesday south of Interstate 80 and by 2:45 p.m. had moved across the interstate to the marina. Click here for the full…more

Puget Sound marina overhaul nears completion

The remodeling of the Des Moines Marina on Puget Sound in Des Moines, Wash., could be finished a few months ahead of schedule. According to the Highline Times newspaper, the original completion date was set for early 2011, but despite some setbacks last fall developers are looking to complete the $5.4 million refit by Thanksgiving.…more

South Carolina plans industrial marine park

Several local and regional groups are working to establish an industrial marine park near Bucksport Marina in the Conway, S.C., area. Grand Strand Water & Sewer Authority, Santee Cooper, Horry County and the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corp. have joined together on the project. Grand Strand Water & Sewer Authority’s contribution to the industrial…more

Marina auction draws a crowd

Hundreds of people turned out last weekend at Watermark Marina in Wilmington, N.C., as it auctioned off its assets, from big boats and small kayaks to furniture and equipment. The marina, located on the Cape Fear River, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2008. It was upgraded to Chapter 7 in November, meaning it…more

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Forum explores ‘greening’ technologies

Working together toward the common goal of “greening” the boating industry was the topic at a recent roundtable sponsored by the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association. Sixty-eight people attended the March 5 discussion held at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I., to discuss how marine businesses can take advantage of green technology. Featured speakers included…more

ABBRA symposium scheduled for August

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association’s Summer Symposium is scheduled for Aug. 2-3 at the Hilton Mystic in Mystic, Conn. “Based on what we learned at our highly successful inaugural event last year, the ABBRA Summer Symposium promises to be a great chance for the marine service industry and affiliated partners to benefit from…more

Marina owner killed in boat explosion

A New Jersey marina owner was killed last Friday afternoon when his 30-foot powerboat boat exploded, caught fire and sank. Gary Theno, 51, owner of the Hidden Mill Marine Center in Egg Harbor Township, was at his facility when the boat exploded at about 2:30 p.m., state police spokesman Sgt. Stephen Jones told The Press…more

Deadline nears for drystack conference speakers

The deadline to submit a proposal to speak at the International Marina Institute’s Drystack Conference is April 2. The conference is set for Oct. 24-26 in Fort Lauderdale. “We are asking for proposals for seminars on new developments in dry storage and regarding the latest technologies that support the industry,” IMI training coordinator Kayce Florio…more

Bellingham, Bahia Mar win design award

Fort Lauderdale-based Bahia Mar Yachting Center was awarded the 2010 PIANC Marina Excellence Design Jack Nichol Award, Bellingham Marine reports. The purpose of the Jack Nichol Award is to recognize excellence in the design of modern recreational boating facilities around the world. “A tremendous amount of effort went into designing the Bahia Mar marina to…more

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