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 Yacht Yards schedules open house

Brewer Yacht Yards is hosting its first companywide open house on March 19. All 22 marinas will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on that Saturday to start the coming boating season. One visitor will get a free seasonal slip for 2011 at a Brewer location of the recipient’s choice. Other promotional incentives…more

Oklahoma marinas suffer $40 million in snow damage

Heavy snowfall caused an estimated $40 million in damage to marinas and boats at Oklahoma’s Grand Lake, according to reports. As much as 4 feet of snow fell in the area during the first two weeks of the month, the Tulsa World newspaper reported. Tom Benton, a marine surveyor who owns Marine Damage Consultants, estimated…more

Rhode Island marina appeals expansion ruling

Champlin’s Marina, on Rhode Island’s Block Island, asked a state court to reverse the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council’s decision to block its proposed expansion. The action further extends an eight-year fight to expand 225 feet into the Island’s Great Salt Pond, the Providence Business News newspaper reported. The appeal asserts that Robert Ballou,…more

ABBRA sets deadline for symposium proposals

The American Boat Builders and Repairers Association’s Summer Symposium has an April 16 deadline for submitting speaking proposals. The symposium is a social event for the boatbuilding, service and repair industry. It’s scheduled for July 18 and 19 at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in New Bedford, Mass. The symposium offers boatyards, boatbuilding and repair…more

MIAMI: Interlux unveils waterfront grant initiative

MIAMI – Interlux on Thursday announced Waterfront Challenge 2011, a grant program that encourages groups to create sustainable waterfront environmental improvements in their communities. The program was announced at the Miami International Boat Show. “We are excited about launching the Waterfront Challenge 2011,” marketing manager Eleanor Ekman said. “The health of our bays, streams, lakes…more

ABBRA elects new officers, board members

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association elected 2011 officers and directors at its annual members meeting, which was held at the International Marina & Boatyard Conference in Fort Lauderdale. Pamela Lendzion, of MarineTec Management, will serve her first year as president of the board. She will be joined by vice president John Fitzgerald of…more

Yacht management company opens in R.I.

David Anderson has formed a new yacht management company in Rhode Island that will specialize in the management of yachts to 60 feet. Aquidneck Yacht Management also is available to advise and prepare a yacht for long-term cruising, safety at sea or operational instruction. Anderson can represent owners and work with specialized vendors, boatyards and…more

Connecticut adds two Clean Marinas

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection recently recognized two recreational boating facilities in southeastern Connecticut as Clean Marinas. At a ceremony at the Connecticut Marine Trades Association’s Hartford Boat Show, the Clean Marina certification was presented to Don’s Dock in Stonington and Port Niantic in the Niantic section of East Lyme. The certifications bring the…more

ValvTect: Take an active approach to E15

Teach boaters how to ward off ethanol damage through the use of additives and other measures E15 is headed our way, but boating can still survive and thrive through education and maintenance, the head of one of the leading fuel additive manufacturers told a group of marine industry journalists. “I think the marine industry needs…more

Like a catalytic converter in a bottle

Scientists say their diesel additive cuts fuel costs and lowers emissions Using nanotechnology, a group of entrepreneurial scientists has introduced to the marine industry a diesel additive they say helps the fuel burn cleaner and more efficiently. GO2, Cerion Energy’s nanoparticle combustion catalyst, simultaneously increases combustion efficiency while decreasing exhaust emissions, says Kenneth Reed, the…more

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