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.

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

Marinalife to offer new online software services

Marinalife, an online boating concierge and marina reservation service, announced a partnership with Marina Reservation Services, founded by marine and outdoor hospitality technology and marketing leaders Exuma Technologies and Leisure Interactive. Marinalife will offer Hercules Marine, a suite of online software services built exclusively for marinas and the marina trades by Marina Reservation Services. The…more

IMBC opens today in Fort Lauderdale

The International Marina & Boatyard Conference starts at 6 p.m. today with a networking reception at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, followed Thursday and Friday by a full schedule of seminars. This year’s keynote speaker, Vince Morvillo, who overcame blindness from birth to become a successful venture capital investor, business consultant, owner of…more

New Nautical Coatings wins small-business award

The Small Business Commerce Association gave the 2010 Best of Business Award in the marine paints category to New Nautical Coatings Inc., parent company of Sea Hawk Paints, based in Clearwater, Fla. The association’s awards program recognizes the top 5 percent of small businesses in the country. Using statistical research and consumer feedback, the association…more

ABBRA releases wage rate survey

Results from the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association 2010 Wage Rate Survey are now available. The results, generated via input from ABBRA members and other members of the marina and boatyard industry, allow employers to gauge whether they are fair and competitive in the employment market. Employees and independent contractors also can research whether…more

Marinalife contest prize is $5,000 getaway

Marinalife is holding a sweepstakes in which the winner receives a “weekend experience” at the Nantucket Boat Basin in Massachusetts, which last year was voted the best transient marina in the company’s Best Marina Contest. The sweepstakes entry is free and the winner, plus three of their family or friends, will receive a prize valued…more

Famed Maine sardine plant to become a boatyard

A group of Maine maritime professionals intend to convert the former Stinson Seafood property in Belfast, Maine, into a major regional shipyard. With the sale expected to close today, the new owners plan to turn it into Front Street Shipyard, which will be used to repair and restore commercial and private boats and eventually could…more

Rhode Island rejects Block Island marina expansion

The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council Tuesday voted unanimously to turn down a proposal by Champlin’s Marina to expand its docks and piers over an additional four acres of Block Island’s Great Salt Pond. This could bring to an end a seven-year legal battle to expand the marina. The decision was greeted with applause,…more

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