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.

Marinalife debuts iPhone app

Marinalife recently introduced a new iPhone application giving cruisers, marine enthusiasts and others instant access to up-to-date listings for marinas and services and links to the company’s online reservation service. The app was introduced just before the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and Marinalife has seen thousands of downloads already, the company said. The Marinalife…more

Hotel discount available for IMBC

People who plan to attend the International Marina & Boatyard Conference in Fort Lauderdale can book rooms at a rate of $199 a night at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, the show’s host hotel, until later this month. The conference will be held Jan. 26-28 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. Reservations must…more

MRA says conference attendance topped expectations

The Marina Recreation Association reported a significant upswing in attendees and exhibitors at its recent 39th annual Marina Recreation Association Educational Conference and Trade Show. The conference was held Nov. 2-4 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. “This conference exceeded expectations in every way,” MRA president Jim Hayes said in a…more

How-to marina guide released

Marina industry veteran Simon Arrol released The Marina Manual, an A-to-Z guide on how to efficiently set up, administer and operate a marina. Arrol headed Camper & Nicholsons Marinas for 16 years and later became a founding director of Island Global Yachting in Dubai. The Marina Manual contains a comprehensive system that has been developed…more

Westrec completes dredging at Florida marina

Westrec Marinas recently completed its monthlong dredging project at Sunrise Harbor Marina in Florida. The marina also has upgraded electrical pedestals, giving yachts additional 208 and 480 3-phase power. These enhancements add considerable megayacht capabilities to marina amenities and accommodations, the company said in a statement. “With an 8.5-foot minimum depth at mean low tide…more

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Cutting-edge companies are honored

Thirteen manufacturers receive Innovation Awards at IBEX; CSI and Mel Barr honorees also recognized Innovative achievement, dedication to the marine industry and excellence in customer service were recognized during the Industry Breakfast at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. Thirteen companies won Innovation Awards from the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boating Writers International. The…more

Industry fears impact of E15 decision

Confusion and misfueling are likely despite marine-engine exemption, industry leaders say Marine engines are excluded from the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to allow the sale of fuel containing more than 10 percent ethanol, but the approval still may have a negative impact on boating, according to marine engine manufacturers and industry experts. The waiver applies…more

Florida marinas take shark-free pledge

Loggerhead Club & Marina registered all 13 of its Florida locations with the Shark-Free Marina Initiative, which seeks to reduce worldwide shark mortality. A shark-free marina is one that does not allow caught sharks to be brought into its facility for display or slaughter. The organization works with marinas, fishermen and like-minded non-profit groups to…more

Florida marina gains Clean Marina designation

North Light Marina in Niceville, Fla., was certified as a Clean Marina by the state Department of Environmental Protection. To earn this designation, North Light implemented environmentally sound measures designed to address critical environmental problems, including sensitive habitat, waste management, storm-water runoff, spill prevention and emergency preparedness. “We are extremely proud to be recognized by…more

Working waterfronts national coalition is formed

Federal, state and local government representatives and organizations have formed a National Working Waterways & Waterfronts Coalition following a national symposium on the issue held last month in Portland, Maine. Sea Grant programs from around the country, including Maine Sea Grant and Virginia Sea Grant, which were lead hosts of the symposium, will partner with…more

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