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.

IMI discounts training courses

The International Marina Institute is offering a $250 discount on each of its 2009 training courses for those who register by Dec. 31. IMI’s Intermediate Marina Management Course, to be held Feb. 22-26, focuses on marina operations, policies and procedures. Attendees will learn about policies and practices that have been successful around the country and…more

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$6M yacht repair facility coming to the Gulf ICW

Saunders Yachtworks says its focus on service enables it to grow despite the weak economy In an economic shakeup, it’s easy to think doom and gloom, but not at Saunders Yachtworks, a regional yacht service business in Orange Beach, Ala. The company is investing approximately $6 million in a new development — NorthHarbor Yacht Center,…more

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Measure takes the pressure off at E&H

How do you spell relief? A-m-e-n-d-m-e-n-t-6. At least that’s what Christopher Hodge is thinking after Floridians voted Nov. 4 to adopt the tax relief measure for working waterfronts. Some property tax relief would be welcome, especially in today’s tough economic climate, says Hodge, president of E&H Boat Works and The Ways, both in Palm Beach…more

SNAME revises ‘Principles of Naval Architecture’

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers released the newest edition of “Principles of Naval Architecture: Strength of Ships and Ocean Structures.” The volume, a revision of the previous chapter four of PNA, addresses several topics of ship strength in greater depth, bringing much of the material up to date and introducing some new…more

Bellingham finishes new Florda marina

Bellingham Marine recently completed the new Naples (Fla.) Bay Resort, which boats its own full service yacht club and 97-slip, full service marina. The state-of-the-art marina offers a fuel dock, in-slip sewage pumpout services, and 50 amp, 110/220 power supply. It accommodates private boats as well as charter boat services for sightseeing and fishing. “Construction…more

Town moorings prompt $36M in lawsuits

A New York boatyard owner has filed a $19 million lawsuit against a Long Island town, some of its officials and a competitor for allegedly failing to recognize his winning bid for the town’s mooring and tender service. Seymour’s Boatyard filed its suit in August in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New…more

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Marina conference wraps itself in green

The focus will be on environmentalism and conservation when boatyard pros talk shop in Florida The 2009 International Marina and Boatyard Conference, scheduled for Jan. 25-28 in Fort Lauderdale, is going “green,” with efforts under way to provide a more environmentally friendly event. All seminar handouts will be provided on USB ports to save paper.…more

Conn. DEP delays clean-water regulations

Marinas have until next September to comply, but some say it’s still not enough time The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection is extending the deadline for marinas to comply with the federal and state Water Pollution Control Act, but some say the extension doesn’t give yard owners enough time to get a system in place.…more

Conn. marina upgrading its Web site

Virginia Beach. Va.-based Channel Blade was selected to design a new Web site for Candlewood East Marina Club using eXceleratePro, Channel Blade’s Web site solution. Candlewood East Marina Club is a 24-slip marina in Brookfield, Conn. It also serves as a dealership for Cobalt, Nautiques by Correct Craft and Malibu boats. Channel Blade provides lead…more

Bottom paints being tested in San Diego

Knight and Carver YachtCenter has partnered with the Port of San Diego to test environmentally friendly antifouling paints to see which are most effective in real-life conditions. The San Diego Unified Port District’s Alternative Hull Paint Project is examining various coatings and their effectiveness over a two-year period. Effectiveness will be evaluated based on application…more

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