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.

National Marina Day is Saturday

The Association of Marina Industries is sponsoring National Marina Day on Saturday, and more than 100 marinas have registered events. The purpose of the day, according to AMI, is to show that marinas play an important role in communities by providing access to the water, protecting the water quality, and “doing good” in the towns…more

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Historic Bimini club renamed for Guy Harvey

The historic Bimini Big Game Club, located in Alice Town, North Bimini, Bahamas, reopened as a Guy Harvey Outpost Resort and Marina, with 51 rooms and 75 boat slips. The outpost concept was headed by Guy Harvey, marine wildlife artist and marine conservationist as well as an avid angler. The idea was to take the…more

ABBRA roundtable scheduled in North Carolina

A free roundtable discussion hosted by Bennett Brothers Yachts and the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association will be held June 22 in Wilmington, N.C. The workshop will be facilitated by Jack Marrow, director of the North Carolina Marine Trades Association. “These roundtables provide excellent networking opportunities and are extremely valuable for sharing solutions to…more

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A year later, a little brighter

When Gougeon Brothers Inc. president Alan Gurski visited one of his customers in Maine last year, the shop was dead-quiet. The routing machines were off, and only the owner, his dog and one other worker were there. A year later, the whirring sounds of the CNC routers slicing through a hardtop mold greeted Gurski when…more

Marina chain offers storage to avoid Gulf oil spill

Florida’s Loggerhead Club and Marina is offering boaters a chance to get their vessels out of the water and into dry storage safely without signing a lease as concerns grow over the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “This oil slick poses a significant threat to any boats left at a wet dock,” the…more

Waterfront symposium set for Portland, Maine

Registration is now open for the Working Waterways and Waterfronts National Symposium on Water Access, set for Sept. 27-30 in Portland, Maine. Building on the inaugural 2007 symposium in Norfolk, Va., participants at the September conference will learn about the economic, social, cultural and environmental values of waterfronts and the important role of water-dependent uses…more

Resort chain gains Clean Marina designation

Forever Resorts announced that four of its marinas recently earned certification from the Clean Marinas California Program. Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina; and Willow Beach Harbor, both at Lake Mohave; as well as Temple Bar Marina; and Callville Bay Marina, both at Lake Mead, are the newest recipients of Clean Marinas California certification. Forever Resorts…more

Megayacht marina passes another hurdle

The future of a proposed $20 million marina in Victoria Harbour on Canada’s Vancouver Island now rests with local officials after the federal government gave its final blessing to the controversial project. The project received a navigable waters permit fromTransport Canada. Two other federal agencies – Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Environment Canada – have…more

ABBRA members invited to roundtable discussions

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association; Bennett Brothers Yachts, of  Wilmington, N.C.; and Bristol Marine, of Bristol, R.I. are collectively hosting free regional roundtable discussions on June 22 and June 29. The regional roundtables are open to ABBRA members and non-members. Roundtables offer a chance for similar marinas, boatyards and boatbuilding and repair businesses…more

Tornado levels Oklahoma marina

More than 200 boats were damaged Monday in a tornado that leveled a marina in Norman, Okla. Bob Davis has owned the Little River Marina on Lake Thunderbird for 21 years. He said the marina was worth about $2 million. “It was a direct hit,” he told The Oklahoman newspaper Tuesday morning. “The whole marina…more

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