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 Web site debuts

The Association of Marina Industries launched the National Marina Day Web site. Users of the site will see some of the original features, such as the National Marina Day resource kit, but there is also new content, and the overall design has been updated with improved navigation and useful information. One of the most important…more

Former Interlux VP dies at 85

Louis H. Munkelwitz, a former vice president and general manager of Interlux North America, died March 7 in Crossville, Tenn. He was 85. Born Sept. 4, 1924 in Sayville, N.Y., Munkelwitz was a descendant of Daniel Tompkins, the sixth vice president of the United States under President James Monroe. He graduated from Purdue University in…more

Groups join for National Marina Day event

To start boating and fishing season, several industry organizations will host what they’re calling “Boat. Fish. Live. At National Marina Day” June 12. The Association of Marina Industries; the Marine Retailers Association of America; the National Marine Manufacturers Association; the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation and several others are involved in the program. To mark…more

Florida marina announces open-house schedule

Two of Florida’s most respected professional fishing guides and the National Weather Service’s senior meteorologist will offer their advice on making the most of a fishing expedition March 27 during Cannons Marina’s annual spring open house and fishing clinic at the marina on Longboat Key, Fla. The open house is free and open to the…more

Pettit Marine Paint unveils rebate program

Pettit Marine Paint is offering a new rebate program for consumers. Between now and May 31, Pettit is offering rebates up to $20 per gallon on select Pettit antifouling paint. This initiative follows the company’s 2009 stimulus rebate program, which saved U.S. boat owners more than $300,000. “We understand what people are going through, which…more

Marinalife holding ‘best marina’ contest

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Marinalife is holding a contest on the best marinas. Members are invited to vote on the best transient marina and the marina with the best customer service through April 30. There are more than 8,600 marinas in the Marinalife database that cover the cruising areas of the U.S., Canada,…more

ABBRA Summer Symposium set for August

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association 2010 Summer Symposium is scheduled for Aug. 2-3 at the Hilton Mystic at the Aquarium in Mystic, Conn. “Based on what we learned at our highly successful inaugural event last year, the ABBRA Summer Symposium promises to be a great chance for the marine service industry (boatyards, repairers,…more

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Sea Tow Cuba’s long, long wait may yet pay off

For a time in the 1990s, the U.S. marine industry believed Cuba would soon be opened to American boaters. In 1994, the University of Florida hosted dozens of experts and business leaders for a conference that produced a report with a long title: “The Potential Impact on Florida-Based Marina and Boating Industries of a Post-Embargo…more

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Cuban marinas prepare for U.S. cruisers

Hope that the travel ban will soon be lifted fuels infrastructure expansion in Havana and other areas Anticipating the end of the travel ban, Cuban state enterprises responsible for marine infrastructure have begun an unprecedented push to ready the island nation for U.S. boaters. With growing support across America and in Washington, the U.S. House…more

Lease expires before Washington marina is finished

Construction on a new marina in Seabeck, Wash., was halted just a week after it began when the state’s Department of Natural Resources informed developers that the lease to build on the state-owned land had expired. The state says it would like to work with the developers, but the problem isn’t easy to fix because…more

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