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.

Water access symposium being planned for 2010

The Working Waterways and Waterfronts National Symposium on Water Access will be held Sept. 27-30, 2010, in Portland, Maine. The event is designed to help communities, organizations, businesses, and individuals address waterfront access challenges by showcasing successful models and tools from around the country. Building on the inaugural symposium held in Norfolk, Va., in 2007,…more

Bellingham holding photo contest for marina calendar

Bellingham Marine invites the public to participate in the company’s annual calendar photo contest. Selected photos will be featured in the company’s 2010 calendar. Winners will also receive a $100 cash award. The annual company calendar, originally created in celebration of Bellingham Marine’s 50th anniversary, is distributed worldwide to marina operators, engineers, boaters and other…more

Illinois marina gearing up for National Marina Day

North Point Marina, in Winthrop Harbor, Ill., is planning a number of activities in celebration of National Marina Day Aug. 8. “Now, more than ever, Americans need clean, safe and relaxing locations at which to spend their leisure time,” harbormaster Roger Mellem said in a statement. “National Marina Day reminds our customers and our community…more

Barbour River Yacht Club named Clean Marina

Barbour River Yacht Club was recently named a Clean Marina by the State of Georgia. Unlike other Georgia marinas with this designation, Barbour River Yacht Club is a membership marina whose members pay an annual fee to use the launching, recreational and storage facilities. Owners John and Bunny Underwood sold their boat dealership/boatyard, Lockwood Marine, two years…more

Report details state of U.S. marinas

First Research created a new report on the U.S. marina industry. Key topics covered in the report include an industry overview, quarterly industry update, business challenges, trends and opportunities, financial information, an industry forecast, a Web site and media links. According to the report’s executive summary, there are about 4,300 commercial marinas, excluding private yacht…more

Michigan names six more clean marinas

Six Michigan facilities were certified as Michigan Clean Marinas, bringing the number of certified marinas in the state to 30. The newly certified marinas are Algonac Harbour Club in Algonac; Lac La Belle State Harbor in Lac La Belle; Copper Harbor State Dock in Copper Harbor; Eagle Harbor State Dock in Eagle Harbor; Cedar River…more

IMI conference will focus on climate change

The July meeting will address policies and responses that will affect the marina industry The International Marina Institute is sponsoring a new one-day conference titled, “Our Changing Coastline: Understanding the Facts, the Fiction and the Reality.” The July 28 conference in Warwick, R.I., focuses on climate change and its effects on the marine industry, providing…more

Clarks Landing attains Clean Marina tag

Clarks Landing’s Chester Marine Center was certified as a Clean Marina by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The Maryland Clean Marina Initiative recognizes and promotes marinas, boatyards and yacht clubs that meet legal requirements and voluntarily adopt pollution prevention practices. The marinas meet the rigorous pollution prevention standards established by the Maryland Clean Marina…more

Halsey Herreshoff will keynote ABBRA event

Renowned sailor and naval architect Halsey Herreshoff will be the keynote speaker at the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association’s first Summer Symposium networking and social event. The symposium will be held Aug. 3-4 at the historic OceanCliff Hotel in Newport, R.I. “Those who own and work in the repair, service and boatbuilding industry, and…more

MRA now offers monthly e-newsletter

The Marina Recreation Association is converting most of its monthly newsletters to an electronic format to provide better access to news, events and useful information to the marina industry. Of the 12 planned newsletters per year, 11 will be distributed via e-mail and a Year in Review magazine will be printed and distributed by regular…more

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