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.

Brewer yard given Maine Clean Marina designation

Brewer South Freeport Marine was recently named Maine’s newest Clean Boatyard/Marina. “Formalizing our commitment to protecting coastal waters and the marine environment is something we’re focused on as a company,” general manager John Brewer said when accepting the award. “We operate 21 marinas and boatyards in the Northeast, from New York to Maine, so we…more

Fight continues over marina expansion

The battle over expanding Champlin’s Marina on Rhode Island’s Block Island is about to resume. The Coastal Resources Management Council, the state agency that first began considering Champlin’s expansion plans more than seven years ago, has scheduled a new hearing for Tuesday, with a second hearing scheduled for May 27, the Providence Journal reports. The…more

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‘One-stop shopping’ for trawler seekers

The owner of Florida’s New River Marina has conceived a new brokerage niche Alex Nichols has a nose for niches, and he seems to have found a promising one with The Trawler Center – his one-stop, open-air showroom for trawler buyers. “Everybody’s trying to sell boats,” says Nichols, whose Marina 84 LLC owns New River…more

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Mercury fuel-efficiency system honored

West Marine awards green-product prize to ECO-Screen, which helps skippers use less fuel Outboard technology has improved dramatically in the last 15 years or so. Today’s direct-fuel-injected 2- and 4-strokes run cleaner, quieter and burn less fuel, reducing their impact on the environment. But there’s room for improvement, and West Marine has recognized two products…more

Colonna Yachts adds Marine Travelift facility

Colonna Yachts, a division of Colonna’s Shipyard Inc. of Norfolk, Va., announced an expansion with the opening of the new West Yard Marine Travelift facility. Situated on approximately 10 acres, this new facility will accommodate the simultaneous repair of up to 15 megayachts and deep-draft sailing yachts. The Marine Travelift acquisition was partially enabled by…more

Two marinas suffer weekend damage

A marina in Missouri suffered minor damage from one of the multiple tornados that hit the Midwest over the weekend. According to the News-Leader, a tornado with a strength measured at the Enhanced Fujita Scale minimum EF-0 touched down at Table Rock State Park marina. The structural damage was limited to a few metal roof…more

Working-waterfront guidelines taking shape in Florida

A bill in the Florida legislature would set guidelines to be used by property appraisers in determining how to assess “working waterfront property,” according to an analysis of the measure. Some local marine companies in Manatee, Fla., are looking for a boost for their businesses with House Bill 7127 and its senate counterparts. It would…more

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Florida boatyard picks up another award

Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor and Yard in St. Augustine, Fla., recently received the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association’s Award of Excellence in Customer Care. Camachee Cove is a fully protected facility adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway and less than a mile from the St. Augustine Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean. “Peter Sabo and his…more

Boat hauling route is far from direct

A Florida columnist has suggested a protected boat haul route for Martin County to avoid tangles with power lines on local roads – and driving up the cost for both the yard and boat owner. Rich Campbell, who writes for TCPalm.com, a news site covering Florida’s Treasure Coast and Palm Beach, wrote in a column…more

N.J. marina to host grand opening event this weekend

Liberty Landing Marina in Jersey City, N.J., will hold the grand opening of its new Marine Center this weekend. The celebration starts Friday and includes boat rides, raffles and other activities, as well as a series of seminars. Speakers include staff members in charge of operations, engines, rigging and electronics, in addition to a representative…more

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