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.

Florida marina joins Yachting Club of America

Twin Dolphin Marina in Bradenton, Fla., was recently accepted into the Yachting Club of America, the marina announced. Yachting Club of America was formed in 1963 as the first National Association of Yacht Clubs. YCA represents more than 300,000 members and is recognized by Embassies throughout the world. Twin Dolphin Marina customers can now enjoy…more

Maine marina garners Clean Marina designation

The Saxton family of Dolphin Marina and Restaurant in South Harpswell, Maine, recently celebrated the completion of construction in the first phase of major renovations to the facility and their designation as a Maine Clean Marina. “This environmental initiative, protecting our coastal waterways, educating our visitors and making a significant investment in becoming a Clean…more

Star brite to fund Florida snook recovery

Star brite announced it has joined forces with Mote Marine Labs and Addictive Fishing to help restore Florida’s snook fisheries. It is estimated that more than one million snook died in Florida waters in the deep freeze of early 2010. As a result, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission cancelled the 2010 snook season in…more

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One marina destroyed, another escapes untouched

Tornado that leveled Little River Marina on Oklahoma’s Lake Thunderbird tossed boats a mile or more The owner of an Oklahoma marina that was demolished this spring by a tornado vows to rebuild his business no matter how long it takes. “We’ll rebuild,” says Bob Davis, who has owned Little River Marina on Lake Thunderbird…more

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Gulf under siege as spill spreads

Businesses along the Gulf Coast are dealing with the effects of the spill, some filing suit against BP While Memorial Day crowds flocked to the Florida Keys, the Cypress Cove Marina and Resort 550 miles away in Venice, La., was a virtual ghost town, hemmed in by oil sheens from the gushing Deepwater Horizon well.…more

Miami marina adds more space for large boats

Miami’s 5th Street Marina has expanded by renovating an adjacent shipping yard and now includes six deepwater berths for megayachts or commercial vessels 100 feet or larger. The marina is located on the lower Miami River and includes a boatyard, electronics store and engine shop. The expanded facility doubles the amount of river frontage and…more

Marina offers safe harbor for boats near oil spill

Twin Dolphin Marina, on the Manatee River in Bradenton, Fla., is offering safe harbor to boat owners in the Gulf states and Florida Panhandle who are concerned that the oil spill could harm their vessels. The marina said it will waive its long-term lease commitments and offer annual lease rates on a month-to-month basis for…more

Insurer sues marina over storm damage claim

The owner of Blackjack Cove Marina in Tennessee is being sued by his insurance company, which said he took advantage of a 2009 storm to hook the insurer into millions of dollars worth of renovation costs. However, owner Barton Bagsby said he had invested millions more than the insurer paid out in order to improve…more

Dutch shipyard to expand underground

Feadship’s Royal Van Lent shipyard announced plans to expand its facilities on Kaag Island in the Netherlands. Confined by limited expandable area around the yard, the Royal van Lent facility will extend underground in order to build even larger yachts in coming years. Construction is set to start in August 2012. Based in the Netherlands,…more

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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