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.

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New yacht facility opens in San Diego

The Wharf at Point Loma in San Diego is the region’s newest yachting facility, featuring waterfront dining, shopping, a large outdoor event park, and 50 of San Diego’s largest slips, for yachts to 175 feet. The marina is located in the America’s Cup Harbor with direct access to the Pacific. The facility, developed by a partnership…more

IMBC panel: the marketplace for marinas

The 2008 marina market is a good news/bad news story. “Marina operating income held up in 2008,” said Jed Harris, a principal in Marina Sales LLC, of Portland, Maine. “Most people were off just 5 to 10 percent, if they didn’t have a boat sales component.” Harris was part of a panel discussion Monday at…more

AMI certifies 20 marina managers

The Association of Marina Industries made 20 Certified Marina Manager designations Monday at the International Marina and Boatyard Conference in Fort Lauderdale. Of the 20 new CMMs, 11 are from the United States, while three are from Australia, five are from the United Kingdom, and one is from Spain. “We’re delighted the CMM program continues…more

IMBC reports boost in registration

Organizers of the International Marina & Boatyard Conference expect higher attendance at next week’s event despite the economy. Early registration for IMBC, scheduled for Jan. 25-28 in Fort Lauderdale, has increased 10 percent compared to last year. The Association of Marina Industries and the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association, co-producers of the event, expect…more

Brewer spending millions on R.I. facilities

Freezing temperatures and a slow economy haven’t stopped Brewer Yacht Yards and Marinas from investing millions in its Rhode Island properties to enhance the boating experience for its clients. The company is investing some $2.3 million in various projects at its Warwick, R.I., marinas, according to a recent story in the Warwick Beacon. This includes…more

East Coast transient traffic dipped last summer

High fuel prices in 2007-2008 led to a decline in transient-boater traffic along the East Coast, according to a survey conducted by Applied Technology & Management. While high fuel costs were felt by boaters everywhere, the impact seems to have been strongest in the South, where 76 percent of marinas reported a decline in transients.…more

IMI discounts training courses

The International Marina Institute is offering a $250 discount on each of its 2009 training courses for those who register by Dec. 31. IMI’s Intermediate Marina Management Course, to be held Feb. 22-26, focuses on marina operations, policies and procedures. Attendees will learn about policies and practices that have been successful around the country and…more

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$6M yacht repair facility coming to the Gulf ICW

Saunders Yachtworks says its focus on service enables it to grow despite the weak economy In an economic shakeup, it’s easy to think doom and gloom, but not at Saunders Yachtworks, a regional yacht service business in Orange Beach, Ala. The company is investing approximately $6 million in a new development — NorthHarbor Yacht Center,…more

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Measure takes the pressure off at E&H

How do you spell relief? A-m-e-n-d-m-e-n-t-6. At least that’s what Christopher Hodge is thinking after Floridians voted Nov. 4 to adopt the tax relief measure for working waterfronts. Some property tax relief would be welcome, especially in today’s tough economic climate, says Hodge, president of E&H Boat Works and The Ways, both in Palm Beach…more

SNAME revises ‘Principles of Naval Architecture’

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers released the newest edition of “Principles of Naval Architecture: Strength of Ships and Ocean Structures.” The volume, a revision of the previous chapter four of PNA, addresses several topics of ship strength in greater depth, bringing much of the material up to date and introducing some new…more

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