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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A parade of hurricanes, but marine losses few

Mid-season assessment shows businesses had some scares, but most came through OK A phalanx of late-summer hurricanes fired fast and furious across the Atlantic, slamming Haiti, Cuba and the Turks and Caicos, and putting much of the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts in harm’s way. When the storms abated, however, boats, marinas and boatyards in…more

Brewer donates to ABBRA relief fund

Brewer Yacht Yards has donated $1,000 to the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association’s Disaster Relief Fund. The fund gives awards to employees of ABBRA-member facilities who have suffered loss because of natural disasters. The fund was created in 2004 in response to a fire at Crosby Yacht Yard in Osterville, Mass. Money also has…more

IMI adds Charleston to training locations

The International Marina Institute has added Charleston, S.C., to its list of course locations. Beginning Feb. 22, 2009, IMI will begin its spring training calendar at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, which also will host IMI’s Advanced Marina Management and Intermediate Marina Management courses. In addition, IMI’s new course offering, the Marina Operators Course,…more

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EXCLUSIVE: Firsthand report from Texas on Hurricane Ike

Chris Landry, senior reporter for Trade Only and Soundings magazines, is in Galveston, Texas, with a BoatU.S. Marine Insurance Catastrophe Field Team reporting on the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. Look for his dispatches over the next several days. A full report will appear in the November issue of Trade Only. The stench of the sun-baked…more

New marina opens in North Carolina

The new Marshes Light Marina is open in Manteo, N.C., giving boaters access to Manteo’s historic waterfront from nearby Shallowbag Bay, Roanoke Sound and beyond. The marina — part of Marshes Light, a new waterfront community of townhouse flats, villas and single-family home sites — has 45 full-service slips completed, with another 113 approved by…more

IMI program set for November

The International Marina Institute will offer its Intermediate Marina Manager program Nov. 16-20 in West Palm Beach, Fla. The IMM course is a stepping-stone to IMI’s Advanced Marina Management school, scheduled for the week of Dec. 8. Candidates must successfully complete the IMM course in order to enroll in the AMM school, which in turn…more

IMBC details Fort Lauderdale trip agenda

Organizers of the International Marina & Boatyard Conference have announced the field trip agenda for the Jan. 25-28 event in Fort Lauderdale. The field trip will feature three marinas in southeast Florida — the Port Condominium, Harbour Towne Marina and Pelican Harbor Marina — and conclude with an evening social and networking event sponsored by…more

IMI offering new training programs

The International Marina Institute has released its 18-month training program and events catalog. This year, IMI is featuring such new programs as a Marina Operator’s Course and a one-day Climate Changes and Storm Preparedness conference. The topic for its annual two-day conference is Applied Technologies in the Marina Industry, scheduled for late 2009. The catalog…more

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The Sails’ development moves forward

Outcome of two of three recent South Florida cases benefitted boaters’ access Waterfront advocates in land use-conflicted South Florida scored two victories this summer, but lost some ground in a third case. In Fort Lauderdale, city commissioners approved a scaled-back version of a highly touted megayacht marina and hotel complex. And in Miami, a federal…more

Maryland recognizes 10 more ‘clean’ marinas

Annual ceremony brings state’s total to 130 in program trade group helped launch in 1997 Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley recognized 10 newly certified Clean Marinas with Governor’s Citations during the state’s annual clean marina ceremony. “The voluntary efforts of clean marina owners and managers to reduce pollution and help protect our rivers and the Chesapeake…more

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