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.

SNAME sets technical program for annual meeting

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers will hold its 2010 annual meeting Nov. 3-5 in Bellevue, Wash. A core part of the meeting continues to be the technical program, which includes: “Maintaining Marine Diesel Emissions Using Performance Monitoring,” Herb Roeser & Dilip Kalyanker “Zero Emissions Vessels,” John Boylston and Bret Smart “Designing Effective…more

Clarks Landing to renovate Maryland marina

Maryland-based Clarks Landing is finalizing plans to renovate its Eastern Shore Marina near Annapolis. Improvements will include new floating docks, a Travelift well to haul boats to 50 feet, a fuel dock and a pumpout station. “Our relocation from the former showroom facility on Route 50 to our waterfront marina has proven to be a…more

C.J. Broom shuts down boatbuilding division

The boatbuilding division of British company C.J. Broom & Sons is closing and as many as 70 jobs will be lost. But Broom Boats Ltd., the boat service company that operates Broom’s marina, will continue to operate with its 50 staff members, according to media reports. The action is part of a reorganization after the…more

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Bradford Marine bets big on the Bahamas

The boatyard’s 47-acre facility in Freeport on Grand Bahama Island is a long-term investment The yard is humming despite all the bad economic news. A fast ferry is in dry dock. Nearby, a steel tug lies on the hard for hull repairs. In the water, a luxury sailboat is prepped for painting. Meanwhile, workers in…more

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For owner, it’s about diversification

Paul Engle knows boatyards from both sides of the transom. The 52-year-old president of Bradford Marine, one of Fort Lauderdale’s premier boat and yacht yards, captained Malcolm Forbes’ 151-foot yacht Highlander for four years. He cruised the Pacific. He visited St. Petersburg, Russia. On one memorable occasion, he picked up actress Elizabeth Taylor in Singapore…more

Maine Yacht Center gains Clean Marina designation

The Maine Clean Boatyards & Marinas Program added the Maine Yacht Center in Portland to its list of designated Clean Marinas. “It is such a joy to see this flag flying here at MYC,” program manager Susan Swanton said in a statement. “Although this facility is still fairly new, there was still work to be…more

Bellingham Marine completes Newport landing dock

Located in Perotti Park in the heart of historic Newport, R.I., the city’s new Harbor Shuttle Landing Facility has doubled the city’s downtown water transit facilities, according to Bellingham Marine, which worked on the project. The new L-shaped landing dock is part of Newport’s efforts to enhance its capacity to handle ferry, cruise-ship and water-shuttle…more

Sea Hawk Paints debuts website

New Nautical Coatings, manufacturer of Sea Hawk Paints, launched its new website. The new site features high-end website design, search engine-friendly site structure and custom web modules and controls. “Sea Hawk Paints has a reputation for quality and innovation within the bottom paints industry and we rely on our partners to maintain that reputation,” director…more

Funding problems cause cutbacks at Center for Wooden Boats

The Center for Wooden Boats, which operates on Lake Union in Washington state, is cutting back its hours and canceling two regattas this year because of funding problems. “Like all nonprofits, our income is down,” Heron Scott, deputy director of the center, told The Seattle Times. “We had a pretty conservative projection, but not conservative…more

Connecticut marina installs solar energy system

Brewer Pilots Point Marina in Westbrook, Conn., has completed an 8,500-square-foot solar photovoltaic system funded, in part, by a grant from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. The electricity that the new system generates will supply power to three work sheds at the marina and a portion of its 900 customer slips. “We are thrilled with…more

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