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.

Layoffs at Island Global Yachting

Fort Lauderdale-based Island Global Yachting laid off about 40 of its approximately 800 employees, director of public relations Chuck Smith told Soundings Trade Only. “We know we’re not going to be buying a lot more properties over the coming year, so we’re doing some restructuring,” Smith said, citing the credit market as a reason why…more

Delaware City Marina gets Clean Marina tag

Delaware City Marina was certified as the first Clean Marina on the Delaware River in New Castle County, state officials announced. Located on Delaware City Branch Canal, adjacent to the Delaware River and the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, Delaware City Marina is the 12th marina in the state to receive the designation. The Delaware Clean…more

Island Global Yachting adds new division

Island Global Yachting created a new division to expand its marina management role beyond its current brand structure and to offer its services to other marina owners. The new marina management division offers a variety of services for marina owners, including operations, marketing, accounting, insurance, design and engineering. “With our new marina management division, we…more

Drystack organizers report large exhibitor participation

With double the exhibitor participation, this year’s Drystack Conference was deemed a “huge success” by organizers. The eighth annual conference, presented by the International Marina Institute, was held Oct. 26-28 in West Palm Beach, Fla., and more than 125 marina industry professionals from around the world came to learn about the newest technologies in drystack…more

Bellingham completes yacht club makeover

The Silver Gate Yacht Club in San Diego recently completed a $3 million renovation project, headed by marina builder Bellingham Marine and Anchor Environmental, a leader in shoreline restoration. The project, completed in a little less than a year, included maintenance dredging and a complete rebuild of the club’s marina. The marina features barrier-free floating…more

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Slower IBEX has its cheerleaders, critics

Attendance was down 14 percent, but some say the principal decision-makers were there Exhibitors’ reactions to this year’s International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference ranged from complete satisfaction to pleasant surprise to displeasure at the number of attendees and the state of the show. Organizers say preliminary attendance figures show a drop of about 14 percent…more

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A firsthand look at Ike’s wrath in Texas

Hurricane caused $175 million in boat losses across the Lone Star State while destroying or damaging nearly 15,000 craft With notebook in one hand and camera in the other, I stood on a mound of dirt at the Watergate Yachting Center in Kemah, Texas, wondering, “Where do I start?” In front of me were the…more

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Brewer seeks more ‘clean marina’ tags

Big Northeastern chain intends to get all 21 of its yards up to speed environmentally As boatyards and marinas nationwide adopt procedures and practices that minimize impact on the environment in the name of “good business,” Brewer Yacht Yards and Marinas are planning a chain reaction. The first of 21 sites, Brewer Pilots Point Marina…more

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Boat businesses or condominiums? Vote will shape Florida waterfront

Industry views Nov. 4 tax relief referendum as crucial to determining whether lucrative development will stamp out traditional marine uses Floridians will vote Nov. 4 on a constitutional amendment supporters hope will help preserve working waterfront — public marinas, boatyards, dry stacks, launch ramps, boatbuilding, commercial fishing and other marine-related facilities — by giving these…more

Yasuda Shipyard wins American contract

AERÉ named Yasuda Shipyard Co. Ltd. as its Japanese distributor. Headquartered in Tokyo, Yasuda Shipyard is a full-service boatbuilder with 100 years of experience. In addition to its brokerage operation, Yasuda provides maintenance services, as well as trades and transports yachts to and from Japan. Based in Coral Springs, Fla., AERÉ manufactures inflatable fenders that…more

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