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.

Megayacht marina passes another hurdle

The future of a proposed $20 million marina in Victoria Harbour on Canada’s Vancouver Island now rests with local officials after the federal government gave its final blessing to the controversial project. The project received a navigable waters permit fromTransport Canada. Two other federal agencies – Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Environment Canada – have…more

ABBRA members invited to roundtable discussions

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association; Bennett Brothers Yachts, of  Wilmington, N.C.; and Bristol Marine, of Bristol, R.I. are collectively hosting free regional roundtable discussions on June 22 and June 29. The regional roundtables are open to ABBRA members and non-members. Roundtables offer a chance for similar marinas, boatyards and boatbuilding and repair businesses…more

Tornado levels Oklahoma marina

More than 200 boats were damaged Monday in a tornado that leveled a marina in Norman, Okla. Bob Davis has owned the Little River Marina on Lake Thunderbird for 21 years. He said the marina was worth about $2 million. “It was a direct hit,” he told The Oklahoman newspaper Tuesday morning. “The whole marina…more

Brewer yard given Maine Clean Marina designation

Brewer South Freeport Marine was recently named Maine’s newest Clean Boatyard/Marina. “Formalizing our commitment to protecting coastal waters and the marine environment is something we’re focused on as a company,” general manager John Brewer said when accepting the award. “We operate 21 marinas and boatyards in the Northeast, from New York to Maine, so we…more

Fight continues over marina expansion

The battle over expanding Champlin’s Marina on Rhode Island’s Block Island is about to resume. The Coastal Resources Management Council, the state agency that first began considering Champlin’s expansion plans more than seven years ago, has scheduled a new hearing for Tuesday, with a second hearing scheduled for May 27, the Providence Journal reports. The…more

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‘One-stop shopping’ for trawler seekers

The owner of Florida’s New River Marina has conceived a new brokerage niche Alex Nichols has a nose for niches, and he seems to have found a promising one with The Trawler Center – his one-stop, open-air showroom for trawler buyers. “Everybody’s trying to sell boats,” says Nichols, whose Marina 84 LLC owns New River…more

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Mercury fuel-efficiency system honored

West Marine awards green-product prize to ECO-Screen, which helps skippers use less fuel Outboard technology has improved dramatically in the last 15 years or so. Today’s direct-fuel-injected 2- and 4-strokes run cleaner, quieter and burn less fuel, reducing their impact on the environment. But there’s room for improvement, and West Marine has recognized two products…more

Colonna Yachts adds Marine Travelift facility

Colonna Yachts, a division of Colonna’s Shipyard Inc. of Norfolk, Va., announced an expansion with the opening of the new West Yard Marine Travelift facility. Situated on approximately 10 acres, this new facility will accommodate the simultaneous repair of up to 15 megayachts and deep-draft sailing yachts. The Marine Travelift acquisition was partially enabled by…more

Two marinas suffer weekend damage

A marina in Missouri suffered minor damage from one of the multiple tornados that hit the Midwest over the weekend. According to the News-Leader, a tornado with a strength measured at the Enhanced Fujita Scale minimum EF-0 touched down at Table Rock State Park marina. The structural damage was limited to a few metal roof…more

Working-waterfront guidelines taking shape in Florida

A bill in the Florida legislature would set guidelines to be used by property appraisers in determining how to assess “working waterfront property,” according to an analysis of the measure. Some local marine companies in Manatee, Fla., are looking for a boost for their businesses with House Bill 7127 and its senate counterparts. It would…more

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