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.

West Basin named 110th Clean Marina in Maryland

The West Basin Marina at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station recently became the 110th Clean Marina certified by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. “We have wanted this designation for a long time,” said Francisco Pace, manager of West Basin Marina, in a statement. “This is the direction the Navy as a whole is…more

At 90, marina founder has seen it all

Robert Cox used to keep a loaded Colt .45 caliber revolver and a thick piece of fiberglass in his desk at Lauderdale Marina, which he established 60 years ago in Fort Lauderdale. When a client challenged whether this newfangled hull material could stand up to a Gulf Stream crossing, he’d take out that piece of…more

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Maintain an even keel

The message from Lauderdale Marina in Fort Lauderdale is to build up discipline, cash during slow periods “This, too, shall pass,” says John Clark, referring to the current slump in the boating industry. “It will pass.”Clark, 70, ought to know. He’s president of the 70-slip Lauderdale Marina, celebrating its 60th year in business in Fort…more

Mass. shipyards merge, expand services

Fairhaven Shipyard & Marina purchased D.N. Kelley & Son Inc., of Fairhaven, Mass., on July 31. The purchase consolidates the services of two long-established marine facilities on the Fairhaven waterfront under the same management structure and forms a new company called Fairhaven Shipyard Companies.The operations will be known as the North Yard and South Yard…more

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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

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