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.

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

BoatU.S. teams up with Marinalife

BoatU.S. has formed a partnership with Marinalife to improve the boating experience for members of both organizations. Marinalife members can take advantage of half-price BoatU.S. membership and discounted on-water assistance services provided by TowBoatU.S. and Vessel Assist fleets. BoatU.S. members can use discounted concierge services offered by Marinalife. “This partnership stemmed from a shared mission…more

Large marina chain chooses DockMaster software

Flagship Marinas LLC is implementing DockMaster software to consolidate accounting and business management operations onto a single system. The Atlanta-based holding company owns seven marinas in Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi and Texas. DockMaster provides business management systems for boatyards, marinas, dealers and various marine service companies. “We ultimately chose DockMaster because of their financial stability,…more

Interlux gets approval for copper-free antifouling agent

Interlux received U.S. product registration approval from the Environmental Protection Agency for an antifouling paint formulated with a new copper-free antifouling agent called ECONEA, developed by Janssen PMP. The new paint will be part of Interlux’s Pacifica line. “Paints formulated with ECONEA not only provide exceptional protection from aquatic growth, they help improve vessel appearance,…more

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