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.


Gulf under siege as spill spreads

Businesses along the Gulf Coast are dealing with the effects of the spill, some filing suit against BP While Memorial Day crowds flocked to the Florida Keys, the Cypress Cove Marina and Resort 550 miles away in Venice, La., was a virtual ghost town, hemmed in by oil sheens from the gushing Deepwater Horizon well.…more

Miami marina adds more space for large boats

Miami’s 5th Street Marina has expanded by renovating an adjacent shipping yard and now includes six deepwater berths for megayachts or commercial vessels 100 feet or larger. The marina is located on the lower Miami River and includes a boatyard, electronics store and engine shop. The expanded facility doubles the amount of river frontage and…more

Marina offers safe harbor for boats near oil spill

Twin Dolphin Marina, on the Manatee River in Bradenton, Fla., is offering safe harbor to boat owners in the Gulf states and Florida Panhandle who are concerned that the oil spill could harm their vessels. The marina said it will waive its long-term lease commitments and offer annual lease rates on a month-to-month basis for…more

Insurer sues marina over storm damage claim

The owner of Blackjack Cove Marina in Tennessee is being sued by his insurance company, which said he took advantage of a 2009 storm to hook the insurer into millions of dollars worth of renovation costs. However, owner Barton Bagsby said he had invested millions more than the insurer paid out in order to improve…more

Dutch shipyard to expand underground

Feadship’s Royal Van Lent shipyard announced plans to expand its facilities on Kaag Island in the Netherlands. Confined by limited expandable area around the yard, the Royal van Lent facility will extend underground in order to build even larger yachts in coming years. Construction is set to start in August 2012. Based in the Netherlands,…more

National Marina Day is Saturday

The Association of Marina Industries is sponsoring National Marina Day on Saturday, and more than 100 marinas have registered events. The purpose of the day, according to AMI, is to show that marinas play an important role in communities by providing access to the water, protecting the water quality, and “doing good” in the towns…more


Historic Bimini club renamed for Guy Harvey

The historic Bimini Big Game Club, located in Alice Town, North Bimini, Bahamas, reopened as a Guy Harvey Outpost Resort and Marina, with 51 rooms and 75 boat slips. The outpost concept was headed by Guy Harvey, marine wildlife artist and marine conservationist as well as an avid angler. The idea was to take the…more

ABBRA roundtable scheduled in North Carolina

A free roundtable discussion hosted by Bennett Brothers Yachts and the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association will be held June 22 in Wilmington, N.C. The workshop will be facilitated by Jack Marrow, director of the North Carolina Marine Trades Association. “These roundtables provide excellent networking opportunities and are extremely valuable for sharing solutions to…more


A year later, a little brighter

When Gougeon Brothers Inc. president Alan Gurski visited one of his customers in Maine last year, the shop was dead-quiet. The routing machines were off, and only the owner, his dog and one other worker were there. A year later, the whirring sounds of the CNC routers slicing through a hardtop mold greeted Gurski when…more

Marina chain offers storage to avoid Gulf oil spill

Florida’s Loggerhead Club and Marina is offering boaters a chance to get their vessels out of the water and into dry storage safely without signing a lease as concerns grow over the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “This oil slick poses a significant threat to any boats left at a wet dock,” the…more

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