The Maine-based Front Street Shipyard was chosen to receive a $10 million federal loan that will help the boatyard with expansion plans.
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.
Freedom Boat Club Cornelius was named the 2013 Rookie of the Year by its Venice, Fla.-based parent company for being the fastest-growing location in the franchise.
Barton & Gray Mariners Club is bringing yachts to Miami because of the area’s recent economic resurgence.
Adam Alexander is the fifth-generation operator of the family-owned J.O. Brown & Son Inc., a boatyard that has been on the Maine island of North Haven since 1888. It provides fuel, boat maintenance and storage, hardware supplies, boat-taxi services and, not the least, local color to the North Haven waterfront.
Marinas have life cycles, with ups and downs and, sometimes, an inglorious end. Some tired old facilities just fade away and are torn down, replaced by hotels, condo complexes and the like. Others get a second chance.
Boater demographics, environmental requirements and storm preparations and repairs all affect the business model of today’s marina. Marina owners and managers are in a continuous state of upgrading pilings, addressing new government regulations and assessing the needs of a baby-boomer boating population.
Three years after it was devastated by a tsunami triggered by the 2011 earthquake in Japan, Santa Cruz (Calif.) Harbor is in full operation, with all docks in working order.
The Freedom Boat Club will celebrate its 25th anniversary Friday with a community event on Venice Beach in Florida.
Marinalife named the Nantucket (Mass.) Boat Basin and Haven Harbour Marina in Maryland as winners in the fifth annual 2014 Best Marina Contest.
Low water levels on Vermont’s Lake Champlain have challenged boat dealers and marinas that are trying to pull boats and winterize them and have left some boats stranded as some ramps have dried up.