The Freedom Boat Club’s Texas division, which operates in five locations, was honored as Franchise of the Year at the company’s annual gathering this week.
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.
John Reinbold, a summer resident of Montauk, N.Y., is the 2013 winner of the annual raffle conducted by the East End Classic Boat Society for the boat constructed at its Community Boat Shop in Amagansett, N.Y.
Veteran fishing magazine publisher, angler and conservationist Gary Jennings joined Hell’s Bay Boatworks, taking the helm as its general manager.
Pat Stevens, owner of Grand Pointe Marina of Dimondale, Mich., was inducted into the Michigan Boating Industries Association Hall of Fame.
Cam Collins and Kevin Hutchinson say they’re not reinventing the wheel. They say My-Villages Inc.’s acquisition of Exuma Technologies and its DockMaster software will simply bring the same level of connectivity experienced in other industries to the marine environment.
Sunreef Yachts said it is continuing its global expansion by opening a new sales office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The International Council of Marine Industry Associations’ International Marinas Group is helping emerging markets around the world to plan marinas and infrastructure that will support recreational boating. “The mission of our marina group is to go places that have emerging markets and help with planning,” Gary Groenewold of Westrec Marinas, who is a part of…more
Ben Eoin Marina, a non-profit Nova Scotia marina that was in planning and construction for four years during a collaborative effort with Structurmarine, sold out immediately after its opening. “We had little or no experience” with marina planning, Ben Eoin Marina chairman and president Robert Sampson said in a statement. “We needed to find partners…more
Portland Yacht Services completed the purchase of boat repair business Gowen Marine, a move that will enable the company to service and repair larger vessels in the coastal Maine city. Portland Yacht Services president Phineas Sprague Jr. said its customers and those of the former Gowen Marine should experience a significant increase in efficiencies and…more
Building slip-holder camaraderie is one way to raise a yard’s profile, Maryland conferees agree EDITOR’S NOTE: This report was written by associate editor Reagan Haynes, who presented data at the Marine Trades Association of Maryland’s September conference based on her July story on the aging of the boating population. That story served as the basis…more