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.

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Mercury fuel-efficiency system honored

West Marine awards green-product prize to ECO-Screen, which helps skippers use less fuel Outboard technology has improved dramatically in the last 15 years or so. Today’s direct-fuel-injected 2- and 4-strokes run cleaner, quieter and burn less fuel, reducing their impact on the environment. But there’s room for improvement, and West Marine has recognized two products…more

Colonna Yachts adds Marine Travelift facility

Colonna Yachts, a division of Colonna’s Shipyard Inc. of Norfolk, Va., announced an expansion with the opening of the new West Yard Marine Travelift facility. Situated on approximately 10 acres, this new facility will accommodate the simultaneous repair of up to 15 megayachts and deep-draft sailing yachts. The Marine Travelift acquisition was partially enabled by…more

Two marinas suffer weekend damage

A marina in Missouri suffered minor damage from one of the multiple tornados that hit the Midwest over the weekend. According to the News-Leader, a tornado with a strength measured at the Enhanced Fujita Scale minimum EF-0 touched down at Table Rock State Park marina. The structural damage was limited to a few metal roof…more

Working-waterfront guidelines taking shape in Florida

A bill in the Florida legislature would set guidelines to be used by property appraisers in determining how to assess “working waterfront property,” according to an analysis of the measure. Some local marine companies in Manatee, Fla., are looking for a boost for their businesses with House Bill 7127 and its senate counterparts. It would…more

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Florida boatyard picks up another award

Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor and Yard in St. Augustine, Fla., recently received the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association’s Award of Excellence in Customer Care. Camachee Cove is a fully protected facility adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway and less than a mile from the St. Augustine Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean. “Peter Sabo and his…more

Boat hauling route is far from direct

A Florida columnist has suggested a protected boat haul route for Martin County to avoid tangles with power lines on local roads – and driving up the cost for both the yard and boat owner. Rich Campbell, who writes for TCPalm.com, a news site covering Florida’s Treasure Coast and Palm Beach, wrote in a column…more

N.J. marina to host grand opening event this weekend

Liberty Landing Marina in Jersey City, N.J., will hold the grand opening of its new Marine Center this weekend. The celebration starts Friday and includes boat rides, raffles and other activities, as well as a series of seminars. Speakers include staff members in charge of operations, engines, rigging and electronics, in addition to a representative…more

Marina faces costly forced move of boat storage

A Texas marina is facing a $350,000 price tag to move a section of its drystack boat storage away from land that is being used by the state highway department. According to TheFacts.com, the building in Freeport, Texas, encroaches 22 feet onto land used as an easement for the state-maintained Pine Street bridge. However, the…more

Authorities say marina employee stole $243,000

Jody Lovejoy, a longtime employee of Fish Tale Marina in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., was charged with grand theft and fraud for allegedly embezzling more than $243,000 from the owners of the marina. Marina owner Alva Durrett said Lovejoy, 51, worked there for 23 years and was a good friend, according to a news report…more

Megayacht project causes controversy

The developers of a proposed $20 million, 52-slip marina for megayachts in British Columbia’s Victoria Harbor went on the offensive last week against a backlash from opponents. The Vancouver Sun reports local developer Bob Evans and partners from Western Asset Management Development Group spoke at a press conference last Friday. Supporters say the venture would…more

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