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.

EPA putting off E15 decision until June

Industry also gets safety council help in its fight to keep higher ethanol fuel blends off the market The industry has chalked up two successes in its fight to protect boat engines and fuel systems from ethanol damage. The Environmental Protection Agency in December delayed its decision on whether to approve the sale of higher-ethanol…more

Bellingham plants gain ISO certification

Three Bellingham Marine plants recently achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification, the company announced. The three newly certified plants are Bellingham’s Northeast plant in York, Pa., Bellingham’s Southeast plant in Jacksonville, Fla., and Bellingham’s drystack operations in Callahan, Fla. “It’s been a tremendous team effort and the ISO representative indicated that he was impressed by the enthusiasm…more

Magazine names year’s top marinas

Dock Street Marina in Tacoma, Wash., is the winner of Marina Dock Age magazine’s Marina of the Year award in the small category, while Las Vegas Boat Harbor Inc. in Henderson, Nev., is the winner for marinas with more than 250 slips. Both marinas will receive their awards at a ceremony Jan. 27-29 during the…more

Marinalife marks 10-year anniversary

Marinalife, a leading online marine travel service serving boaters and captains as an authority on boat travel for the U.S., Canada, Bahamas, Caribbean, and Central America, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Marinalife was founded in February 2000 by avid boater Joy McPeters as a result of her own search for online marina-related information. “Staying true…more

Westrec Marinas debut new Florida location

The Fernandina Beach (Fla.) City Commission unanimously approved Westrec Marinas to manage and operate the Fernandina Harbor Marina. “After a number of years renovating and adding new features to the marina, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on [Nov. 6, 2009], we officially opened the Marina Welcome Center,” Fernandina Beach mayor Susan Steger said in a statement.…more

ABBRA to hold marine-service seminar

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association will hold its Marine Service Management program March 28-31 at Roscioli Yachting Center in Fort Lauderdale. The program presents participants with pointers in such non-technical topics as human-resource development, financial controls, customer relations, codes and standards, marketing and sales and more. The program is a prerequisite to obtain…more

Loggerhead Club & Marina adds Florida location

Loggerhead Club & Marina added a new marina in Jupiter to its Florida roster of branded marinas. Formerly known as Jonathan’s Landing Marina, Loggerhead Club & Marina-Jupiter is located within the residential community in a storm-protected harbor that is a short cruise to the Jupiter Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean. With the addition of the…more

Groups seek submissions, proposals

Submissions for presentations for The Working Waterways and Waterfronts National Symposium on Water Access 2010 are due Jan. 22. The conference is set for Sept. 27-30 in Portland, Maine. The symposium will provide a forum to help communities, organizations, businesses, and individuals address waterfront access challenges by showcasing successful models and tools from around the…more

Georgia marina permit includes tight restrictions

Georgia’s Coastal Marshlands Protection Committee last week issued a marina and dock permit for the state’s largest planned marina complex, but the approval comes with strict conservation conditions. Point Peter LLC, the bankrupt developer of St. Marys’ Cumberland Harbour, a luxury gated community of more than 1,000 homes, received the permit for up to 700…more

Florida’s oldest shipyard lays off its work force

The Merrill-Stevens shipyard in Miami laid off the remainder of its work force, effective immediately, as it attempts to restructure financially. Several sources at the yard confirmed the closure to The Triton newspaper. No one answered the phone this morning at the shipyard. Merrill-Stevens was established in 1885, according to its Web site, and is…more

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