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.

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

ABBRA sets service management course dates

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association is offering its popular marine service management course in September. The next course is scheduled for Sept. 10-13 at Roscioli Yachting Center in Fort Lauderdale. ABBRA’s instructors present participants with pointers in such non-technical topics as human-resource development, financial controls, customer relations, codes and standards, marketing and sales.…more

Marinalife offers discounts on Wi-Fi

Marinalife, the online concierge and trip planning service, is partnering with Beacon Wi-Fi, a supplier of wireless Internet to marinas along the East Coast. Marinalife boater members will receive a 20 percent discount off Beacon Wi-Fi services as new subscribers. In addition, Marinalife member marinas will receive a 30 percent discount off the Beacon Wi-Fi…more

Sides seek compromise on Miami River development

Miami city officials and members of the marine industry are trying to reach a compromise on future Miami River development policy. Some, including Miami mayor Tomas Regalado, have viewed the policy – shaped under several lawsuits – as increasingly giving riverfront residential projects preference over marine industry operations, according to Miami Today. The parties will…more

Wildfire threatens 320-slip marina

An out-of-control wildfire burned about 60 acres and destroyed three buildings at the Great Salt Lake Marina in Salt Lake City. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the blaze began at 12:40 p.m. Tuesday south of Interstate 80 and by 2:45 p.m. had moved across the interstate to the marina. Click here for the full…more

Puget Sound marina overhaul nears completion

The remodeling of the Des Moines Marina on Puget Sound in Des Moines, Wash., could be finished a few months ahead of schedule. According to the Highline Times newspaper, the original completion date was set for early 2011, but despite some setbacks last fall developers are looking to complete the $5.4 million refit by Thanksgiving.…more

South Carolina plans industrial marine park

Several local and regional groups are working to establish an industrial marine park near Bucksport Marina in the Conway, S.C., area. Grand Strand Water & Sewer Authority, Santee Cooper, Horry County and the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corp. have joined together on the project. Grand Strand Water & Sewer Authority’s contribution to the industrial…more

Marina auction draws a crowd

Hundreds of people turned out last weekend at Watermark Marina in Wilmington, N.C., as it auctioned off its assets, from big boats and small kayaks to furniture and equipment. The marina, located on the Cape Fear River, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2008. It was upgraded to Chapter 7 in November, meaning it…more

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Forum explores ‘greening’ technologies

Working together toward the common goal of “greening” the boating industry was the topic at a recent roundtable sponsored by the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association. Sixty-eight people attended the March 5 discussion held at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I., to discuss how marine businesses can take advantage of green technology. Featured speakers included…more

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