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.

Managers given association’s certified status

Five marina managers have attained the status of Certified Marina Manager through the Association of Marina Industries’ International Marina Institute. They include: Jack Hodge, Irish Boat Shop, Charlexoix, Mich.; Tim Grabenbauer, Vero Beach Municipal Marina, Vero Beach, Fla.; Ted Shaw, Savannah Yacht Club, Savannah, Ga.; Dan McKiernan, Saxon Wharf Marina, Southampton, United Kingdom, and Pam…more


Reinventing the marina

BoatClubsAmerica’s boatyard transformations in Fort Myers and Fort Lauderdale are helping keep the waterfront accessible BoatClubsAmerica is doing its part to counter the condo confiscation of Florida’s waterfront by transforming old, rundown marinas into modern, country club-type boating centers. Like many industry leaders, BoatClubsAmerica believes Florida’s boating-business future is threatened by the statewide trend toward…more


High fuel prices are giving boaters pause

Some are shortening trips or tying up longer, but few appear to be bailing out altogether With gasoline prices at the dock close to $5 a gallon — even $6 or more in some coastal markets — the debate over whether high fuel prices or fuel availability has a greater negative impact on boating has…more

Florida throws out a lifeline

State moves on incentives to retain marine businesses Progress is on the horizon to reverse the hemorrhage of marine businesses defecting from Florida to North and South Carolina. Enterprise Florida Inc. (EFI), the public-private partnership devoted to statewide economic development in high-growth industries, has included budget dollars targeted toward marine business development and retention. State…more

Interlux offering improvement grants to boaters

Interlux Yacht Finishes is challenging boaters to improve their local waterfront — and will give them financial incentives. The company’s “Waterfront Challenge” will award eight grants of $5,000 to $25,000 to support sustainable waterfront environmental improvements in their communities. “Quite simply, Interlux is asking boaters who say they care about the environment to prove it,”…more


Calif. marina completes makeover

Channel Islands Harbor Marina in Oxnard, Calif., recently completed an extensive renovation project. The original 523-slip marina underwent an extensive renovation to replace deteriorating docks and to update utilities. The new marina boasts 420 Unifloat slips for boats from 24 to 60 feet in length. Additional side tie areas accommodate yachts up to 106 feet…more


Spring rains curtail boating in hard-hit Mid-South states

Lake levels high, access points flooded Seemingly endless spring rains drenched a swath of the mid-South —Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri — raising lake levels, flooding some areas and creating potentially dangerous and sometimes impossible boating situations. As if that wasn’t enough, the weekend of May 10-11 brought a new round of storms, killing more…more

National Marina Day debuts blogs, forums

The Association of Marina Industries has provided a new way to participate in National Marina Day on Aug. 9.   Green Community Live has set up a blog and forum for National Marina Day participants to trade ideas and contacts. This is a free service to help spread the word about National Marina Day.  …more

Committee members prepare for Marina Day

The Association of Marina Industries announced committee members for its National Marina Day, a nationwide celebration of America’s marinas. The annual National Marina Day is Aug. 9. The committee members are: Michael Shanley (chair); Allison Harpold, Walden Marina, Montgomery, Texas; Bruce Marshall, CMM, Port of Olympia, Olympia, Wash.; Dave Suthard, CMM, North Point Marina, Winthrop…more


On the waterfront: good things are happening

Access management has flourished in the year since a national symposium took up the issue It has been a year since the national symposium on working waterways and waterfronts convened in Norfolk, Va., and across the country success stories are having a significant impact on the survival of these vanishing infrastructures. Florida voters this November…more

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