Brewer Yacht Yard completes deal for Connecticut marina

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The Brewer Yacht Yard Group today announced the acquisition of Essex Island Marina in Essex, Conn.

Brewer made the winning bid of $3.15 million for the 125-slip marina, which sits on a 13.2-acre private island adjacent to its Brewer Dauntless Shipyard & Marina, at a public auction last month.

The newly named Brewer Essex Island Marina joins the company’s 23 other full-service marina and boatyard locations between Maryland and Maine.

“We are delighted to welcome our long-term Essex neighbor as the newest Brewer facility,” Brewer Yacht Yard Group president Rives Potts said in a statement. “This beautiful and unique property will be a wonderful addition not only to our current Essex operation, but for all who enjoy visiting Brewer locations. We envision lots of terrific rendezvous events and activities to be held here and are excited about the possibilities this location offers.”

The marina began in 1955 as a boatyard with a few slips, but soon developed into a location known for its amenities and services. The island is accessed by a ferry operated by the marina and nestles close to shore and along the lower Connecticut River.

In addition to the 125 slips in the marina, a pool, restaurant, lounges and other offerings, the island has indoor storage and full-service capabilities, including a 30-ton Travelift.

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