Skip to main content

Marina destroyed by California wildfires


Oak Bottom Marina on Whiskeytown Lake was destroyed by the wildfires that have been pummeling northern California since last week. According to investigators, most of the buildings and 40 boats were set ablaze. Others were set adrift into the lake.

“The only buildings left standing are the fire station and a couple of restrooms,” Mike Hebrard, Shasta County fire chief, told USAToday. “The concession stands are burned up.”

Scott McLean, a Cal Fire spokesman for the crews battling the blaze in Shasta County, told the news site that the fire was “very dynamic,” adding that it is “taking everything down in its path.”

“What we have is a condition here where it’s 110 degrees in the valley; it’s 60 degrees on the coast. The hot air rises, the air sucks in, and those are the winds we are getting about 7 to 8 o’clock every night. And it is pushing that fire basically to the east, to the north,” Hebrard said.

A message on Oak Bottom Marina’s website said it was closed until further notice. “We have not been authorized to assess the damages until Cal Fire contains the blaze,” stated the notice. “We are told that we have a total loss of the recreation area.”

The state’s fire service called the wildfires “unprecedented” and said it would continue for at least another week. California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Shasta County.



Volvo Penta Reports Q4, FY22 Results

Net sales of $470 million for the quarter were a 33% increase compared to the prior year period.


DEALERS: Are You Improving the Service Experience?

Our monthly Pulse Report survey asks this and other questions about your dealership. Take the survey here.


NMRA Sets Scholarship Deadline

Students pursuing education in the marine trades can apply for the National Marine Representatives Association awards until April 1.


Marine Products Reports Record Q4

The builder of Chaparral and Robalo boats reported net sales were up 42% for the quarter and 28% for fiscal year 2022.


Shurhold Appoints COO

Forrest Ferrari has years of management, business development, IT and quality-assurance experience.


RBFF, Pure Fishing Partner for a First Catch Center

Pure Fishing will equip a mobile trailer with tackle and gear to bring fishing experiences to areas of South Carolina where participation is low.


An Oft-Overlooked Sales Opportunity

A recent report from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation showed that women comprise 37% of all anglers. If you haven’t tapped this segment, you’re missing out.

1. 2023 new boat retail outlook

Too Many High-Priced Boats

To wrap up 2022, marine retailers reported lower demand, expressed more negative sentiment and voiced concerns about rising inventory. Boat prices and the economy remained top of mind for dealers in December.

Soundings Nov 2022

New-Boat Registrations Continue to Slide

As the gaudy sales figures from the pandemic continue to return to more realistic numbers, the main segments of the recreational boating industry saw new-model registrations of 4,421 in November, a 30.3% drop from 6,340 during the same time in 2021. .