Skip to main content

Sixteen complete marina manager training in Abu Dhabi

Participants in the Intermediate Marina Management course are shown at the Emirates Palace Marina in Abu Dhabi.

Participants in the Intermediate Marina Management course are shown at the Emirates Palace Marina in Abu Dhabi.

Sixteen people graduated from the Intermediate Marina Management course that was held in Abu Dhabi this month.

The Global Marina Institute said the graduates came from as far afield as Turkey and Hong Kong. The majority were from the growing number of United Arab Emirates and wider regional marinas.

The course covers essential topics for effective marina management, including emergency and environmental management; finance; customer service; and marinas of the future.

Graduates analyzed three Abu Dhabi marinas and presented their findings as part of their assessment.

Two established marina managers were named certified marina managers —Evertt Ucat, of Al Bandar Marina in Abu Dhabi, and Andy Savill, of JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort Marina in Dubai.

Farrokh Golchin, the Global Marina Institute board member representing the Middle East, said that “having a growing number of CMMs in the Middle East region is very important for the growth of the recreational boating industry. An expanding number of well trained professional marina managers will not only strengthen the level of customer satisfaction and business success across the Middle East, but also strengthen the region’s marina training and education capability.”



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. .

1_thumbnail_Darren Vaux Headshet 2022

ICOMIA President Darren Vaux sees common pressures facing worldwide boating industry

Founded in 1966, the International Council of Marine Industry Associations is a global organization composed of national boating federations and other bodies involved in the recreational marine industry. ICOMIA works on such issues as breaking down trade barriers, improving boating safety and promoting recreational boating worldwide.


Clearing the Waterways

In Florida, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, it was estimated that there were 6,000 derelict boats in southwest part of the state. In most cases, boat owners don’t know resources are available to remove them because until recently there weren’t many.


A Window on the World

Inflation, supply-chain kinks and the continuing war in Ukraine continue to be serious concerns, but numerous companies with a global presence for exports are reporting optimism at the start of 2023.