Brewer Yacht Yard completes deal for Connecticut marina

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…more

VIDEO: Investigators seek cause of Northwest Marine fire

Federal investigators had their first chance Tuesday to delve into the wreckage of a devastating fire last week at sportboat builder Northwest Marine in Ferndale, Wash. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have taken the lead in the investigation because the agency has the resources and expertise in fiery hazardous materials.…more

Relief fund started for Hurricane Odile victims

Wayne Bisbee, tournament director of Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Tournament, which is held annually off Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, announced a comprehensive aid plan to help the underprivileged residents of Cabo San Lucas recover from Hurricane Odile. The Category 3 storm came ashore early Monday at the tip of the Baja Peninsula and caused…more

Industry mourns Bremen Sails founder

Acclaimed sailmaker and lifelong sailor Frederick Alvin Bremen Sr. of Palm Bay, Fla., died Sept. 13 at the age of 89. The New Yorker joined the state’s apprenticeship program with the renowned sailmaking firm Ratsey and Lapthorne, ultimately moving the family to Miami to open a Ratsey sail loft there. When that business closed, he…more

Beneteau makes push into South America

Beneteau America announced ahead of the Sept. 25-30 Sao Paulo Boat Show in Brazil its intention to speed the development of the company’s powerboat distribution network in South America. The push into the market will be led by sales manager Bruno Gouézigoux. As it pertains to Brazil, existing Beneteau sailing yachts distributor Grupo Sailing will…more

VIDEO: Shipping out after Seattle show

Seattle’s 36th annual Lake Union Boats Afloat Show, held Sept. 10-14, drew more than 200 new and used boats from 20 to 92 feet, making it the West Coast’s largest floating show. Locally based Salty Dog Waterfront News put together a slideshow that captures the boats departing after the event ended. The most expensive boat…more

IBEX touts flurry of Innovation Award nominations

Organizers say thousands of new products, advanced processes and impressive innovations will be offered at the 2014 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. Industry professionals will see the latest from more than 550 exhibiting companies at the Sept. 30-Oct. 2 event, which will be held at the Tampa (Fla.) Convention Center. Organizers said there are a…more

Connecticut marina owner preserves historic oyster barge

A Connecticut marina owner wants to sell her property, but not before she finds a safe haven for the historic oyster barge that has long been a fixture at the site. Lisa Fitch, who owns Fair Haven Marina in New Haven, hopes to sell “the old barge” for only $1 in the name of historic…more

Navico announces personnel moves

Marine electronics manufacturer Navico, the parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands, announced changes at a number of positions in its global and Americas marketing teams. Jim Deheer will continue as global brand director for B&G and has taken on the additional responsibilities for the global brand management of growing the range of…more

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