Marinas/Boatyards

Freedom Boat Club named best boat club in Jacksonville

Freedom Boat Club of Jacksonville

Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville Beach has been named the best boat club of 2020 in the Best of Jacksonville Awards presented by the Jacksonville Awards Program. The Jacksonville Beach location was chosen for the award for the club’s commitment to its members and the community. Freedom Boat Club in Jacksonville Beach is located at Beach Marine at 2315 Beach Blvd. ...

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Southern Marinas acquires Bay Point Resort and Marina

Southern Marinas Holdings, LLC, a partnership between a New York-based private investment firm and Southern Marinas, recently announced the purchase of Bay Point Resort and Marina in Marblehead, Ohio on July 8, 2020. This acquisition brings the growing Southern Marina’s portfolio total to eleven properties. Bay Point Resort and Marina is a 227-acre recreational area with direct access to Lake Erie and Sandusky Bay. The Resort offers summer ...

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IBEX 2020 announces transition to virtual event

IBEX 2020

The 30th International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), scheduled for September 29 – October 1, 2020, announced today it will transition to a virtual only event allowing the entire marine industry to come together in a new way as an online community. This decision was made to pivot the in-person show to a virtual only event due to the ongoing COVID-19 ...

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Changes at Florida’s Whiticar Boat Works and Shearwater Marine

Whiticar Boat Works

Customers of Whiticar Boat Works in Stuart, Florida recently received this letter from the owners. Dear valued customers and friends, For nearly seventy-five years, Whiticar Boat Works has been a part of marine life in Stuart, Florida. Our family-established and family-run business incorporated in 1959 by our fathers, Curt Whiticar and John Dragseth, has a rich history in the boating ...

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Newport International Boat Show cancels 2020 event

Newport Exhibition Group announced that its annual boat show scheduled to take place September 17-20, 2020 at the Newport Yachting Center in downtown Newport, R.I., has been cancelled. Due to spikes in new cases of COVID-19 across the United States, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, stated that, although Phase III of re-opening would have included no cap on the number ...

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Safe Harbor acquires 100th marina

Safe Harbor Marinas recently announced the acquisition of its 99th and 100th marinas. The company has added Great Island Marina in Harpswell, Maine and Sportsman Marina on the Alabama Gulf Shores to its portfolio of facilities. The acquisitions expand Safe Harbor's network to 100 marinas across 22 states. They are part of the company's ongoing program to grow and diversify its portfolio. ...

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Freedom Boat Club of Tampa teams up with Homeless Empowerment Project

Freedom Boat Club of Tampa Bay has donated $10,000 to the Homeless Empowerment Project (HEP) to support their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.  “What an incredible surprise, and great relief, it was to open that envelope from Freedom Boat Club with their $10,000 donation in support of HEP during this difficult time!" said Rebecca Adams, HEP's marketing director. "This gift ...

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Lauderdale Marine Center named North American service headquarters for Ferretti Group America

Lauderdale Marine Group named Ferretti Service Center

Lauderdale Marine Center has been named the North American service headquarters for The Ferretti Group. “Having collaborated with Ferretti Group for many years, we are pleased to see the company’s continued expansion into South Florida and we are proud that they have chosen LMC to be the home of their worldwide service center,” said Colin Kiley, Executive Vice President of ...

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Sea Tow Foundation adds 87 new life jacket stations

The Sea Tow Foundation – a national nonprofit dedicated to the education and awareness of safe boating practices – announced that it has partnered with an additional 87 organizations and agencies to add new or restock existing Life Jacket Loaner Stations for the 2020 Summer boating season. With more than 650 Life Jacket Loaner Stations already located throughout the United States, the Sea Tow ...

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Florida-based Freedom Boat Club appoints new director of administration

Freedom Boat Club of Jacksonville and St. Augustine has promoted Lindsay Sheffield to the director of administration and member service, a newly formed position within the organization. She is responsible for managing social media as well as member and partner communications. With this promotion, Sheffield will also be managing the accounting and marketing departments of the club. Sheffield is a ...

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