Marina Articles

Millennials Demand Functional Luxury

2 Oct, 2017

By Roxie Comstock High-spending Baby Boomers, floating concrete docks and affordable fiberglass boats built the boating and marina industries we know today. That was then. Today we are facing a serious challenge: as Boomers pass the keys and floating key...[Read More]

STEWARDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT

26 Sep, 2017

By Robert Wilkes Here is one view of marinas as stewards of the environment: 'Marinas are businesses and are all about making money like other businesses. They will cut corners and look the other way where the environment is concerned rather than s...[Read More]

THE YARDS BRINGS THE WATERFRONT TO LIFE

1 Aug, 2017

Dormant for 40 Years, The Yards Brings the Waterfront to Life By Robert Wilkes Children splashing under a waterfall in an enormous wading pool, a parade of mothers pushing strollers down the boardwalk, yoga classes, concerts, artisanal ice cream, t...[Read More]

WATERFRONT POINTS THE WAY AT THE WHARF

1 Aug, 2017

Waterfront Points the Way at the Wharf by Robert Wilkes It’s a familiar story around the world. The once bustling waterfront, the city’s gateway to the world, was a tableau of sailing ships awaiting the tide. Then railroads and later automob...[Read More]

A CONVERSATION ABOUT WAVE ATTENUATORS

1 Apr, 2017

  Floating   wave   attenuators are a recurring subject in Marina Dock Age. Jack Cox wrote about them in “Revisiting Marina Design Standards” in the January/February 2017 issue. This month we present a wide-rangi...[Read More]

DON'T MISS THE BOAT: THE SMALL WATERCRAFT TREND

1 Mar, 2017

To many in our communities, the local marina is as distant and forbidding as Area 51. From the outside looking   in they see security fences and locked gates. The unintended message is, “The water is for the privileged few.” That ...[Read More]

THREE TALES FROM HURRICANE MATTHEW

12 Jan, 2017

Hurricanes are dramatic. Each marina in the path of the storm has a different story to tell, and these help us learn about engineering, design, preparadness and planning. In the December issue, the Marina Dock Age report about damage from the storm hig...[Read More]

RANDY SHORT ADDRESSES BUILDING MARINAS, THE STATE OF THE INDUSTRY AND GROWING BOATING

15 Dec, 2016

We are approaching a turning point as an industry. To put a round number on it, the modern marina industry is about 50 years old, a half century of explosive growth in which the number of marinas and slips parallels the growth in boat ownership.  ...[Read More]

MULTI-YEAR PHASING PLAN REGENERATES SANTA BARBARA MARINA

4 Nov, 2016

Large rebuilding projects are usually done in phases, but Santa Barbara’s Marina One Replacement Project takes this simple concept to an all new level. The $14 million rebuild was originally planned in ten phases over 20 years, but as financial an...[Read More]

INNOVATIVE DOCK IS MIAMI BOAT SHOW'S NEW HOME ON THE WATER

15 Jul, 2016

With characteristic South Florida flair, the Miami Boat Show celebrates America’s love of boating every year in February. The show has been produced by the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association (NMMA) since the 1940s and has been held at ...[Read More]

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