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New Shoreboat Service in Avalon Now Available to Boaters

  Boaters with their boats in Avalon Harbor can now catch a ride aboard a new shoreboat service with Catalina Coastal Tours and Fishing, the water taxi service. According to one captain on the island, the Harbor Patrol was the only one providing rides on harbor patrol boats to people needing to get to and from their moored boat.   “A Request For Proposals (RFP) was issued and the city awarded the RFP to Catalina Coastal Tours and Fishing,” Harbormaster Brian Bray confirmed. The city of Avalon called for an RFP in December of 2016 from companies willing and able to offer shoreboat…

50+ Docks to be Upgraded at Marina Village Marina

  The California Coastal Commission has approved a request to replace 52 damaged cement floating docks with polystyrene foam and concrete docks in Marina Village Marina. This marina houses around 600 boats.   “Twenty-two main walks and 30 finger floats would be removed and replaced in-kind with floats consisting of expanded polystyrene foam encased by a concrete shell. There will be no increase in the number or size of dock floats and the existing configuration will remain unchanged,” commission staff stated in its report to commissioners. “The purpose of the project is to replace old and damaged floats to ensure…

New Brigantine Restaurant to Expand Dock-and-Dine Opportunities

  Just recently, The Port of San Diego’s Board of Port Commissioners granted approval for The Brigantine restaurant’s proposal for a new establishment where Anthony’s Fish Grotto is currently located on the San Diego waterfront. Anthony’s, which was established in 1946, will be replaced by a Portside Pier Restaurant project which will house four new dining establishments. These will be The Brigantine on the Bay, Miguel’s Cocina, Ketch Grill & Taps, and a coffee and gelato shop, and will accommodate 1,000 diners. The budget for the redevelopment is estimated at $13 million and once completed will occupy over 45,200 square…

National Marine Manufacturers Association Expects Strong Boat Sales to Continue

With an estimated 250,000 boats to be sold in 2016, sales would grow between 6 and 7 percent this year with the continued rise in consumer confidence. The NMMA also expects dollar sales of recreational boats to rise between 10 and 11 percent from $8.4 billion. Additionally, they predict that the new Trump administration will largely help the U.S.-based marine industry to thrive and continue to grow. NNMA President Thom Dammrich stated “I think the new administration is going to be very good for boating. I think it’s going to be an administration that will be very friendly to recreation.”…

Growth Reported in Powerboat Sales

The National Marine Manufacturers Association has reported that new powerboat registrations are up 6.4 percent since last year. In addition to powerboat sales, the personal watercraft segment is up 7.1 percent, pontoon segment is up 9.7 percent, and saltwater fishing boat segment is up 7.8 percent, placing all three segments as high-volume growth leaders. 27 foot boats and larger experienced an increase of 11.4 percent. You want to get in on this continually growing industry and now is the perfect time! Please contact Ballast Point Yachts, Inc. for all of your boating needs. We offer yacht sales, service, insurance, financing, transport…

New Boats Debuted at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2016

The marine industry proved it’s continued developments in technology and boat design with the introduction of dozens of new boats, ranging from motor yachts, center consoles, and jet boats, at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. With its new 280CC-X, World Cat introduces its next generation of power catamarans, which combines improved aesthetics and advanced features with its proven performance to lure monohull consumers to the brand and design. “We don’t want to just compete against other catamaran companies,” said World Cat president Andrew Brown. “This boat is making a statement. We no longer want to be a niche. We…

Tips For Cold Weather Boating

The weather may have cooled off, but that doesn’t mean boaters should stay off the water! Here are some tips for cold weather boating, and staying stay and warm on the water. It may seem self-explanatory, but the phrase “dress for the water, not the weather” most definitely applies. Fabrics such as wool retain heat, even when wet. Also look into an insulated float coat, which will both keep you warm and serve as a life jacket if you end up in the water. Also on that note, water safety officials advise you to tread water to stay warm if…

August Boat Sales in Double Digit Gains

After a disappointing month for boat sales in July, numbers have turned up sharply in August, rising 12.5 percent to 10,292 in main powerboat segments and 11.8 percent to 17,411 industry wide. All of the industry’s high-volume segments rose by double digits in August, as the weather stayed warm throughout the month. “This is really positive for the selling season that we’re still seeing double-digit growth,” Statistical Surveys Director Ryan Kloppe said. The strong numbers in August pushed the sales gain for the year to 5.2 percent in the main segments and 4.9 percent industry-wide, closer to the 6 percent…

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New Law Requires Boaters to be Licensed Starting in 2018

When 2018 arrives California’s boaters will face one significant change: Anyone in the driver’s seat of a boat must carry a Vessel Operator Card. The card is similar to a driver’s license for vehicles, as boaters will be required to take an online course covering topics such as navigation and safety with an online exam at the end of the course. If the person passes he or she would be granted a Vessel Operator Card as they have completed the state’s basic education requirements to operate a boat. Technically the law requiring Vessel Operator Cards went into effect in 2015…