ABBRA – American Boat Builders & Repairers Association


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  • ABBRA to host REFIT Study Tour Jan 9, 2018

    The American Boat Builders and Repairers Association will host a full-day tour of Southeast Florida boatyards focused on refit projects on January 9th, 2018, leading into the Refit conference January 10-11, 2018 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. ABBRA’s Refit Study Tour is a day-long mobile training course that takes participants on exclusive tours of two South […]

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  • Why be an ABBRA member with Bill Munger of Conanicut Marine Services

    Bill Munger has been an ABBRA member since 1982. In this short video, he explains why being a member of ABBRA has been invaluable to him and the growth of his business.

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  • ABBRA To Offer Project Management Certification at Refit Show

    ABBRA in partnership with the Landing School will lead a six-seminar series at the 2018 Refit Show where attendees can earn industry certification. FT. LAUDERDALE, FL, USA – 17 AUGUST 2017 — American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA) in partnership with the Landing School has developed a six-part marine-industry certification course for project managers. The […]

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  • ABBRA Presented its Annual Awards at a Ceremony in Ft Lauderdale on January 24th, 2017

    Gold Coast Yachts, of St Croix USVI, Kittery Point Yacht Yard of Kittery Maine, and Susan Swanton, of Biddeford Maine, were honored at ABBRA’s Annual Award Ceremony on January 24th. ABBRA’s Boat Builder of the Year award was presented to Gold Coast Yachts, a boat building facility whose building process and product has made a […]

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  • 2017 ABBRA Awards – Call for Nominations

      The ABBRA Annual Awards for 2017 will be presented during the opening reception of our Annual Meeting & Symposium on January 24th, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and we need your help. Please take a moment to nominate your fellow members and colleagues for the ABBRA awards, by completing the nominations form: AWARDS and emailing it to info@abbra.org  by December […]

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  • We are YOUR Association – Help us help you.

    I’ve been thinking recently about what it means to be a part of an Association. Each of us perhaps has a different definition, but I found this one today which I think sums up how I feel about ‘OUR’ Association. “An Association is a group of people (called Members) who come together for a common […]

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  • Understanding Electric Shock Drowning by Kellie Crete

    Soon boats will be launched, kids will be swimming, sailing programs will start, and marinas will be in full operation. With this in mind, now is a good time to increase your knowledge of Electric Shock Drowning (ESD). Many people have never heard of ESD, and those that have, typically don’t realize the common situations […]

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  • Industry Executives Speak Out at White House

    Pamela Lendzion, Executive Director of the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association and Susan Swanton, Executive Director of the Maine Marine Trades Association joined a group of colleagues in Washington DC to discuss their proposals designed to remove barriers to work-based learning for small businesses in the recreational marine industry. In early February, as part […]

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  • Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, ME signs deal with Norwegian builder.

      Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine, is partnering with Brødrene Aa in Hyen, Norway, to market, sell and build carbon-fiber ferries throughout the United States under the new company name Arcadia Alliance. Working in conjunction with the Maine Composites Alliance and Martin Grimnes, a Norwegian composites expert who lives in Maine, Arcadia Alliance is […]

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  • Sailors Wharf Yacht Yards’ Jopie Helsen awarded 2015 Member of the Year by SWFMIA

    Our fearless leader, Jopie Helsen, was awarded the 2015 Member of the Year by SWFMIA. Jopie received the award for outstanding service to the marine industry. Hans Wilson, president of SWFMIA and also president of the State Association and Kevin Carlan, president of Mastry Engine Center, chairman of the Tampa Bay Section presented the award. […]

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