Finding a suitable marina, maintenance facility or a good marine trade in a particular location has long been a challenge. But it’s just become a whole lot easier, with the launch of a new go-to online directory. The Marina Industries Association (MIA) has launched My Marina Guide, a map-based, online directory of all marinas, yacht clubs, and boatyards in Australia. The website also features a growing range of marine service providers who are taking the opportunity to list their marine business free of charge. An easy to navigate map enables users to zoom in on a location and see all the marinas and boatyards in the area. The site also enables users to search for marine service providers by location. For example, if you’re looking for a shipwright in Pittwater, the guide will enable you to locate all listed shipwrights in the Pittwater area. “My Marina Guide is exactly the resource that boaters need, particularly when cruising in unfamiliar waters,” says avid boater and BIA president Darren Vaux. “It’s a great online resource enabling boaters like me to quickly and conveniently identify and research marinas and other services in a particular waterway from one website – no more Google searches and jumping from one website to another. It will be the perfect passage planning companion when cruising the coast.” An advanced search function also enables users to search for marinas by locations which have specific facilities that they seek, such as an onsite laundry or a marina that can accommodate superyachts. “The aim is that the My Marina Guide will become the ‘go to’ resource for the boating public, as they seek berthing and maintenance facilities, boating maintenance service providers and retailers that can provide for all their boating needs wherever they are,” says MIA CEO Suzanne Davies.
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