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First New Orleans boatyard reopens

OCT. 6 — M.G. Mayer Yacht Services, a Gulf coast boatyard and dealer, announced Tuesday the reopening of its West End boatyard in New Orleans, making it the first New Orleans boatyard to reopen in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the company says.

Even though some of the yard’s facilities and much of the immediate area sustained serious damage from Hurricane Katrina, M.G. Mayer says the yard itself and the heavy-lift capacity crane were spared and are now operational. The company says it has a barge crane in service as well.

“I’m thankful for the resources we still have here, and am pleased that we can provide the services our customers need now more than ever,” Michael Mayer, president of M.G. Mayer Yacht Services, says in a statement. “My staff is eager to get back to work.”

In addition to boat repair and recovery services, M.G. Mayer is selling new and used boats that survived the storms. New boats from Hunter Marine, Luhrs and Gibson are equipped with generators, satellite communications, berths, galleys and full heads and can provide housing “at a time when real estate is scarce,” the statement says.

M.G. Mayer says it will be the only functioning boatyard on Lake Pontchartrain’s south shore for “the foreseeable future.”

— Jason Fell