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Washington State Marina Getting New Dock for Fuel Pumps

Swantown Marina in Olympia, Washington, installed a new fuel system and dock. Two city fuel docks had closed and the number of boaters continues to grow.

After more than 30 years, Swantown Marina in Olympia, Washington, is finally getting a fueling station—and a new dock to house it.

The original plans for the marina’s construction called for a publicly accessible fuel dock that could provide convenient, deep-water access for boats up to 100 feet long. When contractors built the dock in 1983, they widened and strengthened the designated fuel area, installed extra piling and added fuel line raceways.

But when the marina opened, there were already four nearby fueling facilities, two in Thurston County and two within the city limits of Olympia, the county seat. The port decided to postpone installation of the fueling station on the dock.

Since that time, the number of boaters in the area has grown considerably but the two fueling stations within the City of Olympia have closed. In 2016, after considerable study and financial analysis, the port decided to add the longpostponed fueling station to Swantown Marina. But the dock section originally built for fueling was more than 30 years old and needed to be replaced.

Anderson Environmental Contracting, LLC, won the dock replacement construction project with a $2.1 million bid. As general contractor, the company chose Bellingham Marine to design and construct the match-cast, post-tensioned replacement for the existing modular fuel dock.

“The biggest challenges of this job were the routing of all the utilities, including the fuel lines, plus locating the pumps and the attendant booth on the dock,” said Jim Engen, manager of project development, northwest division, USA. To integrate the new fuel dock into the existing main dock, Bellingham had to build a transition for fuel and electrical lines.

Bellingham built the components of the new 20-foot by 100-foot dock at its factory in Bellingham, Washington, and transported them in February to the Puget Sound. The installation was handled by the project’s general contractor.

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Fox Hollow Resort Adds 20 Slips to Marina

A small resort on Possum Kindon Lake in north central Texas, Fox Hollow, installed a new 26- slip dock, replacing its small dock that could house six boats.

Fox Hollow is a resort with a restaurant that claims to serve the best catfish on Possum Kingdom Lake in north central Texas. When new owners took over, they wanted to expand and renovate the small dock to keep up with the boat traffic that came into the restaurant and cantina.

The existing docks were large enough only for six boats, so Fox Hollow turned to Tiger Docks to design, build and install a larger one. Tiger Docks manufactured a 26-slip dock that fits into the resort’s harbor and includes transient slips for customers staying in the resort’s cabins.

The new dock extends 220 feet into the water and is 100 feet wide at the far end. It is set up for two gas pumps to be operational this year. The dock features encapsulated floats, pressure treated decking, and 12-inch galvanized steel truss frames fabricated by Tiger Docks. All of the fabrication and preassembly work was done offsite at Tiger Docks’ location in O’Fallon, Missouri.

The assembled sections were transported to the resort where crews completed the installation in just three days to ensure the dock would be ready before the resort opened for the season last year.

With the easier docking and more space for parking boats, Fox Hollow has seen a 25 percent increase in sales. When asked about the new marina after the first summer season, Fox Hollow owner Darren Hubbard called it a “game changer.” He said that many of his customers have called it “the highest quality dock on the entire lake.”

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New Docks Stand Up to Waves and Wind

Located on the Hudson River in Hoboken, New Jersey, the Shipyard Marina/Hoboken Sailing Club is plagued by high exposure to windgenerated waves as well as severe wakes from the ferries that traverse the river in this area. The pressure on the marina has been relentless. “The old timber floating docks just could not handle the rough environment and were constantly being damaged, repaired, and then damaged again,” said Bob Berry, project development manager for Marinetek. Marinetek completed the rebuilding of the marina late last year, replacing the timber docks with new concrete floating docks.

Shipyard Marina chose Marinetek because of its floating dock design. “Our concrete dock systems are designed for rough water, unlike the old waler-style concrete docks,” Berry said. In an effort to reduce costs, the marina chose to use Marinetek’s aluminum finger piers and tee-ends, instead of using all concrete. “This way, they have the big, stable concrete main docks, which are effective wave attenuating docks, and beautiful aluminum finger piers with composite decking. The new marina looks fantastic,” Berry said. The docks are anchored with 18-inch diameter steel pipe piles.

The marina has a total of 52 new slips. Marina Electrical Equipment supplied the new electrical equipment and Trevcon Construction performed the marina installation.

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Aquamarina Palm Harbor Upgrades Amenities and Docks

Aqua Marine Partners has been upgrading some of the features and amenities at Aquamarina Palm Harbor,

which it acquired last August. “This was a very well maintained marina when we purchased it, but some things had aged and needed to be replaced,” said Joni Guerrera, director of business development for the company. Aqua Marine Partners rewired the docks and installed new 30- and 50-amp electrical service pedestals for the marina’s 90 wet slips.

The marina, located in Cape Haze, Florida, can accommodate boats up to 65 feet in regular slips and vessels up to 80 feet in the transient slips. The facility also offers 200 dry storage spaces for boats up to 35 feet, with a travelift onsite for haul-outs up to 50 tons.

Other improvements include a repainted clubhouse, which features a heated pool and hot tub. The marina has made seawall improvements and added privacy for boaters with a new three-station, air-conditioned shower/restroom unit. Other new amenities include a fish cleaning station, additional landscaping and surveillance cameras.

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California Marina Plan Receives Regulatory Approval

A renovation plan for the Balboa West Marina project in Newport Beach, California, has won the approval of the California Coastal Commission. The commission will allow the marina’s owner and developer, the Irvine Company, to increase the number of the marina’s slips from 105 to 131. That’s actually one fewer than in 1964, when the marina was originally constructed. The company will also build a public dock with 12 slips, to be operated by the city of Newport.

The commission’s approval was the last step in a multi-year process. As part of the agreement, the Irvine Company made revisions to its eelgrass mitigation plans. The eelgrass disturbed by the company’s planned proposed 9,900 cubic feet of dredging will need to be replaced at a 1:38 to 1 ratio.

The Irving Company will remove the existing riprap slope on the west side of the marina and replace it with a new riprap slope 15-feed landward. This area is now occupied by a parking lot. The commission said the agreement would result in an increase of 6,722 square feet of water, increasing the soft bottom habitat and enhancing the opportunity for the public to access the bay and public recreational opportunities.

The plans for Balboa West Marina also include a new 14,252-square-foot restaurant building with outdoor deck and patio.

Bill Lobdell of the Irvine Company said they are still finalizing the plan details and a construction timetable. The company will make an announcement once those plans are complete.

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Gloucester Harbor Installs New Docks

Gloucester Harbor in Massachusetts received two new breakwater floats, which will serve as a temporary breakwater during dredging, and eventually part of the new city docks.

With the two-year dredging and cleanup of its harbor nearing completion, the City of Gloucester, Massachusetts, is looking forward to the installation of new docks along its waterfront.

“We had some docks here before, but they weren’t anything like we’re going to have,” Tom Ciarametaro, harbormaster, said. “The new docks are all brand-new, SF Marina Systems wave attenuating floats.” The main dock will be a 14-foot by 148-foot floating breakwater, with eight finger piers (some 45 feet long and others 24 feet long).

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) ordered the cleanup of Gloucester Harbor more than a decade ago. A predecessor company to National Grid, the area’s gas and electric company, had once operated a manufactured gas plant (MPG) along the waterfront. One of the waste products from the manufacturing process was coal tar. A survey found coal tar and other contaminants in both the land and the water around the harbor, and MassDEP said it had to be removed.

GZA Engineering coordinated National Grid’s remediation efforts, which began in the fall of 2015. Over the last two years, it has dredged the harbor in sections, removing the existing docks as necessary to perform the work and then rebuilding the seawall.

The City is paying for the new docks.

“We will have all of our [city] boats here, as well as four temporary tie ups with four-hour limits,” Ciarametaro said, “We will also have a 30-foot dock that will have a shore-side pumpout.” The pumpout will be one option for the boats that use one of the 30 transient moorings available at the harbor; the other is the harbor’s pumpout boat.

SF Marina Systems has already delivered two of the new breakwater floats. “We are right alongside the Coast Guard pier, and their pier had to come out. So they took two of the SF Marina breakwater floats, put them together and anchored them as a temporary breakwater,” Ciarametaro said.

Once the dredging in that area is complete, crews will remove the temporary breakwaters from in front of the Coast Guard station and will reinstall them as part of the new city docks. The original Coast Guard pier will be reinstalled at its original site.

As part of the remediation project, National Grid is also redoing the city’s olomon Jacobs Park. “They dug the
whole thing up and installed a filtration system for any contaminants that come
up in the future,” Ciarametaro said.

The docks and the park should both be completed and open for business by Memorial Day.

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Wrightsville Beach Marina Combines Concrete and Timber Docks

Wrightsville Beach Marina in North Carolina will complete work on new docks from Bellingham Marine this spring.

Wrightsville Beach Marina in North Carolina will have a new look this spring with modern concrete and timber docks.

The marina owners had been planning the renovation project for some time, carefully considering all their options. Working will Bellingham Marine, they evaluated the pros and cons of floating concrete and timber docks in various locations. They eventually decided on Bellingham’s Unifloat concrete docks for the main walks and perimeter floats and Bellingham’s timber docks for finger piers and timber marginal walkways along the bulkhead. A trim of 2 ¾-inch IPE accent board on top of the waler will bring the dock sections together visually, creating a seamless, high-end look.

The marina felt the combination of materials offered the best value for their needs. The concrete docks and main walks will provide durability and stability—an important consideration for Wrightsville Beach Marina’s location along a busy waterway. They also provide good moorage for large boats.

The timber finger piers and walkways will bring the aesthetic and feel of traditional wood docks. Using timber for the shoreline walkways provided an additional benefit; timber docks require only a 6-inch draft, which will work well in the shallow waters along the shoreline at low tide.

The marina owners handled the demolition of the existing docks and utility installation. Bellingham began building the docks in December and is handling the dock installation at the site, working closely with the pile driving company and with the electrical and fuel subcontractors. The biggest challenge has been working around the busy boat traffic through the area.

The renovated marina, slated to be open in April 2017, will have 100 slips, serving boats from 32 feet to 80 feet. The outer transient dock can accommodate boats 100 feet and longer.

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Washington State Marina Gets New Docks

Eagle Harbor Marina on Bainbridge Island in Washington State is in the midst of a major rebuild, replacing its 1980s-era docks with a state-of-the-art floating concrete dock system built by Marine Floats of Tacoma.

Marine Floats constructed the docks off-site, pre-plumbing them for in-slip pumpout. “We have also installed new power pedestals with improved lighting so it will be safer for people to walk at night,” Lisa Wise said. She and her husband Bob co-own and co-manage the marina. The new power pedestals will reduce the risk of electric shock drowning, since they monitor electricity and can detect when a boat is leaking electricity into the water.

The marina has added state-of-theby art WiFi as well. “We recognize that’s
almost a utility today; people want quick and complete internet access,” Wise said.

Permitting for the project took almost two years. “Once we got the permits in place we didn’t want to lose momentum; in June, our group decided we wanted to do whatever we needed to do to get this project completed,” Wise said. Work began on January 2. The window for in-water work was open only until February 15, so work progressed quickly. Crews removed the old creosoted piling and replaced them with new ones that meet today’s environmental standards. The marina remained open during the rebuilding process, with the boats relocated from one area to another as work progressed. The project should be completed by March.

Eagle Harbor Marina is located on the Puget Sound, which means its slipholders do not have to navigate through locks when they want to get to the ocean. The marina has 107 slips ranging in size from 32 to 60 feet, and offers space for several superyachts as well. Most of the slips are rented year round, but the marina does take transient boaters if space is available.

The new docks, in-slip pumpout capabilities and power pedestals are all part of Eagle Harbor Marina’s ongoing efforts to comply with the requirements of the Clean Marina designation from Washington State. The marina staff have spill response kits on hand and provide spill response education to their tenants. They offer recycling for trash off the boats and work with their slip holders to ensure that oil is properly disposed of.

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Marina in Chesapeake Bay Continues Phased Renovations

Tolchester Marina is in its third year making winter renovations to replace old docks.

Located 20 miles north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Tolchester Marina is now in its third year of winter renovations to replace some of its older docks. The family-owned marina, which has 263 slips, opened in 1971.

In the winter of 2014 to 2015, the marina began working with American Muscle Docks & Fabrication Inc. (AMD) to replace some of its stationary docks with floating galvanized steel channel dock with composite decking. “Our boaters like the floating docks and the galvanized steel frames; it’s easier for them to tie to,” said Aaron Bramble, assistant manager and son of the marina owners.

“The first year we did about 22 slips. We replaced one bulkhead with fixed piers, and put in the floating docks. Each of those floating piers has its own ramp down to the finger pier. We did it this way because of the logistics; since the dock was right up against the bulkhead, it was how we maintained the navigable waterway,” he explained.

A year later Tolchester replaced another bulkhead of about 24 slips. “With that bulkhead we were actually able dig out some of the land and move the new bulkhead back. We ended up running one long trunk floating dock down parallel to the bulkhead. The finger piers are attached to that trunk dock and there is a ramp on either end,” Bramble added.

The marina’s boaters liked the new configuration, he said.

Over the winter of 2016 to 2017, AMD is building 63 slips along its floating docks as well as a party platform. AMD designed and built the docks and Tolchester Marina handled the final assembly and installation. Some slips were lengthened from 40 to 50 feet, since the marina would like to be able to welcome larger boats.

The marina used a local contractor to drive the piles for the new docks and this year, because of the number of slips, worked directly with Marina Electrical Equipment on the installation of the new electrical service and pedestals. (AMD handled the pedestal and electrical work in the earlier phases.)

Bramble said AMD has been a good partner. “They have really accommodated us when we’ve hit a snag and had to make a change, like moving the position of the dock
when the piling won’t drive,” he said. The marina is still considering its options for the remainder of the docks, which include some covered slips.

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Suntex Renovating Three Marinas on Eagle Mountain Lake

Construction crews are busy along Eagle Mountain Lake in north Texas this year, renovating three marinas owned and operated by Suntex Marinas.

At Lake Country Marina, Suntex is replacing 42 of its decades-old slips with new docks built by Meeco Sullivan. “The number of slips will remain the same, but the configuration will be different,” said Don King, Suntex Marinas’ Texas regional manager. “We are taking out old 30-foot slips and replacing them with 24-foot slips to accommodate our new market, which is wakeboard boats, pontoon boats and small family boats.” The new docks will include high-power pedestals as well.

Crews will be removing the old poured concrete docks, recycling the steel frames and whatever else they can from the site. Meeco Sullivan, which is supplying and driving the galvanized piling, plans to have all materials on-site by mid-March. The docks should be ready by mid-April.

Lake Country Marina will also be getting a new courtesy dock to serve as temporary mooring for its 250 dry stack boats. With the addition of power pedestals, the dry stack boaters will be able to wash and vacuum their boats or easily inflate water toys.

Suntex Marinas has upgraded the road and paved the parking lot for the docks. It will also be remodeling the bathroom facilities, installing showers and upgrading the fixtures.

Meanwhile, at Harbor One Marina, Suntex is replacing an old 30-foot dock with a new same-size Meeco Sullivan dock that includes a gathering deck. The new dock will offers slips from 20 to 30 feet with upgraded power. The bathrooms at Harbor One will also get an upgrade.

“We want to attract the 24- to 26-foot cruisers here,” King said. The boat owners come down to the deck, bringing their grills and lawn chairs and enjoying the opportunity to socialize. “They’re not just coming out to the lake to get in their boats and go; it becomes more of a lifestyle,” King said. “Hopefully we are not only bringing in long-term customers but growing boating by having people come in and spend time with their friends. They see that boating is fun, and they want to have their own boats, too.”

A new rental boat operation at the marina could encourage those potential boaters to enjoy some time on the water as well.

Last year, Suntex Marinas completed several dock projects at its third marina, Eagle Mountain. This year the biggest in-water work will be the replacement of an underwater truss and the relocation of the rental dock. The big change for this 300-slip marina will be the complete remodeling of the two-story, 15,000-square-foot restaurant building and its adjoining 5,000-square-foot deck.

“We have spent about $250,000 updating the building with new floors and new walls, making it more functional in its layout,” King said. “It will be run by a very professional restauranteur, who is already getting some big acts to come into the marina, including Willy Nelson.”

The park area at the marina will be getting a new playscape with water activities for the kids as well. “It’s going to be more of a destination facility than simply a marina,” said King. Eagle Mountain Marina also includes a boat club.

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Expanded Marine, Multi-Use Development Planned for Portland, Maine

Development company CPB2 has began work on renovating a property in Portland, Maine. The proposed layout, which still needs approvals, includes 220 slips.

Three years ago, development company CPB2 purchased a 10-acre waterfront property in downtown Portland, Maine, planning to renovate and greatly expand the current marina and to build a mixed use development land side.

“We commenced a rezoning of that land from marine industrial uses to mixed uses. That means the waterfront 75 feet back from the seawall is all reserved for marine-related uses only; it could include a marina office with a brokerage in it,” said Jim Brady, one of the company’s three partners/managers.

Part of the property is the 13 acres of submerged land lease (owned by the state), that stretches 1,000 feet along the seawall and goes out into the water 575 feet. There is an active 70-slip marina on the site, with mooring beyond. Portland Yacht Services was the former owner.

“CPB2 plans to completely redo the marina and utilize the majority of the 13-acre submerged land lease,” Brady said.

“We have engaged a marina designer/consultant, Applied Technology Management (ATM), which has been working with us for several years through the concept design, the various due diligence aspects and now on the permitting aspects.” The plans must win approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, the Harbor Commissioner and the City of Portland. Brady expects to have those approvals by third quarter 2017.

“If all goes well and the financing plan is in place, the marina could be built out over the winter of 2017-2018 and the marina could be in place for 2018,” he added.

ATM’s proposed layout includes 220 slips, which will be much longer than the existing ones. The marina will have an area designed specifically to accommodate large yachts, including those more than 200 feet.

One of the marina’s advantages is its location near the Casco Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, but the down side is that the setting leaves it exposed to waves. ATM has proposed a floating concrete dock perimeter that would serve as a wave attenuator. “It’s a really critical aspect to be able to take this from what is a pretty rough marina today to a stable, much more comfortable and safe environment for boaters in the future,” added Brady.

The material for the interior docks has not yet been determined, although the company plans to reuse at least some of the newer existing docks, which are extruded aluminum with wooden decks. The partners will be looking for proposals from bidders when the project goes out to bid; they hope that will happen in the third quarter of this year.

The new marina will definitely include transient docks (42 slips for boats 26 feet and longer and 19 for dinghies), since CPB2 has won a $1.5 million Boating Infrastructure Grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, matching it with $5.3 million of its own. The full marina buildout will exceed $10 million.

While work is progressing in the water, CPB2 will also begin its landside development work. On December 20, 2016, the City of Portland approved the Master Development Plan for the site. It calls for primarily residential building but also mix of office, retail and restaurants.

“Getting approval was a huge hurdle for us; we have been working towards that for years. We are hoping that we will be able to break ground on the first phase before the end of 2017. Our intention is to move forward quickly,” Brady said.

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Marina del Rey Marina Reconstruction Uses First FRP Walers

Bellingham Marine is at work Marina del Rey Marina to replace timber docks with floating concrete. The work involves many phases and a large initial phase to upgrade the utility systems.

The Marina del Rey Marina has embarked on the first phase of a five-year reconstruction plan that will replace aged wooden timber docks with new Unifloat concrete docks from Bellingham Marine. The company should complete phase one and phase two of the project by May 2017.

Phase one includes the removal and replacement of docks 1200 and 1000; these new docks will have 33 slips from 35 feet to 50 feet in length. Phase two will consist of the rebuild of docks 800 and 600. The replacement docks will have 28 slips, 35 to 45 feet in length.
One unique feature of the new docks is the FRP (fiberglass-reinforced plastic) thru rods and walers that Bellingham will install. The company has used FRP thru rods on several projects around the world, but this is the first use of the FRP walers in the U.S.

“We have been doing R&D on this technology for the last five years, and we finally began rolling out these systems last year,” said Eric Noegel, Bellingham’s manager of project development, southwest division. “Our goal is to try and make the walers and thru rods last as long as possible. Galvanized steel corrodes over several decades in a high salinity environment, so we believe this to be a good advancement.”

Bellingham began work on the site in 2014, starting with a massive upgrade of the utility systems for the marina during the construction of the land-side hotel. That was a challenge. “We developed a seven-year plan of how we were going to construct this job,” Noegel said. “We brought in all the new utilities while the old utilities were operational. We stubbed out all the new utilities for the future locations of the new docks, then ran the new utilities from that future stub out along the wall and down to the existing docks. We back-fed the existing docks with the new utilities. In the future, when we pull out the existing docks, demo them and install new ones, all the new utilities will be right at the top of the gangway, ready for us to plug into.”

The renovated marina will offer larger slips to meet the demand for moorage for larger vessels. To accommodate that increased size, the marina had to obtain a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to allow it to build out into the main channel a significant distance, Noegel added.

Since pile driving in the area is permitted only between September 1 and April 1, Bellingham Marine will continue to work on a few project phases each year. The marina will remain open throughout the construction process.

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Work Starts on Multi-Year Neptune Marina Redevelopment

Marina del Rey is the site of other marina construction as well. Over the next three to four years, Legacy Partners will be redeveloping Neptune Marina under a recently approved agreement with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Apartment manager Greystar Development will be a co-developer.

Located on the western half of Marina del Rey, Neptune Marina was built in the 1960s and currently includes 184 slips with 14 end ties and 138 apartments. The redevelopment project will consist of the demolition of the existing marina and apartments and will incorporate parcels of land adjacent to the marina and across the street from it. When construction is complete, the finished project will feature a marina with 161 slips and 13 end ties, a transient dock, a wetlands park, a public promenade and 526 apartment units.

With all the necessary approvals and permits in place, Legacy Partners has started construction of the wetlands park (adjacent to the marina). Apartment construction will come next, with the marina reconstruction beginning once the developers can provide access to it, according to Don Geisinger, senior real property agent, Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors. The plans for the marina are already drawn; it will include concrete floating docks and be ADA accessible.

Geisinger said the project should take three to four years to complete and will have a total price tag of $302 million, which includes both hard and soft costs.

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Hagadone Marine Group Adds to Marine Center

Hagadone Marine Group is building three new buildings for service at its Blackwell Island facility in Idaho. Hagadone also operates an indoor boat storage facility in Stateline, Idaho, and hope to eventually add dry storage to the Blackwell Island facility.

Idaho-based Hagadone Marine Group has announced that it is adding three new buildings to its marine center on Blackwell Island. The construction will create more than 32,000 square feet of service center space with 20 massive roll-up door service bays. Gino Construction and Welch Corner Engineers will be building the project.

The annexation of Blackwell Island by the City of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, helped make the project possible, according to Craig Brosenne, Hagadone Marine Group general manager. “The current infrastructure could not handle the growth. [With the annexation] we will be connected to city water and sewer that will allow for growth and this expansion, to include fire hydrants and city services.” A PUD (planned unit development) designation will allow the proper permitting for marina projects.

The new facility will include trench drains to operate boats inside if needed, fiberglass work areas, boat building, repair and maintenance, rigging, hauling and launching.

Hagadone Marine Group will be consolidating its services at the new location, so it will be closing its current resort boat shop and Coeur custom wood board shop in Post Falls. Staff and operations will be relocated to the Blackwell Island facility. The company said the new facility could create jobs for up to 15 more people.

The existing Hagadone indoor boat storage facilities in Stateline, Idaho, which house 1,400 vessels, will remain open. If the economy continues to grow, Hagadone hopes to build a 250-slip dry storage unit at the Blackwell Island facility. It would be the only dry storage option in that area.

The project should be complete by the spring of 2017.

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New Marina in Newport at Hyatt Hotel

The Hyatt Hotel in Newport, Rhode Island, opened a new marina. The floating concrete system was built by SF Marina Systems.

The Hyatt Hotel in Newport, Rhode Island, recently opened a new marina. The floating concrete marina system, built by SF Marina Systems USA/Sweden, is designed to accommodate vessels more than 200 feet long along the 30-inch freeboard mega berth. The facility also offers three 30-foot slips, seven 60-foot slips, two 90-foot slips and one 230-foot slip. A sloped dock with a six-inch freeboard accommodates kayaks, paddleboards and personal watercraft.

Reagan Construction of Newport, Rhode Island, was the installing contractor and Harbor Engineering of Barrington, Rhode Island, was the project engineer.

To build the Hyatt Marina, SF Marina Systems cast a 13-foot-wide floating breakwater in a single 82-foot section. This is moored on seven 18-inch socket piles to resist the wave load. The other floating docks were also single solid-cast concrete structures. The company shipped the large units from Sweden (in conjunction with docks from another project in Provincetown, while the smaller docks came from SF Marina System’s factory in Virginia.

Other features of the new marina include internal pile guides, solid concrete angled fingers with rounded ends and five and 10-ton stainless steel bollards. For tie-ups, the marina has both three-ton aluminum cleats and SF Marina System’s new five-ton aluminum cleats. The marina also provides in-slip pumpout services.

The project, including permitting, took more than a year to complete.

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Dredging and Marina Planned for Jersey Shore

After almost a decade of discussion and planning, the town of Somers Point, New Jersey, may be getting a new marina by the summer of 2018.

Located on the Great Egg Harbor Bay, across from Ocean City, New Jersey, Somers Point now has only an old dilapidated pier. But the town saw an opportunity.

“We realized that if you have a boat that drafts more than three feet of water and you leave from Cape May (New Jersey), the first place you can go along the south New Jersey shore is the Golden Nugget marina in Atlantic City,” said Greg Sykora, chairman of the town’s economic development council. “Unlike the Chesapeake Bay, there are no other places that you can go to visit a restaurant, stop in and spend the night and then leave the next morning.”

The town’s vision is to dredge the entire bayfront of Somers Point to create that middle area between Cape May and Atlantic City. “It would become the transient boaters’ haven,” Sykora added.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) awarded the town an $800,000 grant to dredge the bay area. “But there’s a caveat; in order to get this money, you have to use the dredge materials to create an ecological uplift,” Sykora said. The town has investigated several possibilities, including inlayer spray drenching (spraying the dredged materials over existing marsh landing to build it up about six inches). But NJDEP would not approve this, since it’s still being tested.

Somers Point also investigated using the dredged material to stop beach erosion, but the material did not have the 80 percent sand mix required for approval. It then suggested building a three-foot high, 10-foot across embankment—landscaped and planted—that would prevent nuisance flooding in one neighborhood. But area residents protested.

Sykora said that they have now found a neighborhood that is amenable to this type of project and the town hopes to receive the permit soon. Since this area is full of the invasive phragmites plants, the DEP wants to eliminate them as much as possible. This project would do that.

Because dredging must stop April 1, Sykora said that the project schedule is very tight. While there is a possibility that the new marina would be ready this year, it’s more likely that it will be open for business in 2018.

According to news reports, the marina will have 300 feet of docks and 35 slips designed for boats 30 feet and longer. Sykora said the design won’t be finalized until after dredging begins.

The town won a $1.5 million federal boating infrastructure grant (BIG) for the marina’s construction.

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Arizona State Parks Building New Marina

Arizona State Parks is re-envisioning the marina at Cattail Cove State Park, after its lease with a private operator expired in 2014. An RFP for a new concessinaire was released, and the new private operator will help guide the plan for the new marina.

Until 2014, a private company operated a marina and RV park on a piece of state-owned land adjacent to Cattail Cove State Park along the Colorado River. When the 40-year lease expired, however, the state declined to renew it and incorporated the land into the park.

“When the contract expired, we had an opportunity to reinvent the property, so we have pretty much scraped it dry and are starting from scratch,” said Sue Black, executive director, Arizona State Parks.

The land where the marina will be built lies to the north of the existing Cattail Cove State Park, and will be called Upper Cattail Cove. The site will include a camping area and cabins, a restaurant, the marina and other yet-to-be determined concessions.

Arizona State Parks recently released an RFP for the operation of the marina. “We are really looking forward to partnering with a private concessionaire. We’ll do what the state parks agency is good at and they will do what they’re good at, and the result will be a wonderful destination for locals, Arizona residents and for national and international visitors,” Black said.

The number of slips will depend on the chosen plan, but Black expects there will be a mix of 60 to 100 slips available for seasonal leaseholders, for transient boaters and for people renting the cabins or staying at the campsite.

Arizona State Parks has not asked the state for any money for the revitalization of the marina and camping area. “We do not receive any general funds; this project will come through a couple of different funding sources. Some of it will be earned revenues at the other properties. Once this is online, we will be able to increase the revenues to take care of that property and hopefully others,” Black said. The agency was able to obtain one grant for construction of a new entrance road to the area, ensuring that there will be enough room to accommodate vehicles hauling trailers and boats.

Black said she’d like both the new campground and the marina to be complete before the area is open. “Some projects are linear, but this is one that we’re going to be able to do several things simultaneously,” she added. “Experience tells me to wait until everything is ready to go so that people who come will really have a wow experience

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Transient Marina Opens in Cincinnati

The new year should bring a new marina designed for transient boaters to the Cincinnati waterfront.

Cincinnati Parks has been planning the marina for more than 10 years, according to Steven Schuckman, superintendent of the parks department’s division of planning and design/program services. The still-to-be named marina will be located on the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati. The year-round facility will offer 29 year-round boat slips, electric and sewage hookups, laundry facilities and bathrooms. Boats could remain at the marina a maximum of 10 days.

Schuckman said the city expects to enter into a construction management contract for the steel docks by early 2017. The $4.5 million cost is being covered by a combination of Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) and city funding.

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Breakwater Marina Completes Renovations

Breakwater Marina in South Portland, Maine, completed its renovations with a polypropylene decking from DuraLife.

Along its majestic harbor overlooking the South Portland, Maine, skyscape and nearby Casco Bay islands, this waterfront is also home to Breakwater Marina, a 121-slip dockominium managed by Port Harbor Marine, Maine’s largest boat dealer.

Breakwater Marina has spent millions of dollars to upgrade the marina and surrounding properties due to the constant assault of saltwater and extreme weather conditions. In fact, the area’s cold, snowy winters and warm summers are often punctuated by severe Nor’easters and wind gusts topping 50 mph to consistently wreak havoc on the floating dock’s structure.

As a result, Custom Float Services of South Portland spent the past four seasons replacing nearly 15,000 square feet of Douglas fir decking, which had deteriorated since its original installation 22 years ago.

“This is an extremely tough climate for docks,” said Scott Dyer, the company’s general manager. “Even pressure-treated decking disintegrates in slow fashion due to the high acidity. Plus, the maintenance is costly and ongoing, often requiring annual inspection and repair or replacement of dock planks that have failed over time.

“Subsequently, we decided the next phase of the marina would only include low-maintenance, composite dock boards.”

Dyer chose DuraLife™ Dock & Boardwalk planks, made of polypropylene for heavy-duty use. The company said polypropylene has been tested to show greater resistance to heat, chemicals, and staining, than polyethylene, while remaining structurally sound and durable.

“We thought it was the ideal choice for meeting both our design criteria and budget for the Breakwater Marina. In addition, we had worked with various other deck boards over the years and just found them flimsym” Dyer said.

The deckboards can be set 24-inches off center, compared to regular decking, which typically is placed 12 to 16 inches off center.
During the four-phase installation process, coastal grey DuraLife deck boards were placed on a timber frame combining pressure-treated southern yellow pine and Weyerhaeuser Parallam® PSL Beams. The planks were then secured with 3.16 grade stainless steel screws to ensure long-term durability against the elements.

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Bear Lake Reaches Halfway Point in Marina Renovations

Bear Lake Marina in Utah replaced 150 slips, with plans to replace the south side of the marina by next boating season.

Located at an elevation of 5,923 feet, Bear Lake is the focal point of Bear Lake State Park in Utah. From May through September, boaters can rent one of 300 slips at Bear Lake Marina, which is run by the state park service. Last spring the park embarked on a project to renovate the marina, replacing half of the 40-year-old, white pine wooden encapsulated docks with a new steel frame and composite decking system from MariCorp US.

The original docks were attached to long, pounded-in piles that were still in relatively good shape after their long submersion in the water, according to Daniel Clark, construction manager for Utah State Parks. “The problem was, the way our dock was configured the piling took up space. We needed to change the alignment of the docks, so we ended up pulling out the old piling,” he said.

Working with J-U-B Engineers, the state decided to anchor the new docks with a spud dock system. Metal tubes with pointed ends were attached to the side of the docks and dropped into the water. Over time, the tubes work their way through the three- to four-foot thick layer of mud at the bottom of the lake until they hit the hard pan layer.

“They are working just fine; they have been in since last spring, and we have had no dock movement whatsoever,” Clark said.

The 150 new slips, which range in size from 32 feet to 20 feet, are on the north side of the marina. The project also included a new gangway and transient dock.

“One of the challenges of the product was the time frame for construction; we were basically constructing this during the winter,” said Marcus Simons of J-U-B Engineers.

“The contractors were working in the snow and rain.” Landmark Companies, which did the installation work, had to keep the deicers running so that they could keep the ice out of the way when the divers were cutting off and removing the old wooden piles. Working with MariCorp representatives, the contractors completed the docks on-site, adding the composite material to the steel frames.

The park also replaced the electrical system and installed new pedestals for the 156 slips that have electricity. “We did have a few glitches with the electrical service,” Clark said. The new system contained all the necessary safeguards to prevent electric shock drowning, but that meant that when some older boats plugged into the power they shut down the system. It took some time to convince some of the boat owners that the problem was with their boats and not with the power system, Clark said.

The state has budgeted funds to replace the remaining docks and slips on the south side of the marina by the beginning of the next boating season; bids went out this fall.

Clark said he’s come up with a plan to avoid the electrical problems on this new renovation. “We are going to have a specific test pad, so if anybody has concerns they will be able to test their boat’s connection point for electricity. We will be able to tell them where the problem is,” he added.

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Upgrades Underway at Cross View Marine Services

Now that it has become part owner and full-time manager of the former Battery Park Marina in Sandusky, Ohio, Hoty Marina Group has renamed the facility Cross View Marine Services and is making upgrades to it. (The family of former owner John Pheiffer retains an interest in the marina as well.)

The 14.5-acre waterfront site on the Sandusky Bay includes more than 140 outside slips, a 93,000-square-foot heated boat storage building and a 3,000-square-foot shop.

“We are redoing the lift well there. It was an old pier and timber seawall, and we’ve put in some concrete and sheet wall. It is really a two-century upgrade, since the original seawall dates back to the 1800s,” said John Hoty, president, Hoty Enterprises Inc.

The company has painted the storage building, which has a capacity of more than 200 boats. Contractors have redone the wiring and the sprinkler system and upgraded the video security and the backup generator. It has also installed five new high-efficiency heaters that provide almost two million BTUs of heat, which is now more evenly distributed throughout the building.

“We’ve also made major upgrades to the equipment here, including two travel lifts, a forklift and a boom crane,” Hoty said. Although another Hoty Marina Groups facility, Venetian Marina, will now handle all the service management functions, Cross View Marine Services will continue to provide on-site service at its facility as well.

The marina’s prime location—just across the Sandusky Bay from Cedar Point, known as the roller coaster capital of the world—makes it a good candidate for additional renovations. “Our plan is to upgrade the marina facilities, either through more storage or upland improvements. We will probably be expanding the marina basin as part of our long-term plan,” Hoty said.

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Year-Long Renovations Closing National Seashore Marina

Four years after Hurricane Sandy devastated the New York/New Jersey coastal areas, Woodstock Construction of Bayville, New York, has started a $5.4 million renovation project at Watch Hill Marina. The marina is located in Fire Island National Seashore in New York and the U.S. Park Service has closed the marina to both private boaters and ferry services during the year-long renovation.

The project will replace the existing electrical distribution systems. The contractor will build a new electrical building that houses all the circuit panels, elevating the building to FEMA flood heights. It will replace the existing electrical conduit and conductors and install new pedestals on the dock slips, raising them an additional foot and equipping them with special collars. The marina will get new, more energy-efficient lighting as well.

Woodstock Construction will also strengthen the substructure on the boardwalk adjacent to the marina and install composite lumber over it, making the marina more resilient to future storms.

“We are working to ensure that this marina is sustainable for years to come,” said Chris Soller, superintendent of Fire Island National Seashore.

The Watch Hill Marina opened in 1967 and has 182 slips with 120- and 208-volt service. Of those slips, 159 slips can accommodate boats with a draft to five feet and eight- to 17-foot beams; the remaining 23 can accommodate boats with 15- to 18-foot beams. The marina rents slips on a daily basis with a maximum 14-day stay.

Funding for the project comes from the Federal Highway Administration (through the Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Lands) and the National Park Service (through obligated funds through the Hurricane Sandy Relief Supplement Aid and through recreation fees).

Unless New York experiences extreme weather, work on the marina should continue throughout the winter. The project, which started on September 12, should wrap up by September 1, 2017.

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New York State Parks Awards Largest-Ever Marina Contract

Meeco Sullivan has won a $7.5 million contract to revise and reconfigure the existing 1,063-slip Lake Erie Marina in the Inner Harbor of the City of Buffalo, New York. The contract is one of the largest ever awarded in the New York State Parks System. Including the work already done by NYS Parks, the total spending for the project will exceed $22 million.

Safe Harbor Development, which operates Lake Erie Marina, will replace all of its existing floating docks and walkways. Meeco Sullivan will construct the new docks with a galvanized steel frame system with composite deck and encapsulated floatation. The docks will include slip sizes from 11 feet by 24 feet to 20 feet by 50 feet, as well as 30-foot, 34-foot and 40-foot slips to accommodate the most popular boat sizes in the area.

Meeco Sullivan also will construct a new, 400-foot wind and wave attenuator to protect fueling and courtesy slips at the mouth of the harbor. The transient slips are being built with a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with a match coming from Safe Harbor Development.

Working with NYS Parks, Meeco Sullivan will replace the current boat ramps, pave seven acres of parking and replace all water and sewer on land as well as on the docks. The company will place all overhead electric underground and provide a new gas dock with modern fueling stations and pumps with transient slips attached. Plans call for renovations to the operations, management and boater services building; renovations to the marina’s full-service restaurant, Charlies Boat House, began this year and will resume once the docks and related infrastructure are completed.

“The City of Buffalo is very excited about this new marina and how it will contribute to both the Buffalo revitalization efforts and to the local economy as well as to the quality of life for Buffalo residents who love the water,” said Darby Campbell, president and owner of Safe Harbor Development. Campbell said the marina chose Meeco Sullivan because of its experience, design quality and ability to deliver a project of this size on time and on budget. The company worked closely with the marina to achieve the maximum use of space while updating slip sizes and amenities.

One of the major challenges was incorporating the right anchoring system for the new permanent floating docks. Meeco Sullivan designed a chain and cable anchoring system with driven piles beneath the water; this system will withstand the extreme temperature changes and water flow conditions in the Lake Erie waters while maintaining the dock’s new clean, aesthetic look.

Meeco Sullivan was scheduled to begin work at the end of the 2016 boating season. It will install new docks throughout the fall and winter months so that the new marina will be ready for a spring 2017 opening.

“The obvious construction challenge will be wind, snow, cold and ice,” Campbell said. “We hope to get ahead of the really bad weather and then resume when we are able. Let’s pray for a mild winter.”

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Blu Harbor Community Built Around New Marina

A developer completed work on a marina in Redwood, California. The Blu Harbor community also includes apartments, recreation buildings and playgrounds.

Bellingham Marine recently completed work on a 64-slip marina for the new Blu Harbor community in Redwood, California. Blu Harbor will include 420 apartments, a recreation and leasing building, a playground and ball courts on 10.3 acres of land. The new marina, built on 2.9 acres of open water, will offer double-berth slips 35 feet to 40 feet long and a kayak launch with a 7.4-inch freeboard and a wash down area.

ECR Construction, owned by site developer The Pauls’ Corp., was the general contractor for the project. Bellingham Marine served as a subcontractor for the waterside portion of the project, which included everything from the seawall out. Bellingham engineered and designed the marina’s new concrete floating dock system and manufactured it at its plant in Dixon, California. Bellingham self-performed all the trades in the construction of the new marina, including demolition of an existing fiberglass dock system, installation of the floating docks and gangway, pile driving, and installation of utilities and fire system.

The project went smoothly, according to Gegam Burnazyan, Bellingham’s project manager. “There was a lot of coordination required beforehand with the landside contractor to make sure that the marina was properly provided for from a utilities standpoint,” he said. “The other challenge was that there were a lot of condos going up on the site, and we had to work around all of that.” The slips will include electrical, water and communication (television and internet) services.

“Slip rentals will be open to the public and not subject to any rental requirements for the dwelling units on-site,” said Derek Engelsman, project manager for Pauls Corp. Slip lessees will have unrestricted access to the amenity spaces on-site, including the recreation/leasing building (which will also house the Harbormaster’s office), pool, spa, fitness/cardio studios and outdoor showers at the pool area. Marina parking is housed in the secure space of the 7.5-story parking structure.

This was the second project that Bellingham Marine has designed and built for Pauls Corp. In 2014, the company completed a 32-slip marina at a 249-unit townhome project just half a block from the current Blu Harbor site.

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Marinetek Working on Bermuda Megayacht Marina

A rendering of Kings Point Marina in Bermuda, slated for completion in January 2017.

When the America’s Cup fleet arrives in Bermuda in 2017, a new destination resort and marina will be open to visitors eager to follow the action. Set in a cove within the Morgan’s Point peninsula, King’s Point Marina will offer a range of standard slip sizes plus mooring options for vessels of any size including megayachts.

Morgan’s Point resort will include a community of low to mid-rise waterfront homes and a 79-room Ritz-Carlton hotel, which will operate the marina as well as a spa and luxury restaurants. The project will be will be completed in phases.

The marina was designed by Edgewater Resources, built by Marinetek and installed by Correia Construction. Since it was built on the site of a former U.S. naval base, the area required extensive government-funded cleanup, which started in April 2013.

Marinetek started its work on Kings Point Marina in May 2016. “Our turn-key project includes Marinetek 5300BRK wave attenuating pontoons safeguarding an aluminum-framed interior pontoon arrangement, anchored by steel pipe piles and featuring concrete floats and ipe hardwood decking,” said Richard Murray, managing director of Marinetek North America Inc. The breakwaters mitigate the southeasterly waves and provide safe and comfortable mooring for the marina.

Standard slips will be available for vessels of 40 to 80 feet, while 950 feet of side-tie dockage is offered for megayachts up to 250 feet. A med-mooring arrangement covering an area of 1,120 feet has been incorporated for vessels of varying sizes. All mooring has been designed to meet appropriate hurricane loading regulations.

The marina should be completed by January 2017, in plenty of time for the America’s Cup races in June.

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Updated Amenities for Florida Yacht Club

Marinas today are adding more upscale amenities to cater to the slip owners’ tastes. After completely renovating its fitness center, Pelican Isle Yacht Club in southwest Florida celebrated the facility’s grand reopening in September. The floor-to-ceiling makeover included new flooring and wall treatments and the installation of state-of-the-art, Wi-Fi integrated TechnoGym cardio and strength equipment. The club also updated the spa services and aerobics rooms to create a cohesive, contemporary atmosphere throughout the facility.

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Costa Rican Marina Designed for Gigayachts

To add to its upscale amenities, Pelican Isle Yacht Club in Florida upgraded its fitness center with new equipment and aesthetics.

Golfito Marina Village & Resort is a new, 40-plus acre luxury community on the Southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. When completed, it will include a deepwater access, 135- to 137-private slip marina with support for megayachts up to and exceeding 400 feet, plus a high-end boutique hotel 60 villas. Developed by Hacienda El Dorado, the Golfito Marina will be the only authorized pick-up and drop-off zone for yacht transport ships on the west coast of both Central and South America.

“The main pier and all of the slips from 40 feet to 150 feet will be built with composite decking,” said Monica Swiergula, resort executive coordinator. “The superyacht side of the marina with 100-meter [328-foot] slips will have concrete decks. All of the marina slips are floating with side-to configuration.

“We’ve partnered with Marina Electrical Equipment (MEE) to design and supply top-level electrical services to ensure ample power availability especially for super and gigayachts,” Swiergula said. “The system offers a total of 4000A at 480-volts three-phase, using receptacle offerings from 30A to 300A with wireless metering of all utilities. Electrical power will be delivered to the vessels with a comprehensive range of distribution equipment including ultra-efficient GTX unit substations, power pedestals, and GTX Super and Giga-Yacht Center.”

CMI is the contractor for the Blue Flag marina. The Blue Flag designation means that the marina will meet and maintain a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety-related and access-related criteria.

Seaflex designed and supplied the anchoring system and provided installation support for the project. “The client wanted an aesthetically pleasing marina and did not want long piles sticking out of the water,” said Brian Hylland, Seaflex area marketing manager. “The Seaflex system is completely under the water and is able to keep the marina secured during the full four meters (13 feet) of tidal fluctuation with the full design loads, which are high with such large gigayachts vessels.”

Shipping the Seaflex system and the small equipment required to install it was also a less costly option than shipping piles and pile driving equipment to the site.

The marina will also include:

• A 265-foot fuel dock with high-volume filtered fuel pumps (175 gallons per minute)
• A boatyard with a 45-ton travel lift
• Dry storage for 75 boats up to 40 feet
• 24/7 harbor patrol and security
• Complimentary water taxi services
• In-slip bilge pumping and sewage pumping stations
• A marina service boat with three fire canons and miscellaneous support equipment
• Live bait wells and tackle shop
• A marina village with approximately 30 stores

Phase one of the marina, which include the main pier, the fuel dock and 38 slips, is now complete.

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Wolf Creek Marina Updates Slip Configuration

Suntex Marinas acquired Wolf Creek Marina on Lake Cumberland in Kentucky, and is planning to add 46 slips by March 2017.
Suntex Marinas acquired Wolf Creek Marina on Lake Cumberland in Kentucky, and is planning to add 46 slips by March 2017.

Suntex Marina Investors announced in late August that it had acquired Wolf Creek Marina on Lake Cumberland in Kentucky. Now, it is planning renovations to optimize the marina’s configuration.

“Currently there are 226 slips, most in very good condition,” said Suntex Marinas’ David Henry. “We are currently removing obsolescent slips and building new ones to meet current market demand.” The marina has an average slip size of just more than 60 feet; they include covered and uncovered 30 and 40-foot slips for cruisers and 80 to 100-foot slips for houseboats.

“We will be adding 46 new Meeco Sullivan slips: 26 uncovered 90 footers, 10 covered 36-footers and 10 covered 40-footers,” Henry said. The new slips will meet the size and quality demands of boaters on the lake today. Suntex has already ordered the docks and construction will begin as soon as the marina obtains the necessary permits. The company hopes to have the project completed by the end of March 2017.

The new marina owners will also make cosmetic repairs to asphalt on the uplands and to some other docks as well. While long-term renovation plans are tentative, they could include further slip buildout of the marina and potential development of floating cabins.

Wolf Creek Marina features a fully-stocked marine store, a restaurant called Fishtales, bath houses, fuel pumps, pump out facilities, water taxis and boat rental operation. Suntex had previously acquired State Dock Marina, also on Lake Cumberland, which is one of the largest and most visited lakes in the U.S.

“By investing in Wolf Creek as well as State Dock we are able to enhance the services offered to visitors to Lake Cumberland. This popular destination is a pristine location and we are looking forward to adding to the already high-quality experience the facility provides,” said Chris Petty, head of operations at Suntex Marinas.

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Reconfigured Docks, New Ship Store at Eagle Rock Marina

Eagle Rock Marina on Table Rock Lake in Missouri built a new floating ship store and dock, its most recent addition to meet demand on the lake.
Eagle Rock Marina on Table Rock Lake in Missouri built a new floating ship store and dock, its most recent addition to meet demand on the lake.

For the last 10 years, under the ownership of Ron and Rick King, Eagle Rock Marina has been adding new slips in response to the increasing boater presence on Table Rock Lake in Missouri. The facility recently completed its most visible renovation to date, bringing in a new 16-slip dock and a new ship store with its own separate dock.

“We’ve been planning this for three to four years,” said Darrell Tilford, marina manager. MariCorp US built both of the new concrete floating docks, placing the ship store dock at one side of the marina to make building construction easier. Once the store was complete, MariCorp pushed the dock into its intended position.

“On Monday, August 15, we got all of the old utilities unhooked: electric, fuel and phone. On Tuesday we started the initial move; by 2 p.m., we had the new store in place and had electricity running to it. By Wednesday we had the phone service and gasoline back in, and on Thursday, August 18 we started opening the marina back up,” Tilford said.

At 24 feet by 32 feet, the new store building is more twice the size of the old structure. It features wood log siding and large beams on the interior. “We had the oldest building on the lake; construction on it started in 1959,” Tilford said. “Now we have the newest building on the lake.”

MariCorp also built the new 16-slip dock and assisted Eagle Rock Marina in a reconfiguration of the marina.

“We used to be a long stretch—300 feet from end to end, running parallel to the shore,” Tilford said. “Now everything is perpendicular to the shore, and each dock has its own separate walkway.” The seven docks at the marina have 150 covered slips and, since the renovations, each dock has separate electricity running to it. The marina brought in enough power to accommodate more boats in the future.

“If the demand continues we would love to go to 300 slips,” Tilford said.

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Expanded Provincetown Marina Includes More Amenities

GCM Contracting Solution is building a tilt-up concrete wall dry storage building. It should be completed by early 2017.
The newly renovated and renamed Provincetown Marina in Provincetown, Massachusetts, reopened with new docks, breakwaters and electrical system, geared for high-end megayachts.

The former Fisherman’s Wharf in Provincetown, Massachusetts, has reopened under a new name—Provincetown Marina—and with more and larger slips to accommodate today’s megayachts.

Chuck and Ann Legasse, owners of Charlestown Marina and Boston Yacht Harbor, bought the property just after January 1 and immediately set about renovating it. The tight schedule challenged SF Marina Systems USA, which provided concrete floating docks and breakwaters for the facility.

“We had to design and manufacture and deliver some of the docks by late April,” said Mason Sears, sales and marketing, SF Marina Systems. The first shipment included docks that run alongside the pier; part of SF Marina’s 1200 series, they have a higher freeboard of 25 inches to accommodate high-end yachts. These docks have 14 to 16 foot-wide walkways.

The second shipment of docks, which were scheduled for delivery in late August, are both 14 feet and 20 feet wide and have unique large internal piles. The 20-foot wide floating breakwater included with this shipment will have a draft of almost six feet. The installation of these floating breakwaters will create a new protected marina basin, as well as berthing for yachts up to 300 feet.

“Since our factory in the U.S. had other projects at the time, the docks were manufactured in our factory in Sweden and delivered via ship,” Sears said. “That helped with the time and also provided the convenience of having them unloaded into the water at the location of the project.”

The docks feature aluminum cleats, stainless steel bollards, internal routed utilities and EPI decked finger piers. Marina Electrical Equipment installed the pedestals, color matching them to the light gray color scheme of the dock.

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Construction Underway at Waukegan Harbor and Marina

This rendering shows Bay Marine, a new dry storage and boatyard service facility. Construction has started and will be complete in 2017.

A long-term ground lease agreement between Bay Marine of Sturgeon Bay and Waukegan Harbor & Marina on the western shores of Lake Michigan in Illinois will bring a new boating facility to the harbor’s south recreational basin.

Bay Marine has recently started work on the Chicago Yachting Center, which includes inside heated and outdoor boat storage, a fully-certified boat service and new, used and brokerage yacht sales. The improvements will include a new 85-ton liftwell. Bay Marine is building the new facility on the site of a former parking lot.

The new metal storage building, which will also contain office space, will be able to accommodate more than 100 boats from 35 to 65 feet according to Greg Pupecki, the harbor’s general manager.

The Chicago Yachting Center will be the first new development of this kind in the harbor for 30 years. “Additional new developments and growth, including new restaurants, shops and expansion of the lakefront HarborWauk will provide a welcoming environment to those seeking a boating experience or merely a stroll along the lake,” Pupecki said.

In late July, construction crews were creating the passageway for the liftwell and putting the infrastructure in for it. “Groundbreaking for the building will probably be somewhere in late fall or early winter, and they will be able to take boats for indoor heated storage in 2017,” Pupecki said.

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Dania Beach Marina Will Offer Megayacht Parking

Edelman Development Corporation hopes to soon begin construction on a marina in Dania Beach, Florida, that will cater to owners of yachts 100 feet or longer. Work will start as soon as the company receives the necessary permits from the Army Corps of Engineers and gets final approval from the City of Dania Beach.

“The city has already reviewed our plans and issued comments, so we anticipate that from the time we get the Army Corps permit it will be about 45 days before we break ground,” Ken Edelman, company president, said.

The marina will offer 2,400 linear feet of docking space. “We have the versatility to accommodate someone with a 100-foot boat or a 180-foot boat; we will have all the power requirements and facilities for either one of them,” Edelman said.

“Large vessels have few choices of where they can go in this area; many of them come into Lauderdale for repairs, and they go up the river to Marina Mile. They may or may not need a tug depending on the size of their boat, and there are quite a few bridges. It can take up an hour and a half for the boat to get there,” he said.

“In our location, we are deepwater access, we have no bridges, they won’t need a tug and they can be in the ocean in 10 minutes,” Edelman said.

The marina will have a dock master facility with a gym for yacht crews, but is not intended to be a resort location where owners will come to stay. “This is for the owner that doesn’t need the resort-style amenities,” Edelman said. “Their boats can be in a totally secure facility, just one-quarter mile from the airport, at a much more competitive rate.”

The new marina will feature floating concrete docks. The company has received several proposals from marina contractors in South Florida but had not awarded the project as of early August. It has not yet selected a marina operator, either.

Edelman said that he hopes to have the necessary permits soon. “Our goal is to have the marina open by {Fort Lauderdale} Boat Show 2017, but if we can’t get shovel in the ground by October that goal might not be met,” he said.

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North Tonawanda Completing Multi-Year Marina Renovation

The City of North Tonawanda, New York, has embarked on the last phase of its multi-year project to improve and expand its Gratwick Riverside Park marina. The facility is located on the Niagara River, close enough to Niagara Falls for boaters at the marina to see the mist rising from them.

When the project is completed next spring, the marina should have 80 to 100 boat slips and 50 jet ski docks, according to Dale Marshall, the city engineer.

North Tonawanda has owned the marina since 2005, when the yacht club that had been renting the facility relocated. A few years later, the city embarked upon a multi-year, multi-million dollar project to revitalize the marina and to better accommodate the needs of local and transient boaters.

The first step was the opening of Lumberjacks Patio and Grill adjacent to the marina. A former local resident turned restauranteur is operating the restaurant, which features a very large deck overlooking the river and the marina. In 2012, the city used a $300,000 grant from the Niagara County Greenway Trail Commission to run three-phase power, build a pump station for the restaurant and to build a sheet pile wall next to it.

In 2013 and 2014, a Boating Infrastructure Grant supplied $700,000 of the approximately $1 million that the city needed to dredge the first slip bay, to tight sheet the walls and the install lighthouse-type boater pedestals with water and electricity.

“Everything was side tie, but we put in the pedestals as if we were going to put in finger docks, because we eventually wanted to maximize the transient docking there,” Marshall said. The grant also covered construction of a large, handicapped accessible bathroom.

The city later dredged the remaining two bays and demolished the existing docks, replacing them in 2015 with aluminum and polyethylene structures from EZ Dock. (Another local marina, Anchor Marine on Grand Island, assisted the city with this process.)

“Along the southern edge of the bay we put in the fingers, using 12-inch pipe pile, with two piles per dock and two boats per dock,” Marshall said. The construction crews pounded the pipe piles in until they hit bedrock, then filled them with concrete so the ice will not move them.

The top of the piles have a gusset placed on top to prevent ice damage. “If the ice ever tries to come up and push the dock off the pipe pile, the gusset should split the ice before that happens,” Marshall said.

When the project is complete either late this year or early next spring, the marina will offer 52 30-foot slips in the third bay; 24-foot slips and space for 45 jet ski docks in the second bay; and 26-foot slips on one side of the first bay with side tie dockage on the other side.

The project has also included new walkways and improved lighting in Gratwick Riverside Park, which is home to the marina. Pinto Construction Company of Buffalo, New York, has done much of the infrastructure and park improvements while Herbert F. Darling Inc. of Williamsville, New York, and Ferraro Piing and Shoring of Crittenden, New York, handled the pipe piles.

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New Pier Construction in Florida Keys with an Unusual Twist

GCM Contracting Solution is building a tilt-up concrete wall dry storage building. It should be completed by early 2017.
Marathon Marina in Marathon, Florida, is working on replacing its ship store and fuel dock. It worked with Bellingham Marine to develop a unique construction plan that helped work around a busy marina.

Marathon Marina is located in the middle of the Florida Keys at the entrance to Boot Key. The marina needed to replace its ship store and fuel dock at the end of a long pier, but wanted to find a way to do it in an efficient way and with minimal disruption to its slip holders and to visiting boaters.

Working with Bellingham Marine, Marathon Marina came up with the solution. Bellingham Marine built the 44-foot-squre platform on which the building will sit in several sections, shipped them to the marina and assembled them on-site. The Bellingham crew then moved the entire section to the interior of the marina, making it easily accessible to construction crews working on the marina. Instead of having to trudge each day to the end of a 300-foot pier lugging all their tools, the workers had a short walk to the platform’s temporary location. Once the building is completed, Bellingham will have moved that dock sectionwith its brand new, completed building—to its permanent location at the end of the pier.

“This allowed the builders to be a lot more efficient and saved costs on building the structure,” said Steve Ryder, manager of project development, USA southeast division.

Bellingham’s scope of work for the entire project included demolition and replacement of the existing fixed pier structure and the demolition and replacement of the existing 220-foot walkway that leads out to the fuel dock and the new ship store. The new pier will consist of Unifloat concrete floating docks and will have 20 slips for transient vessels as large as 50 feet. Bellingham also installed all the necessary utilities for the new dock area.

One of the challenges of this project was working around all the boating activity. “Unlike the rest of Florida at this time of year, a lot of people come down here in July and August going after lobsters,” Ryder said. “You have a very, very busy marina and you’re doing construction in the middle of it.”

Since Marathon Marina included transient docks in its new dock, it was able to obtain a Boating Infrastructure Grant to pay for some of the project. Bellingham expects to complete its work in October.

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New Jersey Marina Celebrates Reopening after Sandy Devastation

GCM Contracting Solution is building a tilt-up concrete wall dry storage building. It should be completed by early 2017.
Sandy Hook Bay Marina, rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy, reopened in May. Already the marina is at 98 percent occupancy.

There was nothing left of Sandy Hook Bay Marina after Hurricane Sandy swept through in 2012. “The storm completely obliterated the barrier island where the ocean met the bay and wiped out pretty much everything,” said Gloria VanBiert, the marina’s manager.

But after a great deal of hardship and years of planning and construction, Sandy Hook Bay Marina reopened this year, ready to welcome its boating customers with an array of new amenities.

“Prior to Sandy we had approximately 90 slips in the marina, some floating docks, a restaurant, a mechanic’s shop, travel lift and parking lot,” VanBiert said. “Now the marina has been rebuilt with 130 slips—15 reserved for transients—with space for boats from 25 feet to 70 feet.” Albert Marine Construction of Waretown, New Jersey, installed the new floating docks manufactured by Meeco Sullivan. The slips offer both 30- and 50-amp service.

The project included the installation of new boardwalk and new wave screens. “The bulkhead is built up to an elevation of 14 feet so that we’re not going under; it can take us up to a Category 2 hurricane,” VanBiert said. “The property also offers a lot of amenities, including air conditioned restrooms and showers, an outdoor pool, a barbecue area and fire pit and a private veranda deck for marina members that overlooks the Manhattan skyline. “We will soon be opening a new restaurant called the Bay Point Inn and a Captain’s Bar out on the point.”

Sandy Hook Bay Marina will be offering in-water winter storage and has installed the Pilemate system to prevent freezing. It will be putting in a de-icing system as well.

Since the marina reopened on May 1, demand for slips has been high and by late July the marina had 98 percent occupancy.

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Ocean City Marina Install Boatlifts

GCM Contracting Solution is building a tilt-up concrete wall dry storage building. It should be completed by early 2017.

Ocean City Fishing Center in Ocean City, Maryland, cannot install boatlifts fast enough to meet the demand for them. It is installing 28 boatlifts at its slips, which are rented to annual slipholders as soon as they are complete

Over the past several years, Rolfe Gudelsky, operations manager at Ocean City Fishing Center (OCFC) in Maryland, has seen a change in the boats that its fishermen are using. “Everybody is making a high-end center console,” he said. That’s just one of the reasons that the marina is in the process of installing 28 new lifts from Golden Boat Lifts.

Boaters today are less willing to wait for lifts to take their boats in and out of the water, Gudelsky said. “They want the ability to go whenever they want; the lift gives them the ability to go in and out at their convenience.”

OCFC hosts numerous large, offshore boats, many with quad 350s and oversized fuel tanks. The facility chose Golden’s 4-Post lifts with 24,000 pound capacities because it was adaptable to a wide range of hull shapes.

The marina reconfigured its docks to make room for the lifts, since the slips in this section of the marina were originally designed for boats much smaller than then 40-foot vessels the new lift will be able to handle.

Ocean City Boat Lifts of Bishopville, Maryland, which handled installation of the marina’s new lifts, found a way to make more efficient use of the space. Instead of the six taller posts and top rails that lifts of this size would usually require, it was able to multipurpose the center piling so they would work for both sides of the slip. Working with the marina, it also repurposed the original piling from the small slips it was taking out and used them for finger piers for the new construction. That provided a substantial cost savings, Gudelsky said.

By late July, OCFC had seven of the 28 planned boatlift slips completed. “We were originally setting them up for monthly leases, and we had such a demand that we moved straight to seasonal and year round,” Gudelsky said. The boatlift slips are full, and every time one becomes available it gets leased out immediately.

“I’m astonished by the demand I’ve seen,” he said.

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Rose Marina Gets Tilt Wall Boat Storage Facility

GCM Contracting Solution is building a tilt-up concrete wall dry storage building. It should be completed by early 2017.
GCM Contracting Solution is building a tilt-up concrete wall dry storage building. It should be completed by early 2017.

GCM Contracting Solutions is building a state-of-the-art boat storage facility for Rose Marina on Marco Island, Florida. The 41,248-square-foot facility features tilt-up concrete walls that are more than 54 feet high and 11 inches thick on the exterior.

“We used tilt wall construction due to the space available, the hurricane wind ratings and the long life and durability of a poured solid wall type of construction,” said Robert Brown, GCM Contracting Solution’s owner and president. “Tilt wall also offers the ultimate fire protection, creating a four-hour fire separation between boat bays.”

All construction, including the pouring of the tilt up walls, was done on a site with limited space. “The existing ship store was and is still open to the public, and during construction panels were placed with eight inches of the existing ship store,” Brown added.

The new building at Rose Marina will provide dry stack housing for 142 boats that will set on steel beams installed by GCM. “The boat bays will be able to hold boats of sizes up to 40 feet, with side-by-side storage up to three tiers high,” Brown said. The interior boat beam demising walls are all 7 ¼ inches thick.

GCM began demolishing the existing structure in September 2015 and poured the first foundations just a month later. It expects to complete the building by early 2017. Rose Marina had reservations for 80 percent of the available storage bays even before the walls started going up.

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Fast Turnaround for Provincetown Docks

SF Marina Systems USA is renovating Fisherman’s Wharf in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The new marina, Provincetown Marina, will be doing a number of dock renovations until spring of 2017.
SF Marina Systems USA is renovating Fisherman’s Wharf in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The new marina, Provincetown Marina, will be doing a number of dock renovations until spring of 2017.

It took SF Marina Systems USA only a few months to transform the former Fisherman’s Wharf in Provincetown, Massachusetts, into the upgraded Provincetown Marina. The facility will eventually offer 60 slips to accommodate vessels up to 300 feet, as well 110 moorings with launch service.

Chuck and Ann Lagasse, who also own Charlestown Marina and Boston Yacht Harbor, ordered new floating concrete docks from SF Marina Systems shortly after they purchased the property in January 2016. “We had just a few months to design, manufacture and deliver the docks,” said Mason Sears, vice president of sales and marketing at the company.

SF Marina Systems manufactured the first portion of the docks in its factory in Sweden and delivered them via ship late April. Those docks, which will run alongside the pier, have a higher freeboard of 25 inches to accommodate high-end yachts. With 14- to 16-foot wide walkways and EPI-decked finger piers, the docks include features such as aluminum cleats, stainless steel bollards, internal routed utilities and energy absorbing pile guides. Marina Electrical Equipment installed the pedestals and transformers and color-matched them to the marina’s light gray color scheme.

The second shipment of docks, scheduled to arrive in late summer, are unique because they contain large internal piles, Sears said. These docks will extend out from the pier and form a protected area for the marina. Their walkways will vary in width from 14 feet to 20 feet.

The company also installed floating breakwaters that will create a new protected marina basin as well as berthing for the larger superyachts. The breakwaters offer the same features as the yacht docks but with a deeper draft that prevents wave energy from passing through.

SF Marina Systems expects to complete the second buildout in the spring of 2017.

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Major Renovations Continue at Sardis Lake Marina

When new owners purchased Sardis Lake Marina in Sardis, Mississippi, long-awaited repairs at the marina began. Most recently, MariCorp US added docks for 32 new covered slips, completed in March.
When new owners purchased Sardis Lake Marina in Sardis, Mississippi, long-awaited repairs at the marina began. Most recently, MariCorp US added docks for 32 new covered slips, completed in March.

In July 2011, Sardis Lake Marina in Sardis, Mississippi, was hit by 85 to 90 mph winds that damaged more than 80 boats and threw one 32-slip section of dock onto another of the same size. In all, the storm damaged 64 of the marina’s 140 slips. The owners at the time chose not to rebuild, but maintained the marina enough to keep it open.

In January 2015, AMS (Airline Maintenance Service Inc.) purchased the facility and immediately began upgrades and improvements to offer a better experience for boaters and other visitor to the lake.

“After the purchase last year, there wasn’t enough time to add slips, but we did start making general upgrades,” said Ben Hoff, marina manager. “We took an old office and turned it into a customer lounge area, and opened up a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating that overlooks the lake. This year we got approval from the Corps of Engineers to build a huge patio and deck area out to the side of our restaurant. It will include a 3,000 -square-foot concreted area to accommodate private parties as well as the general public plus a wooden deck structure that overhangs the lake and has a gazebo band structure.”

This spring Sardis Lake Marina added 32 new covered slips from MariCorp US. The new docks are floating concrete with 16 slips on each side plus space to dock a few boats on the end. “Each slip has electricity and water that comes with the pricing,” Hoff said. The marina, which also offers side-tie dockage, has a fuel dock and pumpout.

Since the marina had no boat ramp, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permitted MariCorp to use its adjacent ramp area to stage and build the new docks and then float them over the lake and install them. The docks were in place by the end of March, just in time for the beginning of the marina’s season, which runs from April 1 to March 31 each year.

Sardis Lake Marina offers both long-term and transient dockage. The owners have also added rental boats and rental jet skis and plans continued improvements including the construction of a new ship store next year.

Hoff said that the marina wants to welcome not only boaters but also people who are visiting the lake as campers or just for the day. “We are trying to keep moving forward, giving our customers good value and giving them a reason to come out to the lake,” he said.

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Connecticut Coast Guard Gets New Docks and Wave Attenuator

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, has new slips and docks for sailing exercises. Bellingham Marine is also building another lower freeboard dock for lauching smaller boats, which will be completed in early August.

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, has new slips and docks for sailing exercises. Bellingham Marine is also building another lower freeboard dock for lauching smaller boats, which will be completed in early August.

Cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, now have new slips and docks for various sailboat exercises. Bellingham Marine designed the docks, manufactured them starting in January 2015 and completed installation by mid-May.

Two 100-foot-long floating docks replaced the older structures on the Thames River. The new docks have eight-foot-wide concrete main walks manufactured in Bellingham’s York, Pennsylvania, plant. Angled timber floating platforms, built by the company’s timber division in North Carolina, attach to the concrete main walks on each side. The 12-foot-wide platforms enable the cadets to easily launch and store small training sailing vessels.

The project included the installation of a new finger pier dock, which will provide space for the Academy’s 24- to 28-foot sailboats that cadet sail teams use for competitions. “This pier is an eight-foot-wide walkway by 150 feet long, with 10 finger piers, three feet by 27 feet,” said Jay Varga, Bellingham’s manager of project development for the Northeast Division.

The company constructed a 20-foot by 30-foot wooden platform that will be used for loading and offloading people and equipment. “We’re also under contract for another replacement platform, located off the back of the training building,” Varga said. This is a lower freeboard platform—just 14 inches out of the water—that will allow cadets to launch smaller boats.

“This was originally specified as a timber dock, but as the conversations continued, we felt it would be better in concrete due to the site conditions; they were specifying a three-foot-wave design,” he added. The concrete-matched-cast structure will be 33 feet wide and 60 feet long. The sections of the dock, eight feet wide by 33 feet long, will have bump outs and openings that fit together like puzzle pieces. “Once it’s all connected together, it acts as one monolithic unit; there are no hinges, no possibility of sections getting loose or banging together,” Varga said. He expects completion of this dock by early August.

Bellingham is also working on a project for the Coast Guard station located a short distance away from the Academy. “The Coast Guard has experienced some uncomfortable water conditions there, so they decided to put in a 15-foot wide by 200-foot long concrete wave attenuator to knock down the waves and protect the boats and the docks already in there,” Varga said.

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Louisiana City Using BIG Grant for Marina

Borough of Carteret, New Jersey.

Borough of Carteret, New Jersey.

After several years of planning, the City of Slidell, Louisiana, expects to finally begin building its new marina at Heritage Park sometime this summer. The new marina will include 40 slips, with nine back-in spaces and 30-plus slips along a 600-oot concrete floating dock.

Slidell is located at the headwaters of Bayou Bonfouca about six miles north of Lake Pontchartrain. “The bayou is a navigable waterway that runs nine to 12 feet deep all the way up to Heritage Park,” said Slidell City Councilman Bill Borchert, a boating enthusiast who first read about the BIG grants and spearheaded the marina project. Heritage Park has an amphitheater where the city puts on a Bayou Jam concert series each year, but a metal fence designed to keep children out of the bayou also blocked access for boats.

Borchert was able to obtain a $1.5 million Boating Infrastructure Grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the city, which will contribute approximately $900,000 of its own to the project. Although the City of Slidell won the federal grant in 2012, it had problems getting the state to sign off on land use paperwork. With the necessary signatures finally in place, engineering work has started and the city expects to put the marina project out to bid sometime this summer. Work should start in September and the marina should be ready to welcome its first boats in March or April 2017.

The work will include replacement of a rotted metal bulkhead installed back in the 1980s. All of the docks will have power and water and access to a pumpout station. The park already has restrooms, but the city will also add a shower and bathroom area for marina guests.

The marina will not offer annual or monthly rentals, and will limit the overnights at all the docks to 14 nights. Borchert said the city envisions sailing clubs and others coming in to the marina for a weekend or for several days to enjoy the amenities of the city, including the several restaurants within easy walking distance.

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Marina at Caesar Creek Opens in Ohio State Park

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

After 14 months of construction, the new marina at Caesar Creek State Park near Waynesville, Ohio, has opened in time for the 2016 boating season.

The marina has two main floating docks made of Ipe wood, A Dock and C Dock. There are 112 seasonal slips with 63 slips on C Dock offering water and electric hookups. Twelve of the slips are reserved for transient boaters.

Trucco Construction Company of Delaware, Ohio, built the marina, beginning construction in February 2015 and officially completing work in May 2016. In addition to the docks, it installed wave attenuators anchored by cables and straps. The attenuators maintain open views to and from the marina and may also provide additional dock space and fishing platforms.

The Marina at Caesar Creek offers fuel and pumpout stations for boaters. It also features a multi-use Harbormaster building that houses operations and retail areas (boating accessories, clothing, fishing equipment, live bait, etc.), restrooms and a concession area selling sandwiches, beverages and ice cream. There’s also an outside deck with seating areas. Shower and laundry facilities are exclusive perks for slip leaseholders.

The total cost of the marina was about $8 million. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources did not use any general use tax dollars to fund construction. It paid for the facility with funds from the Waterways Safety Fund, which consists of watercraft registration and title fees, a share of the state motor fuel tax and funding through the U.S. Coast Guard.

Due to high demand for slips on Caesar Creek Lake, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources held a lottery to award the seasonal rentals for the long-term slips during the marina’s initial year of operation. It will conduct another lottery in August to allocate slips for the 2017 boating season. ODNR will operate the facility this year, but hopes eventually to partner with a company from the private sector to further develop the marina operation.

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Brownfield Transformation to Continue with Construction of New Marina

Rendering of a new municipal marina, being built by the Borough of Carteret, New Jersey, anticipated for completion in May 2019.

Rendering of a new municipal marina, being built by the Borough of Carteret, New Jersey, anticipated for completion in May 2019.

Dan Reiman, mayor of Carteret, New Jersey, recently announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued the final permits required for the Borough to begin construction of a municipal marina at Carteret Waterfront Park. The new marina will mark another stage of the transformation of a dilapidated, abandoned brownfield into a public park facility enjoyed by many central New Jersey residents.

The marina project will include construction of 190 slips as well as the environmental remediation of the long-abandoned IT Williams treatment pond adjacent to the Arthur Kill Channel.

The Corps of Engineers denied the borough’s initial request to build the marina but reversed that decision after the borough filed an appeal and raised the issue of public access. The borough has aggressively sought federal, state and county funds to pay for other improvements to the property; for example, Brownfield Development Area (BDA) funding will assist with the remediation and dredging that will make way for the marina.

The borough has already issued a public bid for the various phases of the marina development. According to the bid documents, the scope of work will include dredging of a 6.8-acre area to remove contaminated sediment and installation of a 700-foot-long wave screen along the existing fishing pier. It will also require construction of:

  • A 1,513-linear-foot bulkhead along the landside perimeter of the marina basin;
  • Floating Dock A (243 feet by 8 feet), a dedicated New Jersey State Police Marine Bureau Dock, plus construction of 25 finger piers and a two-part floating breakwater
  • Floating Dock B (173 feet by 8 feet) with 11 fingers;
  • Floating Dock C (106 feet by 8 feet) with six fingers;
  • Floating Dock D (79 feet by 8 feet) with four fingers;
  • Floating Dock E (279 feet by 8 feet) with 17 fingers, a fuel dock and a sanitary pump out on a T float;
  • Floating Dock F with 9 finger floats;
  • Floating Dock G (240 feet by 8 feet) with 14 fingers;
  • Floating Dock H (224 feet by 8 feet) with 12 fingers;
  • Floating Dock I (211 by 8 feet) with 7 fingers.

The project will also include several connecting walkways. The bid calls for work to be completed by May 2019.

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Tennessee Marina Anticipates Summer Groundbreaking

Two decades after it was initially discussed, a new marina on Tims Ford Lake in Winchester, Tennessee, should soon become a reality. Twin Creeks Marina hopes to break ground this summer, once the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) approves the necessary permits. TVA owns the land and is leasing it to the marina.

Twin Creeks Marina will feature floating, covered aluminum docks with concrete decking, built and installed by Wahoo Docks. With 245 slips, the marina will be able to accommodate boats ranging from 80 feet to 24 feet, according to Dennis English, managing partner of Twin Creeks Marina and Resort, LLC. There will be 20 slips reserved for 80-foot houseboats and 60 slips for 40-foot houseboats. The houseboat docks will be full-service, with water sewer and power. Other docks will have power service. The marina will also offer a travel lift for pulling boats out of the water, a ships store and a gas stop.

“We will also have dry storage—the only dry storage facility on the lake,” English said. “We’re probably going to have room for 225 boats up to 26 foot to start.”

“We are hoping for a soft opening in the summer of 2017,” English said. “We are building it in phases and in the first phas,e we will build half the docks we are permitted for.”

The 80-acre property on which the developer is building the marina will also include—as a totally separate project—the Twin Creeks Resort. That will consist of 25 upscale individual cabins, a campground, and a fine dining restaurant by the water. There will be an adjacent, separate, housing development as well.

“It’s the biggest project like this in Tennessee,” English said. He has been working on this project since 2010.

Twin Creeks Marina will be the third and final marina facility on Tims Ford Lake. The demand is definitely there; although he isn’t taking any money as yet, English already has more than 40 names on the waiting list for a marina slip.

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Renovations Underway at Lauderdale Marine Center

The new owner of Lauderdale Marine Center, The Carlyle Group, has embarked on a first round of improvements to the largest yacht repair facility in the U.S.

“The first project is the development of a grass area into five, 150-foot dry storage spaces,” said Doug West, president of Lauderdale Marine Center. “Our larger boat capacity was not aligned with the number of boats that we get in here.” The five new storage spaces will complement the 70 existing out-of-water spaces at the marina. They range in size from 40 feet to 200 feet, but they are skewed to boats 70 feet and below. This project should be complete by late summer.

Lauderdale Marine Center has purchased the 15 acres to its east— formerly the Riverbend Marine Center—and will be developing that area to accommodate 43 out-of-water storage spaces. “We are rebuilding the marina as well, and will have more than 2,000 lineal feet of dockage,” West said. The site will include 4,000 square feet of shop space, which Lauderdale Marine Center plans to lease out, as well as 2,100 square feet of office space that it will lease to marine businesses. Work on that project, which was scheduled to begin in mid-to-late April, should be complete by late 2016 or early 2017.

Sharpe Project Development, based in Fort Lauderdale, is managing these projects for the marine center.

There should be more projects in the pipeline as time goes on, West said. “We are looking at options to redesign the marina to accommodate more vessels over 80 feet.”

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Anchorage 47 Receives Extensive Update

Bellingham Marine crews work at Anchorage 47 in California, replacing old piling and docks with pre-stressed rounded concrete piles and concrete floating docks.

Extensive Update Los Angeles County took over the operation of Anchorage 47 marina in Marina del Rey in March 2008, after the former leaseholder chose to let the lease expire. While the county tried to keep the 50-year-old docks functioning as smoothly as possible, it soon became clear that the facility needed an extensive renovation. After five years of planning the county put the work out to bid, and Bellingham Marine won the nod in late 2014.

“They visited several marinas, and chose concrete because they knew it would be the longest-lasting option,” said Eric Noegel, manager of project development at Bellingham.

Since the window for pile driving in this area is limited to September through April, Bellingham Marine concentrated on the land side work during the first phase of the project. “We put in a beautiful new paver promenade, and brought in all the new utilities to feed the future slip locations,” Noegel said. “The land work was complex. The seawall is held back with tiebacks to the caissons; they drove a big pipe 10 feet behind the wall and put rods in through the wall and attached them to the caissons. So we had to work around all of that. They also have a cathodic protection system to keep corrosion at the seawall under control.

“The promenade was about 10 feet wide, and 1,000 feet long, and in this area you had all kinds of obstacles from caissons to gangway abutments to existing utilities. That was probably the most complex part of the job,” Noegel said.

The county had an option to purchase four docks from the adjacent Pier 44 marina, so Bellingham replaced those and they became part of the enlarged Anchorage 47. In September 2015, Bellingham started removing the six old docks one at a time, replacing them with Unifloat concrete floating docks with rounded finger ends and hardwood accent trim on the triangle frames. Crews hooked each new dock up to the utilities immediately to minimize downtime and inconvenience to boaters. Bellingham also pulled all the old piles and replaced them with new, pre-stressed, round concrete piles.

The renovated marina has 253 slips, most for boats from 25 to 42 feet. There is one 85-foot slip, one 74-foot slip and one 59-foot slip as well as 11 end ties for larger boats. This mix of small and large slips was part of an agreement with the California Coastal Commission, which wanted to maintain public access to the oceanfront and approved a special plan for the entire Marina del Rey harbor.

The project should be completed by early May.

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Renovations Complete, Marina Hopes for Good Season

Campbell Point Marina
After a tornado in 2014 damaged two docks, Campbell Point Marina in Shell Knob, Missouri, renovated with help from MariCorps U.S.

When Gene and Nancy Stimble bought Campbell Point Marina in 1995, the marina on Table Rock Lake in Shell Knob, Missouri, had already been serving boaters for more than 30 years. Over the past 20 years, through weather events that included two floods, an ice storm, and most recently, a tornado, the Stimbles have been making upgrades. Now, with an almost all-new marina, they are looking forward to the 2016 boating season.

A tornado in 2014 lifted their Pier 6 houseboat dock and threw it across Pier 5. “The rest of the docks were back further in the cove; they got blown around a bit, but other than that we didn’t have any damage,” Gene Stimble said. MariCorps U.S. built and installed new docks for Piers 5 and 6, replacing the wooden docks with concrete floating docks.

“One reason the tornado picked up the dock so easily was because it was light-- wood and encapsulated foam,” Stimble said. “When you add the concrete to it, it helps weigh the dock down so the wind doesn’t affect it as much.”

MariCorps reconfigured Pier 6 as well. Instead of slips on both sides of the walkway, the new dock has slips on the backside of the wall and a wave attenuator on the front. “The wall protects the slips so that they don’t get the wave action in the slips anymore,” Stimble said. The new slips are larger—20 feet by 60 feet instead of the previous 18 feet by 56 feet—and the dock was expanded to make the wave wall more effective.

MariCorps changed the layout of Pier 5 as well. Instead of 23 slips, all 15 feet by 34 feet, the new dock has 12 slips that are 14 by 36 feet and 12 slips that are 16 by 48 feet, plus two 22 by 80-foot slips. “One the front side of the 80-foot slips, I put four 10- by 36-foot slips, so that people who have runabouts with their houseboats can put them right across the water,” Stimble said.

Last year, MariCorps built floating docks for the greatly expanded ships store. “We went from a single level store, 25 feet by 67 feet to a double-level, 50 feet by 70 feet store with a hip roof,” Stimble said. “The recreation on the lake has expanded so much we needed more room.” The marina also had MariCorps replace its transient dock, which now includes 24 covered docks.

Stimble said the marina has been completely rebuilt since 2008. “In that year, we had one walkway and one massive conglomeration of docks. That year we had a huge flood—the first major flood on this lake—and that set us back a little. In 2009, we had a major ice storm that collapsed a lot of our docks; many of them were old, wooden structures.

“So that year we decided to redesign the whole marina. We went to a finger system, and initially put walkways from each pier to the shore. But then we had another major flood and we couldn’t get all the walkways to the shore anymore. So we took some of the walkways, turned them sideways and connected the piers together so you can get anywhere on the marina. We only have three walkways going to shore now,” Stimble said. “When we hooked up walkways, we put everything on swivel points, so they move around and nothing breaks. I no longer get nervous every time the wind blows, and my maintenance has gone to nothing.”

Stimble hopes to add dry storage to Campbell Point Marina within the next three to four years. “We’d start off with a 150-boat building, and when that fills, we’d tear the back off the building and add on to it,” he said. There is a need; the marina has eight boats on the waiting list. “We’re pretty much maxed out on the water, so we are looking at trying to accommodate people through a high and dry system.”


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BIG Grant Helps Fund Renovations at Twin Dolphin Marina

Twin Dolphin
Twin Dolphin Marina in Bradenton, Florida, has plans to reconfigure and widen its slips. The renovation project received a Boating Infrastructure Grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to cover part of the work.

A $5 million expansion and improvement project is now underway at Twin Dolphin Marina in Bradenton, Florida. A $910,000 Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission will help fund some of the improvements.

The Don Miller Development Co. of Bradenton operates the 225-slip marina on the Manatee River and will pay for most of the improvements.

“Parts of the marina have been here for more than 60 years, and all of the docks that we are replacing have well exceeded their life expectancy,” said Cynthia Belfatto, harbormaster. “They are mostly floating concrete docks, and we are currently looking at aluminum frame floating systems.” The marina hoped to make its decision on a contractor by the end of April.

“We will keep the same number of slips, and have pretty much the same footprint, just tweaking it a little,” Belfatto said. “We want to make bigger, wider slips to accommodate the demands that we now have.” The marina will have a flexible design on its long piers, able to handle four 40 or 50-foot boats, or two 100-foot boats.

Renovations will include upgrades to water, sewer pumpout accessible to every slip and installation of dry fire lines. “There will be a lot of flexibility in the pedestals so we can set it up for boaters with different needs: 30 amp service, 50 amps or even 100 amps,” she said.

The marina will continue to offer transient docks for boaters who come to enjoy its recently renovated restaurant, Pier 22, as well as the amenities of downtown Bradenton.

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Lake Somerville Marina Recovering from 22-Foot Flood

Lake Somerville Marina in Texas suffered extensive damage from flooding last April (see the damage in the photo on the left), and the marina has begun rebuilding with the completion of Dock C (see photo on right).

Heavy, continuous rain raised the water level of Lake Somerville, Texas, by 22 feet last April, and the high water levels remained in the reservoir for four months. “It took out our restrooms, our restaurant and really wracked the marina,” owner Sherry Carver said. Although none of the boats were damaged, Dock C totally collapsed.

Now, the rebuilding process has started for the 88-slip marina. C Dock has already been replaced, and on May 1 Jennings Boat Docks and Lifts of South Fort Worth will take out the old foam galvanized docks and replace them with new encapsulated foam docks. Docks A and B are covered, Dock C is not.

“Construction will take 14 days, but we will stay operating while they’re building it,” Carver said. “We have planned it to a T, so that people can still come out and fish. We will have another walkway built so they can get on the docks.”

While insurance covered very little of the construction costs, Carver said the investment in new docks will pay off because the docks will be better able to withstand bad weather. “We have added six heavy duty, 4,000-pound anchors with heavy galvanized cable. When we were out on the new dock with 30 mile per hour winds, it didn’t move.”

Carver also owns an adjacent campground that was damaged in the flood. “All the canopies over the picnic tables were gone and we lost 292 trees because they were under water too long,” she said.

The 2015 floods were a marked contrast to 2011, when the marina was surrounded by grass because of the drought.

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Safe Harbor Completes Renovation at The Harborage Marid

Safe Harbor Marinas, owner and operator of The Harborage Marina in St. Petersburg, Florida, recently completed a renovation with Marinetek North America.

The Harborage Marina, owned and operated by Safe Harbor Marinas, contracted with Marinetek North America to design and build an expansion of its marina located on Bayboro Harbor in St Petersburg, Florida. The expansion was targeted for megayachts and includes four side-tie docks (seven slips) for vessels up to 200 feet long and 10 slips for vessels to 60 feet.

St Petersburg has always been a popular boating destination on Florida’s West Coast, but has been in the spotlight recently due to the revitalized downtown waterfront and excitement regarding the new downtown Pier Park, which is in final design now and will be under construction next year.

“The beautiful, deep waters of Tampa Bay have attracted sailors and boaters for years, but the lack of facilities able to handle megayachts has made it a non-destination for these vessels,” Sweeney said. “We get requests almost daily for large slips with adequate power and facilities, and now we are able to accommodate these people.”

For its renovations, Safe Harbor Marinas said it chose Marinetek due the design of its concrete dock system and the minimal maintenance requirements. “Their system has no wood, no walers and thru-rods, and none of the frequent and expensive maintenance associated with these components.” Capt. Brian Sweeney, Harborage Marina’s general manager, said.

The outer floating concrete dock is a 13 feet wide Marinetek BRS Series Wave Attenuating dock, which serves to protect the leeward docks from incoming wave energy from Tampa Bay. The remaining floating concrete docks are Marineteks Superyacht Series, at 10 feet wide with a 24-inch freeboard.

The docks are anchored with 18-inch square concrete piles. The wave attenuating dock is anchored with 24-inch square concrete piles. Cleats are a mix of 5-ton aluminum cleats, 7.5-ton aluminum bollards, and 10-ton stainless steel bollards.

Marina Electrical Equipment provided the electrical design and equipment for the project, which includes a total of 1,200 amps at 480 volts. Receptacles range from 30A to 200A with wireless metering, designed to service a wide range of vessels.

EMP Industries performed the sewer pumpout system design and provided the equipment. Hydrants are provided at each dock in a flush-mounted enclosure with lid – eliminating a trip hazard and providing a clean, professional look.

“The biggest challenge to the project was getting all the utilities out to the new docks,” said Bob Berry, Marinetek’s project development manager. “The old existing docks had no room or buoyancy capacity to support all the electrical cables needed to service the megayachts.” So Marinetek engineers worked with Safe Harbor Marinas and MEE engineers to develop a unique solution. “We designed and fabricated a floating utility trough, which supports all the cables and piping,” Berry said.

This two-foot-wide floating trough runs parallel to the existing dock and is connected to the old dock with flexible connections. “Because the new docks are a different design and a higher freeboard than the old docks, they are not physically connected to each other. They are accessed by aluminum transition plates. This allows the two dock systems to react independently to storm conditions without affecting each other,” Berry said.

“This megayacht expansion comes at the perfect time,” says Capt. Sweeney. “The demand for larger slips with adequate utilities has never been higher. Half of the new slips were leased before construction began, and now we are almost sold out. Everyone loves the new docks.” Ther renovations bring the total slip count at The Harborage Marina to 335, making it one of the largest marinas on the West Coast of Florida.

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Washington State Marina Continues Upgrades

New docks at Semiahmoo Marina in Blaine, Washington, wait for installation, as part of a $2.5 million multi-year renovation.

As it celebrates its 35th anniversary, Semiahmoo Marina, a 300-slip, gated condominium marina in Blaine, Washington, is also continuing its multiyear renovation and rebranding program.

“Over the last five to six years we have spent $2.5 million and systematically replaced concrete floats, electrical systems, electric pedestals and dock boxes,” said Doug Romano, harbormaster. The renovated docks include all new structural lumber and the structural steel that goes through the lumber. “We are currently replacing all the end walkway floats, working with our own crews and two outside contractors,” Romano said.

As part of the renovation, the marina upgraded its fire suppression system and augmented it with 20 new fire hydrants. “It is a hybrid wet system, with the fire suppression system connected to our potable water system,” Romano said.

“We’ve also given the marina a major facelift, repainting all the buildings in a bright blue color with a brand new logo,” he added.

Located in a quiet harbor with spectacular views of Mount Baker, the marina does provide some slips for transient vessels up to 70 feet long. It offers a fuel service dock, a stationary pumpout and a self-propelled pumpout cart. (Members can schedule pumpouts for free.) Other site amenities include a café and a marine chandlery that carries a range of boating equipment and supplies.

Romano said the marina upgrades will continue for many years as the part of a phased overall improvement plan.

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Missouri Marina Upgrade Yields Excellent ROI

MariCorp U.S. removed the old polystyrene, re-welded the existing frames and installed encapsulated floats, new exterior wood and concrete tile decking. Half the new slips were covered.

Located on Table Rock Lake, State Park Marina was already decades old when Starboard Marinas, owned by Pat Cox and his brothers, bought it 19 years ago. “Since then we have renovated or replaced the entire marina and expanded it greatly as well,” Cox said. When they bought the facility it had 200 slips; today it has more than 600.

J Dock was the second to last dock in need of renovation. The 30-year-old, single-sided dock with 28 slips and an integrated wave wall was the first one that boaters saw when they entered the harbor. “While it was essentially very strong from a structural standpoint, aesthetically it just looked old and worn; the sideboards were old, and the concrete decking looked faded and dirty,” Cox said.

Starboard Marinas hired MariCorp U.S. to renovate the docks, keeping
and reusing the existing heavy-duty galvanized steel frames and anchoring in place. “While the steel was older, it was also a very high-quality structure, and we wanted to keep that really strong frame system,” Cox said. “It would have been cost-prohibitive to replace the entire dock.”

MariCorp removed the old exposed polystyrene, re-welded the existing frames and installed encapsulated flotations and new double side wood to cover up the older sections. The decks receive new concrete tiles, and half of the slips were covered to meet market demand.

Despite some bad weather--the area had 14 inches of rain in one day, raising the lake by 10 feet overnight--MariCorp completed the turnkey project within 60 days.

“The main pier, all the walkways, even the fingers stayed the same, but it looks brand new,” Cox said. “We are very excited about it. This was the least attractive dock and it had uncovered slips. Now this dock is consistent with the rest of the property, and we will be able to get a higher square footage rate on the dock.” Covered slips also command a higher rate, making the renovation an excellent return on investment.

“We probably saved at least 40 percent by renovating rather than going new,” Cox added. He said that MariCorps did an excellent job of managing the construction site.

With one more old dock remaining at State Park Marina, Cox said that it’s likely they’ll do a similar renovation in next year or two. Starboard Marinas may also consider similar projects at the other two marinas it owns, which have some docks that are showing their age but still have a very solid frame and anchoring system.

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Marina Bay Yacht Harbor Recycles Docks to Host Bigger Boats

Marina Bay Yacht Harbor in Richmond, California, transformed its existing outdated docks to accommodate bigger boats.

With a creative use of outdated finger piers, Marina Bay Yacht Harbor in Richmond, California, has opened open up some needed space to accommodate today’s larger boats.

The 825-slip marina originally had more than 300 slips for boats 30 feet and smaller. While Harbormaster Steve Orosz isn’t sure why the marina’s original owners decided on that configuration, he knows those small slips don’t meet boaters’ needs in 2016.

The 289-foot-long G dock was a particular problem. Located right in front of the harbor office and next to the boat launch area, it consisted of one arm with fingers for 37 slips, half crosswind 30 and half crosswind 36.

“They were also relatively narrow, only 12 feet wide, as compared to what we want in a modern marina,” Orosz said. “With typical spring and summer winds in San Francisco fairly high, the slips were never desirable.” The dock needed new wooden whalers and rods, and electrical problems required the marina to keep the power shut down to half of the dock.

Because of the problems at G Dock, the marina had to discount the slips but still had a high vacancy rate. At the same time, it was receiving more inquiries about slip vacancies from owners of larger boats.

With the assistance of Bellingham Marine, Marina Bay Yacht Harbor found a way to transform its existing, outdated dock to accommodate bigger vessels. “We didn’t have the budget to rip it all out and put in a brand new dock, so we had to work with the main walk and piling,” Orosz said.

Crews from Bellingham removed all but five of the finger floats on the G Dock (17 on the west side and 15 on the east). They built 20-inch-square frames around the piles, then laid the old fingers, disassembled and reassembled to the proper lengths, between the piling. The reconfigured dock is about 3½ feet wider than the original.

“The only thing that was a concern was whether the existing piles could handle the kind of load that larger boats would have on the system,” said Steve Canady, Bellingham Marine’s manager of project development. “We did have some studies done by our structural engineers, and they found that it could.”

Bellingham Marine also added new HDPE water and sewer lines, a separate dry standpipe fire system and all new wiring for electrical. “We now have more power options, including 100 amp-120V, 100 amp-208V and a few 100 amp-408V in addition to 50 amp and 30 amp,” Orosz said.

While most of the r econfigured G Dock is left open for large boats to tie
up, five slightly enlarged slips remain. “In the last couple of years, thanks primarily to Homeland Security grants, we now have a number of public safety boats, including the Richmond Fire Department’s new fireboat, the Richmond Police Department’s boat, the Fish and Game Commission’s boat, and Chevron’s safety boat,” Orosz continued. The slips are located on the west side of G Dock, allowing the safety boats to move freely in and out of the marina during events like the upcoming Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show. Marina Bay Yacht Harbor will host that show in April.

Work on the G Dock was scheduled for completion by mid-March. In the meantime, Orosz is holding on to the finger piers removed but not needed for G Dock’s reconfiguration. “We have another dock area where an arm has all 30-foot slips but the fairway is wide enough to handle 36s and 40s. At some point in the future we may take some of these extra floats and reconfigure that dock as well,” he said.

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St. John’s Marina & Resort Renovates Slips, Store and Restaurant

St. Johns Marina and Resort in Florida completed an 18-month renovation of the docks and water, sewer, electric and pumpout systems.

An 18-month renovation project has upgraded the slips, the utility infrastructure, the restaurant and shop at St. Johns Marina & Resort in Volusia County, Florida.

The marina, located along the St. Johns’ River in Deland, was old and dilapidated and didn’t have city sewer services, according to Tony Bill, marina manager. “So we ran the city sewer line for two miles and put in a pumping station to take care of the whole marina; it is all gravity fed from the restaurant,” he said.

Raven’s Marine has been installing new Merco Marine floating docks for the facility’s 170 boat slips, which will now have water, sewer, electric and pumpout services. There will be some covered slips on the north end of the marina as well.

Rob Miller, owner of Jupiter Point Marina along the Intracoastal Waterway in Florida, is also the owner of St. Johns Marina and Resort. The property also includes 140 RV sites with full hookups, camping facilities, boat rentals and shower facilities.

The building containing a full-service restaurant (St. Johns Grille), a store and a brand new showroom for Aloha Marine boats has also undergone renovation. “We have all brand new power, water, sewer, air conditioning and new kitchen equipment,” Bill said. The restaurant seats 188 people inside and offers a top deck that seats 49. The building is now handicapped-accessible as well. The restaurant should be back in operation by mid-March.

Fuel for transient boaters and lease holders will be available at St. Johns Marina South, which Miller purchased last year. The 30-slip marina, located across the river, will also get power and sewer upgrades. Other services at the South Marina include boat sales, engine sales, a service building, parts department and large ship store.

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New Owners Renovate Working Boatyard in Florida

A boatyard and marina in Ft. Walton, Florida, will be undergoing renovations after its purchase last year by a group of Colorado-based investors led by Andrew Hawkins-Kimmel and Casey Harless. The Boat, a local landmark since its opening in the late 1970s, is now known as Emerald Coast Boatyard and Marina, and will be run by Coastal Marina Management.

Recognizing the importance of the property’s current functions, the new owners plan to revitalize it rather than converting the property to condos or other non-marina development. “Despite the value of the property, we are adamant that it remains a working boatyard,” Hawkins-Kimmel said. “In keeping with those goals, we are going to bring the facility into the 21st century and make it one of the finest of its kind anywhere along the Gulf Coast.”

“There’s a terrific amount of respect for what this property has meant to the Destin area for so many years. We’re going to build on that history and look forward to exceeding the expectations of our customers,” said Scott Burt from Coastal Marina Management.

Planned updates include new docks, the replacement of several buildings with covered work bays, a closedloop pressure washing system and an expansion of the haul-out ways to increase both the length and beam of the vessels that can be hauled from the water.

The facility currently has two travel lifts, 25-ton and 75-ton. “We are expanding the capacity of the two travel lifts; our intentions are to trade up the 75-ton to a 100-ton and expand it to beams up to 28 feet,” Burt added.

The new owners are currently working with CMM on the site plan. “We are going to be careful and methodical and think our way through it carefully,” Burt said. The new owners would like to start the revitalization this year, but that will depend on how long the engineering and permitting process takes.

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Dana Point Harbor Seeks Pubic Partner to Take Next Step in Major Revitalization

Since 1997, the County of Orange, California, has been planning for the revitalization of Dana Point Harbor. With approvals in hand, the county is offering a partnership opportunity to the private sector to revitalize, develop and operate specific areas of the harbor under the terms of a 50-year master ground lease. The county is soliciting Statements of Qualifications from real estate development companies or teams. Qualified respondents will be selected to participate in an upcoming Request for Proposal process, and a finalist will be selected to implement the project by designing, permitting, funding, constructing, renovating, operating, and maintaining specific land and water areas. As a part of this Public-Private Partnership (P3) the county will require that certain areas of the 46-year-old harbor be demolished and reconstructed, while other areas will require refurbishment. Statements of Qualification are due Monday, June 20, 2016.

East and West Basin Marinas include approximately 2,400 slips with an average length of just less than 30 feet. The proposed plan for water-side improvements will remain approximately the same, with a slightly larger average slip size of 32 feet. The existing 136-room Marina Inn Hotel has conceptual approvals for up to 220 rooms with additional restaurant and conference space.

The project will also require the reconstruction of the approximately 80,000 square feet of restaurant, retail and office space with approvals for increased square footage up to a total of approximately 110,000 square feet. The approved plans also include a new parking deck, which will add more than 500 additional parking spaces to the area.

“This was always planned to be county funded, constructed and operated. We have learned over the years that a private partner can usually build quicker and more efficiently,” Brad Gross, said. He said the entire process began with a need for additional parking for the retail and restaurant operators. A stakeholder group developed an original concept and the county completed the necessary environmental impacts reports in 2012 and coastal development permits for the land-side work was completed in 2015. The first phase of the 18-phase project will begin later this summer. That phase is not part of the project proposal request.

Potential P3 partners should visit or contact Yasie Malek at the County of Orange to express their interest and to be included in the Request for Qualifications process. She can be reached at

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Santa Barbara Marina Continues Phased Dock Replacement

The City of Santa Barbara in California is 75 percent complete with
its nine-year dock renovation project.

With the replacement of the H and I fingers at Marina 1 this winter, the City of Santa Barbara will be 75 percent of the way through its nine-year renovation of the marina.

When the city built the dock in the 1970s, it started with 16 fingers (A-P) that provided berths for 500 boats. The addition of three fingers in 1998 added another 100 slips. As the 40-year-old sections of the dock neared the end of their useful life, Santa Barbara budgeted for a multi-phase project to replace them. The city awarded the work to Bellingham Marine Industries.

The biggest challenge wasn’t the construction of the floating docks but the relocation of the utilities, according to Eric Noegel, Bellingham Marine’s manager of project development. “We had to plan for all of the utilities that we would be replacing over the next eight years while figuring out how to keep all the existing utilities live,” he said.

Work began in 2009 with construction of a new spine for all the finger docks. The company moved the docks on the south side 12 feet away from the existing spine and built short bridges allowing boaters to continue to access those fingers. “Then we started sliding the new docks into that 12-foot gap, all the way from one end of the 1,000-foot spine to the other,” Noegel said. That took only one day.

Once the new main dock was in place, the company switched the finger utilities from the old spine to the new. “We had everything prewired and pre-plumbed, so we could disconnect and reconnect as fast as we could,” Noegel said. Any outages lasted only a few hours.

The replacement of the fingers started in 2010, and Bellingham Marine now has it down to an exact science. In January, it began work on the H finger--322 feet long with 40, 35-foot slips--and the I Finger--245 feet long, with 36, 25-foot slips. With the marina moving slip holders in the affected fingers to another location during construction, the process should take only six weeks.

“The biggest challenge is that the city wants to have the slips be as close as possible to the existing layout--the same clear opening between fingers, the same slip widths,” Noegel said. “We take measurement after measurement up front, and compare our measurements with the city’s, to make sure that we can get the fabrication complete without any issues.” To bring the fingers up to current code, the company has moved transformers from the spine to the sub-docks and added GFI protection at all the new slips.

The city plans to replace fingers F and G in 2017 and A,B,C and D in 2018.

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Gulfport, Florida, Marina To Open New Building

The City of Gulfport Municipal Marina in Florida began work on a
new office.

After more than 30 years working in a single-story building at the City of Gulfport Municipal Marina, Harbormaster Denis Frain will soon be operating out of a brand new office. On January 7, the marina broke ground on a two-story structure just west of the building that has housed the offices and ship store.

Frain said the new $700,000, Key-West-style building will help them provide a better experience for the marina’s overnight guests. “We are adding a boaters’ lounge and building additional restrooms,” he said. The bathrooms are designed to give guests more privacy, with separate vanities, sinks and toilets in each small area.

“The city has really invested in the marina over the past 25 years,” Frain said. “They redid all the slips and built a 300-foot transient dock. That’s why we need the new building; we have had an explosion in transient rental due to our downtown area, which has many restaurants and events going on all the time.”

The marina has 260 wet slips, ranging in size from 30 foot to 50 foot, as well as 12 transient slips for vessels up to 60 feet.

Once the new building is complete, the city will reconfigure the space in the existing one-story building to add 800 square feet to its ship store. The store will carry more marine supplies, tackle, sundries and sandwiches. That will allow the marina to better serve the tourists who come in every day to take a tour boat to Egmont Key.

If construction proceeds as planned, Frain should be enjoying his new offices in the 2,500-square-foot building sometime this fall.

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Missouri Marina Rebuilds after Microburst

Sterett Creek Resort & Marina in Warsaw, Missouri, suffered damage from an April 2015 storm. The replacement docks increased capacity to 226 slips.

Sterett Creek Resort & Marina in Warsaw, Missouri, completed
a dock replacement project, by MariCorp U.S. The new dock was a replacement for one destroyed in an August 2015 microburst/ wind event. The new covered slips increase the marina’s capacity to 226 slips with 202 of them covered. Sterett Creek Marina opened in 1981, and all but one of its original docks were still in operation when Cathy and Ken Beyer bought the marina in January 2014. They added 44 new covered slips that year.

In the fall of 2014, the Beyers visited Scorpion Bay Marina in Lake Pleasant in Phoenix and were impressed by the docks there. So when MariCorp representatives visited Sterett Creek after the microburst went through--and the Beyers learned the company had built the Scorpion Bay docks---it didn’t take them long to decide on MariCorp for the dock replacement project, which included a strong engineered dock to give them more peace of mind during storms.

“We had learned from experience on dock anchoring; during our first year in business, we had only been open about six weeks when a wind storm caused all of our docks to come loose and collapse into one another. Not one cable broke during the storm, and after talking to a number of marina owners we found that our anchors were woefully underweight. We immediately started tripling the weight on each winch, replacing the cables while we were at it,” Ken Beyer said.

They are confident that the new docks will stand up to any such test.

The Beyers also operate the resort’s motel and campground, whose guests usually fill all of the slips that the marina reserves for overnight, weekly and monthly rentals. Annual slips are at 95 percent rented. Last year the Beyers made improvements to the marina’s ship store, opening a food counter and adding a covered patio. This year they expect to add a small bar to the patio space.

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New Dockmaster’s Building for Miami Marina

Dinner Key Marina in Miami opened a new three-story dockmaster building in October 2015.

On October 1, 2015, the City of Miami’s Dinner Key Marina celebrated the grand opening of a three-story, 9,000 square foot dockmaster’s building. The “Maximus Castle,” as the locals have dubbed it, replaces a 60-year-old, 1,400-square-foot facility.

Dinner Key Marina has 581 slips (50 commercial, 450 annual rentals and another 75 transient/monthly) and is associated with a mooring field just offshore that serves 225 vessels. “The old facilities were woefully inadequate to current customer needs and to the demands of the business,” Stephen Bogner, marina manager, said. “It was a one-story building with no lines of sight. Now, from my office in the new building, I have a 270 degree line of sight. I can look out into the mooring field and see the two approaches to the marina from the north and the south.” A new security system with 27 cameras enables marina staff to see details on vessels up to two miles out.

Since the building is in a flood plain, the first floor is mostly storage area. The second and third stories feature new offices, a boaters’ lounge with television, new restroom and shower facilities (triple the size of the old) and a large laundry room with state-of-the-art, 30-pound commercial washers and dryers. A third-floor conference room is available for rental. The marina is also building a ship store within the new building to serve its customers’ needs.

Planning for the new building began five years ago. Javier Torres of M.C. Harry Associates designed it, and Thornton Construction Co. built it.

The grand opening of the harbormaster’s building coincided with the celebrations for the opening of the adjacent Regatta Park. The 14-acre passive park replaces the Coconut Grove Exposition Center, demolished four years ago. Since the park took away some of the boaters’ parking, the marina has torn out an old parking lot and is resurfacing and reconfiguring it to bring back some spaces. City officials also plan to tear down the old harbormaster’s building and turn that space into a passive park that provides a place for people to congregate on the waterfront.

With the increasing number of transient boaters visiting the marina, the new building will pay for itself quickly. “We had to build big to serve all this transient business,” Bogner said. “Our mooring field right now is at 100 percent capacity; we have people who travel the world stopping here. The cultural impact of these visitors and the economic impact that they bring ashore has been remarkable for this region.”

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Hideaway Bay Marina Is Deeper Than Ever

Hideaway Bay Marina on Lake Lanier in Georgia completed a fourpart dredging project to help water level issues during drought.

Several years ago, when the national news media was producing stories on the drought in Georgia, it was the docks at Hideaway Bay Marina on Lake Lanier that they showed resting in the mud. But the marina is determined that won’t happen again.

“This year we just finished the third and final part of our dredging plan,” Mark Duling, CMM, the marina manager, said. The channel is now so deep that it could handle any drought the lake has ever seen.

Located in Flowery Branch, Georgia, the marina has 510 wet slips for boats from 20 to 45 feet. The owners are also building two new docks, one to replace an existing dock that has reached the end of its life and another to increase capacity, which is at 100 percent occupancy. The construction will add another 92 docks to the facility.

Brown Bridge Dock is building the new floating wood and steel docks. “We wanted the docks with a lot of longevity, and they offered the most strength for the dollar,” Duling said. The docks will feature the new vented roofs, which are much cooler than traditional roofs.

Hideaway Bay Marina also built a new bathhouse, a new parking lot, and added new power and water infrastructure since the dredging work destroyed the old facilities.

Other services at the marina include a ship store, a boat sales and repair facility, an additional repair facility and the most popular restaurant on Lake Lanier, Fish Tales.

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Northern California Marina Adds Covered Docks in Renovation

Lake Sonoma Resort Marina in California is renovating its docks with new floating concrete docks from Bellingham.

Lake Sonoma Resort Marina in northern California is replacing its decades-old wooden docks with concrete floating docks designed, built and installed by Bellingham Marine. By the time the boating season begins next May 1, the marina will have 361 new slips on seven docks, about 1/3 of them covered.

“The existing marina was about 28 years old, so it was time for a replacement,” said Rick Herbert, the marina’s owner/operator, who was able to get his lease from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers extended to 2050. “I wanted to build a marina that reflects the sophistication of the wine country and gives our customers the quality that they’ve come to expect from this area.”

Bellingham Marine is removing and replacing docks one at a time so that the marina can continue to house the boats that remain during the off-season. The first dock replaced was H dock, to which all the trees attach; next came C, D and E, the covered dock sections. The remainder will be built over the next several months.

Bellingham is using a moment design for the dock covers; the columns go down the side of the fingers and attach where the thru-rods come through, according to Steve Canaday, the company’s manager of project development. The roof sheathing, box beams, column and Z purlins that support the roof are all made of hybrid galvanized steel. The concrete floats for these docks, designed to handle the extra weight and provide the desired freeboard, are a little deeper than usual.

The marina uses a chain and cable anchor system, with big 5,000-pound blocks and cables and chains running from blocks to winches on the docks. The anchoring system is tied off on the submerged blocks and onto the I-beams driven into the soil onshore.

A fifth-wheel connection between H dock and the main dock allows the H dock and all of its attached trees to pivot slightly left and right. This reduces loads placed on the docks during strong winds.

Although saltwater marinas are more typical users of floating concrete docks, Canaday said that more freshwater marinas, including the City Marina in Sacramento, have been installing them. Boaters like the rounded ends of the finger docks that are available on Bellingham’s concrete docks, since it gives them a fulcrum on which they can pivot as they come in to berth.

“I think they are the best and they last a long time--50 years--so when Bellingham Marine’s price came in competitive, they were my first choice,” Herbert said.

The renovated Lake Sonoma Resort Marina will offer a variety of slip sizes up to 30 feet. Most boats are 24- to 26- foot ski boats, but there will be moorings for a few houseboats as well. The new ADA-accessible docks will offer shared electrical power, and Herbert also plans to install boatlifts from HydroHoist in some covered docks. Boaters using the marina will also have access to a fuel dock and pumpout station, as well as resort amenities that include a new equestrian center, general store, deli and dining patio and campground.

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With Demand High, New Pittsburgh Marina Plans Further Expansion

South Side Marina, on Monongahela River in Pennsylvania, opened this summer. Merco Marine built the facility and will add a sixth dock next year.

The recently opened South Side Marina, built by Merco Marine, is Pennsylvania’s newest state-of-the art marina facility. Located on the Monongahela River in the trendy South Side Works section of downtown Pittsburgh, the marina provides easy access to walking paths, bike trails, restaurants, retail shopping and other amenities.

The marina’s most prominent feature is its two-story floating office facility, which contains marina offices, restrooms, a meeting room, vending machines and outdoor seating areas. During the marina construction the office facility made local news, as it was floated on a custom frame around Point State Park and past PNC park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. A Pirates/Major League Baseball reporter tweeted a picture of it with the caption saying “New waterfront property at PNC Park.”

Currently, the marina has 133 slips, 3,734 linear feet of dock space and more than 26,800 square feet of floating dock. Merco Marine built the floating dock sections in 4, 6, 8 and 10-foot widths and lengths of 20 to 50 feet, using a very strong galvanized steel and wood superstructure hybrid. The company manufactured the galvanized steel parts that span the width of the dock sections out of sheet steel, and formed them with utility chases pre-cut into them. This allowed for easy installation of all of utilities.

Dual 3½-inch by 12-inch beams run the length of all dock sections; in conjunction with the galvanized steel cross members and “x” bracing, they create a super structure system that can handle large water level fluctuations and swift water currents notable in the area.

South Side Marina chose Dura Life’s Siesta Deck Tropical Teak for decking. The structure, the decking and the black rubrail bumpers make the marina very aesthetically pleasing.

Most of the dock assembly took place in Merco Marine’s plant in Wellsburg, West Virginia. The company preassembled all the sections and labeled them for easy pinning and installation on site. The company shipped the labeled sections to Pittsburgh in more than 40 full tractor trailers.

The modern pedestals at most slips allow easy access to water and electric. Other marina amenities include a unique security camera surveillance system, gated parking, elevator access to the marina, pumpout station (coming soon) and full-service maintenance through Fox Chapel Marine.

South Side Marina opened this summer and will operate from May 1 to October 15th each year. Diane Schafer, who serves as general manager at both. Southside Marina and the nearby Fox Chapel Marine, said that demand for slips has exceeded expectations. “We are at almost 100 percent capacity, and we have added another dock to accommodate the demand,” she said. Marina owner Max Marina Inc. of Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, has contracted with Merco Marine to add a sixth dock next year, bringing the total number of slips to 160.

“We have started leasing for next year and are at least 85 percent full at this point, even with the new docks on,” Schafer said.

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New Slips and Services for Oklahoma Marina Adds Slips and Services

The Harbor at Cross Timbers in Mannford, Oklahoma, which opened in 2013, is already expanding its covered docks to meet market demand.

After two years of planning, the Harbor at Cross Timbers in Mannford, Oklahoma, opened in 2013 with 134 slips, a fullservice fueling dock, pumpout services, boat rental operations and a ship store. Since that time the marina, located less than 20 minutes from downtown Tulsa, has continued to expand to meet market demands.

MariCorp U.S. built the original galvanized steel truss frame docks (four piers and a fishing dock) in its factory in Shell Knob, Missouri. In 2014, the company increased the size of the floating platform that served as the foundation structure for the two-story Skipper’s Landing Bar and Grill. Now, MariCorp U.S. has just completed the latest improvement, adding 32 new slips ranging from 28 feet to 60 feet in length, onto the existing docks. That brings the total number of slips to 170.

The slips are all covered, which is common in states like Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri that can experience high winds, according to Melanie Ashby, vice president of business development at Maricorp. “There are lot of substandard covered docks out there, which has given a lot of the people the impression that you shouldn’t cover docks. The fact is that we have successfully built lots of covered docks. Our design team works hand in hand with independent engineers to create docks that will withstand all kinds of environmental conditions.” That includes docks built to withstand the winds off Lake Pontchartrai.

Other improvements the marina made in 2015 include a 2,400-squarefoot boat service building and new cabins that slip owners can use.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved construction of up to 450 slips at the marina, which hopes to add about 50 new slips a year depending on market demand. Marina managers also plan to expand the ship store and bring in some additional rental boats.

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Florida Island Resort Marina Getting Facelift

The Mainsail Marina on Anna Maria Island off the west coast of Florida has been renamed the Waterline Marina and is undergoing some renovations in conjunction with the construction of a new resort on the island.

Mainsail Lodging, which bought the marina and the surrounding land, is building the Waterline Marina Resort and Beach Club, scheduled to open next fall. To provide more boating entertainment options for resort guests, the company is making room for more commercial craft at the marina.

“We are taking about half a dozen slips and will reserve them for the top in-shore fishing guides and two or three offshore guides. We’ll also be saving space for sightseeing boats, such as dolphin tour boats” said Joe Collier, Mainsail Lodging president.

The remaining slips will be reserved for hotel guests or transients. While the marina currently hosts a few long-term rentals, Collier said it’s unlikely they will be available once the hotel opens.

The marina is getting new electric pedestals, lighting and landscaping. Collier said the marina basin was dredged about three years ago, so the Waterline Marina can handle three or four 50-foot class boats. Most of the boats it serves are 25- to 28-foot small crafts.

Waterline Marina will remain open during the construction of the hotel. Marina guests will have access to the restaurants and all other amenities at the resort.

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Winter Construction Will Bring New Albany Marina in Spring

Meeco Sullivan has just been awarded the contract for the construction of a 30-slip, full-service marina on the Hudson River in Albany, New York. The new floating docks will include a boat launch open to the public.

Due to winter ice flows on the Hudson, Meeco Sullivan designed the docks for easy removal before and after the boating season. The project includes a combination of six shore-todock stiff legs, each 50 feet long, with heavy concrete bottom anchors that will keep the dock system securely in place. The company will build the heavy duty galvanized steel docks with open truss frames and four foot by x 42 foot all-welded aluminum gangways at its Oklahoma facility.

The project is scheduled for winter completion, so it will be ready to install for the spring 2016 boating season.

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Caribbean Island Marina Renovations Include Service Upgrades

Capella Marina on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia is upgrading services to better serve large yachts.

The recent renovations to the Capella Marina at Capella Marigot Bay on Saint Lucia reflect the facility’s emphasis on providing first-class service to both yacht owners and their crews.

After making room for larger boats by relocating the concrete block anchors used for the Mediterraneanstyle mooring, the marina has run state-of-the-art electric service to the slips: 110v/220v 50/100 Amps, 50 or 60 Hz; and 410v 125/200 Amps 50 Hz.

“We’ve also added a new system for refueling at the slip,” said Guillaume Chaillot, marina manager. Bringing a boat with 20-crew members to the fueling dock can be unwieldy, so the marina has added a computerized system that delivers the fuel directly to the boats moored on the pontoon.

In line with the service upgrades to the hotel, the Capella Marina has retrained its marina staff to offer more customized, personalized services. “Our customers are not only the owners of the yachts but mostly the captain and the crew. It’s the whole community that we’re trying to look after,” Chaillot said. When a boat comes into the marina, the owner and crew are greeted with flowers, cookies and beer; as they leave, they’re given rum mixed with the island’s local spices. Marina staff also visit with crew members on a regular basis during their stay, and do everything they can to help them enjoy the island’s activities.

Chaillot said the marina also lets its staff know that they are valued, an approach which has paid off. “In the past 12 months, we have not had one person miss a day at work,” he said.

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New Owners Open Yacht Works at Marina

The owners of Marina Jack in Sarasota, Florida, bought Turtle Beach Marina on Siesta Key in September and launched a renovation program to bring much-needed maintenance services to the area.

Since taking over Turtle Beach Marina on Siesta Kay on September 1, the new owners have launched into a renovation program that is bringing some muchneeded services to boat owners along Florida’s west coast.

The new operation, renamed Bayfront Yacht Works, was bought by the owners of the Marina Jack complex in downtown Sarasota. With Turtle Beach Marina struggling to remain open for the past decade, the group saw a great opportunity at the location.

“More and more, yards and marina facilities are closing down, turning into condos and developments,” said Sam Chavers, harbormaster at Bayfront Yacht Works and director of marina operations at Marina Jack. “The last public boatyard in Sarasota closed last year. This has made it difficult for the 300-plus boats at our downtown marina to get service. Without service, boaters will not stay in our industry.”

Thanks to a merger with another boat service company, Bayfront Yacht Works was able to open immediately after the ownership change. The facility can currently lift boats up to 28-feet long out of the water, but it will be adding a 70- ton travel lift at the start of the new year to handle vessels up to 60 feet. Bayfront Yacht Works also operates three mobile vans that service boaters in yacht clubs and other local marinas.

Bayfront Yacht Works is redoing all of its 1970s-era boat racks, bringing them up to current codes and standards. The owners plan to replace the existing wood docks, probably with a hybrid mix of floating and fixed, and to upgrade electrical, fuel and other infrastructure services. The facility currently has slips for 24 boats, but Chavers expects that number will decrease to 18 so the marina can accommodate larger boats.

A new Suzuki repower center for outboards, an expanded rental fleet and a new ship store will also be opening at the facility. Chavers says everything should be in place by spring 2016.

“We’re bringing together a lot of little components that all fit together for a big picture,” said Chavers. “Developments and condos have hurt us in terms of storage and places to work on boats, so we’re excited to have this facility.”

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Nation’s Capital to Open New Marina

The waterfront area in the nation’s capital is bustling, as the District of Columbia, the federal government and various developers work together to reclaim and repurpose land along the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. Real estate developer and property management company Forest City has tapped Bellingham Marine to construct a new marina adjacent to the Washington Navy Yard, a former shipyard that now serves as the logistical center of the U.S. Navy.

The Yards Marina, scheduled to open next spring, will be part of Forest City’s six-million-square-foot, mixeduse development along the Anacostia that includes retail, restaurant and residential, as well as The Yards Park.

Planning for the marina began in 2008 and onsite construction began in October. Designed by Moffatt & Nichol, it includes a private component—50 recreational slips—as well as a public component. Bellingham Marine is building and installing six-sided concrete floating docks, anchoring them in the Anacostia River with a combination of piling and a Seaflex anchoring system.

“This part of the river goes over an existing WMATA Green Line [subway] tunnel, which is why we’re using the anchor block and Seaflex system,” said Jesse Ellenz, Bellingham’s project manager.

Rendering of The Yards Marina in the District of Columbia.

Half of the recreational slips will be reserved for transient vessels, which is a requirement of the Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) that the District of Columbia obtained for the project. (The District owns the riverbed up to 200 feet out from the bulkhead.)

“We were only the second group in the District to get one of the BIG grants from the Fish and Wildlife Service; it’s an important project for them, too,” said Kristin Connall, development associate at Forest City and project manager for the marina. The BIG grant will cover half of the cost of the private docks, and Forest City will supply the remaining funding.

“The public component is part of the Southeast Federal Center PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) Agreement, which is funded by PILOT bonds already in place,” Connall added. One of the public piers will serve as a taxi dock, likely to be heavily used because of the marina’s proximity to Nationals Park (home to the city’s baseball team) and to Capitol Hill.

The second public dock will have a double use, with a lower section reserved for launching human-powered watercraft like kayaks and a higher section intended for educational programs focusing on the river and its history.

Bellingham Marine has already started the construction of the docks in its factory as well as the upland infrastructure work required to bring power and water services to the water. It expects to splash the docks inthe water in December 2015.

The slips will accommodate boats up to 60 feet long, and there will be limited mooring for boats up to 125 feet as well. The docks will include quality finishes (in concert with the upscale The Yards development) and will offer electrical, water and WiFi services.

Forest City has not yet announced an operator for the Yards Marina but expects to have an agreement in place and announced by early 2016.

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Northern Riverfront Marina had a soft opening in July. The marina operates along the Cape Fear River in Wilmington, North Carolina.


Wilmington Marina Reclaims the Waterfront

USAInvestCo has cleaned up a brownfield site along the Cape Fear River in Wilmington, North Carolina, transforming it into an attractive new marina.

Funded in part by foreign investments made possible under the EB-5 program, the Northern Riverfront Marina had its soft opening in July. It occupies the space once used by Almont Shipping for an old warehouse and shipping terminal.

“They have a pretty extensive history here in Wilmington, but a lot of that involved chemicals and other materials getting into the Cape Fear,” said Matt Rogers, marketing director for the marina and for the planned Northern Riverfront Hotel. “We worked with the city to remediate all the environmental issues. Their goal is to try and get something to happen down there; most private groups didn’t want to touch it because of fear of the environmental risks.”

USAInvestCo used its own in-house construction arm as the project’s general contractor. (That business has since spun off into a separate entity, Coastal A local marine contractor dredged some of the marina basin using a clamshell and barge, but the GC and its subs did the remaining excavation from dry land.

Eastern Flotation Systems built the concrete ProFloat docks. “We have about 6,000 linear feet in phase one, and we have the ability to add to that,” Rogers said. “Right now we have piers B, C and D, all permanent slips, which can handle boats from about 45 feet in length to 61 feet in length. We also have some permanent T-head slips that go up to 130 feet.” The marina’s permits would allow it to add another 3,500 feet of dockage--about 80 slips--in the future.

The marina also offers another 1,500 feet of transient, side-tie space, including a 640-foot-long, 27,000 square-foot former shipping pier; it hopes to attract larger boats, including local cruise lines, to that space. The marina recently added a band shell to the pier and plans to present concerts and other events there. Operators of the marina’s new restaurants, expected to open late next spring, will handle event programming.

Northern Riverfront Marina hopesto attract boaters by offering lower rates than marinas closer to the Atlantic Ocean and by providing the amenities that boaters want--480, three-phase and 30-, 50- and 100-amp electrical service, gasoline and high-speed diesel, free pumpout services for customers and high-speed WiFi. Potential clients include northerners who want to avoid hauling their boats out of the water each winter; Wilmington rarely experiences freezing temperatures, and the marina is within a 15-minute boat ride of three reputable boatyards that can handle servicing and repairs.

“We’re hoping that we’ll be enticing enough to bring people upriver 20 miles or so,” Rogers said. “We’re trying to convince them that downtown Wilmington is a cool place and that they can come and experience something different than they can in some of the beach communities.”

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Barrington Yacht Club in Rhode Island expanded its facility with 100 new slips.

Barrington Yacht Club Uses Custom Dock Design

Meeco Sullivan recently completed an extensive expansion to Barrington Yacht Club in Rhode Island, one of the oldest yacht clubs in the Northeast. The work was part of the Yacht Club’s goal of growing both its youth and adult yachting programs.

David Reid Materne, Barrington’s club commodore, lead the project with the help of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council. Harbor Engineering, LLC, performed the engineering and permitting work, Atlantic Marine Construction removed the old piles and installed the new and handled the in-water assembly of the docks, utilities and repairs to the pier facility. Meeco Sullivan designed, constructed and delivered the new custom floating dock systems.

The project included 100 new uncovered slips with IPE Decking, a three-section, monolithic dock system that can accommodate boats from 10 to 60 feet. The 170-foot fuel dock contains internal pile guides to allow for maximum loading of the dock, as well as the flotation and structure required to support an eight-foot by 10-foot enclosed office structure, ice coolers and fuel pumps/utilities. Other features include 300-feet of dinghy dock for dinghies and inflatable boats with small outboard motors; 70 linear feet of Opti sailboat storage dock, designed to support racking and three-boat-high storage of Opti sailboats; and 160 linear feet of sailboat storage dock.

“The layout and overall design of the club was a challenge because of the boundary created by the shoreline, mooring field and federal navigation channel,” said Matt Beechinor, Meeco Sullivan’s northeast regional sales manager, who oversaw the project. “Also, the club sits at the end of TylerPoint peninsula, which meant the area to build the new club wrapped around the corner.”

“In addition to the physical limitations of the marina, we also had to plan for a wide variety of boats (from dinghies to 40-foot sport fishing boats) all the while keeping in mind the strong river current for both slip orientation and fairways. To account for all these challenges, the only way to maximize the basin area was to have the floats run parallel to the curvy shoreline, which could not be accomplished with traditional dock construction that has true 90-degree angles. The floats also had to provide a wide range in specific freeboard requirements from 18 inches down to six inches in areas for dinghies and small sailboats that are stored on the docks,” added Gus Kreuzkamp, PE of Harbor Engineering.

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Pennsylvania State Park Upgrades Marina

The existing docks at the Linesvilleareamarina at Pymatuning State Park are in very poor condition, and they have to be removed for the winter each year. Now the marina will be getting new, permanent, pier-style docks that can remain in the water--but the facility will be closed during the 2016 summer while the docks are being built.

The marina’s renovation project will also include dredging of the marina basin, the addition of a stone fishing pier, regrading of the boat launch and property improvements that will make the marina more handicap-accessible.

“We are extending the docks and making them longer and wider, and we eliminated some of the rental docks,” said Dan Bickel, manager of Pymatuning State Park. The number of slips will increase from 196 to 200. Twelve spaces on the new Dock A will be handicapped accessible; so will the new stone fishing pier.

Although the floating fishing pier has been popular with anglers, it never worked well at protecting the boats in the marina, Bickel said. “The new stone breakwall will protect boats from the waves, and it will have bollard lights for night fishing,” he added.

The cost of the project is expected to be close to $3 million. Funding is coming from Key 93, which is a portion of the real estate transfer tax dedicated to recreation, park and conservation projects.

The Linesville marina, which primarily serves pontoon boats, should reopen for the 2017 boating season. Boaters who currently have a slip have been guaranteed a space at the marina when it reopens.

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San Diego Marina Performs $7 Million in Upgrades

Host Hotels and Resorts will be launching a $7 million renovation of the Marriot Marquis San Diego in the last quarter of 2015. The renovations will include repair of wood and concrete structures, power panels, rub rails and cleats. There will be no changes to the configurations of the existing 10 concrete floating docks, which accommodate a total of 450 yachts.

Upgrades will also include a new restroom and coin-operated laundry facility.

The renovation of the marina will take place in conjunction with a massive 240,000-square-foot expansion of the Marriot Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel.

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Big Break Marina Reopens after Years of Neglect

Back in the 1930s, Big Break Marina in Oakley, California, was a high-end resort catering to affluent visitors in the San Francisco Bay area. It hosted some of the biggest bass fishing tournaments in the area as well.

But the marina has gone steadily downhill since 2003, until the bank finally took possession of the property two years ago. Now, the new owners, a group of Bay Area Investors, are determined to bring the facility back to pristine condition.

“When we came out here, the weeds were up to our neck and the launch dock had holes in it,’ said Sean Ferguson, the new marina manager. “We have fixed the launch dock and we are in the process of fixing our tournament tent. So far we have filled 17 dumpsters with what we’ve taken out of here.” The new owners also tore down a condemned shed at the bottom of one of the docks, which was drifting into the delta.

The four main covered docks were in great shape and just required cleaning and pressure washing, Ferguson said. The marina offers 200-plus slips that can accommodate boats from less than 20 feet to 50 feet.

“We are in our fifth month now, and making a lot of positive strides. People are launching here again, and we had our first fishing tournament,” he added.

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