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California Marina Renovated for Larger Slips, More Amenities

Legacy Partners has launched a $13 million phased renovation of Wayfarer Marina (formerly Mariners Bay Marina) in Marina del Rey, California.  The project is part of a $65 million redevelopment project that also includes renovation of 379 apartments.

The existing marina has 409 slips (counting end-ties), but by the time the project is complete, that number will be reduced to 315 slips/side-ties to accommodate larger boats. The marina’s slips will be able to accommodate boats from 25 to 60 feet with additional slips added for boats in the 40- to 45-foot range. The end-ties will be able to handle boats a little more than 100 feet.

“The new docks will have cable and high-speed internet hookups, water and updated electrical service. “We found that for a lot of the bigger boats and the houseboats, the electrical capacity wasn’t sufficient; we had boats plugging in to multiple dock boxes,” said Ben Mount, development manager, Legacy Partners. “We are adding a sewer pumpout station, which the original docks did not have. That’s a nice amenity for our boaters because they won’t have to go to another marina to pumpout.”

Bellingham Marine is building the new concrete floating docks, which will replace the 50-year-old wooden docks. The company started work in September 2017, driving new piles for the south side of the marina, which is being replaced in phase one of the project. All the new docks and services in phase one of the project should be complete by April 2018.

Mount said that they were able to move all of the boats from the marina’s south side to other locations within the marina during the renovation project. “There’s not a whole lot of slip availability right now in Marina del Rey, since three other marinas are now under renovation as well,” he said. “There are more boats on the north side because they are smaller slips, so we will probably have to move some boaters to other marinas during the second phase.” That will begin in September 2018, and by that time the other marinas in the area should be able to temporarily accommodate some of Wayfarer Marina’s customers.

The marina offers a boaters’ lounge, multiple bathrooms with showers and will be installing laundry facilities. The retail spaces of the apartments that are being renovated by Legacy Partners include the office of a yacht broker.

Georgia Marina Repairs 2016 Hurricane Damage

In September and October of 2016, Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew delivered a one-two punch that knocked out operations at Frederica Yacht Club on St. Simons Island, Georgia. Working from July through November 2017, Bellingham Marine completely rebuilt the marina and its 78 slips, despite some work delays due to Hurricanes Irma and Marie.

Bellingham Marine worked with the yacht club to help it find the dock solution that was both functional and affordable. Some of the concrete floating dock sections built by Bellingham Marine in the 1980s had survived the 2016 storms. “We were able to use those to rebuild the attenuator, which has been effective at the site over the years,” said Steve Ryder, manager of project development, southeast division, Bellingham Marine. “One of the benefits of a modular system like that is that you can take it apart and put it back together or use it in a situation like this for repair/replacement.”

The restored marina consists of an A dock and a B dock, plus the 384-foot long by 11-foot wide wave attenuator dock. Bellingham designed the Unifloat concrete docks and manufactured them at its southeast division plant in Jacksonville, then demolished and removed the existing damaged docks before installing the timber piling, the docks and utility systems for the slips.

Although the old docks had withstood many storms, the new concrete docks may be able to take even more punishment. “The original floats were cast in the 1980s and 1990s. There have been a number of improvements made to the Unifloat system over the past 25 years, which have improved the system’s durability, longevity and performance – especially at sites where the docks are exposed to extreme weather events,” Ryder said. “These improvements can be seen in the overall system, the individual float modules, the dock components, the anchorage system, and in the manufacturing process. The concrete mix design used today is much heavier and more durable then what was used 30 years ago. The minimum deck thickness has almost doubled and the type and amount of reinforcing has been improved upon as well.”

New Breakwater Provides Protection for Connecticut Marina

Marinetek North America completed the fabrication of floating concrete breakwater docks for Thamesport Marina in New London, Connecticut.

Wind and waves coming down the Thames River often buffet the marina. “That’s been a problem for many, many years, so the idea of the breakwater out in front of the marina is to protect it, to calm the waters and to make it a more protected basin,” said Bob Berry, Marinetek general manager. The company is seeing an increasing number of marinas add such breakwaters.

“In the past, they would build a rock jetty, but that is extremely expensive and extremely difficult to get permitted any more,” he said. “The trend now is floating wave attenuators. They aren’t as effective as a rock wall—nothing is going to get through solid rock—but wave attenuators are much less expensive. Migrating fish can go under them and so can the currents and tides, the water flow, so they are much more permittable.”

The wave attenuator is also adding to the marina’s capacity. Marinetek fabricated the 12-foot wide by 685-foot long L-shaped attenuator at its plant in St. Petersburg, Florida. The company also built 14 aluminum finger piers, 4 feet by 30 feet that will be installed on the leeward side of the breakwater. The piers, topped with composite decking, will create 28 new slips, as well as side-ties for the marina. Since the new docks will be reserved for transient boaters, Thamesport Marina was able to obtain a Boating Infrastructure Grant to help defray the cost.

Atlantic Marine Construction of Westerly, Rhode Island, installed the 25 steel pipe piles that are 26 feet in diameter. Pile guides are internal, stainless steel, running down the center line of the docks. The docks will also be equipped with lighting, potable water and electric service.

Marinetek began working on the breakwater in May and completed it in late October.

Florida Marina Adopts Margaritaville Brand

Minto Communities and Margaritaville Holdings have begun construction on a new deep-water marina located at Harbour Isle, a 220-acre private island community on Anna Maria Sound in Bradenton, Florida. The One Particular Harbour marina will feature a relaxed, casual-luxe, coastal-inspired design evoked by Jimmy Buffet’s enduring hit song Margaritaville.

Minto Communities bought the property, site of a previous marina, in 2009. “The company that we purchased the property from had taken the old marina out and had planned on updating it. So when we purchased the property, the entitlements for the marina were there but it wasn’t constructed,” said William Bullock, Minto senior vice president.

The previous owner’s plans for the renovated marina called only for wet slips, but Bullock noted that the marina industry has changed over the last decade. “A while ago it was more about Seacraft class boats and the 40-footer sitting in the water, but our research indicates that today its more center console or cuddy console. Folks want them out of the water, high and dry,” Minto said. “So we have reduced our wet footprint—which all the agencies are happy about—and moved some of those slips into the high and dry.”

The marina at One Particular Harbour will include a ships’ store and 55 wet slips designed to accommodate boats ranging in size from 37 feet to 58 feet. The aluminum floating docks will feature brown composite lumber treads. The dock is designed to withstand a Category 3 hurricane unloaded and a Category 1 hurricane loaded. Each slip will offer electric service with both 30-amp and 50-amp connections.

The dry dock building is 152 feet wide and 192 feet long and can hold up to 128 boats. The building is designed to withstand 150 mph winds.

Nearby amenities will include up to 30,000 square feet of commercial space with a signature Margaritaville restaurant, entertainment and shops.

One of the biggest appeals of the marina is that fact that it provides direct, no-bridge access to the Gulf of Mexico, Bullock added. “There are no idle zones other than 60 seconds to get to the main channel, and once you’re in the main channel, you are in intercoastal. In five minutes you’re in the mouth of Tampa Bay, right at Egmont Key. Direct access, where you’re under power within a minute or two, is hard to find, especially in a new marina.”

Bullock said Minto Communities chose Technomarine as the general contractor because it provided the most complete and well-organized competitive bid. The Midolo brothers from Marine Contracting Group out of Punta Gorda have also been key partners in the project, performing all of the in-water work, such as dredge and breakwater walls. John Bergsteiner, Inc. out of Bradenton installed all of the driven seawall material and Lovin Construction, out of Bradenton, has done all of the cap and tie-back concrete work.

Construction of the new wet basin area involved the removal of all existing seawalls, tie-backs and some remnant perimeter dockage. The marina’s in-water dredging, started in April, was completed in July. Seawall construction had started by early fall and dock installation is slated for completion by the end of the year.

“Construction is on schedule and we are in preliminary discussions with Margaritaville regarding amenities,” Bullock said. He anticipates all construction activities will be completed by the second quarter of 2018.

Massachusetts Marinas Replace Docks

SF Marina Systems is beginning preparations for two upcoming projects in Massachusetts.

At Hyannis Yacht Club, the company will be replacing some of the marina’s existing concrete docks with a 10-foot wide attenuator. The floating concrete breakwater will be about 130 feet long, with transient side-ties along its outer edge. That work will begin next spring.

Boston Yacht Club will be replacing some of its existing docks with two 66-foot-long by 16-foot-wide concrete floating docks. “That’s the final phase of the improvements that they’ve been doing over the last four years,” said Mason Sears of SF Marina Systems. The marina has already replaced one of the older, smaller docks with a single 16-foot by 66-foot dock, which serves as a landing facility and an anchorage point for dinghies and small outboards up to 15 feet.

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