Renovations At Pier Sixty-Six Include SF Marina DocksPublished on January 4, 2021
Tavistock Development Company has begun a major transformation of Pier Sixty-Six Hotel and Marina in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, starting with a new state-of-the-art SF Marina floating concrete superyacht dock for its Pier South location.
As visiting superyachts became ever larger over the years, the existing fixed dock located south of the 17th Street Bridge became problematic. Its curved, narrow design limited the size of vessels that could tie-up.
For the first phase of the Pier South renovation, Ebsary Foundation Company installed 440′ of SF Marina Type 2060 floating pontoons. Their 20′ width and 36″ freeboard accommodate superyachts up to 350′ on the main berth. The structure is secured with 30″ diameter steel piles within HDPE sleeves, offset to enable two-way golf cart traffic on the dock. Other superyacht-oriented features include a double row of composite timber rub rails and oversized 15- and 25-ton ship bollards.
Manufactured in Sweden, the dock sections for Pier South were transported by cargo ship to Port Everglades, Florida.
Engineered by Moffatt & Nichol, the Pier South dock has an advanced set of integrated utilities. Superyacht power needs are met with 1,200A power pedestals, CCTV and Wi-Fi. In-deck, high-flow waste pump out and potable water locations and a diesel fuel transfer system offer convenience. Above the water, LED lighting lines both sides of the dock while underwater fixtures illuminate the perimeter.
Pier Sixty-Six Hotel and Marina annually hosts the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. While both its Pier North and Pier South marinas continue to welcome boaters, the former hotel site is being redeveloped with a new and enhanced building, though preserving its iconic tower. New condominiums are being added, as well as a marina promenade with shops, offices and restaurants.