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Marina World

September/October 2009 No.55 Vol 10 Issue 1

• World News • Pontoons & Decking • Waterfront Developments: Russia, Thailand, Montenegro •

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Contracts in Europe…

ITALY: The directors of Porto San Rocco in the Gulf of Trieste have extended their existing partnership agreement with Camper & Nicholsons Marinas (C&N Marinas). includes a yacht club, 64-room hotel and Roberto Sponza, managing director of restaurant, shops, underground parking Porto San Rocco, explains: “The past and 24-hour security. Residents and visitors year has shown the benefits of Camper & also have access to a solarium terrace, 25m Nicholsons’ brand and strong reputation in the swimming pool, fitness centre and 300-seat marketplace. This has helped us particularly in attracting superyachts interested in renting congress room. and purchasing berths.” C&N Marinas CEO, Nick Maris, Located in the Bay of Muggia, Porto considers the marina to be a strong San Rocco is a unique deep water marina complement to the company’s network. providing first class facilities for 522 boats up “In a modern marina, customers demand the to 60m in length. Its position in the northern service standards and professionalism they Adriatic makes it a perfect base for cruising are used to receiving in a top class hotel,” he the Dalmatian coast of Croatia and for access says. “Porto San Rocco delivers that level to Venice and the islands and waterways of of excellence and our team’s international north eastern Italy. expertise is helping to bring that message to A residential complex alongside the marina high-end yacht owners worldwide.”

Lars-Gunnar Odhe (right) shakes on the contract with Brijesh Lohana.

SF appoints Samira INDIA: Swedish floating concrete pontoon and breakwater specialist SF Marina is looking to expand into the marina sector in India and has appointed Samira Marine Infrastructures as its representative. Brijesh Lohana will direct operations. “We look forward to a long and successful partnership with Samira Marine,” said SF Marina CEO Lars-Gunnar Odhe. “This is the right time to be in India. We are very optimistic about the growth of the marine industry in the country.” The agreement covers the development of marina projects and the building of marine infrastructure between Alibag and Mumbai as well as other coastal parts of India.

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Porto San Rocco is a perfect cruising base for the northern Adriatic.

…and the Caribbean

ST KITTS: C&N Marinas has also signed a ten year agreement with St Michael Development Ltd of Toronto, Canada, for the development and operation of Cockleshell Bay Marina, a brand new marina on the southern coast of the island. for seasonal rental or visitors. Work will begin in January 2010 and the St Kitts, a beautifully lush island with marina is scheduled to open in November pristine rain forests and stunning beaches, 2012 when it will be the centrepiece of an is located in the Leeward Islands. St exclusive development featuring five-star Michael Development principal, Chris hotels, a spa, shops, restaurants and luxury Kanhai, sees the island as becoming one villas. Berths will be available for yachts up to of the eastern Caribbean’s prime yachting 70m in length. A select number of berths will centres. be offered for sale and the remainder available

Docks & Marinas 2009

USA: The University of Wisconsin-Madison will host Docks & Marinas 2009 from 5th - 7th October. An annual event that is now in its 35th year, the course has trained more than 2,200 marine industry professionals, increasing their knowledge, skills and abilities in the design, construction and maintenance of docks and marinas. docks and marinas facilities. The course comprises 20 hours of Further information is available from professional development training led course founder and director, Prof. C. by marine industry experts who present Allen Wortley on email: wortley@engr. the latest information on freshwater and saltwater, coastal and river, lake and reservoir - September/October 2009

MALTA: Further to response to Malta Maritime Authority’s (MMA’s) consultation document, ‘Development of Yachting Facilities’, the authority has proposed recommendations that should ultimately provide 860 new permanent berths and a further 300 temporary berths on the island. MMA observes that new marinas should be developed within existing harbours and that the development of temporary marinas should take different mooring systems into account, e.g. ‘organised mooring fields’ rather than just floating pontoons. It also notes the need for the provision of ancillary amenities and supporting facilities relating to yachting, such as hard stand and boat stacking areas. Permanent marinas are proposed for: Sa Maison (310 berths – planning process to be concluded by September 2010); Ta’Xbiex/Manoel Island (380 berths – dependent on the completion by MIDI of a breakwater within the next five years); and Menqa (170 berths – dependent on the time needed to relocate the petroleum berth at Flagstone Wharf). Around 100 of the temporary marina berths will be located on the island of Gozo, just outside the north breakwater at Mgarr. This installation is included as an ‘obligation’ for buyers of Mgarr Marina, one of the three MMA facilities that are currently for sale to the private sector. Nine other sites around Malta are earmarked to share a further 200 temporary berths. Several proposed sites for permanent marina development – in Sliema, Valletta, Kalkara, St Paul’s Bay, Marsascala, St Julian’s and Birzebbuga – have been discounted, primarily because of the prohibitive costs of building essential breakwaters.



Pitch Perfect Boating is enjoyed on many different levels, and infrastructure to support this – from the grass roots boat ramp to the ultra exclusive megayacht marina – must be sufficiently diverse. Catering to such diversity is a challenge that can be met by examining exact customer requirements and enlisting the support of local and national governments. Two countries as geographically far apart as Montenegro and South Korea – ‘developed’ in many areas but ‘undeveloped’ or ‘underdeveloped’ in boating terms – are highlighted in this issue for their varied bids to create new boating destinations. As YP Loke argues (p. 21), we could do well to watch how South Korea builds a boating industry from scratch. It’s exciting because the country has plentiful coastline up for development, a relatively affluent home customer base and enthusiastic government support. It has that very rare opportunity to capture boaters at all levels – from the novice looking for a learn-to-sail club to the mid-range boater seeking a marina berth and the superyacht owner happy to pay premium prices for premium services. The Korean Government is also supportive, wisely noting the economic benefits of boating including boat manufacture and eco-tourism potential. Good attendance at the second Korea International Boat Show augurs well, as does the fact that the show marina was built as a permanent fixture. Contracts for other marinas were awarded at the show and ongoing discussions with various pontoon manufacturers underscore a high level of serious interest. Montenegro, by contrast, is not new to boating but, with just a few marinas on its Adriatic coastline, is seriously up for a nautical tourism boost. Developed, but in many ways still ‘developing’, Montenegro is still finding its feet after declaring independence from former Yugoslavia in June 2006. The Montenegro Government sees tourism as the backbone of future economic development although reliance on foreign investment may hamper progress in the current climate. With magnificent scenery, charming villages and good sailing waters, the country has much to lure tourists and, in keeping with government interests in aiming high, Porto Montenegro should pack a gigantic Adriatic punch in terms of marina facilities and community amenities. If developers have pitched it right, it will attract the visitors that Montenegro seeks.

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Dogus Group completes second key marina

TURKEY: A new 400-berth marina has opened in Didim in time for the 2009 season. Located between Izmir and Bodrum on the Aegean coast, Didim Marina is the second facility developed by the Dogus Group which constructed Turgutreis Marina in Bodrum in 2003. reinforced aluminium system with a heavyDogus selected Poralu Marine to design duty profile for mooring vessels of 10-21m in the marina and issued a €1.7 million contract length. The pontoons are decked with Ecoteck for the supply and assembly of 1,182m of 3m wood composite. wide pontoons. Installation of the pontoons The construction of Didim Marina – one was carried out by a local company under of the largest marinas in Turkey – took place Poralu supervision and was completed in as part of a complete coastline development May this year. project, which includes shopping centres, In contrast with most Turkish marina a heliport, restaurants, swimming pool and developers, who have traditionally favoured yacht club. concrete pontoons, Dogus opted for a specially

Nomination time for Access Award

USA: Nominations for the third annual BoatUS Recreational Boating Access Award are being accepted until 1st October 2009. The award recognises individuals or groups who have succeeded in preserving or improving public waterway access and hopes to share their strategies with others. “Ultimately, boating access is a local issue. docks,” she continues. The aim of this award is to recognise those Judges will look at four criteria: advocates across the US who are succeeding • the challenges faced in retaining or increasing in reversing this trend and to share those efforts access in an area with others so that they may also be successful • the direct impact or measurable results of the in improving boating access,” says Nancy solution Michelman, president of the 600,000-member • the level of success in increasing awareness of the importance of boating access to a association. Waterfront residential development, community regulatory red tape, increased taxes, poor land• the ability to use the successful approach for use planning and more restrictive zoning are just other areas some of the factors contributing to the decline of Examples of solutions could include waterway access for recreational boats. creative public/private partnerships, changes “Some municipalities are levying hefty tax in land use planning or permitting processes, hikes for marinas. Boat clubs and yards are tax incentives, legislation or public ballots, often assessed at highest use tax rates, which publicity or public education. Eligible can be the last nail in the coffin for a public activities must have been undertaken in the marina. Some marina operators simply give last three years. Previous entrants are asked up after being stymied for years of increasing not to re-apply. taxes as well as miles of red tape required to For further information: get a permit to dredge, maintain or expand gov/AccessAward - September/October 2009


Marinas Value Study is under way AUSTRALIA: Collection of data to underpin the Australian Marinas Value Study, which was launched at Marinas 2009 on the Gold Coast in May, has commenced. industry and government in Australia when The study is an initiative of the Marina he provided a keynote address at Marinas Industries of Australia (MIAA) and is actively 2007 on the opportunity for similar research supported by various state agencies. MIAA president, Jeff d’Albora, describes the study as in other countries. an ‘essential initiative’. “For too long we have In the two years since that address, a lacked robust data to present to government, methodology has been developed and tested investors, bankers and the wider community and the study is now ready for the collection of on the positive economic and employment 2008/09 financial year data. MIAA executive impacts of our marinas,” he said. officer, Colin Bransgrove, encourages all Technical components of the project are commercial marinas in Australia to enter being led by Dr Ed Mahoney, professor and data. “It is in the interests of every marina in industry extension specialist at Michigan State Australia to enter their data,” he urged. “The University and co-director of the Recreational bigger the sample size the more robust the data Marine Research Center (RMRC) in the USA. and the better the quality of the analysis.” Mahoney has developed world class marina The Study Working Group has a three year industry research in the USA and impressed timetable. Data will be entered and analysed

Investor sought for Alcaidesa Marina

SPAIN: A third investor is being sought by Alcaidesa Servicios SA to progress the development of Alcaidesa Marina in southern Spain. The new partner would join Costain Group plc and Santander Group company Elerco SA. The share purchase opportunity is being marketed by international property advisor, Savills, with a guide price of €11 million. Alcaidesa Marina is being built on a 27 information pack. More detailed data will then hectare site at La Linea on the western side be provided to shortlisted bidders to enable of the Gibraltar promontory. The site is held second stage bids to be made. by Alcaidesa Group on a 30 year concession, Savills’ Ian Simpson expects the opportunity which was granted by Algeciras Bay Port to attract strong interest. “Market studies indicate Authority in July 2007 following several years that there is a shortage of marinas in southern of negotiation and planning. Work started at Spain and, indeed, no new ones have been built the marina in August 2008. in this area in the last twenty years because of When complete, the marina will offer 624 the country’s strong coastal protection policies,” berths and 190 drystack slots, along with he says. “Alcaidesa has been able to obtain a marina buildings, a sailing club and 20,000 licence to develop the marina thanks to robust sq m of leisure and retail outlets. Alcaidesa business planning, which we are sure will also will also build a ferry dock next to the marina, be influential in attracting bidders. We expect to be handed back to the port authority on interest from commercial, retail and leisure investors as well as from parties with marina completion. operating experience.” Savills will be adopting a two stage bidding For further information, contact Ian Simpson process, inviting stage one bids on the basis or Ellis Auger on +44 (0) 1865 269095 of preliminary sale particulars and a detailed Computer generated image of Alcaidesa Marina, scheduled to offer 624 berths.

Ed Mahoney updates delegates at Marinas 2009.

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Tenders out for ‘Mina Zayed’

UAE: According to reports in the Abu Dhabi newspaper ‘The National’, the Abu Dhabi Government has issued tenders for one of the largest marina projects at Mina Zayed on the tip of Abu Dhabi island. Tenders are being handled by the government’s strategic investment company Mubadala Development. The marina, tentatively called Marina Zayed, would offer berths for 500 superyachts up to 180m in length. The tender also suggests a major associated property development, which would include two five-star hotels, 1,100 residential units and high-end retail.

Members boost for marinas group

EUROPE: TransEurope Marinas has welcomed four UK marinas – Beaucette Marina in Guernsey, Conwy Marina and Deganwy Marina in North Wales, and Whitehaven Marina in Cumbria to its membership. The group now represents 35 marinas, all of which offer each other’s berth holders up to five days berthing at a 50% discount. “We are currently able to provide quality visitor berthing to over 16,000 European cruising boat owners at the cheapest possible rates, which is vitally important in these difficult economic times,” says TransEurope Marinas chairman, Andrew Jagger. The network includes marinas in Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, UK and Ireland. For more information, visit www.

Marinas and Refit

MALTA: A new conference ‘The Future of Marinas and Refit Facilities’ is to be held 20th-21st October, 2009. Issues under debate will include: how to create efficient use of space for marina development; the relationship between marinas and refit facilities; environmental law and marina operations; why lenders are reluctant to lend money for berths and marinas; alternative fund raising mechanisms; and what the marina industry can learn from tourism and hotel industries. The conference is sponsored by the Malta Maritime Authority and S&D Yachts and is organised by Quaynote Communications. For more information, visit www.quaynote. com - September/October 2009


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Swift uptake for upscale drystack USA: Tarpon Club Marina Dry Storage, a 145-boat drystack with architecturally distinctive features, opened in February on Isle of Capri, Naples, Florida. It is the newest drystack in the Naples area and is currently at 60% occupancy. demonstrates that drystacks can be more Tarpon Club was built using Bellingham than a simple warehouse,” says Steve Ryder, Marine’s (BMI’s) Unistack system, which BMI manager of project developments. allows holding racks to be adjusted to meet “From large windows and textured walls to demand. Both the building and its doors a clock tower, this 25,000 square foot dry were designed to withstand hurricane force storage building fits in well with its upscale winds. surroundings and is a great example of In an upmarket environment like Isles the advancements in architectural style of of Capri, looks are vitally important. “The modern dry storage facilities,” he adds. building at Tarpon Club Marina clearly

Luxury marina opens in Helsinki

FINLAND: The Boatman Group has opened a luxury marina at Mustikkamaa in the heart of Helsinki’s most prestigious residential area. The facility, known as Port Mustikka, will be used as the principal display and service location for the complete range of Bavaria sailing yachts the company offers to the Finnish market. Constructed by Bellamer, using aluminium the marina offers 55 full-service berths for pontoons, WPC decking for reduced boats of 10-14m. An additional 25m space maintenance and reinforced concrete floats, has been provided for larger yachts and an in-water service area for six to eight boats constructed with special power pedestals and dedicated fingers. Future plans call for a further 50 to 70 berths. Port Mustikka has round-the-clock security and, in addition to being within five minutes of the city centre facilities, has good on-site amenities. These include a clubhouse, sauna and chandlery. The company also has offices with showroom and 6,000 sq m of indoor and outdoor storage for up to 100 boats. Yachts up to 25m long can be lifted and stored. - September/October 2009

AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales (NSW) Government is calling for Registrations Of Interest to kick start the redevelopment of the Homebush Bay Maritime Precinct, an 18 hectare site with 900m of waterfront access to the Parramatta River and Homebush Bay. The precinct is expected to cost up to AU$300 million to establish and should provide more than 500 construction jobs. The site offers the greatest opportunity yet to support the boating community near the geographic centre of Sydney, providing an important access point to Sydney Harbour for the many boaters who come from the west and further afield. The boating sector in NSW is one of the state’s top seven industries with an annual turnover in excess of AU$2 billion. More than 1.5 million people go boating each year in the state. In 2005, the government approved a master plan for Homebush that permitted: drystack storage; boat launching and berthing facilities; boat manufacture and maintenance facilities; and approval for a rowing club, maritime studies centre and clubhouse. NSW Maritime is now seeking amendments to the plan to increase the amount of space available for maritime-related business and dry boat storage, and to give direct waterfront access to the Parramatta River foreshore.

UK rep for ELMIF UK: Jon Eads CMM, managing director for Marina Developments Ltd (MDL) and president of the British Marine Federation (BMF) has been elected to represent the UK on the Council for the new European Leisure Marine Industries Federation (ELMIF). ELMIF brings together the European Union Recreational Marine Industry Group (EURMIG) and the European Confederation of Nautical Industries (ECNI) to provide one powerful voice representing the European leisure marine industry in Brussels. The BMF played a leading role in the creation of the new group, which represents 14 countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK). The Council’s first task will be to appoint a full-time Secretary General who will be based in Brussels.


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Soft opening planned for Pez Vela COSTA RICA: Marina Pez Vela will soft open this autumn with 100 floating concrete slips and many initial amenities. and work, says project founder Harold Dredging of the immense, surge-free Lovelady. “We are moving at full speed marina basin - which stretches more than for opening the initial 100 slips this fall one mile in circumference - is complete, and welcoming our first customers,” he with the removal of more than 270,000 cu explains. “Our extraordinary project team m of sand. This has enabled Bellingham is building a marina that will be exceptional Marine to begin dock assembly for the for those who stay on a permanent, annual slips, which range from 35 to 200 feet. or transient basis.” All slips have individual pedestals and Additional work in progress includes: dock boxes. a 700ft long fuel dock with diesel and Putting pontoons into the water is the petrol tanks holding 36,000 gallons of culmination of nine years preparation fuel; a high pressure fresh water system with a 4,000 cu m storage capacity; a high pressure control system; the fabrication of decorative splash walls; and landside buildings to house Customs, Immigration, marina office and marine store. As Marina Pez Vela is being built with an emphasis on environmental protection, recycled steel is being used where feasible and a stateof-the-art septic treatment Harold Lovelady and John Kane test the first docks. system is being installed.

Contract awarded for Han River

KOREA: Australian commercial and residential pontoon manufacturer, Superior Jetties, in conjunction with its Korean dealer HY Kim, has won a contract to build a 65-berth marina on the Han River in Seoul. The companies secured the marina component of the project as part of a consortium bid led by Seung Hwa Engineering and Construction Company. Civil construction for the development, which is located next to Parliament House, is under way and the marina will be built in 2010. A floating marina club is also part of the plan. Initial details of the deal were confirmed at the Korea International Boat Show in early June.

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RPYC’s main marina at Crawley is situated on the Swan River.

Royal Perth refurbishment gives Swan River marina new lease of life

The Royal Perth Yacht Club (RPYC), formed in 1841, is home to the largest active fleet of sail and motor boats in Western Australia. In October 2008, the club opened a newly refurbished and extended marina in Crawley on the Swan River, one of two marina sites it owns and operates. With the experience of a full season at the ‘new’ marina now under his belt, general manager Stuart Walton talks shop. some people will be waiting for many years RPYC offers a total of 490 berths, 110 of boat maintenance area on the river that is before they get a pen,” he adds. equipped with a straddle carrier. It is a popular which are located on the ocean front at an annex site in Fremantle and the remainder club and, like others on the Swan, enjoys full at the main Crawley site. The latter is the occupancy. “RPYC and all clubs in Perth have Better layout largest of the yacht clubs on the Swan River substantial waiting lists for berths,” Stuart Refurbishing the main marina and incorporating Walton confirms. “In our case, we have 140 with bars and dining rooms that combine to a floating pontoon system to replace the old offer function facilities for groups of up to members waiting for a pen [berth]. Given the timber jetties enabled RPYC to reconfigure 1,000 people and the only hard stand and low turnover and the lack of new facilities, for a better mix of slips to suit current ratios of

General manager, Stuart Walton, takes the wheel of one of the club’s new electric golf carts.


A raised start box is an unusual marina feature. - September/October 2009

TALKING SHOP A floating pontoon system has transformed the inner harbour.

60:40 for sail versus power and to increase the number of berths. “We replaced approximately 160 tired old timber jetties with 230 new floating jetties. The inner, more sheltered section of the marina is equipped with Poralu floating pontoons and the outer perimeter of the marina is built using heavy duty SF Marina floating wave attenuators.” The aluminium framed Poralu pontoons are decked with the company’s signature Ecostyle recyclable polypropylene decking and provide berthing for vessels of 8-18m. RPYC specified extra wide jetties of up to 4m to give members more space, and to facilitate access by electric golf cart for maintenance staff and hospitality services. “We are about to launch a catering service for members using our electric golf carts to carry food and beverages to members’ boats,” Walton says. “We will also provide a uniformed steward to serve the drinks on board if that is what the member wants.” Installation was undertaken by Poralu Australasian representative, Engineered Water Systems (EWS) of nearby Wangara, working in conjunction with project superintendent M P Rogers & Associates. Larger vessels (up to 30m) are moored at the concrete wave attenuator pontoons, which were built and installed by SF Marina’s New Zealand representative HEB Structures. Sections had to be cast on site and launched via the club’s boat ramp using specially made buggies. Each 20m section has a mass of nearly 20 tonnes and a draft of about 5 feet and, to make installation even trickier, needed to be moored by 30m long, 600mm diameter piles into a muddy river bottom with water depths of 4m. The total breakwater is 320m long.

There are no other charges.” Members also benefit from a well equipped boatyard with 32 tonne straddle carrier and hardstand for 40 vessels of up to 60 feet in length. Club tenant, May Marine Maintenance, provides a comprehensive boat maintenance service. The hardstand was remodelled and sheet-piled during the overall refurbishment project and a floating fuel pontoon was also added. Attention has also been paid to security and cleanliness. Landside access to the marina has been enhanced with a new secure gatehouse, which is home to safety equipment, electrical distribution boards and specially made stainless steel rubbish bins. “The club has a fully documented environmental management policy and is committed to taking care of the environment. We are very proud of our new rubbish bins, which have a drip tray built in to avoid spillages into the water,” Walton notes. “Our biggest challenge is to get members to act responsibly when disposing of things like batteries and waste oil. We so often find drums of used engine oil and filters in rubbish bins!”

Warm welcome Although permanent berths are only available to members (most are leased on an annual basis), RPYC always has a warm welcome for visiting yachts and has excellent facilities at both marinas to accommodate them. The club also enjoys a wide range of sailing and boating events – welcoming, too, the visitors who arrive to take part in such events – and has recently constructed a possibly unique raised start box on top of one of the floating jetties as a testament to its involvement in the racing scene. It also has a specially configured area for disabled sailors, constructed from Poralu pontoons generously donated by EWS, for use in the club’s respected Sailability programme. The RPYC development is one of the largest marina refurbishment projects undertaken so far in Western Australia and cost in the region of AU$8 million. Planning application processes took approximately two and a half years and, when work commenced, day-to-day operations carried on as close to normal as feasible. Introducing floating pontoons has, in particular, transformed the marina and opened up new possibilities. “After a full season’s use, I can only say that we are delighted with the way the new marina has worked out. The members absolutely love it. In fact, one elderly member said to me that he believes he will be able to keep sailing for another five years simply because it is so much easier for him to board his boat from a floating pen,” Walton reveals. The manager can also see the upside of low maintenance pontoons. “The Poralu system is well designed, robust and extremely flexible. Having seen Poralu marinas in various parts of the world, I also know that it will look as good in 20 years as it does today.” All in all, the new look marina will help Stuart Walton and his team keep the RPYC as the ‘club of choice’ in Western Australia. “We are very proud to say that Royal Perth Yacht Club was awarded the prestigious ‘Club of the Year’ award for the second time in three years!” he reports.

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Business as usual on Lake Lanier

In the heart of the Hills of Life, I know/Two springs that with unbroken flow/Forever pour their lucent streams/Into my soul’s far Lake of Dreams. — Sydney Lanier, poet, 1842–1881 Lake Sydney Lanier, named for a local poet who wrote during the US Civil War, sits just north of Atlanta, Georgia. As has been noted in Marina World within the last couple of years, Lake Lanier - as it’s more commonly labelled - suffered the worst drought in its 50+ year history in 2007 when lake levels plummeted to more than 18 feet (5.5m) below the norm. As of this past July, levels were a little over 5ft (1.5m) below normal. The US Army Corps of Engineers lifted a shoreline permitting ban and sprinklers in the area are once again spraying lawns. The Corps built Buford Dam and created to accidentally releasing 22 billion gallons Lake Lanier in 1950 for hydropower, navigation of water from the lake in 2007 due to an and, somewhat ironically considering recent incorrectly calibrated gauge in the Buford events, flood control. The Corps admitted Dam. Plus, the reservoir provides water to Holiday Marina at ‘full pool’ is popular and vibrant. - September/October 2009

Aqualand Marina, the largest marina on the lake, has worked hard to protect its docks. a region that has had a meteoric population growth of upwards of three million people in the last 30 years. And, finally, Georgia entered one of the worst droughts in its history. Blame for the lake levels has been attributed to low seasonal rainfall and the amount of water being pumped out to supply nearly 80% of Georgia, plus parts of Florida and Alabama. Merge that with the recent economic downturn, high fuel prices and a 10% unemployment rate in Georgia and the situation started to look catastrophic for some marinas and, perhaps, Georgia’s boating industry in general.

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So far this year, natural precipitation has been kind to the lake region. “We got plenty of rain this winter and spring,” says Alex Laidlaw, vice-president at Westrec Marinas, which owns and operates Sunrise Marina and Holiday on Lake Lanier. “Levels are still lower than usual,

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well as surrounding communities in Georgia, including Georgia’s capital city of Atlanta. To recap years of debate and litigation in a nutshell, the Corps didn’t have the necessary congressional authorisation to do that. In early July, US District Court Judge Paul Magnuson ruled that Atlanta will no longer be allowed to use water from Lake Lanier unless Georgia, Alabama and Florida settle their water-rights dispute within three years. At that time, lake levels will be mandated back to pre-water-supply levels of the mid-1970s and water will be distributed only to Alabama and Florida. Pretty good news for Lake Lanier, but horrible news for the residents of Atlanta. The Corps is on track to have a water-control manual by 2011, which should help mitigate some of the issues. “The levels and calculations that the Corps uses to establish this ‘curve’ during the year are based on decades-old studies, and do not accurately reflect what is happening today in terms of climate, run-off and demands downstream,” says Brent Pearson, manager at Port Royale Marina (formerly Lanmar Marina), a 1,000-plus slip marina on the western shore of Lake Lanier. - September/October 2009

During the drought, “Lanier was just fine in terms of having plenty of water to go boating,” he continues. “Even if it shrank to half its size, it’s still a big lake. It’s just that people were not used to seeing it that way.” Doug Beachem, whose father built Holiday Marina back in the late 1950s, concurs. “The lake goes up and down,” he states. “It’s not unusual.” He notes that marina managers moved docks and created longer ramps but it was par for the course. “However, we haven’t had a drought last this long before. The last drought filled within a year,” he adds. Beachem is referring to the drought that ‘broke all records’ during the ’88–’89 boating season. Lanier’s water levels recovered just in time for marinas to feel the effects of the notorious federal boating luxury tax of the early ’90s that crippled most of the industry in the US, a precursor to the situation today. It was a tough time, according to Beachem. “We got double whacked then, too,” he says. Beachem retired from the marina industry after selling Lazy Days Marina, now owned by Flagship Marinas, but grew up on the lake and is quite familiar with its history. “It always fluctuated a few feet,” he says. “We would adjust docks because the annual fluctuation was about 5ft or 6ft [1.5m or 1.8m]. As Atlanta grew, more pressure was put on the resource. I think the most money I spent on Lazy Days was on changes after that drought.” “But we were spoiled,” he continues. “We never saw the fluctuations they have now.”

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Local economy, more so than the international crisis many of us are enduring, plays a huge role in the marina industry on Lake Lanier, but people are seeing a positive change. “The economy here relied on home development,” says Laidlaw. In view of the recent homeequity bubble burst, “those customers simply don’t exist anymore.” Port Royale Marina on the western shore claimed ‘business as usual’ despite a shrinking lake.


NEWS FOCUS: LAKE LANIER Jernigan, general manager “This Fourth of July at Aqualand Marina. “We was the busiest I have called in a sonar company ever seen it,” he adds. that mapped out our marina “We’ve had a really good to show obstructions.” This summer so far.” During the took the form of a Strategic drought, Holiday on Lake Drought Management Lanier was down to 75% of Plan (SDMP). Much like a inventory, which translates hurricane plan, the SDMP told to losing about 300 slips. Jernigan and his crew what “We recovered most of actions they should take as what we lost.” He states the lake dropped. The SDMP that occupancy level is extends its scenario down currently at 85%; certainly to a level of 1,035ft (315m) room for improvement and and cost Aqualand nearly definitely an improvement over last year, but still $800,000. not where they were pre“We’re going to get more aggressive in our plans,” drought. Laidlaw says. Next season, both “The economy and Westrec-owned marinas will unemployment issues this have free wi-fi, for instance. spring and summer have Shoreline enhancement in the spring of this year at Holiday Marina. It’s a fairly significant capital investment, but hit boaters much harder than the drought,” says. “The lake was down but there was still Laidlaw is quick to point out that Westrec Pearson states. “Our vacancy rate has closely 25,000 acres [10,117 hectares] under water.” had to pay a million dollars on infrastructure followed the unemployment rate. But,” he In fact, Danneman claims, “80% of our slips due to changes related to the recent drought. adds, “we’re still over 90% full, so we’re stayed wet. Water access was the real issue.” “We worked really hard to maintain what we doing just fine.” Port Royale’s solution? Extend the launch have,” he says. This probably would have been “The economic shift here covered all boats,” ramps so boaters could get their vessels in necessary anyway, considering the fluctuations Laidlaw continues. “Usually a slow economy the water. Once they were splashed, boats in the lake and the fact that Holiday was hits a certain sector and boat size, but we had could go pretty much anywhere. “In terms of the first marina on Lake Lanier and built to half a dozen repossessions over a 100ft [30m]. construction, we were in the process of building accommodate much less drastic fluctuations. That’s not typical.” new docks - and will build in the future - all are “With the lake level returning and fuel prices being positioned to accommodate a low water stabilised,” says Kirby Scheimann, former ‘Plenty of water’ level of 1,050 feet,”says Pearson. “In previous manager at Aqualand Marina. “This is a better Access was the crux of the drought problem years, we would probably have positioned for summer than was predicted a year ago.” at Lake Lanier, Brent Danneman, a general 1,055 feet [322m].” “There’s plenty of water here for everyone,” manager at Port Royale Marina who works in “We worked hard to protect the docks Laidlaw concludes. sales, asserts. “There was plenty of water,” he and preserve our revenue stream,” says Len

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Korea makes an interesting emerging boating market case study in more ways than one. It is ranked as the eleventh largest economy in the world and is expected to be among the first Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) member nations to come out of the global financial crisis, with a predicted 2.7% growth this year. But in spite of its economic ranking, South Korea must be the most economically advanced nation without any leisure boat activity. This is because its war with North Korea resulted in coastal defence needs overriding alternative use of the coastline, an artificial barrier that has prevented normal market forces from acting. In any other environment, a boating market would have developed. A transformation is, however, set to take place as a change in government mindset has opened the floodgates for coastal development. Rarely, if ever, do we get to witness an embryonic boating market splutter to life in a developed economy. Industry watchers are beside themselves with excitement as this event provides an unprecedented insight into how industry actually evolves. Organisational theorists will be able to compare developmental hypothesis against an unfolding case study. The tide change was evident at the first ever Korea International Boat Show (KIBS) in 2008, and the repeat this year provided affirmation of the seriousness of the Korean intent. The show was a key component of a marine festival held at the coastal town of Jeongkok in Gyeonggi Province, an hour’s commute from Seoul. The other key feature was the Korea Match Cup, a leg of the World Match Racing Tour Series for which the Koreans put up a record purse of nearly US$300,000 in prize money. Given the national interest that boating has generated, internal competition is hotting up. Another province, Gyeongsangnam-do has geared its show ‘Yacht & Boat Korea’ up a notch with the appointment of Australian Barry Jenkins as advisor. Jenkins was until recently associated with the Sanctuary Cove

Boat Show and largely accredited with its success. In comparison, KIBS started with help from the British Marine Federation. Western involvement in Asian shows appears to be a formula gaining favour – China’s Shenzhen International Boat Expo (SIBEX) is partnering with La Rochelle Boat Show organiser, Grand Pavois, to run its next event. Some 100 sites across the country have been identified for marina development or boating access and the Koreans appear determined to fast track boating development as part of a national masterplan to develop a boat industry. South Korea is already a world player in, - September/October 2009

among other things, shipbuilding, automobiles and electronics. Now it plans to add composite boat manufacturing to that list. Following a proven strategy that it has used to bootstrap other industrial sectors from scratch, it first plans to stimulate local demand. Hence, the first item on the agenda is to build boating infrastructure. While there are existing marinas in Busan (the venue for Olympic sailing in 1988), the Jeongkok Marina, where the boat show was held, is among the first of a new crop to get off the block. Built by SF Marina’s Korean partner, Seaport, Jeongkok Marina currently has 113 berths and space for 200 boats on land. It is also more than just a marina and will be home to a boat manufacturing cluster. The larger hinterland in and around Hwaseong City is also set to be transformed into a global metropolis. Planners envisage hospitals, colleges, tourism (Universal Studios is setting up a theme park) and manufacturing clusters across a wide range of industries setting up in the coming decade. A centrepiece of the development, which is of particular interest from a boating perspective, is the Seongam Marine Tourism Zone. The masterplan dovetails eco-tourism, boating facilities, maintenance and refit, and manufacturing to create a self-sustaining economic ecosystem that feeds off itself. Sceptics point to the fact that as South Korea is a developed country, it doesn’t qualify as the type of low cost manufacturing base that manufacturers seek when looking at the global scene. But savvy businesses understand that wages are only part of the equation when venturing abroad. Management and engineering skills, productivity, workforce trainability, infrastructure, the regulatory framework and a home market are among factors that may sway the balance in the country’s favour. South Korea appears to be the new boating frontier to watch. It is a case study in the making and the unfolding of its future will be interesting to both boating businesses and academics alike. Above and below: in a bid to promote boating to an undeveloped market, the second Korea Boat Show displayed a broad range of vessels.


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Thousands of boats cruise the Moscow lakes and waterways and rich boat owners have made Himki Marina a place of “unrestrained luxury where Moscow’s yuppies like to meet,” says Giovanna Vitelli. To achieve this, it was essential to set the scene, and AzimutBenetti Group approached this first and foremost by taking advantage of cultural heritage. “The entire complex comprises the marina basin and a refurbished villa, which now houses shops and services,” explains Marco de Paolis who is responsible for marina logistics. The elevated seating from which Stalin observed rowing competitions is also still in place but has been restored to its former glory. Internally, the ‘villa’ is dominated by a large restaurant with double aspect windows across the lake and to the open parkland behind, several offices and six fairly spacious apartments. The basement is used for kitchens and services. Great care was taken with the restoration and local skills were used. “Local professionals worked under the steady eye of local superintendents who respected the original features and décor,” de Paolis confirms. “All the column capitals, for example, were completely rebuilt as was the stucco around the windows and the decorative metal boats that sit at the top of the staircase. All technology used is new and advanced and floorings are modern but everything is designed to feel like an historic Moscow monument. There is a lot of dark hardwood and corresponding materials and colours.” Most of the marina basin ‘hardware’

Boats moored up (left) and the restored villa (above) with elevated seating. - September/October 2009



The waterfront restaurant is popular with Moscow’s smart set. was also manufactured locally although some of the pontoons were imported. A marina in Moscow of necessity is different to a marina in, say, Genoa. “Weather conditions allow for only limited use. The lake freezes from October to January and the marina remains empty. With the piers gripped by ice, it’s a fascinating sight!” de Paolis muses, adding however that this is not the only difference. “The marina is managed


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for tourist harbours or marinas. They were obliged to create it!” So far, an investment of some €20 million has reaped some rate of return with 100 berths leased and shops and offices occupied. This is down to the image of the marina and the fact that Russians have an historic love of boating. 2009 is however a far cry from 2006 when Anton Dolotin had a sales turnover of US$40 million and around a thousand boats were sold in the region throughout the year. Himki Marina is nonetheless likely to be a precious step forward in developing marinas in various parts of the river system although this will be down to companies other than Azimut-Benetti. The setting is ideal – Himki is surrounded by spacious parkland of grass, trees and rich vegetation that echo scenes in a Pasternak novel. And a local ‘Beach Club’ with popular sunbathing beach is yet another attraction. - September/October 2009

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A former Austro-Hungarian naval base within the coastal town of Tivat, Montenegro is being transformed into Porto Montenegro, a visionary marina village and megayacht marina. The first phase of development, to comprise 250 berths and 75 residences across five buildings is under way and due for completion by 2010. harbour in the eastern Mediterranean. Its 100km “Yachts are getting bigger and bigger and coastline twists inland from the open waters people are complaining that they can’t find of the Adriatic on the southern edge of the proper berths for them. That’s no problem Dalmatian coast. Rugged mountains rise from in Tivat. It used to cater to warships,” muses the shoreline, shielding the sandy beaches and Porto Montenegro chief investor Canadian medieval towns that cling to the water’s edge. businessman, Peter Munk. Munk’s vision, With Venice and the Croatian archipelago to coupled with Tivat’s deep water access the north, Corfu and the Ionian islands to the and spacious harbour for even the largest south and the eastern coast of Italy to the west, superyachts, have been set to plan by developers the bay also offers easy and direct access to Adriatic Marinas DOO with an aim to create some of the best cruising in the Mediterranean the Mediterranean’s most comprehensive nautical facility. basin. Porto Montenegro will feature 650 berths Making the difference and provide high levels of service and amenities Prior to joining the founding team at Porto – including nearby drydock and repair facilities Montenegro, marina manager Tony Browne – for vessels of all sizes. The development will spent ten years at sea as a yacht captain, also create a coastal community of waterfront personally sampling the highs and lows of residences, hotels and restaurants, shops, water marinas around the world. “All too often, the sports and leisure facilities. services for the crew off the yachts didn’t even Positioned within the idyllic Bay of Kotor, half measure up to the facilities on them,” he a UNESCO World Heritage site, the new says. Porto Montenegro will be different. The development benefits from nothing less marina will offer full yacht and superyacht than five star location. The bay is Europe’s servicing capabilities, essential crew services, southernmost fjord and the largest natural and leisure facilities geared to a whole community. It will be an official port of entry with on-site duty-free fuelling and 24-hour marina concierge. The development is transforming a polluting commercial yard into a resourceful marina. Adriatic Marinas is spending millions of euros on seabed and land remediation and working with top consultants such as Arup and the Mace Group to ensure the design and construction are as efficient as possible. To date, construction has involved:

• reuse of old timber and stone from buildings dismantled on site for the construction of jetties and walkways • recycling of grit containing copper and lead residues (from the former naval base’s sandblasting activities) into aggregate • use of either recycled or ‘sustainable source’ timber • installation of special water flow systems on tap nozzles to reduce water pressure by 30% • use of solar panels and low voltage lighting wherever possible • use of cavity wall insulation and thermal window units • reduction of impact on local roads by ferrying materials by water where possible • development of a fast ferry service between coastal towns, along with nautical access and air links to ease the burden on roads in the Boka Kotorska region The project aims to attain Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) accreditation for its sustainable initiatives. Porto Montenegro also shares the ecologically progressive stance of the Montenegro government, which declared the country to be the world’s ‘first ecological state’ in 1991. The government has subsequently implemented many laws to protect the country’s natural resources against the potentially harmful effects of mass tourism. Porto Montenegro also recognises that responsible tourism is as much about giving to the local community as protecting the natural one.

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The Porto Montenegro marina promises to be the ‘Monte Carlo of the Upper Adriatic’, and will finally offer 650 berths over an area of 24 hectares. The marina system will be installed in pre-arranged phases by Italian company Ingemar, which won the contract in a fiercely contested international tender. The €3.5 million contract largely comprises the supply of piers and floating breakwaters over the next three years. Early work – completed in a record 60-day timeframe – involved installing 340m of floating breakwaters composed of unsinkable 20 x 40m concrete modules. These have an elevated draught of 1.5m and extremely high displacement (68 tonnes) to ensure adequate shelter from the short, steep waves generated by strong ‘Bora’ winds blowing into the bay. Around 240m of floating pontoons were also installed within the harbour to create two separate jetties. The jetty width is either 4.6m or 3.0m according to requirement and accommodates boats up to 35m in length. The pontoons are robust load-bearing structures in galvanised steel supported by reinforced concrete and polystyrene floats. Exotic hardwood is used for decking. Ingemar was also asked to supply and install service bollards, fire-hose boxes and pump-out systems for sewage and waste fuel oils on the pontoons and quays. The first consignment of pontoons provides berths for 70 yachts up to 35m and fixed piers accommodate 14 megayachts of 50-100m. Ingemar president, Lorenzo Isalberti, is understandably delighted with the award of the contract. “Apart from the significance of this undertaking and its economic

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The overall cost of developing Porto Montenegro will likely be in excess of €200 million but for residents it will offer surprising value for money in terms of pricing and tax benefits. “Montenegro’s economic system has undergone huge reform in recent years, with the government taking continued steps towards enhancing and safeguarding the security and benefits of the Porto Montenegro development,” comments Porto Montenegro legal director, Savo Djurovic. The Montenegrin tax strategy is geared towards a national, uniform system that treats everyone equally. Yacht-friendly laws have been implemented, illustrative of the government’s desire to promote the growth of nautical tourism in the country. With the rate of tax applied to basic goods and marina services already capped at just 7%, the plan for the future is to create an incentivised flat tax regime across all taxable areas. To stimulate the creation of a thriving marina community, Porto Montenegro is aiming to attract boats and residents simultaneously. Residential units are therefore purchased with berths, and vice versa, with berths being discounted at 75% over a three year period when bought with a property. Transient berth lease rates, up to a year, will also be offered from 2010. Marina residences range from 65 to 500 sq m (one to five bedrooms) and are priced from €4,000 – 8,500 per sq m including VAT. All residential properties within the marina village will be sold with a secure freehold title and there are no regulations on resale of apartments or berths once the owner is a titleholder. Residential purchase price includes car parking, concierge and use of a communal swimming pool and gym.

The design of Porto Montenegro reflects local architecture. - September/October 2009

Around 240m of floating pontoons and fixed piers for 14 megayachts are now installed.

Designing a lifestyle

In addition to all the facilities necessary for yachts to be cleaned, fuelled, repaired and refurbished, Porto Montenegro offers owners, crew, guests and additional residents an entire lifestyle. Retail and commercial elements will combine with public facilities including a local Farmers’ Market and international school. The waterfront will feature wide promenades, a luxury five star Four Seasons hotel, restaurants, cafés and a 200 sq m marina clubhouse. In time, the development will also grow to include a casino and sports complex. Porto Montenegro’s retail facilities mix local crafts and produce with international brands. Shops will be clustered in zones, from high quality yet affordable stores and cafés to exclusive designer boutiques, located around the beautifully landscaped Palace Square. There will also be an amenity shopping area for residents. Beyond Tivat, the region’s diverse cultural, historic and natural appeal offers a true sense of discovery as well as the interest of year-round activities. The marina village is within 100km of two ski resorts as well as many exhilarating outdoor pursuits and attractions. An 18-hole golf course is currently under development a few kilometres from the marina. Jointly owned by Porto Montenegro, the course will offer priority access to marina residents and guests. The architectural design of the new development will combine elements of local Montenegrin styles with other complementary input from Mediterranean countries. The layout of the marina community avoids the uniformity of a modern development by replicating a typical local village, with wide waterfront promenades and winding asymmetrical streets that weave past stone buildings to reveal hidden piazzas and alcoves. A combination of locally quarried stone facades, subtly coloured rendering and traditional terracotta and clay roofing tiles will bring warmth to the scheme. Outdoor features are integral to the overall design with balconies, gardens or roof terraces incorporated into each and every building and apartment. Residential homes comprise an irregular arrangement of townhouses, apartments, penthouses and duplex houses in individually designed buildings, each no greater than five storeys high. The diversification is styled to appeal to a wide range of purchasers including boat owners, crew, local and foreign home buyers.


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Grand boost to Phuket berthing facilities Although not officially open until the marina village is completed in around two months’ time, Ao Po Grand Marina (APGM) in Phuket, Thailand, is already running at approximately 60% occupancy. In part, such early success is due to the lack of berths on the island – which has only three other marinas – and in part due to its superb location and facilities for large vessels. “Private yacht owners and yacht charter barges to anchor off the front of the marina for companies choose Ao Po Grand Marina for added protection.” its 24 hour access with zero tide restrictions “We are currently installing a very large and its prime location at the gate of Phang Floating Tyre Breakwater (FTB), which Nga Bay, Phuket’s premier sailing grounds,” has been engineered by Sindu Maunsell says APGM managing director, Khun Kasem Consultants. It will be the largest FTB ever Chiarasomboon. “Ao Po Grand Marina is close installed – anywhere. The width of the FTB to the main sailing destinations and only 15 will exceed 70m and extend in front of the minutes away from Phuket International Airport north and eastern pontoons of the marina. and major hotels and resorts,” he adds. This is designed to reduce waves of up to With a capacity of 200 berths, the marina 2.5m down to just 0.5m before they reach the can host yachts of 6m to over 80m and has pontoons,” Grant continues. focused particularly on accommodating The breakwater protects a 200-berth deep superyachts by incorporating a deep water fuel water marina basin with a well protected dock, high capacity fuel pump and three phase 50m wide entrance. Berths are generous, electricity up to 200A. Exclusive facilities pontoon walkways are 4.6m wide and ample available in the associated marina village will manoeuvring space is given. All have metered also offer superyacht owners and crew a high water and electricity (16-63Amp single level of hotel style amenities. phase and 125-250Amp three-phase) via locally manufactured power Building the marina pedestals. All berths have According to APGM marina manager Simon free WiFi internet access. The Grant, approval for the marina was given floating pontoon system was “without much due delay” and construction also manufactured locally by began in 2006. “We were, of course, instructed Italian Thai Construction, to give normal environmental considerations the largest construction regarding minimal interruption to marine life company in Thailand. in the marina basin and good water flow etc.,” Marina facilities include he explains. The only major proviso was that a boat ramp with launching no fixed breakwater could be constructed, facilities for trailerable boats, a decision that caused a stumbling block haul-out, hard stand and a during early stages of the development. Fixed convenient car park. Twentybreakwaters are against the law in Thailand. four hour security is ensured “We have a 25km fetch in the NE Monsoon with CCTV, fire-fighting season, which offers us some obvious stations are positioned along problems,” Grant tells Marina World. “The each finger and an alloy initial breakwater design was not up to the tender with fire-fighting conditions encountered but we managed to pump is to hand. There is get through the high monsoon season without no sewage pump-out station too many dramas by bringing in some larger at present. - September/October 2009

The marina is the first phase of a larger real estate development project covering 150 rai (approximately 240,000 sq m) of land. Upon completion in 2013, the project will consist of the nearly completed marina village (featuring all major facilities like restaurant, bistro, clubhouse, retail outlets and offices for marinerelated businesses), a five-star and 80-room boutique hotel, two manmade lagoons and an array of private villas. As the only marina in Phuket with 24-hour access and no tide restrictions and with the benefit of marina village life in the offing, Ao Po Grand is proving popular with locals and visitors alike. The majority of current berth holders are locals but next season should present a different picture. “Last season we didn’t have all the facilities required for the cruising yachties. This season all those amenities will be in place so we are expecting a larger influx of cruisers. They are an important part of our programme as they bring a great deal of life to the marina,” Grant says. Life is also being injected by charter operators and regatta boats. There are currently around 30 charter boats moored up in the basin. Amancruises (the charter operator for the Amanpuri Resort) and Tawan Cruises moved in last October and Sunsail commenced operations in May this year. Quite a few of the island’s upmarket resorts are also using Ao Po Grand to transfer guests, and in January the marina sponsored the opening party for the 2009 Phang Nga Bay Regatta. The fleet of 60 competitors – in various classes – was welcomed to the marina for a free of charge overnight stay in order to have a quick and easy start the next morning. “Everybody was greatly pleased with the event,” Grant recalls. “The opportunity to have their yacht in the Grand Marina cut down on logistics enormously.” In readying for the coming season, Simon Grant looks forward to the completion of the new breakwater and marina village and to making progress with the hard stand area. “We hope in the next 18 months to be able to offer haul-out up to 65/70 feet and 50 tonnes. Once all the initial marina construction is completed, I expect our workload to rise sharply with the expected volume of boats,” he concludes. Above and below: Ao Po Grand Marina, now nearing completion, is already 60% full.



A-Z Guide to Pontoon and Breakwater Manufacturers AC MARINE, Palermo, Italy

E: AC Marine offers four standard pontoon ranges suitable for different locations. The company, which has its headquarters in Sicily, has rapidly built a reputation in the marina industry for providing individually tailored mooring solutions and has installed several marina systems on its home market and in neighbouring Albania.


E: Adamant-Marina manufactures heavy-duty concrete pontoons and polystyrene floats. The systems are suitable for boat mooring, floating bridges, landing stages and floating buildings. Decking options include different hardwoods and timber look-alike composites. Pontoons can be supplied with cable ducts and fixing rails for fingers up to 12m long, and are moored by anchors, chains or piles. (See advertisement p.44)


E: The Airfloat modular pontoon system consists of high strength and high buoyancy modules measuring 700mm square that lock together using an integrally designed pin. An extensive range of accessories, such as fenders and handrails, is offered to help create pontoons and floating jetties of limitless design and shape. The company has its head office in the UK and has manufacturing facilities in Ireland.

A-LAITURIT OY, Turku, Finland

E: A-Laiturit has 22 years’ experience in the manufacture of heavy-duty concrete pontoons for large marinas and also manufactures concrete and plastic pontoons - with or without timber decking - for private customers. All products have been developed for the difficult Nordic weather conditions. The company also offers power pedestals, mooring fingers and other essential marina accessories.

ANCHORAGE PONTOONS, Auckland, New Zealand

E: Anchorage Pontoons manufactures a range of polyethylene modules in five sizes from 1.5 sq m to 6.0 sq m. The product was developed to withstand high levels of wind and features a special jointing system designed to soak up wave forces. Polyethylene pile brackets are also available to enhance the overall appearance. Service ducts can be incorporated.

AQUATECH, Kitzbuehel, Austria

E: AquaTech has utilised 25 years’ experience in flotation engineering to develop the Maritime Technic system of interconnecting pontoon building blocks, which offers excellent stability and a load capacity of 370 kg/sq m. Manufactured from high quality UV-stabilised anti-static material, single modules measure 50 × 50 × 50cm and weigh just 6.2kg for easy handling. Blocks can be connected to create any desired layout arrangement of any size and can also be used to replace or extend existing pontoon systems. The product is aesthetically pleasing, highly versatile and safe for the environment.

ARCHIMEDES MARINAS, Messolonghi, Greece

E: Archimedes Marinas manufactures floating pontoons and breakwaters from armoured concrete to high regulation Greek concrete technology standards. The company has constructed floating structures for vessels up to 75m in length in marinas and commercial harbours. Design and manufacture of floating breakwaters has been undertaken for breakwater heights up to 3.50m. Floating pontoons are elegant in design, flexible in terms of size and are long lasting. The company has been recently contracted to undertake all construction work for Messolonghi Marina in south west Greece. It will install 600m of ‘mega’ concrete breakwaters and 800m of concrete pontoons for the project.

Shilshole Bay Marina, Washington, USA: Pontoon system: Bellingham Marine

Poruklu Marina, Turkey. Pontoon system: Structurmarine


E: Atlantic-Meeco provides a full range of marina design and build services for developers, government entities, owners and operators around the world. Products include marina, breakwater and floating platform systems for freshwater and saltwater applications. The company also offers contract maintenance programmes and repair services and provides every aspect of marina development from site analysis to the clean-up following construction. Founded in 1961, it now builds and installs around 300 marinas a year and has advanced production facilities in McAlester, Oklahoma.

BAECK & JANSEN, Antwerp, Belgium

E: Baeck & Jansen is a Belgian yacht basin expert specialising in floating jetties. It undertakes study, design, production and installation of functional, robust and corrosion-proof floating landing stages.

BATBRYGGAN AB, Skogas, Sweden

E: Batbryggan manufactures concrete floating breakwaters, pontoons, finger piers, pontoons with plastic floats, buoys and general marina equipment.

BELLAMER, Helsinki, Finland

E: Formed in 1991 principally to cater for the Baltic market, Bellamer has become a specialist in marina design and development, pontoon construction and installation. Pontoon systems are manufactured in stainless or hotdip galvanised steel and specially formulated concrete. Life expectancy is around 50 years and systems are guaranteed for 10 years. In addition to docks and mooring systems, the company undertakes other aspects of marina development such as bunkering, maintenance and storage, yacht club and hotel design, construction and management and has also designed a power pedestal. A recently introduced aluminium/ plastic/recycled wood pontoon range is proving very popular. - September/October 2009


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MOORING UP: PONTOONS & BREAKWATERS Marina Mandalina, Croatia. Pontoon system: Marinetek offered with grating or composite decking options and can be supplied in kit form, if required, for assembly on site. Dura Dock is manufactured using strong, non-corrosive pultruded glass fibre profiles and incorporates stainless steel fixings and epoxy glue systems where applicable. The pontoons are equipped with a composite heavy-duty fender section. Floats are supplied with closed cell foam and can be fitted with extra ballast if needed. Non-standard size floats can be manufactured to order. The manufacturers estimate a 50 year lifespan. (See advertisement p.56)


E: Bellingham Marine (BMI) is a marina design/ build construction company and a leader in innovative floating dock design, manufacture and construction. Every marina it builds is custom designed and attention is paid to details such as storm resistance, harbour ecology, wave attenuation, slip mix, sufficient electrical services for growth, etc. BMI’s Unifloat system is one of the most popular concrete flotation systems in the world with extremely high live load capacity, durability and custom design flexibility. Bellingham Marine is the world’s most comprehensive marina builder with manufacturing plants in the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Central America. (See advertisement p.20)

CANDOCK EUROPE, Baden, Austria

E: Offering an alternative to conventional timber or steel framed pontoons, Candock modular floating docks are durable, easy to build and versatile. The floats can be used in various applications such as private landing piers, marinas, working platforms and for temporary bridges. Also available is the Jetslide jetski dock, which can easily be incorporated into existing Candock installations.

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E: The Connect-A-Dock floating dock is a family-friendly modular system of rugged construction. It is designed as a simple, quick and reliable way to build boat docks, rowing docks, fishing docks and swimming platforms for use in parks, resorts and private homes. The company’s current marine product line includes the 1000 Series Low Profile and 2000 Series High Profile docks. A broad range of accessories is available to customise every dock. Features include ease of use, good stability and flexible configuration. Docks can be added on and reconfigured as waterfront needs change.


E: Dura Composites offers Dura Dock, a 100% composite pontoon that is available for new build or retrofit installation. The product is

E: Eastern Floatation Systems is the exclusive manufacturer of the floating concrete ProFloat system. Pro-Float is a polyethylene flotation pontoon filled with a solid block of high density expanded polystyrene and with an integrated top tray designed to receive a poured concrete walking surface. The latter can be customised with the client’s choice of colour, stamped pattern, texture or logo. The system has also been designed to include a utility trough as standard for the walkway float. The trough is easily accessed by removal of the deck cover. The design allows for quick installation and easy inspection.

EUROFLOATS, Oberageri, Switzerland

E: Founded in 1998, Eurofloats supplies a wide range of equipment for marinas via a network of agents. Pontoons are carefully engineered and produced by robotic manufacturing systems to ensure quality and uniformity of standards. The company supplies pontoons for various European boat shows in countries such as Italy, Croatia and Slovenia.

Holmsbu Marina, Norway. Pontoon and breakwater system: SF Marina


E: Clement Systems Group provides turnkey marinas and superyacht harbours from design to construction and maintenance. It offers all kinds of floating structures such as floating pontoons, breakwaters and platforms for use as a foundation for floating houses, fuel stations, restaurants, lounges etc. The company has enjoyed 30 successful years in the field of hydraulic engineering and claims to provide the highest quality and lowest maintenance products that last for decades. A company slogan ‘weight is our strength’ underlines the emphasis placed on the heavy deadweight of its floating concrete structures, a factor which contributes to their wave dampening - September/October 2009


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EZ DOCK, Missouri, USA

E: EZ Dock’s patented floating dock systems, PWC ports, boatlifts and accessories for commercial applications take the hassle out of strenuous maintenance. The company’s modular design technique allows marinas to add, delete or even reshape dock systems to meet their needs. Environmentally friendly dock sections offer stability without the use of foam. EZ Dock also manufactures the PWC lift EZ Port that offers a great storage solution for watercraft owners and rental businesses, and an array of items for traditional docks. (See advertisement p.46)


E: Since 1971, Floating Docks Mfg Co (FDM) has been constructing freshwater docks that have endured the test of time. FDM’s reputation for providing customers with quality products has been earned by developing effective relationships with clients that result in a seamless construction process. The company can deliver open or covered docks, platform docks, wave attenuator docks, fuel docks or custom components. It can provide commercial galvanised box-truss frames and other components, flotation or complete dock systems.

INGEMAR, Milan, Italy

E: Since 1979, Ingemar has used its experience in flotation engineering to develop concrete pontoon structures. The company’s product range includes modular all-concrete pontoons and floating pontoons with galvanised steel or aluminium frames, hardwood decking and fibre reinforced concrete or rotomoulded polyethylene floats. A complete range of high quality concrete floating breakwaters with dimensions up to 20 x 4.0 x 2.0m is also

available. Ingemar know-how also covers water sports floating facilities, floating platforms and bridges, and heavy-duty mooring structures. The company manufactures from a factory in Casale sur Sile, very close to Venice. (See advertisement p.14)


E: ICMS has placed great emphasis on developing a product range that enhances operational efficiency and minimises maintenance in the modern marina. Services are easily accessed and, where possible, all cabling and piping runs in under-deck conduits, safely out of sight. In addition to its standard marina walkway system, the company designs, manufactures and installs floating concrete breakwaters up to 4m wide and 20m long and continuous float walkway units with concrete, timber and composite decking. An international experienced design team works with customers to create the most suitable system.

Saint Cast le Guildo, France. Pontoon system: Poralu Marine


E: Intermarine is an established supplier of pontoon systems with a range of modular designs for use in the marina and leisure industry. Having a strong design team, it has successfully completed bespoke projects across the UK and around the world. The company has built a reputation in the marina industry for niche specialist projects, which utilise the team’s technical and engineering expertise to provide individually tailored mooring solutions in a host of environments and locations.


E: With over 25 years’ experience building low maintenance, high performance marinas in fresh and salt water, International Marine Floatation Systems (IMFS) has built a reputation in the marine industry for being a niche specialist that individually tailors mooring solutions to client needs. IMFS custom builds its floating products from reinforced concrete with a core of expanded polystyrene. Products include marina and residential docks, covered moorage, wave attenuators, floating homes, floating commercial buildings, marina clubhouses, pedestrian walkways, yacht enclosures and floating swimming pools.


E: The pioneer of the modular pontoon, Jetfloat International manufactures to ISO 9001 and has been manufacturing modular units for over 35 years. Utilising only Lupolen 5261 Z material, the company offers three basic modules and a sizeable array of accessories. Single element modules measure 500mm x 500mm x 400mm and weigh 6kg, and 11kg double modules measure 1000mm x 500mm x 400mm. A low version single element of 500mm x 500mm x 250mm weighing 5kg is available in black.

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E: Majestic Marine Engineering is a UAE based manufacturer of jetties, marinas, boardwalks and wave attenuators under the brand name Majestic Jetties & Marinas. Made of noncorrosive, sustainable materials, Majestic products deliver eco-friendly solutions for a range of marina needs – from individual customers to marina developers requiring facilities for several hundred vessels. True to its environmental principles, Majestic uses elastic rodes and ground anchors with minimal impact on the seabed. The company’s proprietary manufacturing process allows for unlimited customisation in terms of size, shape, configuration, dock equipment, colour and surface finish.


E: MSE is a manufacturer of pontoons, gangways and mooring systems and a specialist in harbour, lakeside and waterways facilities. It works with the ‘living environment’ by helping groups and companies in the design, realisation, operation and maintenance of installations. The company offers services and high performance technical solutions to local and international customers that meet current needs and take future options into consideration.


E: MSI specialises in the design, construction and management of marinas. It strives to work with clients as a development partner in order to “increase property development values by integrating a marina/recreational boating lifestyle component into their developments through the implementation of cost-effective tailored solutions.” With offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, China and South Korea, MSI manufactures an extensive range of proprietary dock systems in concrete and aluminium. It also supplies fixed timber jetties, Versadock modular systems and other marina equipment. Projects include the Royal Phuket Marina, Royal Hong Kong Marina and Jumeirah Private Island.


E: Marina Ventures is a leader in the development, design, engineering and construction of floating marinas and wave attenuators. Over the past 40 years, it has successfully completed over 500 projects worldwide. The company’s main product – a glue-laminated cedar floating dock and wave attenuator system – has been tested successfully in some of the world’s harshest environmental conditions earning the company a reputation for manufacturing a well engineered, attractive and durable system. Marina Ventures has 21 offices worldwide and handles projects of all sizes in all locations.

MARINETEK, Helsinki, Finland

E: Pacific Pontoon & Pier (PP&P) has been designing, manufacturing and installing marinas in Australia and overseas for over 25 years and has completed in excess of 8,000 marina berths. The company’s in-house design and engineering staff work with their clients from concept and design right through to full marina operation. The PP&P system features exclusive alloy extrusions, proprietary gunwale and a 125mm thick concrete deck. This is used throughout to create an incredibly robust and aesthetically pleasing system. The company engineered, designed and built Martha Cove on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, a 1,000berth multi-staged marina that is the largest marina to date in Australia. (See advertisement p.52)

PLASTI-CO, Odessa, Ukraine

E: Marinetek’s extensive experience in the marina and pontoon business has made it an international success. Key personnel have worked over the past 20 years on the design, manufacture and installation of floating marina structures for more than 1,000 marina projects in over 30 countries. The company slogan ‘More than Surface’ underlines Marinetek’s philosophy to be a customer-oriented brand offering turnkey solutions and the best possible service. (See advertisement p.4)

E: Ukrainian company, Plasti-Co, is a regional leader in the field of docks and marina systems. It offers two products, Sunmarina and Sunplast. Sunmarina is a modern steel-framed pontoon with plastic floats that is highly versatile and easily reconfigured should berthing demands change. Anchoring is by piles or chains. Sunplast is a plastic modular pontoon system that can be used to create artificial islands, marinas, general boat mooring and residential docks. Plasti-Co designs and installs all equipment for wide-ranging products from top of the range marinas to small jetski docks.


Genoa Boat Show, Italy. Pontoon system: Ingemar

E: Martini Alfredo produces galvanised steel framed pontoons with injection moulded floats of polyolefin resin. The jetties are available in modules with different displacement and capacity. Access gangways, floating breakwaters, accessories and mooring systems, adjustable fingers and soft fenders complete the catalogue. The company has most recently completed supply and installation of the floating jetties and mooring systems for the 320-berth Rodi Garganico Marina, the closest Italian port to Croatia. (See advertisement p.11)


E: Orsta Marina Systems is one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of complete, - September/October 2009


MOORING UP: PONTOONS & BREAKWATERS Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Pontoon System: Superior Marinas patented wave attenuation units created by Rixo-Bryggan of Sweden. The RixoBryggan system was designed utilising large sections joined together by a patented, posttensioned connection. This creates excellent stability while allowing some movement at the connection points. ShoreMaster builds its concrete wave attenuator and floating docks with a polystyrene core and outer reinforced concrete shell. It can design and install systems to meet precise client needs. (See advertisement p.18)

SISTEMA WALCON, Ferrara, Italy


E: Founded in 1982, Poralu Marine provides systems integration for top of the range marinas and is committed to developing unique solutions for marine facilities in line with clients’ economic, social and environmental requirements. Poralu was one of the first in the market to use aluminium exclusively as the material for marine structures. The company offers an extensive range of products including: marina equipment; sport and leisure pontoons; private jetties; bridges; and landing stages. The company is a leading player on the international stage, with three manufacturing facilities located in France, Canada and Australia feeding its large global sales network. (See advertisement p.30 and 31)

PORTS EQUIPEMENTS, La MotteServolex, France

E: The company offers a high quality modular pontoon system suitable for various applications such as docks and floating islands. Features include rigid assembly, along-length fendering and ducting for cables.

SF MARINA SYSTEM, Gothenburg, Sweden

E: Trusted by marinas worldwide, SF Marina System has been engineering and building state-of-the-art concrete floating structures for more than 90 years, including heavy-duty docks and breakwaters designed for harsh conditions, ranging from north of the Arctic Circle to the Tropics. Providing storm-proven protection, the company designs its low maintenance, long-lasting products to fit any location. Proven SF Marina chain mooring systems are being used successfully in tidal ranges of over 6m (20 feet). SF has affiliates in more than 20 countries including SF Marina USA in Gloucester, Virginia. (See advertisement p.2)


E: Since 1973, ShoreMaster has provided clients with a wide range of products and services along with value-added business and waterfront consulting. It serves its clients with professional continuity and personalised care from initial concept through to final installation. The company offers innovative,

E: Sistema Walcon’s products cover a broad span of applications, from heavy-duty floating breakwaters to aluminium framed pontoons, from high-tech service bollards to LED lights and stainless steel mooring bollards. Over the past 30 years or so it has installed floating pontoons for marinas in Italy, Greece, Spain, Croatia and China and has also become a valued supplier of pontoons for floating boat shows and other events. One of its latest products is Gigafloat – a pontoon that is specially developed to offer good stability while withstanding high loads.


E: Solent Marine is one of the UK’s most advanced manufacturers of world class marina pontoons and walkways. The company is well known for its highly innovative products including Simbro, the first through-bolted, completely modular pontoon system and Simbro-Lite with unique glowing pontoon finger ends and splays. The company is also the exclusive worldwide supplier of SolDeck, a no-maintenance, long lasting decking material. Solent Marine has expanded its Hamble River based production facility and appointed agents to handle the sales and project management of its pontoons in Europe. (See advertisement p.24) Roda Garganico Marina, Italy. Pontoon system: Martini Alfredo


E: Ronautica Marinas specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of marinas, fishing harbours and floating structures. It offers all types of pontoons and fittings and has the means and equipment to fully accomplish any turnkey project. From the initial notion down to the final details, Ronautica Marinas can cover the entire process taking full and final responsibility for the entire project. Ronautica customers benefit from the experience of other group divisions, namely: Ronautica Yachts (shipyard); Ronautica Services (a leading company for charter and corporate events); and Ronautica Marinas Internacional, which manages new marinas in Spain and overseas. Ronautica Marinas has branches in Europe, the Caribbean, Central America, Brazil and North Africa. (See advertisement p.34)

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E: Structurmarine is known worldwide for well-engineered and architecturally attractive marina systems. Its personnel have many areas of expertise and much experience making them well able to offer the best service to marina buyers around the globe. The firm sets advanced marine engineering benchmarks - and continues to raise these standards - and uses its knowledge to enable clients to optimise project investment. The company specialises in aluminium floating structures and anchoring solutions - designed by boaters for boaters - for both the leisure and commercial markets. (See advertisement p.22)


E: Sullivan Flotation (SFS) manufactures a complete line of engineered wood and steel floating dock and marina systems, floating wave attenuators and gangways. It has been manufacturing high quality, heavy duty systems for almost 50 years and most are designed and constructed to meet specific customer requirements. The use of optional deck, frame and flotation materials expands the company’s capacity to provide a wide variety of systems for a broad range of applications. Seasoned SFS professionals are available for design through to installation.

E: Technomarine Manufacturing, Inc., is known for its high-performance all-weather docking solutions and for its expertise in design, engineering, manufacturing and installation. Technomarine can supply small and large projects around the world for all vessels including megayachts. (See advertisement p.28)


E: Topper Industries manufactures prefabricated floating docks, aluminium and steel gangways, floating breakwaters, marinas, floating facilities blocks and other products. It has been selling products to the marine industry for over 30 years.

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E: Versadock International continues to work with marina and harbour operators worldwide enabling them to economically create additional berthing facilities and thus increase revenue streams. Typically, the extra berthing is created in ‘dead water’. Recent installations include

the addition of 32 PWC berths at Salterns Marina in Poole, UK, the majority of which are on previously unusable drying ground. The berths gave a full return within 12 months. An 86m mooring pontoon in the outer harbour at Lyme Regis on the Dorset coast was also installed, extending mooring facilities in the harbour. The new pontoon had three boats moored to it on the night of its installation.


E: Wahoo Docks is North America’s largest manufacturer of aluminium docks and marina systems. Docks are built for strength, aesthetics and low maintenance and the company’s patented designs create a durable, long lasting structure in the most cost effective manner. Wahoo claims to have pioneered the heavyframed aluminium boat dock over a decade ago and today enjoys a nationwide reputation for quality, on-time delivery and customer satisfaction. The company is owned and managed by engineers who work closely with clients to bring projects to life as quickly and economically as possible.


E: Walcon Marine is the UK’s largest and longest established marina builder and has provided pontoon equipment for some of the world’s most prestigious marinas. The company is able to offer a range of pontoon equipment to suit all needs, from the individual unit for the waterfront home to the 1,000-berth marina facility. With in-house engineering design, manufacturing bases in the UK, Australia, Dubai and the USA, and a very active outlet in the Netherlands, Walcon is able to cover most marina construction projects to suit customer specifications. (See advertisement p.32) Old Port Cove, Florida, USA. Pontoon system: Technomarine

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Most pontoon manufacturers and an increasing number of independent suppliers are now able to offer the marina operator considerable choice in pontoon decking – whether for newbuild or retrofit. Sarah Devlin reports most widely used wood for marine applications When selecting decking materials for your are cedar, chromated copper arsenate (CCA)floating dock, you need to look at durability, treated timber and pressure-treated timber, longevity, safety, maintenance - including the typically pine. Since the early 2000s, CCA impact maintenance will have on water quality restrictions have begun to vary worldwide. - and, in many regions, light permeability for Many countries do not allow the material indigenous plant life and sea organisms. Price to be used in commercial situations where is clearly an important factor but more difficult it comes into close contact with humans but to quantify since a ‘less expensive’ material it does remain a viable option in the United may need to be replaced much quicker or States. With more and more alternative require more maintenance than the more costly materials available and restrictions getting varieties. This, naturally, affects the overall tighter, however, new marinas are trending cost of the product. away from it. Re-decking a pontoon or floating dock can Regardless of whether you are building be tricky - requiring various sizes of material to pontoon decks in an area that allows for match an existing structure. Decking materials CCA-treated wood, the material still requires and panels come in a variety of choices, from wood to polymer wood, from reinforced plastic rigorous annual maintenance. to glass fibre, and from recycled materials to Another popular choice is red cedar steel and concrete. The latter is most commonly lightweight, naturally resistant to rot and adopted for complete pontoon systems, rather insects, and pretty easy to work with. It also has the lowest shrinkage rate of all the dockthan simply to deck a pontoon. material woods and is less likely to split over Solid manufactured decking is stable and as time. Cypress is rot-resistant and withstands easy to install as timber while grated materials salt spray well but it is not as strong as cedar allow sunlight to shine through the dock and or pressure-treated wood. Both cypress and lessen a marina’s impact on marine organisms. red cedar should be stained or sealed at least Waves in extreme weather also cause less every two years if you don’t want the surface damage because the water goes through the to go grey. deck rather than over it. Tropical hardwoods are traditionally quite Here, we work to sort through the materials popular and, although the most expensive of and get to the basics. the wood varieties, are extremely durable. As You can’t overstate the aesthetic value such, they can be difficult to work with but will of natural wood. Plus, it can be the most affordable material for a pontoon deck and, in stay in good shape for a long period of time. most cases, in-house staff can repair it quickly Finally, in the wood varieties, you will see and easily. But choosing an appropriate wood wood-composite blends such as those available for decking still requires much research and from TimberTech. This is a growing trend in decking material and provides a long-lasting comparison. deck with low maintenance. Cost can be a All wood can be stained to match virtually factor here but, again, when reviewing costs any colour scheme and can be notched to consider all your variables. provide a clean appearance without evidence of Wood composite lumber is about the same fasteners. But it requires annual maintenance, cost as hardwood and (depending on the can fade and shows significant wear after a few product) has a longer lifespan with lower seasons if not treated well. Historically, the - September/October 2009

maintenance. Many wood composites contain half waste wood (such as wood chips and sawdust) and half recycled plastics. It can be stained or not stained and it looks most like real wood. In today’s recycling world, wood composite materials are gaining popularity and boaters are becoming far more accustomed to encountering this ‘fake’ wood than they were, say, 20 years ago when the technology first took hold. A number of ingredients are integral to the overall composition of Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) boards and can affect the overall aesthetics, weatherability and structural integrity. Wood content gives the plank its functional characteristics. If planks contain too much wood content, they may deteriorate quicker than other materials, grow mould, or warp and twist. Too much polymer (or plastic) content can lead to heat-retention issues, sagging, bending or warping. For synthetic options, recycled plastic lumber and vinyl lumber are available in stained wood-like colours or can be painted. For some, they will never look like real wood, which may or may not be a concern. On the up-side, plastic and vinyl absorb little if any moisture, shouldn’t warp over time and expand and contract in temperature extremes significantly less than wood. UV inhibitors may be impregnated into the vinyl lumber during the manufacturing process or can be applied post-production. Go for the former. Aluminium, although long-lasting and highly affordable, can dent and/or bend and tends to be noisy. Painted aluminium requires maintenance since it may fade, flake or peel. And dents are difficult to repair. The final alternatives include steel and concrete, which are most affordable and durable for large scale applications but can encounter corrosion and rust problems when not properly cared for. Concrete is also more complicated to repair in comparison with, say, timber or other plank-style decking. It Thru-Flow, a polymer grated product, allows sunlight to filter through to aquatic vegetation.


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MOORING UP: DECKING conditions associated with docks and marinas. WPC products behave much like wood and can be cut or routed using conventional woodworking tools. But, unlike wood, they are moisture-resistant, resistant to rot and insects, and engineered to prevent cracking, splitting or splintering.

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is, however, easy to maintain as well as being consistent in appearance, solid underfoot, nonslip and fire-resistant. It is also environmentally friendly and can be offered in different colours and finishes, and boast decorative features such as mosaics. In terms of aesthetics, it’s a question of the clean sharp lines of concrete versus the warmth of timber or its look-alikes. The choice is personal. Concrete decking is integral to a concrete pontoon system and is supplied by a good range of manufacturers around the world. See the A-Z Guide to Pontoon & Breakwater Manufacturers in this issue for details on concrete dock manufacturers and others offering their own brands of composite, plastic and polypropylene products. TimberTech contributed to some of the information in this article.

The products

In addition to products offered by pontoon manufacturers, such as Ecostyle and Ecoteck from Poralu Marine and Soldeck from Solent Marine (see A-Z Guide), here’s a selection of materials available worldwide:

Manufactured by Premier Materials of Minnesota, USA, Bestdeck is made from recycled plastic and rice hull, rendering it a ‘green’, recyclable product. Offered in panels of 2ft x 4ft up to 4ft x 8ft, Bestdeck can span 36ft (1m) without requiring a centre stringer. It also requires fewer fasteners and is claimed to be up to ten times faster to install than individual board products. All panels are durable and waterresistant and contain UV stabilisers to ensure lasting colour whilst also allowing for normal weathering. Bestdeck comes with a 20 year warranty against rot, splintering, splitting or structural damage from termites, insect and fungal decay. And, as it contains environmentally friendly materials, it is 100% recyclable.


Earth-wood is a recycled material, primarily made from finely graded sawdust and polymer material recycled from waste streams. Like timber, it will fade a little during the first year but should plateau into a lasting shade after this. It has a low moisture-absorption rate. It can be worked like timber with normal woodworking tools and, as the product contains no resins, glues or natural defects, it shouldn’t be too hard on your tooling. The product is manufactured and supplied by new owners – JFC Manufacturing – who purchased it a year ago in the midst of the melt-down in the Irish construction industry. JFC maintains its headquarters in Galway, Bestdeck is durable and water-resistant.


Stronger than wood, glass fibre DeckGrip - available from UK company FibreGrid - can withstand unsupported spans up to 1350mm (53ft). Due to its C’ Channel design, the product can replace wooden decking on any existing supporting structure. Although it comes standard in 1200mm (3ft) lengths, pre-connected panels can be made to order for a larger project. In this event, several plank profiles are connected together to form, in effect, a pallet of decking to reduce installation time.


One of the first companies to produce a WPC decking product, TimberTech of Ohio, USA, offers Docksider; a durable option that doesn’t require annual sanding, sealing, staining or painting. The product is available in 12ft, 16ft and 20ft lengths with a 24ft span (3.6m, 4.9m, and 6.1m lengths with a 7.3m span). A major advantage WPC has over wood is that it can be manufactured to meet almost any desired application, even the most demanding

Table 1. Wood and composite comparison. Data: Iron Woods


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KindaDek Grate is a glass fibre option that performs well in cold and icy conditions. Ireland, where it employs 100 people, and also has three sites in the UK and a manufacturing plant in Poland. Managing director, John Concannon, and his team have successfully turned the product around and introduced it to new markets. Most recently, Earth-wood was selected for pontoons at Galway Docks and Race Village which were used for the Volvo Ocean Race stop-over. Earth-wood is the latest addition to JFC’s extensive range of products. It is manufactured entirely from recycled and recyclable materials, offered in smooth or slip-resistant finishes and in various lengths, widths, colours and thicknesses. “It has its own natural colour from the wood, but the plastic gives it strength and stops it rotting,” Concannon explains. “We guarantee the product for ten years but it will last a lifetime,” he adds.


Ecodeck, sold by the UK-based company Lankhorst Recycling Products, a subsidiary of Lankhorst Recycling Group in the Netherlands is made from KLP, Lankhorst’s own brand of recycled material. Like wood, Ecodeck can be sawed, drilled, planed, nailed, stapled, screwed and painted. With a KLP-S beam - a steel reinforced plastic beam – it is possible to expand the reach of a single span up to 5m (16ft). “Usage of the KLP beams when building a pontoon can lead to serious cost reductions,” says Lankhorst marketing and communication manager Cora Vlieger. “It is possible to construct using fewer beams and supports therefore reducing material costs. Also, all KLP material is maintenance free, which means zero maintenance costs leading to significant reductions in life costs.” “The deck has all the advantages of plastic, but still the appearance and processability of wood,” she continues. “KLP does not splinter and does not get slippery when wet. Furthermore, KLP products contribute to a better environment as they are made from recycled material and not chemically treated Cedar blend is one of many WPC boards available from TimberTech.


in any way. They will therefore not leach poisonous substances to the environment. Plus, if necessary, KLP can be recycled again.” According to Vlieger, Ecodeck has a lifespan of 40 years.

Ecodek - Eco-Marina and Extrac

Ecodek, from UK company Vannplastic, a WPC product that has proven successful in the residential market (for garden features and balconies), is now joined by industrial ‘sister’ products called Eco-Marina and Extrac. Specifically created to meet the needs of the marina operators looking to replace their timber boardwalks and pontoons with a composite alternative, Eco-Marina is created by a machining operation that takes the top 2mm off of the Ecodek grooved decking board. This gives the board contrast and similar traction levels underfoot. As a result, the product surpasses the HSE slip test guidelines with ‘low potential for slip’ even when wet. It is offered with a 25 year warranty and is described as zero maintenance. Also new is Extrac, an Ecodek variant that undergoes a special process to key the surface for paint adhesion. “A special tried and tested formulation of non-slip paint is then applied and allowed to dry,” explains sales and marketing executive, Angela Hind. “This paint contains rubber particles rather than the normal sand, which means that if someone were to fall on Extrac, they would not suffer skin grazing to the same degree as if they fell on a sand-filled paint surface,” she continues. As an aside, Extrac was designed specifically for the access ramp market in places where it is necessary to meet the Disability Discrimination Act. Ecodek is commonly available in 25mm x 138mm sizes with a recommended span of 405mm (16in) for commercial applications. Standard lengths are 12ft (3.66m) and 16ft (4.88m) and re-tooling is available upon request.


Elements DeckBoard from Tamko is a combination of plastic and wood fibres with recycled material. In heat and cold, there will be some expansion and contraction - boards have a tolerance of about 1/16ftin (1.5mm) and are available in a nominal size of 1ft x 6ft (0.3m x 1.8m). As with most decking, Tamko - September/October 2009

Eon Decking, manufactured by Gracious Living Innovations of Ontario, Canada, was relaunched to the marina industry earlier this year in anticipation of an industry-wide economic recovery in 2010, according to vice-president of sales, James Leitch. Eon is a purely plastic decking alternative available in 1in x 5.5in and 1.25in x 5.5in (2.5cm x 13.9cm and 3.2cm x 13.9cm), 16in (4.9m) lengths, and is a relatively simple and affordable choice for revamping older wooden pontoon decks. Although the material is considered ‘virgin’ plastic, it is 100% recyclable and does not contain PVC.


Govadeck, from Govaerts Recycling in Belgium, is a recycled decking material that comprises plastic culled from the nutrition and packaging industries. It has a solid core, comes in standard lengths of 360cm and is 15cm wide and 3cm thick. It can be installed with non-skid grooves or with a smooth surface facing up. Govadeck is installed with brackets to braces set 35cm (3in) apart. The groove in each board allows for seamless installation without visible nails or screws.

Iron Woods

Sold by Wisconsin-based Timber Holdings International, Iron Woods is a sustainable, renewable product that is claimed to have consistent quality. “Wood decking should be Clear All Heart Premium Grade with consistent milling,” says AJ Bumby. “Species chosen should be as maintenance-free as possible and contain no knots or sapwood. The material should be naturally resistant to rot and decay, insects, termites, marine borers, splintering and carry a fire-resistant rating.” For a quick comparison of various woods, see table 1. All Iron Woods are regenerated either naturally or by seeding and replanting. They are third-party certified as having been produced from legally harvested logs in compliance with all international laws and regulations pertaining to the harvest and trade of both temperate and tropical forest products. Available wood includes ipe, cambara, cumaru, cedar, fir, accoya and CX hybrid. “We have been supplying decking for marinas and boardwalks for over 30 years. Installations include Liberty Island Ferry Concourse, Beau Rivage Casino Marina, Pier Wisconsin Discovery World, Queensway Bay and many more around the world,” says Bumby. Iron Woods supplies major floating dock manufacturers like Sullivan Flotation, Atlantic-Meeco, ShoreMaster and S & B Manufacturing. “We also introduced garapa a few years ago which we sell for use in marinas.”


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According to Steve Barnes of KindaGroup, customers choose KindaDek WPC because they want a traditional look and the product bears a remarkably similar appearance to timber. “We try to match many hardwood colours/textures and profile designs provided by our clients to suit the existing area or environment,” he says. Timber profiles can be matched for large projects or for partial re-decking exercises where the client wants the new to blend in with the old. Panels can be either hollow or solid and the mix of materials can be changed to perform in different climates. “Changing the polymers gives the material different properties,” Barnes explains. “We can also use organic fillers to give different flexural and loading properties and increase the water resistance. We have also researched and tested a mixture which gives excellent performance in high UV and humidity.” For cold or icy conditions the company also offers KindaDek Grate as an alternative to steel grating. “When re-decking, some clients mention that although the pontoon systems are still in good working order, they only allow for a certain size or type of material to be used and there is little room for alteration,” Barnes continues. “Some systems only allow a 19 or 21mm [0.7in or 0.8in] decking thickness so careful choice has to be made based on the span requirements.” KindaDek comes standard at 145mm x 23mm (5.7in x 0.9in) and for pontoon decking, KindaGroup recommends a 450mm (18in) span. The product is designed to be installed like timber by simply screwing down the board using normal woodworking tools and supplies. To replace the boards or to access systems below the deck, the boards are unscrewed and removed.


Norwegian company, Kebony, has just recently moved into the marina industry with its specially produced own-label timber. UK marketing representative, Alice Hart, explains: “Kebony has installed decking in numerous public and private dock areas of Norway, particularly on the west coast where there are extreme climatic conditions.” The company is receiving most enquiries for large-scale projects in the Mediterranean and the Gulf States, she asserts.

After working with various universities worldwide, Kebony developed a method that hardens the wood while protecting it from marine borers and other detrimental marinerelated organisms. Softwood is injected with a patented formula that includes furfural alcohol; a waste by-product of sugar cane production. Forced through a pressure and vacuum system, the liquid penetrates the individual cells in the wood, which is cured at high temperatures. After five days, the resulting deep brown wood is harder, denser, resistant to decay and handles moisture better, thereby reducing expansion and contraction by 50%. For these qualities, you will pay a little less than you would for a tropical hardwood (without harming any rainforests) or about the same cost as for composite materials. Pressuretreated pine is, however, cheaper.


“Choosing the right marine decking should be based on both performance/longevity and appearance,” says Chris Fox, marketing manager at Universal Forest Products, manufacturer of Latitude marine decking. Launched in January, Latitude decking is fortified with Strandex, a balance of wood fibre and polymers that, the company contends, ensures protection against UV degradation and water absorption. Latitude is thicker than typical composite deck boards and is engineered for use on wide joist spacing. The product is barefoot-friendly, slip-resistant and reversible, with a brushed finish on one side and a woodgrain look on the reverse.


ThruFlow, a polymer grated decking product (featured in Marina World Vol 7, Issue 3), offers a solution that lowers impact on the environment whilst remaining sturdy when the waters surge. “Environmental permeability is an important concept pioneered by ThruFlow,” says Derek McGivern at ThruFlow (Ontario, Canada). “Sea grass beds are disappearing around the globe at an alarming rate. Building with environmentally permeable products helps maintain the ecosystem that existed before any structure has been erected allowing the valuable sea grasses and all submerged aquatic vegetation to survive. The alternative is creating a swathe of death underneath a solid surface. ThruFlow helps to create access while protecting the environment.” The grated surface also allows debris to fall through and waves to pass through without causing substantial wear-and-tear damage.

At a thickness of 1 1/8ft (27mm), Titan decking requires structural support at 16ft (0.4m) without the aluminium stiffeners and to 24ft (7.3m) with the stiffeners in place. “With the aluminum stiffeners moulded into the part, Titan is stronger at the same thickness [of other decks],” says Gary Suckow, Titan’s owner. With aluminium, there is always the fear of galvanic corrosion. “The aluminum in Titan is non-corrosive,” says Suckow, “because the plastic acts as insulation.” It is also a versatile product. “We can take 2ft boards and attach ten of them together with stringers,” says Suckow. “Now you have a 20ft panel that you pop into your dock. If you need to work on utilities or what have you, just pop out the 20ft panel at once.” A recent retrofit with Titan deck was undertaken by Bart Bagsby at Black Jack Cove Marina in Old Hickory, Tennessee. The project involved transforming a 160-slip marina into a 217-slip marina on Old Hickory Lake. The piers and docks were structurally sound but the decking was in need of repair. “We needed something to retrofit the docks, like putting a late-model engine in a ’57 Chevy,” says Bagsby. “This plastic and aluminum material was perfect. Gary was willing to design what I wanted him to design and he re-tooled his materials to fit these older docks.” Bagsby is so impressed, he intends to start manufacturing docks for the commercial market himself, with Titan boards as the decking material.

Ultra Deck and Marina Deck

UK company, Dura Composites, made its mark in the marina decking sector with Marina Deck, a glass fibre product that is available in various colours with a mini-mesh, micro-mesh or solid finish. The product offers substantial shock resistance and won’t warp under pressure. Further to the success of Marina Deck, the company has developed a composite hardwood look-alike, Ultra Deck, that is manufactured principally from polyurethane based resins and reclaimed hardwood. The product (reviewed in Marina World Vol 9, Issue 6) is fitted like timber, is fully reversible and features a concealed clip/screw system. Ultra Deck is available in 6m (20ft) lengths and has the strength to span up to 600mm (2ft). Soldeck from Solent Marine looks like timber but is low maintenance WPC.

Titan Deck

As the company name implies, the plastic decking available through VoyageR Aluminum, based in Brandon, Minnesota, is more than just plastic. Titan Deck is an aluminium-injected plastic decking material, slotted to allow water, debris and sunlight to pass through. As noted previously, sunlight and water penetration help to maintain indigenous marine life and minimise the effect of the walking surface on the environment. - September/October 2009


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UK based Rolec Services is supplying a broad range of dockside equipment for two marina projects near the town of Thuwal in Jedda, Saudi Arabia. Both marinas are being built as part of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) development, which is a graduate level research university dedicated to inspiring a new age of scientific achievement in the country. The marinas are being developed by Aramco whose subdevelopers have contracted Rolec for dockside utilities and Technomarine of Canada for pontoon systems.

The customer selected 146 blue Spinnaker pedestals with mirror-polished ornate front panels. Each is equipped with electricity and water sockets as well as functional and ornate lighting. Many of the pedestals have both European and US style electrical services to cater for a broad mix of boats. Red SOS Spinnakers with life-saving equipment are also being supplied and will be positioned within easy reach of each berth. Both marinas have invested heavily in ornate lighting including low level multi-coloured LED ‘combi’ lights and over 100 blue LED underwater lights, and each has ordered a self-contained pump-out pedestal and portable Rolec fire caddies. The fire caddy can direct up to 400 litres/min of water or foam at a boat fire and will mix

seawater with a special fluid to create the biodegradable foam. Rolec also confirms a contract to design and supply new Seawave pedestals to Camper & Nicholson Marinas for phase six of the Port Louis Marina development in Grenada. The order follows on from the supply of Megamaster units for the marina’s superyacht basin. All pedestals are operated via Rolec’s Berthmaster electricity and water services management system. Contact Rolec Services in the UK on: for general enquiries and to request a copy of the company’s new 52 page brochure, which contains over 130 photographs of recently completed marina projects and details of the new Seawave range.

Space-saving docking option

In addition to making docking an altogether easier operation, DualDocker is also a ‘problem solver’ when it comes to reconfiguring or building marinas because it enables the marina operator or developer to make better use of limited space and provide berthing in fluctuating water levels. The system (reviewed in Marina World Vol 9, Issue 2) is based on the concept of minimising kinetic energy and therefore stabilising the yacht much better than conventional ropes. The two stainless steel arms are fixed to the pier and create a prism with the yacht. The ball cleat adaptors serve as the interface between the arms and the yacht and offer maximum stability while allowing movement in all directions. There is no need for bow lines and DualDocker does not require any underwater installations, which can be costly and difficult to install and maintain – especially when environmental regulations are strict or the harbour bed is deep. It is ideal for providing berthing space at marinas with through-traffic waterways or riverside moorings where ropes and piles are unwanted obstacles. The system is also highly versatile as it can compensate for water level fluctuations up to a maximum of 1.5m. In use at marinas in Spain and Denmark, the product has been highly praised by sailors of all kinds – from champion racing team members to a retired naval commander. Long term tests at Club Nautico Lo Pagan, which is not protected by a breakwater, have shown that even a 43ft yacht with flybridge sits more calmly than neighbouring yachts that are secured with bow lines. D u a l D o c ke r ’s n ew w e b s i t e , w w w., gives full technical details and demonstration videos. Contact DualDocker in Austria on email:

Keel stand alternative

Brownell Boat Stands of Massachusetts has introduced a keel stand as an alternative to traditional wooden blocks. should be stored on a flat, even surface. On Manufactured in steel, the stands are softer surfaces, a wash plate is recommended stackable and adjustable and available in under the base of each keel stand with either two versions – K3 and K4. The former has Brownell ‘sailboat’ or ‘motorboat’ stands to a minimum height of 24in (61cm) and a stabilise the vessel. maximum height of 30in (86cm), and the Stands are ready for immediate shipment latter a minimum height of 16in (40cm) and from factory headquarters in Mattapoisett maximum height of 24in (61cm). and through distributors worldwide. One keel stand is needed for each 10,000lb/ 4,550kg of vessel weight and stands should be Contact Brownell Boat Stands in MA, USA spaced evenly along the keel. A minimum of two stands should always be used and boats on email: - September/October 2009


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Eco friendly hull cleaning

The Ecolift innovative floating dock vessel maintenance system, established on its home market in France and being installed at facilities in Spain, was received with interest by delegates at Marinas 2009 in Australia. The product offers many environmental constantly washed and all effluents advantages and safeguards, is easily – solids and liquids – are collected in installed and operated, and can become the decking system. Effluents are filtered a much appreciated revenue generator and clean water is released back into the for marinas and boatyards. marina. All deck surfaces on the platform Ecolift utilises an airlift platform to are systematically cleaned at the end of raise and lower boats for cleaning and every cycle to ensure a continuously high inspection. Cleaning takes place using standard of cleanliness. sea water (not fresh water or cleaning Ecolift can handle sail and motor boats products) which is sprayed on to the of 6-18m in length weighing 15-25 tonnes boat hull using high pressure jets. During and with a draft of 2-2.5m. Owners of the cleaning process, the platform is regularly cleaned vessels can dispense with antifouling thus saving money and protecting the environment. Ecolift claims that a clean boat hull can also reduce fuel consumption by up to 25%. Boats take between three and five minutes to lift, and cleaning time is 20-30 minutes. Marinas can offer either a selfservice or staff operated service. Plastic tokens are available for selfservice use. Newly appointed Antipodean distributor, Bio Clean, has a system in operation in Noumea, New Caledonia. Contact Ecolift in France on email: d.bougarel@ecoliftcleane and in Australia on email: - September/October 2009

Sales boost for Neptune Return customers and increased interest from outside the USA have boosted sales of Hoist Liftruck’s Neptune series marina forklifts. The company had predicted a significant down year for the product. “We saw activity on the Neptune series decrease at the end of last year and into 2009,” commented director of marketing, Dan Peter. “We expected the Neptune to take the biggest hit in sales this year but so far that clearly hasn’t been the case. It’s been wonderful to see some of our current customers purchasing additional Neptune units as it’s a strong indication that their business is picking up and they are satisfied with our forklift and service.” Return customers such as Gasparilla Marina (Placida, Florida), Rickenbacker Marina (Biscayne Bay, Florida) and Calusa Island Marina (Goodland, Florida) purchased additional Neptunes – M250, M300 and M250 respectively. Other forklifts have been sold to two further facilities in Florida - Englewood and Crystal River – and international activity has also picked up with several deals pending approval. Hoist Liftruck president, Marty Flaska, cites quality engineering, manufacturing and components, along with top service support as reasons for success. “We will continue to work with our customers during these tough times to provide them with quality, proper equipment they need to run their business,” he said. Currently, the company is running Customer Appreciation Days for the marina industry, offering 10-25% off and free five-year ‘powertrain’ warranty on all new Neptune series marina forklifts. Contact Hoist Liftruck in IL, USA on email:


PRODUCTS & SERVICES Index to Advertisers Adamant-Marina, Ukraine 44 Alcaidesa Marina, Spain 14 Bellingham Marine, USA 20 Brownell Boat Stands, USA 32 Cimolai Technology, Italy 19 Clement Systems, Germany & Dubai 16 Con-O-Lift by Kropf Industrial, Canada 43 DualDocker, Austria 39 Dura Composites, UK 50 & 56 EZ Dock, USA 46 Eaton-Marina Power & Lighting, USA 22 Ecodek, UK 52 Electro-Tec, UK 10 Gael Force Marine, UK 56 Golden Boat Lifts, USA 54 HES Group, Spain 34 Hostar, USA 46 IMBC 2010, USA 48 IMI Training, USA 56 Ingemar, Italy 14 JFC Mfg, Ireland 46 JLD International, the Netherlands 40 KMI Sealift, USA 36 KindaGroup, UK 48 METS, the Netherlands 59 Marine Travelift, USA 60 Marinetek, Finland 4 Martini Alfredo, Italy 11 Microcustom, UK 54 Nautic Italiana, Italy 54 New Design Architecture, China & Dubai 10 Orsta Marina Systems, Norway 57 Pacific Pontoon & Pier, Australia 52 Pacsoft, New Zealand 52 Poralu Marine, France 30 & 31 Rolec Services, UK 25 Ronautica, Spain 34 Roodberg, the Netherlands 44 SF Marina System, Sweden 2 Seaflex, Sweden 8 SeatizenPro, France 50 Seijsener, the Netherlands 40 ShoreMaster, USA 18 Solent Marine, UK 24 Structurmarine, Canada 22 Superior Marinas, Australia 50 Sureline, UK 54 Technomarine, Canada 28 Titan Deck, USA 48 Walcon Marine, UK 32 Yacht Leg & Cradle Co, UK 56


Computer generated image of Kodiak Boat Yard with MT 600C in place.

Kodiak welcomes Alaska’s biggest hoist

A brand new boatyard in Kodiak, Alaska, will prove a boon to the extensive fleet of local fishing vessels and increasing levels of visiting yachts which currently have to travel up to 500 miles to reach yards with the capacity to haul them. Kodiak Boat Yard will boast an MTI Model 600C Travelift, the largest Marine Travelift mobile hoist in Alaska and one of the largest in the world. The machine stands 54 feet high, is 52 feet wide and has a 64ft wheelhouse. It is operated from a cantilevered control cab or by wireless remote and hoisting is performed on 24 nylon slings. Accommodating the Travelift and, indeed, planning the yard were serious undertakings. Marine Travelift was greatly involved in all planning and also recommended the City of Kodiak to enlist help from Jim Bronstien – former owner of Rybovich and current president and owner of Florida based Marine Business Advisors. “We are seasoned in running our marinas here in Kodiak but operating a boatyard is a large undertaking,” said Kodiak harbourmaster, Marty Owen. “Jim’s vast experience and industry knowledge is a tremendous asset for us and we are very pleased to have him provide us guidance,” he added. Owen, who has been harbourmaster at Kodiak since 1995, is delighted that the harbour will now have a much-needed boatyard and has always been an advocate for a large boat lift. “I was pretty excited when I touched the controls and the 675,000 pound machine moved,” he said. This isn’t surprising if the statistics are anything to go by! Components of the MT 600C arrived in May in 24 large containers after travelling by truck, train and barge. An empty MT 600C weighs 270,000lbs more than an empty 747-400 jumbo jet. When lifting its maximum capacity, the lift’s total weight reaches 2,000,000 lbs, compared to 910,000 lbs for the heaviest fully-laden 747! “We had to build a one-foot reinforced concrete wash-down pad to the specs for landing a 747,” Owen explained. “And, we

are fully compliant with all environmental requirements.” The yard is expected to open this month (September) following completion of the lifting pier and various yard improvements, and business will begin at once. “Kodiak’s boatyard will be a do-it-yourself operation,” Owen confirmed. “Users can hire contractors of their own choosing and/or use their crewmen. The City provides the haul out and blocking and electrical service and other utilities – and a great town to spend time in while their boats are in the yard.” Contact Marine Travelift in WI, USA on email: and Marine Business Advisors in FL, USA on email:

Gauging the tide

UK engineering company, Sparta has developed the Beaufort Tidal Gauge, an innovative product that can be fixed to pilings at marinas and yacht clubs. Fabricated from marine grade 316 stainless steel and UV stable Perspex, the gauge can be read from both the pontoon and the water. Red and white sectors are calibrated to read the depth over the bar (tidal level) at the entrance to a river or other waterway. The pointer can be recalibrated at any time to reflect the changing nature of the sea or riverbed. Contact Sparta in the UK on email: - September/October 2009



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