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PLANNING & DESIGN The Rybovich superyacht marina and refit facility, once owned by Jim Bronstien, has undergone a massive renovation on land and water. and director of the Marina Recreation Association. Noegel has been involved with dozens of large-scale marina projects in the USA: The first thing that comes to mind is to plan well in advance. It takes a lot longer than people realise to go from the decision to undertake the project to starting construction. Get moving Eric Noegel: “Build a marina that has a 40 to 50 year life or longer to get the lowest lifecycle cost and the highest asset value.” on permitting, lease negotiations, financing, politics and engineering well ahead of time in order to have a smooth running project - even if you think you have a ‘simple renovation’. You’re better off to proactively initiate a project than wait until dock components wear out, utility systems are getting outdated and you have to contend with emergency repairs. Secondly, build it to last. Buy a well-reputed, long lasting product. Build a marina that has a 40 to 50 year life or longer to get the lowest lifecycle cost and the highest asset value. RW: What advice do you have about the organisation of the project team? Eric Noegel: I can’t stress enough the value of hiring a design-build contractor who can coordinate and control all aspects of the project rather than doing business piecemeal with a lot of different companies. Everything goes more smoothly, schedules are easier to keep and it usually costs a lot less. Mark Sanders, owner of Westpoint Harbor, a big-boat facility in Redwood City, CA, on San Francisco Bay. Sanders is vice president and director of the Marina Recreation Association, a member of the Marine Legislative Council in Sacramento, is on the Bay Planning Coalition and is a past director of the Marine Science Institute: It’s time for marina operators to build welcoming and inviting harbours that encourage people to get into boating. Share the waterfront with the community you serve. Pay attention to basics. If the marina isn’t clean, safe and attractive, people will not want to be there. Women especially ‘kick the tyres’ on a marina by looking at restrooms and showers, so make them first class. Develop a sense of community by providing areas for boaters to congregate on the docks - areas with shade, chairs and open to all. The best ‘marina resorts’ are half land and half water so, when designing a new facility, plan for extensive shoreside facilities—boardwalks, areas for water sports, play areas for children and so on. Restaurants and coffee shops should be inviting to nonboaters. They may become boaters, too. The world has changed and we are all connected. No new tech firm would dream of not having fast, Chris Dolan: “Work with the local utility companies to ensure they can provide enough power for the marina you intend to build. Also, be very careful about what codes you’re operating under.” reliable Wi-Fi and a marina shouldn’t either. Consider having cameras which boaters can steer remotely from their smart phones to view their boat when away. Networked security systems are not only a deterrent but a comfort to boaters. Have common areas with a big-screen TV so boaters can relax and watch sports events. It’s a great amenity for a marina. We also created ‘party barges’ made up from spare floats with a Bimini top, Adirondack chairs and tables. We ended up making four of them and they now include a barbeque and tiki torches. They move around the harbour and we often see two or more grouped together for larger parties. Bob Christoph: “Anticipate what the neighbourhood in your location will look like in 25 years and how that will affect your market potential.” RW: Do you do anything special for liveaboards? Mark Sanders: Most marinas have more liveaboard applications than they can handle. Liveaboards bring security and life on the docks, but be selective. Seek out boaters who choose the water Mark Sanders: “It’s time for marina operators to build welcoming and inviting harbours that encourage people to get into boating. Share the waterfront with the community you serve.” as a lifestyle and who represent the kind of neighbourhood you want. There was a period in the 70s when it was common to have a dedicated liveaboard area. Marinas were experimenting with permanent sewer hook-ups and it was easier if the liveaboards were all in one place. This tended to form closed communities in the marina and minimised the security benefits. It’s a good practice to distribute liveaboards throughout the marina. This also encourages liveaboard owners to keep their gear stowed and their slip neat like the others around them. At Westpoint this means seven or eight per dock and none in adjacent slips. www.marinaworld.com - January/February 2016 39 MW2016JanFeb.indd 39 05/01/2016 09:34:56

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