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THE CENTRAL PLATFORM FOR THE GLOBAL MARINA & YARD INDUSTRY MEET THE WORLD IN AMSTERDAM The Marina & Yard Pavilion (MYP) welcomes marina owners, operators, developers and suppliers from around the world. This year the MYP is featuring the ICOMIA World Marinas Conference from Thursday 17 to Saturday 19 November. Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to meet your peers, see lots of innovations and be inspired by the latest industry news. Featuring The Marina & Yard Pavilion is an event of METSTRADE, the world’s leading platform for professionals in the marine equipment industry and organiser of the ICOMIA World Marinas Conference. ORGANISED BY POWERED BY MEMBER OF OFFICIAL MAGAZINE SYP OFFICIAL MAGAZINE MYP OFFICIAL MAGAZINE

SUPERYACHT FACILITIES Adapting an existing marina to accommodate superyachts by Robert Wilkes The odds are good that marketing conditions that existed when your marina was built have changed. You may have a ‘problem child,’ a section of the marina that is underperforming. Or you may suspect there is an opportunity you could capture if you could repurpose part of your marina. You’re not alone. Around the world, owners are adapting their facilities to welcome superyachts, and it’s paying off. In some cases a marina’s existing floats can be reconfigured and reused without additional piling, and this usually avoids reliving the lengthy permitting process. Why superyachts? Superyachts may offer the promise of increased revenues and improved brand caché. The prestige of becoming a superyacht marina can make your marina more competitive and allow you to charge more. Revenue from large yachts may be Silo Marina in Auckland, a superyachtfocused sister facility for Westhaven Marina, opened to immediate success in 2012 and was expanded in 2014. more consistent than vacancy-prone small slips. Marinas that cater to larger boats can expect higher revenues from fuel sales, supplies and services. They are also unlikely to be burdened with derelict or abandoned vessels. There are limitations. Reliable channel and basin depth, manoeuvring room and ample electrical power are required. 480V 3-phase is essential, G-Dock at Marina Bay Yacht Harbor, once a storage point for derelict boats, has become side-tie moorage for large vessels. as captains do not like to run generators in port. High-speed, high-capacity refuelling nearby is an asset. I spoke to operators at four marinas who created superyacht mooring without starting from scratch. You might be able to do the same and it may be easier than you think. Elliott Bay Marina, Seattle, Washington, USA Seattle, Washington, the ‘Emerald City,’ rises from Elliott Bay in Puget Sound. Although far from the typical superyacht axis from Florida to the Med, the area attracts owners in search of adventure in the wilds of British Columbia and Alaska. Elliott Bay Marina opened in 1991 with 1,200 slips of 33 to 62ft (10 to 19m). The city was starved for slips and the marina was an immediate success. Two decades later the owners www.marinaworld.com - May/June 2016 19

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