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MARINA PLANNING & DESIGN

MARINA PLANNING & DESIGN A unique system of slip transfers Santa Barbara Marina, with slips from 20ft to 125ft (6m to 40m), thrives in one of California’s most desirable places to live. The marina is always 100% full, and there is a long waiting list. The tenants regard themselves as owners, not renters, of slips, and they have a homeowner’s pride of place and interest in the operation of the marina. When Marina One opened in 1975, Santa Barbara Marina issued transferable permits to vessel owners. The permit holders pay rental fees as in any other marina. The terms of the permit allow them to transfer not just a boat but also the slip upon sale of their vessel. Holders possess the permit for as long as they want and can transfer it whenever they want to. This anomalous system has created a unique situation. Slip permits are transferable and valuable. They can sell for ,000 to 0,000 or more depending on slip size and slip market conditions. The harbour administration charges a transfer fee generating much needed revenue for harbour operations. Despite the fees, slip transfers are common while vacancies are normally zero. Late payment of rental fees is rare; lease holders would not jeopardise their valuable asset. But not everyone is happy. Waiting lists for slips are long and move slowly. The city council has had objections about families passing the slips down to their children, perpetuating family Docks on the main walkway are wide and uncluttered. Ryan Pennell ownership. The council has decided a spouse can inherit but not children. Knowing that their tenants view their slip much as homeowners view their homes, city managers are especially considerate of their needs. The marina backbone Imagine a spinal transplant while the patient is awake. “Phase 1 was the backbone of the marina,” said Eric Noegel, manager of project development, Southwest Division of Bellingham Marine. “We installed a new land-side electrical service, a new gangway, and then began the replacement of the 1,180ft (360m) marginal walk. The owner wanted virtually no disruption of the tenants and wanted the utilities to remain in service to the greatest extent possible. It was challenging work and the most Ryan Pennell Karl Treiberg, waterfront facilities manager for City of Santa Barbara, has been instrumental in organising the eight-phase rebuild plan. complex phasing I’ve ever been involved in.” The city team had a general plan for replacing the marginal walk, or “spine,” and asked Bellingham Marine to figure out how to do it. The solution involved building the new dock alongside the old. New dock modules extended out from the gangway until they intersected a main walk, then workers removed a section of the main walkway to make a space for the new marginal walk to pass through. Temporary steel ramps were installed to bridge the structures. John Wratten, Bellingham Marine’s project manager, explained: “We had to maintain customer access 100% of the time. The sewer could not be down at all. It served two floating restrooms in the marina. The most impressive part of the job was the one-day shift from the old marginal walk to the new in 14 hours. One by one, we peeled out a module of the old dock and slid in a new one. Then we connected all utilities. Tenants could walk out to the boats while this was going on. At no time were marina operations shut down.” All utilities were installed in the new marginal walk and transformers were placed in readiness for later installation on main walkways. Following the installation of the marginal walk, work to complete the rebuild was done in short phases. “Rather than displace large numbers of boats at the same time,” said Treiberg, “we phased the project so 32 www.marinaworld.com - November/December 2016

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