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2017 May June Marina World

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COVER STORY The popular fire pit at Provincetown Marina gives boaters a place to drink, chat and watch the ballgame. building and replacing slips for boats up to 125ft (38m). Now they are working on phase two. Collaborating again with Boston Bridge & Steel, the Lagasses have also brought SF Marinas, Meeco Sullivan and Marina Electrical Equipment into the project to create what will be an 8ft (2.4m) deep, 900ft (274m) long, 20ft (6m) wide floating breakwater, one of the widest and deepest on the East Coast. The new breakwater will include in-slip pump-out and 480 3-phase power. The parts for the floating breakwater and wave attenuation system were delivered from Sweden this spring, are currently being assembled in Provincetown and will require two 36in (1m) steel piles per 65ft (20m) section. As Marina World closed for press, the piles were being installed and project completion is scheduled for mid-May with a grand opening in June. When looking at the harbour and the various characteristics of the location, the Lagasses relied on their experience with the other marinas they had developed. “We’ve probably used every type of dock system available out there,” Chuck says. “We bought a hybrid of docks that really fit the wave environment and the climate of the waves and fetch. This is more of a custom-built facility for that specific geographical location. But, there’s no individual correct solution. It’s a combination of things.” “The one thing we know is how to build a breakwater in an open harbour with a lot of exposure to the elements,” he continues. “We know whether to use concrete or steel reinforced breakwater and what type of finger slips, given location and exposure.” The new breakwater, shaped like an elbow extending from the existing pier, will add approximately 2,000 linear feet (610m), with about 4,000 linear feet (1,219m) available off the pier. Provincetown Harbor is currently protected by a 2,500ft (762m) breakwater built in the early 1970s about 835ft (255m) from the pier. The new breakwater will run parallel and away from that existing breakwater, with approximately 500ft (152m) between them, certainly enough room for local traffic, superyachts and ferries. But it’s still a significant new feature in the harbour. “The narrowest dock is 14ft (4m) wide and it’s at its widest at 20ft (6m),” Mason Sears of SF Marina says of the SF Marina Type 600. “It looks like a promenade.” The Type 600 Breakwater used for the project is SF Marina’s widest off-the-shelf floating breakwater deployed to the United States - the widest it has deployed worldwide is in Italy and comes in at 43ft (13m). SF Marinas and Keco Pumpout Systems also worked together with Meeco Sullivan to create an underdeck pump-out that is flush with the deck surface, under an aluminium lid with the hydrant concealed below, while the fingers provided by Meeco Sullivan offer “a nice mixture of materials that provide durability” to offset the harsh winter conditions and barge waves that the harbour sees, says Sears. As part of the original phase of the project focusing on the landside amenities and the existing pier, Chuck and Ann rebuilt the showers and bathrooms, constructed a new office facility, added a captain’s lounge including a fire pit and two large-screen outdoor televisions to bring customers in from their moorings, and even constructed a shower specifically for dogs. They also built out an apartment for the general manager for Provincetown Marina as well as a few staff dorm rooms since housing in the area can be challenging for summer employees. “Provincetown is amazing,” Ann says. “Things are happening in Newport [Rhode Island], Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard. From an economic point of view, [the town] knew they were missing that opportunity. Many of the larger yachts would anchor out. Now they have a place to go out, shop and eat.” Charlestown Marina, once crumbling into the water, sits proudly in Boston Harbor and is able to moor vessels up to 400ft (122m) in length. - May/June 2017 17

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