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TALKING SHOP A busy atmosphere during the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show. Making the impossible possible With 380 wet berths for yachts up to 65m (215ft), Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Thailand has won a Best Marina Development in Asia award at the Christofle Yacht Style Awards in Phuket. Charlotte Niemiec invites harbour master, Scott Finsten, to talk shop Situated on the golden stretch of Jomtien Beach, Pattaya, Ocean Marina Yacht Club was the first marina in the Gulf of Thailand and remains the biggest in Southeast Asia. Its history goes back to 1980, when owner Kris Assakul drove east from Bangkok looking for “a place to build a marina”, says Finsten. He drove east for three hours and found nothing. On the way back, he stopped for lunch with his driver and stumbled across some land that ultimately became the site of the marina today. He purchased the 47.5 acres (19ha) of land and used it for boat building, which continues today on a much larger scale. The first boat to be built and launched on the property was the famous Mirabella 1 yacht. Together with a boat building factory, he set to work building the yacht club and the first of two condominium towers, San Marino. Building in phases The marina was built in six phases. Because the marina site was initially quite exposed, a sea wall was built first. “After searching the world for the best, Assakul had a Spanish company design a sea wall around the marina,” Finsten says. At the time, the design for the marina inside the wall extended out 500m (1,640ft), with a width of 300m (984ft). Inside, a 500 berth marina was planned which, Finsten adds, was “amazing for a number of reasons. Primarily, the obstacles were great. Thailand at the time imposed duties of more than 200% to import a boat. Because of this, there were not many boats about (around five, to be precise), and little was known about the region. Also, while keen fishermen, Asians did not enjoy boating for fun. This is changing, gradually,” as evidenced by the fact the marina is almost always at full occupancy. Work started on the break wall in about 1987 and took two to three years to complete. Another two years passed before the first of the floating berths was installed. During this time, boats that had anchored within the sea wall simply waited. Phase two saw the dredging of the marina and the completion of the first berths – the outermost F and G arms. The pontoons consisted of a floating type, with foam/plastic floats and a timber deck system from US-based Atlantic Marina Services (later to be Atlantic Meeco and now Meeco Sullivan). In addition to the pontoons, the marina ordered a 25 tonne straddle carrier from Marine Travelift, a forklift drystack system and a tractor for launching trailer boats. During phase three in 2007, three more arms were added – arms B, C and D. Again, these were built using the Atlantic system. Three years after this phase Finsten joined the team, travelling up from Sydney in January 2010. “The first on the list of jobs was to expand the marina,” he says. Two years later, phase four saw the existing F and G arms replaced and the marina was expanded with new E and H arms. “We designed a mix of 12m (39ft) and 20m (66ft) berths utilising the existing piling. As the piling was already in place, with the help of designers at Poralu we managed to build the berths incorporating internal pile guides and extending the 12m berths past the pile to get the full length,” Finsten explains. Rolec Spinnaker series pedestals were installed on the berths. The marina was dredged a second time and electrical capacity was increased by installing an additional 500KVA transformer. Once phase four had finished, the Scott Finsten (right) holding the Ocean Marina Yacht Club trophy at the 2018 Christofle Yacht Style awards. - March/April 2018 13

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