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2018 March April Marina World

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TALKING SHOP Clipper Corner is a traditional style bar and restaurant, one of five on-site dining options. Services on offer The marina has Marine Travelift 25 tonne and 75 tonne straddle carriers. The 75 tonne carrier has been customised to make it a little wider so as to handle the many catamarans in the marina. In 2014, hardstand space was doubled and now has capacity for 20 boats up to 30m (100ft), with plans in place to increase the hardstand space in 2019/20. The marina has a Clark forklift for lifting boats in and out of the drystack with a 1.8m (6ft) negative lift for launching directly into the water. The marina sells unleaded and diesel fuel, the latter of which has high-flow and standard flow rates. “The biggest fuel customer we have had to date is the 63m (206ft) superyacht ‘Suri’, which bunkered 260,000 litres of diesel and unleaded fuel – and we even sourced aviation fuel for the sea plane,” Finsten says. A portable pump is available but, as demand for this grows, the marina is looking to install a fixed unit near the fuel station. Security is excellent – in 2011, a card access system and CCTV was installed, with further plans to upgrade this year. The marina has spared no expense in investing in the best facilities and offering world-class amenities. In addition to the marina, the impressive yacht club offers 51 accommodation rooms – all of which face the marina. It is decorated in a classic yacht style and is complete with restaurants and bars. A sports complex boasts tennis and squash courts, a 25m (82ft) indoor lap pool, a children’s pool, outdoor pool, fitness centre, aerobic room, male and female sauna and massage areas and a snooker/billiards room. Food and beverages are served at five different locations: the Harbour Lounge, Clipper Corner, Captains Table, Neptune Palace and Sun Deck Bar. Outstripping the competition In 1997, another marina (Lakeside) was built closer to Bangkok and another across the Gulf in Hua Hin in about 2000, with around 20 and 120 berths respectively. Further south, near the border between Thailand and Cambodia, there are two or three very small marinas. There are four marinas in Phuket: Royal Phuket Marina and Phuket Boat Lagoon are both around 200 berths, while Ao Po Grand Marina and Yacht Haven Marina hold around 300 each. “When I talk about Ocean Marina, I try to explain how comprehensive it is,” says Finsten. “Some marinas might have a haul out yard, some might have a drystack, some have a few tenants, but rarely do you find a marina with all of this plus more. We feel it is important to have a diversity of tenants at the marina, offering as much as possible for visitors. For example, in electronics, we have B&G, Garmin, Hummingbird, Lowrance, Raymarine and Simrad all based here. We have an international paint shop, two chandleries, a boating toy store, plus all the usual shipwright and mechanical services available.” The marina is located a short drive from Bangkok and one hour from the main Suvarnabhumi (Bangkok) Airport. It is situated in exquisite cruising grounds. There are over 40 islands locally and 187 islands in the Gulf of Thailand with amazing white sand beaches, crystal clear water and “nobody around”, Finsten says, making it a paradise to cruise. It boasts fantastic diving spots such as Koh Tao, Koh Phangnan, Koh Samui and the Ang Thong National Park. Closer to the Cambodian border is Koh Chang, Koh Mak, Koh Mood and various smaller islands offering great diving and snorkelling. With the Thai government’s EEC project driving infrastructure development, and recent changes to the customs regulations allowing international yachts to stay longer, the signs are positive for continued growth in Thailand’s east coast marine leisure sector. This year, Ocean Marina Yacht Club will cater to the increased demand by expanding further, installing an additional 60 berths, replacing older ones and continuing to improve overall efficiency. The marina is protected by a distinctive U-shaped breakwater. - March/April 2018 19

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