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To spark the imagination of those contemplating similar projects in their marinas, Robert Wilkes highlights ten of the best Bellingham Marine ‘rebuilds’. Best superyacht marina: Rybovich, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA You won’t find a marina and shipyard more tailored to serving the needs of superyacht owners and crews than Rybovich, the world’s pre-eminent superyacht facility. The marina can accommodate yachts of 120m (400ft) with high freeboard, heavy duty docks; in-slip refuelling; abundant power and the ability to service yachts right from the docks. Specialising in 10-star concierge service, crews enjoy hotel-like amenities and an on-site bistro social life. The shipyard can haul out most yachts and also has a 2,500- ton floating dry dock. A new 14 acre (5.6ha) worksite was recently added nearby and a channel was dredged to integrate the two sites. MARINA REFURBISHMENT Spotlight on special rebuilds Best iconic boat show venue: Bahia Mar Yacht Center, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA Bahia Mar Yacht Center is one the earliest and longest serving venues of the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - the largest boat show in the world - and the 2002 rebuild ensures that it will continue in that tradition. Masterfully designed, the marina functions as a world class superyacht centre 11 months out of the year. The magic begins in October when the marina expands from 242 largeyacht slips and side ties into a 1,000-boat gunwale-to-gunwale moorage for the iconic Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The rebuild transitioned the marina from fixed to floating docks and incorporated a oneof-a-kind electrical system with custom-built distribution panels for the show. The system ensures adequate power for all the yachts on display. Best elegant styling: Rose Bay and Piper Point, Sydney, Australia Rose Bay and Piper Point answer the question, “What would a marina look like if it were 100% customdesigned by world-class architects and industrial designers?” Owners Denis and Ned O’Neil hired Peter Ireland of the Sydney-based firm Allen Jack & Cottier to do just that. The result is a work of art on water. The pontoons, pilings and pedestals are customdesigned and colour coordinated. All-black power pedestals evoke Italian racing cars and stunning teak and chrome rails on the gently arched bridges are like no other marina in the world. Biggest rebuild: Alamitos Bay Marina, Long Beach, CA, USA With 1,962 slips in seven basins, Alamitos Bay Marina is the largest rebuild in the USA, replacing a 1960s era timber marina. Everything about this project is on a grand scale. It was a challenge to find places to put the massive amounts of dredge material. The financing needs were so great that Elvira Hallinan, marine bureau manager, had to go on a road show to sell her marina to bond investors - not in the job description of most marina operators. The 12-year rebuild was completed in 2018 and included tearing out and replacing plumbing and wiring, seawall repairs, new gangways, and upland work including car parks and sanitary facilities. Bellingham Marine worked closely with the Long Beach Marine Bureau to manage the complex stop-start scheduling caused by incremental funding. Best inner-city rebuild: The Wharf DC, Washington DC, USA The waterfront languished after an interstate cut it off from the rest of the city. The .3 billion public-private partnership brought this forgotten part of the District back to life. The Wharf has everything and is for everybody. The Wharf’s master plan is water-centric and intended to attract the community to the waterfront. There is a recreation pier, concert venues, excursion concessions, a fish market, upscale hotels and a massive promenade made for exploring the many shops and restaurants. Bellingham Marine built all the floating dock and gangway structures, including a floating-platform ferry dock and three new marinas. The Wharf’s upland buildings include residences and office spaces, and a water taxi system offers transportation to other points on the Potomac. www.marinaworld.com - July/August 2019 35

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