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DRYSTACK STORAGE Lange is a new generation drystack with varied services. Its visual impact has been reduced by mirror-walled frontage. Rack and stack attracts younger boaters by Alex Parés North of the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, there is a very complex network of canals and lagoons in the Paraná Delta. At least 150 drystacks serve the area: some are brand-new facilities storing over 3,000 boats; others are over 40 years old with basic designs but the currently popular overhead cranes and launchers. It is interesting to see how each of the facilities adapts to the circumstances of its location (height from the water, distance to the water and position of the shed, permitted building height, size of boats, etc). There is a higher number of drystack berths compared to wet berths and major congestion is generated in the canals, especially between six and eight o’clock in the evening when everybody decides to return to the drystack! New marinas, with modern machinery and standardised procedures, stand out from the rest and generally get top marks for performance (up to 30 boat movements per hour). Delta culture There are several ways of understanding nautical leisure in the Paraná Delta. First, it includes the innumerable rental houses or second homes - that are only accessible by water - that can be found anywhere around and on any one of the islands. In addition, there is a whole network of services like genuine floating supermarkets that move around to provide supplies to the various dwellings, and fast passenger barges with between 50 and 100 passengers who disembark at passenger request. There is also an important and longestablished sailing culture - Argentina’s 13 Olympic sailing medallists all originate from this bay – but motor boating dominates. Young skippers go out every weekend to have fun in their hundreds for improvised ‘anchor parties’ or to visit the countless beach bars all around the Delta. A new trend for drystack facility owners is to buy a piece of land in remote areas of the delta and create exclusive resorts for their clients with mooring zones, camping areas, restaurants and sports venues. Sarthou Island is particularly noteable. Boating trends In order to attract a younger boating demographic, three main points are universally considered by marina operators today: accessibility, affordability and enhanced leisure offerings. In Argentina, we can definitely say that the local boating industry has taken on board these three key themes and managed to reach a young audience. Most of Argentina’s youth knows what is going on in the water and is eager to enjoy a day’s boating, whether it is by taking part in one of the countless jam-packed onboard parties or going for a drink at one of the countless islands or beach bars along the shore. They turn up when invited by boat owners or - and this is the keystone - ultimately in their own boats that will be bought or shared when finances permit. The semi-automated storage system, so popular in Argentina, has much to do with the success of this youth boating blast. The system gives them total peace of mind, with no worries about manoeuvring, neighbouring boats, the weather or the condition of their boat and lines. There is also a timesaving factor as no extra time is required for other tasks, such as trailer towing, launching or canvas retrieving, engine flushing or mooring up at a wet berth and, of course, no maintenance is needed due to weather damage. This also means saving money on maintenance, antifouling, winter storage etc. And no scheduling is required before they go boating. What works best? We recently conducted a review of more than 15 drystacks. Sites were visited across multiple ports and areas of the Paraná Delta and included sites of different quality, size and age. Some had been in operation for more than 40 years. After this review, several conclusions were drawn: (1) Stacker crane based drystack construction has a long and rich history of more than 40 years in Argentina. There is a wide range of approaches and a great diversity of systems. Whilst many of the traditional sites are still in full operation, the most modern are adopting leading edge standards that are resulting in greater efficiencies in both cost and customer experience. www.marinaworld.com - May/June 2019 47

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