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TALKING SHOP Natalie Howard A Shangri-La for superyachts Fifth Avenue Landing in downtown San Diego, California is a 12-slip boutique superyacht marina and transient berthing facility. Charlotte Niemiec invites new dockmaster, Natalie Howard, to talk shop. Located in the heart of downtown San Diego, Fifth Avenue Landing marina is the premier spot for superyachts, accommodating vessels up to 300ft (91m). Among its unique offerings is the service of its sister company, Marine Group Boat Works (MGBW), a full-service shipyard in the city employing over 200 craftsmen for repair and maintenance. The marina and MGBW were built ten years ago in response to an unprecedented spike in the construction of superyachts all over the world, at a pace that was outgrowing the number of repair yards and marinas that could cater to them. At the same time, San Diego was becoming a top US destination, the city having invested more than billion between 1975 and 2009 in redeveloping the downtown and surrounding areas, which attracted attention from tourists all over the world. “The timing was just right to make it a top superyacht destination,” Howard explains. Fifth Avenue Landing opened shortly after MGBW renovated its repair facilities and launched a 665-ton Marine Travelift. With million invested in the marina – and an estimated total of .5 million across both facilities – it is perfectly designed and equipped to handle the needs of superyacht owners, captains and crew. Tenth anniversary This year celebrating its tenth anniversary, the marina has become a crew favourite among superyacht marinas on the West Coast, with an extensive waiting list of yachts booking as far out as a year. It has been home to some of the world’s most admired multimillion dollar luxury superyachts, including the famed motor yachts Samaya, Sherpa, Cloud Break, Game Changer and sail yachts Ahimsa, Pumula and others. The facility is located close to a variety of shopping, dining and nightlife options, as well as the San Diego Convention Center. At full occupancy and with a waiting list, the marina comprises 12 slips and can accommodate yachts from 125ft (38m) up to 300ft (91m), from coastal yachts to megayachts. Each berth has a full sewage pump-out service, high volume fresh water, ample high voltage shore power availability and fibre optic direct wired Internet connection. Other amenities for captains and crew include complimentary concierge service, parking, secured access 24/7 and more. The facilities are protected by a marina gate system and on-site after-hours security is provided seven days a week. “We are always striving for continuous improvement in our offerings, based on feedback provided by guests,” Howard says. “As trends have shown, we hope to continue to see an increase in yachts on the West Coast and the demand for larger berths. Being a designated marina for clearing customs puts us at an advantage to attract more international guests coming into the US,” she adds. Sister company, MGBW, features two full-service shipyards in the city with a third location in Los Cabos, Mexico, covering a total of over 30 acres (12.3ha). “This places us as one of the largest haul-out facilities in North America with the first prop shop in San Diego,” Howard says. With its Marine Travelift, the marina is capable of hauling megayachts up to 121m (397ft) and working on them dockside. And “our commitment to eco-conscious practices has also placed us as an industry leader towards becoming a zero-emission shipyard through our - September/October 2019 43

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