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TALKING SHOP Glen Cove: Upcycling for success Located at a strategic crossroads in San Francisco Bay, California, Glen Cove Marina has access to windy sailing adventures in the west, and warm, leisurely cruising in the delta to the east. Glen Cove’s unique charm owes much to an ongoing mission to mix new and old. Charlotte Niemiec spoke to harbourmaster Rachael O’Keefe, to find out more If your Victorian-style lighthouse – purchased for a dollar – isn’t in quite the right place to take centre stage at a new marina, why not shift it? Over 60 years ago, that’s exactly what Robert Hubert did. He bought the Carquinez Strait Lighthouse; a white lighthouse building built in 1909 and located off Mare Island Strait in Vallejo, San Francisco. It was a 28-room structure, originally housing three keepers and their families, that eventually became redundant when the US Coast Guard automated the light and fog horn mechanisms. Hubert’s vision was to take this building and re-use it as the central focus of a new marina at Glen Cove. With hard work and creativity – an ethos that has endured over subsequent decades - the lighthouse was transported by barge to its current location. While the tower and lantern were sadly destroyed during the move, most of the original building remains intact. This contemporary “recycling” approach typifies the marina’s past, present and doubtless its future as it has been creatively modernised and landscaped to seamlessly meld old and new. Recycling and repurposing “We have always felt that landscaping was the best way to enhance the ambience of the marina to create a welcoming impression for everyone who visits,” says O’Keefe. “We Small in size but brimming with natural charm, Glen Cove Marine offers a warm welcome to boaters in the San Francisco Bay area. prioritised this from day one. Whether it was moving ten of our mature canary palms with cranes or landscaping the walkways to the water, our goal has been to make the marina look and feel like a five-star resort.” In the spirit of reclamation, the entrance boasts a garden built into a boat, purchased from a local junk yard. Shortly after this, the Solano Rowing Club approached staff at the marina to make use of a 100-year-old rowing boat that was set to be scrapped. It was turned into a rose garden, which sits adjacent to the east garden. The marina has also built a brand new wooden deck that joins the east car park to the waterfront. “It has become a favourite outdoor area, a rest and relaxation spot,” O’Keefe says. “The deck is adjacent to the re-landscaped east lawn, with flowers blooming from end to end. The deck was also designed with a built-in garden and benches to take in the view.” The original docks were man-made in 1955. They have withstood the tests of time, weather and ageing. O’Keefe explains: “We have had to reinforce, reinstall and maintain them at times, but the sturdiness of the original docks has truly endured.” Minimum year-to-year maintenance has allowed O’Keefe to focus on landscaping and building. Last year, the office, café and extra storage space were fully renovated. The older and unused portions of the Victorian house were turned into a contemporary banquet room aptly called The Lighthouse. The 20-month renovation involved knocking out old walls, retrofitting the building, adding several structural beams, new electrics, plumbing, lighting and more. New hardwood floors were added throughout and a catering kitchen was installed. Moving the lighthouse 60 years ago from Mare Island Strait to its new home, where it has become a focal point of the marina development. www.marinaworld.com - March/April 2016 53

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