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2021 March April Marina World

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TALKING SHOP A pool is a popular summer attraction (left) and (below) the entire marina is a scenic haven as the sun sets. Saving with solar Eldean recently installed and activated a second array of solar panels to generate electricity onsite. This new, larger installation by Altenergy has been installed on the roof of a large boat storage building and will produce nearly 1.5 times more electricity than the initial array Hoekstra Electric installed in 2014. To date, the original panels have produced over 450,000 kWh of electricity – equivalent to 486,000lbs of coal or 737 barrels of oil. “The system has saved us enough on electricity costs that it has now paid for the original installation, which will provide free and clean electricity for the remainder of its useful life,” Wade observes. “We hope that this second solar installation is just as successful as the first.” The marina has seen several other changes in recent years, including structural alterations, such as raising docks, upgrading electrics and plumbing, raising the sea walls and adding a levy to keep water out. It has also installed 14 permanent four piling Tide Tamer boatlifts, from 7,000-20,000lb capacity, as customer demand for these has increased. Additionally, it has converted its Piper Restaurant into the HarborView Lofts and Event Center, which includes three residential holiday rentals and one event space. In collaboration with Posthumus Architects, Wade and his wife Kris designed the floor plans with an emphasis on large family holidays, which led to four, seven and eight bedroom units. “We incorporated many items that remained from the restaurant and also recycled some old boatyard stuff that had been lying around. Whether it was keeping the restaurant murals and kitchen doors or recycling marina dock boards into new bedroom ceilings, the end result was amazing and our guests have had plenty to talk about and have been giving rave reviews! This redevelopment has been very successful,” Wade says. Other recent changes include adding a second picnic gazebo (with a TV screen to hold outdoor film nights) and an elevated 10ft x 20ft (3m x 6m) observation deck to provide a view of the harbour. Last year, CL Construction built a new 6,000ft² (557m²) steel storage building onsite. CL Construction is run by the grandsons of the builder of the first storage building that Herb Eldean had built in 1974, Wade explains. “All or parts of our storage buildings, former restaurant, ship’s store, pool and clubhouse have been built by the Lamar family — and they are also active boaters that slip with us!” This year, CL Construction will replace a further 12,500ft² (1,161m²) of a larger 1960 wood storage building with a modern steel building by American Building Company. “Over the next ten years we hope to add a few additional slips and boatlifts, and expand on being a resort destination where people choose to spend their vacation by increasing the number of our vacation rentals,” Wade reveals. www.marinaworld.com – March/April 2021 17

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