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2021 May June Marina World

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BUILDING BLOCKS As our product range has evolved, it now has many applications. Together with our clients, we have the luxury of choosing the right pontoon, in the right materials, for the right job. By developing the heavy-duty end of our portfolio to always be a step stronger, we’ve also become experts in floating breakwaters, able to incorporate the strongest of building blocks when designing and engineering a marina that will withstand the test of time.

Marina World FROM THE EDITOR HEAD OFFICE MAILING ADDRESS & SUBSCRIPTION ENQUIRIES Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd, School Farm, School Road, Terrington St. John, Cambridgeshire PE14 7SJ, UK Editor Carol Fulford T: +44 (0) 1945 881018 E: Deputy Editor Charlotte Niemiec T: +44 (0) 1945 881018 E: Advertisement/Commercial Director Julia Hallam T: +44 (0) 1621855 890 E: Administration Manager Corinna Francis T: +44 (0) 1621855 890 E: Finance Manager Magdalena Charman T: +44 (0) 1403 733678 E: Advertisement Production Nick Hing T: +44 (0) 1323 490384 E: NORTH AMERICAN OFFICE Sales Director Americas Philippe Critot PO Box 29759, Los Angeles, CA 90029-0759, USA T: +1 323 660 5459 F: +1 323 660 6030 E: FRENCH OFFICE Publisher’s Representative Catherine Métais T: +33 6 60 17 75 81 E: ITALIAN OFFICE Advertisement Representative Ediconsult Internazionale srl piazza Fontane Marose 3, 16123 Genoa, Italy T: +39 010 583 684 F: +39 010 566 578 E: ASIA PACIFIC OFFICE Publisher’s Representative Suzanna Kovacevic T: +61 438 22 46 09 E: Marina World (ISSN 1471-5856) is published bimonthly by Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd, School Farm, School Road, Terrington St. John, Cambridgeshire PE14 7SJ, United Kingdom. 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Printed in the UK by Stephens & George Spring fever It’s spring in the northern hemisphere, and the marina sector – globally – has a spring in its step. Although we are still operating in very uncertain times, new projects are being discussed, redevelopments being planned and approved, and managers shaping up facilities. We are living in unprecedented times but could well be on the brink of an unprecedented interest in boating, with a greater demand for berths and with marinas as an increasingly valued property asset class. The pandemic lockdown gave marinas and yards an opportunity to take stock of their operations and equipment. In the yard equipment feature in this issue, we read of plentiful deliveries to broad ranging market areas, healthy order books and the desire for yards to upgrade machines to deal with greater activity amongst boat owners; the broader diversity in size and shape of boats; and the extra requirements for lift and launch, and maintenance of fleets owned by charter groups and clubs. Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour in the UK managed to work through the ups and downs of successive lockdowns to redevelop and extend its berths in time for its 50 th anniversary and Premier Marinas, one of the UK’s major marina chains, took decisive action on planning and refurbishment. Particular emphasis was placed on its flagship Swanwick Marina and its most recent acquisition Noss on Dart marina. Planning proposals have been submitted for a site-wide regeneration of Gosport Marina. Projects such as Saudi Vision 2030 take us back to the heady days when Palm Jumeirah was mooted, with the Middle East against looking to take centre stage in the creation of iconic marina-related infrastructure and underlining the excitement that remains prevalent in creating waterfront destinations. The port authority in La Spezia, Italy also thought outside the box in its decision to develop a public marina in a commercial port. Molo Pagliari has been meticulously planned and designed as a green oasis, existing infrastructure has been relocated, and the project formed as part of a mission to create a coastal pathway that will span the entire city waterfront. Molo Pagliari also comprises the largest concentration of floating structures in Europe. The list of achievement continues. Approval has been granted for the redevelopment of Dana Point Harbor in California, a massive mixed-use project that includes the renovation of an aging marina, the creation of a destination with wideranging appeal, and a huge partnering project to give nautical experiences to young people. And, as you can read in Esteban Biondi’s article (p. 34) providing memorable guest experiences is the key to success. Many boat shows and other events have been cancelled during the past 12 months but the few that went ahead, such as the Palm Beach International Boat Show, were successful and surprisingly well attended within COVID-safe guidelines. We are now hoping for more face-to-face (or mask-to-mask) networking in the third and fourth quarters of this year. This is an optimistic thought to celebrate this – the 125 th – issue of Marina World. © 2021 Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd Views expressed by individual contributors in this issue are not necessarily those of Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd. Equally, the inclusion of advertisements in this magazine does not constitute endorsement of the companies, products and services concerned by Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd. The publisher reserves the right to refuse advertising. Carol Fulford Editor – May/June 2021 5

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