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FIRST PORT OF CALL FOR MARINA PROFESSIONALS The Marina & Yard Pavilion is a specialised pavilion at the METSTRADE Show; the world’s largest marine equipment trade show. The pavilion is the first port of call for marina professionals from around the world. With over 70 exhibitors, it’s the world’s largest trade exhibition for the marina & yard industry. 19 20 21 NOVEMBER 2019 RAI AMSTERDAM THE NETHERLANDS METSTRADE FEATURES ORGANISED BY POWERED BY MEMBER OF OFFICIAL METSTRADE MAGAZINE OFFICIAL SYP MAGAZINE OFFICIAL MYP MAGAZINE

MARINA REFURBISHMENT Margaret Boshek Renovating for climate and market adaptation by Margaret Boshek With consistent growth in the US recreational boating industry over the past seven years, many older marinas are assessing the potential for renovation in order to attract an influx of new users. But with average construction costs estimated around ,000 per slip, refurbishment decisions need to be informed by a clear understanding of site and market dynamics, and how these dynamics could change over the life of the facility. Adaptive planning and design have become an essential part of the marina renovation process. Docks represent one of the largest renovation investments. Modern docks have a life expectancy of 40 years, but in many regions the changing climate is amplifying extreme storm events to be well in excess of forces the dockage was designed to withstand. Specialised engineers can assist in determining the potential risks of extreme weather events and provide recommendations for reducing the impact on susceptible infrastructure. Selecting and designing dockage that can better resist current and future extreme events helps mitigate maintenance and repair costs and provides resiliency for your facility. Refurbishing a marina is the perfect time to assess whether the slip mix and amenities are appropriate for the shifting boating market – and to build in flexibility for addressing future market shifts. Boating trends can change quickly, especially with technology and demographics generating unprecedented user needs and preferences. Being able to adapt to these market changes throughout the facility’s life will maximise your initial investment. Selecting dockage and anchorage systems that can be reconfigured and redeployed gives a facility the flexibility to adjust slip sizes and mix, helping to keep occupancy and revenue steady through changing economies. Diversification of revenue streams is paramount for flexibility when markets shift. This increasingly means catering to more than just the traditional boating community. For example, in the USA new-boat ownership among individuals under the age of 40 has shrunk by almost half in the last 20 years; younger boaters prefer personal watercraft and wakesport boats, while Above: Located on a flood-control reservoir expecting larger annual fluctuations in water levels, the marina at Chatfield State Park in Colorado (southwest of Denver) was redesigned to allow the dockage and marina services building to float 68ft (21m) above current normal summer pool, and 85ft (26m) above the drought pool. Photo: SmithGroup Right: Floating systems for marina service buildings, restaurants and hotels can enhance resilience as well as revenue potential as part of a marina renovation. Photo: Structurmarine – Floating Hotel Concept – older and family boaters prefer cruiser and pontoon vessels. Non-motorised water sports have also become very popular, bringing more people to facilities that offer storage and launching opportunities. This creates a mix of traditional and new users; serving both effectively represents an opportunity and a challenge when renovating a marina. It is helpful to benchmark the adjustments that different marinas have made to turn market shifts into market opportunities, and to incorporate them into a renovation. Some marinas have opened their gates to charter companies and commercial sales. Others have started providing overnight stays on houseboats and larger vessels, sometimes owned and operated by the marina. Some add transient dockage and new amenities to capitalise on higher revenue transient boaters. Others expand services to include rentals and storage. Many marinas are rebranding themselves as community destinations, offering special events and programming targeted at non-boaters as well as boaters. These tactics, coupled with retail and hospitality spaces, can provide streams of revenue outside of the traditional boating season – but they frequently require renovation of upland areas to improve access and parking. These market adjustments often require special provisions and more comprehensive insurance. All of this can be accounted for as part of an adaptive renovation design process, providing strong return on investment for the marina owner/operator. Margaret Boshek, PE is a coastal engineer for SmithGroup, USA. - July/August 2019 21

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