Like superyachts, marinas come to an age, typically 30 years, when they need to be given a major rebuild or the structures ashore and afloat be recycled and replaced. The Town of Palm Beach Marina, Florida, recently underwent a major revamp — to the tune of US$34 million — the whole facility being upgraded at the end of 2021.
Berths will be larger, part of the reason there is only one new berth being added, allowing Palm Beach to welcome more superyachts as demand increases. The additional superyacht berth is named ‘Royal Palm Dock,’ complementing the other three “Peruvian,” “Australian,” and “Brazilian” slips. The marina now offers 10 berths of over 200 feet (61 metres), the largest being 294 feet (90 metres).
Eighty percent of the marina’s 84 berths are occupied on long annual or seasonal leases and captains are advised to contact the dockmaster (firstname.lastname@example.org) well in advance of any visits to secure a prime spot. Walking distance from Worth Avenue and its luxury boutiques, guests from superyachts often request an extension to their visits!
Unlike superyachts, marinas’ success depends on their location as much as their design. Having sported a marina since the 1940s, Town of Palm Beach Marina has an established, wealthy clientele, some owners having kept family yachts there for generations. Superyacht visitors are joining an elite club when they moor up.
On the technical front, Bellingham Marine built and installed the new docks. Senior Project Manager Steve Ryder commented: “The Town of Palm Beach has a unique situation, a beautiful location in one of the most iconic places in the United States. The new marina. epitomizes the growth of the type of facilities that these customers want — safe, structurally sound, and with the power and services that these massive boats require.”
Town of Palm Beach Marina is all set to welcome the next generation of yacht owners in 2022 and beyond. More information at townofpalmbeachmarina.com.
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