Field Trip

IMBC Field Trip Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Leaves from the Broward County Convention Center, outside of Hall A promptly at 11:30 a.m. and returns to the convention center at 4:15 p.m. just in time for the AMI member meeting. Check in for the field trip begins at 11:00 a.m. in the lobby of Hall A.

Hop on the bus with your collegaues, have lunch and tour a few local marinas and boatyards that are going through, willbe going through or have undergone huge capital renovations.  Follow their progress and the see the results!

Lauderdale Marine Center

Over the past two years, Laurderdale Marine Center has carried out a far-reaching $20 million renovation mking the facility a leading destination for recreational boaters of larger vessels from near and far.  The summer of 2016 saw the launch of a spate of renovations at Lauderdale Marine Center. It added five hard spaces of 150-foot length overall in August. Additionally, the facility installed two new lifts, one for vessels up to 220 tons and the other travel lift for vessels up to 485-ton (one of the largest in South Florida). The lifts have been in operation since July 2017. The western working yard of Lauderdale Marine Center was reconfigured to accommodate 17 vessels of up to 130 feet. Along with that, Lauderdale Marine Center upgraded the electrical systems on the slips.

A key part of realizing the new vision for Lauderdale Marine Center was the acquisition of Riverbend, an adjoining 15-acre facility that offers dockage space for large vessels, as well as a site for office space. Over the course of this year, Riverbend has been outfitted with a concrete working yard, new floating docks, and a haul-out pier. Many of the renovations at the site, including dredging 3,000 to 4,000 cubic yards of sediment from the marina, repairing the existing seawalls, installing 450 feet of new seawalls, and relocating a pier to accommodate one of the new lifts, was completed by B&M Marine Construction Inc., a firm based in Deerfield Beach, Florida. B&M Marine Construction also worked on renovations at the main facility.

At Riverbend, a 2,000-square-foot office building was opened, and an existing 4,000-square-foot workshop was refurbished. The restored Riverbend property opened in early October 2017. It now accommodates 35 in-water vessels and 42 vessels on the hard with lengths up to 80 feet. Strategically, the Riverbend acquisition enables Lauderdale Marine Center to maintain its presence in the marina market for vessels below 80 feet, allowing the main Lauderdale Marine Center property to focus increasingly on the needs 80- to 200-foot vessels.

Bahia Mar

The Bahia Mar Resort and Yachting Center is the ultimate Hotel and Marina destination in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The property features a Hilton Hotel complete with restaurants, shops, swimming pool, tennis and is directly across the street from a pristine sand beach along the shore of the Atlantic Ocean.

The marina offers 250 slips capable of handling vessels up to 300 feet along it’s 3,000 foot parallel dock and more than 5,000 feet of floating docks. This facility offers High Speed fueling, free WiFi, cable television, in slip sanitary pump-out, a marine store, dive shop, a marine maintenance provider and full access to all of the amenities located within the property and the Hotel. Bahia Mar is also the home the world renowned Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

This full service tropical Beach Resort and Marina is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale. On the Beach front, the marina is adjacent to the Intercostal Waterway and only 1.5 miles from Port Everglades. Only 2 miles from the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center and 4.5 miles from the Fort Lauderdale International Airport, the Bahia Mar Resort and Yachting Center is a required part of your Dream Destination whether if by land or by sea.

Las Olas Marina
Owned by the city of Fort Lauderdale, Las Olas Marina is about to undergo a multi-million-dollar redevelopment. In the process, it’s gaining new operators, who’ll make it more welcoming for slip holders and the public alike.

Currently offering 60 slips for yachts and megayachts, Las Olas Marina has been the focus of the city’s attention for some time. Last year, it solicited bids for redevelopment, since it considered the property a bit outdated in looks and services. It recently selected Suntex Marinas for the makeover, plus granted a 50-year lease for operations. Suntex Marinas oversees 45 marinas across the country, including Liberty Landing Marina in Jersey City, New Jersey, and Ocean Yacht Marina in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Suntex Marinas is partnering with Edgewater Resources for the project. The latter is a marina design, engineering, and development firm. Among the 300 global properties it’s designed are Liberty Landing Marina and the Marina at Keppel Bay in Singapore.

Preliminary plans include creating a new pedestrian walkway, plus adding dining options. Las Olas Marina will still, of course, include conveniences for yachts and megayachts. Currently, the marina provides Wi-Fi, pumpout services, water, electric, and dockside parking, among others.

The Las Olas Marina makeover is part of an overall $70-million waterfront redevelopment plan that the city established.