Hall of Fame Marina gets new docks
Hall of Fame Marina in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. is expanding with new, concrete floating docks. With the permitting phase complete, dock renovation with Bellingham Marine will commence this summer, with construction completed in fall, to accommodate Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) 2019. As Hall of Fame provides dockage for FLIBS, the Westrec marina anticipates hosting more superyachts up to 160-feet.
The new piers will be 150-feet in length. The footprint is changing with about 600-feet of concrete floating docks replacing 400-feet of wooden docks. In all, five new slips will be created for new boats as well as one 80-foot finger pier accommodating a 124-foot yacht. The shore power for each location will be upgraded to two 240V, two 208V and two 480V.
“It’s about bigger slips for bigger boats,” said Scott Salomon, CMM, marina manager for Hall of Fame. “The demand is there,” he said, adding he turns down slip requests for 150 foot yachts. “We have 40 slips now. We will still end up with 40 slips, but it will be a different and much better layout for larger vessels. The marina remains open during construction.”
Hall of Fame is now a second sales and service location for Horizon Yachts of Taiwan, whose American headquarters is located in Palm Beach, Fla. The marina’s transient slips optimally showcase new and brokerage Horizon models.
The infrastructure improvements and construction will not interfere with Salomon’s National Marina Days celebration benefitting Operation Aquatic Freedom on June 22, 2019. Operation Aquatic Freedom is a registered 501(c)(3) national public charitable foundation introducing disabled American Veterans to a therapeutic, relaxing underwater world via SCUBA diving. Last year, Hall of Fame Marina celebrated National Marina Day with JROTC cadets from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School of Parkland, Fla. Several cadets are now employed in the Coast Guard after exposure to USCG safety drills and procedures during National Marina Days.
“We’re excited to choose Operation Aquatic Freedom for our charity cause for our National Marina Day celebration," he said. "We are recruiting sponsors in the marine industry for a really special day on the water,” said Salomon.