Motorboat & Yachting: The City of Edinburgh Council planning committee has granted planning consent to the revised masterplan for Edinburgh Marina the 300-berth marina, residential, retail and spa hotel development.
The scheme will be the focal point of Granton Harbour’s regeneration, just 2.5 miles from Edinburgh City Centre.
Edinburgh Marina is believed to be the first new marina next to a capital city in Europe for several decades, providing a major boost to inward investment in Edinburgh of over £300m.
The Edinburgh Marina development will deliver 2,094 new homes as well as local employment opportunities for up to 800 people, whilst the new masterplan provides for improved marine services, including a community boatyard and improved facilities for the Royal Forth and Forth Corinthian yacht clubs.
The revised scheme also makes provision for the proposed new transport facilities in the area, including the extension of the tram service.
A spokesman for the developers, Granton Central Developments Limited, said: ‘We are thrilled that consent has now been granted for the revised masterplan, due in part to the fantastic support of the local community who we would like to thank for their ongoing support. This is a wonderful Christmas present for the people of Granton, who have been forced to live for far too long with Granton Harbour in its current state.
‘We’re very excited to start working towards bringing Granton Harbour to life.
Motorboat & Yachting: Developers Camper & Nicholson Marinas and Westcourt Real Estate have given more details of their East Cowes marina development.
The developers of the new East Cowes marina have revealed that they plan to completely regenerate the area, as part of a £200m masterplan.
As we reported last year, Camper & Nicholsons Marinas will be leading the on-water development, which will be called Victoria Marina, in honour of the area’s historic royal connections.
And following the recent completion of the Cowes breakwater, the coast is clear for the developers to press on with their plans for the former GKN Aerospace site.
The new Victoria Marina will feature 400 new berths, measuring up to 25m LOA. What’s more, the project is expected to create 250 new jobs in the area.
On the shoreside, C&N’s partners Westcourt Real Estate plan to refurbish the Columbine Building, which is famous for sporting the world’s largest Union Jack.
Other developments include landscaped gardens, office space for local and international businesses, and residential and hospitality properties situated alongside the marina.
Sir Christopher Lewinton, chairman of Camper & Nicholsons Marinas, said: “We will create new public amenities and an attractive place to visit and for the people who live there.
“And we are delighted to be re-establishing a long awaited operational presence in the UK for Camper & Nicholsons.”
Planning permission has been in place for more than five years, but a definitive timeframe for completion has not yet been announced.
The new East Cowes marina is just one part of a wider plan for the region called Solent Gateways, which will also see the expansion of the Red Funnel passenger ferry service.
Yachting Boating World: Construction has started on the first New York Marina in more than 20 years, with a spring 2016 opening planned.
It has been over 20 years since the last opening of a New York Marina, but it seems that One 15 Brooklyn is now set to arrive in 2016.
The new facility, which is currently under construction, is situated between Piers 4 and 5 of Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The SUTL GROUP and Edgewater Resources, who hope to host a grand opening in spring 2016, are developing the three-project.
The completed New York Marina will feature 102 berths measuring from 16ft to 250ft in length, all of which will be protected by a 5.2m wide Marinetek concrete breakwater.
A quarter of the berths will be reserved for the Community Dock, which will provide free and affordable boating experiences for local groups.
Arthur Tay, chairman of SUTL Group, said: “We identified the perfect opportunity in Brooklyn with the vibrant, lush public spaces of Brooklyn Bridge Park, Manhattan skyline backdrop and open water.
Regina Myer, president of Brooklyn Bridge Park, added: “In New York City we are surrounded by water yet there are so few opportunities to interact with the harbour.
“This marina with its robust free and low cost programming, makes the waterfront accessible in new ways to even more New Yorkers and puts Brooklyn on the map for the global boating community.”
Motorboat & Yachting: A large marina fire in the Boston suburb of Quincy destroyed 11 boats and sank three, although no-one was injured.
Firefighters were unable to save 11 boats that were destroyed in a marina fire in the Boston suburb of Quincy last week (October 8).
The blaze started at around 0730 local time and quickly spread along the dock of Captain’s Cove Marina to neighbouring vessels.
An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway, but eyewitness reports suggest it began as an engine fire, which eventually sent 50ft plumes of smoke into the morning air.
No-one was injured, but a young couple who had been living aboard their boat were left homeless as a result.
Boatowner Tamara Silvia told local news provider NECN: “We just sold everything to do this. We have nothing left now.”
The 11 vessels consumed by the marina fire ranged in size from 18ft to 30ft and divers began salvage efforts on Thursday afternoon.
Gary Smyth, deputy chief at Quincy Fire Department said: “We were very limited because we only had one side to fight the fire from, so we took a defensive stance.”
Yachting Boating World: Expansion works are now underway at Port Andratx in Mallorca. The seven new superyacht berths will help meet growing demand from those who regularly visit the southwest Mallorca resort.
Lorenzo Vila, director of easyboats, said; “Not only is our business based in Port Andratx, but we were born and raised here, so we have seen the transformation from humble fishing village to millionaires’, and billionaires’, playground.
“While the fishing industry still very much exists, the Port’s image is now very upscale with high-end restaurants, eight-figure-price-tag villas and superyachts on the scene. These new berths, which range between 26 and 30 metres, are much-needed and we’ve already reserved one for an easyboats client – who happens to be a billionaire from northern Europe.”
At a budget of almost two million euros, the seven-berth expansion also adds 34 new car parking spaces, with the extended quay having the spinoff benefit of reducing the swell coming into the Port for other marina users.
The area around Port Andratx is considered one of the top ten hotspots in Spain, having recently being placed in third position by specialist property valuation consultancy Tinsa. Andratx’s property values were said to average €2,422 per square metre, just behind the areas of Sitges and Calvia.
The Balearic Government Port Authority approved the expansion works in December 2014.
Pratical Boat Owner: Next week the Queen will become the longest-serving monarch in British history. To mark the occasion, the Thames Festival Trust is organising a flotilla of historic vessels, leisure cruisers and passenger boats along the Thames from midday on Wednesday, 9 September.
The Totally Thames event will run between Tower Bridge and Houses of Parliament and feature vessels such as Havengore and Gloriana, which participated in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee River Pageant in 2012, as well as the fireboat, Massey Shaw.
Spectators are being urged to line the riverbank to create a wave of applause as the boats pass.
Boat owners are invited to join the procession to celebrate the occasion, which will mark the 63 years and 216 days since The Queen came to the throne.
The procession will begin east of Tower Bridge at midday, with the vessels sounding their horns for one minute.
The bridge will lift as a sign of respect and as the procession passes by HMS Belfast, a four gun salute will sound and Massey Shaw will shoot jets of water into the air.
The procession will end approximately 30 minutes later outside the Houses of Parliament with a final fanfare and ‘three cheers’.
Pratical Boat Owner: The Port of Ramsgate has just completed the installation of a new pontoon system thanks to EU funding. The pontoons are situated in the Western Gulley of the Royal Harbour Marina, between the Commercial Quay and West Pier. Historically.
Mooring of these small boats was previously provided through a matrix of anchored mooring chains known as a ‘chain trot mooring system’ that frequently required difficult and costly repairs by volunteers.
The complexity of these chains lying on the seabed also complicated any dredging, with entanglement of riser chains making it a time consuming and expensive exercise.
The new pontoon system consists of a primary walkway spine pontoon 46m long, with eight secondary finger pontoons to create eight bays for the safe mooring of 30 boats berthed in a Mediterranean style basis.
The pontoons are constructed using galvanised steel frames, concrete encapsulated floatation units and GRP anti slip decking supplied by Solent Marine Ltd and have a design life of 25 years.
The configuration of the modular pontoon units optimises the water space available within the designated area, providing safer berthing and access for vessels.
The new pontoons were purchased with match funding from a European Interreg funding stream called Yacht Valley. The existing chain removal, dredging and installation was funded by Thanet District Council.
The harbour maintenance team worked closely with the crew of the MV Mannin to combine annual maintenance dredging with a technically challenging installation.
Following the installation of a new heavy duty chain and sinker mooring system to stabilise any movement of the new pontoons, the system has been monitored over a period of tidal cycles to ensure it maintains its line and position.
Now final tests are complete and safety ladders fitted, RSBOA will fit their own solar powered, low energy LED lighting within the walkway decking as an additional safety feature on the pontoons.
RSBOA spokesman Michael Hart said: ‘The Ramsgate Small Boat Owners Association wish to express their gratitude to the Harbour Master and his staff for our new pontoon mooring system. This will not only simplify mooring for our members, but will also make it easier to maintain a sufficient depth of water at all times.’
Cabinet member for operational services, Councillor Hunter Stummer-Schmertzing said: ‘Improving facilities for all our users is a top priority for us and I am thrilled that these pontoons will enhance moorings for small boat owners, and even enable new people to experience our facilities.
‘These new pontoons are the second set to have been installed this year and are another development in our exciting plans for the future of Ramsgate Port, as detailed in our Maritime Plan.’
Members of RSBOA are delighted with the new facilities and have now relocated their boats back from the temporary berths provided by Port of Ramsgate in the Western Outer Marina, whilst construction works were carried out.
Motorboat & Yachting: Sealine dealer of the year Thames Boat Sales have announced that they will be opening a new office on the South Coast next month.
Thames Boat Sales looks set to outgrow its name, after the Sealine dealer of the year announced plans to open a third office.
The brokerage, which is currently based in Bray and Penton Hook, will be opening a Southampton office at MDL’s Mercury Yacht Harbour on 1st of September 2015.
The new premises gives the firm a base on the River Hamble from which to sell models from the likes of Aquanaut, English Harbour Yachts, Sheerline and Sealine.
In addition to these four key brands, the firm hopes to add a sailing yacht partner in the near future. Heading up the new operation will be Alexander Legge, who previously spent eight years as head of sales at Mercury.
In a joint statement, Thames Boat Sales directors Chris Manners and Dominic Smulders, said: “A South Coast operation was a logical next step to enable us to bring our award winning customer service to the area and allow us to better serve new and existing customers.”
Yachting Boating World: Brighton’s new floating yacht club will open its doors to the public in September after being manoeuvred into position in July. The floating yacht club was recently towed into position at its new home in Brighton Marina.
With a new state-of-the-art building offering a series of ‘Club Class’ introductory racing sessions and plenty of refreshmens, it’s set to become a social hub in the popular Premier Marina site.
The new yacht club is located between pontoons 6 and 7, off the western concourse and next to the Lagoon Watersports office.
One of the UK’s largest floating buildings, at 3500 sq ft, the yacht club’s relocation and regeneration is the result of a Brunswick Developments, Intermarine and Premier Marinas collaboration.
Brunswick Developments have covered the construction funding while Intermarine are behind the building and creation of the unique yacht club and its floating platform.
The team at Brighton Marina Yacht Club (BMYC) have been working tirelessly to complete the project ready for its September opening.
BMYC Commodore Phil Thomas commented: “This is a significant moment for the club and all the members who have worked so hard for so long to help our first permanent clubhouse to become a reality. There’s still work to be done, though, as we continue to fit out the interior and create an exciting contemporary home for our membership and new members to come.”
Motorboat & Yachting: The UK’s biggest marina has a new arrival, after the brand new Brighton Marina Yacht Club was delivered this week.
The ongoing development of Brighton Marina has seen a new yacht club delivered to the 127-acre site. Delivered yesterday (July 30), the new Brighton Marina Yacht Club building will be opened to the public in September, offering Club Class training for people of all ages.
As well as sailing, the club has divisions for diving and motor cruising, and has been hailed by the Royal Yachting Association as a model yacht club. It’s new base is one of the largest floating buildings in the UK, with a footprint of 3,500 square feet.
Phil Thomas, commodore at Brighton Marina Yacht Club, said: “We’re here to help anyone who wants to get on the water to do so affordably.”
The new yacht club was delivered as part of a £250m redevelopment of the marina by Brunswick Developments, which has owned the site since the mid 1990s.
Works on the western end of the marina were held up for several years by planning disputes, financial issues and local protests, but finally got underway last year.
Peter Green, who is directing the current works at the marina for Brunswick Developments said: “The new Yacht Club shows how large developments such as ours can have community benefits.
“We went above and beyond our legal obligation to provide space for a new Yacht Club, and provided a purpose-built unit located in the very heart of the marina.”
Further developments planned for Brighton Marina include a new RNLI station, additional restaurants and a planned pedestrian swingbridge that would allow access to the harbour wall.