Yachts and visitors to Canada’s Powell River are enjoying the city’s new marina facility at the North Harbour. The yacht harbour was completely renovated to address a growing waiting list for larger berths and a failing infrastructure. Bellingham Marine, world renowned marina builder, supplied its Unifloat, concrete floating dock system, for the project.
The Unifloat system was selected by committee members for its quality, performance and proven service life. “The committee is very pleased with the aesthetics of the final product and feedback from the community has been positive. Users are very impressed with the stability of the entire float network.” said the Chair, Councillor McNaughton, of the Waterfront Committee.
For the project, everything from the top of the gangway down was replaced and upgraded including a new dock system, potable and firefighting infrastructure, power centers and security services. Bellingham shipped the new floats to the job site in March and construction was completed by early July.
The project also included reconfiguring the harbor to increase the number of berths from 278 to 315 and to provide a greater number of slips for boats over 25 feet. According to the City of Powell River, there had been an increasing demand for larger berths and there was a large waiting list of boat owners with vessel 28 feet and larger wishing to moor at North Harbour.
The new reconfiguration allowed the marina to increase its available moorage space by 19% from 7,943 feet of chargeable moorage space to 9,500 feet. The improvements and greater moorage area will result in increased revenues for the marina.
Powell River’s marinas cater to a range of boaters who enjoy fishing, scuba diving, kayaking and cruising through the many islands that dot the coastline of the Pacific Northwest. The waters around Powell River offer some of the world’s best cold-water diving and fishing.
As the world’s leading marina design-build construction company, Bellingham Marine produces UnifloatR concrete floating dock systems as well as timber and metal frame systems. The company also produces UnistackR dry stack systems for marinas worldwide.