Nestled in the fantastic Florida yacht charter destination – Fort Lauderdale, the legendary Pier 66 Marina is going through its first renovation since the yachting center’s launch more than five decades ago. Phase one of the two-phase, $20 million project is complete and fully occupied, covering a section of more than half a mile of new parallel dockage along the Mercedes River as well as Marion Canal.
Upgrades to the 127-slip, deep-water marina include new bulkheads by South Florida-based Shoreline Foundation and Eco Building Solutions and a new Marinetek floating dock system equaling more than 3,600 linear feet of parallel dockage and fixed docks. The entire electrical infrastructure is being replaced with new power distribution, new dock pedestals and electrical capacity to include 480 volt 400-600 amp, three-phase power able to meet the needs of superyachts. A new Dockmaster’s office and captain’s/crew clubroom will be located on the Intracoastal Waterway.
The new marina layout will accommodate 16 super yachts up to 150 feet, up from six prior to the redesign and has the deep-water capacity to accept yachts in excess of 300 feet.
The project is scheduled for completion in October 2014, in time for the 2014 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, for which the new marina will serve as one of the host locations.
“This marina is known worldwide and is at the center of one of the busiest yachting hubs in the world,” said Kevin Quirk, Vice President of Marinas for LXR Luxury Marinas, which operates the marina. “With the new layout and upgrades, we can now host three times more large yachts than before, which also benefits the local businesses that provide services to these vessels.”
Conveniently located near Port Everglades, Hyatt Pier 66 Marina features a fuel dock with high-speed diesel pumps, pump out, valet services, 24-hour uniformed security, a convenient water taxi stop, and the upscale Grille 66 and casual Pelican Landing restaurants and bars.