When you think of Australia and superyachts, of course the first thing that likely comes to mind, is Sydney Harbor, and the image of its iconic opera house. However, Australia is a big place, and Sydney is far from the only place on the continent for yacht enthusiasts. In fact, according to the local paper, the Whitsunday Times, this area is making a push to broaden its appeal to superyacht owners by building a state-of-the-art marina.
Whitsunday, or more precisely, the Whitsunday Islands, are a group of 74 archipelagos off the coast of Queensland, AU, in close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef. As such, the islands have always been a tourist attraction. However, most guests arrive by plane, as dockage for boats, particularly large luxury motoryachts, was somewhat limited.
However, as the Times recently reported, that is all about to change, thanks to recent modifications to laws that previously barred yachts over a certain length from coming to the Whitsundays. With superyachts now welcome to visit, a plan to bring the region into the 21st century is being put forward.
According to the report, the Abell Point Marina is well placed to take advantage of increased superyacht visitation, and owner Paul Darrouzet has plans to build a state-of-the-art facility at the second basin of Bowen Harbour. “With the recent opening of the Whitsundays to superyachts and the enormous number of vessels travelling to and from Auckland for the next Americas Cup, demand for the facility will be strong,” said Darrouzet.
Darrouzet went on to say, “In addition, an urgent requirement for new and modern facilities from current boat owners is also rising and forecast to further increase as more Australians holiday in the beautiful Whitsunday region.” According to the Times, what Darrouzet is proposing will, “bring together all industry participants including Federal and State Governments, Whitsunday Regional Council, Ports North Corporation and other industry groups involved in training and skill development.
Dock Space Here at Home
If you aren’t planning a vacation voyage to Australia or New Zealand anytime soon, and you need five-star marina accommodations right here at home, you need look no further than Florida Yacht Management. FYM is proud to announce the availability of new dock spaces both in our world-class Marina Bay location, as well as 180 feet of dockage available at our newest location at the exclusive Harbor Beach in Fort Lauderdale.
Dockage Available at Marina Bay
In the first option, at our Marina Bay location, we have up to 160′ of deep-water dockage available. Prices start at $35 a foot; prices will vary, based on the size of the vessel. Features and amenities include:
- 100 Amp shore power
- 55′ Bridge clearance
- “Yacht sitting” available upon request
- Gated marina with country club amenities
- Insurance approved Hurricane Hole for select providers
- Only minutes from the airport
- Excellent sales location with great visibility
- Clubhouse with offices
- Free Wi-Fi
- Tennis courts
- Racquetball courts
- Fitness center
- Parking available
Dockage Available at Harbor Beach Dock
For yacht owners interested in the exclusive Harbor Beach Dock location, we have up to 180’ of dockage available in this luxury marina, where there are no “liveaboards” allowed. Other advantages and amenities include:
- Deepwater access
- No fixed bridges
- 100 Amp shore power
- “Yacht Sitting” available upon request
- Gated neighborhood
- Parking available
If you are interested in either of these locations, contact us now, space will be filling up fast, especially as “The Season” approaches!
Yacht Management and Dock Space
Even with our newly available spaces, finding dockage for a luxury motor yacht in South Florida remains challenging.
Did you know that one of the many advantages of signing your yacht up with our On Demand Yachting solution is gaining access to Marina Bay?
Marina Bay is located in the epicenter of Ft. Lauderdale’s yachting capital. It not only is home to some of the finest, secured slips in the area, but, it is home to the Marina Mile Yachting Center, a full-service shipyard that is staffed by some of the best marine professionals and contractors in the South Florida yachting industry.
When your yacht is docked at Marina Bay, you not only have the sense of security and pride that comes with premium dock space, you will have access to the high-caliber service network of The Yacht Center for more complicated refits, maintenance and marine supplies.
Finding dockage for a luxury motor yacht in South Florida can be challenging. On Demand yachting from FYM can help. If you would like to learn more, or if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our Yacht Management specialists, or call us at (855) 318-6328.
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