Renovations and upgrades to the iconic Pier 66 Marina are on schedule to be completed prior to the Oct. 30-Nov. 3 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, for which the marina will serve as the event's seventh and newest site.
The initial phase of the first renovation since the yachting center's launch more than five decades ago is complete and fully occupied, according to a statement from Show Management, which manages and produces the show. Active Interest Media owns Show Management and Soundings Trade Only.
"The contractors working on this project bring years of marina construction experience and will deliver a state-of-the-art final product on schedule," Kevin Quirk, vice president of marinas for LXR Luxury Marinas, which operates the marina, said in a statement. "The first phase of the project was delivered on time and we anticipate the same for the final phase of construction."
The second phase, which includes the yacht basin and face dock, is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 20. The first yachts to arrive at the new marina will be those to be displayed during the boat show, and they will begin to move in on Oct. 27.
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.
Exhibitors scheduled to be at the new location include Robert J. Cury & Associates; Woods & Associates Yacht Brokerage; Burger Boat Co.; Chamberlain Yachts; Fraser Yachts; Caterpillar Inc.; Talbot Freeman; International Yacht Collection; Merle Woods & Associates; and Edmiston & Co.
The new marina will accommodate 16 superyachts as large as 150 feet, up from six prior to the redesign, and it has the deep-water capacity to accept yachts in excess of 300 feet.
Entering its 55th year, the Fort Lauderdale show, the largest in-water boat show in the world, will attract an international audience of thousands of marine enthusiasts to the "Yachting Capital of the World" to experience the single best showcase of marine products and accessories in the world. From astonishing superyachts to fishing boats, runabouts and boats for every budget, the show delivers the excitement of boating for any lifestyle.
The show's seven locations are connected by a convenient land and water transportation network offering several parking and transportation options to get show-goers to the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel & Yachting Center, the Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Municipal Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Sails Marina, Pier 66 Marina and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.