Supplier helps complete Nova Scotia marina

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Ben Eoin Marina, a non-profit Nova Scotia marina that was in planning and construction for four years during a collaborative effort with Structurmarine, sold out immediately after its opening.

“We had little or no experience” with marina planning, Ben Eoin Marina chairman and president Robert Sampson said in a statement. “We needed to find partners who could be trusted to provide the best advice and the lowest cost. Structuremarine understood this and worked hard to get the marina done on time and within budget. They played a significant role in helping us achieve our goals.”

Ben Eoin Marina is on Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island on Bras D’Or Lake, the world’s largest inland saltwater body.

The marina basin encompasses about 4 acres of the 14-acre facility. The marina has 82 berths with 72 leased seasonally to international boaters who come to visit the area’s protected coves and views. It accommodates boats between 30 and 60 feet.

The floating docks are designed to stay in the water year-round and withstand 75-mph winds at full occupancy. Originally the plan called for traditional wood decks because "we simply assumed we could not afford an alternative system," Sampson said. After collaborating with Structurmarine, planners opted for composite wood decking.

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