Making more of marina space

East Coast drystack

Last week, Nicole Stewart and I were lucky enough to get a tour of the new 240-berth drystack facility at East Coast Marina, Manly Boat Harbour, Brisbane – the largest boat harbour facility in the Southern Hemisphere.

Marina manager, Steve Newbury gave us a tour of the facility which is 80% full and filling up.  The drystack storage accommodates vessels up to 10m, perfectly complementing the 365 wet slips also on offer.

This is an industry-leading approach to boat storage, given the trend towards larger boats and Australia’s push to attract superyachts to our waters. Drystack storage frees up on water space to allow marinas to create the larger berths required to accommodate the migrating southern fleet and visiting superyachts, and enjoy the added revenue they bring.

East Coast Marina is a vibrant boating hub. Its coffee shop, car park and gardens all combine to make it a real gem, whether for boating or visiting for a casual coffee or lunch.

The drystack walls have a unique architectural finish that catches the eye and breaks up the weather without giving the totally boxed in look to the property.

Storage rates include unlimited lift in and lift out, hull wash down and engine flush after each use and complimentary use of maintenance cradles for occasional maintenance. For the client, drystack storage means more security, less maintenance and no hassle of trailer launching and retrieval.

East Coast Marina was the first marina in Queensland to gain full Clean Marina Status in 2006 and with the new drystack storage facility, this continues the marina’s commitment to an innovative, cutting-edge environmental approach.

East Coast Marina’s focus is on reducing our environmental footprint in the most sustainable model possible. They harvest rain-water for boat washing, motor flushing and landscape irrigation. Sewerage pump out and disposal, and grey water recovery and treatment systems are also provided.

There is a video of the site at: http://www.eastcoastmarina.com.au

John Hogan

John Hogan