By Dorie Cox
Hall of Fame Marina, which became Fort Lauderdale’s first designated “Clean Marina” in 2002, has expanded its reach this year. Although difficult to discern during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the new docks at the Westrec facility are integrated into this year’s layout.
“We removed 400 feet of wooden docks and replaced them with 600 feet of concrete Bellingham Marine docks,” said marina manager Scott Salomon.
Now able to accommodate five yachts up to 170 feet in length, the new docks extend the facility’s footprint further out toward the Intracoastal Waterway than previously, as seen in the photo above.
One slip runs from north to south and four slips run from east to west with 155-foot lengths and 10 feet of width. The north dock can hold a vessel to 135 feet, while the south docks have 20 slips for vessels up to 65 feet.
All of this growth was spurred by double the former number of requests for services for larger yachts, according to Salomon, who has held his current position since 2001.
“Larger and wider slips with more power have been in high demand,” Salomon said. “We listened to our captains and owners and moved forward to fill the market need for these larger vessels. Electrical power has been upgraded on the property with two stations of 240v single-phase, two stations of 208v 3-phase, and two stations of 480v 3-phase.
Assistant marina manager Brandon Schielke joined the team a few months ago. He has lived in South Florida nearly 30 years and is a skilled boat handler who worked with TowBoat US for seven years. Previously, he worked with Rybovich for more than two years and was a harbor master at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale.
Also on board is office manager Nicole Halliwell, who began her career in boating about 30 years ago. Originally she worked on yachts in transit and also worked as a logistics coordinator.
Dorie Cox is editor of Triton Today. Comments are welcome below.