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Triton networks with Marina Bay Marina Jan. 7

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Date(s) - Jan 7, 2015
06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

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Start your new year with business contacts and friends at Triton networking with Marina Bay Marina on Wednesday, Jan. 7, from 6-8 p.m. Marina Bay is located on the New River in Ft. Lauderdale just west of I-95. We’ll gather at the clubhouse and pool deck of the marina and apartment complex and all yacht captains, crew and industry professionals are welcome to join us, no RSVP required.

Until then learn more about the marina from Jason Taplin.

Q. What should captains and crew know about Marina Bay Marina?

The deepwater marina at Marina Bay Resort has 168 slips on floating docks for yachts up to 150 feet. We’re located 4.2 miles up the New River, west of the I-95 Bridge. The water in the marina is deep, about 40 feet in many areas.

The docks are 10-foot-wide floating docks and the east side of the marina has six rows of floating finger docks. The slips are 24 feet wide with a row of side-to dockage. The west side of the marina has two rows of finger docks (also with slips that are 24 feet wide) and 18 side-to floating docks up to 168 feet long. Power in the marina is 50 amp and 100 amp, 3-phase service. A gated community surrounds the marina so access to the docks is well controlled and there is 24-hour security.

Q. Any tricks to navigating in? What do you advise captains making that trip for the first time?

Consult your charts, and try to come under the I-95 bridge during slack water.

Q. There is an interesting history to the place, tell us more.

In the 1970s and ’80s, Marina Bay was frequented by the rich and famous with Alfred Bloomingdale and Bill McComas heading a private club. The club roster had about 6,000 names and included Bob Hope, Ronald Reagan, Burt Reynolds, Paul Newman, Kenny Rogers and Evil Knievel. The resort featured 40 floating houseboat hotel rooms, including the ones that were seen on the TV series Flipper.

It was quite the hot spot in Ft. Lauderdale for many, many years but a lot of people don’t know that the marina was a quarry first. This basin was where the rock came from for the building of I-95. That’s the reason our marina is so deep.

Q. What happened to the houseboats?

Many of the houseboats were privately owned and sold. Some are still in the Florida Keys and a couple went to Miami. Hurricane Wilma took out the rest.

Q: Can marina guests use the pool and other amenities?

Yes, Marina Bay and The Falls at Marina Bay are part of the same development. All marina guests, captains and crew have access to all of the resort-like amenities. The 10,000-square-foot clubhouse has a pool, hot tub, fitness center, sauna, computer cafe, movie theater, lounge with complimentary Barnie’s coffee, Vita exercise course, tennis and racquetball courts, billiard room, wi-fi and the daily newspaper. There is also the Rendezvous Bar and Grill which has indoor and an outdoor seating and a patio bar. We’re also pet friendly.

Q: What kind of clients do you have in the marina?

We cater to a wide range of boaters and to yacht brokers. Captains and crew love it because of our amenity package and Rendezvous. We also have quite a few brokers who keep listings with us because of the location and security.

What’s special about the marina?

The amenities are great; you have it all here. We are in the middle of the best boat yards in the area, which makes it a great place to stage the boat before and after having work done.

Q. How are the slips managed?

The marina has several options including transient, one month, three-plus months and annual rates. We do allow live aboard and pets. Contact Marina Bay at +1 954-240-0605 for the dock master or the marina office at +1 954-791-7600 for slip reservations.

Q. Anything coming up for the new year?

We have new construction plans for a Tryp Maritime Hotel by Wyndham to break ground early this year. The Tryp Hotel is a European line that is new to the United States and we added a maritime version.

It will be built and run by The Falls at Marina Bay and will very much be a maritime hotel. It will be dedicated to the maritime community with captain and crew accommodations and meeting rooms. Guests can also use the clubhouse. It will be located on our property and scheduled for completion in 2016.

For more details, visit To arrive by land, it is on the northwest corner of I-95 and State Road 84. Take State Road west of I-95, turn at the first right at the base of the overpass. The address is 2525 Marina Bay Dr W, Ft. Lauderdale (33312) and phone is +1 954- 791-7600.

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