Hornaday notes that repair facilities are moving farther west, along the Dania Cutoff Canal.The canal was built as a shortcut between the serpentine western reaches of the New River and Port Everglades.“Then they took it up to Jensen Beach (in Martin County) and every year it’s growing—somewhere close to 100 boats at the last tournament,” he says.
It is the largest boatyard in the country, located on 60 acres along the New River near Interstate 95. The emphasis on mega yachts at such convenient locations as Bahia Mar and neighboring Pier Sixty-Six on the Intracoastal Waterway—both a quick voyage to the busy Port Everglades Inlet—does not sit well with everybody, especially owners of smaller boats.
Among them is Paul De Bold, a certified marine surveyor and long-time boating enthusiast. “Docks for the 50-foot boat are being ripped out to build what can take 150 feet.
And along Florida’s east coast, there is more than just water involved.
In assessing the quality of local marinas, one must consider not just the location, but the variables of the assessor, and more specifically, the boat one drives, and where one drives it.
It has miles of waterways; immediate access to the ocean from the protected inland waterways; the sport fishing is some of the best in the world; it has a host of activities and services for yachts and crew; it is close to the Caribbean and the depth is capable of handling superyachts, especially since the Intracoastal Waterway is being dredged to a 17-foot depth.