USA.Marina del Rey Marina sets new precedent in marina construction as the first marina in the U.S. to be built with FRP walers and thru-rodsí

Friday, 19 May 2017

Extend the Life of Your Marina and reduce maintenance costs with one simple Beakthrough

Fiberglass-reinforced pultruded plastic (FRP) components replace steel thru-rods and timber walers on concrete floating docks.

Marina del Rey Marina sets new precedent in marina construction as the first marina in the U.S. to be built with FRP walers and thru-rods’

 Two common challenges encountered when building in an aquatic environment are decomposition and concerns over ecological impact. The unforgiving conditions of a marine habitat accelerate corrosion and decay, creating a hefty economic burden on marinas.

One such concern is the environmental effect on treated lumber that is typical of a continuous waler connected dock system. Even treated wood can deteriorate when subjected to aquatic conditions. Until now, the only professionally engineered option has been to use treated lumber and to live with the reality of limited life span. Not being satisfied with that answer, Bellingham Marine set out to find a better solution.

Thanks to material advancements and years of dedicated research & development, the revolutionary FRP waler recently made a debut in the U.S. market. The FRP waler coupled with FRP thru-rods provides a product with a virtually unlimited design life, further enhancing the longevity associated with the construction of concrete floating docks.

Marina del Rey Marina in California is the first U.S. marina outfitted with FRP walers and FRP thru-rods. This revolutionary breakthrough means that the marina will… Require less maintenance

Enjoy a longer service life

Never rust or decay

Eliminate any concerns that may arise over use of treated lumber

“We are excited about the potential of these new FRP products; they are stronger and longer lasting than traditional materials,” shared Everett Babbitt, President and CEO of Bellingham Marine. “The availability of these new products will have a tremendous impact for our clients in both maintenance and life cycle cost.”

Bellingham Marine was contracted to serve as the design/build general contractor on the ambitious 5-year reconstruction of the Marina del Rey Marina in Marina del Rey, California. The first phase, which included rebuilding 61 of the marina’s slips, was completed in April.

About Bellingham Marine:
As the world's leading marina design-build construction company, Bellingham Marine specializes in floating dock, floating platform and floating wave attenuation systems for marinas worldwide. The company also produces dry storage systems for the upland storage of boats.:
Roxie Comstock, Manager of Business Enhancement
Bellingham Marine

On behalf of the 2017 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race organizers and competitors, a donation of $1,500 will be presented to SSA at the organization’s annual luncheon in Port Huron, Friday, July 21. (Funds raised by Set Sail for Autism benefit the Judson Center Autism Connections.)

Race Chair Tricia Smotherman says an effort also is underway to recruit boat owners to provide the opportunity for young autistic adults and their chaperones to help deliver boats back to Port Huron from Mackinac Island after the Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race

“We’ve been supporting SSA for five years,” said Smotherman. “It’s important for sailors to give back, and we see this as a great opportunity to share the sailing experience in a managed environment. We’re also delighted to add our support of Alliance for the Great Lakes this year. This is a new partnership for us.” 

Smotherman explained that while there are many groups focused on the oceans, such as Sailors for the Sea, her group wanted to focus similar efforts on the Great Lakes. “After doing research and consulting with Bell’s Brewery President and Founder Larry Bell, who is acutely aware of fresh water issues, we decided to support the Alliance for the Great Lakes.”

Headquartered in Chicago, the Alliance for the Great Lakes has staff located across the Great Lakes region and in offices in Muskegon and Detroit, Michigan. The organization supports tens of thousands of people to protect the lakes across the region; partners with local leaders to restore land and protect clean water for communities; and advocates for policies that restore the lakes for all and protect them from lasting harm.

Smotherman said $1,500 also will be donate to Alliance for the Great Lakes on behalf of the 2017 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race.

Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Quicklinks:
More About Bayview Yacht Club

Bayview Yacht Club, founded in 1915, is widely regarded as the premier sailing club in Michigan and the Midwest.  Located on the Detroit River near the mouth of Lake St. Clair, it has been hosting the Bayview Mackinac Race since 1925 and has more than 1,000 members.  For more information: www.byc.com.

About Bellingham Marine:
As the world's leading marina design-build construction company, Bellingham Marine specializes in floating dock, floating platform and floating wave attenuation systems for marinas worldwide. The company also produces dry storage systems for the upland storage of boats.

For further information please contact:
Roxie Comstock, Manager of Business Enhancement
Bellingham Marine
Tel: 360-676-2800
bmi@bellingham-marine.com

On behalf of the 2017 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race organizers and competitors, a donation of $1,500 will be presented to SSA at the organization’s annual luncheon in Port Huron, Friday, July 21. (Funds raised by Set Sail for Autism benefit the Judson Center Autism Connections.)

Race Chair Tricia Smotherman says an effort also is underway to recruit boat owners to provide the opportunity for young autistic adults and their chaperones to help deliver boats back to Port Huron from Mackinac Island after the Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race

“We’ve been supporting SSA for five years,” said Smotherman. “It’s important for sailors to give back, and we see this as a great opportunity to share the sailing experience in a managed environment. We’re also delighted to add our support of Alliance for the Great Lakes this year. This is a new partnership for us.” 

Smotherman explained that while there are many groups focused on the oceans, such as Sailors for the Sea, her group wanted to focus similar efforts on the Great Lakes. “After doing research and consulting with Bell’s Brewery President and Founder Larry Bell, who is acutely aware of fresh water issues, we decided to support the Alliance for the Great Lakes.”

Headquartered in Chicago, the Alliance for the Great Lakes has staff located across the Great Lakes region and in offices in Muskegon and Detroit, Michigan. The organization supports tens of thousands of people to protect the lakes across the region; partners with local leaders to restore land and protect clean water for communities; and advocates for policies that restore the lakes for all and protect them from lasting harm.

Smotherman said $1,500 also will be donate to Alliance for the Great Lakes on behalf of the 2017 Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race.

Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Quicklinks:
More About Bayview Yacht Club

Bayview Yacht Club, founded in 1915, is widely regarded as the premier sailing club in Michigan and the Midwest.  Located on the Detroit River near the mouth of Lake St. Clair, it has been hosting the Bayview Mackinac Race since 1925 and has more than 1,000 members.  For more information: www.byc.com.

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