By David Robinson

A new multi-million dollar ‘dockominium’ marina project called Harbour Twenty-Six, the first in South Florida, is under development in Ft Lauderdale and due for completion in the spring of 2016. The facility will offer 26 covered superyacht berths from 24m-52m (80ft-170ft).

The Harbour Twenty-Six site is on the New River and conveniently located directly opposite the Lauderdale Marine Center. The site was previously home to Summerfield Boat Works, which then became Pier 17 with plans for a similar development that was derailed during the financial downturn.

“Through a contact on another project we were working on we got to hear about the Pier 17 site and having looked at we decided to take it on,” says Nathan Cox, CEO of Battle Plan Capital, the Alabama-based company supporting Harbour Twenty-Six.

“We took on the Pier 17 plans but adapted them to change the focus from the owners to the captains and crew. We did not think that owners would want to use their berths as a social entertainment location. We will include a full club house for the captains and crew, including pool, sports and food and drink facilities with 24 hour security.”

The 26 berths include:

– two at 170ft x 40ft (US$3m)

– two at 140ft x 35ft costs (US$2.4m)

– two at 130ft x 35ft costs (US$2m)

– 16 at 120ft x 35ft costs (US$1.8m)

Each covered berth comprises a high quality two-storey building that includes an enclosed garage, storage and parking.

“We have all the planning consents and hope to start construction about the end of April or early May and the build time will be 10 months,” Cox told SB. “We have already sold six or seven berths and by the end of May we hope to have sold about 20.”

The berths are being marketed by Kit Denison at Denison Yacht Sales and Richard Graves at Promarine Realty.

The whole facility is being managed by US Marinas, a US-Brazilian marina management, owning and consultancy business headed by Jim Bronstein.

US Marinas currently operates the 50-berth Palm Bay Marina in Florida.