Slips Ahoy

by Fred Klancnik, (M.ASCE), Vice President; Johnson, Johnson and Roy, Ann Arbor, MI,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1990, Vol. 60, Issue 5, Pg. 59-61

Document Type: Feature article


Klancnik discusses the markets for marina construction in the 1990s. The past decade saw a boom in the boating industry and in the design and construction of marinas. The market will remain stable in the 1990s, but probably won't grow further, he says. The main reason is that most natural harbors and other environmentally suitable sites have been developed. Capital costs for further development will increase, reducing financial benefits. Other factors affecting the market include more effective floating dock systems and wave attenuators; better and more cost-effective methods to protect harbors and shorelines; growing space requirement for berths as people increasingly buy larger boats. Increasing landside development costs for building parks, promenades, and swimming pools as marinas become centers for leisure activities; more frequent use of public-private partnerships to fund harbor infrastructure improvements; and a trend toward dockominiums, also have their effect on the marina market.

Subject Headings: Public private partnership | Water-based recreation | Environmental issues | Assets | Docks | Wave attenuation | Shoreline | Berths

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