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East Coast Marina

East Coast Marina

AT MANLY BOAT HARBOUR BRISBANE

East Coast Marina – the 550-berth marina at the heart of Manly Boat Harbour, Australia’s largest small-boat harbour is perfectly located to base your cruising around the beautiful Moreton Bay.

A full range of services are available on site: motor and outboard repairs at Manly Harbour Marine; antifouling, detailing and repairs from Pronto Marine; marine electrical work and electronics with ADL Electrical; and covers and trim from Bayside Boat Canopies. You can also tune up your skills with a course at the Southern Cross School of Yachting. Not to be missed is breakfast or lunch from the Café La Mer on the waterfront deck shaded by the magnificent fig tree.

Most essentials for a boat or family can be obtained in an easy walk or ride (the marina office has courtesy bikes for customer use) to the Manly Village. Further afield, there are major shopping centres. Brisbane airport is within a twenty-minute drive.

East Coast Marina offers both floating and dry storage options for berthing. On the water, there are plenty of options for boats from 9 to 15 metres for both those passing through or looking for long-term berthing. Short-term berthing for larger craft up to 20 metres may also be arranged when available.

Dry storage is the other popular option at East Coast Marina. The first facility of its kind in the Brisbane area, the dry stack began operating in 2013 storing boats up to 10 metres in a multi-storey rack. Launch is available on demand seven days a week, between 0800 and 1530, using one of the two specially designed forklifts. The cost is included in the storage fees.

Established in 1980, East Coast Marina grew in stages to offer over 350 on-water berths. These days, the average boat is much bigger than in the early days, so the marina has now embarked on re-configurations to accommodate larger boats. The most recent changes include 39 new 13-,14- and 15m berths (reconfigured from 50 berths, 11-, 12- and 15m in size). The new berths are fully upgraded to meet current industry standards with upgraded power, and water supplies and firefighting equipment.

Sustainability is a focus point for East Coast Marina, included in the recent reconfiguration. The new berths incorporate 70% refurbished floats minimising the need to dispose of polystyrene and concrete in landfill. Rather than using rainforest hardwood, the floats are held together using composite walers extruded from 11 tonnes of recycled plastic. The need for ongoing maintenance is minimised by employing aluminium brackets and fibre-reinforced plastic thru-rods. On the dry stack roof, 298 solar panels generate enough power to provide all the marina’s needs for most of the year. 70,000 litres of rainwater can be captured and stored, supplying all the washing-down water needed on the hardstand and adjacent berths.

 

 

Published in print October-December 2021