The Makeover of Bayshore Marina: A Re-Decking Project
July 10, 2020
Located in Newport Beach, California, Bayshore Marina has recently completed a major renovation resulting in a more environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing experience for their clients and the surrounding community.
The private marina contains 134 boat slips ranging from 20’ to 83’ and is situated directly in Newport Harbor’s main channel. The recent renovation was primarily cosmetic, replacing its dulling pressure treated Douglas Fir decking with 52,000 lineal feet of new IPE decking, but structural updates were also made as a part of the scope of work.
Bellingham Marine led the project beginning in early February 2020, and it was completed on an expedited schedule with minimal impact to boaters, as the marina remained open for use throughout the five-month makeover. The project utilized a phased approach to re-decking beginning at the fingers, with two separate crews working on the main head walk and progressing from the end ties inward allowing for an accelerated completion of the renovation.
Although treated wood decking has been standard in marina construction for years, the use of Brazilian hardwood was the obvious choice when selecting a replacement that would provide a smaller environmental footprint with a stunning visual appeal. Known for its uniform texture and durability along with its warm, red tones, IPE offers additional benefits as it is naturally rot and insect resistant and allows the material to be installed without chemical and preservative pressure-treatments, providing even greater environmental advantages over chemically treated wood. IPE has a low heat retention rate – dispersing absorbed heat at a faster rate than materials such as composite. This is particularly convenient for application in the hot summer months in California, allowing boaters a more controlled and consistent environment within the marina. The new decking requires minimal maintenance and the material ages and weathers over time producing a pleasant sun-bleached silver appearance.
In addition to the re-decking, other new visually appealing elements were incorporated including updated fendering, power center covers, meter covers, hose racks and fiberglass dock boxes with removable tray inserts. Other non-aesthetic improvements fitted by Bellingham Marine added additional flotation allowing the addition of proper freeboard to the structure and improvements to low points that existed in the docks prior to renovation. Double pile guides were fabricated to correct and stabilize the uneven fingers, and the project replaced an additional 30 pile frames and installed supplementary rollers to the structure.
Customers of the new marina will enjoy the improved aesthetics of the renovation while benefiting from functional upgrades whenever setting out for a day trip or an extended cruise. The increased curb appeal of the project adds to the overall appearance of the main channel, and its location, environmentally friendly construction, and durability assure that Bayshore Marina will be the preferred marina for yacht and duffy owners both now and for many years to come.