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New Missouri marina to cater to superyachts

A new $12m marina being developed at Adelaide Pointe on Muskegon Lake in Missouri will stand out from other local facilities as it will offer berths for smaller-sized superyachts of up to 46m (150ft) in length. As such, it will be one of the very few in the state that can berth such craft.

According to a MissouriLive report, Ryan Leestma, the developer of the marina, said: “The 233-slip marina that is part of Adelaide Pointe will have several 80ft-100ft slips and one 150ft slip. The biggest slip will accommodate yachts that currently can only dock at Bay Harbor near Petoskey, or Chicago. For superyachts, this 100% definitely puts (Muskegon) on the map.”

Approval for the marina was recently granted by the Missouri Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. The marina will be part of a $250m multi-use development that will also include condominiums, a hotel, restaurant, boat sales and more.

The marina will have a 222m (730ft) x 3.65m (12ft) breakwater that will form and protect the marina. “It will be constructed off an existing peninsula on the west side of the harbour and will include a public fishing pier,” Leestma said. “The state didn’t want any rock riprap as part of the pier so it will be constructed of pilings, sheeting on the lakeside to control wave energy and a boardwalk on top.”

Completion of the marina’s construction is due by the end of 2023 with berthing of yachts starting in 2024. As part of the 233 berths, 33 will be for transient craft. Dredging for the marina will start shortly and be completed by early May. Already operating on site are boat and RV storage facilities and commercial incubator facilities.

Leestma pointed out that the 72,000 yards of dredged material will be used as fill on the 30-acre Adelaide Pointe site. Site work for roads and utilities is already underway, with the foundation of the foundry being dug out. The concrete foundation will be recycled and used as road gravel for the development. Adelaide Pointe is at the site of the former West Michigan Steel foundry.

As part of the development, the construction of a 55-unit condominium building will start this year and be completed by summer 2024 as will a multi-use building, boater services building and restaurant. Development plans also includes a $35m hotel, for which designs currently are being developed.

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