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Krabi launches into marinas

BUSINESS: From having no marinas at all, Krabi is set to jump into the yachting big league with two marinas due to open this year, one of them considerably bigger than any currently on the shores of Phang Nga Bay.

Saturday 3 September 2011, 08:59AM


From having no marinas at all, Krabi is set to jump into the yachting big league with two marinas due to open this year.

From having no marinas at all, Krabi is set to jump into the yachting big league with two marinas due to open this year.

With Phuket’s Boat Lagoon almost always full to capacity, its owners looked across the water to Krabi to increase the number of berths they could offer.

They have just announced that phase one of their Krabi Boat Lagoon will be completed in November this year.

The new marina is in the Baan Taling Chan area of Krabi. Phase one covers an area of 42 rai (out of 110 rai for the completed marina) and will have 90 wet berths, 70 hard stands and six undercover berths. The facility can take yachts up to 20 metres in length.

Berths will be offered initially to existing owners in Phuket and an on-site sales office in Krabi will open next month,” said Suriya Yongsakul, sales and marketing director for Krabi Boat Lagoon.

Facilities will include a fuel dock, a boat service centre, 24-hour security and a travel lift which can support yachts of up to fifty tonnes.

Meanwhile, phase 1 of the Port Takola marina, being built by retired Royal Thai Navy Vice Admiral Dr Suriya Na Nagara, is also expected to be commissioned later this year.

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The marina is a couple of kilometres downriver from Krabi Town on Phang Nga Bay, near the mouth of the Krabi River. When completed, it will be bigger than any of the others in the area – with 250 wet berths and 100-150 dry berths up to 35 meters.

About 10 berths for superyachts – defined in this case as yachts over 27m in length – are in the plans, though because of the amount of manoeuvring space needed by such yachts, there is a limit to the number of such berths that can reasonably be fitted into the basin.

The land for the marina has been in Dr. Suriya’s family for almost 100 years. “My grandfather, who had served as governor of many southern provinces, including Krabi and Phang Nga, retired in 1918 to develop a coconut plantation on 800 rai (128 hectares) of land he had bought across the water from Krabi Town.”

Much of that land was later converted into prawn farms, and it is these farms that are now being excavated to create the first phase of the Port Takola marina.

The design of the marina is in the hands of Simon Arrol, who was Managing Director of renowned Camper & Nicholsons Marinas for 16 years before setting up his own company, Arrol Ltd.

 

 

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