High Tech Marina Gives Boaters a Lift

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With more than 3000 miles of waterways and 48,000 registered boats in Broward County, it is no wonder the greater Fort Lauderdale area is known as the Venice of America. What is bewildering is that less than 9000 slips are available to hold these vessels. Utilizing one of the world’s most advanced stacker crane systems, robotic parking, boat concierge and serenity spa, Atlantic Marina Holdings planned new facility, The Harborage Club – Fort Lauderdale, is set to revolutionize America’s boating lifestyle.

Water, water everywhere and not a slip in sight. With more than 3000 miles of waterways and 48,000 registered boats in Broward County, it is no wonder the greater Fort Lauderdale area is known as the Venice of America. What is bewildering is that less than 9000 slips are available to hold these vessels.

When Atlantic Marina Holdings started planning to locate one of the country’s most technologically advanced marinas in Fort Lauderdale, the developers knew slip space and land with deep-water access were limited.

The answer — build vertically and build intelligently.

Utilizing one of the world’s most advanced stacker crane systems, Atlantic Marina Holdings planned new facility, The Harborage Club – Fort Lauderdale, is set to revolutionize America’s boating lifestyle.

Providing deep-water access from its 16th Street’s Seminole Canal location and just minutes from the Port Everglades Inlet in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, this hurricane resistant, climate-controlled, state-of-the-art dry storage facility will hold vessels up to 45 feet in length.

Offering a dramatic departure from traditional rack storage facilities, the building design by world-renown RTKL Architects will combine contemporary architecture with distinctive characteristics exclusive to place that are the signatures of this international firm’s designs. The RTKL portfolio includes such Florida landmarks as Miami’s Mandarin Oriental and the Ocean Club Key Biscayne.

It’s not just about the boat.

The Harborage Club will also pay meticulous attention to owners’ personal needs with a rich array of yacht club amenities available to pamper and please. Owners can swim in the rooftop infinity pool. Or they may indulge in a deep muscle massage at the serenity spa. Light snacks and beverages will be available at the poolside bar with gourmet dining in the grill and clubroom. The ship's store will be the place to shop for the very latest in nautical gear.

For more mundane tasks a business center will be available and a concierge service will be available to stock boats for an extended or day cruise. An on-site boat sales and service center will guarantee vessels will be ship shape and ready to set sail. While out on that long cruise, a professional rental management service will be available if or when an owners chooses to lease out his slip.

And if members ever decide to go home, a fully automated, robotic parking system will seamlessly deliver their vehicle to the front door.

With a projected project delivery date of late 2007, The Harborage Club — Fort Lauderdale is now accepting VIP registrations on its website, http://www.theharborageclub.com.

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