The publically owned facility is internationally recognised as one of the largest marinas in the southern hemisphere, highly valued for its quality facilities and a unique proximity to the CBD and to world class marine suppliers and service people.
As one of a number of projects in the pipeline to preserve this status, the Y Pier development sees another 66 berths added to the waterspace in the eastern part of the marina.
Berths on the new pier range from 14m to 20m in length in response to a growing demand to accommodate larger vessels and multi-hulls such as catamarans.
The $4 million project was delivered by a US headquarter based company, Bellingham Marine, and bought the addition of a fuel jetty, improved dinghy storage and new access to the pile moorings currently located in the north of the marina.
Design features in the new pontoon include a proven system for wave attenuation and two New Zealand firsts, a composite connection system to bind together the different parts of the pier itself and underwater lighting as the new pier becomes the eastern bookend for the marina facing the city.
Lighting is a notable addition and acknowledges that the marina is more than just a facility for boat owners but is also a visual asset for the city as a whole, and an integral part of Auckland’s identity as the City of Sails.