Marina Spotlights

Ocean World Marina

Bahamas/Caribbean
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By
Susan
Elnicki Wade

Smack dab in the middle of the Caribbean on the northern shore of the Dominican Republic awaits a must-visit destination. Ocean World Marina is more than just a pretty port to dock your boat. The island retreat is packed with enough amenities and activities to make you want to return over and over again.

Our location allows visitors to get a perfect rest stop for coming or going straight to Turks and Caicos, Bahamas, Puerto Rico and more, says Roberto Tejada, operations assistant at Ocean World Marina. Boats of every shape and size are welcome, as the full-service marina can accommodate catamarans, motor yachts, sailboats and vessels up to 250 feet in overall length.

You find plenty of dockage at its 354 slips (104 wet and 250 land storage). It has concrete docks, and the controlling depth in the basin is 12 feet in mean low water. New to the marina is a Travelift that can handle boats up to 70 feet long, 16 feet wide and 35 tons, and they're working on a higher lift capacity for 2019.

Life essentials are also covered: high-speed fuel station dispensers, pump out service, boat repair and Wi-Fi. Transportation to the grocery store is free, and on the grounds are a liquor store, restaurants, barbecue area and beach to keep your crew well fed and happy. Safety commands a high priority with 24/7 security staff, Navy officers on-site, and a customs and immigration office.

Ocean World Marina staff likes to delight guests by pointing them toward attractions in their quaint town of Puerto Plata. Ocean World Adventure Park, where you can experience everything from swimming with dolphins to gaming at casinos, is next door to the docks. Also near the marina: two major resorts (Lifestyle Hacienda Resort and Riu Hotel) and a pair of first-rate golf courses (Los Mangos and Playa Dorada). In town you find a kite surfing spot, a baseball stadium and a multi-sport complex that showcases soccer, volleyball, basketball, boxing and more.

Shopping at the Puerto Plata shopping center presents treasures from the islands and beyond. The Amber Museum holds the world's largest collection of creatures eternally trapped in golden stones, while San Felipe Fort and Gregorio Luperón Museum detail the island's history. The icing on the cake for cultural fun is a tour (with samples!) of the local rum and cigar factory.

Nature lovers enjoy nearby outdoor adventures such as Damajagua, with its 27 waterfalls for hiking and swimming, and Monumento Natural Loma Isabel de Torres, the Caribbean's second-tallest mountain, with trails to discover indigenous plants and wildlife. Sosúa Beach is a favorite for snorkeling, and Cabaret Beach is ideal for surfing.

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Tom Ryan, Marina Director

TOM RYAN
Marina Director
Provincetown Marina
Provincetown, MA

What in your life prepared you for a job in the marina industry?

After working in the boating industry for 20+ years and staying in several marinas while owning and working on vessels, I feel like I can anticipate the needs of boat owners and I am well-equipped to accommodate them.

 

Tell us about your experience captaining the Roseway for the World Ocean School.

My experience was life changing. Being in charge of an historic schooner vessel like Roseway taught me patience. Making a positive daily impact on the kids at World Ocean School was some of the most rewarding work I’ve ever been a part of in my life. 

Where do you like to send people for an authentic dining experience when they arrive at your marina for the first time? 

I like to send people to the Lobster Pot. It’s a Provincetown institution that’s been in operation since 1943. From its iconic neon sign to the lobster rolls — it can’t be beat!

Where is your favorite place to relax on your day off?

I would definitely say Long Point Beach is a favorite. The shuttle from MacMillan Pier drops you right in the sand. You plop your chair down and relax while watching boats exit and enter the harbor.

 

Name your top three favorite boating songs on your playlist.

“Chan Chan” by Buena Vista Social Club, because it’s just a relaxing song and it reminds me of my early days in Key West. “Second Hand News by Fleetwood Mac — this song, to me, screams summer! But if you’re out boating here in Ptown, you can’t go wrong with “Old Cape Cod by Patti Page.

If you could walk in anyone’s shoes for a day, who would it be? 

Ernest Shackleton, the great Antarctic explorer of the early 1900s. Having the courage and resolve to lead his team from certain death to safety was a remarkable and inspiring story. 

 

What is your favorite part of the day at the marina?

“The Golden Hour” – when all our guests are situated and relaxing means we’ve done our job!

 

What is the one thing that everyone should do or see in Provincetown?

This artistic town is known for its nightlife, so catching one of the many shows that are offered here is a must-see! Also, if you miss them on your way in, WHALES! The best way to see them is by jumping on one of the whale watch boats that head out daily to the feeding grounds on Stellwagen Marine Sanctuary.

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Steelpointe Harbor Marina
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Perched on a peninsula in the heart of Bridgeport, Steelpointe Harbor sits along the tranquil shores of Long Island Sound. The 2.8 million square-foot waterfront development boasts a newly constructed harborwalk lined with dining, shopping, luxury residences, and a state-of-the-art marina and service facility. 

All types of vessels up to 300’ (including wide berths for catamarans) can dock at Steelpointe Harbor Marina while steering clear of bridge passes to Long Island Sound via a 35’ channel. Built in 2019, the new marina features top-of-the-line concrete floating docks in a protected harbor with deep channel access. 

The full-service marina offers 200+ slips, storage and haul-out. Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, 30, 50 and 100 amp electric, a fuel dock and boater’s lounge. Repairs, painting and refurbishing services are available at Bridgeport Boatworks located across the harbor. 

Walk right off your boat to enjoy a delicious dinner on-site at the award-winning BOCA Oyster Bar that serves fresh Atlantic and Pacific oysters and traditional New England cuisine. Experience outdoor waterside dining and live music throughout the season.

“Enjoying a sunset dinner on the patio at BOCA while watching the ferry cruise in and out of the harbor is a must-do,” says Dockmaster Robert De Nigris.

“We’re committed to providing you with everything you need from dockage, repairs and fuel to local restaurants, shopping and entertainment — so you will not be disappointed here.”  

Venture into town across the bridge for local provisions, retail, attractions and venues such as Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater and Total Mortgage Arena, home of the New York Islanders hockey team. For traditional Italian cuisine, check out Ralph –n– Rich’s famous “Sunday Sauce” or Trattoria ‘A Vucchella’s wood oven pizza. 

Just a few miles from the marina, you can enjoy lovely parks and greenery such as the state’s largest zoo, Connecticut’s Beardsley Park Zoo to the north, and Seaside Park’s beaches to the south. 

Be sure to catch popular events and festivals such as the Steelpointe Yacht & Charter Show in June and the Sound on Sound Music Festival in September with headlining acts including Stevie Nicks, Dave Matthews Band, The Lumineers and Brandi Carlile. 

The marina plans to add more amenities such as airport and event shuttle service, as well as developing 420 units in a new residential area. Stay tuned for updates at bldsteelpointe.com

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Kingman Yacht Center
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MILES OF LUSH FOLIAGE, hiking trails and stunning Cape Cod views make up the tranquil scene at Kingman Yacht Center.

Kingman Yacht Center - spotlight - marinalife
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This New England gem is an historic property and community along the northeast corner of Buzzards Bay. The spacious, full-service marina boasts 235 slips in renovated floating docks, as well as 130 moorings. That's room for 365 boats one for every day of the year!With easy access through the seven-mile canal, this destination is ideal for boaters looking for a calm, rural escape. Established in 1932, the site was originally a boat-building center for the U.S. Army, Navy and aircraft rescue boats during military conflicts such as the Korean War.

The Kingman family ran this location until they sold it to current owner Scott Zeien in 2000. "It became a recreational marina in the 50s. I grew up sailing here, and it really hasn't changed much in terms of the personality and the harbor," says Zeien. Our premier boatyard is a community of boaters enjoying one of the most beautiful natural harbors in New England.This retreat is centrally focused around two brands that make KYC: Kingman Yacht Center and Kingman Yacht Club, a thriving marina, service and sales facility, as well as social club where transients and members can enjoy exclusive benefits. Poised on a hilltop overlooking the marina, Red Brook Harbor Club townhomes span a luxury community alongside aquaculture farming and a water treatment plant that filters pollution out of local waterways.

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Courtesy of Kingman Yacht Center

KYC's on-site service center offers anything a boater could imagine such as repair, repower, electrical and more. Marina amenities include gas and diesel, laundry, yacht valet services, plus dock and dine. Check out Buzzards Bay Yacht Sales boat dealer and yacht brokerage for convenient, top-of-the-line vessels.

The marina's famous Chart Room Restaurant serves fresh seafood garnished with beautiful sunsets from spring to fall. Try everything from fresh steamed mussels and seasonal fish to the creamy Chart Room Chowder.

From May to October, KYC hosts weekly on-site activities, cruising rendezvous and events such as seminars, live music on the barge, fishing tournaments, lobster boil dinners and much more.

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