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California USA Marina & Boatyard Study Tour: Final reminder

by Vijaya Selvaraj (MIA) 25 Nov 2019 13:19 PST 15-18 June 2020
2017 USA Study Tour © Marina Industries Association

The Marina Industries Association (MIA) is proud to announce its fourth international study tour to California, one of the five largest marina industry states in the US.

This study tour is organised by MIA and is endorsed by the Global Marina Institute and hosted by local marina experts. This study tour will be for three and half days visiting a selection of state-of-the-art facilities that are privately-owned, family-owned and managed by the government.

This tour, hosted by local marina experts and managed by MIA, will provide for high-quality learning, best profit ideas, business development strategies, and networking benefits for participating marina personnel.

2017 USA Study Tour Feedback

Darren Finkelstein formerly from Wyndham Harbour (AUS) -- What an inspirational and highly educational experience, to which I'd recommend to everyone in the industry. This is professional development at its finest.

Andrew Garland, Camper & Nicholsons Marinas (UK) - Really well planned, organised & tailored to demonstrate the difference between a wide range of marinas & boatyards/drystack facilities, from small/basic successful marinas through to state of the art facilities. Extremely useful & thought-provoking for improving our own services & facilities

Paal Janson, Dun Laoghaire Marina (Ireland)- The change to get an in-depth insight into marina operations and management of both employees and industry experts is of enormous benefit to my company's development and future success.

(Pre-tour activity not included in tour cost)

The San Diego's International Boat Show is southern California's premier summer boating event. Fly in to enjoy the boat show before joining our tour. The boat show is from 11 -14 June 2020.

Day 0: 14 June(Last day of San Diego Boat Show)
Please note accommodation is not provided. Please book your hotel, ideally at the meeting point Doubletree Hilton San Diego or at a hotel nearby.

Day 1: (15 June)
Depart meeting point (Doubletree Hilton San Diego) by bus to visit marinas and boatyards in the San Diego area. Learn from the latest innovations in marina infrastructure and management straight from the marina manager.

Day 2: (16 June)
Check out of hotel and depart meeting point (Doubletree Hilton San Diego) and spend one day visiting four/five fantastic facilities in Dana Point and Newport and make our way to San Pedro for next day's visit. Check in to hotels nearby meeting point Doubletree Hilton San Pedro for next day's tour.

Day 3: (17 June)
Depart meeting point (Doubletree Hilton San Pedro) Visit the best marinas & boatyards in Long Beach & Torrance offering the most diverse infrastructure

Day 4: half day (18 June)
Depart meeting point (Doubletree Hilton San Pedro) and visit the premier waterfront playground of Los Angeles., Marina Del Ray, North America's largest man-made small-craft harbour. Bus journey to Los Angeles Airport after the tour.

Marinas on Tour

Day 1 Marinas and Boatyards

Marine Group Boat Works

  • Is family-owned, full-service boat and superyacht refit and repair facility specialising in boats up to 220 feet long.

  • Marine Group Boat Works is recognised worldwide for its 665-ton travelift, making it the premiere San Diego superyacht refit facility for the West Coast. Since their expansion, Marine Group Boat Works formed a Superyacht division and a New Construction division. The Superyacht division offers clients their own office space, concierge service, parking and other high-class amenities.

Pier 32 Marina

Located on San Diego Bay, at the mouth of Sweetwater Channel, our location is six miles south of downtown San Diego. Pier 32 Marina is San Diego's finest marina. Tenants enjoy first-class boater amenities and state-of-the-art marina facilities.

  • One of a kind sport fisher slips, also known as "Isen Glass Row" sets Pier 32 Marina in a class of its own.

  • A 345 square foot living room is available for their boaters and their enjoyment. 168 square feet stocked with all new front load washers and dryers.

Sunroad Resort Marina

It is a safe harbour for boaters and their families who appreciate a quality lifestyle, superior customer care and attention to detail.

  • It has over 600 boat slips ranging in length from 30 feet to 65 feet and end ties up to 120'.
  • Boat dock services include electrical hookups, satellite television, free wireless internet, fresh water service, and a waste pump-out station.

  • The docks are access card controlled and security patrols parking lots and grounds. There is a newly renovated pool and spa area, recreational area with barbecues, health club and delicatessen.

Nielsen Beaumont Marine Inc

Nielsen Beaumont Marine has been in business since 1979, In 2011, a complete remodeling transformed the boatyard into one of America's most modern and environmentally advanced facilities.

  • "Green" facility that minimises any contamination both onshore and in the bay. New facility includes a closed-loop recycling system for all hydro-wash wastewater as well as the capture and treating all stormwater - resulting in a zero discharge facility.

  • New 75 ton Marine Travelift
  • In 2015, San Diego coastkeeper honoured Nielsen Beaumont with its prestigious "Coastal Champions" Award.

Day 2 Marinas and Boatyards

Dana Point Shipyard

Dana Point Shipyard is a family owned and operated repair facility that has been in the business of hauling and repairing vessels since 1967.

  • Dana Point Shipyard is one of the first Boatyards in California to earn the prestigious ABBRA "California Clean Maritime Facility Certification
  • For the do-it-yourself boaters, they offer 24/7 accommodations.
  • They have a 85 ton Straddle Carrier
  • They also launched into marine construction since 1982 named Anchor Marine

Dana Point Marina

Located in the East Basin of Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point Marina is a full-service boating facility, protected by Double Breakwaters. All the slips are only 5 minutes from open ocean and 32 miles from Santa Catalina Island.

  • It has a rugged natural anchorage
  • Offering 1,428 slips from 21' to 85'
  • Dana Point Marina Company has been serving active boaters for over 45 years

Balboa Bay Club

Balboa Bay Club is the premier members-only gathering place of modern luxury and activity. Newport Beach's largest private marina. Balboa Bay Marina offers 130 slips ranging from 20 to 100 feet in length

  • Expansive fitness centre, luxury amenities and a full-service spa, waterfront pools and private beach
  • Allows members to dock and have direct access to their boat, recreation, and special events, all in the same ideal location.

  • The club provides 14 meeting and boardrooms. The club has three pools. The original pool that was a fixture in the centre of the club from its onset is still in place today is now surrounded by the club's hotel.

Newport Harbor Shipyard

Newport Harbor Shipyard features state-of-the-art facilities and a staff highly skilled in the maintenance, repair and restoration of yachts.

  • Established in 1981, NHS is a full-service yacht service facility
  • Lift capacity up to 90 tons and the capacity to service yachts up 50 meters or 150'. They also have 408 V 3 phase shore power.

  • The shipyard has completed work on more than 150 yachts with projects ranging in scope from annual maintenance to custom projects including the design and build of a tender for a large megayacht.

Lido Yacht Anchorage

Bellport's Lido Yacht Anchorage is home to the largest slips in Newport Harbor, with capacity to accommodate vessels up to 135' in length. They are also home to Southern California's only Drystack Boat Storage facility on the water with capacity for boats over 40 feet.

  • Lido Yacht Anchorage and Drystack recently completed a renovation, the new docks feature a specially engineering southern yellow pine deck enhanced with a moisture inhibitor to extend the dock's service life.

  • Lido Yacht Anchorage utilises the latest in reservation technology that allows the boater to schedule the use of his boat from the convenience of his mobile devices. The mobile app is free to their customers

Day 3 Marinas and Boatyards

Long Beach Shoreline Marina

Run by the City of Long Beach, the Shoreline (Downtown) Marina opened in 1982 and features 1,624 slips for recreational boaters.

  • The facilities at Shoreline Marina include boat slips ranging from 25' to 90'; side tie dock space to 160'; new concrete floating piers and piers with electric boat lifts.

  • offer staffed fuel dock operations, featuring gas and diesel pumps, pump-out stations; lockable dock boxes;
  • security access to gangways; courtesy dock phones; on-site oil recycling; and 24-hour security patrols.

Alamitos Bay Marina

The Alamitos Bay Marina was the first Long Beach marina. It was opened in the 1950s in east Long Beach, and has 1646 slips, making it the largest of the three city-owned marinas in Long Beach. Alamitos recently went through a major $105 million renovation and boasts a state-of-the-art facility.

  • It has new concrete floats, rounded slip fingers, ADA accessible gangways and in-slip pump-out systems.

    • The slip mix and layout was established to account for future demand
    • The Alamitos Bay Marina has both public and privately controlled slips.
    • The largest slips in the marina ranges from 40'-120'.

    King Harbor Marina

    King Harbor Marina is the largest privately owned marina from Marina Del Rey to Newport Beach.

    • Received the 2018 Clean California Marina designation from the California Clean Marinas Program.
    • Tenant lounges, laundry rooms, mailboxes, restrooms, and beautiful shower facilities, Land lockers, dinghy racks, secured parking
    • King Harbor Marina Centre offers full-service boat repair and a marine hardware store, fuelling dock and Pump-out station services

    Cabrillo Way Marina

    Cabrillo's convenient location near open water offers the shortest route to LA entrance/Angels Gate, and the quickest run to Catalina Island.

    • Cabrillo Way has 375 dry boat storage spaces, in addition to 695 wet slips for boats 28' to 130'.

    • Their facility is safe and secure, with helpful, friendly staff available seven days a week with ample parking and plenty of convenient amenities on-site or nearby.

    Day 4 Marinas and Boatyards

    Marina Del Rey Boat Yard

    The Boat Yard renovations are were completed recently. Improvements include new slips, new haul-out ways with a 28 foot beam, a new 100-ton Marine Travelift, private enclosed garages and storage lockers, new boater restroom facilities with showers and laundry room, and a state of the art environmental clarifier system.

    They have a 100-Ton, 60-Ton Marine and a 35-Ton Marine Travelif and a 20-Ton Mobile Boom Crane

    Marina Del Ray Marina

    The harbour at the heart of the community of Marina del Rey is a splendid example of a successful Army Corps of Engineers project; funded and planned cooperatively by the Federal government, Los Angeles County, and private developers, it is the largest man-made marina in North America, with over 4,600 boat slips.

    Anchorage 47

    L.A. County Department of Beaches and Harbors (DBH) manages the slip rentals for Anchorage 47, located at the west end of Mindanao Way, next to Burton Chace Park (G basin). Anchorage 47 currently has 253 single berth slips, and 11 end-ties, in sizes 45.5' to 86'. It spent $15.5 million on improvements to the marina in 2015.

    • Paver promenade with LED lighting
    • Upgraded utilities
    • Unifloat concrete floating docks

    Wayfarer Marina

    Wayfarer luxury apartments in Marina del Rey offers access to the beautiful marina and private boat slips ideally located and easy to get to from the city.

    Sophisticated Boater's Lounge — luxurious living room inspired environment features a 59" big screen HDTV with cable and music channels, Blu-Ray player, computer workstations, Wi-Fi, all-in-one printer, and lend/lease library consisting of books, movies, maps, games. and 24 hour emergency facility maintenance.

    Marina City Club

    • Recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation with 302 newly built slips. Slip sizes range from 25 to 115 feet.

    • The Marina City Club offers fitness equipment, classes, racquetball courts and pool/spa facilities


    MIA members: AUD$3,300 per person
    Non Members: AUD$4,400 per person
    Spouse/Partner Rate: Bring along your partner or spouse to enjoy the sites of California for AUD$550

    Tour includes: Return transport from hotel to all marinas. Commentary by CMM or similar industry specialist on all days. Four breakfast and four lunch on all tour days and two dinners. Marina tour booklet.
    Not included: accommodation, air fares and airport pickup and Day 2 dinner.


    Click here to register or please email Vijaya Selvaraj with the following information on the participant(s):

    1) Full name
    2) Date of Birth
    3) Title/Position
    4) Mobile Contact Number
    5) Company email address

    Registration closes Friday 1 May 2020. Early registrations are encouraged

    MIA reserves the right to change the schedule and marinas visited depending upon availability

    For further information please contact Vijaya Selvaraj on 02 8197 4753 or

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