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Habacoa Superyacht Marina to Launch in The Bahamas in 2027

As recently reported in the Financial Times, a worldwide shortage of superyacht berths has reached a critical point, with owners having to dock their yachts in unglamorous shipyards and industrial zones due to a lack of suitable slips.  

Growth in superyacht development is reportedly at almost 400% since 2000 and showing no signs of slowing down, meaning competition is fierce for owners looking for permanent ‘home berth’ locations. Leading Monaco-based yacht broker Splinter Fangman comments: “With more and more boats on the water, the supply imbalances are getting out of proportion.” 

Just a few months ago, Jeff Bezos’s new 127 metre superyacht Koru was unable to dock in Fort Lauderdale due to no berths being large enough, so instead had to take shelter in a nearby industrial zone, surrounded by shipping containers. Currently, there are a staggering seven superyachts for every one superyacht slip in the USA alone.  

This is all about to change however, with the hotly-anticipated arrival of Habacoa – a new superyacht marina in the pristine waters of South Abaco, The Bahamas, which is set to become North America’s largest and most comprehensive marina to date. Reimagining the traditional marina experience from essential functionality to ultra-luxury hospitality, the Habacoa marina will be the centrepiece of a new development, home to a world of luxurious facilities, residences and a five-star hotel. 

As yachts generally cruise for 10% of the year and spend the rest of the time docked, it is essential that their home berth is a safe harbour, as well as a desirable location. As noted in the FT article, “while major repairs happen in shipyards, a marina needs to be able to provide some technical services, and it also needs to provide a good place to hang out.” And this is exactly what Habacoa will deliver. 

Habacoa Superyacht Marina will feature 150 slips ranging from 18 metres to 200+ metres, complete with in-slip utilities and diesel refuelling, customs and immigration, a one-stop provisioning centre, a 200 unit dry stack facility, and much more.

Developed by globally renowned marina engineers Moffatt & Nichol, the marina is built to withstand a 1 in 100-year storm event. Year-round tranquillity is ensured as the 110-acre basin has been designed on the leeward side of the island, featuring a sizable breakwater. The location provides the utmost ease of access, with two nearby international airports and close proximity by sea and air to Florida and all of the Eastern US. It is just 185 miles east of Fort Lauderdale and 20 minutes by private jet from Miami.

Meeting the demands of modern-day yacht owners, the marina will boast an array of stylish amenities, including a 25,000sqft members-only yacht club, night club and casino – all designed by celebrated architectural firm Zaha Hadid Architects. Hadid’s signature curved and waved shapes will perfectly capture the resort’s effortless, marine atmosphere, while being breathtaking to behold. Each building will integrate sustainable technologies and use environmentally responsible materials. An important focus will be placed on blurring the lines with nature, as the near-transparent design ensures seamless connection to the island’s inherent beauty, while flooding the space with natural light and ventilation.

Guests and residents at the marina will also be able to relax in an expansive spa, wellness and fitness centre, and enjoy adrenaline-fuelled water sports, while crew will benefit from an upscale dedicated crew club.

Sensitive environmental and social responsibility are a cornerstone of Habacoa’s design. Great care and commitment to the surrounding natural environment is central to the development, exemplified by initiatives such as working with marine biologists to transplant any corals potentially impacted by construction to vetted locations so they can safely flourish. Through using an existing deep-water cove, most excavation will happen on land, therefore minimising disruption to the shoreline and marine life. Renewable energy sources are due to account for one third of the project’s energy consumption, taking advantage of the location’s abundant sunshine to generate solar power. Rainwater harvesting and a wastewater-recycling plant will ensure sustainable water usage.  

Habacoa will also produce numerous socio-economic benefits to The Bahamas by providing investment in the community, historical preservation and significant infrastructure improvements – all of which will generate 1000+ employment opportunities for locals. 600 of these jobs will remain permanent following the build’s completion.  

For a virtual tour, please visit habacoa.com/virtual-tour.

Image credits: Design by Zaha Hadid Architects, Rendering by Flyingarchitecture and Wizio London.

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