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Sept Oct 2015 Marina World

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WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENTS Luxury yachting in the Leeward Islands Since 2008, the Christophe Harbour development on the southeast peninsula of St. Kitts has been steadily growing, adding world-class amenities and attracting international visitors to a quiet corner of the Caribbean. Earlier this year, the first phase of the development’s centrepiece marina opened for business, marking the completion of one of the largest infrastructure projects undertaken in the region in years. Through targeted design and uncompromising attention to detail, the Marina at Christophe Harbour is redefining the standard for luxury yachting in the Leeward Islands. Justin Davis reports St. Kitts is located in the centre of the popular West Indian cruising circuit that includes premier destinations such as St. Maarten, St. Barths and Antigua. With breathtaking vistas of volcanic hills and crystal clear blue water, the island offers a wide variety of natural, cultural, culinary and recreational experiences to rival any destination in the greater Caribbean basin. Christophe Harbour is an exclusive residential resort community that covers more than 2,500 acres (1,011ha) on the southeast peninsula of St. Kitts. The development features luxury residential home sites, five-star restaurants, bars and an exclusive members-only club. The Caribbean’s first Park Hyatt hotel is under construction within the development and will include an 18- hole Tom Fazio golf course, which is scheduled for construction in the near future. The master developer of the resort is the Christophe Harbour Development Company (CHDC) and the founder of the company, Buddy Darby, is an avid yachtsman. His vision for the community has been greatly influenced by his love of the water, as witnessed through the realisation of the world-class megayacht marina and its place as a cornerstone of the entire development. “We like to say this is a ‘superyacht marina built by a superyacht owner and managed by superyacht captains’,” he says. “It’s true, of course, as we approached the design, engineering and construction of the dock with superyachts in mind. Every detail has been considered and the end result is a state-of-the-art facility for the boat and a seamless experience for owners, charter guests, captain and crew.” The Marina Village will be a core amenity and activity centre for the Christophe Harbour community. When constructed, it will feature unique dining opportunities, boutique shopping experiences and open public spaces hosting local events and concerts. The marina village is purposefully designed to attract boaters, non-boaters, visitors and residents alike by incorporating touches of local culture and architecture into the fully modernised facilities. By remaining true to the heritage of the island and taking cues from local architecture, the Marina Village at Christophe Harbour will offer an experience that is both novel and authentic. Phase 1 of the Marina Village will be under construction later this year. Targeted design Applied Technology & Management, Inc. (ATM), a renowned engineering firm based in Florida, USA, was responsible for leading the design of the first phase of the marina. ATM called upon its specialist experience in megayacht facility planning to ensure that the marina is properly outfitted to accommodate the particular needs of large luxury yachts. The 24 slips in the first phase of construction range from 150ft to 220ft (45.7m to 67m) with the capacity to berth vessels up to 300ft (91.4m) on the outer docks. A 32,000ft² (2,972m²) fixed concrete pier with 16ft (4.8m) wide main walkways and 12ft (3.65m) wide finger piers provide ample Justin Davis room for golf-cart and pedestrian traffic, while a deck that is located 5.5ft (1.67m) off the water easily accommodates the higher freeboard of larger yachts. Each slip is fitted with dedicated, state-of-the-art marina utilities including 200A or 400A shore Phase one slips installed at Christophe Harbour (above) on the beautiful southeast peninsula of St. Kitts (below). 34 - September/October 2015 MW2015SepOct.indd 34 05/09/2015 14:12:14

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