Miles of waterways. Immediate access to the ocean from the protected inland waterways. Some of the best sport fishing anywhere in the world. A multitude of activities and services for yachts and crew. Close proximity to the Caribbean. All of these attributes, for good reason, give Ft. Lauderdale its name of “The Yachting Capitol of the World”, cementing its position as the leader in South Florida marine facilities.
There are several good marinas to choose from in the area but the Pier Sixty-Six Marina is by far the crown jewel amongst all the offerings. A multimillion-dollar renovation has been completed, making it a brand new facility as well as the most modern marina in the area.
Upgrades to the 127-slip, deep-water marina include new bulkheads by South Florida-based Shoreline Foundation and Eco Building Solutions, and a new Marinetek floating dock system equaling more than 3,600 linear feet of parallel dockage and fixed docks. The entire electrical infrastructure has been replaced with new power distribution, new dock pedestals and electrical capacity to include 480 volt 400-600 amp, three-phase power able to meet the needs of superyachts. A new dockmaster’s office and captain’s/crew clubroom is located on the intracoastal waterway. And the new marina layout can accommodate 16 vessels of the superyacht class up to 150 feet, up from six prior to the redesign, with the deep-water capacity to accept craft of 40 feet to yachts up to 350 feet. Plus Pelican Landing restaurant, located above the dockmaster’s office is open, serving cocktails and signature fresh seafood dishes, along with some of the most beautiful sunsets in Ft. Lauderdale.
The Ft. Lauderdale marina opened in the late 1950s as a fuel dock for the Phillips 66 Petroleum Company. Phillips later developed a yacht club and in 1957 opened the Pier Sixty- Six Hotel, whose tower became an iconic piece of the Ft. Lauderdale skyline. In December 2016, Tavistock Development Company acquired Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina to invest in the revitalization of the destination and to return the hotel as one of Ft. Lauderdale’s social harbors. Recently, Pier Sixty-Six Marina was the 55th Fort Lauderdale International Boat
Show’s seventh and newest show site. The show is the largest in-water boat show in the world, and took place from Oct. 30 through Nov. 3, attracting an enormous international audience of thousands of marine enthusiasts. The show’s seven locations were connected by a very convenient land and water transportation network offering several options to get show- goers to the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel & Yachting Center, the Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Municipal Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Sails Marina, Pier Sixty- Six Marina and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.