An epic rebuild at Alamitos Bay Marina

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The operators of Alamitos Bay Marina, just south of Los Angeles in California, have undertaken a ‘journey’ to rebuild slips in seven different basins.

Embattled by rising maintenance costs, Alamitos Bay Marina initiated a programme in 2005 to rebuild all 1,962 slips in seven different basins. The timber docks dated from the 1960s and were 20 years past their projected life span. No one at the City of Long Beach, California, imagined it would take the next 13 years to complete the project. Robert Wilkes reports

The marina is south of Los Angeles and enjoys a uniquely loyal customer base. There are tenants who have been there for decades whose children and grandchildren are also renting slips. Over time, neighbouring tenants have formed tight communities. 

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