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New club under construction in Bahamas

Emerald Bay marina resort will accommodate yachts to 208 feet on Great Exuma

Emerald Bay marina resort will accommodate yachts to 208 feet on Great Exuma

The Marina at Emerald Bay, a high-end yacht club facility still under construction 120 nautical miles southeast of Nassau on Great Exuma Island, is already attracting boaters and sport fishermen.

The full-service megayacht marina, scheduled to be completed in 2007, began welcoming yachts up to 208 feet with its “soft” opening in November 2005. Featuring concierge service, luxury resort amenities, a Wahoo’s Waterfront Restaurant and an international airport with an 8,000-foot runway an eight-minute drive away, the marina offers high-level hospitality in the remote Exumas in the Southern Bahamas.

“I think it’s going to be fabulous when it’s done. It’s probably going to be the best spot in the Bahamas. That’s why we invested there,” says yacht owner Jon Wright, who has purchased a “slip membership” in the marina for his 80-foot Lazzara, Renaissance, and a penthouse residence in Grand Isle Villas at Emerald Bay. Wright says he plans to make Emerald Bay home base for his yacht’s charter activities.

The deepwater marina is the latest project to open in the planned 470-acre Emerald Bay development, a residential and resort community that encompasses the Club at Emerald Bay, the Four Seasons Resort Great Exuma and the 18-hole Greg Norman-designed golf course with six holes on a peninsula surrounded by the sea.

With a controlling depth of 14 feet, the marina currently features 47 fixed concrete and floating docks accommodating yachts up to 175 feet, and a high-speed fuel dock capable of serving yachts up to 225 feet.

Phase Two, scheduled to open in early 2007, will add 88 more floating docks as well as a dry-storage facility for boats up to 40 feet. An expansion of the existing 800-foot breakwater is planned, pending government approvals. Transient berths are available by reservation on a space-available basis.

Complimentary shuttle service transports marina guests to resort facilities within the Emerald Bay enclave. A grocery and deli market with a wine shop opened at Emerald Bay in January. A European-style casino is scheduled to open at the resort in early summer.

New club buildings overlooking the marina are scheduled to open during Phase Two, including the yacht clubhouse, a spa and fitness center and beach club.

“Yacht and Social Memberships” in The Club at Emerald Bay can be acquired for a $5,000 deposit. Slip Memberships start at $100,000, and range to more than $1.5 million. For information, call (561) 393-7181 or visit .