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Aventura's Hi-Lift Marina Turns into "Vertical Yacht Club"
Facility will continue to offer covered boat storage

Posted Friday, February 9, 2007

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Aventura, FL (February 2, 2007) -The birthplace of performance boats in Aventura will soon be home to South Florida’s most luxurious, full-service marina -- Vertical Yacht Club Thunder Alley.

Aqua Marine Partners, LLC has announced plans to redevelop Hi-Lift Marina, located at 2890 NE 187th Street, into a state-of-the-art Mediterranean-style yacht club. The dry dock storage facility will be comprised of 211 vertical boat slips capable of storing vessels up to 43 feet in length and up to 30,000 pounds. The most prominent feature is the revolutionary retrieval system that lifts boats with greater ease and speed.

“I’m committed to enhancing what’s left of Aventura’s marine district,” said Sturner. “Our project is going to revitalize Thunder Alley and set the standard for boat storage facilities around the world.”

“Marinas have always been thought of as parking lots for boats, but now boaters are demanding a better experience,” said Andrew Sturner, CEO of Aqua Marine Partners.

Vertical Yacht Club Thunder Alley will employ the patented Vertical Yacht System™, which eliminates the need for manually operated forklifts that can damage hulls. This revolutionary technology features two laser-guided, computer-controlled overhead bridge cranes that run the entire length of the facility. These electric lifts haul the boat from the water in a cushioned cradle and deliver a boat to its customized slip in a matter of minutes. This technology greatly reduces the likelihood of human error.

In addition to the finest in dry storage technology, Vertical Yacht Club Thunder Alley members will be privy to a new standard of luxury. They will have access to a comfortable lounge, business center, beautifully appointed spa with whirlpool and massage room and gourmet café. The club’s concierge service will provision boats with food, drink, and gas – all at cost.

As boat slips in Florida continue to disappear to residential developers, boating enthusiasts are left with increasingly limited options for storing their vessels, having them repaired and getting them in the water.

“Our new development will defy this trend by providing approximately 200 boaters with opportunity to secure a permanent slip for their vessel in a hurricane safe environment. Vertical Yacht Club Thunder Alley will offer you unsurpassed luxury and a safer alternative to obsolete technology for their boat,” said Sturner.

Thunder Alley saw fame and fortune in the 1970s when it put powerboats on the map. World-renowned names like Cigarette race boats, Fort Apache Marine, Bobby Moore’s, TNT, Donzi, and other marine companies called Thunder Alley home. The so-called “Kings of Thunder Boat Row” were eventually forced out during Aventura’s strict zoning reformation. Vertical Yacht Club Thunder Alley will be the only remaining marine entity left on this famous peninsula.

“I’m committed to enhancing what’s left of Aventura’s marine district,” said Sturner. “Our project is going to revitalize Thunder Alley and set the standard for boat storage facilities around the world.”

Vertical Yacht Club Thunder Alley will replace Hi-Lift Marina, a traditional dry dock marina that has been in business for more than 40 years. Passport Marine, the world’s top-selling Formula boat dealer which is currently on premise, will rebuild its showroom and continue to provide boat sales, service, parts and accessories.

The new facility will shield boats from harmful salt air, salt water, the sun’s UV rays, and will be built to Miami-Dade County’s hurricane building codes.

Sales to the public will kick off during the 2007 Miami International Boat Show (Booth 4193) with groundbreaking slated for the end of this year.

The Aventura project will be the flagship for a network of Vertical Yacht Clubs that Aqua Marine Partners is developing throughout the U.S. and abroad. Projects are currently under development throughout Florida - from Fort Lauderdale to Panama City. Members of each Vertical Yacht Club will have access to slips and reciprocal privileges at every Vertical Yacht Club in the world, including fuel and provisioning at cost.

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