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A marina for the Sailing Club Suriname

 

It's ready: “our” little marina in Suriname.
Blood, sweat and tears and endless patience with suppliers as it ain't easy to activate and direct a Surinamese contractor. But with united forces we have been able to realize the Sailing Club Suriname's dream.
The sailboats are now safely berthed on piles and are accessible by way of a solid jetty and a floating slipway, from which the club launch, dinghies and small daysailers can be launched. We have a floating club house complete with galley and toilet and electricity is available even on board. 

The final result is impressive but it took a long time to get there. The first piles were driven into the ground in March 2014, but we were soon confronted with a huge setback: a cocaine criminal intending to launder money had acquired a neighbouring piece of land and enlarged his property (without a permit, but what can you do about that?) by constructing a sheetpile wall, 40 meters out of the river bank. As a result our little harbour silted up completely with 6 feet of mud. The in January 2015 constructed jetty en (note P and JW's teamwork) turned out to be way too short, but also some of the boats touched the ground at halftide.

In November we ordered a second set of piles and in January we extended the jetty and built the floating slipway. and
The marina is now finished and finally we can reach our boats without taking a mud bath. Total costs: around
€ 13K. A trifle when split over 10 boats and 3 years.

We also have already welcomed our first guests: Riens en Ineke Elswijk with  “Zeezwaluw”. Two ALC’s in our little marina, life is beautiful!

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