Equipped with 48 stern-to yacht berths, and a 4m wide concrete pontoon supplied by Marintek, Port Takola will be found close to the international tourism destinations of Ao Nang and Phang Nga Bay; recognised as one of the world’s most beautiful yachting playgrounds.
Dr Suriya na Nagara, a retired surgeon admiral of the Royal Thai Navy and the owner of the project, is working on the development with his eldest son, Matthew na Nagara within the family’s private estate. He explained, “After careful study, we decided to develop a marina to take advantage of the many positive factors of the site, including its perfect shelter and excellent geographical location.”
The marina will be at the heart of an 110-acre community that will include luxury residences, a resort hotel, nature trails and a museum. This will be a low-density, low-rise development that takes advantage of the landscape that comprises of woodland, grassland and mangrove.
Simon Arrol, a British maritime civil engineer and marina specialist, has been drafted to advise on the design and planning of Port Takola. Mr Arrol has previously worked as a managing director of Camper & Nicholsons Marinas Ltd and later founded Island Global Yachting in Dubai.
The first phase of Port Takola is valued at US$8 million, and will provide visiting boats with three-phase electricity, water, gasoline and diesel fuel. The approach channel will be dredged to -2.5m LAT.
The boatyard will feature approximately 10,000m2 of dry boat storage, a 38T capacity launch and recover facility, and various technical services. Matthew na Nagara explained, “The first phase of Port Takola is only modest in terms of scale and facilities, but it will be sufficient to provide a great experience to yacht owners and their guests.
“Our approach is to create a boutique marina that sits comfortably with the surrounding landscape. We want to combine the legendary Thai hospitality with the management standards expected by sophisticated international yachtsmen.”
During the next couple of years, Admiral Suriya intends to build an architect-designed capitainerie that will have a commanding view over the marina basin, including five-star standard restrooms for clients. Also on-site will be the Cafe du Port, an all-day bar and restaurant; offices and retail units for yachting-related businesses along the basin edge; and the boatyard, which will be improved with boatsheds, workshops and welfare facilities for the yard workers and the local professional crews. Some waterfront villas are also planned.
Yacht owners wishing to visit or relocate their yachts to Port Takola can now reserve their berth in advance. To mark the opening, Port Takola will be offering promotional prices to the first 20 yacht owners who sign up for a berth. In the near future, Port Takola will also be announcing a limited number of long-term berth sales.
For more information, contact Matthew na Nagara.