The world's largest floating marina platform began its journey from land to water today when it was lifted in sections by crane into Antelope Point Marina, Glen Canyon Recreation Area's newest marina on Lake Powell. Antelope Point Marina, although in current construction phases, is a full service marina (houseboat and small boat rental, dry storage and valet boat launching) and offers the only houseboat rentals on the Arizona side of Lake Powell. Phase II of the marina platform project will include an on-the-water marina village of restaurant, lounge, retail store and some administration offices. Upon completion the marina will be the largest platform of its type in the world.
The project has a combined effort of many people and companies from all over the world - a crew of 77 people, 76% Native American. The crane used for this enormous task suspends each section in air before placing it in the lake and is known as Arizona's largest crane - the world's first 550 ton mega-wing crane. The floating platform is sectioned into 14 pieces totaling 1,234 cubic yards of concrete, 123 tons of reinforced steel, 122,000 cubic feet of encapsulated Styrofoam. When fully assembled the platform will be 27,000 square feet, weighing 2,500 tons. The platform will support 1,200 tons of live load, equivalent to 13,900 people or 685 average sized cars.
For additional information visit the website at www.antelopepointlakepowell.com