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New London — Thamesport Marina has been awarded a $1.4 million U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service grant to expand its Pequot Avenue facility to accept more and larger vessels seeking short-term dockage.
“This will allow us to improve and enhance our existing facility, and better cater to the needs of transient boaters,” Ari Yasgur, owner of the marina, said Wednesday.
The grant, which will be administered by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, will be matched with about $503,000 from the owner toward the project, which will add floating concrete docks with power and water service for 54 boats. The majority of the new space will accommodate vessels of 26 feet or more, while the remainder will be for vessels of 150 feet or more.
Yasgur said his marina, located at the mouth of the Thames River near Fred’s Shanty, has 113 slips, and the maximum size boat that can dock there is 100 feet.
The project will also include construction of a concrete breakwater. The new floating docks and the breakwater, he said, will make the marina more attractive to vessels traveling through Long Island Sound.
“We get transient boaters here all the time,” he said. “It’s a very convenient location for boaters from Connecticut and from out of state.”
Yasgur said he expects the project will be completed by the end of this year.
“This will bring more big boats into New London and help the city make better use of its best asset, its waterfront,” he said. “This is one of the best harbors in the state.”