East Tawas State Harbor - East Tawas, MI - August 2018
FDS installed two new floating piers, an independent broadside mooring dock, and a connected wave attenuator to shelter the harbor from Tawas Bay's eastern exposure. This effort represents the first of a multi-phase marina renovation program more than ten years in the making. With the completion of Phase 2 in 2018, this facility is amongst the most modern marinas in the State of Michigan.
The new service pier includes a Harbor Master's building, pump out, gasoline and diesel service, and a state-of-the-art electrical system. Dock-mounted substations result in fewer (and smaller) electrical feeders, thereby reducing overall project expense. Additionally, the inclusion of a triple-redundant ground-fault monitoring system allows staff to maintain a safe marina environment while also greatly minimizing system downtime in the event of an electrical fault.
Boaters previously voiced displeasure with the long distance between dockage and restrooms - over 2,000 feet from the furthest berth. As a result, slips are now located much closer to the Bath House. A short walk down either pier and up an aluminum gangway that blends seamlessly with the seawall promenade places boaters immediately onshore.