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Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz Accepting Boats

It just looks like the new locks for the Panama Canal, but is actually the slip where the Travel-Lift will haul boats at the new Riviera Nayarit Marina at La Cruz.

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Even as 600 workers toil to complete the Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz — plus boatyard and fuel dock — Manager and Partner Christian Mancebo has begun accepting boats. It’s a good thing, too, because finding a slip on Banderas Bay has been all but impossible.

Over at Paradise Marina, Harbormaster Dick Markie is working like a madman shuffling boats to get everyone in that he promised he’d get in. If Markie wanted, he could have the easy life, and be like a lot of Harbormasters, saying, "Sorry, no room for you." But there are two things Dick loves. One is helping as many cruisers out as possible, the other is having a full marina. So cut him a little slack as he works things out.

Manager Christian Mancebo, to help mariners out, has begun opening up slips at the Riviera Nayarit Marina in La Cruz. There is no water or electricity as yet, and the slips aren’t cheap, but there are lots of them, particularly in the biggest sizes.

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Fortunately, Mancebo and Marina Riviera Nayarit have been able to take the some of the pressure off. Although the marina isn’t finished — watch out for the stray rebar, big holes in the streets, and huge trucks — its a godsend for people who must have slips.

The big jacks provide the ultimate protection for the marina, and also the perimeter of what will surely be a very popular malecon for the La Cruz community.

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The progress at the marina in the last few months has been tremendous. Mancebo expects to have nearly 300 slips ready for boats by the end of February.


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