It’s a common scenario in marinas around the world: as boats get larger and more complex, they require more power. When Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina was first constructed, 90 percent of the slips were set up for sailboats, which require very little in the way of power. But flash forward to 2015 and 90 percent of the marina’s slips are occupied by a mix of sportfishermen and cruisers, which need significantly more power.
Gulf Power conducted a survey where they determined that the marina’s main transformer was dramatically overloaded, as it was only a 250kW transformer. Gulf Power has recently installed a 1,000kW transformer that can easily withstand the current load plus any future development of Baytowne Marina. In conjunction with the increased transformer capacity, the upgrades have also brought three-phase power to A Dock in order to accommodate larger boats.
“We’re looking to expand the Baytowne Marina in the future,” says Activities Director Jason Draughn. “So while waiting on permitting, we were proactive and upgraded the power to double the capacity for any future development.”