Prince William Marina is getting an upgrade

Cordova’s Prince William Marina is under new ownership and in the process of upgrading facilities and services offered.

Native Village of Eyak, which purchased the marina in early November from Diane and Oscar Delpino, has hired Bob Ladd to manage the facility. Ladd ran the marina from 1993 through 2001, when the Eyak Corp. owned the facility. Ladd also ran the marina’s boatlift for the last five years, while engaged in his own independent vessel repair business.

Winter hours are Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Ladd can be reached at the new marine phone number, 1-907-253-4332, via email at [email protected] or at his mobile phone, 1-907-253-4332. About two dozen commercial and three pleasure boats are currently on site at the marine, a dry land storage facility.

Improvements now under way include plans to reinstall the 4-foot by 8-foot marina sign by Whitshed Road that was knocked down in 2012, when Cordova was buried under a record 18 feet of snow. NVE is also upgrading security surveillance and streetlights on marina buildings, with camera that offer a 90 percent overview of the area, Ladd said.

The marina lift is undergoing an overhaul that will allow lifting of larger vessels than it is capable of lifting now, he said.  The lift is currently usable, but needs a lot of TLC, he said.

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Additional upgrades include a sawmill on site to provide wood blocks for vessels lifted into the marina, and heavy equipment for moving boats, snow and other items as necessary. Facility maintenance has begun and will offer even more secure, dry storage in the very near future, NVE officials said.

Updated rate sheets for all services, including inside and outside storage spaces, are available by calling NVE’s office at 1-907-424-7738, or Ladd.

NVE officials also note that in order to best serve customer needs the marine will not accept storage of any item not directly related to marine services.

Cars, trucks and other items brought to and left at the marine without permission will be towed at owner’s expense.

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