Byline: Taylor Hill
SAN DIEGO — Many boaters grow accustomed to the often long walk from the marina gate to their boat’s slip. But at Gold Coast Anchorage, slip tenants can get used to a quick walk and convenient access to many nearby stores and restaurants.
Located on San Diego Bay’s Shelter Island, the boutique marina owned by Nielsen Beaumont Premier Yachtworks is adjacent to the company’s shipyard facility and next door to Humphrey’s Half Moon Marina. Gold Coast Anchorage features wood docks and has a total of around 40 slips, ranging in size from 42 feet to a 160-foot side-tie.
“We’re very ‘captain-oriented,’ because you don’t have to walk as far every time you need a part for your boat,” said Nielsen Beaumont partner Don Beaumont. “At this part of Shelter Island, the vendors are across the street and the boatyards are right there, so we get a lot of Mexico and Alaska transition boats.”
Gold Coast Anchorage, previously owned by BellPort, was purchased by Nielsen Beaumont four years ago. With new wood docks installed about 10 years ago — and holding up well — Beaumont said they worked on upgrading the look of the marina when they took over.
“We have about eight coats of varnish on the handrails going down the dock ramp,” Beaumont said. “We’re very picky about cleanliness and the appearance off the facility.”
Amenities include on-site restroom and shower facilities, electrical and water hookups, and a fuel dock next door that offers both a deli and a pumpout station. Secure dock boxes and integrated lighting are provided at each slip, and an upgrade is planned in the near future to install additional power capabilities for larger yachts.
A few liveaboards are allowed in the marina, and are utilized as added security — in addition to the gated docks. Currently, the majority of the vessels at the marina are sportfishers and motor-yachts.
Beaumont said that while the marina may be within earshot of the nearby Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay amphitheater, most boaters choose Gold Coast Anchorage for its convenience and unique island setting.
“Shelter Island has a different feel than the other places, like South Bay or Harbor Island,” Beaumont said. “It’s a very pretty place. With the palm trees, the Polynesian styling and Point Loma in the background, it gives it a kind of Mediterranean feel.”
Gold Coast Anchorage is located at 2353 Shelter Island Drive. For more information, call (619) 223-2628.