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You’ll experience a unique sampling of small community vibe when staging your boat or yacht with us at The Bluffs Marina. Entrance to our yacht basin is on the east side of Intercoastal Waterway insulated from all wake action. Distance to the ocean is only three (3) miles to/from the Jupiter Inlet, less than a mile by foot or bicycle to sandy beaches of the Atlantic. An assortment of modern conveniences are available to our clients within a five (5) mile radius of the marina. Supermarkets, restaurants, pharmacies, banks, spa services, hospitals, pet care, movie theater, and many other amenities.
As a full ‘live aboard’ marina, we make a great vacation location or part time or full time home. Our centralized location and proximity to all points, including the Bahamas, the Keys and Florida’s west coast via the Okeechobee Waterway, makes us a great home port for your vessel.
Latitude – N26°53.598 Longitude – W80°04.263
New Marina Construction
The Bluffs Marina was built by Berg & DiVosta Development Company as a component of their The Marina at the Bluffs Condominium project. The marina facility received a certificate of occupancy in 1985 to accommodate 100 boats.
Wilfred Azar, a businessman and long time yachtsman from Maryland had spent winters in North Palm Beach boating out of Old Port Cove Yacht Club. He had been quietly observing the construction of Berg & DiVosta’s project. Azar approached the developers shortly after the marina portion in The Marina at The Bluffs Condominium project was complete wanting to buy the marina.
Marina Facility Sold To New Owners
Berg & DiVosta Development Company sold the marina facility – as a separate component from The Marina at The Bluffs Condominiums – to Wilfred Azar in 1986. Azar took ownership of roughly 15 acres of real estate from Berg & DiVosta and named his facility The Bluffs Marina. Azar then set out to “dockominimize” the slips in the marina. His Phase I plan proposed creation of 94 condominium boat slips; each slip dimension having its own fee simple title. Azar, as developer for the “dockominium” project, retained ownership of a portion of the acreage. Slip owners would have access and use of yacht basin, piers, docks, walkways, parking lots & buildings (common areas) in the marina.
This concept was a pioneering effort in what today is a recognized form of slip ownership around the country – and very popular in Florida.
Introduction of Dockominium Boat Slip Sales
Wilfred Azar, now in his 70’s, was getting ready to market his dockominium boat slips in The Bluffs Marina. Azar’s plan was to sell twenty four (24) of the ninety four (94) slips. He would oversee the sales while his son managed the daily operations of the facility.
The Bluffs Marina New Facilities
In 2014, the Jupiter town council unanimously approved our marina expansion plans. This includes our new dock master building, complete with His/Hers showers, and a pool.
This bring new options for our slip buyers, including for the first time, new floating docks for vessels up to 130′. We can also offer boat lift slips, and have new options for the tenders, including a new floating dock.
Derek Bodchon – DOCKMASTER
As a native Floridian, our Dockmaster, Derek Bodchon, comes from a strong Marina and Hospitality Management background. While earning his bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Central Florida, Derek began his career in the Marina industry at Harbortown Marina in Merritt Island, Florida. Upon graduation, Derek relocated to Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida, where he rose through the ranks at their 175-slip private Marina, eventually becoming Assistant Dockmaster. During his eight-year tenure at Ocean Reef, Derek oversaw slip management, safety protocols, staffing, and member satisfaction.
In addition to Marina Management, Derek founded and grew a successful Property and Yacht Management company within the Ocean Reef community, working with owners to ensure their properties and vessels are properly maintained and ready at a moment’s notice.
Michael was raised in South Florida and graduated from Wellington High School. After graduation he enlisted in the Navy where his fondness for the ocean came about. Mike has a long history spanning over 25 years in the Marine industry. He originally started working on various boats as first mate and then moved on to managing Jupiter Hills Lighthouse Marina. Mike has been employed at The Bluffs Marina Association for over 2 years and really has become a fixture. You may even see him here on his days off washing boats, walking dogs or assisting boats before their next journey.