They’re working on Watch Hill
Work on the Watch Hill marina is on schedule.

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They’re working on Watch Hill


The removal of the deck has been completed and crews are currently installing timber sheet piling, securing the bulkhead wall and the tieback system.

That’s the word from Fire Island National Seashore facility manager Jim Dunphy. 

The $5.4 million project, conducted by Woodstock Construction LTD of Oyster Bay, began on Sept. 12.

Plans call for a new, elevated electrical building to be constructed and for the existing conduit, conductors and pedestals to be replaced. A new bulkhead will be built and composite lumber will be installed over a strengthened substructure on adjacent boardwalks, making the marina more resilient to future storms, he said in an email.

The main focus included replacing 3,850 linear feet of bulkhead as well as boardwalk. 

“The Watch Hill Marina opened in 1967 and has 182 slips with 120 and 208 volt service, which accommodate boats with a draft to 5 feet and 8- to 17- foot beam,” he said.  

Dunphy said after the bulkhead wall is completed, crews would begin to install additional subframing for the new deck. As that’s completed around the marina, an electrical conduit will be installed inside the subframe. A new electrical building will be constructed along with panels and switchgear, a peaked, shed-style structure, 11 feet above the sand area. Everything has to come into the electrical circuitry building in the marina. 

After rough electrical piping is completed, composite decking will be installed along with sand retaining walls. New electric/water stanchions and site lighting come next. 

There are 23 slips for bigger boats; it’s 208 volts at all the meters at the 23 slips.

“I haven’t been over there, but talked to people who have and just know that work is progressing very well,” said Matt Sherman, owner of Davis Park Ferry Co. Inc.

Ruddy Pinka, who owns Craftsman Fence and Deck Co. in Center Moriches, steers his 38 Egg Harbor to Watch Hill every weekend. He’s also a member of Friends of Watch Hill. 

“It’s funny, because a lot of people would say if it’s going to disrupt service, leave it as it is,” Pinka said of the renovation. “But the electrical service needed to be done. And, being an electrician, it did need to be done.” 

Completion is slated for late summer, Dunphy said.