Torras Properties has had many accolades over the years, but perhaps none as satisfying as the Brunswick Landing Marina being named 2022’s “Best Large Marina” in the nation by Marina Life Magazine.
by Glenn Carson
With 17 docks, and amenities including a dog park and free laundry, the marina serves as home to hundreds of boats of all sizes. Almost 450 wet slips make it, indeed, a large marina. In addition, boat owners are offered a variety of services that make their lives easier, from bottom cleaning and painting, to towing services, fiberglass repair, and more.
The plans for the marina were started in the 1980s by the Torras family. However, it took almost ten years to receive all the necessary permits, with the marina opening its first dock in 1990. A major hurdle to overcome was the fact that the East River was identified as a commercial navigation channel by the federal government. After a decade of steady work, and the marina finally open, they spent the first few years giving away dockage so the boating community would embrace this new space next to downtown Brunswick.
The marina remains family owned, with Michael Torras serving as Marina Manager. “We walk the docks every single day,” Torras said. “While other marinas in the region no longer allow full-time living, we actively encourage live-aboards because we want the marina to be a community unto itself.” Torras said it is the partnership between the marina staff and the community of boaters that makes the marina so special and so full of charm.
Adding to the community life are three socials held for permanent and temporary residents each week. A playground and free gas grills make it an ideal spot for boaters with family aboard. Yoga classes, arts and crafts, and oyster roasts are regular activities that keep everyone involved and help to make lasting connections.