The marina began filling the storage building in April, as boaters prepared to leave for the summer. Most will return for their vessels in October and November.

Among them is Les Frankenthal, who dropped off his 29-foot Tiara before heading to Chicago for the summer. He'll return to his Palm City home in November but said he won't worry about ''Pipsqueak'' while he's away.
''When I come back, it'll be clean, with a new bottom painted and hull waxed,'' said Frankenthal, 77.

Construction on the $5 million project began in February 2005 and took about a year to transform the former salvage yard into a park-like marina peppered with picnic tables. It includes two smaller buildings for storage and maintenance and a one-acre concrete pad for repairs and hurricane storage.

The channel also has about 35 wet slips for seasonal renters, hurricane storage and overnight stays for passing boaters. But the marina's highlight is the main storage building.

The tan facility with green faux shutters resembles a condominium building more than a boat barn.

It has a dozen 6-ton air conditioners, 400 sprinklers and 4 to 6 inches of insulation. It will hold about 50 vessels, depending on their sizes, all lined in rows.