In a town famed for its waterfront facilities, one marina is seeking to raise the bar. Forty 1º North, located in the heart of Newport, R.I., at 351 Thames Street, recently announced plans for a state-of-the-art marina, two restaurants, a private event space, a specialty retail shop, and four luxury rental units. The marina is being completely rebuilt with brand new floating docks, slips for vessels up to 250 feet, 480-volt electric service, and a full program of yacht services including pump-outs, wash-downs, and launch. Forty 1º North will also feature an open-air restaurant, The Grill, offering tableside and lounge seating and a covered bar pavilion on a fixed pier directly over the water.Forty 1º North offers several guest packages: the Summer Guest Program allows access to the facilities for the season and includes house charging privileges, dinghy dockage and special events; the Yacht Tender Program allows daily access by boat for vessels under 36 feet, and use of the marina services. The facilities have been optimized to host private events, including weddings, rehearsal dinners, corporate meetings, and other parties, and can accommodate receptions of up to 350 people. A large landscaped courtyard and other outdoor spaces can be configured and tented in a number of ways. Two indoor rooms with water views and decks can accommodate receptions of up to 150 people in each or can be used together for receptions of up to 300. In addition to the improvements at the 351 Thames Street site, Forty 1º North will re-open Christie’s on Perry Mill Wharf at the intersection of Thames Street and America’s Cup Boulevard, upgrading the popular gathering place with lobster-in-the-rough-style dining and a retro environment.