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Stretching Their Sea Legs

LIQUID REAL ESTATE: Marinas are going upscale to accommodate super-size yachts while small boats are getting pushed out. (Don Kelsen / LAT)
LIKE SARDINES: Docking space for big yachts is at a premium in Newport Beach. Demand for this liquid real estate is expected to grow, with California adding as many as 23,000 boats a year. (Don Kelsen / LAT)
BOAT BROKER: Yacht salesman Chris Herman, on the bow of 56-foot Carver Voyager: “It’s just like homes today: Bigger is better.” (Don Kelsen / LAT)
THE SHORT END: “They’re trying to push people like me out,” says Dominick Mercurio with wife, Fran, and their 21-foot boat. (Don Kelsen / LAT)