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Marina News April 2018

Special Issue with Spring Commissioning Check List

Spring CleanupOver the winter we seem to accumulate various boat parts, lumber, and junk all around the marinas. Some of it is marina junk but most of it belongs to our boaters. We will be starting our spring cleanup this month and any junk we find laying around is going into the dumpster. If you have materials or junk around the marina property either remove it or let your dockmaster know it’s yours and you want to keep it. We will try to give multiple warnings before disposing of the clutter but understand we need to clean the marinas up. No one wants to come to a junk yard.

Amenities We wanted to list some of the amenities available for all our customers. Even if you have been here for a while you may not be aware of everything we have to offer. Free pump outs in your slip. Just let us know and we will pump out your holding tank in your slip at no charge, usually every Tuesday. Waste oil disposal. We have free waste oil and filter disposal at Island Cove that can be used by you or your mechanic. High speed Wi-Fi. The secret pass code is 0000000009. As a customer everyone also has free use of the club house for events like parties, weddings, and meetings. Just reserve it for the date you want and clean up when you are done. These are just a few of the great amenities we offer. Please take advantage of them.

Electronic billing We now offer the option to receive your monthly bill and Newsletter via E-mail. E-Billing will arrive a few days earlier then you are used to receiving your bill by mail. If you are interested, please simply send us your preferred E-mail address and we will begin sending you the newsletter and bill electronically. Please send request to  Naybor@BellSouth.net

April Events –

April 03, 2018 Bands on the Beach – Modern Eldorado’s7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion

April 10, 2018 Bands on the Beach -  Crosstown Band 7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion

April 12-14, 2018 Tall Ships visit Pensacola - Villa DeLuna Park downtown water front 10:00 am to 11:00 pm tickets sold ay event

April 17, 2018 Bands on the Beach – Not Quite Fab 7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion
April 20, 2018 Gallery Night 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Downtown Pensacola

April 24, 2018 Bands on the Beach –  The Rowdies 7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion

April 29, 2018 Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast's Greatest   Beach Party Flora-Bama Lounge, Package and Oyster Bar

Spring Commissioning Check List –

Before You Launch: 

1. Inspect and lubricate seacocks. 
2. Hose clamps should be inspected and replaced as necessary. Double clamping hose connections with marine-rated stainless hose clamps, or keeping seacocks closed when you are away, are wise moves. 
3. Inspect cooling hoses for stiffness, rot, leaks and cracking. Make sure they fit snugly.
4. Replace deteriorated sacrificial anodes.
5. Inspect prop(s) for dings, pitting and distortion. Make sure cotter pins are secure. Grip the prop and try moving the shaft - if it's loose, the cutlass bearing (on inboard drive systems) may need to be replaced.
6. Check to make sure the rudderstock hasn't been bent. 
7. Inspect the hull for blisters, distortions and stress cracks.
8. Make sure your engine intake sea strainer is not cracked or bent from ice, is free of corrosion, clean and properly secured.x
9. Check the engine shaft and rudder stuffing boxes for looseness. A stuffing box should only leak when the prop shaft is turning, and needs to be inspected routinely.
10. Use a garden hose to check for deck leaks at ports and hatches. Renew caulk or gaskets as necessary.
11. If equipped, ensure that the stern drain plug is installed.
12. After the boat is launched, be sure to check all through-hulls for leaks.
Engines and Fuel Systems:
1. Inspect fuel lines, including fill and vent hoses, for softness, brittleness or cracking. Check all joints for leaks and make sure all lines are well supported with non-combustible clips or straps with smooth edges.
2. Inspect fuel tanks, fuel pumps and filters for leaks. Clamps should be snug and free of rust. Clean or replace fuel filters. Owners of gasoline-powered boats with fiberglass fuel tanks should consult a marine professional to inspect for any ethanol-related issues.
3. Every few years, remove and inspect exhaust manifold for corrosion.
4. Clean and tighten electrical connections, especially both ends of battery cables. Wire-brush battery terminals and fill cells with distilled water (if applicable).
5. Inspect bilge blower hose for leaks. 
Sailboat Rigging:
1. Inspect swage fittings for cracks and heavy rust (some discoloration is acceptable). Inspect wire halyards and running backstays for "fishhooks" and rust. 
2. Remove tape on turnbuckles and lubricate threads, preferably with Teflon. Replace old tape with fresh tape.
3. If you suspect the core around the chainplate is damp, remove the chainplate to inspect and make repairs.
1. Check expiration dates on flares and fire extinguishers.
2. Check stove and remote tanks for loose fittings and leaking hoses.
3. Inspect bilge pump and float switch to make sure they're working properly. 
4. Inspect dock and anchor lines for chafing.
5. Check shore power cable connections for burns, which indicates the cable must be replaced.
6. Make sure your boating license and/or registration is up to date. 
7. Review your boat insurance policy and update coverage if needed. 
8. Make sure you have properly sized and wearable life jackets in good condition for each passenger, including kids. Check inflatable life jacket cylinders.
9. Test smoke, carbon monoxide, fume and bilge alarms.
10. Be sure to get a free vessel safety check from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or U.S. Power Squadrons. Check with us for the next scheduled free safety check.

Bottom Paint Special

Starting at $29,95 per foot

Fiberglass repair, gelcoat work and boat painting Compass Fiberglass and Gelcoat has set up shop in the yard at Pensacola Ship Yard and Marine Complex. They have been busy working for a number of our marina customers with glowing reviews. No job too small and many jobs can be completed in your slip. Scratches, chips, repairs, or even a paint job can be easily done at a reasonable cost. Licensed & Insured preferred rate for our customers.


850-206-1721 ask for John