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Marina News August 2017

Tornado Storm Damage – On Thursday June 22nd Palm Harbor was hit by a tornado associated with a tropical low pressure system passing through the area. Two sailboats were de-masted, several bimini tops were lost, five pilings broke off, four dox boxes broke loose, one pedestal was crushed, the awning on the dock was torn off, the TV was smashed, and there were a number of other associated damages. No one was hurt and there was some minor effects at Yacht harbor as well. Island Cove was untouched. The pilings have been replaced. Though not all of the dock boxes have been found we have replaced the ones blown off the dock. They were bolted down. The new awning has been ordered and it should be installed any day. Once the awning is in the TV will be replaced. We have hired two divers to swim through the entire marina in search of any debris from the storm that might be under water. At this time everything we found has been cleaned up and no debris is in the marina. However, debris can always pass through the marina either above the surface or below. If you think something may be in your slip let us know and we will send a diver down to check. Everything will be back to normal this month.

Island Cove Marina – The renovation of the ships store is complete and the carpet in the men’s room and ladies room has been replaced. We will be replacing the rest room sinks with new vanities this month. We have repaired a dock issue on C dock. B dock was hit by lightning causing power problems but will be repaired immediately.

Palm Harbor Marina – The pilings and dock boxes have been replaced. We will be installing the new awning as soon as it arrives. Once the awning is up we will replace the outdoor TV.


Yacht Harbor Marina – Some minor damage occurred from the tornado and repairs have already been complete. If you notice any issue with your boat like things moved around in the cabin, or a Bimini top damaged it was most likely the tornado.

August Events –

August 1st, 2017 Bands on the Beach –  7-9 p.m. Southern Breeze Gulfside Pavilion

August 8th, 2017 Bands on the Beach –  Rain Date 7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion

August 15th, 2017 Bands on the Beach –  Class X 7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion

August 12th – Sea Turtle Baby Shower – Land Shark Landing on Pensacola Beach 2:00pm-5:00 pm.

August 18th – Gallery Night – Downtown Palafox Street 5:00 pm.

August 22th, 2017 Bands on the Beach – The Scenic Heights 7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion

August 22th, 2017 Bands on the Beach – The Blenders 7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion The Blenders

Marina News June 2017


Let Us know Be sure to let us know if you have changed your contact information. In the unlikely event that we need to get in touch with you regarding your boat we want to be sure we have current e-mail addresses and phone numbers. From time to time we have situations, like a boat is sitting low in the water, and we can’t get on board to check it because it’s locked. Please be sure that your contact info is up to date, thanks.

Bay Bridge construction and safety As I am sure you are all aware the new Bay Bridge construction has begun. The main contractor, SCANSKA, has starting mobilizing at both the Pensacola Ship Yard and the old Runyan property. During the next three years they will be moving barges in and out of Bayou Chico during the course of construction. Most of the activity will be during the week but some traffic may be present on the weekends as well.

    Barges in tow, whether being pushed or pulled, have right of way over almost everything except submarines running on the surface. Boats do not have right of way over tugs and barges, whether you are under sail, power, or standing still. That’s the Coast Guard regulation. That aside simply use common sense. Barges in motion do not turn or stop quickly. It won’t matter if you are in the right or not when a half million ton barge hits a 20,000 lb fiberglass boat. Please be careful this season. Allow a little extra time and stay away from the tugs and barges. We do not expect any significant delays or issues. They monitor channel 16 and will always signal their intensions before moving. A little patience and common sense will keep everyone safe.

June Events –

June 6th, 2017 Bands on the Beach – Buck Nasty & the Cadillac  7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion

June 10th, 2017  The Island Triathlon  Gulfside Pavilion

Pensacola Beach Pier Personal Watercraft Racing

June 13th, 2017 Bands on the Beach –  The Astronauts 7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion

June 16th, 2017 Gallery Night 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Downtown Pensacola

June 20th, 2017 Bands on the Beach –  The Rowdies 7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion

June 27th, 2017 Bands on the Beach –  Deja vu 7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion

June 28th, 2017 - July1st, Pensacola International Billfish Tournament

Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until July 1, 2017 Pensacola Yacht Club

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.

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