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Marina News May 2018

Spring Cleanup Boat trailers and work trailers that are not leasing space from us for parking cannot stay more than a day or two. If you have a trailer you bring to the marina, take it home at night or rent a space from us. We have started 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 we don’t know what belongs to a boater and what was abandoned here by old customers. No one wants to come to a junk yard and its getting cleaned up. If you have anything of value around the property you should let us know or get it out of here.

Pump Out Boat We have had problems with the pump on the pump out boat lately. It has some age on it and our continuing repairs are causing some down time. A complete new pump system is $10,000 and a rebuilt pump is only about $4,000. Unfortunately, the pumps are from Germany and both parts and pumps are currently on backorder. We are on the list for a reconditioned pump and the pump on the boat is currently in working order. Hopefully we will have a new rebuilt pump soon and the inconvenience of not being able to pump you out every week will be a thing of the past. Our pump out boat is currently working and there are actually 3 other pump out stations on Bayou Chico should you need a pump out.

Oil Recycling We have motor oil recycling at Island Cove Marina. It costs the Marina for every gallon of oil and oil filter we recycle. On our last oil pick up there was 13 gallons of water in the oil so we had a rather large bill from the oil recycling company. We will be locking the oil recycling center so just ask at the ship store for us to unlock it when dumping motor oil.

New Pass around the Island The US Coast Guard replaced the day markers on the channel to the south of the Island in front Island Cove Marina. The channel runs from Island Cove, past Bells Marine and Pelicans Perch. It is a shorter way to get out of the Bayou from Island Cove. At high summer tide it is 6’ deep but at low summer tide it is 4.5’. At low winter tides I wouldn’t try it at all. If your draft is 4.5’ or more I suggest you continue to go around and stick to the main channel except at high tide. It has been made deeper from the tidal flows and commercial traffic. Use it at your own risk but it is a nice short cut.

May Events –

May 01, 2018 Bands on the Beach – Twang Gang7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion

May 05-06, 2018 Pensacola Crawfish Festival – Bartrum Park downtown

May 08, 2018 Bands on the Beach –  True Blue Band 7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion

May 12-13th Pro Watercross National Tour – Pensacola Beach Pier 11:00 to 6:00 Saturday and 9:00 to 3:00 Sunday

May 15, 2018 Bands on the Beach – Mass Kunfuzion 7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion
May 18, 2018 Gallery Night 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Downtown Pensacola

May 22, 2018 Bands on the Beach –  Deception 7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion

May 29, 2018 Bands on the Beach – The Rowdies 7-9 Gulfside Pavilion

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.