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Marina News December 2017

 Happy HolidaysWe wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The event center will be decorated for the Holidays and the tree will be up soon. There will be a number of parties going on this month and some dates are still open if you would like to use the event center for a party. As always we greatly appreciate our customers and hope that your stay with us is a pleasant one. We are here for our guests and wish you all a Happy Holiday!

Holiday Schedule – This year the holidays fall on Sundays and Mondays and the office will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day. So the office will be closed December 24th, and 25th and December 31st, and January 1st. Let us know if you need anything from us prior to these dates. Pump outs will be done on Tuesday prior to each holiday.

Rate Change for 2018 – Island Cove Marina will have no rate increase. Palm Harbor Marina’s rate will increase slightly by $.20 per ft. and Yacht Harbor Marina’s rate will not increase. The changes go into effect next year. Fixed monthly rates at all three Marinas will not change.

December Events –

December 02, 2017 Pensacola Beach Lighted Boat Parade 6 p.m. Lighted Boat Parade from Sabine Marina to the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk 6:30 pm

December 09, 2017 34th Annual Pensacola Christmas Parade 5:15 p.m. Downtown Spring & Garden Streets Pensacola, FL 32502

December 15, 2017 Gallery Night 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Downtown Pensacola

December 31, 2017New Years Eve Fireworks Casino Beach 8:00

December 31, 2017 Pelican Drop Downtown on Palafox MAYBE?

January 1, 2017 Polar Bear Dip Flora-Bama Bar & Grill  Fun for the whole family go to the Flora-Bama web site for more details. wwwflorabama.com

Water on the Docks – We all take clean potable water on the docks for granted but when the weather is freezing the water will be shut off. Please plan accordingly and be sure your water holding tanks are full before any freeze. Also please be careful about leaving hoses on. Never leave the hose on when you’re not on the boat. Many boats have sunk because the hose was left on and a water line in the boat busted loose. Be careful.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a Happy New Year!

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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