Marina News May 2017
Let Us know – We recently had a thunderstorm which caused the cable at Palm Harbor to lose a few channels on COX TV. No one told us for weeks. When we found out we reset the master converter and the channels all came back on. At Island Cove we had a finger pier step that needed some repair. No one told us for months. We walk the docks almost every day but not finger piers. We fixed it the next day. If you see something let us know and we will address the problem in a timely fashion.
Island Cove Marina – We re-covered a coach and chair in the club house. We repaired the siding on the back of the building and removed the curtains for spring. We have been working on dock repairs and will be replacing the five fans on the upper deck with new ones.
Palm Harbor Marina – We have replaced one more of the old wi-fi nodes with a new faster one on C dock. As wi-fi technology continues to get better and more affordable we will continue to upgrade the wi-fi system. We replaced the sprinkler well pump and repaired some of the sprinklers.
Yacht Harbor Marina – We are clearing the parking lot as much as possible to make room for more parking. Even though some slips may not have boats in them they are rented. We currently have 4 small slips available and expect all of them to be rented this month. Because we will be full the staff will try to keep the parking area free of trailers and old cars.
May Events –
May 2nd, 2017 Bands on the Beach – Cross Town 7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion
May 5th, 2017 Cinco de Mayo
May 6th, 2017 - May 7, 2017 – Heyday Watercross National Tour
Pensacola Beach Pier Personal Watercraft Racing
May 9th, 2017 Bands on the Beach – True Blue Band 7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion
May 14th, 2017 - August 20, 2017 (Select Dates) Blues Angel Music Blues on the Bay Concert Series Community Maritime Park
May 16th, 2017 Bands on the Beach - Continuum 7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion
May 19th, 2017 Gallery Night 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Downtown Pensacola
May 20th, 2017 - May 21, 2017 3rd Annual Lionfish Removal & Awareness Day
Plaza De Luna
May 20th, 2017 - May 21st, 2017 Gulf Breeze Optimist Family Fishing Rodeo
Shoreline Park South, Gulf Breeze, FL Gulf Breeze
May 23rd, 2017 Bands on the Beach – Moderate Chop 7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion
May 30th, 2017 Bands on the Beach – Deception 7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion
Marina News April 2017
Special Issue with Spring Commissioning Check List
Spring is here –It is the beginning of our boating season and with that the office at Island Cove Marina will be open seven days a week from 9 to 5. Please let us know if you need any help with spring projects. If you need a ride back from the boat yard to your car or help with lifting something heavy onto the boat, we are here to help just let us know. This is also a good time to be sure we have current contact information for you. Please be sure we have up to date phone #’s and email addresses.
Amenities – We wanted to list some of the amenities available for all of our customers. Even if you have been here for awhile 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 We have live cameras at Palm Harbor and Island Cove viewable 24 hours a day on the internet. Check the web site to view or you can load an app on your smart phone. To view from web site you will need Quick Time which is free. To view from smart phone you will need IViewr from Vivotek $0.99. 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 are now offering the option to receive your monthly bill and News letter via E-mail. E-Billing will arrive a few days earlier then you are use 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 news letter and bill electronically. Please send request to Naybor@BellSouth.net
April 1, 2017 Pensacola JazzFest Seville Square Park
April 04, 2016 Bands on the Beach - Not Quite Fab 7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion
April 11, 2016 Bands on the Beach - Bay Bridge Band 7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion
April 18, 2016 Bands on the Beach - 13th Hourglass 7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion
April 21, 2017 - April 23, 2017 Perdido Key Art & Wine Festival
Villagio Town Centre
April 21, 2017 - April 23, 2017 Pensacola Beach Crawfish Festival
April 25, 2016 Bands on the Beach – Dr. Breeze 7-9 p.m. 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.
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.