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Marina News March 2018

Island Cove MarinaWe have been replacing dock boards as usual, repaired steps on finger piers, and serviced all the electric pedestals on A dock. We will be working our way through B dock and C dock in the next month or two. If you have an issue with anything on your dock let us know and we will get to it first before general maintenance. We will be grading the land and planting grass on the west side of the marina property.

Palm Harbor Marina We have repaired the leaky faucets on the docks. We have also replaced some damaged or missing fence post tops. The dock benches will be finished soon and back on the dock.

Yacht Harbor Marina We replaced the wooden walkway on top of the sea wall. We will be power washing the patio, the tables and chairs in preparation for spring. We have repaired the leaky faucets on the docks.

Bayou Chico Update Many of you are aware that Bayou Chico is perhaps going to be dredged in its entirety. This is the latest news. The County has taken sediment depths throughout the entire Bayou. They are about to take sediment samples to test for pollutants. This is all in preparation for the engineering and permitting to dredge the entire Bayou. About $600,000 is approved and available for the permitting. $12.6 million has just been approved and requires the Governors signature for final approval which will be the start of the funding needed to do all the work. The permit to dredge should be applied for this year but dredging will not start for a couple of years yet.

Coast Guard Auxiliary Safety Check The local Coast Guard Auxiliary will be conducting courtesy Vessel Safety Checks at all three marinas on Saturday March 24th. Having a Safety Check sticker on your boat can help with savings on your insurance and also often saves you from being stopped for a safety check while out on the water. If you are unable to be at the marinas on the 24th you may contact the USCGA and set up a time and place for a safety check. If you have questions or would like to schedule a safety check send an email to either Chuck Meyer cwm32570@yahoo.com or Ed Warren gewfish@aol.com


March 10, 2018 - March 11, 2018 Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts Festival 2018
Location: Gulf Breeze High School-Parking Lot
March 16, 2018 Gallery Night Pensacola - St Patrick's
Location: Downtown Pensacola S Palafox Street
March 24, 2018 Gumbo Cook-Off Hosted by Gulf Breeze Rotary
Location: Gulf Breeze Recreation Center 800 Shoreline Dr
March 30, 2018 Music Under The Stars
Location: 'From The Ground Up' Community Garden
501 North Hayne Street Pensacola

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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850-206-1721 ask for John