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Marina News October 2017

Storm Preparedness We have been lucky lately with both Harvey and Irma missing us. However, it is important to be prepared should a storm find its way to Bayou Chico. One thing we noticed during our storm preparation was the amount of boats that had old or inadequate boat lines. Many people came down and removed sails and Bimini’s and added additional lines. It is extremely important to have proper dock lines in good condition. We suggest you replace your dock lines every five or so years. Should a dock line break during a storm, damage to your boat, your neighbors boat, or the dock is almost guaranteed. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed so we don’t have to deal with anymore storm warnings this season. And as always if you need help or have questions regarding storm preparation don’t hesitate to ask us.

The Fall Season With the beginning of fall comes cooler weather. The cooler weather offers a great occasion to spend nights out on the boat without the need to run the generator and AC. We still have plenty of time to enjoy boating before the cold north winds begin to blow. Please take advantage of the nice weather and enjoy your boats. Fall is one of the best boating seasons of the year.  

Island Cove MarinaWe have been power washing the docks to reduce them being slippery when wet. But even when clean, the docks can be slippery when wet, so please always use caution. After a heavy rain, everything around a boat seems to get slippery. Remember the holiday season is fast approaching so if you would like to reserve the club house for a get together reserve it early.

Palm Harbor Marina We have replaced some of the siding on the rest room building and repainted some of the exterior.  We will be replacing the TV this month. This was delayed because of the storm predictions. The side curtains will go back up as soon as the weather cools down a bit.


Yacht Harbor Marina We are going to do some work on the parking lot gravel. When we have heavy rain, puddles tend to form near the dock gate. We hope to have this complete this month and may ask folks to move vehicles when we start. We are also working on repair and maintenance on the sea wall this month.

October Events –

September 29, 2017 - October 1, 2017 - 40th Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival

October 2017 Bands on the Beach –  every Tuesday evening 7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion

October 7, 2017 – Oktoberfest Flora-Bama Lounge, Package and Oyster Bar

October 13, 2017 - October 15, 2017 58th Pensacola Greek Festival Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation

October 19, 2017 - October 29, 2017 Pensacola Interstate Fair Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds

October 20th – Gallery Night – Downtown Palafox Street 5:00 pm

Old Marina News September 2017 

Trailer Parking – Our policy on trailer parking is that if you need to park a trailer for a short time, like a week or so, it’s not a problem. Just let us know and we will try to find a good spot for it. However long-term trailer parking is another issue. Trailers are like rabbits, leave two parked for a while and before you know it the parking lot is full of trailers. We do not offer free long-term parking of trailers. If you would like to store a trailer on marina property please let us know and we will discuss availability and price. If you are not paying for a spot the trailer has got to go.

Island Cove Marina – We have replaced the rest room sinks with new vanities this month. We have replaced nodes B-1 and C-2 with new high speed nodes for the Wi-Fi. The old nodes were damaged in a lightning storm. We power washed the deck leading to A dock. The docks can be slippery when wet so please always use caution.

Palm Harbor Marina – We have once again increased the speed and bandwidth of the Wi-Fi system. You should see a marked improvement in the speed. As the technology of the Wi-Fi nodes improves we make changes to the network to improve quality and speed. We have replaced the awning with a new one. We will be replacing the TV this month. The side curtains will most likely go back up in early October.

 IP Cameras – For several years now we have had IP cameras at Island Cove and Palm Harbor. They allowed us to have 24 hour a day live video of the marinas available on the internet. At the time of installation, the cameras and the install cost a bit over one thousand dollars per camera. During the tornado at Palm Harbor and the lightning damage at Island Cove both cameras have been destroyed and need to be replaced. What we have found over the past few years is that the cameras are barely ever used and provide little benefit. Because of the high resolution of the cameras they use a lot of band width to broadcast all the time slowing down the Wi-Fi system. The technology has changed, the cameras have come down in price. Now you can buy a camera with motion detection, video recording on the cloud that you can put on your boat that will notify you as soon as anyone comes near for less than $200. So, at this point we are not going to put back the IP cameras. They have perhaps become obsolete.

Yacht Harbor Marina – We have replaced faucets in the rest rooms with new ones. We are going to do some work on the parking lot gravel. When we have heavy rain, puddles tend to form near the dock gate. We hope to have this complete this month. You should also see an increase in data speed on the Wi-Fi. We have made some improvements.

September Events

September 2, 2017 - Gulf Coast Summer Fest - Jazz Edition Community Maritime Park

September, 2017 Bands on the Beach –  every Tuesday evening 7-9 p.m. Gulfside Pavilion

September 15th – Gallery Night – Downtown Palafox Street 5:00 pm.

September 29, 2017 - October 1, 2017 - 40th Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival

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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