What to Know When Preparing Marina Storage Agreements

Marine facilities such as marinas, yacht clubs and boatyards provide valuable access to vessel berthing, mooring and storage for boat owners. The amenities and services provided by these marine facilities can be a welcome resource for boat owners along any … Continue reading

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Maintaining a Safe Environment at Your Fuel Dock

A fuel dock may be considered an amenity to some boaters, but it is a tangible added value to a marina, yacht club or boatyard. Though fueling services come with many positives, there are also exposures associated with flammable liquids, namely fires and explosions, and even spillage, which can create the potential for contamination and cleanup obligations.

While fuel dispensing seemingly happens all of the time, the operation should never be taken for granted. Here are some safety basics and best practices. Continue reading

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Launching and Haulout Best Practices

As marina and boatyards operators, you have care, control and custody of precious cargo. During launching and hauling out operations, it is best to eliminate the potential for damage to the boats, property, staff, and visitors.

Many facilities have small ramps designed for trailerable boats; the following recommended practices are designed for larger crafts that will be handled by forklifts or, travelifts.

As general principle, the capacity of all lift equipment should be marked and never exceeded. Lift equipment should be inspected at least annually by a certified service technician. Base the frequency of these inspections on use, severity of service conditions (for example saltwater is harsher than freshwater) and your own experience. The inspection should be consistent with the original manufacturer’s guidelines.

Here are some helpful measures to take when preparing for launching and haulout:
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Slip and Fall Prevention during Boat Shows

Boat dealers, boat builders, marinas, and yacht clubs alike have the opportunity to meet potential and current customers, showcase inventory, and furthermore, make sales during Boat Shows.

Unfortunately, there is often a heightened risk of trip and fall incidents occurring at Boat Shows due to the environment and setting by the water. Where such incidents occur, current or potential customers may develop some animosity toward Boat Show hosts and vendors, and might assert claims of liability for such incidents based on negligence, as well. Fortunately, there are proactive steps owners and boat dealers can take to help reduce the likelihood of slip and fall incidents at Boat Shows.
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Preparing Marinas for the Off Season

Fall has arrived and with that comes the off season for marina and yacht club owners. Just as you would prepare for hurricane season, it’s important to take proactive measures to secure marinas and yacht clubs for the off season. Haul out and winterization services expose a new area of risk for marinas if owners do not prepare properly.
To start with general safety, you’ll want to determine what federal, state, or local requirements apply to your marina. With these in mind, develop written operating procedures for hauling out and storing boats. When transporting boats, do so as close to the ground as possible and contract only with operators that are experienced and certified in such services. As far as storage areas and open yards on the premises, remove any and all obstructions.
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Preparing Marinas and Yacht Clubs for a Hurricane

We are in the heart of hurricane season. While preparing for hurricane season goes a long way, so does maintaining marinas throughout the season in the case that unexpected weather conditions arise. In the past 100 years, Atlantic hurricanes have … Continue reading

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Avoiding Stray Electric Current Problems at Marinas and Yacht Clubs

Potential stray electric current discharge at marinas and yacht clubs can threaten the safety of slipholders and their guests and presents the risk of damage to their vessels berthed at the docks. In fact anyone working in and around the water within marinas and yacht clubs can be impacted by this hazard. Stray electric current is the residual current that ends up diverting to a path other than its intended initial route. Fortunately, the risks of an electrical incident can be identified and reduced with proper safety precautions. Continue reading

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