Congratulations to Bluewater Bay Marina in Niceville, Florida, the winner of our 2017 Photo Contest. Thank you to everyone for your fabulous photos and your efforts to display the hard work and fun that goes on every day in our industry.
In case you missed it, we were accepting presentation ideas for The Docks Expo, at Music City Center in Nashville, from Dec. 5 to 8. We are working with the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Docks and Marinas course to co-host education sessions, including at least a half-day Clean Marina workshop and other topics on design, operation, trends and more. Thanks to everyone that submitted your great ideas. We’re working steadily on the schedule now and will have more details soon. We hope to see you there.
Dealing with Unwanted Visitors
Many marinas deal with uninvited guests at their docks – rodents, larger animals and birds that come by air and sea, where typical security measures (fences, gates or guards) can’t stop them.
Many products and creative in-house ideas exist for deterring wildlife at the docks. One of the most efficient and inexpensive deterrents for rodents could be a friendly neighborhood cat. Rules for trapping and killing nuisance rodents can be different in each state. Where traps and poisons can be dangerous themselves, a cat prowling the docks and property can do just as good a job.
For more tips on deterring rodents and other animals and birds, read the Water Marks article from the July/August issue here.
Medora Corporation has introduced the AerationPlus circulator to help reduce algae in marinas, around docks and in lakes and ponds. The company’s large scale circulator has been used in over 400 large lakes, but this new smaller version can target specific problem areas covering areas up to three acres. While the circulator itself is all underwater, no electricity or moving parts are in the water making it safe to use in swimming and boating areas. It comes with an ultra-quiet air unit and can also be powered by solar power upon request.
Pettit Marine Paint has released its highest-performance racing finish available, Pettit Paint Black Widow. Providing multi-season protection, the dual-biocide paint can be applied by roller, brush or spray on any racing boat that would benefit from the paint’s four slickening agents: Molybdenum Disulfide, Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), Graphite and Silicon. These lubricants reduce drag allowing for greater speed and less fuel consumption, and are also easy to clean.