Owl Harbor Marina Creates Thriving
Business in Wildlife Haven
Along the California Delta, where a rundown marina once housed derelict boats and their questionable customers, the revived Owl Harbor Marina in Isleton, California, changed the outlook of the business. It did so over a long process of updating the physical facility and educating and updating the customer base, but it was a simple realization about what the facility could be, which really made the difference between something old and neglected and something new and exciting.
Owl Harbor Marina in Isleton, California, the 2016 small Marina of the Year winner, turned a rundown facility into a thriving marina.
Don’t Miss the Boat: the Small Watercraft Trend
To many in our communities, the local marina is as distant and forbidding as Area 51. From the outside looking in they see security fences and locked gates. The unintended message is, “The water is for the privileged few.”
The use of human-powered craft is a growing trend among boaters, and marinas can capture these new customers with docks to accommodate them.
Innovation Continue to Push Develop of New Stormwater Practices at the Waterfront
Since the 1990s marinas have been looking at ways to limit the amount of potentially contaminated runoff that spills from their properties into adjacent waters. While these efforts are not new the means in which to curb the running waters are evolving and there is a new focus on green infrastructure.
SlipShare is a new free app that allow marinas to provide real-time slip availability and let boaters reserve those slips. It uses a proprietary dashboard that allows marinas to update their free profile daily, including information on their amenities, pricing, amenities, photos. It allows marinas to “turn on the vacancy sign” for transient boaters to see open slips. It can be managed from any computer or smartphone. The app carries a catalog of more than 4,500 marinas nationwide. SlipShare is available in the Apple App Store, Google Play and on the web.
Penn Air Solar has introduced Sun-Cleat, a new solar powered lighted cleat. Available in eight or twelve inches, the cleats remain charged for up to 40 hours with just six to eight hours of sunlight, and they come on automatically as skies darken. Each cleat is made of an aluminum alloy with corrosion resistance coating, and the lenses are a shatter resistant polycarbonate. The lights come in amber, green, red or white.
SLURPITS are new living biofilters designed to absorb oil, toxins and pollutants from docks and drains. A patented biofilm of more than 50 organisms eat oil, cellulose gas and pesticides, and once the pollutants are digested the Slurpit can be recycled so it can be used again. Each Slurpit can absorb about a gallon of oil at a time. They can be placed around fuel docks, in each slip, or anywhere else there is a potential for non-point pollutants. The company also makes Slurpits for algae and mosquito control that also use non-GMO, EPA registered natural bacteria, archaea and fungi to digest toxins.
Parkit360 introduces Force 10K power dolly as a tool to maneuver their boats into garages and around obstacles and tight corners. The dolly weighs 67 pounds, can move 10,000 pounds, is powered by a 1.5 hp Bosch electric motor, runing off a 12V deep cycle battery with a built-in monitor and charger. A thumb toggle allows the user to move the dolly forward or in reverse and automatically sets electric trailer brakes when the switch is in the neutral position. It comes with a ball size of choice, 1–7/8 inch, 2 inch, 2–5/16 inch or 50mm.
Lamor Corporation introduces its Seahunter multipurpose connectable plastic workboat. The Lamor Seahunter can serve as a multiple use commercial platform or powered vessel. Each hull is designed to be connected together either at port, starboard or bow with simple lockable pins, or it can be used individually. The catamaran shaped hull is manufactured in rotomolded thermo plastic (PE), which ensures a durable and low maintenance surface. The hull can be equipped with up to a 50hp outboard engine. Additional options available include a steering console with hydraulic steering, electric start, trim/tilt, propeller protection guard, anti-skid material on all flooring, manual davit, tow bar, rear entry ladder, side ladder, cleats, railings, sun cover and trailer.