Westrec Opens Haulover Marine Center
to Thriving Dry Storage Market
In September 2016, management firm Westrec Marinas opened Haulover Marine Center, a massive dry storage operation on the Intracoastal Waterway at Bakers-Haulover Inlet in North Miami Beach. It houses more than 500 boats, and it was built with the South Florida market in mind, accommodating larger boats, often with multiple engines. Westrec knew the area was hungry for more storage, and the strong demand is filling it up even faster than they anticipated. A project this size takes long-term vision and some patience for the public process.
The Ever-Evolving Marina Electrical Code: NEC 2017 Updates
The marina electrical system is very challenging to design, and one of the most difficult electrical systems to install correctly. In addition, most that are reading this article know that the marina electrical system is one of the most costly installations when compared to other types of facilities. Correctly installing it the first time is imperative. Some of the complexity and cost increases are the result of recent changes in the National Electrical Code (NEC).
A Look Back at OSHA’s Major Changes for 2016 and What’s Coming in 2017
As we start the New Year, many will be focused on boat shows, conferences, and the upcoming boating season. Before we completely say goodbye to 2016, it would be worth reviewing several major OSHA initiatives such as the limitations of employee drug testing and employee retaliation, changes to the chemical labeling standards, and a significant increase in fines levied by OSHA. In 2017, we can expect to see similar significant changes that may have a dramatic impact on the marina and boatyard industry.
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.
Blue Water App B.V. introduces a new mobile reservation app for slips – Blue Water App. The app is GPS-driven and allows boaters to reserve and pay for slips from the app. With fully integrated iBeacon technology, a new feature allows marinas to locate yachts in the area. Through push notifications these yachts are invited to make a booking. The app is mainly used all over Europe the Arabic Gulf. After the METSTRADE show in November 2016, the company has also had local interest from U.S. marinas.
Pettit Paint released two new products, Pettit EZ-Bond thickening epoxy glue and EX-Tex epoxy. The two-part marine epoxy, EX-Tex is for use where permanent waterproof repair is needed. EZ-Bond is a two-part thickening epoxy glue for high-stress bonds that will resist cracking. It is designed for bonding wood, fiberglass, composites and even metals. It is also thickened to prevent sagging and running, and is excellent for bonding surfaces where a gap must be filled. The company said it will also cure at temperatures at low as 35-degrees Fahrenheit and good for winter projects.
MYMIC Training Technologies released a new smartphone app designed to help marinas and boatyards with equipment and facility inspections. Electronic Marine Equipment Checklist or eMEC is available on both Google Play and Itunes. Designed to aid marinas complete OSHA required daily inspections for forklifts and travelifts, eMEC allows the user to scan a barcode, complete a machine specific safety check, and upload the record to cloud storage for retrieval at a later date as needed. The company said eMEC will help facilities enhance safety programs and OSHA compliance with the required daily inspections and records.
Hoist Liftruck offers the Neptune Series, with a spacious cab, air ride seat and tilt steering to provide maximum operator comfort, even in hot weather. The company said the latest CAD three-dimensional technology was used to develop the lift truck for performance, durability, operator safety, comfort, visibility and serviceability. marina lifts are subject to water damage and rust, which is why each Neptune is galvanized, utilizes stainless hardware, put through a three-step paint process, and ultimately powder-coated, to provide maximum corrosion protection. Custom colors and options are available to create personalized boatlifts. The Neptune Series has a capacity range up to 60,000 pounds.
For the underwater diving and boating community, Starfish introduces an underwater drone, connecting its operator on the surface with a 300-foot umbilical cord, designed to haul objects to the surface. The four 12-volt thruster motors are used to maneuver underwater with a video camera on-board, as well as a grappling claw, capable of securing items weighing up to 300 pounds.