Annual Survey Continues to Show Growth in Industry
Performance and Profits
Each year, this survey is distributed to marinas and boatyards around the country to survey them on the factors that contribute to the success of their business and the growth of the industry. This issue has a selection of statistics representing the overall survey respondents, occupancy rates, revenues, gross profits and expenses. For a look at some of the statistical trends, see page 16.
Tennessee Takes Lead in Preventing
Electric Shock Drowning
Water and electricity are a dangerous mix, and by bringing them together marina electrical systems demand proper installation and maintenance. Until recently, electric shock drowning (ESD), which occurs where electricity leakage into freshwater charges the water, creating a deadly force field of electricity, was overlooked.
2017 and Beyond:
A Long-Term Look
at the Top Trends
Shaping the Marina
As convenient as it would be for an annual trends article, the most
impactful trends rarely limit themselves to a single calendar year. Instead, they build slowly over time, taking multiple years for their impact to crest. This is certainly the case for the trends that are increasingly shaping the future of the U.S. marina industry. A discussion with SmithGroupJJR’s Waterfront Practice leaders identified the following key trends for 2017 and beyond, along with the implications for marina design and operations.
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.
Aurora Boat Care Products offers VS721 Bottom Coat™ to combat zebra mussels, as well as algae and barnacles. Each female zebra mussel can spawn up to 2 million each year and attach to boat bottoms, weighing and slowing down boats and moving mussels around. The VS721 polymer is more slippery than water, so zebra mussels can’t grab hold. The VS721 Bottom Coat Seals protects the gelcoat against water mitigation and osmosis blisters. It works on fiberglass, aluminum and hard painted surfaces. Before using VS721 Bottom Coat, the surface must be clean and dry.