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From Smartphones to Smart Marinas: How Technology and Automation Is Aiding Operations

Marinas have long used software to manage operations more efficiently – for slip reservations, accounting, customer communication, and a growing list of automated features that keep marina managers at the desk less and out at the dock more. While the marina industry has not been quick to adopt technology at a wild pace, it is gathering speed. In a world where plastic credit cards and Cable TV are becoming obsolete, mobile applications and automation technology are beginning to reshape the marina industry – particularly at the power pedestal, at fuel docks, and at the slip.

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How Changes in Boats and Boating Will Steer Marinas in New Directions

While predicting the future is an inexact science at best, the need for financial foresight frequently justifies the attempt. For business owners, the ability to anticipate where their markets are headed and to adjust accordingly is critical to their long-term success – especially when they’re facing major demographic, economic and technological shifts. The future of marinas clearly rests on the future of boats and boaters – both of which are undergoing significant change. But this does not mean that everything will change everywhere all at once.

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The Dutch company Soel Yachts recently unveiled its SoelCat 12 electric catamaran. Photo credit: Soel Yachts and Dianaplusviki.
Millennials Demand Functional Luxury

High-spending Baby Boomers, floating concrete docks and affordable fiberglass boats built the boating and marina industries we know today. That was then. Today we are facing a serious challenge: as Boomers pass the keys and floating key fobs to the next generation of boaters, who are they passing them to? What do these new boaters want in a marina? Millennials are the up and coming generation and will make up the bulk of our boating population. They are attracted to a different set of facilities and services than those that once satisfied the Boomers.

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The younger generation of Millennial boaters have shifted how the industry defines luxury, and at places like The Wharf in Washington, D.C., are increasing use of human-powered craft.

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Vapor-Tight Light

Hubbel Marine offers the NVX15GHGA incandescent fixture for lighting chronically wet environments like harbor facilities, marinas, yards and vessel engine rooms. The light is USCG approved, vapor-tight, non-conductive light, which features a UV-resistant, glass-filled thermoplastic polyester box for a long life in harsh conditions. It can operate in environments ranging from -40°F (-40°C) to +302°F (150°C). A high-strength protective guard cage helps prevent accidental glass breakage. The Hubbell NVX15GHGA incandescent fixture is designed for ceiling mounting. A pendant-mount version and wall mount bracket offer flexible installation options.

Hubbel Marine

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Acrylic Polymer Coating

Acryfin® Coatings is an acrylic polymer coating that removes the need for replacement or regular staining or painting, while extending the life of decks, docks and concrete. Distributed by Atlantic Distributors LLC of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Acryfin is a VOC free, green certified product that creates a durable, non-skid, splinter free surface. The coating is expertly applied and takes about eight hours to dry. It comes with a 10-year warranty. Acryfin differs from other deck coatings because it is developed with more polymers, resin and fluorine. In addition, the Primer used in applications bonds to the substrate as well as providing a surface on which the product can adhere.

Acryfin

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Marine Forklift

Marine Travelift has expanded its Hydro M Drive marine forklift line to now offer increased capacity and wheel base options. The forklifts now have capacities of 52,000 pounds and larger, while providing a shorter wheel base option for optimal maneuverability. The engine compartment has also been redesigned to allow for easy access. The company said the easy-access engine compartment along with the innovative hydrostatic drive deliver continued productivity, and improved mobility and maneuverability. The innovations also lower maintenance costs and increase precision and efficiency of the Hydro M Drive line.

Marine Travelift

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