The December 2015 issue included part one on the annual industry survey statistics, as well as a look at some stats based on what type of waterbody a facility was located at – inland vs. coastal. This edition has more information on occupancy rates, product/service revenues, slip/service rates, expenses and gross profit. Page 38 also has a detailed look at fuel revenues for the Product Focus section.
Each year Marina Dock Age magazine chooses two marinas – one small (less than 250 slips) and one large (more than 250 slips) – as its Marina of the Year winners. This year, we have a new logo with a tagline that reads For Exemplary Business Practices that Support Customers, the Environment and the Industry. Facilities are judged on these criteria, as well as others (facility improvements, advertising and marketing, benefits to the community and special challenges).
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The inaugural Docks Expo, presented by Marina Dock Age magazine, was held from December 2 to 4 in St. Louis at the St. Louis Union Station Hilton Hotel. Close to 350 industry members gathered to visit the 72 exhibitors and hear from nine different speakers on topics, ranging from industry trends and business performance statistics, project case studies, to electrical design and marina electric code, employee retention and more. The University of Wisconsin-Madison also held its Docks and Marinas course, in conjunction with the Docks Expo.
American Green Ventures introduced its SpillFix Organic Absorbent, available through the JEGS catalog and website. Made of 100 percent renewable organic material, SpillFix instantly absorbs hazardous liquid spills on contact including oils, fuels, solvents, paints and chemicals, enabling faster, cleaner, safer and more effective clean up with minimal downtime. Until now, this spill absorbent has been available only to industrial users. Available in three-quart jars (absorbent capacity two quarts), a seven-pound bag (absorbent capacity two gallons), and a 20-pound bag (absorbent capacity seven gallons).
EnGenius Technologies, Inc., a provider of networking and telecommunications solutions announced the availability of the EnGenius ezMaster™ Network Management Software. The network solution added the free ezMaster software to the comprehensive portfolio of Neutron Series of enterprise-class managed access points (APs) and WLAN controller switches. The scalable Neutron Series Distributed Network Management Solution enables users to easily deploy and manage a few or 1,000+ Neutron Series APs and controller switches to support 10,000+ concurrent users on an unlimited number of networks.
Sea Hawk Paints introduces a new low VOC (volatile organic compounds) versions of its Tuff Stuff Premium Blister Protection System. The new Tuff Stuff low VOC products comply with the rigid VOC limits, set by the California Air Quality Management Board and offer marine service professionals and do-it-yourselfers a low VOC alternative when applying water barrier or corrosion protection coatings to their vessels. Yielding the same superior results as the original Tuff Stuff products, the company said the new low VOC version is extremely effective for blister protection on fiberglass or as a bilge coating because of its resistance to both water and oil.
Pettit Marine Paint released a new superyacht anitifouling system, the Pettit XL Line. The package consists of Pettit’s line of top-selling antifouling products and sold specifically for the large boat market. The Ultima® SR60 multi-season copolymer uses the highest ablative copper load possible (60 percent). Building on the proven technology of Trinidad product line, Trinidad PRO has high copper, hard finish formula that is incredibly durable.
Starborn Industries, Inc. has introduced a new two-inch version of the Cap-Tor® xd PVC and Composite deck screw. This new shorter version of the Cap-Tor xd screw is designed to attach PVC and composite decking to rooftop sleeper systems or for use in other applications where standard 2-1/2” or 2-3/4” Cap-Tor xd screws are too long.
SmartPlug Systems introduces a non-metallic inlet with a new mounting flange and streamlined cover design. It has 30A/125V and 50A/125/250V models for the U.S. market. The inlet is also available in 16A/230V and 32A/230V for Europe.
BuoyRope is a docking line that allows the user to set the boat fender at the perfect height and secure it to the dock at the same time. When BuoyRope is not in use, the company said the fender can be removed and used to tie down and secure inflatables, coolers, fishing gear, life jackets, etc. BuoyRope comes in black, pacific blue, red or yellow and is five feet in length.
Shurhold Industries offers the Soft/Medium Combo Brush, a six-inch brush that features a deck brush with long soft fibers for cleaning and medium short fibers for scrubbing. According to the company, as users push down harder, the stiffer fibers take over to clean the stained area. The brush also snaps into any of the company’s handles and features a solid wood base with rubber wraparound bumper.