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Storm protection improvements at Money Island Marina

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This photo shows new hardware and a safety chain connecting two sections of reconstructed floating dock. The safety chain bolts go through the 4″ beams of the dock below the deck. It the event of a severe storm the pin connecting the docks might break but the chain will likely survive.

Over the past 3+ years since hurricane Sandy we’re made huge progress toward improving our ability to withstand high winds, flooding and even flowing ice. You could say it’s almost been an obsession around here. Here is a partial list of our recent projects:

  • replaced high electric lighting fixtures mounted on poled with lower level more protected solar powered dock lights
  • replaced trash dumpster with “tip-proof” elevated storm proof sealed trash and recycling kiosks
  • stronger signage with plywood backing
  • use of new corrugated roofing materials and construction techniques designed to withstand 80 mph winds
  • replaced commercial port-a-potty with elevated and non-tip-able toilet
  • stainless steel cable tether lines on movable structures and equipment
  • elevated buildings
  • upgraded the water well and pump house to better withstand freezing and flooding
  • installed a water line break alarm system
  • constructed storm-roof crab shedding trays
  • replaced PVC with more flexible and freeze-proof PEX water supply lines
  • constructed an enclosed lumber yard
  • anchored buildings and floating decks to pilings with hurricane straps
  • anchored roofs to buildings with hurricane straps
  • upgraded major supporting beams from 4×4 lumber to 6×6 lumber
  • moved freezer and ice machine from outside deck to inside a closed structure
  • constructed dunes and berms
  • planted dune grass
  • encouraged growth of ground cover on empty lots so that root systems will prevent erosion
  • added rock on most vulnerable shorelines
  • entered partnership with The Nature Conservancy shoreline stabilization project.
  • Used oyster shell, conch shell and clam shell in strategic places to prevent erosion
  • Used various sized porous materials to minimize erosion from drainage in the most vulnerable spots
  • new methods to strengthen pilings and prevent erosion of poles and docks
  • added safety chains to docks
  • installed new quick-disconnect hardware on vulnerable finger docks
  • combining the use of both nails and screws for better overall strength in dock construction
  • upgraded dock hardware to 1/2″ galvanized
  • experimental use of plastic dock angle hardware for flexibility and rust resistance
  • reconstructed docks to be stronger and more resistant to flowing ice
  • replaced older pilings with stronger new poles
  • use a double system of rings plus chains to secure the most vulnerable floating docks (the transition dock near the ramp)
  • replaced older concrete septic tank lids with new sealed plastic lids
  • allow walkways and some decks to float in high water without causing damage
  • replaced storage buildings to gather and contain materials and equipment
  • in general, we don’t leave things laying around outside

Storm protection is an ongoing project for us but we feel confident that we’ve come a long way in the past three years.

 

We love our little Yamaha 2.5 horsepower outboard

This little 2.5 horsepower 4 stroke engine is one of the most fuel efficient outboard engines made. It does not set any speed records but easily moves our 12 foot aluminum rental boat up the creek for perch fishing.

We thought that the sound of an outboard engine would be welcome and comforting in the middle of January.

Surviving the 2016 winter

The wind this week caused some damage but overall we are still doing much better this winter than in past years. On days when the wind dies down we still get some work done at the marina. At this point in mid-January we are beginning to gain hope that we will get through the winter without any major replacements necessary.

This photo below shows ice damage from last year’s severe winter. We replaced 7 of these damaged finger docks with a stronger design and have 2 more under construction now.

ice damages docks

Despite the cold weather now, it won’t be long before reservations for our docks start heating up. Spring striper season beginning in March has been fairly successful for the the few boater who venture out in search of the migrating fish.

Call Bruce at 856-447-3576 to reserve a boat slip for the season opening on March 15.

Boat slip prices and agreement set for 2016

Miss Ocean City docked at Money Island
Miss Ocean City docked at Money Island, January 11, 2016

We just resolved the boat slip questions for 2016:

  • We lowered slip rental prices last year for 2015 to $45 per foot and the rate will remain the same for 2016. There will be a $100 surcharge for the slips with the new finger docks; we have 4 more under construction this winter. The intent is to keep the cost as low as possible for those who are price sensitive but to cover the cost of the new slips and other upgrades over time.
  • Part of D dock, near Bowen’s and away from the recreational boats, will be converted to large boat and commercial boat parallel docks. Our intent is that by removing extra recreational dock capacity we will get back to 100% recreational dock usage more quickly. The number of available slips will decrease from 64 to 45.
  • I made a physical inspection of the docks yesterday. We are in better physical shape than in any past year but will continue to work on a “punch list” of repairs. If you know of anything that needs attention on your dock, please let me know.
  • The slip rental agreement is available for download. Nothing is changed from last year except that Tony will check for and counter-sign the lease agreement before the boat comes in.
  • Please consider giving us a hand by spreading the word. We need a few more boaters who appreciate our “private bay”.
  • http://moneyislandmarina.com/boat-slips/

A reminder about boat safety

Coast Guard Rescues Two off Fortescue, N.J.

“The Coast Guard recommends mariners to carry a working VHF radio, life jackets and signaling devices prior to beginning their voyage. VHF radios have a greater range than cell phones, and provide a direct link to Coast Guard watchstanders.”

Here’s why:

http://www.capemaycountyherald.com/community/coast_guard/article_17b1fe00-b8a2-11e5-b72b-abe6322d3960.html