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Old 04-12-2008, 13:31   #16
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Originally Posted by Badsanta View Post
a small work bench with a vice would be so handy
That would be quite fantastic. It would help prevent stuff falling off the dock for the liveaboards that have to work on the slip next to their boats and would mean I didn't take so much crap home to work on.

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Old 04-12-2008, 13:45   #17
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I can't believe how quickly this thread has obtained responses. Don't any of you guys work? Nobody said anything about escort services. Not for me but for my guests.
I've thought about that. For me it's after midnight, so I have the time. But in general I think it has to do with the question. It's a good question, but when you think about it, not one that takes a great deal of experience, thought or knowledge to answer. If you asked a really technical or specific question, the answers tend to come pretty slowly. Also, questions from females tend to generate more responses.

That said, the answers are for this question pretty well thought out.



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Old 04-12-2008, 17:45   #18
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Friendly - HONEST - Staff and Management!!!
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Old 04-12-2008, 18:00   #19
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Dock Carts that are clean and work and fit on the finger piers so you can offload the groceries onto the boat easily.
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Old 04-12-2008, 18:00   #20
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I don't stay at marinas. I go there with the boat to get fuel and water. I find "living" at a dock 4 feet away from a neighbor on each side is not what I like about "boating" - I have anchored out for 23 years and the few times I
"had" to be at a dock overnight it was not very pleasant - light, noise, no wind...

I would like for them to be attractive, with marine services (free wifi?) and not consume the entire harbor with private moorings.
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is this marina where it will get alot of comng and going or is it farther up a river where it will mainly get just liveaboards and dock renters. this will make a big differance as to what you will do with it. will it be a 24 hr marina or close up after 5? this makes a big differance?
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Keep everything clean and in good working order, charge fair prices for everything, and be friendly and you should do well, I wish you the best with it all.
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Old 04-12-2008, 19:30   #23
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Great comments by all.

You said you are taking over management. How much money will the owner/s allow you to spend on improvements? That the big question.

No matter what you try to do I would put it in a proposal in written form. Explain how it will benefit the marina and how it will generate more income. Get a written budget and if they don't have one create one for them and submit it to them. That is better than trying to explain why you spent X dollars on a play ground.
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What do I like in a marina I am assuming you will allow live aboard.
1 drinking water at each slip
2 electric
3 lights at each finger
4 Welcome felling
5 a covered pavilion with a grill and benches and seats cement floor
6 green area
7 dingy storage spaces
8 ac bathrooms clean and lockable or use with a key pad
9 a area to go into and sit watch TV coffee pot table chairs a lot of marinas call them boaters lounge
10 ice
11 gas, pump out
12 trash cans ever finger
13 Dock helpers for coming and going
14 welcome mats are a nice touch
15 cable with internet I don’t like open shared internet
16 very friendly people
17 a store go to some of the local marinas and see what they have
18 bike racks
19 pools are insurance issues
20 clean carts where the wheels work
21 I don’t like gates I have never been asked to have my boat boarded and enjoy talking to the people walking bye
22 I really like floating docks
23 cold water fountain
24 live aboard events and open events
25 laundry area
26 clean kept up grounds
just a few
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Old 05-12-2008, 04:51   #25
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In a past marina we had a vice mounted on a post. It was fantastic!
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Old 05-12-2008, 20:04   #26
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Dogs on a short leash

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Dogs on a short Leash


Trash Recptacles


Dogs on a short leash

Clean Toilets and Showers

An indoor public area preferably with the showers.

Don't need a pool, ships store, frou-frou restaurant or tiki-bar with steel drum/jimmy buffett impersonator bands

and did I say

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I like a marina staff that actually seems happy to see me. I am quite willing to pay a fair price for a fair service.

Clean, organized, and orderly.

Shade trees and a few lounge chairs.

A one or two page synopsis of the area, within walking distance is very nice. What is where.

Well marked, take the guesswork out of, where do I tie up...

Answer the radio by the 5th call.

And did I say act friendly?
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There are two things I would like to see in a marina. At least the one that I am at.

Security cameras and gates.

I had my 1982 Johnson 7.5 2 stroke motor stolen of the transom last night.

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This is the picky wife chiming in here (gee thanks honey)

And yes I am picky because for now marina = home. And as a work at home mom who homeschools, you bet your bananas we better have a nice place to spend our 24/7

For living aboard...
green space!
pool & playground are a nice luxury, but not necessarily a must
clean, clean, clean
liveaboard friendly
dog friendly
kid friendly
no bar

For cruising
Clean showers/ laundry
nice dinghy dock
friendly to transients who are on the hook
courtesy car
staff with local knowledge
dog friendly
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All great Suggestions, I have nothing to add...

if you create a marina with all these amenities ...let me know, I'll sell my house and move there.....;-)

But it has to have a PUB....with Beer!!....if the kids get a playground, I should get a Pub.

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