Golden Marine Systems offers vital guidance on preparing marinas for hurricane season

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Golden Marine Systems, a prominent provider of marine infrastructure solutions, offers crucial guidance to prepare marinas for hurricane season. Drawing from extensive experience in the marine industry, the company emphasizes proactive measures to mitigate potential damage and ensure safety.

Hurricanes pose significant threats to coastal communities, making marinas especially vulnerable. To assist marina operators and boat owners, Golden Marine Systems advises:

Develop a Comprehensive Emergency Plan: Create a detailed plan outlining procedures for securing the marina, evacuating vessels, and ensuring personnel safety. Regularly review and update the plan based on past experiences.

Secure Infrastructure: Inspect docks, piers, and other structures for wear or damage. Reinforce weak points and secure loose items to prevent them from becoming projectiles in high winds.

Secure Vessels: Ensure all vessels are properly secured with adequate lines and fenders. Consider relocating boats to safer locations or hauling them out of the water.

Remove Potential Hazards: Clear debris, including equipment, trash, and vegetation, to prevent hazards during storms.

Communicate Effectively: Maintain open communication with marina tenants, local authorities, and emergency agencies. Keep stakeholders informed and provide guidance on evacuation procedures.

Monitor Weather Conditions: Stay informed about approaching storms by monitoring forecasts from the National Hurricane Center and local authorities. Take proactive measures based on the latest information.

Prepare for Power Outages: Develop contingency plans for power outages, including backup generators and emergency lighting. Ensure essential equipment remains operational during power loss.

Stay Informed and Flexible: Remain vigilant throughout hurricane season and adjust plans based on evolving weather conditions and guidance from authorities.

Michael Shanley, President of Golden Marine Systems, stresses the importance of proper preparation for minimizing hurricane impacts on marinas and ensuring safety. The company remains dedicated to supporting marinas and coastal communities in preparing for and mitigating hurricane impacts.

During Hurricane Ian’s devastation in Southwest Florida, Golden Marine Systems’ over-engineered products, like Golden Boat Lifts and marinas, withstood the destruction. The company single-handedly rebuilt marinas, restoring Fort Myers Beach to its natural beauty.

For a free Hurricane Preparation Plan for marinas, please visit goldenmarinesystems.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Marina-Hurricane-Prep.pdf

Impressive New Dock Project for Marine Max Pensacola

Golden Marine Systems, a leading provider of innovative marine solutions based in Fort Myers, Florida, proudly announces the completion of the ‘B’ dock construction project for Marine Max Pensacola. Renowned for its exceptional specifications and seamless execution, the project underscores Golden Marine Systems’ commitment to excellence in marine infrastructure.

The newly constructed dock, extending an impressive 358 feet, boasts side-to-tie functionality and comprises 19 slips designed to accommodate vessels of up to 70 feet in length. Notably, the addition of a 100-foot fuel dock, featuring custom flotation tailored for a ship store, enhances the dock’s versatility and utility for boaters.

Key components of the project include Golden Marine Systems’ state-of-the-art 850 Series single track system, renowned for its reliability and performance. Further enhancing durability and aesthetics, the dock features Endeck PVC decking, ensuring enduring resilience against the elements. Additionally, the incorporation of 12″ GMS adjustable cleats ensures secure mooring, while pile guides and finger piers enhance functionality and safety for boaters.

GCG Construction, a reputable general contractor based in Fort Myers, Florida, played a pivotal role in overseeing execution, ensuring adherence to the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship. Furthermore, installation management was expertly handled by Mid-Coast Marine, guaranteeing meticulous attention to detail throughout the project lifecycle.

Mike Shanley, President of Golden Marine Systems, expressed his gratitude for the seamless collaboration between Mid-Coast Marine and GCG Construction, citing their collective efforts as instrumental in the project’s resounding success. “The completion of the ‘B’ dock project for Marine Max Pensacola exemplifies our unwavering commitment to delivering superior marine solutions,” stated Shanley. “We are immensely proud of the craftsmanship and innovation showcased in this project, and we look forward to continuing to exceed the expectations of our clients.”

Leesburg Revitalization Includes New Docks for Marina

The City of Leesburg, Florida, was in the final stages of an ambitious public waterfront revitalization in October. In order to expand public boating access and enhance recreational opportunities, the city added fixed and floating docks at Venetian Cove Marina, at the north end of Lake Harris.

The fixed aluminum dock system from Golden Marine Systems is designed for greater space between pilings than a comparable wooden structure. That not only saved the city money, but also made the docks more attractive to view from shore. The floating dock section, also from Golden, features adjustable pile guides, cleats and 22 finger piers with power pedestals, water service, and a fire suppression solution. Both docks have composite decking. Golden also supplied four heavy-duty gangways and a security gate.

Kelly Brothers, Inc. of Fort Myers installed the new docks. “The docks turned out great,” said John Folker, City of Leesburg project manager. “We host several bass fishing tournaments that have a lot of boating and pedestrian traffic. Plus, the area ties into many popular islands within Lake Harris and its adjoining lakes. The revitalized waterfront with new docks will be a huge asset for the city.”

Other improvements at the site include a new restaurant and extensive landscaping. The area offers walking trails and access to Rogers Park and Pat Thomas Stadium, both popular event venues.

The Venetian Gardens renewal project was funded through grants from Lake County and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Bayview Harbor Upgrades Marina Basin

Bayview Harbor, located between New York Harbor and Cape May in Barnegat Light, New Jersey, recently completed renovations on one of its two marina basins. Bayview Harbor has 150 slips that can accommodate vessels 25 to 120 feet in length. The marina recently upgraded its north basin by replacing the old fixed docks with new slips from Golden Marine Systems (GMS). According to Mike Shanley, president of GMS, the project utilized Golden Marine Systems’ 850 Series single track system which features adjustable cleats, pile guides, and finger piers. Golden also manufactured the gangways. The crew at Bayview topped the docks and gangways with Cumaru hardwood decking. The new slips, which comprise over 9,500 square feet of dockage, are equipped with water and either 30 or 50 amp electrical service. Picnic tables, bathrooms, and showers have also been added to the campus.

The marina has 150 slips equipped with water and either 30 or 50 amp electrical service, a fuel dock, a 40-ton travel lift, a ship’s store, repair services, and winter storage.

“Our fixed docks were in need of repair and our new floating docks are so much more accessible,” said owner Tom MacArthur. “Many customers have expressed how happy they are with the investments and improvements.” Bayview has plans to continue the improvements by installing a pumpout station on their fueling dock and constructing new buildings at both of the two basins. Similar to the upgrade in the north basin, the marina plans to overhaul the south basin as well by replacing the old docks.

“Bayview Harbor is comprised of what had been two multi-generational marinas along one of the prettiest stretches of Barnegat Bay,” MacArthur said. “The facilities had become a little tired over time and it has been so exciting to combine them and breathe new life into the marina for another generation. New floating docks, plus gardens and trees, combined with our stunning views of Barnegat Bay makes it beautiful for our boaters.”

The marina’s location near the Barnegat Inlet provides easy entry to the Atlantic for seasonal and transient boaters, as well as access to topside amenities such as restaurants, shops, galleries, and the Viking Village fishing fleet. The marina offers gas and diesel fuel, a 40-ton travel lift, mechanical and hull services, a ship’s store, and winter storage.

Aventura, Florida Marina Undergoes Improvements

Mystic Pointe Marina in Aventura, Florida, has recently completed the first wave of improvements as part of an overhaul to their docking system. The existing docks, made of wood and over 30 years old, had long since passed their projected life of 25 years. “Not only was the exterior deteriorating visibly, but all the utilities were in need of repair and failing from corrosion,” said Todd Tennen, marina HOA president.

The new aluminum dock system, manufactured by Golden Marine Systems of Fort Meyers, Florida, incorporates their 950 Series double-track system for the main docks and their 850 Series single-track docks for the finger piers. The docks allow for adjustable cleats, and pile guides, and include utility troughs that allow for easy topside access to facilitate the installation and maintenance of in-slip utilities. Tennen noted that since the upgrades, the utilities are more reliable and have safety features the old system never had. Tennen was quick to praise the stability of the new docking system. “Walking on our new dock system feels more like walking on a fixed dock or a concrete floating dock, a tremendous improvement in stability and appearance over our old natural wood docks. Phase One is now complete and that section looks better than ever,” he added.

Construction of Phase Two will include an additional 47 slips and is slated to begin in June 2023. Michael Shanley of Golden Marine Systems explained that manufacturing of the second phase docks is set to begin in the fall of 2022.
This time between the two construction phases, where elements of the original wooden docking system co-exist with the new docks, has allowed the opportunity of comparing the old system with the new. “Since the completion of Phase One, you can see the contrast of quality and appearance. It is like night and day and no doubt, one of the reasons sales of slips have been at record speed and at the highest prices ever,” Tennen said.

Golden Marine Systems Restores Gulf Harbour Yacht Club

Golden Marine Systems played a role in the recent reopening of Gulf Harbour Yacht and Country Club in Fort Myers after the devastation of Hurricane Ian. Phase 1 of the restoration project has been completed, showcasing a selection of 101 slips capable of accommodating boats up to 80 feet in length just 18 months after the storm. Golden Marine Systems and contractor, MidCoast Marine, employed the top-of-the-line 950 Series double track for the main sections and 850 Series for the finger piers, ensuring both durability and functionality. Sixteen-inch GMS adjustable cleats, featuring the Gulf Harbour logo, adjustable pile guides and finger piers were integrated to provide the finishing touches. Custom utility troughs with removable panels were installed for easy access to utilities. Also included were Endeck Ashwood decking and facia, complemented by heavy-duty D-Fenders for added protection.

 

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Golden Manufacturing awards 2024 scholarship

The 2024 Golden Opportunity Scholarship has been awarded to Amanda Holcroft. Presented by Golden Manufacturing and the Association of Marina Industries (AMI), the scholarship provides financial assistance to deserving marina industry professionals.

Holcroft will attend an upcoming AMI Certified Marina Manager (CMM) course for marina managers and operators. The AMI Training Institute has classified over 400 individuals with this distinction.

“Achieving CMM certification is a fantastic opportunity to further my career, network with other industry professionals, and obtain valuable information that can be implemented in the marinas I oversee,” said Holcroft. “I’m honored to be a recipient of the scholarship and can’t thank Golden and the AMI enough for this amazing opportunity!” A graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Holcroft oversees the day-to-day operations of four Newburyport Marinas in Massachusetts.

“We are very fortunate and happy to award this year’s scholarship to Amanda,” said Michael Shanley, Golden Marine Systems president. “The CMM program offered through AMI is the most comprehensive and prestigious designation that a marina professional can achieve. We encourage current and future marina professionals seeking this designation to apply for the Golden Opportunity Scholarship at www.marinaassociation.org/goldenscholarship.”