We hope you and your family safe, healthy, and looking forward to the upcoming summer season! We understand many of you with boats here at the marina are eager to use your boat to get out and practice a little physical distancing. As allowable under Governor Cuomo’s revision to the executive closure order, we will be reopening for regular limited business on Tuesday April 21, 2020. 

Marinas, boatyards, and recreational marine manufacturers, for ongoing marina operations and boat repair/maintenance, where such facilities adhere to strict social distancing and sanitation protocols. Use of such sites for the purposes of personal use or operation of boats or other watercraft is permissible, provided that no establishment offer chartered watercraft services or rentals. Restaurant activity at such sites are limited to take-out or delivery only.

Face masks and social distancing are required of everyone while at the marina.

Please be aware that we are adjusting our operating practices to allow both you and our employees to remain safe and healthy. Since this is all new to us and given the unusual circumstances surrounding our current climate, we ask for your patience as we get back opened up and operating as safely as possible for all.  W

One of the adjustments we are faced with will involve spacing and scheduling the timing of our boat launching and commissioning working around the weather. Best management practices dictate that we cannot have our employees’ group together in confined rooms or spaces during rain events so we will be adjusting our working hours and days to maximize our weather windows. Please be assured we will do our best to get your boat in the water as quickly and safely as we possibly can. In order to minimize any possible exposure to you or our employees, we would ask that you please remain off your boat once launched until we confirm it is commissioned and usable. 

For the immediate future, our main office will continue operate remotely during normal business hours and we would ask that you correspond by either email or phone.

Our buildings and mechanical shops are closed to all but minimal necessary employee traffic. We would ask that you not approach or converse with any of our yard or mechanical employees, please have any and all conversations with the office or management by phone.

For now, our public restrooms will remain closed. We plan to reopen them as conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continue to improve. 

Arriving at the Marina:
Don’t gather at the marina. The marina has always been a social magnet, but for the short term, it should only serve as your gateway to the water. We would ask that you take a direct route to your boat. Avoid approaching any marina employee except in case of an emergency. In addition to sunscreen, pack sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and disposable gloves. Use gloves when handling shared lines, dock carts and fuel pumps. Pack all your food and drinks, chances are your favorite places to stop will be closed.

Wet Slips:
Limit your slip space to only your crew. Avoid the common courtesy of helping others with their lines or accepting help unless there is an immediate need to avoid injury or damage. Wash your hands or use sanitizer after handling someone else’s boat or lines.

Valet Rack Storage:
This season the operating hours will be 8 am to 5 pm daily only. We will no longer operate past 5 pm on weekends. Before requesting your boat to be launched, please make sure you and your crew are totally ready to get away from the dock as soon as your boat is put into the water. Stay away from others waiting for their boats to launch. 

On the Water:
Do not raft up or beach your boat with other boats. Even if you know the others on the other boat, rafting can create an unsafe environment, and, in some states, this activity has led to officials closing access to the water. Anchoring close enough for your boat to swing without hitting other boats is a safe distance. Find a secluded spot away from others to relax. Otherwise, cruise, sail, fish, waterski, and enjoy your day on the water!

Returning to the Dock:
Follow the same guidelines as leaving the dock with your boat. This is not the time for fish stories, drinks or chatting with your fellow boaters back on the dock. Square away your boat and keep moving home. 

Please Be Safe:
We understand that this is a very trying time for everyone and things may not seem as "normal" as before our closure. Like all of you, we are having to adjust our practices to these new circumstances. Our number one priority is keeping both you, your loved ones and our employees safe, while providing the resources for a most enjoyable boating experience for you. To that end, we are also asking all our customers to please continue to educate yourself on how you can do your part to keep those around you safe and healthy. We will continue to implement best management practices and procedures to accomplish this, following guidance from the CDC, OSHA, our national industry trade group (AMI), and other industry leaders.

As always, please feel free to reach out directly to us with any specific questions or concerns. 


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