2017 Boat Slip Paperwork and Slip Waiting List

The 2017 Boat Slip paperwork is in the mail.  Folks should be receiving them soon.  Don’t put it in a safe place for later (and forget where it is)!  Fill it out now and get it in the mail.  If we don’t hear from you by February 28, 2017, your slip will go to someone on the waiting list.  If you do not need a slip this season, please do us and folks on the waiting list the courtesy of letting us know.

Looking for a boat slip on the Great Sacandaga Lake?  Call now or email us to get on the waiting list.

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What’s that Pink Stuff on the Vinyl?

So you’re getting the boat ready for storage, but there’s this pink/orange/purple stain on the vinyl.  What is it?
There’s the ‘traditional’ black stain, which is in-fact mold/mildew.  And then there’s the pink stain.  This is not mold or mildew, but a by-product of a bacterial microorganism.  The by-product is a pink/red dye, which is soluble in upholstery vinyl.  When it comes into contact with vinyl, it causes a pink stain.  Starbrite’s tech folks have provided their best solution, so far.  It’s not perfect, but it gets the job done.  Here’s their Ultimate Mold and Mildew Solution:3 Step Mold & Mildew Elimination
  1.  Starbrite Mildew Stain Remover.  Spray the vinyl thoroughly.  Saturate a rag with the MSR and lay it on the affected surface for 24 hours.  Stain should be gone, if not re-apply.
  2. Starbrite Mold and Mildew Eliminator.  Follow the directions on the package to mix the sachet with water.  Spray (again saturate) the area and leave it on.  For best results, re-apply about every 60 days.  This kills the mold, mildew, etc.  The mix in the spray bottle is only good for 15 days, so don’t be afraid to use it up.
  3. Starbrite Mildew Stain Blocker.  This is a barrier to help prevent mold and mildew growth.  Apply this once you’ve done all the work of cleaning your vinyl.
 We stock all 3 steps to clean vinyl.
Also available:  Mildew Odor Control for storage and Mildew Odor Control -fast release (4-6 hours).
Mildew Stain Remover
Mold & Mildew EliminatorMildew Stain Blocker

End of a Wonderful Season!

Morning fog at Sacandaga Lake MarinaThe boating season is quickly coming to an end with the lake dropping about a foot a week.  Our dock season will be coming to an end on September 11th.

Please make plans accordingly.

  1. If you are bringing your boat in by water, please make sure you have fenders and dock line.  Note that our docks will be pulled in by mid-September.
  2. If you want us to haul your boat, make sure we have the keys and the trailer and update us on your plans.
  3. If you are thinking about having us store your boat for the winter, please let us know as soon as possible.  Storage is filling quickly.
  4. If you stored with us last year and would like to do so again, please let us know.
  5. If you stored with us last year and have made other arrangements, please let us know.  Others could use your spot.
  6. If you have any questions, please ask. (518) 863-8112

Thank you for a great season!

The Docks Are Open!

Boats moored at Park Marine Base on the Great Sacandaga LakeOur docks are open and ready for your boat.  All slips are numbered and assignments are posted on the store door.

The gas dock hours are Friday & Saturday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  We have 91 octane Ethanol Free gas!

Impellers 101 Or Should the impeller be changed this season?

Here’s a quick and dirty on water pump rubber-vaned impellers. The function of the cooling system is to  remove excess heat from the engine and other components.  Seawater is picked up from the drive system lower unit and pumped through the engine to absorb excess heat.  Intake & discharge portsThe impeller rotates in an eccentric housing, in which the drive shaft is off center.  The impeller rotates whenever the engine is turning.  The cavities between the vanes pick-up water as they pass over the intake port and as the vane cavities pass over the discharge port, they collapse, displacing the water from the pump, pushing it through the system.  The impeller is lubricated and cooled by the water that it pumps.  Running the pump without water will quickly destroy the impeller.
Volume and Pressure ImpellersThere are two types of impellers.  High pressure-low volume and low pressure-high volume.  Floppy Vane High Volume-Low Pressure ImpellerA volume type impeller will develop lower pump and system pressure, but deliver a high volume.  The impeller vanes have low tension which limits pump pressure.  This type of pump will allow limited pumping of contaminated water and very limited operation with no water present.  A pressure type impeller will develop higher pump and system pressure, but deliver low volume.  These impeller vanes are under a higher tension in the housing which makes the pump more susceptible to damage from contaminated water or dry operation.
Every manufacturer has their own recommended service interval for impellers.  Pressure type impellerIn general, the short vane, high pressure-low volume impeller should be replaced annually/100 hrs; the floppy vane, low pressure-high volume impeller should be replaced every 3 years/300 hrs.  And of course, both should be replaced when cooling problems occur.  If the impeller is damaged with blades missing, make sure that you find the missing blades.  They could be stuck downstream from the pump interfering with proper flow.
Pressure type impellerNow that you’ve got the basics, it’s time to check your maintenance records and the manufacturer’s recommended service interval.  When was the last time your engine’s impeller was changed?  Call now to schedule service!

Open for Service!

Outboard service at Park Marine BaseThe days are getting longer and despite an occasional cold front warmer.  It’s time to think about getting your boat ready for summer.  Soon we’ll be basking in sun beams and warm water.  This time in between should be used to get ready and geared up for the season.  To help with that, we are open.  Our April hours are Thursday 10 am – 2 pm and Friday & Saturday 9 am – 5 pm.  Boat and engine service is available.  Call us now for spring service.

The lake is slowly on the rise.  Our scheduled dock opening still looks good for May 15th.  We’ll keep you posted on any changes.  We still have some boat slip openings.  Call now to reserve your slip.Boats moored at Park Marine Base on the Great Sacandaga Lake

Boat Slips for the 2016 Boating Season

After a brisk walk yesterday in sub-zero temps with an even colder wind chill and today being just as cold, I thought it would be appropriate to send out this reminder.  All of our last year boat slip holders should have received their dock notices over the last couple of weeks.  If you didn’t (or you lost it), let us know today.  Slip Agreements and deposits are due no later than February 29, 2016, so don’t set it aside thinking you’ll do it later, because you know deep down you’re going to forget!  If you don’t need a slip this year, please do us the courtesy of letting us know.

We do have a waiting list for this season.  Once the deadline for last year’s slip holders has past or folks let us know they do not need a slip, we’ll move on to the waiting list.  Call or email now to be placed on our waiting list.Boat

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!  Thank you for a great boating season.  Your continued support and loyalty means a lot to us.  A shout out goes to the elves who helped prep the marina this spring, your help was invaluable.

We are asked many times what we do during the winter.  Well, the short answer is rest!  We do house projects that we weren’t able to do in the summer.  A 100+ year old house has a lot of never ending projects.  We cross county ski.  Hopefully this happens soon!  I just saw an extend forecast for 8″-12″ of snow; keep wearing those jammies insideout!  Let’s not forget the never-ending Mercury training cycle, which includes both hands-on classroom instruction and on-line courses and yearly updates.  It’s Mary’s turn this year to attend classroom training in Laconia, NH.  This year’s classes include:  Mercruiser Catalyst Advanced Diagnostics, Joystick Piloting Systems and Outboard Verado.  While some of these are review, a lot of classroom discussion is generated with other techs to discuss various problems encountered in the field.  In between all of this, we are getting ready for the boating season.

We wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Joyful and Prosperous New Year!

David, Mary, Virginia, Katie, Sarah and Michael

 

The Boating Season is Winding Down

Morning fog at Sacandaga Lake MarinaThe boating season is winding down and we’re winding up for the start of the storage season.  Our dock season will be coming to an end shortly.  The lake is low and dropping quickly.  Based on the current rate of drop, the docks will close on September 16th.

Please make plans accordingly.

  1. If you are bringing your boat in by water, please make sure you have fenders and dock line.  Note that our docks will be pulled in before the end of September.
  2. If you want us to haul your boat, make sure we have the keys and the trailer and let us know.
  3. If you are thinking about having us store your boat for the winter, please let us know as soon as possible.  Storage is filling quickly.
  4. If you stored with us last year and would like to do so again, please let us know.
  5. If you stored with us last year and have made other arrangements, please let us know.  Others could use your spot.
  6. If you have any questions, please ask. (518) 863-8112

Thank you for a great season!

The Docks are Ready! Are you?

Our docks are ready for your boat.  We managed to get them out and repaired a week early.  Well mostly repaired, still have a few odds and ends to do this weekend.  Slip assignments are posted on the store door.

The gas dock hours are Friday & Saturday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  We now have 91 octane Ethanol Free gas!

A hand full of boat slips are still available.  Don’t miss the opportunity for a summer home for your boat, Call Now!Docks at Park Marine Base