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Old 09-16-2020, 02:01 PM
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Angry Are there marina's that do not allow any work on your own boat?

If the boat is in the boat yard, not in the water. I understand liability concerns about dangerious projects but cleaning your cabin? Washing and waxing? Removing canvas? Winterize water systems? Is this common? All my life I have done my own work if I wanted but now I can't?
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Originally Posted by JOK View Post
If the boat is in the boat yard, not in the water. I understand liability concerns about dangerious projects but cleaning your cabin? Washing and waxing? Removing canvas? Winterize water systems?
I am in fort lauderale and there is really only one that will let you bring in your own subs and or do your own work. Subs will still need liability insurance and or workers comp.
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well yes and NO, if they will take certification from your insurance if you can self insure and release them from any and all liability. Welcome to the LAWYERS WORLD, my man. a salesman walks onto your property and is injured, even if it's their own falt you will need an attorney or good property insurance. As for your BOAT, the laws are not the same.
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You must really be unhappy because you posted this twice! :>)
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My brother rebuilt both of his buddies 8-92 Detroit’s sitting in his slip.
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Been at marinas up and down the East coast, mostly dry storage, and none of them had any provisions against washing your boat or other simple and routine steps to keep a boat working, like winterizing. I intentionally did not use the word maintenance, because that adds another layer of complexity to the question. Check your contract or, if looking for a new marina, ask for a copy of their standard contract, to see what is and is not allowed. Many do not want outside contractors because they have their own on site, as well as the potential liabilities mentioned above.
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The question is "Do any marinas allow maintenance by boat owners ?"
Old 09-17-2020, 07:28 AM
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All depends on the yard, some allow you (owner to do work), typically minor, but you have to be sensitive that they are running a business and paying high taxes.
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I am in a full service marina that lets you do pretty much anything you want. The only thing they ask is that outside contractors check in with the main desk and have an insurance certificate. They don't even clip the outside contractors for a 10% cut.

I've had canvas contractors, had an engine removed and replaced and had diesel mechanics work on my boat and there was never an issue. They will paint your bottom if you ask, but most folks do their own. They do have an onsite canvas shop and they do engine repairs. The marina has an on site fiberglass business and you can use them, have another contractor in or do it yourself.

Several years ago I removed and replaced both inboard engines in my boat. The marina supplied a crane to lift the engines and put them in my truck and drop the new engines in. My cousin and I did all the work. The marina charged me $150 for the crane service. When I ordered the new engines, the marina off loaded them from the truck and allowed me to keep them in their storage facility while I was prepping them for installation at no cost.

Like I said above, this is a full service marina, but they have no issue with anyone doing work on their boats, even if it's outside contractors. This is my 23rd season at the marina and I have nothing but good things to say about them. I am a hands on guy and if someone told me I could not work on my boat, I'd look elsewhere. That said, the area is loaded with marinas that don't allow outside contractors, but I don't know of any that won't let you clean, wax and do your own minor repairs.

The marinas that don't allow you to do any of your own work are in the more affluent areas of the state that cater to high rollers. Not many guys that have those big gold platers are into doing much of anything. Even if I was rich, I want to have a hand in the maintenance of my boat.
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Originally Posted by caper View Post
The question is "Do any marinas allow maintenance by boat owners ?"
Don't be "that guy". You know, or at least should, that there is a big difference between washing and waxing a boat and replacing an engine. Even though they would be considered "maintenance," there is a big difference between the two and you should also know that pretty much every marina would treat them completely separately. While the first is pretty much a given, there are many marinas that would not allow the later, especially if done by an outside source.
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Been lucky to not have that issue yet. The ones I've been at had a service rack they let you use, since they were dry storage. He'd let me leave my boat on the service rack which had a power outlet nearby for maintenance, cleaning, etc. Contractors had to check in at the desk and provide ID, it was gated and you can't get in without a gate card as it is.
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I'm no business man but seems like these questions should have been asked before you signed your name on the paper.
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Ours you can do whatever, change oil, parts ect in the lot on your own.
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Originally Posted by Fine Catch View Post
I am in a full service marina that lets you do pretty much anything you want. The only thing they ask is that outside contractors check in with the main desk and have an insurance certificate. They don't even clip the outside contractors for a 10% cut.

I've had canvas contractors, had an engine removed and replaced and had diesel mechanics work on my boat and there was never an issue. They will paint your bottom if you ask, but most folks do their own. They do have an onsite canvas shop and they do engine repairs. The marina has an on site fiberglass business and you can use them, have another contractor in or do it yourself.

Several years ago I removed and replaced both inboard engines in my boat. The marina supplied a crane to lift the engines and put them in my truck and drop the new engines in. My cousin and I did all the work. The marina charged me $150 for the crane service. When I ordered the new engines, the marina off loaded them from the truck and allowed me to keep them in their storage facility while I was prepping them for installation at no cost.

Like I said above, this is a full service marina, but they have no issue with anyone doing work on their boats, even if it's outside contractors. This is my 23rd season at the marina and I have nothing but good things to say about them. I am a hands on guy and if someone told me I could not work on my boat, I'd look elsewhere. That said, the area is loaded with marinas that don't allow outside contractors, but I don't know of any that won't let you clean, wax and do your own minor repairs.

The marinas that don't allow you to do any of your own work are in the more affluent areas of the state that cater to high rollers. Not many guys that have those big gold platers are into doing much of anything. Even if I was rich, I want to have a hand in the maintenance of my boat.
Would it be against the THT rules to tell us the Name of the Marina that is so reasonable? (I wouldn’t want folks to post bad-mouth comments, but ATTABOYS are welcome... right?)
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I have no problem posting the name of the marina. It's Morgan Marina (morganmarina.com), in Sayreville NJ. They also have a Facebook page. They use the tag, "New Jersey's friendliest marina."


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I keep mine in a DRY STACK marina in TARPON SPRINGS. I asked this question every where I checked out. At my marina we have several work racks outside of the fenced in barn. When you want to work on the boat you have to call the marina and ask them to place your boat on the work rack.
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Marinas I have used in the past would let you do your own work...but did have a list of banned service providers. So you just needed to check with them to make sure they were not at odds with your guy so to speak.
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There might be marinas that don't allow you to do your own work.
That's a question I'd want to know the answer to before I sign the line for my slip at a marina.

I'm at a...formerly Brewers....bought by Safe Harbor a couple of years ago. We can do most of our own work there. I know of only 2x things that they do not allow you (or others) to do...you must use them for:
*Shrink wrapping for winter storage
*Sandblasting the bottom

They let you sand the bottoms (properly...minimizing dust)...they'll even lend you the vacuum sanders. You can paint, wash, wax, do ALL sorts of mechanical yourself.
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I would imagine it depends on the area as to how common it is, but my current and previous marinas both allowed it. Previously was rack and launch they had work racks you could go on to do maintenance, repairs etc. Currently slipped and they charge about $100 to pull you out, out you on a rack for up to a week, and put you back in. This isn't a fancy area by any stretch of the imagination, and all I have checked allow it. But if you go north or south 15 miles you get to the fancier ones I bet they have more restrictions.
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No limits around me here in Michigan, in heated winter storage. Hours are limited, some places have limited power and water. One place had no floor drains, so I couldn't wash it. I've done engine work, had canvas made, no problems. The most expensive storage place has drains and water everywhere, 30A and 50A outlets, and key-card access 24/7. That place is set up for doing winter projects.

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