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Old 07-11-2018, 04:53 PM
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If so, what's it been like? Ours just got purchased by them. I understand their plan is "world domination", buying up a bunch of domestic marinas then expanding overseas. Ours had been owned by a property management company. They did a lot of upgrade projects over the last 10 years or so which was pretty nice, but the slip prices went up to compensate.

If yours has been purchased by them, what did you notice after the transition? Did they keep the same staff? What about rates... any changes? Do they invest/improve the place or not?
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Old 07-11-2018, 04:57 PM
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Nothing has changed for me except I get a lot of annoying emails about offers/ perks I get for them.
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Old 07-11-2018, 05:03 PM
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I almost did. But was told things did not change for the better. I paying considerable less than I would be and I really like the marina. Everyone working at the marina I went to couldnt be nicer.
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Word is that they are increasing their rates 25% next year and they have vacancies. Should be interesting to see how many people leave.
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Old 07-12-2018, 04:08 AM
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Ours just got purchased by them also several months back. So far the transition has been seamless, they did keep the same staff as far as I know with the exception of our fuel dock. I believe a new group of people are running that...... We will have to wait and see about rate increase come next season, but there is a lot of competition around us so I can't see them going up much if at all........
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Old 07-12-2018, 06:22 AM
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They bought all but one Brewer's marina's around here, over a doz of them. Supposedly Brewer's son wanted the Brewer's marina in Maine and that was it, he wasn't interested in taking over what the old man had built from Maine to NJ. I winter store my boat at what was a Brewer's and the winter rates went up like $1/ft, staff stayed the same. As said above though I do get a lot of emails about perks and Dockwa.
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I'm at a Brewers (Deep River) that was just bought out. Brewers was considered one of the better local chains of marinas around my area, where the owner, and managers of each location, went above and beyond to keep the clients happy.

Now the "corporate tight leash" is starting to clench down on management a bit.."so I hear from the staff and management there".

We recently just started staying there, as we purchased our boat through a broker at Brewers, so we get 50% off the first summer and winter stay there. But I have been reading about rates starting to climb quite a bit since the SH takeover.
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Old 07-12-2018, 06:56 AM
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Toledo Beach Marina in Mi?

Yes , just got bought out by them..
The Old management company did a pretty good job of fixing things up
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Pilots Point in Westbrook ct just got bought.

We we have about 30% empty slips in our yard and less perks.

New WiFi going in though.
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Originally Posted by Bryan A. View Post
We we have about 30% empty slips in our yard and less perks.
That seems to be about everywhere regardless of marina type.
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Jack Brewer is a co-founder of Safe Harbor Marinas - if you were in a Brewer yard before, no real change. In my area - Nassau NY - they are pricey and bought up the local competitor. Only other option are government owned marinas with far fewer services. Their prices and rules were part of the reason I sold my boat.
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You sold a boat because of a Marina ?
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Costs of dockage, winter storage and forced marina work made it more and more expensive as kids grew and usage went down. Opted to sell it and take more vacations.
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And no other marinas ?
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Old 07-13-2018, 05:46 AM
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Originally Posted by LongIslandFisherman View Post
You sold a boat because of a Marina ?
Not everyone can afford or are willing to pay commercial marina rates. If my 39ft boat was in a Brewers it would be over 10k for slip, storage and shrink wrap/winterization. At my yacht club all that totals 3k with nicer amenities (pool, great wifi, great parking). I would give up boating at the 10k rates.
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