Morningstar Marinas Blog Feed http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/ Latest blog posts from Morningstar Marinas. en-us Free Steamed Crabs Saturday + Weekly News! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Free-Steamed-Crabs-Saturday-Weekly-News-537 Gwynn’s Island Boaters, <div>&nbsp;</div> This weekend is the weekend to be at Gwynns! If you like crabs that is&hellip;..and who doesn&rsquo;t?!<strong> Free steamed crabs starting at noon Saturday </strong>and lasting until we run out.<br /> <br /> Tina Minor, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Gwynn’s Island<br /> 804-725-9343 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><strong>SIDEWALK SALE!</strong></h3> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/gwynns-island" target="_blank"></a></div> We will be bringing the store outside as well, all items are on sale. So, stock up on cleaning supplies, oil, safety gear, poles, tackle, hooks——or buy early Christmas presents!! First come first serve on the sales, quantities are limited.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>CATCH OF THE WEEK</strong></h3> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/gwynns-island" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/5637782a-bf62-4a74-ad8e-0deb4eb9a8a2.jpg" alt="" width="380" height="506" align="none" /></a></div> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/gwynns-island" target="_blank"></a></div> <div>&nbsp;Check out Mr. Cooley&rsquo;s Cobia he caught last week!</div> <br /> <h3><strong>GOOD LUCK CARTER AND ELIZABETH!</strong></h3> &nbsp; <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/gwynns-island" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/4d7292c5-c2c1-4346-ba19-0c2e62badfc0.jpg" alt="" width="380" height="376" align="none" /></a> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/gwynns-island" target="_blank"></a></div> Sadly, we are losing two great staff members this week. Carter and Elizabeth are going back to college for their senior year. &nbsp;We wish them &ldquo;Good Luck&rdquo; and thank them for the wonderful service they gave all our customers this summer!! Love you guys!!<br /> <br /> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Free-Steamed-Crabs-Saturday-Weekly-News-537 Weekly News at the Marina http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Weekly-News-at-the-Marina-536 <p>Mayport Boaters,<br /> <br /> Mid-August is among us.&nbsp; The weather and fishing has been amazing in the area.&nbsp; We are all looking forward to the cooler temps ahead.<br /> <br /> We encourage you to get out on the water and enjoy our last days of summer. We would also like to invite to send in your fishing picture to be displayed on our newsletters.<br /> <br /> <strong>Note</strong>: A GPS was found recently in our trailer lot, If you are missing one please give us a call.<br /> <br /> Logan Moore, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Mayport<br /> 904-246-8929</p> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>BOATING SERVICES</strong></h3> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/mayport" target="_blank"></a></div> Don&rsquo;t forget we offer so many amazing services to help you keep up with your boat. Let us know if you need your boat washed or waxed. Give us a call and let us take care of your boat for you.<br /> <br /> <strong>Quick Clean and Flush $20.00</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Basic Wash $3.00 per foot</strong><br /> <em>Interior and exterior wash including inside hatches</em><br /> <br /> <strong>Detail Wash $5.00 per foot</strong><br /> <em>Basic Wash + minor stain removal</em><br /> <br /> <strong>Full Boat Detail $15.00-$18.00 per foot</strong><br /> <em>Entire boat (all metals, windshields and hatches) is washed, waxed and shined.</em><br /> <br /> <strong>Topside Wax $12.00-$15.00 per foot</strong><br /> <em>Entire boat is cleaned and all flat, topside surfaces are waxed.</em><br /> <br /> <strong>Hull Acid Wash + Wax $40.00 + $10 per foot</strong><br /> <em>All hull surfaces are washed using On and Off boat hull cleaner then waxed</em><br /> <br /> <strong>Hull Side Wax $10.00-$12.00 per foot</strong><br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>FISHING REPORT</strong></h3> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/mayport" target="_blank"></a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Going Fishing? Call us a head of time.<br /> Let us get your boat ready for you.Bait, Beer you name it we got it!</div> <br /> <strong>Offshore-</strong> Red Snapper, Bonita, and Kings are on the bite favoring shrimp for bait.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Inshore- </strong>Large Trout have been breaking the water crushing top water lures and finger mullet.&nbsp; Large Reds are being caught all over Arlington and the jetties, favoring shallow water lures and blue crap.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>CATCH OF THE WEEK</strong></h3> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/mayport" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/ad57ae52-45af-46f0-98a1-290b3744ecd8.jpg" alt="" width="380" height="506" align="none" /></a></div> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/mayport" target="_blank"></a></div> <div>Park’s Grandson caught a big one last week!<br /> <br /> Send us your big catch and you can be featured in our next newsletter!<br /> Email photos to: <a href="mailto:mayport@morningstarmarinas.com" target="_blank">mayport@morningstarmarinas.com </a></div> &nbsp; <h3><strong>FORECAST &amp; TIDES</strong></h3> <br /> The next 7 days will be Mid 90&rsquo;s, Sunny with a chance of rain<br /> <strong>&nbsp;<br /> <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Tides</span><br /> &nbsp;</strong> <table border="1" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td>8/11</td> <td>8:58 am</td> <td>6 ft1.8 m</td> <td>9:24 pm</td> <td>6.5 ft2 m</td> <td>2:55 am</td> <td>-0.9 ft-0.3 m</td> <td>3:11 pm</td> <td>-1-0.3 m</td> </tr> <tr> <td>8/12</td> <td>9:51 am</td> <td>6.1 ft1.9 m</td> <td>10:15 pm</td> <td>6.4 ft2 m</td> <td>3:44 am</td> <td>-1 ft-0.3 m</td> <td>4:04 pm</td> <td>-0.9-0.3 m</td> </tr> <tr> <td>8/13</td> <td>10:44 am</td> <td>6.2 ft1.9 m</td> <td>11:06 pm</td> <td>6.1 ft1.9 m</td> <td>4:32 am</td> <td>-1 ft-0.3 m</td> <td>4:56 pm</td> <td>-0.8-0.2 m</td> </tr> <tr> <td>8/14</td> <td>11:36 am</td> <td>6.2 ft1.9 m</td> <td>11:57 pm</td> <td>5.8 ft1.8 m</td> <td>5:20 am</td> <td>-0.9 ft-0.3 m</td> <td>5:50 pm</td> <td>-0.5-0.2 m</td> </tr> <tr> <td>8/15</td> <td>12:52 am</td> <td>5.4 ft1.6 m</td> <td>12:31 pm</td> <td>6 ft1.8 m</td> <td>6:12 am</td> <td>-0.7 ft-0.2 m</td> <td>6:50 pm</td> <td>-0.1-0 m</td> </tr> <tr> <td>8/16</td> <td>—-</td> <td>—- ft</td> <td>1:29 pm</td> <td>5.8 ft1.8 m</td> <td>7:10 am</td> <td>-0.4 ft-0.1 m</td> <td>7:55 pm</td> <td>0.20.1 m</td> </tr> <tr> <td>8/17</td> <td>1:50 am</td> <td>5 ft1.5 m</td> <td>2:30 pm</td> <td>5.6 ft1.7 m</td> <td>8:11 am</td> <td>-0.1 ft-0 m</td> <td>8:58 pm</td> <td>0.4</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Weekly-News-at-the-Marina-536 Upcoming Events at the Marina http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Upcoming-Events-at-the-Marina-535 Lakefront Boaters,<br /> <br /> Lakefront Yacht Club is hosting a fish fry Saturday, August 16 beginning at 5 PM.&nbsp; The perch will be served in the yacht club, or the game room, depending on turn-out.&nbsp; The cost is $10 per person.&nbsp; If you do not belong to the yacht club, you should consider joining so you can enjoy the festivities this Saturday and throughout the year.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <br /> Kevin Asher, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Lakefront<br /> 419-734-5576 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><strong>RED CROSS FIRST AID TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION</strong></h3> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/lakefront" target="_blank"></a></div> We have the Red Cross coming in Saturday, August 23 for first aid training and certification.&nbsp; We will again be serving breakfast in the game room beginning at 8:30 AM.&nbsp; The cost is $3 for yacht club members and $5 for non-members.&nbsp; The training will begin at 10 AM in the yacht club and last about 3 hours.&nbsp; The basics of first aid will be covered from sprained ankles to broken arms to concussions and more.&nbsp; The cost of the training is $15 per person and the class is limited to 24 people.&nbsp; You will need to sign up and prepay in the front office.&nbsp; The class normally costs $70, but the yacht club and the marina are teaming up to cover the lion&rsquo;s share of the cost.&nbsp; Last year we had about 30 people take the AED/CPR training class and get certified.&nbsp; We already have 7 signed up for first aid, so don&rsquo;t wait until the last minute or you might be closed out.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>LYC CRUISE TO KELLEY’S ISLAND</strong></h3> <br /> The yacht club is planning a cruise to Seaway Marina on Kelley&rsquo;s Island on Friday, August 22 and Saturday, August 23.&nbsp; 8 boats are already signed up.&nbsp; The food at Kelley&rsquo;s will feature Mike &amp; Kim&rsquo;s Seafood Delights (yellow fin tuna &ndash; fish tacos), fresh cut French fries Amberjack, and perch and walleye.&nbsp; Sign up in the yacht club or the front office if you wish to cruise.&nbsp; A good time is planned on one of Lake Erie&rsquo;s famous island hot spots.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY</strong></h3> <br /> The presentation by DHS, Border Patrol, and Customs was a huge success this past Saturday.&nbsp; The yacht club hosted about 40 people who all got the opportunity to ask questions of the agents.&nbsp; Thanks to Daniel Sheehan, Joe DeMaria, and Jimmy Wray of the various agencies.&nbsp; The presentation was incredibly informational and very professional.&nbsp; The yacht hosted about 45 people for breakfast.&nbsp; Commodore Wayne Martin was an extraordinary chef.&nbsp; Thanks to all that helped make breakfast a hit.&nbsp; Thanks to all who came for breakfast and the presentation.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>LABOR DAY WEEKEND CUSTOMER APPRECIATION PARTY</strong></h3> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/lakefront" target="_blank"></a></div> The Lakefront Customer Appreciation dinner is planned for Saturday, August 30.&nbsp; We will be having bbq chicken.&nbsp; All customers of the marina will be welcome.&nbsp; More information will follow as we get closer to that date.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>OHIO STATE AND BROWNS FOOTBALL</strong></h3> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/lakefront" target="_blank"></a> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/lakefront" target="_blank"></a></div> We are only a couple weeks away from college and pro football.&nbsp; The yacht club will be hosting games every Saturday to watch the Buckeyes contend for another National Championship.&nbsp; We might even throw in Sundays with Johnny Football and the Cleveland Browns.&nbsp; We&rsquo;ll keep you up to date with game times and menus as they approach.&nbsp; The marina manager might even sneak in a Syracuse Orange game.&nbsp; Michigan and Notre Dame fans can watch on one of the other tv&rsquo;s.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Go Bucks! Go Browns! Go Orange!</em><br />&nbsp; <br /></strong> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Upcoming-Events-at-the-Marina-535 Icresm Social This Weekend! + More! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Icresm-Social-This-Weekend-More-533 Skipper’s Landing Boaters,<br /> <br /> The Ice Cream Social is ON! This Saturday we will have What’s Shaken here to serve ice cream! They will be here from 12pm - 3pm, so don’t miss out on some cool summer treats!<br /> <br /> Jamie Seaman, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Skipper’s Landing<br /> 704-528-3328 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> &nbsp; <h3><strong>PHOTO CONTEST</strong></h3> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/skippers-landing" target="_blank"></a></div> Don’t forget your camera’s! Skippers photo contest is in full swing, so don’t miss your chance at some cool prizes! The contest ends September 15, 2014. Please follow the steps and guidelines below.&nbsp; All contest submissions must be entered by September 1, 2014. To enter a photo: <ol> <li>Email your photo to <a href="mailto:skippers@morningstarmarinas.com">skippers@morningstarmarinas.com</a> within the contest dates. Include your name and a brief description, and please include the photo category in the subject line.</li> <li>All photos will be placed in a photo album on our Facebook page. Be sure to find us on Facebook by <a href="http://cm.studiobanks.com/t/y-l-tjilhdt-ykljjrdlku-h/" target="_blank">clicking this link</a> or searching for Morningstar Marinas at Skippers Landing.</li> <li>If you haven’t already, like us on Facebook, and tag yourself in your photo. Tell your friends to log on to Facebook and “like” your photo. The pictures with the most “likes” by the deadline date win!</li> </ol> <br /> <em>**ONLY ONE PRIZE PER CATEGORY. PRIZES CHOSEN AT RANDOM AND WILL BE ANOUNCED SEPTEMBER 16, 2014</em><br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>SHIP STORE SALE!</strong></h3> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/skippers-landing" target="_blank"></a></div> <h4><strong>15% off all tubes, PFD’s, and tow ropes now until September 1st</strong></h4> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>FORECAST COURTESY OF STEVE UDELSON</strong></h3> <em>Forecast courtesy of Steve Udelson, Chief Meteorologist from WSOC-TV and Morningstar Boater.</em><br /> <br /> After some “funky” August weather, it will finally feel like summer with high temperatures both Saturday and Sunday in the 90s - slightly warmer Sunday. In spite of the heat and increasing humidity rain chances remain very low. Winds will be light from the SW and lake water temps are in the low 80s. News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Icresm-Social-This-Weekend-More-533 Weekly News! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Weekly-News-532 Kings Point Boaters,<br /> <br /> With&nbsp;school and colleges about to start back up, many families think the boating season is coming to an end.&nbsp;Don&rsquo;t make this mistake!&nbsp;Some of the best boating on Lake Norman is on its way.&nbsp;So come on out and use your boat.&nbsp;We can&rsquo;t wait to see you!<br /> <br /> Chris Higgs, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Kings Point<br /> 704-892-3223 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><strong>DOCK WORK UPDATE</strong></h3> <br /> Due to the weather the last few weekends many of you have not been out to the marina.&nbsp; It looks like this weekend is shaping up to be very nice.&nbsp; You will see that we have finished the launch and return dock paver replacement project and we will be planning the new gas hut installation for the fall.&nbsp; For those of you who have been out to the marina over the past two weeks, we appreciate your understanding while we continue to do improvements to our already great facility.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>ROAD WORK CONTINUES</strong></h3> <br /> Please note that Road work continues on Catawba exit 28 off of I77.&nbsp; So if you are heading to us from the North you might want to leave the house a little early to avoid any delays getting out on the water. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <h3><br /> <strong>SAFE FUELING TIPS</strong></h3> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/kings-point" target="_blank"></a></div> Did you know? Most marine explosions and fires are associated with unsafe fueling practices. Check out these safe fueling tips:<br /> <br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;To ensure the boat is level and for their safety, be sure all passengers are off the boat.<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Turn of engine(s) and electronics, and close all hatches, ports and doors. This prevents fumes from getting into the interior of the boat. Extinguish any smoking materials or flames, and always be sure a fire extinguisher is nearby.<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Never rely on hands-free automatic shut-off features, and keep in mind that fuel expands when temperatures increase. Allow room for this by only filling the tank to 90% and keep your ears peeled to the change in tone as the tank gets full.<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Prevent static sparks by maintaining contact between the nozzle, the fill pipe and the deck. Resist the urge to flip the on switch to check the fuel gauge.<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Be sure to catch all drips with an absorbent sheet under the nozzle and dispose of the sheet responsibly. Secure the gas cap after fueling to prevent fuel from leaking into the water or water from entering your gas tank. It is illegal to use detergents to diffuse a sheen on the water.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>INSURANCE REMINDER</strong></h3> <br /> As part of your Morningstar contract, we need to keep a current copy of each boater&rsquo;s insurance in their file. The easiest way to make sure your declaration page is always current is to add us as a &ldquo;party of interest.&rdquo; By doing this, every year when your policy renews your insurance company will send us a copy that we can keep on file.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>SLIP TRANSFERS</strong></h3> <br /> The marina office will be putting together a slip request list. In my time here we have kept several lists of boaters who wish to move to dry storage, boaters who wish to move further out on the docks, and boaters who wish to move to I Dock. This list has become outdated. If you woule like to be on a waiting list for a different dock location, please call the office with detials of your request. This list will replace all other previous lists.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>FORECAST COURTESY OF STEVE UDELSON</strong></h3> <em>Forecast courtesy of Steve Udelson, Chief Meteorologist from WSOC-TV and Morningstar Boater.</em><br /> <br /> After some “funky” August weather, it will finally feel like summer with high temperatures both Saturday and Sunday in the 90s - slightly warmer Sunday. In spite of the heat and increasing humidity rain chances remain very low. Winds will be light from the SW and lake water temps are in the low 80s. News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Weekly-News-532 Customer Appreciation Party + Weekly News! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Customer-Appreciation-Party-Weekly-News-531 Great Lakes Boaters,<br /> &nbsp;<br /> It&rsquo;s Michigan Maritime Celebration weekend on Muskegon Lake!!!&nbsp; The Pirate Pedal is one of the many great activities planned for the waterways and the community this weekend in Muskegon.&nbsp; Last year two of our Fuel Dock Team members, Samantha and Emily, really got in the Pirate mood, along with Roger Zuidema, event organizer and the visionary behind Lake Effect Boating and the Michigan Maritime Celebration. Roger is also one of our own members here at Great Lakes Marina :-)&nbsp; Some of the other great events are a Tiki Party Friday night at Dockers, Celebration Paddle at Muskegon Beach on Saturday, and a Boat Jam on Sunday.&nbsp; “Muskegon is a wonderful place to not only play in, but living around and enjoying the maritime things that we have,” Zuidema said “I just want to see Muskegon continue to thrive and that’s just been my passion.”&nbsp; For information on all the great things going on this weekend, click <a href="http://michiganmaritimecelebration.weebly.com" target="_blank">here.</a><br /> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/great-lakes" target="_blank"></a></div> <br /> Jeff Covey, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Great Lakes<br /> 231-759-8230 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><strong>HAPPY ANNIVERSARY</strong>!</h3> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/great-lakes" target="_blank"></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> What happens when you take all the money you&rsquo;ve been given for your Wedding, and decide to spend it on a New Boat, a 20&rsquo; Taylor Jet Boat, no less? &nbsp;Well for Kim and Randy Bruce, you end up with 35 years of happiness combined with boating.&nbsp; Happy 35 Year Year Anniversary to Randy and Kim.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; And Remember, the Family that Boats Together, Stays Together!! (At least at Great Lakes Marina.)<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>DON’T FORGET</strong><br /> <strong><em>Saturday, August 23<sup>rd</sup>, it&rsquo;s CUSTOMER APPRECIATION PARTY TIME!!</em></strong></h3> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/great-lakes" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/5d73d1bb-2b52-40de-8724-b517324a60ad.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="201" align="none" /></a></div> <p><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/great-lakes" target="_blank"></a></div> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; <br /> Great Lakes Marina invites you to our annual Customer Appreciation Party, <strong>Saturday, August 23, 4:00pm -7:00pm.</strong> There will be a pig roast and we will provide the main dish &amp; refreshments. Please bring a side dish or dessert dish to pass.&nbsp; We hope to see everyone here!<br /> <br /> <em><strong>Check out some photos from last year’s event, hope to see you there!</strong></em><br />&nbsp; <br /> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/great-lakes" target="_blank"></a><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/great-lakes" target="_blank"></a></div> <div> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/great-lakes" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/37073ba3-81a8-46b7-a025-73815dc9f8a8.jpg" alt="" width="480" height="320" align="none" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/great-lakes" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/93923f83-319f-477a-81fc-ff8edda7fb1d.jpg" alt="" width="480" height="320" align="none" /></a></div> <div><br /> <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/great-lakes" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/edb7eb50-e460-4c14-898a-dceef6e079fe.jpg" alt="" width="480" height="320" align="none" /></a></div> <br /> <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/great-lakes" target="_blank"></a></div> <br /> <h3><strong>BOATIE OF THE WEEK</strong></h3> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/great-lakes" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/44b411eb-c6e4-4e9b-8cbf-8f197fef5470.jpg" alt="" width="560" height="225" align="none" /></a></div> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/great-lakes" target="_blank"></a></div> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; Tim and Kathy H.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Chris and Sara R., Brian M. and Terry W.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>MARINA NOTES</strong></h3> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>If you want to reserve your winter storage spot, storage contracts should be in by September 1st.&nbsp; If you have not done so, please hurry, inside storage is filling up fast.&nbsp; If you have not received your contract, call or email Heidi so she can get one to you this week: </strong><br /> <strong>Inside Heated is $5.99 sq ft; Outside is $25 linear ft</strong><br /> <a href="mailto:hgriswold@morningstarmarinas.com"><strong>hgriswold@morningstarmarinas.com</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><em>To reserve your Slip or In/Out service for Summer 2015, Slip &amp; In/Out contracts are due no later than February 1<sup>st</sup>, 2015, or your spot becomes available to lease. Sign up now to reserve it. No payment is due for Summer Slip or In/Out for 2015 until May 1, 2015.&nbsp; If you have any contract questions, please email or call Heidi</em></strong><strong> <em>at 231-759-8230</em>. </strong><br /> <strong>&nbsp;<br /> NEWSLETTER SIGN UP</strong><br /> IF YOU WOULD LIKE THIS WEEKLY EMAIL SENT TO SOMEONE ELSE IN YOUR FAMILY OR ONE OF YOUR FRIENDS, PLEASE GO CLICK <a href="http://eepurl.com/XSdNL" target="_blank">HERE</a> AND SIGN THEIR EMAIL UP!!&nbsp; (OR LET MARGIE OR HEIDI KNOW AT THE OFFICE AND WE WILL GET YOU SIGNED UP.)<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/GreatLakesMarina?ref=br_tf" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;Be sure to like us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/GreatLakesMarina?ref=br_tf" target="_blank">Facebook! </a><br /> <br /> <strong><em>And remember to Seize the Wave :-)</em></strong><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/great-lakes" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/8a894622-647c-4cf3-9dc0-29532f17b0a5.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="219" align="none" /></a><br /><br /> <br /> <strong><em>Like J.C. does!!</em></strong><br /> <em>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>-The GLM Team</strong></em> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Customer-Appreciation-Party-Weekly-News-531 Tarpon Tournament + Free Ice Cream http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Tarpon-Tournament-Free-Ice-Cream-534 <p>Golden Isles Boaters,<br /> <br /> This weekend is the 5<sup>th</sup> Annual St. Simons Island Tarpon Tournament Thursday August, 14<sup>th</sup> through Saturday, August 16<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; If you haven&rsquo;t signed up for the tournament you can still register at the Captains Meeting at 7:00pm tonight. You can fill out the entry form attached in the associated link or stop by the Golden Isles Charter Fishing Association here at the marina to obtain your registration form.&nbsp; This will be a boat tournament with an entry fee of $300/boat along with an optional Calcutta with said Calcutta entry fee at $200/boat.&nbsp; The Captains Meeting and fishing dates are as follows:</p> <ul> <li>Captain&rsquo;s Meeting: Thursday, August 14<sup>th</sup> at 7:00pm on the Morningstar Observation Deck</li> <li>Fishing: Friday August 15<sup>th</sup> &amp; Saturday, August 16<sup>th</sup></li> <li>Awards Banquet Catered by the Coastal Kitchen the evening of Saturday, August 16<sup>th</sup> in the Harbor Room/Courtyard.</li> </ul> &nbsp;Please view the <a href="http://mstarproperties.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/5th-Annual-SSI-Tarpon-Tournament-Rules.pdf" target="_blank">rules</a> and <a href="http://mstarproperties.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/5th-Annual-SSI-Tarpon-Tourament-Registration-Form.pdf" target="_blank">registration form</a>.<br /> <br /> It is my sincere hope that everyone will come out and fish this great tournament sponsored and hosted by the Golden Isles Charter Fishing Association and Morningstar Marinas at Golden Isles. We look forward to a great tournament again this year.<br /> <br /> <br /> Chris Ferguson, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Golden Isles<br /> 912-634-1128<br /> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><strong>FREE ICE CREAM!</strong></h3> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/golden-isles" target="_blank"></a></div> <br /> Enjoy free ice cream bars this Saturday and Sunday. We’ll see you at the marina! <p>&nbsp;</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Tarpon-Tournament-Free-Ice-Cream-534 Catches of the Week + Weather & Tides http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Catches-of-the-Week-Weather-Tides-530 Mayport Boaters,We would like to thank all of our boaters for a wonderful summer here at Morningstar Marinas.The summer is almost over and the kids will be heading back to school.&nbsp; We hope you can still get your last cast in.&nbsp; The fish are on the bite.&nbsp; Monster trout have been hitting along Arlington area, Also Bull Reds are beginning to run.&nbsp; We hope to see you out soon before the Summer is Over.&nbsp; Don&rsquo;t Forget We have your bait in stock stop on in.Logan Moore, General ManagerMorningstar Marinas | Mayport904-246-8929CATCHES OF THE WEEK&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Congratulations to Kyra Holleman.&nbsp; Kyra took home the Grand Slam Champion along with Over all Trout and Youth Angler, in the CCA Tournament.&nbsp; Great Job Kyra! Thank you to our amazing boaters for sharing your photos.&nbsp; &nbsp;FORECASTThe weekend looks warm with a chance of thunderstorms moving in.&nbsp;TIDES8/5 &nbsp;3:21 am &nbsp;4.4 ft1.3 m &nbsp;4:03 pm &nbsp;5.3 ft1.6 m &nbsp;9:29 am &nbsp;0.1 ft0 m &nbsp;10:26 pm &nbsp;0.50.2 m8/6 &nbsp;4:22 am &nbsp;4.4 ft1.3 m &nbsp;5:04 pm &nbsp;5.6 ft1.7 m &nbsp;10:28 am &nbsp;-0.1 ft-0 m &nbsp;11:27 pm &nbsp;0.30.1 m8/7 &nbsp;5:24 am &nbsp;4.7 ft1.4 m &nbsp;6:01 pm &nbsp;5.9 ft1.8 m &nbsp;11:30 am &nbsp;-0.3 ft-0.1 m &nbsp;—- &nbsp;—-8/8 &nbsp;6:21 am &nbsp;5 ft1.5 m &nbsp;6:53 pm &nbsp;6.2 ft1.9 m &nbsp;—- &nbsp;—- ft &nbsp;12:29 pm &nbsp;-0.5-0.2 m8/9 &nbsp;7:14 am &nbsp;5.4 ft1.6 m &nbsp;7:43 pm &nbsp;6.5 ft2 m &nbsp;1:17 am &nbsp;-0.3 ft-0.1 m &nbsp;1:24 pm &nbsp;-0.8-0.2 m8/10 &nbsp;8:05 am &nbsp;5.7 ft1.7 m &nbsp;8:33 pm &nbsp;6.5 ft2 m &nbsp;2:06 am &nbsp;-0.6 ft-0.2 m &nbsp;2:17 pm &nbsp;-0.9&nbsp;ft2 m &nbsp;2:06 am &nbsp;-0.6 ft-0.2 m &nbsp;2:17 pm &nbsp;-0.9&nbsp; News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Catches-of-the-Week-Weather-Tides-530 Marina News + Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Marina-News-Events-529 <p>Great Lakes Boaters,</p> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/great-lakes" target="_blank"></a></div> Great Lakes Marina was the host site for the United States Power Squadron District 9 Picnic with Commander Jay Stevens on Friday, August 1.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Power Squadron plays a huge role in boater safety here in the Great Lakes and across the nation.&nbsp; The Power Squadron, a few members of which are slip customers here at GLM, offer Free Vessel Safety Checks.&nbsp; Once your vessel has passed the safety check, you are given a sticker to place on your boat signifying that you&rsquo;re in compliance with the legal requirements for vessel safety, including up-to-date flares and fire extinguishers, life jackets for all ages of passengers, operating batteries and bilge pumps, along with the proper placards. &nbsp;&nbsp;While safety is very important in preventing being pulled over by the Muskegon County Sheriff&rsquo;s Marine Division and Coast Guard, <strong><em>it more importantly helps ensure a safe boating summer :-)</em></strong><br /> <br /> <br /> Jeff Covey, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Great Lakes<br /> 231-759-8230<br /> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><strong>BOATING SAFETY</strong></h3> <div>&nbsp;</div> <strong>&nbsp;ON THE SUBJECT OF BOATING SAFETY, HERE ARE SOME TIPS FROM THE POWER SQUADRON AND THE U.S. COAST GUARD ON KEEPING YOU AND YOUR GUESTS SAFE ON THE WATER:</strong><br /> <br /> A Personal Flotation Device - PFD) (life jacket) is the single most important piece of equipment on your boat. The most important consideration should be <strong><em>size</em></strong>.&nbsp; <strong><em>Remember that children less than six years of age must wear a Type I or Type II PFD when riding in the open deck area of a boat.</em></strong> <ul> <li>Make sure your Boater Safety Vessel Check is current.</li> <li>Keep alcohol use to a minimum for the driver of the vessel.</li> <li>Make sure any guests (or a designated &lsquo;Assistant Skipper&rsquo; on your boat) know the following:</li> <li>How to operate your boat.</li> <li>How to operate the marine radio for things such as turning the radio on, the hailing channel, knowing to &lsquo;let go&rsquo; of the button once they&rsquo;re done speaking on the radio in order for the Coast Guard to respond, how to identify the boat to an emergency response team, how to give the Coast Guard the location of the boat</li> <li>Where the life jackets are stored and how to properly use them.&nbsp;</li> <li>Where the Fire Extinguishers are located and how to properly use them.</li> <li>Where flares are stored and how to properly use them.</li> <li>Two websites that you will find very useful for boating safety are <a href="http://www.uscgboating.org">www.uscgboating.org</a> and <a href="http://www.usps.org">www.usps.org</a>.&nbsp; A useful website for types of flotation devices and age requirements is <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0">www.michigan.gov/dnr/0</a>.</li> </ul> &nbsp; <h3><strong>HAWAIIAN NIGHT ON D DOCK</strong></h3> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/great-lakes" target="_blank"></a></div> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/great-lakes" target="_blank"></a></div> <div>D Dock had their annual Hawaiian Night Party last Saturday, complete with Hawaiian drinks, appetizers and colorful clothing.&nbsp; Some even decorated their boats!!&nbsp;&nbsp; Jeff and Margie were asked to be the judges of the Annual Ugly Hawaiian Shirt.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;At stake is the Prestigious D Dock Hawaiian Night Trophy!</div> <div> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/great-lakes" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/be653917-a325-4a5b-8e05-a20343fd4880.jpg" alt="" width="560" height="373" align="none" /></a></div> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/great-lakes" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/4d2900e7-8c22-4a65-b215-e3124f0216ad.jpg" alt="" width="560" height="128" align="none" /></a></div> <div><strong><em>AND THE WINNER &hellip; DAWN PRUIUM !!!! CONGRATULATIONS DAWN :-)</em></strong><br /> <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/great-lakes" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/5a99ed7e-fe57-4a78-bb8b-5e77e6eb8d5e.jpg" alt="" width="560" height="418" align="none" /></a><br /> <br />&nbsp; <br /></div> </div> <h3><strong>BOATIE OF THE WEEK</strong></h3> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/great-lakes" target="_blank"></a><br /> <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/great-lakes" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/43732ec8-ae55-4c15-99cf-603d0678786a.jpg" alt="" width="380" height="285" align="none" /></a><br /> Patrick G on a Sail to Grand Haven<br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/great-lakes" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/81544de0-d913-4aad-a70b-64af6fb1a3ce.jpg" alt="" width="380" height="508" align="none" /></a><br /> Captain Gennie (This is not technically a Boatie, but since Captain Gennie does not have opposable thumbs, we thought he deserved a Boatie spot anyway :-)<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <h3><strong>TRANSIENT SPECIAL FOR AUGUST!</strong></h3> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/great-lakes" target="_blank"></a></div> <h4><strong>Pay for two nights and stay an extra night on us!</strong></h4> <div><strong>Have your boating friends come and try Great Lakes Marina!<br /> (Subject to availability.)</strong></div> <h3><strong>AND REMEMBER</strong>….</h3> <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/great-lakes" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/716c1aa4-b839-4d66-82d7-0267f4d9a840.jpg" alt="" width="419" height="542" align="none" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/GreatLakesMarina?ref=br_tf" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;Be sure to like us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/GreatLakesMarina?ref=br_tf" target="_blank">Facebook! </a><br /> <br /> <strong>-The GLM Team</strong> <p>&nbsp;</p> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Marina-News-Events-529 Weekend News + Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Weekend-News-Events-528 Sandusky Harbor Boaters,<br /> &nbsp; A total of 124 boats took part in the Regatta this year.&nbsp; Crews from mid Ohio, Cleveland, Vermilion, North Cape and other clubs around the lake joined the fun and rivalry.&nbsp; Six Harbor Bay Yacht Club boats actually raced with another 6 or 7 boats acting as support, lodging and entertainment for the racing crews.&nbsp; There&rsquo;s always a good time to be had at the islands and Bay Week water and land activities just makes it all better.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Deb Crall and Sandy Biesenberger hosted the First Annual Champagne Brunch on First Light for the ladies (Rumor has it that this brunch is liable to become a yearly highlight.)&nbsp; Twenty seven crew members ate lunches on Way Point three days running.&nbsp; (Hard to imagine 27 persons on one boat even if she is 40 feet.)<br /> <br /> Speaking of Way Point, Larry Hurst and crew brought her in for a first place finish on the Sandusky Deep Water race.&nbsp; Steve Gast on Cannon placed second.&nbsp; So Harbor Bay took the top two places.&nbsp; Congratulations to Larry and Steve and all the captains and crews.<br /> <br /> As promised, Sandy and Meg from the front office acted as volunteers at the Friday night rum party. See some of the pics they took at the event.&nbsp; <div><br /> <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/sandusky-harbor" target="_blank"></a><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/sandusky-harbor" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/b80ff4c6-7205-410b-a719-cf5772634c47.jpg" alt="" width="560" height="315" align="none" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/sandusky-harbor" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/4aafb9c1-e1e4-4348-92c6-12d0cdc47be5.jpg" alt="" width="560" height="315" align="none" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/sandusky-harbor" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/6e0f7b0a-6582-41d1-ba11-aed668982d07.jpg" alt="" width="380" height="675" align="none" /></a><br />&nbsp; <br /><br /> <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/sandusky-harbor" target="_blank"></a><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/sandusky-harbor" target="_blank"></a></div> Good friends, good food, and a good band make good memories.&nbsp; Plan to be there next year!<br /> <br /> <br /> Jerry Parsons, General Manager<br /> Sandusky Harbor Marina<br /> 800-877-3625 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><strong>VERMILION COMMUNITY CONCERT BAND</strong></h3> <div><strong>Saturday, August 9</strong>th</div> The classic movies with the classic musical scores by a community concert band &ndash; sounds like a good time.&nbsp; Did you know that this year is the 75<sup>th</sup> anniversary of <span style="text-decoration: underline;">The Wizard of Oz</span>&nbsp; (1939) <strong>AND</strong> the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Mary Poppins </span>(1964)?&nbsp; Come celebrate the music from these wonderful movies with us and the Vermilion Community Concert Band on Saturday evening at the North Pavilion.&nbsp; This 36 member group will be performing show tunes from Les Miserable and Disney movies, marches and patriotic songs and end with a salute to the armed forces.&nbsp; Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the music.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>WINTER STORAGE</strong></h3> <br /> <strong>Winter Storage Contracts and Winter Service Agreements &ndash; coming soon to an e-mail box near you!</strong> Watch your e-mail for the papers.&nbsp; We can fax, e-mail or US Mail the forms to you also.&nbsp; But they&rsquo;re coming this week!<br /> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Weekend-News-Events-528 Upcoming Events at the Marina http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Upcoming-Events-at-the-Marina-527 <p>Lakefront Boaters,<br /> <br /> Lakefront will be hosting the Department of Homeland Security, Customs, Border Patrol, &amp; Operations this Saturday, August 9, Lakefront Marina and the Lakefront Yacht Club will host a presentation by those that protect our borders at 10 AM in the Yacht Club.&nbsp; They will be here to explain some of their duties and the issues they run into protecting our northern border.&nbsp; They will also have information about leaving and entering the country should you have plans to go to Canada.&nbsp; They will also be available to answer your questions.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The morning will begin at 8:30 AM with breakfast in the game room and Yacht Club.&nbsp; Make your own omelets and enjoy breakfast for $3 for Yacht Club members and $5 for non-members.&nbsp; We&rsquo;ll serve breakfast for an hour and a half.&nbsp; We&rsquo;ll stop serving when the DHS presentation begins.<br /> <br /> <br /> Kevin Asher, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Lakefront<br /> 419-734-5576</p> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>LADIES NIGHT OUT</strong></h3> <br /> Thanks to all who helped make Ladies Night Out a big success.&nbsp; I hope all your lottery tickets were winners.&nbsp; Let us know what improvements we can make to insure that this event stays as much fun and has as much participation. Check out some pictures from the event below!<br /> &nbsp; <div><br /> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/lakefront" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/1c3822aa-1b24-47ad-be9f-d00f99054ce3.jpg" alt="" width="560" height="374" align="none" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/lakefront" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/4d372c81-5fb6-4664-9062-9f34a32cf281.jpg" alt="" width="380" height="506" align="none" /></a></div> &nbsp; <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/lakefront" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/e9dd3bc8-f290-4468-b8e1-e53344a90c3a.jpg" alt="" width="560" height="374" align="none" /></a><br /><br /> <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/lakefront" target="_blank"></a></div> &nbsp; &nbsp; <br /> <h3><strong>CHRISTMAS IN JULY</strong></h3> <br /> Likewise to the many that made Christmas in July a huge success.&nbsp; The Christmas dinner was fabulous.&nbsp; Hats off to the cooking staff.&nbsp; You couldn&rsquo;t beat that meal for $8 anywhere.&nbsp; I know I gained some extra pounds.<br /> &nbsp; <div><br /> <br /> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/lakefront" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/844ca0d7-181c-4632-bcb4-38f19012e585.jpg" alt="" width="560" height="333" align="none" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/lakefront" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/f91f6ed0-0878-4ad2-b947-31137ccf9c7c.jpg" alt="" width="560" height="374" align="none" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/lakefront" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/c8b2ff35-0f71-4b05-b456-c23b0ba9833c.jpg" alt="" width="560" height="374" align="none" /></a></div> &nbsp; <br /> <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/lakefront" target="_blank"></a></div> &nbsp; <h3><strong>LI-LYA POWER REGATTA AT PIB</strong></h3> <br /> The I-LYA power boat regatta is this week at Put-in-Bay, August 6 &ndash; 10.&nbsp; The weather is forecast to be perfect, sunny and low 80&rsquo;s.&nbsp; Spend the afternoon with other yacht clubs and their members and enjoy he many events they have planned.&nbsp; This may be a perfect week for a boat ride or a boat weekend.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>UPCOMING EVENTS</strong></h3> <br /> <strong>August 16:</strong> LYC Fish Fry (perch)<br /> <strong>August 23:</strong> Red Cross First Aid training and certification in the Yacht Club with breakfast<br /> <strong>August 21 &ndash; 24:</strong> Cedar Point in water Boat Show<br /> <strong>August 30:</strong> Marina Labor Day Appreciation Dinner <div><strong>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <em>Early Sign-up for storage and next year&rsquo;s dock has begun and will last through September 2</em></strong></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Upcoming-Events-at-the-Marina-527 Crab Tournament Reminder + Weekly News & Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Crab-Tournament-Reminder-Weekly-News-Events-526 Bahia Bleu Boaters,<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Hope you&rsquo;re all doing well! This weekend there will be a 60% chance of rain, but we&rsquo;re hoping the sun pops out so you can at least get out on the water for a few hours. If you do go out, remember to pack your sunscreen! Even on a cloudy day you can still get burned. Stay dry and see you around the marina.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Ron Thomas, General Manager<br /> Rory Jose, General Manger<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Morningstar Marinas I Bahia Bleu<br /> 912-354-2283<br /> &nbsp; <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><strong>CRAB TOURNAMENT REMINDER</strong></h3> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/bahia-bleu" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/7781433c-756b-43cd-a421-05cda85be906.jpg" alt="" width="380" height="478" align="none" /></a></div> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/bahia-bleu" target="_blank"></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>When:</strong> Sataurday, September 6<sup>th</sup>, 2014<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp;&nbsp; 9am - 12pm</strong> Registration<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong> 3pm - 5pm</strong> Weigh-In<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong> 5pm</strong> Low Country Boil<br /> <strong>Where:</strong> Bahia Bleu Marina<br /> <strong>Cost: </strong>$25/adult, $15/child<br /> &nbsp; <div><strong>Please R.S.V.P. Michelle Bazemore a</strong>t <a href="mailto:michelle@griffincontracting.com">michelle@griffincontracting.com</a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <h3><strong>SELFIE TIME!</strong></h3> &nbsp; <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/bahia-bleu" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/911e89c7-75a4-4ab3-81e7-d61dc11ffe88.jpg" alt="" width="480" height="480" align="none" /></a> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/bahia-bleu" target="_blank"></a><br /> <br /> The fish wanted to take a selfie! Send us your Selfies on your boat or was we like to call them a ‘Boatie’! Email us your photo at: <a href="mailto:bahiableu@morningstarmarinas.com%20?subject=%27Boatie%27%20of%20the%20week%20photo" target="_blank">bahiableu@morningstarmarinas.com </a>and you could be featured in our next newsletter.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <h3><strong>WEEKLY SPECIAL</strong></h3> <br /> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/bahia-bleu" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/c3ad7541-016b-494f-9630-b3a863b92ddd.jpg" alt="" width="480" height="254" align="none" /></a></div> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/bahia-bleu" target="_blank"></a></div> <h4>This week’s special features $10 of a $40 wash!</h4> <br /> <br /> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Crab-Tournament-Reminder-Weekly-News-Events-526 Upcoming Events! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Upcoming-Events-525 Eaton Ferry Boaters,<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We have a really exciting weekend planned this weekend!&nbsp; This Saturday, we will be hosting the 10<sup>th</sup> annual Lake Gaston Crossing.&nbsp; The Crossing is an annual fundraiser in which participants swim, canoe, kayak, or walk (on the bridge) across the lake.&nbsp; See below for more details. &nbsp;If you&rsquo;ve never been to this event, it&rsquo;s a pretty cool one to watch as well as participate in.&nbsp; &nbsp;The Pointe Restaurant will also have live music all weekend.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We hope to see everyone out at the lake this weekend!<br /> <br /> <br /> Adam Keisler, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Eaton Ferry<br /> 252-586-4661 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><strong>FREE GAS DRAWING WINNER</strong></h3> We would like to congratulate <strong>David Seegers </strong>of Wake Forest, NC for winning last weekend&rsquo;s drawing for $50 in free fuel from the Morningstar Fuel Dock!<br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>THE POINTE SUMMER SUNDAY CONCERT SERIES</strong></h3> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/eaton-ferry" target="_blank"></a></div> <strong>Sunday August 17<sup>th</sup> &ndash;</strong> Fantastic Shakers<br /> <strong>Sunday August 31<sup>st</sup> &ndash;</strong> Blue Monday/The Entertainers<br /> <strong>Sunday September 14<sup>th</sup> &ndash; </strong>The Castaways<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Sunday Summer Concerts are from 2pm-6pm and there is a $10 cover charge.&nbsp; They will also have live music on Friday and Saturday nights as well.&nbsp; Join us at the marina and at The Pointe for some great music and great times!&nbsp; For more information, visit their website:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.thepointelakegaston.com">www.thepointelakegaston.com</a>.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>THE CROSSING</strong></h3> &nbsp; The 10th Annual Crossing is set for August 9th, 2014!<br /><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/eaton-ferry" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/de41b252-aed1-42be-928b-014c22fe54ce.png" alt="" width="380" height="469" align="none" /></a><br />&nbsp; <br /><br /> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/eaton-ferry" target="_blank"></a></div> The Crossing, a charitable fund raising event held the second Saturday every August is a fun filled event for the young and young at heart! Swim, kayak, canoe, raft or use your imagination to come up with a new mode of transportation (The “<a href="http://osail.org/our-events/the-crossing/2013-new-category-wavers"><strong>Waver</strong></a>” category)! Swimmers and non-powered vessels traverse the one mile open water span adjacent to Eaton&rsquo;s Ferry Bridge, starting at Morningstar Marina and ending at Watersview Restaurant.<br /> Swimming across Lake Gaston isn&rsquo;t your thing? No Problem! The Crossing also includes a bridge walk! Participants walk across Eaton&rsquo;s Ferry Bridge from Morningstar Marina to Watersview.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Note:</strong> Powered vessels are not allowed to participate.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> For more information, visit <a href="http://www.osail.org">www.osail.org</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>LAKE GASTON LIVE</strong></h3> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/eaton-ferry" target="_blank"></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/eaton-ferry" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/631b2319-99e5-413e-8002-79f0efebee09.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="346" align="none" /></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> <br />&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> On Saturday August 23<sup>rd</sup>, we will be hosting the Grand Finale of Lake Gaston Live.&nbsp; There will be vendors set up on the point by the restaurant, and Steve Owens and the Summertime Band will be playing on the stage at The Pointe.&nbsp; More details to follow.<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Coast Guard Auxiliary Vessel Safety Checks</span></strong><br /> &nbsp; <div><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/eaton-ferry" target="_blank"></a> </span></strong></div> The Coast Guard Auxiliary will be holding free Vessel Safety Checks at the marina &nbsp;from 10am-3pm on the following dates:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><sup>Saturday August 30th</sup><br /> <sup>Saturday September 27th</sup></strong><br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>INTELLICAST WEEKEND FORECAST</strong></h3> <br /> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Friday August 8<sup>th</sup> </span></strong><br /> More clouds than sun.&nbsp; Highs in the mid 80&rsquo;s. Lows in the mid 60&rsquo;s.<br /> Chance of precipitation 0%.<br /> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Saturday August 9<sup>th</sup> </span></strong><br /> Scattered thunderstorms.&nbsp; Highs in the upper 70&rsquo;s. Lows in the mid 60&rsquo;s.<br /> Chance of precipitation 60%.<br /> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Sunday August 10<sup>th</sup> </span></strong><br /> Scattered thunderstorms.&nbsp; Highs in the mid 70&rsquo;s. Lows in the mid 60&rsquo;s.<br /> Chance of precipitation 60%.<br /> &nbsp;<br />&nbsp; Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Upcoming-Events-525 Free Ice Cream This Weekend! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Free-Ice-Cream-This-Weekend-524 <h3><strong>FREE ICE CREAM</strong>!</h3> <div>We are having a <strong>FREE ice cream</strong> weekend this weekend. Stop in to see Tina Elizabeth or Kat for your free frozen treat!<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>We are already talking about winterizing your boat. We’ll be running early bird specials for those of you that get it done in October. There are less than 30 days till Labor Day—-cancel all your other obligations and get some boat and family time!</div> <br /> <br /> Tina Minor, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Gwynn’s Island<br /> 804-725-9343 News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Free-Ice-Cream-This-Weekend-524 Weekly News + One Week Until the Tarpon Tournament http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Weekly-News-One-Week-Until-the-Tarpon-Tournament-523 Golden Isles Boaters,<br /> <br /> I am extremely excited to announce we have commenced the re-decking project with Bellingham Marine which will bring a new deck surface to every finger pier (A &amp; B Docks) in the main marina along with the connection dock between A &amp; B Docks as well.&nbsp; A total of over 1800 sticks of lumber will be replaced with all pre-cutting taking place this week with the associated installation commencing next week.&nbsp; We expect the project to take approximately three (3) weeks with said project yielding <strong>no accessibility issues</strong> to your vessel.&nbsp; If you have any questions regarding this project, please do not hesitate to contact me personally.<br /> <br /> <br /> Chris Ferguson, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Golden Isles<br /> 912-634-1128 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><strong>5TH ANNUAL ST. SIMONS ISLAND TARPON TOURNAMENT</strong></h3> <div>&nbsp;</div> &nbsp;We are approximately one week away from the 5<sup>th</sup> Annual St. Simons Island Tarpon Tournament Thursday August, 14<sup>th</sup> through Saturday, August 16<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; If you haven&rsquo;t signed up for the tournament you still have time.&nbsp; You can fill out the entry form attached in the associated link or stop by the Golden Isles Charter Fishing Association here at the marina to obtain your registration form.&nbsp; We will also be accepting entry forms at the Captain&rsquo;s meeting Thursday evening.&nbsp; This will be a boat tournament with an entry fee of $300/boat along with an optional Calcutta with said Calcutta entry fee at $200/boat.&nbsp; The Captains Meeting and fishing dates are as follows: <ul> <li>Captain&rsquo;s Meeting: Thursday, August 14<sup>th</sup> at 7:00pm on the Morningstar Observation Deck</li> <li>Fishing: Friday August 15<sup>th</sup> &amp; Saturday, August 16<sup>th</sup></li> <li>Awards Banquet Catered by the Coastal Kitchen the evening of Saturday, August 16<sup>th</sup> in the Harbor Room/Courtyard.</li> </ul> &nbsp;Please view the <a href="http://mstarproperties.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/5th-Annual-SSI-Tarpon-Tournament-Rules.pdf" target="_blank">rules</a> and <a href="http://mstarproperties.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/5th-Annual-SSI-Tarpon-Tourament-Registration-Form.pdf" target="_blank">registration form</a>.<br /> <br /> It is my sincere hope that everyone will come out and fish this great tournament sponsored and hosted by the Golden Isles Charter Fishing Association and Morningstar Marinas at Golden Isles. We look forward to a great tournament again this year.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>$0.10/GAL OFF FUEL</strong>!</h3> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/golden-isles" target="_blank"></a></div> <div>In an effort to entice everyone to get out on the water this weekend to get a little pre-fishing in prior to the upcoming Tarpon Tournament, we would like to offer $0.10/gal off your fuel purchases Saturday, August 9<sup>th</sup> &amp; Sunday August 10<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; Please see the Dock Master for your discount.</div> <div><strong><em>Have a safe and enjoyable week on the water!</em></strong></div> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Weekly-News-One-Week-Until-the-Tarpon-Tournament-523 Adult Karaoke http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Adult-Karaoke-522 <strong>Adult Karaoke Deja Vu</strong> <div>Friday, August 8th from 7-10PM</div> <div></div> WIN A FREE BOAT RENTAL at ADULT KARAOKE : Friday, August 8th from 7-10PM:&nbsp;&nbsp; The RHYC talented member karaoke Stars said&hellip;&rdquo;once is not enough&hellip;we need TWO Karaoke Nights&rdquo;. We love our members so, by popular demand, we are bringing back DJ Tall Paul for another night of microphone frenzy around the pool. $25 Certificates will be awarded for&nbsp; &ldquo;Best Singer&rdquo;, Best Effort&rdquo;, &ldquo;Best Stage Appeal&rdquo;, and then the GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive a FREE BOAT RENTAL…a $250 Value!!!!<br /> <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Bring your friends and c&rsquo;mon down and show us &ldquo;Whatcha Got&rdquo;&hellip;.solo artists, girl groups, boy bands are all encouraged to test your talents for your member friends and, of course, lots of drink and appetizer specials to fuel the FUN!! Adult Swim promises to be a night of great party fun and entertainment with appetizer and tropical drink specials including: Goombay Smash, Mojito, Cuba Libre, Rum Runner and Bahama Mama<br /> <br /> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Adult-Karaoke-522 Ice Cream Social Rescheduled + Marina News! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Ice-Cream-Social-Rescheduled-Marina-News-521 Skipper’s Landing Boaters,<br /> <br /> Last week the weather wasn’t on our side so we have rescheduled the Ice Cream Social for Saturday,&nbsp; Aug 16th due to inclement weather. We hope everyone comes out for some free ice cream!<br /> <br /> &ldquo;What&rsquo;s Shaken&rdquo; will be here from 12 &ndash; 3 to help you beat the heat with cool summer treats. Just stop in the office and get a ticket.<br /> <br /> Jamie Seaman, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Skipper’s Landing<br /> 704-528-3328 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><strong>SHIP STORE SALE!</strong></h3> <p>&nbsp; <strong>15% off all tubes, PFD’s, and tow ropes now until September 1st</strong> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>PHOTO CONTEST</strong></h3> &nbsp; Our photo contest is in full swing. We’ve been getting some great entries and this year’s contest is very close. Don’t forget your camera’s! The contest ends September 15, 2014. Please follow the steps and guidelines below.&nbsp; All contest submissions must be entered by September 1, 2014. To enter a photo: <ol> <li>Email your photo to <a href="mailto:skippers@morningstarmarinas.com">skippers@morningstarmarinas.com</a> within the contest dates. Include your name and a brief description, and please include the photo category in the subject line.</li> <li>All photos will be placed in a photo album on our Facebook page. Be sure to find us on Facebook by <a href="http://cm.studiobanks.com/t/y-l-tjilhdt-ykljjrdlku-h/" target="_blank">clicking this link</a> or searching for Morningstar Marinas at Skippers Landing.</li> <li>If you haven’t already, like us on Facebook, and tag yourself in your photo. Tell your friends to log on to Facebook and “like” your photo. The pictures with the most “likes” by the deadline date win!</li> </ol> <br /> <em>**ONLY ONE PRIZE PER CATEGORY. PRIZES CHOSEN AT RANDOM AND WILL BE ANOUNCED SEPTEMBER 16, 2014</em><br /> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Ice-Cream-Social-Rescheduled-Marina-News-521 August Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/August-Events-520 <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">5<sup>th</sup> Annual Saint Simons Island Tarpon Tournament</span></strong></p> <p>Only a couple of weeks until the 5<sup>th</sup> Annual St. Simons Island Tarpon Tournament held Thursday August, 14<sup>th</sup> through Saturday, August 16<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; If you haven&rsquo;t fished the tournament in years past, you are truly missing out.&nbsp; This will be a boat tournament with an entry fee of $300/boat along with an optional Calcutta with said Calcutta entry fee at $200/boat.&nbsp; The Captains Meeting and fishing dates are as follows:</p> <ul> <li>Captain&rsquo;s Meeting: Thursday, August 14<sup>th</sup> at 7:00pm on the Morningstar Observation Deck</li> <li>Fishing: Friday August 15<sup>th</sup> &amp; Saturday, August 16<sup>th</sup></li> <li>Awards Banquet Catered by the Coastal Kitchen the evening of Saturday, August 16<sup>th</sup> in the Harbor Room/Courtyard.</li> </ul> <p>Please contact us at 912-634-1128 for a registration form and copy of the tournament rules.&nbsp; It is my sincere hope that everyone will come out and fish this great tournament sponsored and hosted by the Golden Isles Charter Fishing Association and Morningstar Marinas at Golden Isles. We look forward to a great tournament again this year.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Boating Skills &amp; Seamanship Course</span></strong></p> <p><strong>Name:</strong> Boating Skills &amp; Seamanship Course</p> <p><strong>Date:</strong> August 16, 2014</p> <p><strong>Website:</strong> <a href="http://www.cgauxssi.us" target="_blank">http://www.cgauxssi.us</a></p> <p><strong>Event Description:</strong></p> <p>The U.S.Coast Guard Auxiliary St Simons Island/Brunswick will offer the Boating Skills &amp; Seamanship course which is our most complete boating instruction course, for the last time this year. The course is spread over Sat. Aug the 16th then continues weeknights the next Tues, Wed, Thurs and finishes Sat the 23rd. See the times sign up and other info at: <a href="http://www.cgauxssi.us/html/bs-s.html">http://www.cgauxssi.us/html/bs-s.html</a></p> <p><strong>Location:</strong></p> <p>Coast Guard Station Brunswick</p> <p><strong>Date/Time Information:</strong></p> <p>Sat. Aug the 16th then continues weeknights the next Tues, Wed, Thurs and then again Sat the 23rd.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Contact Information:</strong></p> <p>Arlene: Flotilla 10-10 Public Education Officer &nbsp;912-268-4532</p> <p><strong>Fees/Admission:</strong></p> <p>$49.50</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Little Light Music Concert</span></strong></p> <p><strong>Name:</strong> Little Light Music Concert</p> <p><strong>Date:</strong> August 31, 2014</p> <p><strong>Time:</strong> 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM</p> <p><strong>Website:</strong> <a href="http://saintsimonslighthouse.org" target="_blank">http://saintsimonslighthouse.org</a></p> <p><strong>Event Description:</strong></p> <p>Sensational Sounds of Motown</p> <p><strong>Location:</strong></p> <p>Coastal Georgia Historical Society Lighthouse Grounds</p> <p><strong>Date/Time Information:</strong></p> <p>Sunday, August 31&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;7 - 9 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Contact Information:</strong></p> <p>634-7090</p> <p><strong>Fees/Admission:</strong></p> <p>$12</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/August-Events-520 Catch of the Week + Events and Specials! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Catch-of-the-Week-Events-and-Specials-519 <strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS</strong> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="600" align="left"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/bahia-bleu" target="_blank"></a></div> Bahia Bleu Boaters,<br /> &nbsp;<br /> I hope you had a good week with all this hot weather! This weekend we are expecting scattered thunderstorms and isolated t storms. The high will be in the 80&rsquo;s. We&rsquo;re giving 30% off burgees and $0.30 off on fuel. So, come down to the marina to enjoy these great savings.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> See you around the marina!<br /> <br /> <br /> Ron Thomas, General Manager<br /> Rory Jose, General Manager<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Morningstar Marinas I Bahia Bleu<br /> 912-354-2283</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><strong>EVENTS</strong></h3> <strong>First Friday &amp; Saturday - August</strong><br /> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/bahia-bleu" target="_blank"></a></div> <strong>Savannah Waterfront Association</strong><br /> Celebrate the end of the week and the beginning of a new month with First Friday Fireworks and River Street Fun! First Friday Fireworks Presented by Wet Willie&rsquo;s will kick off on Friday, August 1 at 9:30pm.<br /> *First Friday Fireworks occur the first weekend of each month at 9:30pm. January and July fireworks always take place on the 4th of July and New Year&rsquo;s Eve. For more information visit: <a href="http://www.riverstreetsavannah.com/" target="_blank">http://www.riverstreetsavannah.com/.</a><br /> <br /> <strong>Cost:</strong><br /> free &amp; open to the public<br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Leopold’s Ice Cream’s 95th Birthday Block Party!</strong><br /> Come help us celebrate 95 years of “Tasty Memories” at our annual Leopold’s Ice Cream Birthday Block Party! Join us for live music, games, contests and dancing in the street. In recognition of our 95 years in Savannah and as a way to thank the community for your long and loyal support, Leopold’s will offer ninety-five cent single scoops all day. The shop opens at 11 a.m. and the block party starts at 1 p.m. We’ll need kids (young and young at heart) to help us blow out the candles and cut the birthday cake at 3 p.m. Free and fun for the entire family! We’ll see you there!<br /> <strong>Cost:</strong><br /> FREE<br /> <br /> <strong>Website:</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.leopoldsicecream.com" target="_blank">www.leopoldsicecream.com</a><br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>SPECIALS</strong></h3> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/bahia-bleu" target="_blank"></a></div> <div>We are giving $.30 off on fuel for Saturday and Sunday only! &nbsp;</div> &nbsp; <h3><strong>CATCH OF THE WEEK</strong></h3> <br />&nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/bahia-bleu" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/835f2da4-900f-415f-a121-336b76f78256.jpg" alt="" width="480" height="284" align="none" /></a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/bahia-bleu" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/b390e5e8-d518-42ba-b2ad-d773e4f8673d.jpg" alt="" width="480" height="359" align="none" /></a></div> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/bahia-bleu" target="_blank"></a><br /> <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/bahia-bleu" target="_blank"></a></div> &nbsp;<br /> <h3><strong>TIDES</strong></h3> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Friday&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Saturday&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; Sunday</strong> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Low:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; .57&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 6.22am&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; .57&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7:03am&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; .57&nbsp;&nbsp; 7:49am<br /> <strong>High :</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; 7.47&nbsp;&nbsp; 12:56p&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7.59&nbsp; 1:43pm&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7.82&nbsp; 2:33pm<br /> <strong>Low:&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1.14&nbsp;&nbsp; 6:51pm&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1.25&nbsp;&nbsp; 7:39pm&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1.37&nbsp;&nbsp; 8:35pm News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Catch-of-the-Week-Events-and-Specials-519 Free Ice Cream, Tarpon Tournament Details + More! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Free-Ice-Cream-Tarpon-Tournament-Details-More-518 Golden Isles Boaters, Only a couple of weeks until the 5th Annual St. Simons Island Tarpon Tournament held Thursday August, 14th through Saturday, August 16th.&nbsp; If you haven&rsquo;t fished the tournament in years past, you are truly missing out.&nbsp; This will be a boat tournament with an entry fee of $300/boat along with an optional Calcutta with said Calcutta entry fee at $200/boat.&nbsp; The Captains Meeting and fishing dates are as follows: Captain&rsquo;s Meeting: Thursday, August 14th at 7:00pm on the Morningstar Observation Deck Fishing: Friday August 15th &amp; Saturday, August 16th Awards Banquet Catered by the Coastal Kitchen the evening of Saturday, August 16th in the Harbor Room/Courtyard. &nbsp;Please view the rules and registration form. It is my sincere hope that everyone will come out and fish this great tournament sponsored and hosted by the Golden Isles Charter Fishing Association and Morningstar Marinas at Golden Isles. We look forward to a great tournament again this year. Chris Ferguson, General Manager Morningstar Marinas | Golden Isles 912-634-1128 FREE ICE CREAM! &nbsp; &nbsp; In an effort to help keep everyone a little cooler this weekend, we would like to offer a buy one(1) get one (1) free ice cream cone/bar (Pints not included), so please feel free to stop by the Dock Office Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 3rd for your BOGO Ice Cream. &nbsp; Have a wonderful and safe week on the water! &nbsp; DID YOU KNOW ABOUT THE 80% RULE? &nbsp; &nbsp; Due to the excess heat we have been experiencing throughout the past few weeks, I would like to remind everyone of the 80% rule.&nbsp; If you are unaware of the 80% rule, said rule simply states to never fill your vessel beyond 80% capacity before having your vessel put back up in its bunk.&nbsp; Gasoline is subject to expansion and if you fill you vessel completely full prior to going back up in the dry storage racks, you run the risk of having the fuel in the vessel expand and overflow onto vessels which may be below in the rack area.&nbsp; Any and all fuel overflow cleanup and vessel repair will be at the offending vessel owners expense.&nbsp; As a result, the best way to avoid this issue all together is to fuel your vessel after the vessel has been launched not prior to its return to its bunk.&nbsp; If you have to put fuel in the boat prior to its return to its respective bunk, please be mindful of the 80% rule. &nbsp; FISH CLEANING STATIONS &amp; SURPLUS BAIT FISH In an effort to keep our fish cleaning stations clean and presentable for all of our customers, please take a minute post use to hose off the area so your fellow boater is able to enjoy this amenity in a clean and presentable manner prior to their use.&nbsp; At the same time, I would ask that all anglers perforate all fish carcass stomachs and eyes prior to being thrown into the water in an effort to avoid, floating fish carcasses in the marina the next day.&nbsp; Gases build up in the eyes and stomach so if perforated, said carcasses will sink and not yield their ugly head and associated smell. &nbsp; At the same time, I would that any surplus baitfish be disposed of prior to entering our marina.&nbsp; Surplus dead baitfish dumped overboard in the marina stay in the marina for days unless fished out by my staff.&nbsp; As a result, we would greatly appreciate if said baitfish were discarded prior to entering the marina basin.&nbsp; Your assistance with this matter is greatly appreciated. &nbsp; ONE HOUR PARKING &nbsp; As many of you know, we have approximately six (6) One Hour Parking spaces on the left side, incoming lane of the parking lot with said spaces designed to facilitate less than one hour visits to the marina property.&nbsp; Please be mindful of the fact there are number of other businesses on this property whose clients are short term in and out visits so would ask that these spaces remain open for said visits and not be monopolized as an all day parking space.&nbsp; Please be respectful of the posted One Hour Parking designation. News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Free-Ice-Cream-Tarpon-Tournament-Details-More-518 Tri-Port Challenge + Early Bird Special! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Tri-Port-Challenge-Early-Bird-Special-517 Great Lakes Boaters,<br /> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/great-lakes" target="_blank"></a></div> <br /> <strong><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Why you should consider putting bottom paint on your boat.&nbsp; </span></em></strong>Most people don&rsquo;t like the &lsquo;curb appeal&rsquo; of bottom paint on their boats.&nbsp; Fiberglass is supposed to be water-proof, but it can still absorb moisture and create air voids (bubbles) in your gelcoat finish.&nbsp; Bottom paint creates a barrier between the water and the gelcoat on your boat, therefore protecting the integrity of your hull, and the value of your boat.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> There are various types of bottom paint for various types of hull designs, some of which will even make your boat run faster, and some that will last for many years.&nbsp; All bottom paints do wear away with time which is by design to help keep scum from building up on the bottom of your boat.&nbsp; Most bottom paints create little air bubbles as you move through the water which helps the floatation and speed of your boat, as well as increasing fuel efficiency.&nbsp; They can be applied to look just like paint, and are available in multiple colors.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> To properly install bottom paint on your boat, it should be sanded with 80 grit sandpaper or sandblasted first to a coarse finish in order for it to adhere properly.&nbsp; A barrier coat of primer is then applied, followed by the bottom paint being sprayed, rolled or brushed on.&nbsp; For more on these processes, please call the service department at Great Lakes Marina.&nbsp; You&rsquo;ll get a 20% discount on all bottom paint orders placed from now through September 30<sup>th</sup>, 2014.<br /> <br /> <br /> Jeff Covey, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Great Lakes<br /> 231-759-8230 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><strong>COAST GUARD FESTIVAL USA</strong></h3> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.coastguardfest.com" target="_blank"></a></div> <div><strong><em>DID YOU KNOW</em></strong> &hellip;&nbsp;The <strong><em>U. S. Coast Guard</em></strong> Saves 10 Lives Every day on Average!&nbsp;&nbsp; The USCG is a branch of the United States Armed Forces, and the ONLY military organization that is also part of Homeland Security!&nbsp; The USCG has fewer members than the NYPD, but covers 3.4 million square miles!&nbsp; AND did you know that Grand Haven, Michigan is the only city designated <strong><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Coast Guard City USA</span></em></strong>?&nbsp; Grand Haven&rsquo;s Coast Guard Festival USA runs from now through Sunday, August 3.&nbsp; Visit their website at:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.coastguardfest.com">www.coastguardfest.com</a> for all of their exciting events.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <h3><strong>MAKE IT A MOVIE NIGHT!</strong></h3> <br />&nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/great-lakes" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/9c6d400c-cde0-4381-91d1-5712ab6b4554.jpg" alt="" width="380" height="676" align="none" /></a><br />&nbsp; <br /></div> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/great-lakes" target="_blank"></a></div> What do you do at the end of a great boating day when you still want to hang out with your dock mates?&nbsp; Movie Night, of course.&nbsp; Some of the A Dock boaters decided to unfurl a sail and enjoy a movie with their friends.&nbsp; The Movie of choice?&nbsp; <strong>JAWS!!!&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong><br /> <br /> &nbsp; <br /> <h3><strong>EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!</strong></h3> <div>&nbsp;</div> Though the weatherman is promising us many warm, sunny days ahead, it&rsquo;s already time to start thinking about <strong><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">winter storage</span></em></strong>. &nbsp;&nbsp;We have sold out of inside heated storage the last three years, So we want to offer you our Early Bird July Special.<strong>&nbsp; Our Early Bird Storage Package includes: Winter Haul Out</strong> <ul> <li><strong>Pump Out Head</strong></li> <li><strong>Pressure Washing of the Bottom of Boat</strong></li> <li><strong>Jack Stands/Blocking up</strong></li> <li><strong>Spring Launch</strong></li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>INSIDE HEATED $5.75 per square foot After July 31 $5.99 sq ft</strong></li> <li><strong>OUTSIDE $23 &nbsp;per linear foot After July 31 $25 linear ft</strong></li> </ul> <em>(Click <a href="http://mstarproperties.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/CNL-lease-Great-lakes.pdf" target="_blank">here</a> to access the contract)</em> Please return your contract to our Sales Manager, Heidi, no later than July 31, 2014.<strong>&nbsp; </strong><a href="mailto:hgriswold@morningstarmarinas.com"><strong>hgriswold@morningstarmarinas.com</strong></a><br /> <strong>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> REMEMBER:&nbsp;</strong> You Can&rsquo;t Buy Happiness, But You Can Buy a BOAT!!&nbsp; And That&rsquo;s Pretty Close :)<br /> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/GreatLakesMarina?ref=br_tf" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;Be sure to like us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/GreatLakesMarina?ref=br_tf" target="_blank">Facebook! </a><br /> <br /> <strong>-The GLM Team</strong> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Tri-Port-Challenge-Early-Bird-Special-517 Weekend News + Upcoming Events! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Weekend-News-Upcoming-Events-516 Sandusky Harbor Boaters,<br /> <br /> What a great time last weekend as the Fergie and the Bog Dogs joined us!&nbsp; Lots of compliments and they definitely delivered on their &ldquo;toe tapping&rdquo;&nbsp; promise!<br /> <br /> Check out the faces in pictures.&nbsp; We&rsquo;ll keep inviting them back as long as they&rsquo;ll come!<br /> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/sandusky-harbor" target="_blank"></a><br /> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/sandusky-harbor" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/22e6525b-2089-4128-be3d-e980d3d74752.jpg" alt="" width="560" height="316" align="none" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/sandusky-harbor" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/5089d211-6f07-40d2-b9a8-7540a5cb4a7f.jpg" alt="" width="560" height="316" align="none" /></a></div> <br /> <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/sandusky-harbor" target="_blank"></a></div> <br /> Jerry Parsons, General Manager<br /> Sandusky Harbor Marina<br /> 800-877-3625 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><br /> <strong>UPCOMING EVENTS</strong></h3> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/sandusky-harbor" target="_blank"></a></div> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">The Vermilion Community Band, August 9</span></strong><br /> The next scheduled event is Saturday, August 9, at the North Pavilion, when the Vermilion Community Band performs for us.&nbsp; Bring your lawn chairs and sit in the lawn as the sun sets.&nbsp; Invite your friends.&nbsp; Don&rsquo;t miss this event!<br /> <br /> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Marina Garage Sale, August 16</span></strong><br /> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/sandusky-harbor" target="_blank"></a></div> Reserve your table now.&nbsp; And then come prepared to find the bargains.&nbsp; Opens at 9 AM to marina members and at 11 AM to the general public.&nbsp; Set up Friday afternoon when the tables are delivered and again before open on Saturday morning.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>BOAT &amp; CAR STICKERS - UPDATE</strong></h3> We&rsquo;ve not mentioned this for a couple weeks, but we did an inventory over the weekend about 40% of the cars in the parking lot had stickers in their window.&nbsp; Not bad but could be better.&nbsp; If you haven&rsquo;t picked up your stickers yet, please do so.&nbsp; Next week, when we do our dock inventory, we&rsquo;ll see how many boats have stickers on them.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>WINTER STORAGE </strong></h3> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">2014-2015 Winter Storage Contracts and Winter Service Agreements</span></strong><br /> The paperwork will be e-mailed next week.&nbsp; If you&rsquo;re receiving this newsletter, you&rsquo;ll get the contract by e-mail.&nbsp; We hope to have links on the website.&nbsp; We can fax or snail mail paper copies if you request us to do so.&nbsp;&nbsp; You may return by e-mail, fax or US Mail.&nbsp; But you&rsquo;ll want to watch for these and respond at your earliest convenience.<br /> The paperwork this year asks for a &ldquo;Spring Launch Date&rdquo;.&nbsp;&nbsp; This information will allow us to store the boats&nbsp; in the fall in positions that will allow better access to those launching earlier in the spring.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call us.&nbsp; We will find answers and calculate payments for you. News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Weekend-News-Upcoming-Events-516 Catches of the Week + Weather & Tides! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Catches-of-the-Week-Weather-Tides-515 <p>Mayport Boaters,<br /> <br /> July was an awesome month packed full of events and excitement and we enjoyed having everyone out.&nbsp; During the Red Snapper weekends we saw an ample amount of large Red Snapper caught by all of our talented fishermen and women here at the Marina.&nbsp; The Greater Jax Kingfish Tournament was also successful despite Kingfish being scarce the past few weeks.&nbsp; Congrats to all who placed.&nbsp; We would also like to thank everyone for a smooth month and for everyone&rsquo;s cooperation and understanding with everything that was going on throughout July.&nbsp; You all are awesome!<br /> <br /> Logan Moore, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Mayport<br /> 904-246-8929</p> <h3><strong>CATCHES OF THE WEEK!</strong></h3> Thank you to everyone who has sent in pictures so far!&nbsp; Here are just a few of the pictures we have received: <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/mayport" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/40b1ff03-b911-4eb1-bcb7-3514866dad45.jpg" alt="" width="350" height="466" align="none" /></a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/mayport" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/42a7729b-1eb2-40ec-becd-33d866c9154f.jpg" alt="" width="350" height="622" align="none" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/mayport" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/2651ac51-954c-498c-b36a-6375d713a545.jpg" alt="" width="350" height="262" align="none" /></a><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/mayport" target="_blank"><img src="https://gallery.mailchimp.com/f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17/images/972a6ed2-2994-42ea-afd2-7dbd8d921cfd.jpg" alt="" width="350" height="262" align="none" /></a></div> <br /> <br /> Thanks again for sending in you amazing pictures of your big catch!<br /> To send your fish pics to us at <a href="mailto:mayport@morningstarmarinas.com">mayport@morningstarmarinas.com</a> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /> <h3><strong>FORECAST</strong></h3> <div>This weekend is looking like another good one.&nbsp; Here is the projected forecast and tides:<br /> <br /> <strong>Weather:</strong><br /> <strong>Friday:&nbsp;</strong> High of 92 with winds at 10 knots out of the Southeast and a 40% chance of rain.&nbsp; Seas 2-3&rsquo; with inland waters a light chop.<br /> <br /> <strong>Saturday:&nbsp;</strong> High of 88 with winds at 10 knots out of the Southeast and a 50% chance of rain.&nbsp; Seas 2-3&rsquo; with inland waters a light chop.<br /> <br /> <strong>Sunday:&nbsp; </strong>High of 88 with winds at 10 knots out of the South and a 50% chance of rain.&nbsp; Seas 2-3&rsquo; with inland waters a light chop.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Tides:</strong></span><br /> Friday:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; 12:22 AM H / 6:04 AM L<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 12:51 PM H / 6:33 PM L<br /> Saturday:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1:01 AM H / 6:46 AM L<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; 1:33 PM H / 7:26 PM L<br /> Sunday: &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1:44 AM H / 7:34 AM L<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 2:21 PM H / 8:24 PM L</div> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Catches-of-the-Week-Weather-Tides-515 Beginning of Speckled Trout Season + Weekend News! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Beginning-of-Speckled-Trout-Season-Weekend-News-514 Gwynn’s Island Boaters, <div>&nbsp;</div> Congratulations to Jimmy Jankowski for winning our fishing pole last weekend! His family have been customers here for many years and it&rsquo;s been nice to see him grow up from a little boy to a nice young man. We&rsquo;ve actually offered him a dockhand position when he turns of age. J &nbsp;So, we hope you get to catch some fish with your new Daiwa pole Jimmy!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We had some nasty storms roll in here last weekend but people still seemed to try to get an hour or two out on the boat despite the storms. Just remember safety first when boating around lightening. Always be aware of the approaching storms and have a plan in place if caught off guard by an unannounced storm.<br /> <br /> <br /> Tina Minor, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Gwynn’s Island<br /> 804-725-9343 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><strong>SPECKLED TROUT SEASON STARTS TOMORROW!</strong></h3> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/gwynns-island" target="_blank"></a></div> &nbsp;SPECKLED TROUT SEASON IS OPEN AS OF AUGUST 1<sup>ST</sup>!! for those of you who have been throwing back those trout all summer-you can now keep them. Here is a catch and release 30&rdquo; Trout I weighed in last week. Hope this gets you excited!<br /> <strong>&nbsp;<br /> Possession size minimum is 14&rdquo;<br /> Possession limit 5 per person</strong><br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>DOCKING TIPS</strong></h3> Please have dock lines on both sides of the boat. This will make it easier for everyone when docking. We see too often people fumbling to&nbsp; switch lines from port to starboard quickly and usually not in time before hitting the dock.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Make sure your crew knows how to throw a line, when to throw and where to have them before you are next to the dock.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you are not good at docking, no worries. Just hail us at VHF 71 and we&rsquo;ll catch your lines. We&rsquo;ll talk you thru the whole process.<br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>FREE WATER</strong></h3> Enjoy free water this weekend. It should be nice and hot! We&rsquo;ll have iced down water for you when you arrive at the dock so please help yourself to ice cold water for you and your crew!<br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp; <strong><em>Andy and Jamie would like to say Thank you for everyone&rsquo;s patience with service this summer. Even though the temperature is getting hot none of our customers tempers have been. We truly appreciate your understanding the back log of work we have due large amount of mid-summer requests to fix their boats.</em></strong> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Beginning-of-Speckled-Trout-Season-Weekend-News-514 Ice Cream Social + Marina News! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Ice-Cream-Social-Marina-News-513 Skipper’s Landing Boaters,<br /> <br /> This Saturday, August 2<sup>nd</sup> we will be having our annual ice cream social. &ldquo;What&rsquo;s Shaken&rdquo; will be here from 12 &ndash; 3 to help you beat the heat with cool summer treats. Just stop in the office and get a ticket.<br /> <br /> Jamie Seaman, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Skipper’s Landing<br /> 704-528-3328 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><strong>DEAL OF THE WEEK</strong></h3> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/skippers-landing" target="_blank"></a></div> <div>This week we are featuring a 1 rider Vortex tube, and air pump, and 1-2 rider tow rope all for $100! These deals won&rsquo;t last, so get yours today!<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <h3><strong>PHOTO CONTEST</strong></h3> Skippers photo contest is in full swing. We&rsquo;ve been receiving several great photos and this year&rsquo;s contest is going to be very competitive. The contest ends September 15, 2014. Please follow the steps and guidelines below.&nbsp; All contest submissions must be entered by September 1, 2014. To enter a photo: <ol> <li>Email your photo to <a href="mailto:skippers@morningstarmarinas.com">skippers@morningstarmarinas.com</a> within the contest dates. Include your name and a brief description, and please include the photo category in the subject line.</li> <li>All photos will be placed in a photo album on our Facebook page. Be sure to find us on Facebook by <a href="http://cm.studiobanks.com/t/y-l-tjilhdt-ykljjrdlku-h/" target="_blank">clicking this link</a> or searching for Morningstar Marinas at Skippers Landing.</li> <li>If you haven’t already, like us on Facebook, and tag yourself in your photo. Tell your friends to log on to Facebook and “like” your photo. The pictures with the most “likes” by the deadline date win!</li> </ol> <br /> <em>**ONLY ONE PRIZE PER CATEGORY. PRIZES CHOSEN AT RANDOM AND WILL BE ANOUNCED SEPTEMBER 16, 2014</em><br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>TIPS FROM CAPT. GUS!</strong></h3> <br /> When thunder roars, go indoors.<br /> A summer thunderstorm lasts approximately thirty minutes. During which time you might encounter heavy rain/hail and high winds that can make crossing open water very dangerous. The sound of thunder can be frightening, but of greater concern to boaters is the chance of being hit by lightning. Storms can be avoided if boaters seek the nearest safe harbor and don&rsquo;t try to venture across open water.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Usually, by the time the first clap of thunder is heard, it&rsquo;s too late to attempt an open water crossing. A better option is to wait out the storm at a marina, restaurant or even tied to someone&rsquo;s dock in a protected cove. Particularly since wave heights on Lake Norman can exceed three feet when driven by fifty plus mile per hour winds.&nbsp; Not only can waves be high, but they run very close together which makes navigation difficult. Worse yet, is the likelihood of a rogue wave, one considerably larger than the others that causes the vessel to breach and take on water.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Bad things can happen when a vessel gets caught in the wrath of a storm. The motor could stop, the boat could become grounded or someone could even fall overboard. So it&rsquo;s always prudent to seek safe harbor, secure the vessel, exit the boat and go inside a nearby building.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> According to information from the Johnston County, NC, Emergency Services Website, &ldquo;Lightning strikes caused 22 deaths in North Carolina while people were boating, fishing or involved in other water related activities between 1959 and 1997.&rdquo;&nbsp; In another report posted by <a href="http://www.noaa.gov%3chttp/www.noaa.gov/">www.noaa.gov&lt;http://www.noaa.gov/</a>&gt;, &ldquo;Between 2001 and 2010 North Carolina ranked 5th in the nation in lightning fatalities.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Be leery of afternoon storms and be prepared to take safe actions as a storm approaches.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Hot Spots of the Week:&nbsp; White perch are hitting fly and jigging spoon combinations in twenty to forty feet of water. Best bets are the edges of channels and in narrow coves with submerged brush. Some boats are reporting catching two and even three hundred per trip. Big flathead catfish are being caught on live perch and bream. Blue cats are hitting fresh cut fish filets and chicken strips. Bass are on the banks early, but move off shore once the sun rises. After sunrise, tempt them with top water lures, swim baits and soft plastics around points and humps in water to thirty feet deep.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The surface water temperature varies by location, but is mainly in the eighties in open waters not affected by power generation. The water level is about 1.3&rsquo; below full pond on Lake Norman and 2.6’ below full on Mountain Island Lake.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Capt. Gus Gustafson of Lake Norman Ventures, Inc. is an outdoor columnist and a full time Professional Fishing Guide on Lake Norman, NC. Visit his web site, <a href="http://www.Fishingwithgus.com%3chttp/www.fishingwithgus.com/">www.Fishingwithgus.com</a> or call 704-617-6812<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>FORECAST COURTESY OF STEVE UDELSON</strong></h3> <em>Forecast courtesy of Steve Udelson, Chief Meteorologist from WSOC-TV and Morningstar Boater.</em><br /> <br /> Our “unusually unsettled” weather pattern will continue through the weekend. Good news for “heat haters”; temps will only reach the low to mid 80s. The bad news is that<br /> <br /> We will see a higher than normal chance if showers and t-storms that won’t be confined to the usual late afternoon/evening News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Ice-Cream-Social-Marina-News-513 Bilge Cleaning Special + Upcoming Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Bilge-Cleaning-Special-Upcoming-Events-512 Kings Point Boaters,<br /> <br /> Hopefully at this point in the summer you’ve had the opportunity to get out on the water and make great use of your boat. With this in mind, we want to remind you to keep your boat&rsquo;s bilge clean. We have included some information on this topic and will have a supply of bilge cleaner available in the Ship&rsquo;s Store beginning next week. Not interested in tackling this yourself? We are offering a <strong>$50 bilge cleaning special</strong> and can take care of this service for you right here at the marina. Stop by the Ship’s Store to sign up or call the office at 704-892-3223.<br /> <br /> We look forward to seeing you for another great weekend on the water!<br /> <br /> <br /> Chris Higgs, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Kings Point<br /> 704-892-3223 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><strong>BILGE CLEANING INFORMATION</strong></h3> A clean bilge is a sign of a good captain. On the other hand, a dirty bilge…well let’s just say if your bilge is dirty, it needs to be corrected ASAP.<br /> <strong>Dry Stack</strong><br /> If your boat is in dry storage it is still important to keep a clean bilge to avoid polluting the lake, When boats are put in the dry stack racks they tend to tilt towards the bow. If there is anything in the bilge, it will be pumped out while in the racks, dumping the contents of your bilge over the boats surrounding yours in the building. (You are responsible for any damage caused by the contents of your bilge).<br /> <strong>Bilge Maintenance</strong><br /> Engine oil tends to accumulate in bilges. If no precautions are taken, the oil is pumped overboard along with the bilge water. Discharging oily water is illegal. To avoid fines and to protect water quality, follow these tips: <ul> <li>Keep your engine well tuned to minimize the amount of oil that is released. Be sure there are no leaking seals, gaskets or hoses.</li> <li>If you change your own oil, purchase a non-spill pump to draw crankcase oils out through the dipstick tube and slip a plastic bag over used oil filters prior to their removal to capture any drips. Hot drain the filter by punching a hole in the dome end and draining for 24 hours. Recycle the collected oil. Recycle the metal canister if practical. If not, dispose in your regular trash.</li> <li>Place oil absorbent materials in the bilge.</li> <li>Place an oil absorbent pad under the engine.</li> <li>Replace oil absorbent materials regularly.</li> <li>Do not treat oily water with detergents. Soaps pollute and make clean-up impossible. You may be fined up to $25,000 for using soaps to dissipate oil.</li> </ul> <strong>Disposal of Oil Absorbent Materials</strong><br /> The disposal of used, oil absorbent materials depends on what type of product it is and how it was used: <ul> <li>Standard absorbents that are saturated with gasoline may be air dried and reused.</li> <li>Standard absorbents saturated with oil or diesel may be wrung out over oil recycling bins (if they are saturated with oil or diesel only) and reused. Alternatively, they should be double-bagged with one plastic bag sealed inside of another and tossed in your regular trash.</li> </ul> <strong>Don’t Pollute</strong><br /> Remember that it is illegal to pump oily discharge overboard. If you find oil in your bilge water, turn off the bilge pump and find an alternative way of disposing of the oily water. Don’t think just because there is only a little bit of oil it is okay. The test for illegal pollution is simply a “visible sheen” on the water. If you have questions regarding cleaning your bilge, products to use or setting up a service to have the marina do it for you, please call the marina office at 704-892-3223<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>‘BOATIE’ OF THE WEEK</strong></h3> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/kings-point"></a></div> What’s a ‘Boatie’? It’s a selfie on a boat! Please send in your selfies on your boat so you can be our next Boatie of the week!<br /> <br /> Email us at: <a href="mailto:kingspoint@morningstarmarinas.co">kingspoint@morningstarmarinas.co</a><a href="mailto:kingspoint@morningstarmarinas.com?subject=Here%27s%20My%20Boatie%21" target="_blank">m</a><br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>UPCOMING EVENTS</strong></h3> <ul> <li>We will be replacing all of the dock blocks on the return and launch docks this coming week.&nbsp; We will also be replacing any broken or older dock blocks throughout all marina dock slips.&nbsp; We will be staging the new materials down by the gazebo at the launch and return docks, so please excuse the appearance while we make these improvements to our great property.&nbsp; As always we appreciate all of our valued patrons!!</li> </ul> <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Events in the Area</strong></span>: <ul> <li>“Turf It &amp; They Will Come!” Two new synthetic turf fields have been installed at <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001pDTFGzQCtaSMlLY4uU5GkGALsX5__bOIldbYW2zB26KWNBWB2btYBybtWuc58AB3CmQEZelMgO4Vhyr_4vfq_4s8BMzfzvW0CrYEDtmjM-oQPtGzThXHa0OKOBfxX3-5_QRTtFFcohaSxGvElc7aRK1yq5J68W7QfrHdfh5LJTxTdT686fEIhp34y3KAEWun43VJ7WwkwNxAVr_onInNsvbeypXUnVbL&amp;c=MXfbLlxT-iNADVLBQKbSa1ZvR6cSnVO5ggyYpi_HQRhrp1rnxV1VIA==&amp;ch=ACIhANwBmOLkqnvwqezCDMxe6pV3Y3jLzhg_Hm4yIfWCw6rMQNbQkw==" target="_blank">Bailey Road Park</a>. <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001pDTFGzQCtaSMlLY4uU5GkGALsX5__bOIldbYW2zB26KWNBWB2btYBybtWuc58AB3kNpeDVGEI9zvYouzz3qzTj4jdDfdvk826871IOkl9smgCWQVuv5Som-weoTdckgb7lcBHzQ1xFHMXXn7-mGL9kOL-sOnYsxao8rqFoLoVF583cPPZezkedu05uAxZrqkAezA4_1iRiU=&amp;c=MXfbLlxT-iNADVLBQKbSa1ZvR6cSnVO5ggyYpi_HQRhrp1rnxV1VIA==&amp;ch=ACIhANwBmOLkqnvwqezCDMxe6pV3Y3jLzhg_Hm4yIfWCw6rMQNbQkw==" target="_blank">Cornelius PARC</a> they will hold a dedication ceremony on Aug 19 at 5:30pm.&nbsp;</li> <li>&nbsp;“Fore Days of Professional Golf!” The Web.com Tour’s, <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001pDTFGzQCtaSMlLY4uU5GkGALsX5__bOIldbYW2zB26KWNBWB2btYB6v42Z2guH5iGAOwQS_K9WsuHy_XhNw4eEdT-AWcaM9wQXM3r7AhineogT6vALBqx1HpjBXz63XZcFCRD9eoi_DGAc6MHiwmfE_5X_T6a58pyBi0pcci3vryTxqXKGke9w==&amp;c=MXfbLlxT-iNADVLBQKbSa1ZvR6cSnVO5ggyYpi_HQRhrp1rnxV1VIA==&amp;ch=ACIhANwBmOLkqnvwqezCDMxe6pV3Y3jLzhg_Hm4yIfWCw6rMQNbQkw==" target="_blank">Chiquita Classic</a> golf tournament is coming up Sept 4-7 at River Run Country Club featuring the top-75 players from the Web.com Tour regular season money list&nbsp;and 75 professionals ranked 126-200 on the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup points list.&nbsp; Tickets start at just $15.</li> </ul> &nbsp; <h3><strong>NO WAKE ZONE</strong></h3> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/kings-point" target="_blank"></a></div> Please remember that the marina cove is a No Wake Zone. This means that any vessel operating in a speed zone posted as “Idle Speed&rdquo; or &ldquo;No Wake” must operate at the minimum speed that allows you to maintain steering and make headway.<br /> <br /> The waters of Lake Norman&nbsp;are regulated by the statutes of North Carolina, the Lake Norman Marine Commission, NC Wildlife Resources Commission and by the counties that surround the lake, Catawba, Iredell, Lincoln and Mecklenburg County. It is unlawful to operate a vessel at greater than no wake speed within 50 yards of a vessel launching area, bridge, dock, pier, marina, vessel storage structure or&nbsp; vessel service area on the waters of Lake Norman.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>FORECAST COURTESY OF STEVE UDELSON</strong></h3> <em>Forecast courtesy of Steve Udelson, Chief Meteorologist from WSOC-TV and Morningstar Boater.</em><br /> <br /> Our “unusually unsettled” weather pattern will continue through the weekend. Good news for “heat haters”; temps will only reach the low to mid 80s. The bad news is that<br /> <br /> We will see a higher than normal chance if showers and t-storms that won’t be confined to the usual late afternoon/evening News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Bilge-Cleaning-Special-Upcoming-Events-512 Win a Tube + Weekly News! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Win-a-Tube-Weekly-News-511 Kings Point Boaters,<br /> <br /> This week we will be holding an amazing tube raffle! Buy your $5 ticket for a chance to win our two-person Storm Tube &amp; Towable Booster, a $450 value! We are only selling 60 tickets and have a very limited number left, so be sure to stop by the marina and get yours before they sell out!<br /> It&rsquo;s been a rainy beginning to the week so let&rsquo;s hope the rain holds off for the remainder of the week..&nbsp; We are looking forward to see you for another great weekend on the water!<br /> <br /> Chris Higgs, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Kings Point<br /> 704-892-3223 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><strong>UPCOMING EVENTS</strong></h3> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/kings-point" target="_blank"></a></div> <strong>Free Fishing Seminar &ndash; </strong>&ldquo;How to Use Sonar, Down Side Scan and GPS to Catch Summer Bass, White Perch and Crappie&rdquo; - Jake Bussolini and I will conduct this ninety minute seminar at&nbsp;6:30 p.m. on July 16th&nbsp;at Gander Mountain, Exit 36, Mooresville, NC. For additional information, call&nbsp;<a title="tel:704 658 0822" href="https://webmail.networksolutionsemail.com/edgedesk/cgi-bin/inbox.exe?id=01b69d8123d30bbc7b9a09165168f9874140&amp;cache=HVB9DTYIegIZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ-D6Sz8tQaDatxDdAZZZZZZZZZZZZZZBZZZZZMZ2ZZZZZZZx1wUZZZZZZzJFZZTYZZZZyZZZZXUFZZZ;;&amp;fld=HF6Xg,U;&amp;open=1290&amp;prev=&amp;nw=1">704 658 0822</a>.<br /> <br /> <strong>How to Navigate Lake Norman Day or Night</strong> -&nbsp; a free safe boating class held at The Peninsula Yacht Club, 18501 Harbor Light Blvd, Cornelius, NC 28031&nbsp;on August 13th at 6:30 p.m. Becky Johnson and I will cover topics that include &ldquo;Understanding LKN&rsquo;s Channel Marker and Buoy System&rdquo;, &ldquo;How to Avoid Shallow Water&rdquo;,&rdquo; The Ten Most Dangerous Spots&rdquo;, and &ldquo;Interpreting Lake Maps&rdquo;. For more information, call Ashley at<strong>&nbsp;</strong><a title="tel:704 892 7575" href="https://webmail.networksolutionsemail.com/edgedesk/cgi-bin/inbox.exe?id=01b69d8123d30bbc7b9a09165168f9874140&amp;cache=HVB9DTYIegIZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ-D6Sz8tQaDatxDdAZZZZZZZZZZZZZZBZZZZZMZ2ZZZZZZZx1wUZZZZZZzJFZZTYZZZZyZZZZXUFZZZ;;&amp;fld=HF6Xg,U;&amp;open=1290&amp;prev=&amp;nw=1"><strong>704 892 7575</strong></a><strong>.</strong><br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>HOT FISHING SPOTS</strong></h3> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/kings-point" target="_blank"></a></div> &nbsp;White perch are hitting fly and jigging spoon combinations in twenty to forty feet of water. Best bets are the edges of channels and in narrow coves with submerged brush. Some boats are reporting catching two and even three hundred per trip. Big flathead catfish are being caught on live perch and bream. Blue cats are hitting fresh cut fish filets and chicken strips. Bass are on the banks early, but move off shore once the sun rises. After sunrise, tempt them with top water lures, swim baits and soft plastics around points and humps in water to thirty feet deep.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The surface water temperature varies by location, but is mainly in the eighties in open waters not affected by power generation. The water level is about 1.3&rsquo; below full pond on Lake Norman and 2.6’ below full on Mountain Island Lake.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Capt. Gus Gustafson of Lake Norman Ventures, Inc. is an outdoor columnist and a full time Professional Fishing Guide on Lake Norman, NC. Visit his web site,&nbsp;<a title="http://www.fishingwithgus.com/" href="http://www.fishingwithgus.com/" target="_blank">www.Fishingwithgus.com</a>&nbsp;or call&nbsp;<a href="https://webmail.networksolutionsemail.com/edgedesk/cgi-bin/inbox.exe?id=01b69d8123d30bbc7b9a09165168f9874140&amp;cache=HVB9DTYIegIZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ-D6Sz8tQaDatxDdAZZZZZZZZZZZZZZBZZZZZMZ2ZZZZZZZx1wUZZZZZZzJFZZTYZZZZyZZZZXUFZZZ;;&amp;fld=HF6Xg,U;&amp;open=1290&amp;prev=&amp;nw=1">704-617-6812</a>.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>ITEMS OF THE WEEK</strong></h3> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/kings-point" target="_blank"></a></div> Please stop by the ships store and get a few bottles of wine to take with you for a price you don&rsquo;t wont to miss out on.&nbsp; .&nbsp; Merlot, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay.&nbsp; ONLY $1.25 per bottle while supplies last.<br /> <br /> <br />&nbsp;Be sure to stop by the Ship’s Store to check out our item of the week: a 12V Airhead Air Pump. This is definitely something to get “pumped up” about! The Airhead Air Pump fits all popular valves for quick and easy inflates or deflates of towables and tubes. Pair that with a raffle ticket for our Storm Tube &amp; Towable Booster and you are set for a great time on the water!<br /> <br /><br /> <h3><strong>‘BOATIE’ OF THE WEEK</strong></h3> What’s a ‘Boatie’? It’s a selfie on a boat! Please send in your selfies on your boat so you can be our next Boatie of the week!<br /> <br /> Email us at: <a href="mailto:kingspoint@morningstarmarinas.co">kingspoint@morningstarmarinas.co</a><a href="mailto:kingspoint@morningstarmarinas.com?subject=Here%27s%20My%20Boatie%21" target="_blank">m</a> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Win-a-Tube-Weekly-News-511 Photo Contest Details + Weekly News! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Photo-Contest-Details-Weekly-News-510 Skipper’s Landing Boaters,<br /> <br /> We are excited to announce our Skipper’s Landing Photo Contest! The contest ends September 15, 2014. Please follow the steps and guidelines below.&nbsp; All contest submissions must be entered by September 1, 2014. To enter a photo: <ol> <li>Email your photo to <a href="mailto:skippers@morningstarmarinas.com">skippers@morningstarmarinas.com</a> within the contest dates. Include your name and a brief description, and please include the photo category in the subject line.</li> <li>All photos will be placed in a photo album on our Facebook page. Be sure to find us on Facebook by <a href="http://cm.studiobanks.com/t/y-l-tjilhdt-ykljjrdlku-h/" target="_blank">clicking this link</a> or searching for Morningstar Marinas at Skippers Landing.</li> <li>If you haven’t already, like us on Facebook, and tag yourself in your photo. Tell your friends to log on to Facebook and “like” your photo. The pictures with the most “likes” by the deadline date win!</li> </ol> &nbsp;<br /> **ONLY ONE PRIZE PER CATEGORY. PRIZES CHOSEN AT RANDOM AND WILL BE ANOUNCED SEPTEMBER 16, 2014.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> **EACH PARTICIPANT WILL ONLY BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN ONE CATEGORY.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Categories: <ul> <li>Best sunrise or sunset on Lake Norman</li> <li>Best &ldquo;Boatie&rdquo; Photo (Selfie on your boat)</li> <li>Best photo of your pet on Lake Norman</li> <li>Best wakeboarding/tubing/skiing photo</li> </ul> Prizes Include: Basic winterization (Up to $200 value), Lightning tube ($146 value), Exterior Wash and Wax (Up to $250 value) and half off your next month’s rent! Most liked photo overall wins! <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Jamie Seaman, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Skipper’s Landing<br /> 704-528-3328 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><strong>UPCOMING EVENTS</strong></h3> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/skippers-landing" target="_blank"></a></div> <div><strong>Free Fishing Seminar &ndash; </strong>&ldquo;How to Use Sonar, Down Side Scan and GPS to Catch Summer Bass, White Perch and Crappie&rdquo; - Jake Bussolini and I will conduct this ninety minute seminar at 6:30 p.m. on July 16th at Gander Mountain, Exit 36, Mooresville, NC. For additional information, call 704 658 0822.<br /> <br /> <strong>How to Navigate Lake Norman Day or Night</strong> - free safe boating class held at The Peninsula Yacht Club, 18501 Harbor Light Blvd, Cornelius, NC 28031 on August 13th at 6:30 p.m. Becky Johnson and I will cover topics that include &ldquo;Understanding LKN&rsquo;s Channel Marker and Buoy System&rdquo;, &ldquo;How to Avoid Shallow Water&rdquo;,&rdquo; The Ten Most Dangerous Spots&rdquo;, and &ldquo;Interpreting Lake Maps&rdquo;. For more information, call Ashley at 704 892 7575<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <h3><strong>HOT SPOT OF THE WEEK</strong></h3> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/skippers-landing" target="_blank"></a></div> White perch are hitting fly and jigging spoon combinations in twenty to forty feet of water. Best bets are the edges of channels and in narrow coves with submerged brush. Some boats are reporting catching two and even three hundred per trip. Big flathead catfish are being caught on live perch and bream. Blue cats are hitting fresh cut fish filets and chicken strips. Bass are on the banks early, but move off shore once the sun rises. After sunrise, tempt them with top water lures, swim baits and soft plastics around points and humps in water to thirty feet deep.<br /> <br /> The surface water temperature varies by location, but is mainly in the eighties in open waters not affected by power generation. The water level is about 1.3&rsquo; below full pond on Lake Norman and 2.6’ below full on Mountain Island Lake.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Capt. Gus Gustafson of Lake Norman Ventures, Inc. is an outdoor columnist and a full time Professional Fishing Guide on Lake Norman, NC. Visit his web site, <a href="http://www.Fishingwithgus.com%3chttp/www.fishingwithgus.com/">www.Fishingwithgus.com</a> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Photo-Contest-Details-Weekly-News-510 Amazing Red Snapper Catch + Weekly News! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Amazing-Red-Snapper-Catch-Weekly-News-509 Bahia Bleu Boaters,<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We hope you have all stayed dry from the rain this past week . The weather forecasters are calling for isolated storms this weekend. The temperatures will be in the high 80&rsquo;s and low 90&rsquo;s and only 30% chance of rain.<br /> <br /> This weekend we&rsquo;ll be selling all&nbsp; t-shirts at 50% off. So, come down and take advantage of this great sale.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Have a great weekend on the water!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Ron Thomas, General Manager<br /> Rory Jose, General Manager<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Morningstar Marinas I Bahia Bleu<br /> 912-354-2283<br /> &nbsp; <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><strong>CATCH OF THE WEEK</strong>!</h3> <div>A Bahia Bleu boater had a great red snapper catch last week!</div> Don&rsquo;t forget to email us your fishing pictures!&nbsp; We love to show off our awesome members and their awesome fishing skills. Send all pictures to <a href="mailto:bahiableu@morningstarmarinas.com%20?subject=My%20Big%20Catch%21" target="_blank">bahiableu@morningstarmarinas.com&nbsp; </a><br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>SAFETY REMINDERS</strong></h3> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;HYDRATE!&nbsp; HYDRATE!&nbsp; HYDRATE!<br /> <div><strong> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Wear Sunscreen!<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Storm Safety:</strong>&nbsp; As you frolic in the water and picnic along the shore, keep watch on the skies overhead. Lightning is always a risk anywhere you may be. If you hear thunder at any time, it is time to vacate the beach. Lightning can strike up to five miles away from the main storm cloud. If you happen to get caught in a storm while you are on the beach, seek shelter immediately. Many beaches have a boardwalk or lines of shops nearby. If shelter is not readily available, crouch down, put your arms around your knees, tuck your head down and have only your two feet on the ground. Do not stand near poles or metal objects and never stand near or seek shelter under a tree. If you happen to be in a boat as a storm approaches, it is best to head to shore immediately. Monitor the changing weather conditions by utilizing a weather radio or WeatherBug smartphone applications.<br /> <br /> <strong>IT&rsquo;S HURRICANE SEASON!&nbsp;</strong> Make sure to contact your insurance company and update your insurance. Also make sure the marina has a updated copy of your certificate.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <h3><strong>TIDES</strong></h3> <br /> <strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; Friday&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Saturday&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Sunday</strong><br /> <strong>High</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;8:13a&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;7.47&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;8:57a &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;7.59&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;9:39a&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7.59<br /> <strong>Low</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2:07p&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0.11&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; 2:50p &nbsp;&nbsp; 0.23&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 3:32p&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0.23<br /> <strong>High&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; </strong>8:32p&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 8.74&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 9:13p&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 8.74&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;9:52p&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 8.62 News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Amazing-Red-Snapper-Catch-Weekly-News-509 Marina Garage Sale + More! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Marina-Garage-Sale-More-508 Sandusky Harbor Boaters,<br /> <br /> I have been assured by &ldquo;Google&rdquo; that summer is indeed 14 weeks long.&nbsp; Wikipedia says the number of days in summer may vary by year, but the season is three months.&nbsp; You can&rsquo;t prove it by me.&nbsp; It seems to be shorter now than ever and I already thought it was the shortest season of the year.&nbsp;<br /> According to their calendars the local schools will be opening in about a month, and Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati can&rsquo;t be far behind.&nbsp; But we&rsquo;re still busy here at the Lake and Bay and have events and activities scheduled to take advantage of every moment of Summer 2014.<br /> <br /> <br /> Jerry Parsons, General Manager<br /> Sandusky Harbor Marina<br /> 800-877-3625 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><strong>THE TRADITION CONTINUES THIS WEEK</strong></h3> <div>&nbsp;</div> The I-LYA Bay Week Regattas have begun.&nbsp; This week Junior Sail, next week Sail, and first week in August will be Power. &nbsp;Some of our dockers have already headed to Put-in-Bay to serve as committee boats and volunteers for events.&nbsp; We mentioned last week that several SHM staff would head over to the island and volunteer help with activities.&nbsp; &nbsp;I was talking to the Commodore of the Sandusky Sailing Club and he said that since there is no &ldquo;home&rdquo; yacht club, it&rsquo;s always difficult to find volunteer staff.&nbsp; I know the efforts of everyone will be appreciated.&nbsp; Perhaps, more of our people may wish to take part next year?<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>FERGIE AND THE BOG DOGS</strong></h3> <div><a href="http://www.fergieandthebogdogs.com/" target="_blank"></a></div> &nbsp;John and Damon Ferguson say that the &ldquo;Bog Dog&rdquo; name came about as a salute to their and other band members two favorite past times.&nbsp; First, since they are all die hard Cleveland Brown fans, the term refers to the &ldquo;Dog Pound&rdquo;.&nbsp; Secondly, in 18<sup>th</sup> century Ireland dogs were used to sniff out and dig up potatoes; they were referred to as &ldquo;Bog Dogs.&rdquo;&nbsp; Story goes that there was much singing and dancing when the &ldquo;Dogs&rdquo; found potatoes .&nbsp; I don&rsquo;t think there&rsquo;ll be any potatoes involved on Saturday evening, but I&rsquo;m betting there will be plenty of singing and, maybe, some dancing.&nbsp;<br /> John said they are a cabaret style band, singing traditional, catchy tunes with Irish themes and traditions.&nbsp; I was guaranteed to have a toe-tapping, grand time!&nbsp; No wonder these Irish charmers are so popular with our dockers!<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>MARINA GARAGE SALE UPDATE!</strong></h3> August 16th <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/sandusky-harbor" target="_blank"></a></div> <br /> Sign up in the office to reserve a table for your participation in the Marina Garage Sale this year. There is <strong>NO CHARGE</strong> for the table. Don&rsquo;t know what I was thinking, but Jerry got us back on track.&nbsp; No cost for taking part in the event, ignore the write up from last week, so sorry for the confusion!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The doors open on Building 5 (near the front office) Saturday morning, August 16, at 9AM for shoppers.&nbsp; If you display, you may set up Friday afternoon late or early Saturday morning.&nbsp; The array of offerings is always interesting and fun; artwork, crafts, jewelry, small boats, used clothing, marine hardware, flotsam and jetsam and all sorts of stuff.&nbsp; Food, too!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>HOUSEKEEPING</strong></h3> We&rsquo;ll be conducting a weekly review to make sure that we have contracts and contact information for every boat in the marina.&nbsp; We will be walking the docks and list the boats that we find.&nbsp; If necessary we trace registration numbers.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> We make it easy for customers to move from less suitable docks to locations in the marina that better meet their use. All boats and docks must align with our records.The safety of persons and property may dependent on quick access to and reliability of the records.<br /> <br /> We love to hear from you! Let us know if you have any suggestions for hat to include in our weekly newsletter! News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Marina-Garage-Sale-More-508 Win a Fishing Pole + Free Crab Saturday 8/16 http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Win-a-Fishing-Pole-Free-Crab-Saturday-816-507 Gwynn’s Island Boaters, <div>&nbsp;</div> We saw a lot more Flounder come in this week. Mr. Scott&rsquo;s team was lucky with a nice drum caught last week.&nbsp; The weather has been great for fishing with less humidity and overcast. Some say the moon has changed the fishing last week as well. Whatever the excuse you use, the fish are biting better! <div>&nbsp;</div> Tina Minor, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Gwynn’s Island<br /> 804-725-9343 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><strong>WIN A DAIWA FISHING POLE!</strong></h3> This weekend with any store purchase you will be entered into a drawing for a free Daiwa fishing pole. Make sure to stop in the office and grab a snack, cold drink, ice, fishing supplies or bait and enter in for a free pole. The drawing is at closing time Sunday &ndash; winner doesn&rsquo;t need to present for the drawing. We will announce the winner in next week&rsquo;s newsletter.<br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>FREE CRAB SATURDAY!</strong></h3> August 16<sup>th</sup><br /> &nbsp; Do you like steamed crabs? Who doesn&rsquo;t?! We have set aside August 16<sup>th</sup> for our free crab Saturday. We&rsquo;ll start steaming crabs around noon and have them ready on the deck while they last.&nbsp; So, grab the family and a cold one and join us for free crabs. At $100 per bushel who can afford to not take advantage of this offer? Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Win-a-Fishing-Pole-Free-Crab-Saturday-816-507 Save the Date + Weekly News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Save-the-Date-Weekly-News-506 <p><br />Great Lakes Boaters,<br />&nbsp;<br />GLM Boaters Mark E. and Jerome B. were enjoying the beautiful weather on Lake Michigan Sunday when this disabled 19&rsquo; boat came up to them with one person paddling, and two &lsquo;pushing&rsquo; the boat by swimming alongside it.&nbsp;&nbsp; Jerome attempted to jumpstart the boat, but to no avail.&nbsp; Jerome then hooked on the boat to tow it back to Great Lakes Marina (they were from Grand Haven), with Mark taking the people aboard his vessel.&nbsp; They brought boat and passengers in to the GLM Fuel Dock since their boats are too big to get up to the public launch.&nbsp; The group, then joined by Tim B., asked to borrow the GLM skiff, and then towed boat and passengers over to the public launch where the stranded boaters had friends waiting for them with their trailer.&nbsp;&nbsp; When the GLM boaters were offered money for their services, they all simply said, No, Thank You, JUST PASS IT ON :-)&nbsp; AND THAT IS WHY WE KNOW WE HAVE THE BEST BOATERS EVER!!!&nbsp; GREAT JOB MARK, JEROME AND TIM!!!<br /><br /><br />Jeff Covey, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Great Lakes<br />231-759-8230<br /><br /><br /><strong>SAVE THE DATE</strong><br />The annual Customer Appreciation Picnic is happening August 23,&nbsp; 2014. Be there for the great food and wonderful company. More details to come. The GLM staff looks forward to seeing all of you there!!! <br />&nbsp;<br /><br /><strong>EFFECTS OF WINTER AND SUMMER STORMS</strong><br />Have you wondered what effect the winter weather and summer storms have had on lake michigan water levels? According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Michigan is currently up 15 inches above the level a year ago, and expected to rise approximately another inch over the next month.&nbsp; The following graph shows comparisons for all the Great Lakes, highest and lowest monthly averages, and other data.&nbsp; If you&rsquo;d like further information, click <a href="http://www.lre.usace.army.mil/Missions/GreatLakesInformation/GreatLakesWaterLevels/WaterLevelForecast/WeeklyGreatLakesWaterLevels.aspx" target="_blank">here</a><br />&nbsp;<br /><br /><strong>EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!</strong><br />&nbsp;<br />Though the weatherman is promising us many warm, sunny days ahead, it&rsquo;s already time to start thinking about winter storage.&nbsp;&nbsp; We have sold out of inside heated storage the last three years, So we want to offer you our Early Bird July Special.&nbsp; Our Early Bird Storage Package includes: Winter Haul Out<br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Pump Out Head<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Pressure Washing of the Bottom of Boat<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jack Stands/Blocking up<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Spring Launch<br /><br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; INSIDE HEATED $5.75 per square foot After July 31 $5.99 sq ft<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; OUTSIDE $23&nbsp; per linear foot After July 31 $25 linear ft<br /><br />(Click <a href="http://mstarproperties.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/CNL-lease-Great-lakes.pdf" target="_blank">here </a>to access the contract) Please return your contract to our Sales Manager, Heidi, no later than July 31, 2014.&nbsp; hgriswold@morningstarmarinas.com<br />&nbsp;<br /><br />Hope to see everyone back here this weekend!<br /><br />-The GLM Team<br />&nbsp;<br /><br /></p> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Save-the-Date-Weekly-News-506 Upcoming Events + Weekly News! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Upcoming-Events-Weekly-News-505 Eaton Ferry Boaters,<br /> &nbsp;<br /> If you missed Jim Quick and the Coastline Band on the stage at the Pointe last weekend, you missed a really good show.&nbsp; It looks like all the rain we had last weekend has finally moved out and this weekend is supposed to be another beautiful weekend on Lake Gaston.&nbsp; We have lots of fun events coming up in the next few weeks.&nbsp; See the coming events section below to see some of these events.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> This weekend, as a &ldquo;Thank You to all of our storage customers&rdquo;, &nbsp;we will be having another drawing for $50 in FREE gas from the Morningstar Fuel Dock.&nbsp; Each boat put in the water on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday will be entered into the drawing.&nbsp; As always, if there is anything we can do to make your boating experience more enjoyable, please let me or any of the marina staff know.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We hope to see everyone out at the lake this weekend!<br /> <br /> Adam Keisler, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Eaton Ferry<br /> 252-586-4661 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><strong>UPCOMING EVENTS!</strong></h3> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/eaton-ferry" target="_blank"></a></div> <div>&nbsp;This weekend, present your Morningstar Rewards Card at our fuel dock to receive 10 cents off per gallon of gas!</div> <br /> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">The Pointe Summer Sunday Concert Series</span></strong><br /> Sunday August 3<sup>rd</sup> &ndash; Holiday Band<br /> Sunday August 17<sup>th</sup> &ndash; Fantastic Shakers<br /> Sunday August 31<sup>st</sup> &ndash; Blue Monday/The Entertainers<br /> Sunday September 14<sup>th</sup> &ndash; The Castaways<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Sunday Summer Concerts are from 2pm-6pm and there is a $10 cover charge.&nbsp; They will also have live music on Friday and Saturday nights as well.&nbsp; Join us at the marina and at The Pointe for some great music and great times!&nbsp; For more information, visit their website:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.thepointelakegaston.com">www.thepointelakegaston.com</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">The Crossing</span></strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> The 10th Annual Crossing is set for August 9th, 2014!<br /> The Crossing, a charitable fund raising event held the second Saturday every August is a fun filled event for the young and young at heart! Swim, kayak, canoe, raft or use your imagination to come up with a new mode of transportation (The “<a href="http://osail.org/our-events/the-crossing/2013-new-category-wavers"><strong>Waver</strong></a>” category)! Swimmers and non-powered vessels traverse the one mile open water span adjacent to Eaton&rsquo;s Ferry Bridge, starting at Morningstar Marina and ending at Watersview Restaurant.<br /> Swimming across Lake Gaston isn&rsquo;t your thing? No Problem! The Crossing also includes a bridge walk! Participants walk across Eaton&rsquo;s Ferry Bridge from Morningstar Marina to Watersview.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Note: Powered vessels are not allowed to participate.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> For more information, visit <a href="http://www.osail.org">www.osail.org</a>.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Lake Gaston Live</span></strong> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/eaton-ferry" target="_blank"></a></div> <div><br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>COAST GUARD SAFETY CHECKS!</strong></h3> The Coast Guard Auxiliary will be holding free Vessel Safety Checks at the marina &nbsp;from 10am-3pm on the following dates: <ul> <li>Saturday, July 26th</li> <li>Saturday, August 30th</li> <li>Saturday, September 27th</li> </ul> &nbsp; <h3><strong>INTELLICAST WEEKEND FORECAST</strong></h3> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Friday July 25th</span></strong><br /> Partly cloudy.&nbsp; Highs in the mid 80&rsquo;s.&nbsp; Lows in the mid 60&rsquo;s.&nbsp; Chance of precipitation 10%.<br /> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Saturday July 26th</span></strong><br /> A few thunderstorms possible.&nbsp; Highs in the low 90&rsquo;s.&nbsp; Lows in the mid 70&rsquo;s.&nbsp; Chance of precipitation 20%.<br /> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Sunday July 27th</span></strong><br /> Scattered thunderstorms possible.&nbsp; Highs in the mid 90&rsquo;s.&nbsp; Lows in the low 70&rsquo;s.&nbsp; Chance of precipitation 60%.<br />&nbsp; <br /></div> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Upcoming-Events-Weekly-News-505 Tarpon Tournament + More! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Tarpon-Tournament-More-504 Golden Isles Boaters,<br /> <br /> It&rsquo;s that time of year again when we will be hosting the 5<sup>th</sup> Annual St. Simons Island Tarpon Tournament Thursday August, 14<sup>th</sup> through Saturday, August 16<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp; If you haven&rsquo;t fished the tournament in years past, you are truly missing out.&nbsp; This will be a boat tournament with an entry fee of $300/boat along with an optional Calcutta with said Calcutta entry fee at $200/boat.&nbsp; The Captains Meeting and fishing dates are as follows: <ul> <li>Captain&rsquo;s Meeting: Thursday, August 14<sup>th</sup> at 7:00pm on the Morningstar Observation Deck</li> <li>Fishing: Friday August 15<sup>th</sup> &amp; Saturday, August 16<sup>th</sup></li> <li>Awards Banquet Catered by the Coastal Kitchen the evening of Saturday, August 16<sup>th</sup> in the Harbor Room/Courtyard.</li> </ul> &nbsp;Please view the <a href="http://mstarproperties.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/5th-Annual-SSI-Tarpon-Tournament-Rules.pdf" target="_blank">rules</a> and <a href="http://mstarproperties.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/5th-Annual-SSI-Tarpon-Tourament-Registration-Form.pdf" target="_blank">registration form</a>.<br /> <br /> It is my sincere hope that everyone will come out and fish this great tournament sponsored and hosted by the Golden Isles Charter Fishing Association and Morningstar Marinas at Golden Isles. We look forward to a great tournament again this year.<br /> <br /> <br /> Chris Ferguson, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Golden Isles<br /> 912-634-1128 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><strong>LIVE BAIT</strong></h3> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/golden-isles" target="_blank"></a></div> It&rsquo;s that time of year again where our local shrimpers are able to provide bait shrimp for our anglers and in turn, we are back in the live shrimp (bait) business.&nbsp; Please see the forklift operator for your live bait needs.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>MARINA ICE</strong></h3> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/golden-isles" target="_blank"></a></div> Based on customer demand for bags of ice greater than 7lbs. but less than 20lbs., we have eliminated the 7lb bags of ice replacing the with 10lb bags.&nbsp; Ice can be obtained from the Dock Master at the Dock Office and/or the forklift operator as you work your way to your boat.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>FUEL DISCOUNT</strong></h3> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/golden-isles" target="_blank"></a></div> As fuel prices begin to show a slight decrease in the cost per gallon, we would like to enhance your savings by offering $0.10/gal off your next fuel purchase between Friday, July 25<sup>th</sup> and Sunday, July27th, 2014.&nbsp; Let&rsquo;s all get out on the water this weekend. News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Tarpon-Tournament-More-504 Weekly News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Weekly-News-503 Mayport Boaters,<br /> <br /> This weekend is the last weekend that Red Snapper is Open and we have the Greater Jacksonville King Fish Tournament!&nbsp; We are planning for another great busy weekend again, and ask that all of our members remember to call ahead for your vessels; therefore, we can continue to provide everyone with great timely service.&nbsp; As of now, we will be opening at 6:00 a.m. all weekend again to better accommodate our members.<br /> <br /> Logan Moore, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Mayport<br /> 904-246-8929 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><strong>KEEP US CLEAN</strong></h3> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/mayport" target="_blank"></a></div> <div>We are thrilled that the snapper bite has been great for everyone these past couple of weekend, but again please remember to dump all fish carcasses off the END of the dock.&nbsp; We understand that this is not the most convenient disposal of your catch, but we do our best to keep the property as clean as possible and Casey isn’t a fan of picking up fish carcasses!<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <h3><strong>SHOW US YOUR BIG CATCH!</strong></h3> Remember to send us your fishing pictures!&nbsp; We have gotten a few in of some awesome Red Snapper and would love to see more along with some Kingfish pictures.&nbsp; Send all pictures to us at <a href="mailto:mayport@morningstarmarinas.com">mayport@morningstarmarinas.com</a><br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>WEEKEND WEATHER </strong></h3> This weekend is looking good for Red Snapper and the Greater Jax Kingfish Tournament.&nbsp; The latest weather and tide report is as follows:<br /> <br /> <strong>Weather:</strong><br /> <strong>Friday:</strong> High of 91 with winds at 10-15 knots out of the Southwest and a 40% chance of rain.&nbsp; Seas 2-3’ with inland waters a light chop.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Saturday: </strong>High of 91 with winds at 10 knots out of the South and a 50% chance of rain.&nbsp; Seas 2-3’ with inland waters a light chop.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Sunday: </strong>High of 92 with winds at 10 knots out of the South and a 30% chance of rain.&nbsp; Seas 2-3’ with inland waters a light chop.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>TIDES</strong></h3> <strong>Friday: </strong>2:05AM L / 8:23AM H / 2:05PM L / 8:47PM H<br /> <strong>Saturday:</strong> 2:46AM L / 9:05AM H / 2:46PM L / 9:25PM H<br /> <strong>Sunday:</strong> 3:24AM L / 9:44AM H / 3:24PM L / 10:01PM H<br />&nbsp; News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Weekly-News-503 Deal of the Week Extended + Ship Store Sale http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Deal-of-the-Week-Extended-Ship-Store-Sale-502 &nbsp;<br /><br />Skipper’s Landing Boaters,<br /><br />We hope to see everyone this weekend as the weather is going to be beautiful! It’s a perfect weekend to get on your boat and hangout with friends and family. Don’t forget we have tube and PFD’s that are 15% off through the end of July!<br /><br />Jamie Seaman, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Skipper’s Landing<br />704-528-3328 <br /><br />&nbsp; <br /><strong>DEAL OF THE WEEK: EXTENDED!</strong><br />Last week’s deal was so popular we are bringing it back this week! The deal features a 1 person tube, a tow rope, a tube anchor, and an air pump, ALL FOR $100!<br /><br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>SHIP STORE SALE!</strong><br />We are offering 15% off all tubes and PFD’s until the end of July. Don’t miss out on some great deals!<br /><br />&nbsp; <br /><strong>FORECAST COURTESY OF STEVE UDELSON</strong><br />Forecast courtesy of Steve Udelson, Chief Meteorologist from WSOC-TV and Morningstar Boater.<br />&nbsp;<br />After a couple of gorgeous days, slowly it will start to feel more like summer this weekend as the humidity returns; that said t-storm chances should remain below average, about 20%. Afternoon highs will reach the upper 80s and the lake water temps. are in the mid 80s.<br />&nbsp; <br /><br /> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Deal-of-the-Week-Extended-Ship-Store-Sale-502 Summer News & Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Summer-News-Events-501 Sandusky Harbor Boaters,<br /><br />Last weekend’s Kid’s Pool Party went great! About ten young children took part in the games and attractions that were found poolside on Saturday afternoon.&nbsp; We pulled in the daughters of several of our staff, Barbie Redfern (Pete&rsquo;s daughter) and Jessica Smith (Twila&rsquo;s daughter) to run activities and function as lifeguards.&nbsp; Looked like everyone had a good time &ndash; including us.&nbsp; Light snacks and goody bags were passed out at the end of the party. We hope to see you and your kids next time!<br /><br />We’re always thinking ahead for our customers to make sure everything will go smoothly for the winter season. We&rsquo;re working on the 2014-15 Winter Storage and Winter Service Work Orders and, at the same time, getting ready to attend the Progressive Insurance North American Demo Boat Show&nbsp; at Cedar Point Marina. As you know, haulout preferences are prioritized by the date we receive completed paperwork.&nbsp; We&rsquo;ll stay in touch about when the 2014-15 forms are available.&nbsp; So keep watching the website for updates!<br /><br />Jerry Parsons, General Manager<br />Sandusky Harbor Marina<br />800-877-3625 <br /><br /><br /><br /><strong>BAY WEEK(S)</strong><br />Having grown up locally, Bay Week Regatta held at Put In Bay has always been a part of summer.&nbsp; But you may not realize just how many years this event has been held.&nbsp; The 2014 I-LYA Bay Week Regatta is actually the 121st.&nbsp; As best we can figure Bay Week was not held a couple years (possibly during war time.)&nbsp; In an article in the I-LYA Yearbook, &ldquo;Historically Speaking&rdquo;, writer Tom Thanasiu points out that 125 years ago in 1889, &ldquo;The regatta was held at Put-in-Bay.&rdquo;So we would accept 121st or 125th for a correct answer to the Big Bag of Ice question for last week.<br /><br />Bay week is held for several, consecutive weeks, starting with Junior Bay Week 2014 on Sunday, July 20. I-LYA Sail Regatta begins July 30th and ends August 3rd with sailing races each day.<br /><br />I-LYA Power Regatta begins August 5th and ends August 10th with training events and fun and off the water.<br />Sandusky Harbor Marina is a 2014 sponsor of these three events and we&rsquo;re sending members of our staff over to act as volunteer help during the activities and represent the marina. <br /><br />The Regatta also offers a &ldquo;social package&rdquo;. The &ldquo;Social Package&rdquo; entitles a non-registered person to join in the evening beverage and food activities after the days racing.&nbsp;&nbsp; $40 per person buys the tickets for all three nights.&nbsp; You can purchase on line at www.yachtscoring.com.&nbsp; Look for 2014 I-LYA Bayweek Regatta.<br /><br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>STEIN HOSPICE RACE IN THE BAY WINNERS!</strong><br />&nbsp; <br />The Stein Hospice race was won by Robert Sturgill on Revelation and second place went to Larry Hurst on Waypoint. Congratulations to the winners, the participants and the watchers.&nbsp; With parts of the race taking place just off the marina break wall, it was easy to hear the cannon report from shore and to see the white billowy sails as each boat crossed the starting line and stepped into the wind.&nbsp; Can you think of any other past time that offers peace and quiet AND excitement and drama?&nbsp; How lucky we are to have Lake Erie and Sandusky Bay at our doorstep!<br /><br />&nbsp; <br /><strong>EVENTS</strong><br /><br /><strong>Fergie and the Bog Dogs at the North Pavilion </strong><br />You&rsquo;ll want to mark your calendars to reserve next Saturday, July 26, for Fergie and the Bog Dogs.&nbsp; Our dockholders and guests enjoy this band and their music. This is a much anticipated annual event.&nbsp; Their performance starts at 7PM at the North Pavilion. <br /><br /><strong>2014 Marina Garage Sale </strong><br />Saturday, August 16, the Marina Garage Sale is scheduled in Building 5 up near the front office.&nbsp; This is always the MOST popular event of the year.&nbsp; You may reserve a table for $10 in the front office with Meg or Sandy. <br /><br /><br /><strong>Progressive Insurance North American Demo Boat Show</strong><br />Progressive Insurance North American Demo Boat Show at the Cedar Point Marina opens August 21 until August 24.&nbsp; Look for us at the show in the big tent as you enter and stop to say hi.&nbsp; Bring your friends &ndash; don&rsquo;t forget the Morningstar Referral program!&nbsp;&nbsp; This is the weekend before Labor Day and is early this year but will keep the boat show attendees out of the Halloweekends traffic.&nbsp; In the meantime, let&rsquo;s enjoy our boats! <br /><br />&nbsp; <br /><strong>UPDATE</strong><br />UNIDENTIFIED OBSTACLE IN SANDUSKY BAY &ndash; IDENTIFIED AND REMOVED<br /><br />The unidentified obstacle located off Battery Park Marina has been identified by Ohio Department of Natural Resources and removed.&nbsp; A 12&rdquo; diameter pipe was stuck in the mud and the end was about 3 feet below the surface of the bay.<br />The pipe was extracted and towed away so it could be pulled from the water.&nbsp; Reports say that no one in the boats was injured but four boats were damaged before the pipe was found.<br />It bears repeating, please: <br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;make sure your boat has all required safety gear;.<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;that the gear is adequate in capacity and of sufficient quantity for the use of crew and guests;<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;that the gear is regularly inspected and replaced if necessary;<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;always be alert and prepared for the unexpected.<br /><br />&nbsp; <br /><br /> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Summer-News-Events-501 Big Catches in the Waters + Weekend Tides http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Big-Catches-in-the-Waters-Weekend-Tides-500 <br />Mayport Boaters,<br /><br />This past weekend was a great success for the first weekend of open Red Snapper fishing.&nbsp; We saw our fair share of large Red Snapper come through the marina thanks to good fishing conditions.&nbsp; This weekend is looking promising as well with low chances of rain and light wind.&nbsp; Don&rsquo;t miss out this weekend; be sure to get your name on the launch list as soon as you know you want to go fishing. <br /><br />Logan Moore, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Mayport<br />904-246-8929 <br /><br /><br /><br /><strong>SHOW US YOUR BIG CATCH!</strong><br />&nbsp;<br />Don&rsquo;t forget to email us your fishing pictures!&nbsp; We love to show off our awesome members and their awesome fishing skills.&nbsp; Send all pictures to mayport@morningstarmarinas.com<br />&nbsp; <br /><strong>WEATHER &amp; TIDES:</strong> <br />July 18th - 20th <br />&nbsp;<br />Friday: High of 88 with winds at 10 knots out of the Northeast and a 10% chance of rain.&nbsp; Seas 2-3&rsquo; with inland waters a light chop.<br />Saturday: High of 88 with winds at 10 knots out of the Northeast and a 20% chance of rain.&nbsp; Seas 2&rsquo; with inland waters a light chop.<br />Sunday: High of 89 with winds at 5-10 knots out of the Northeast and a 60% chance of rain.&nbsp; Seas 2&rsquo; or less with inland waters mostly smooth.<br />&nbsp;<br />Friday:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2:01 AM High / 8:02AM Low<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2:41 PM High / 8:40PM Low<br />&nbsp;<br />Saturday:&nbsp;&nbsp; 2:59AM High / 8:59 AM Low<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 3:43PM High / 9:42PM Low<br />&nbsp;<br />Sunday:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 4:00AM High / 9:55 AM Low<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 4:44PM High / 10:41PM Low<br /><br /> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Big-Catches-in-the-Waters-Weekend-Tides-500 15% off Bait + New Lunch Item! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/15-off-Bait-New-Lunch-Item-499 &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br />Gwynn’s Island Boaters, <br />&nbsp;<br />F-L-O-U-N-D-E-R have been caught this week! They are around 18 inches and around the cell.&nbsp; They are a little late but they are finally being seen! We hope to see you this weekend and let us know if you catch a flounder we can take you picture and you’ll be featured in our next newsletter!<br /><br />Tina Minor, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Gwynn’s Island<br />804-725-9343 <br /><br /><br /><strong>15% OFF BAIT!</strong><br /><br />This weekend we will be discounting bait. All bait is 15% off! We have worms, squid, minnows, clams, shrimp and chum. Just a reminder we are selling live clams for the spade fish and we have the frozen clams as well.&nbsp; For any special bait please give us a call by Wednesday and we&rsquo;ll try to get it here for you for the weekend.<br />&nbsp;<br />The Coast Guard Auxiliary will come and do a safety vessel check for you by appointment if you can&rsquo;t make it down on the days we have them here.&nbsp; Call the office to schedule an appointment if you still need your 2014 sticker.<br />&nbsp; <br /><strong>GET YOUR HOT DOGS!</strong><br />&nbsp;<br />This week we are starting to sell Hot Dogs in the office.&nbsp; We will be cooking them every Saturday and Sunday from 10-5:00. So, grab a dog for only $1.00 and a cold drink before or after your boating.<br /><br />&nbsp; <br /><strong>REFERRAL PROGRAM </strong><br />Do you want FREE RENT? Just tell your friends about us! It&rsquo;s that easy-your friend moves in-you get free rent! The more you move in the more money you get credited to your account.<br />&nbsp;<br /><br />&nbsp; <br /><br /> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/15-off-Bait-New-Lunch-Item-499 Weekend Events! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Weekend-Events-498 <p>&nbsp;<br />Great Lakes Boaters,<br /><br />The Tri-Port Challenge, hosted by Great Lakes Marina last weekend was a success!!&nbsp; The Tri-Port Fishing Challenge was very well attended throughout the three ports, with Great Lakes Marina being the hub of activities.&nbsp; GLM&rsquo;s own boaters fared very well.&nbsp; Some of our GLM winners include, in the Pro Division Don Johnson placed 3rd!!! and Tom Manthei placed 16th!!!&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br />In the AM Division we had 8th&nbsp; Place &ndash; Tim Anderson; 19th Place &ndash; Josh Noel; 32nd Place &ndash; Alex Moore; and 41st Place &ndash; Chris Scherer. <br /><br />Top finishers in Women&rsquo;s &amp; Kids were 4th place &ndash; Josh Noel; 5th Place &ndash; Don &amp; Patty Johnson; 12th Place - Tim &amp; Carol Anderson; 18th Place &ndash; Tim &amp; Deb Manthei; and 23rd Place &ndash; Alex Moore. &nbsp;<br /><br />&nbsp;A total of over 2000 pounds of fish fillet were donated to local food banks and charities from the fishing tournament.&nbsp; A special Thank You to Scott Cooley, the marina liaison, who kept everything running very smoothly. For more results of the tournament, please go to Muskegon Tri-Port Challenge on Facebook.<br /><br />Jeff Covey, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Great Lakes<br />231-759-8230 <br /><br /><br /><br />&nbsp; <br /><strong>NEW RESTAURANTS</strong><br />&nbsp; <br />Did you know there are two NEW restuarants between here and the Lakeshore?&nbsp;&nbsp; Habs Good Eats &amp; Treats has added a new location at Bluffton Bay called Boathouse BBQ, complete with a deck for outside dining (231-747-7300). <br />&nbsp; <br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;Or if what you&rsquo;re looking for is a great meal on the beach overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan, then try The Deck at Pere Marquette Park (231-755-5022).&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br />&nbsp; <br /><strong>BIKE TIME IN MUSKEGON!</strong><br />&nbsp;<br />It’s BIKE TIME in MUSKEGON!!!&nbsp; Last year Muskegon Bike Time drew approximately 30,000 motorcycles and approximately 100,000 people to the Muskegon Area!&nbsp; Whether you chose to join in the festivities at Bike Time, or just come and relax at Great Lakes Marina, PLEASE WATCH FOR MOTORCYCLES!!!&nbsp; For a schedule of events, go to: muskegonbiketime.com.<br />&nbsp; <br /><br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!</strong><br />&nbsp;<br />Though the weatherman is promising us many warm, sunny days ahead, it&rsquo;s already time to start thinking about winter storage.&nbsp;&nbsp; We have sold out of inside heated storage the last three years, So we want to offer you our Early Bird July Special.&nbsp; Our Early Bird Storage Package includes: Winter Haul Out <br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pump Out Head<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pressure Washing of the Bottom of Boat<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Jack Stands/Blocking up<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Spring Launch<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;INSIDE HEATED $5.75 per square foot After July 31 $5.99 sq ft<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;OUTSIDE $23&nbsp; per linear foot After July 31 $25 linear ft<br />(Click here to access the contract) Please return your contract to our Sales Manager, Heidi, no later than July 31, 2014.&nbsp; hgriswold@morningstarmarinas.com<br /><br /><strong>SEE YOU THIS WEEKEND!</strong><br />&nbsp; <br />The weather for the weekend is looking Awesome!&nbsp; We hope to see you all at the place your boat calls home!<br /><br />-The GLM Team<br /><br />&nbsp; <br /><br /></p> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Weekend-Events-498 Weekend Cookout + Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Weekend-Cookout-Events-497 <br /><br />Bahia Bleu Boaters,<br /><br />I hope you all have had a great weekend and stayed dry from all these storms we have had over the last few weeks. This coming weekend should be a nice one. Saturday high 80&rsquo;s and 20% chance of rain and for Sunday high 80&rsquo;s with 60% chance of scattered thunderstorms. We are also having a cookout this Saturday. Come on down and enjoy some ice cold beer and fresh hotdogs. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br />Have a great weekend on the water!<br /><br /><br />Ron Thomas, General Manager<br />Rory Jose, General Manager<br />&nbsp;<br />Morningstar Marinas I Bahia Bleu<br />912-354-2283<br /><br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>WEEKEND EVENTS</strong><br /><br /><strong>Saturday, July 19th @ 3 pm</strong><br />Come out and join us Saturday, July 19th @ 3 pm, for our Bahia Bleu cookout. We will have hotdogs, sodas, and beer. Everything is $1 except for beer which will be $2. Weather should be sunny with a few clouds. A perfect day to go out in the boat and to come back to eat a nice hot and fresh hotdog, and for the adults to drink a nice cold beer. We are also going to have live music! So come on down and enjoy yourself.<br /><br /><br /><strong>Saturday, July 19, 2014 @ 9am-1pm</strong><br />The Coast Guard Auxiliary will be here to do free boat inspections Saturday, July 19, 2014 @ 9am-1pm&nbsp; and Sunday, July 20, 2014 @10am-2pm.<br /><br /><strong>SHOW US YOUR BIG CATCH!</strong><br /><br />Don&rsquo;t forget to email us your fishing pictures!&nbsp; We love to show off our awesome members and their awesome fishing skills.&nbsp; Send all pictures to bahiableu@morningstarmarinas.com<br /><br /><br /><strong>SAFETY REMINDERS</strong><br /><br /><br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; HYDRATE!&nbsp; HYDRATE!&nbsp; HYDRATE!<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Wear Sunscreen!<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Storm Safety:&nbsp; As you frolic in the water and picnic along the shore, keep watch on the skies overhead. Lightning is always a risk anywhere you may be. If you hear thunder at any time, it is time to vacate the beach. Lightning can strike up to five miles away from the main storm cloud. If you happen to get caught in a storm while you are on the beach, seek shelter immediately. Many beaches have a boardwalk or lines of shops nearby. If shelter is not readily available, crouch down, put your arms around your knees, tuck your head down and have only your two feet on the ground. Do not stand near poles or metal objects and never stand near or seek shelter under a tree. If you happen to be in a boat as a storm approaches, it is best to head to shore immediately. Monitor the changing weather conditions by utilizing a weather radio or WeatherBug smartphone applications.<br /><br />IT&rsquo;S HURRICANE SEASON!&nbsp; Make sure to contact your insurance company and update your insurance. Also make sure the marina has a updated copy of your certificate.<br /><br /><br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; On Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, please call at least 1 hour in advance of your arrival. This will keep our staging area from getting backed up.<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; If you request to have your boat out and want to cancel your outing for the day please call and let the marina know so we can put your boat up.<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; If your boat is located on the first level racks in the barn make sure you trim the engines up.<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; When you come back from a day on the water and we are closed at the end of the day, please tie your boat up in the tunnel or on the fuel docks if you want us to pull it out in the morning.<br /><br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>TIDES</strong><br /><br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Friday&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Saturday&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sunday<br />Low&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7:49a&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 8:45a&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 9:43a<br />High&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2:04p&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 3:00p&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 3:54p<br />Low&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 8:22p&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 9:26p&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 10:29p<br /><br /> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Weekend-Cookout-Events-497 Weekend News + Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Weekend-News-Events-496 Bahia Bleu Boaters,<br /> <br /> We are looking forward to another great weekend. The weather forecast is calling for scattered showers and a high heat index. We’re offering 40% off on all tackle. So stop by the ship store and enjoy this great savings!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We hope to see you all around the marina.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Ron Thomas, General Manager<br /> Rory Jose, General Manager<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Morningstar Marinas I Bahia Bleu<br /> 912-354-2283 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><strong>BAKE SALE</strong></h3> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/bahia-bleu" target="_blank"></a></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> This weekend we are having a bake sale.&nbsp; So look in grandmas cookbook and bake some goodies to sell in our bake sale.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>COOKOUT NEXT WEEKEND</strong></h3> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/bahia-bleu" target="_blank"></a></div> Come out and join us <strong>Saturday, July 19<sup>th</sup> @ 3 pm,</strong> for our Bahia Bleu cookout. We will have hotdogs, sodas, beer, and music. Everything is $1 except for beer which will be $2. Weather should be sunny with a few clouds. A perfect day to go out in the boat and to come back to eat a nice hot and fresh hotdog, and for the adults to drink a nice cold beer.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>SUMMER SAFETY</strong></h3> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/bahia-bleu" target="_blank"></a></div> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <strong>HYDRATE! &nbsp;&nbsp;HYDRATE! &nbsp;&nbsp;HYDRATE! </strong> <ul> <li>The lack of hydration is another cause of heat stroke; staying hydrated is important in extremely hot weather. People suffering from dehydration will not be able to sweat as quickly to cool off. It is best to drink plenty of water. Do not drink alcohol, coffee, or caffeinated teas when you will be out in the hot weather, these only increase dehydration. Keeping yourself hydrated and out of the hot, summer weather as much as possible will lessen the chances of any type of hyperthermia, especially heat stroke. If you find that you must be outdoors in this environment, take frequent breaks and drink lots of water. Your body will thank you, and you will be able to enjoy the beautiful summer weather.</li> </ul> &nbsp; <strong>WEAR SUNSCREEN</strong> <ul> <li>The main benefit of sunscreens and blocks is their versatility in protecting your skin. When looking for a sunscreen, choose one that has a SPF 15 or higher, protects against both UVA and UVB rays (broad-spectrum), and is water or sweatproof. One place that many people may forget to protect is their lips. It is just as easy for lips to burn as it is for other areas of skin. Lip balms with SPF 15 or higher applied liberally and often will help guard against burning. UV rays are also dangerous to unprotected eyes. Wearing protective eyewear can help prevent cataracts, macular degeneration, and retinal damage. Glasses should have both UVA and UVB protection. Since we receive over half of our lifetime sun exposure before the age of 18, don`t forget to make sure children are protected from the sun`s rays. If a child were to wear sunscreen every day, scientists estimate their risk of developing skin cancer could be reduced by as much as 70 percent.</li> </ul> <strong>STORM SAFETY</strong> <ul> <li>As you frolic in the water and picnic along the shore, keep watch on the skies overhead. Lightning is always a risk anywhere you may be. If you hear thunder at any time, it is time to vacate the beach. Lightning can strike up to five miles away from the main storm cloud. If you happen to get caught in a storm while you are on the beach, seek shelter immediately. Many beaches have a boardwalk or lines of shops nearby. If shelter is not readily available, crouch down, put your arms around your knees, tuck your head down and have only your two feet on the ground. Do not stand near poles or metal objects and never stand near or seek shelter under a tree. If you happen to be in a boat as a storm approaches, it is best to head to shore immediately. Monitor the changing weather conditions by utilizing a weather radio or WeatherBug smartphone applications.</li> </ul> <strong>CURRENTS</strong><br /> What do you think is the cause for 80 percent of surf rescues and causes dozens of deaths a year?&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;It`s a rip current. <ul> <li>Rip currents are strong, channeled currents of water flowing away from the shore. They usually go from the shoreline and past the line of breaking waves and can occur at any beach with breaking waves, including the Great Lakes. If caught in a rip current remain calm and do not fight it. To get out of the current, swim to the right or left then at an angle back to shore. If you are not able to swim out of the current let it take you out then swim towards shore, or draw the attention of the lifeguard on duty for help.</li> </ul> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>IT&rsquo;S HURRICANE SEASON!</strong>&nbsp; Make sure to contact your <strong>insurance company</strong> and <strong>update</strong> your insurance. Also make sure the marina has a updated copy of your certificate.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>SALE</strong></h3> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/bahia-bleu" target="_blank"></a></div> &nbsp; <div><strong>Enjoy 40% off all tackle!</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <h3><strong>TIDES</strong></h3> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Friday&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Saturday&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sunday</strong><br /> <strong>High</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;7:28a&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;8:23a &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;9:17a<br /> <strong>Low</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1:53p&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;2:48p&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 3:43p<br /> <strong>High&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; </strong>8:06p&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 8:59p&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;9:52p Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Weekend-News-Events-496 Upcoming Events! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Upcoming-Events-495 Golden Isles Boaters,<br /> <br /> I hope everyone had an enjoyable and safe July 4<sup>th</sup> holiday having had the opportunity to spend some time with family and friends.&nbsp; The weather was absolutely beautiful although somewhat hot but as we all know, we are extremely lucky to be in a position to enjoy the St. Simons Island area.&nbsp; We have a few exciting things happening throughout the next couple of weeks, we hope to see you there!<br /> <br /> Chris Ferguson, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Golden Isles<br /> 912-634-1128 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /> <h3><br /> <strong>KEEP IT COOL</strong>!</h3> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/golden-isles" target="_blank"></a></div> More Ice please! We will be discontinuing the sale of 7 lb. bags of ice and replacing them with 10 lb. bags.&nbsp; As a result, both 10 lb. &amp; 20 lb. bags of ice will be available for purchase through the Dock Office and/or the Forklift Operator.&nbsp; 10 lb. Bags are expected to be delivered this week.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>FREE ICE CREAM!</strong></h3> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/golden-isles" target="_blank"></a></div> The topic throughout the past few days has been, what is the most effective way to stay cool on these hot summer days? I think I have found the best answer and that is, free ice cream.&nbsp; Come by the Dock Office Saturday, July 12, 2014 to receive your free ice cream treat from Morningstar Marinas.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>LIVE BAIT COMING SOON</strong></h3> <br /> I know live bait has not been easy to come by as of late with only a few local retailers importing shrimp from Florida, but I am happy to say we are about one week away from being back in the Live Shrimp business with our local providers.&nbsp; The bait tank is up and running, DNR inspection is scheduled and hope to be selling live bait towards the end of next week.&nbsp; I greatly appreciate everyone&rsquo;s patience but please know we are pushing hard to have live bait as soon as possible.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>FINGER PIER RE-DECKING PROJECT </strong></h3> <br /> If you have been through our dry storage area in the past day or so you couldn&rsquo;t help but notice what appears to be enough lumber to build a house.&nbsp; Needless to say, we are not building a house but will be re-decking the finger piers on the North and South side of A-dock, all finger piers on B-dock as well as the connection dock between A&amp;B Docks.&nbsp; We are extremely excited to bring this project to the table for installation of approximately 1800 sticks of lumber is due to commence Monday, August 4, 2014.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>SLIP &amp; DOCK PRESENTATION</strong></h3> &nbsp; In an effort to keep our docks free and clear of any and all miscellaneous items, I would ask that everyone please keep all items either in their respective dock box or aboard their vessel.&nbsp; We have had a couple of good thunder showers throughout the past couple of weeks and in turn, have found numerous items having blown off the docks into the water.&nbsp; Please help us maintain clear and clutter free docks.<br /> &nbsp; <div><br /> <strong><em>Have a safe and enjoyable week on the water!</em></strong></div> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Upcoming-Events-495 Weekend News + Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Weekend-News-Events-494 Sandusky Harbor Boaters,<br /> <br /> We received a notice of concern and we wanted to pass the message along to you to ensure your safety while out on the water.<br /> <br /> Dated: 7/3/2014: Within the last week two boats from Battery Park Marina struck an unknown obstruction off the shipping channel in Sandusky Bay. One boat was holed and subsequently towed for haul out and repairs. The second boat suffered a serious scrape below her waterline. Both boats were traveling south in the shipping<br /> <br /> channel and left the channel at green buoy #13 on a southerly course for Battery Park. It was shortly after leaving the channel that they reported striking some underwater object. Local boaters familiar with Sandusky Bay were totally unaware of any unmarked obstructions in the area. The Battery Park Dock Master was in contact with the Coast Guard to determine the exact location and nature of this obstruction.<br /> <br /> Note:&nbsp; This information was submitted to us by James Holcepl who received it from the District Commander of United States Power Squadrons D-7, but we&rsquo;ve heard several reports about this obstruction.&nbsp; We advise care and vigilance when operating your boat from Sandusky Harbor to the Lake and back until these obstructions are located &nbsp;and indentified.&nbsp; If we receive any additional information about these obstacles, we&rsquo;ll be sure to pass it along in our e-mails.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Jerry Parsons, General Manager<br /> Sandusky Harbor Marina<br /> 800-877-3625 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="600" align="left"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <h3><strong>WEEKEND EVENTS</strong></h3> <strong>Kids Pool Party, Stein Hospice Race in the Bay, Fergie and the Bog Dogs</strong><br /> <br /> The plans for July 12 are exciting and fun filled with the Kids Pool Party and all the events surrounding the Stein Hospice &ndash; Race in the Bay.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>July 12 Schedule</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>10:00AM: </strong>Skipper Meeting for Race<br /> <strong>To Be Announced:&nbsp;</strong> Race Start<br /> <strong>1:00PM - 3:00PM: </strong>Kids Pool Party at the Pool, North Pavilion and around the grounds<br /> <strong>7:00PM: </strong>Sandusky Harbor and Harbor Bay Yacht Club sponsor the Stein Hospice Awards cookout in Building 5<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Saturday, July 26:&nbsp; </strong>Fergie and the Bog Dogs will perform at the North Pavilion at 7:00PM.&nbsp; This is a popular and much anticipated event at the marina.&nbsp; Bring your lawn chairs and relax with the Irish inspired tunes and entertainment.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>JULY 4TH MARINA COOKOUT</strong>!</h3> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/sandusky-harbor" target="_blank"></a></div> It was a beautiful and warm day with clear blue skies.&nbsp; We added to the heat of the day with our charcoal grills blazing as we fed between 200-250 persons in the mid afternoon event.&nbsp; We know Pete, Jerry, Paul and Jesse cooked about 400 burgers and hot dogs.&nbsp; Everyone seemed to have a nice time and enjoyed the food.&nbsp;<br /> It might be a good time to mention that &ldquo;Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer&rdquo; was sung by <strong>Nat King Cole</strong> and released in 1963.&nbsp; We had two winners of the bag of ice: Steve Bauermeister and Margo Holmes.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>ANNUAL BAY WEEK REGATTA</strong></h3> <strong>Inter-Lake Yachting Association</strong><br /> <br /> The Bay Week Regatta Series will start later this month and Sandusky Harbor Marina is a sponsor of three of the series:&nbsp; <ul> <li>Junior Bay Week is&nbsp; July 20 &ndash; 24</li> <li>Adult Sail Week is July 31 &ndash; August 3</li> <li>Power Boat is August&nbsp; 6 &ndash; August&nbsp; 10</li> </ul> So the Big Block of Ice Question of the Week is:&nbsp; <strong>How many years has the I-LYA Bay Week Regatta been held?</strong>&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>CHECK OUT OUR NEW DIGS</strong></h3> <br /> We&rsquo;re painted and carpeted.&nbsp; We&rsquo;ve got some new furniture.&nbsp; The marina office is looking spiffy.&nbsp; Drop in and check us out!&nbsp; New week Service gets their new&nbsp; carpet.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" valign="middle"></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Weekend-News-Events-494 Tri-Port Challenge + More! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Tri-Port-Challenge-More-493 Great Lakes Boaters,<br /> <br /> July 4<sup>th</sup> proved to be a Great Weekend here at Great Lakes Marina.&nbsp; The GLM team had a great time seeing everyone out and about enjoying all the fun events.&nbsp; The Fuel Dock Team really got in the Independence Day Mood!<br /> <br /> Coming up this weekend is the Tri-Port Challenge.&nbsp;&nbsp; Great Lakes Marina is proud to again be the Tournament Headquarters.&nbsp; The schedule is the Captain&rsquo;s Meeting Thursday at 7:00 p.m. here at Great Lakes Marina; Ladies and Kids Classic on Friday; and the Pro/Am on July 12 and 13.&nbsp; The fishing will take place in Grand Haven, Whitehall and Muskegon, but we&rsquo;re sure the hottest place will be right here on Muskegon Lake.&nbsp; We still have a few transient docking slips open.&nbsp; Call us for prices and availability at 231-759-8230.&nbsp; For more details and any questions about the Tri-Port Challenge event, you can look on their website at <a href="http://www.muskegontriport.com">www.muskegontriport.com</a> , or call Captain Tom at 616-723-2774.&nbsp; Good luck to all!!!!<br /> <br /> <br /> Jeff Covey, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Great Lakes<br /> 231-759-8230 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><strong>LIGHTED BOAT PARADE</strong></h3> <div>&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/great-lakes" target="_blank"></a></div> We also want to congratulate two of our own Great Lakes Marina boaters for winning prizes in the Lighted Boat Parade.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The following Entries took home the Trophy for &lsquo;Ryan Roxbury &ndash; Sailboat Champion&rsquo; and &lsquo;Small Boat Champion, Bill Pennington&rsquo;&nbsp; Great job to all who participated!!&nbsp; Please visit the Lake Effect Boating Facebook page to see more photos of the contest winners.<br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>SEND US A BOATIE!</strong></h3> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/great-lakes" target="_blank"></a></div> WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU TAKE A SELFIE ON YOUR BOAT?&nbsp; THAT&rsquo;S RIGHT, A &lsquo;BOATIE&rsquo;!&nbsp; Send us your Boaties and you may end up on our website, or in our next E-Blast.&nbsp; We look forward to seeing how all of you enjoy your time on the water.<br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!</strong></h3> <div>&nbsp;</div> Though the weatherman is promising us many warm, sunny days ahead, it&rsquo;s already time to start thinking about <strong><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">winter storage</span></em></strong>. &nbsp;&nbsp;We have sold out of inside heated storage the last three years, So we want to offer you our Early Bird July Special.<strong>&nbsp; Our Early Bird Storage Package includes: Winter Haul Out</strong> <ul> <li><strong>Pump Out Head</strong></li> <li><strong>Pressure Washing of the Bottom of Boat</strong></li> <li><strong>Jack Stands/Blocking up</strong></li> <li><strong>Spring Launch</strong></li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>INSIDE HEATED $5.75 per square foot After July 31 $5.99 sq ft</strong></li> <li><strong>OUTSIDE $23 &nbsp;per linear foot After July 31 $25 linear ft</strong></li> </ul> <em>(Click <a href="http://mstarproperties.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/CNL-lease-Great-lakes.pdf" target="_blank">here</a> to access the contract)</em> Please return your contract to our Sales Manager, Heidi, no later than July 31, 2014.<strong>&nbsp; </strong><a href="mailto:hgriswold@morningstarmarinas.com"><strong>hgriswold@morningstarmarinas.com</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Whether you choose to sail, fish, powerboat, or just lay in the sun, we hope you all have a Sunny and Safe Weekend!!&nbsp;</em></strong><br /> <br /> <strong>-The GLM Team</strong><br />&nbsp; Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Tri-Port-Challenge-More-493 4th of July Weekend + Free Bag of Ice http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/4th-of-July-Weekend-Free-Bag-of-Ice-492 Sandusky Harbor Boaters,<br /> <br /> We are looking forward to seeing you this 4th of July weekend! Looks like the dust, small rocks and black gooey days are over and we can settle in for clean, well-marked days for the balance of the season.&nbsp; We really appreciate your patience with the big marina projects and expect that you&rsquo;ll find the remaining few projects to be virtually hassle free for our customers.&nbsp; Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer &ndash; we&rsquo;re <span style="text-decoration: underline;">so</span> ready!&nbsp; Don’t forget the <strong>FREE BAG OF ICE </strong>question this week is: Who sang that song?&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Jerry Parsons, General Manager<br /> Sandusky Harbor Marina<br /> 800-877-3625 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="600" align="left"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <h3><strong>4TH OF JULY COOKOUT</strong></h3> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/sandusky-harbor" target="_blank"></a></div> <div><br /> Join us tomorrow for a 4th of July cookout! We&rsquo;re organizing and decorating to host a party filled with good food and fun memories. The cookout will start at 3:30pm with a great menu and lawn games. We&rsquo;ll admire the displays from the comfort of the marina lawn or the cockpits of boats. Rremember to bring your fancy cook out aprons we hope to see you there</div> <div></div> <h3><strong>ANNUAL KIDS POOL PARTY</strong></h3> Saturday, July 12th <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/sandusky-harbor" target="_blank"></a></div> Let&rsquo;s hope for beautiful weather on Saturday, July 12, because the marina is going to be hoppin&rsquo; that day! The Annual Kids Pool Party will be from 1PM to 3PM. We&rsquo;re planning water and lawn games and snacks and prizes.&nbsp; In the marine lawn will be the Bouncy House, checkers and corn toss.&nbsp; We&rsquo;re adding a new croquet set.&nbsp; In the pool we&rsquo;ll be playing volley ball and tossing baskets, doing some diving, swimming and athletic competitions.&nbsp; We&rsquo;ll have a chalk drawing contest and scavenger hunt.&nbsp; Please let us know if there are special diet needs so we can prepare before the event.&nbsp; No need to sign up &ndash; we’ll see you there!<br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>THE STEIN HOSPICE RACE</strong></h3> Saturday. July 12th<br /> <br /> The Stein Hospice Race in the Bay will be held in the eastern basin of Sandusky Bay.&nbsp; Please contact Steve Gast from Harbor Bay Yacht Club for information.&nbsp; His e-mail is <a href="mailto:Cannon.1898@gmail.com">Cannon.1898@gmail.com</a> or 614-260-9993.&nbsp; That evening Harbor Bay and SHM will host a joint event including dinner in Building 5. For more information go <a href="http://www.harborbayyachtclub.org/" target="_blank">here</a><br /> <br /> A private party has reserved space at the North Pavilion and hired a steel drum band to celebrate the &ldquo;BIG 5-0&rdquo; birthday of a dockholder.&nbsp; They have invited other dockholders to bring their lawn chairs and enjoy the music in the late afternoon. <h3><strong>WEEKEND SAFETY TIPS</strong></h3> <ul> <li><strong>Parking:</strong> The primary west and east parking lots are for cars ONLY.&nbsp; Please do not park trailers, boats, campers and jet skis in those parking lots.&nbsp; Also make sure that any &ldquo;non-car&rdquo; vehicle or trailer is identified.&nbsp; We have weather resistant tags in the office for your use.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Fireworks: </strong>NO fireworks of any kind are permitted to be used on the property.&nbsp; The prohibition is a city ordinance.&nbsp; We encourage you to respect everyone&rsquo;s safety and property, The surrounding cities and Cedar Park are expected to put on a spectacular Fireworks show!</li> </ul> We hope you all have an enjoyable and safe holiday weekend. See you all around the marina!<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" valign="middle"><a title="Share this Email" href="http://us8.forward-to-friend.com/forward?u=f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17&amp;id=2540170f5a&amp;e=[UNIQID]" target="_blank">Share this Email</a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/4th-of-July-Weekend-Free-Bag-of-Ice-492 4th of July Weekend http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/4th-of-July-Weekend-491 Gwynn’s Island Boaters,<br /> <br /> We hope everyone is off work this weekend and planning on coming down to the boat.&nbsp; We plan on cooking hot dogs all weekend <strong>Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 4:00. </strong><br /> <br /> Just a reminder with the busy weekend approaching. We will probably not put the boat in the water until you arrive so we don&rsquo;t get backed up in the basin.&nbsp; Also, if you want a late launch we do open at 7:00 am. If you are not going to be here by opening time we will need the space and may put your boat away. &nbsp;We appreciate your help with the call aheads.<br /> <br /> We hope you all have an enjoyable and safe holiday weekend. See you all around the marina!<br /> <br /> Tina Minor, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Gwynn’s Island<br /> 804-725-9343 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><br /> <strong>4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS!</strong></h3> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/gwynns-island" target="_blank"></a></div> <div>This Friday at 9:00pm is the Mathews fireworks show! Don&rsquo;t miss it!</div> <h3><br /> <strong>BIG CATCHES!</strong></h3> <div>There have been some Cobia coming in still.&nbsp; We had one today from Mr. Mullen&rsquo;s boat that was 45&rdquo; and about 16 pounds. The Flounder have been hard to catch this year so far &hellip;but the Croaker and Spot are plentiful.<br /> <br /> <br /> This Friday at 9:00pm is the Mathews fireworks show! Don&rsquo;t miss it!</div> <h3><strong>SALE EXTENDED!</strong></h3> &nbsp;<br /> We are extendeding our Morningstar gear sale through this weekend just for you!&nbsp; All Morningstar gear will be 15% off this weekend only.<br /> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/4th-of-July-Weekend-491 4th of July Weekend Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/4th-of-July-Weekend-Events-490 Eaton Ferry Boaters,<br /> <br /> We are looking forward to seeing everyone out on the lake this holiday weekend!&nbsp; We have a lot going on around the marina this weekend for you to take advantage of.&nbsp; The Pointe will have live music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and will also have beach music on Sunday afternoon.&nbsp; The annual Lake Gaston Fireworks show will be Saturday evening at dusk.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> We wish everyone a happy Independence Day and hope everyone has a safe Holiday!<br /> <br /> Adam Keisler, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Eaton Ferry<br /> 252-586-4661 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="600" align="left"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"> <h3><strong>FIREWORKS!</strong></h3> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/eaton-ferry" target="_blank"></a></div> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">July 4<sup>th</sup> Fireworks Celebration</span></strong><br /> The Lake Gaston Annual Fireworks display is <strong>Saturday, July 5 (rain date July 6)</strong> at dark, at Eaton Ferry Bridge. It&rsquo;s an event that draws boats from east and west of the bridge by the hundreds. And depending on your preference for the best spot, you may leave home early enough to be up by the bridge.<br /> It&rsquo;s definitely an experience &ndash; watching the fireworks from a boat, and to see the amount of boats that turn out for the event.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>SAFETY TIPS FOR NIGHT BOATING</strong></h3> The week of Independence Day, especially the holiday itself, is a big time for night boating. If you are venturing out into the night on Lake Norman, take these steps to keep you and your fellow boaters safe: <ul> <li>Boats operating at night and during times of limited visibility must use navigation lights.</li> <li>Captains should operate crafts at a speed that is reasonable for the conditions.</li> <li>Avoid towing skiers between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise.</li> <li>Ensure your vessel has the proper navigation lights for its size and the waters on which it is operating.</li> <li>Preparation is key. Here are a few guidelines from Captain Alan Stopko and Pilot Magazine:</li> <li>Start your engine(s), checking all gauges.</li> <li>Clear your bilge of standing water as this affects maneuverability.</li> <li>Set your instrument panel dimmer switch to the lowest readable setting.</li> <li>Pull out your safety gear &ndash; PFD’s, throwables, binoculars, charts, spotlight, flashlight with a red lens and extra water for the Captain.</li> <li>Make sure you have a full tank of fuel.</li> <li>Decide where you want to go. Just riding around hastens disorientation. Study the chart/route for navigation aids, course directions, landmarks, danger spots and depths. Memorize the route.</li> <li>Check your boat’s navigation lights. Are the red and green lenses on the correct sides? Do you have spare light bulbs and fuses aboard with tools?</li> <li>Perform a VHF radio check with a marina, another boat or the towing companies.&nbsp;</li> </ul> &nbsp; <h3><strong>UPCOMING EVENTS </strong></h3> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">The Pointe Summer Sunday Concert Series</span></strong><br /> Starting Sunday June 8<sup>th</sup>, The Pointe will have live music on the beach from 2pm-6pm every other Sunday.&nbsp;&nbsp; Here&rsquo;s the band lineup:<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Sunday July 6<sup>th</sup> &ndash; Steve Owens and the Summertime Band<br /> Sunday July 20<sup>th</sup> &ndash; Jim Quick and Coastline Band<br /> Sunday August 3<sup>rd</sup> &ndash; Holiday Band<br /> Sunday August 17<sup>th</sup> &ndash; Fantastic Shakers<br /> Sunday August 31<sup>st</sup> &ndash; Blue Monday/The Entertainers<br /> Sunday September 14<sup>th</sup> &ndash; The Castaways<br /> &nbsp;<br /> They will also have live music on Friday and Saturday nights as well.&nbsp; Join us at the marina and at The Pointe for some great music and great times!&nbsp; For more information, visit their website:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.thepointelakegaston.com" target="_blank">www.thepointelakegaston.com</a>.<br /> <br />&nbsp; <br /> <h3><strong>&nbsp;INTELLICAST WEEKEND FORECAST </strong></h3> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Friday July 4th</span></strong><br /> AM Showers ending midday.&nbsp; Highs in the low 80s.&nbsp; Lows in the mid 60&rsquo;s.&nbsp; Chance of precipitation 30%<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Saturday July 5th</span></strong><br /> Abundant Sunshine.&nbsp; Highs in the mid 80&rsquo;s.&nbsp; Lows in the mid 60&rsquo;s.&nbsp; Chance of precipitation 0%<br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Sunday July 6th</span></strong><br /> Mix of clouds and sun.&nbsp; Highs in the mid 80&rsquo;s.&nbsp; Lows in the mid 60&rsquo;s.&nbsp; Chance of precipitation 20%<br /> &nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" valign="top"> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" valign="middle"><a title="Share this Email" href="http://us8.forward-to-friend1.com/forward?u=f0de16afeb1fc1c6bb1ecab17&amp;id=bd44da3bda&amp;e=[UNIQID]" target="_blank">Share this Email</a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/4th-of-July-Weekend-Events-490 4th of July Weekend Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/4th-of-July-Weekend-Events-489 Great Lakes Boaters,<br /> <br /> The July 4<sup>th</sup> Holiday is fast approaching.&nbsp; We want to take this time to say <strong><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Thank You</span></em></strong> to all who have sacrificed so much for the freedom that we hold so dearly.&nbsp; You ARE the reason we celebrate Independence Day and we are forever grateful!!<br /> <br /> Jeff Covey, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Great Lakes<br /> 231-759-8230 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><strong>LOCAL 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND EVENTS</strong></h3> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/great-lakes" target="_blank"></a></div> <div><br /> <strong>Friday, July 4th &ndash; </strong>Three different bands at Heritage Landing:&nbsp; Seamus Kennedy, West Side Soul Surfers and Mega &lsquo;80s playing from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp; Followed by the Community Fireworks Celebration at 10:30 p.m.</div> <br /> <strong>Saturday, July 5th &ndash;</strong> 10:00 to noon, Free lunch for any current members of the military, Veterans and their family members at Heritage Landing, followed by many activities throughout the day focusing on our Heroes.&nbsp; One of the activities is the Missing Man Fly Over occurring at 2:30 p.m.!!&nbsp;&nbsp; If you&rsquo;ve not seen this moving event before, we hope you&rsquo;ll have time to see it.&nbsp; At 10:30 p.m. there will be a Military Tribute Fireworks held at Heritage Landing as well!!<br /> <br /> <strong>Sunday, July 6th</strong> &ndash; 1:00 p.m., the World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales parade from Pere Marquette Park to the U.S.S. Silversides Museum to celebrate the opening of the exhibit to Muskegon World War II Veteran Joe Beyrle.<br /> <br /> <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>More Weekend Events: </strong></span><br /> <br /> <strong>The Muskegon Lakeshore Art Festival</strong> going on downtown from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 4th and 5th, including street performers and many, many other activities.<br /> <br /> <strong>Pack the Pier- </strong>Lake Effect Boating is having their annual Pack the Pier at&nbsp; the Breakwater Coves of Muskegon on Friday, July 4th.&nbsp; Join the many boaters who call Muskegon the Best Place to Boat Ever!!!<br /> <br /> <strong>BACK HERE AT GREAT LAKES MARINA</strong>:<br /> <br /> our office hours are Friday &amp; Sat 9-2pm. The Fuel dock hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. We will try to accommodate as many of the in/out boaters as possible given the firework schedule.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>UPCOMING EVENTS </strong></h3> <br /> Upcoming Events:&nbsp; The Muskegon Tri-Port Fishing Challenge runs from Friday, July 11 through Sunday, July 13, and is Hosted by Great Lakes Marina.&nbsp; If you have any questions, please contact Scott at 231-557-8364.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>REFERRAL PROGRAM </strong></h3> <br /> I want to introduce everyone to our Referral Program which can yield up to $875 in dockage credits.&nbsp; If you refer a friend, co-worker or family member who then signs an annual lease agreement, the dockage credits are as follows:<br /> <br /> 1st Annual Lease Agreement&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;.$125 dockage credit<br /> <br /> 2nd Annual Lease Agreement&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;$250 dockage credit<br /> <br /> 3rd Annual Lease Agreement&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;$500 dockage credit<br /> <br /> <strong>Total $875 dockage credit</strong><br /> <br /> <br /> <em>Please reember ther are to be NO fireworks on the marina property. I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable week on the water and if there is anything we can do for you, please do not hesitate to let us know for we are here to be off assistance in any way possible.</em><br /> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/4th-of-July-Weekend-Events-489 4th of July Weekend http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/4th-of-July-Weekend-488 Golden Isles Boaters,<br /> <br /> We are looking forward to seeing you this 4th of July it will be a blast! Friday to Sunday the 6th The Annual St. Simons Island Sunshine Festival held in the Pier Village on St. Simons has been an island tradition for over 60 years. The family fun starts this year on Friday, July 4th and runs through Sunday, July 6th. Festival Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm<br /> <br /> Most importantly, I along with the rest of my staff would like to wish everyone a wonderful and safe July 4<sup>th</sup> holiday weekend and if there is anything we can do to be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at 912-634-1128.&nbsp; Thank you for being a part of Morningstar Marinas at Golden Isles.<br /> <br /> Chris Ferguson, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Golden Isles<br /> 912-634-1128 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><strong>FIREWORKS</strong>&nbsp;</h3> The fireworks display begins at<strong> 9:00pm</strong> on the evening of July 4th. So bring your chair and meet your friends in oceanfront Neptune Park or take the boat out and see the fireworks from the water.&nbsp; If you wish to see the fireworks from the water, please remember we stop launching boats at 5:00pm so please make sure your launch is called in early in an effort to meet the cut off.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>FREE BAG OF ICE</strong></h3> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/golden-isles" target="_blank"></a></div> &nbsp;In an effort to help keep everyone cool this July 4<sup>th</sup> holiday, please come by the dock office on Friday, July 4<sup>th</sup> to receive your complimentary 7lb bag of ice.&nbsp; One bag per boat.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>COASTAL KITCHEN REPAINTING</strong></h3> As some of you may have noticed, the Coastal Kitchen is in the process of receiving a long awaited face lift and is in the process of being completely repainted.&nbsp; The Golden Isles Commercial Condo Association expects the project to be completed within the week and are extremely happy the exterior of the restaurant will finally match the outstanding product put forth by the Coastal Kitchen on a daily basis.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>DOCK CARTS</strong></h3> Please be a conscientious boater by leaving the dock carts clean and presentable for the next guest.&nbsp; Any waste oil should be disposed of in an environmentally conscious fashion which can be done by contacting your forklift operator and/or dock master who will be more than happy to dispose of any waste oil on your behalf. Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/4th-of-July-Weekend-488 4th of July Weekend Cookout + More! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/4th-of-July-Weekend-Cookout-More-487 <p>Mayport Boaters,<br /> <br /> We would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Fourth of July and a special thanks to all current and former members of the armed forces for their service that allow us to live free in this great Nation we call Home.&nbsp; We hope you have great weekend and look forward to seeing everyone.&nbsp; Remember to be safe this weekend while enjoying the holiday<span style="text-decoration: underline;">.</span><br /> <br /> Logan Moore, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Mayport<br /> 904-246-8929</p> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>4TH OF JULY COOKOUT</strong></h3> To help celebrate the Fourth of July we will be hosting a cook out on<strong> Saturday, July 5, from 1-3pm</strong>.&nbsp; Come by for some good food and a great time.&nbsp; We will also be having a raffle for an awesome prize so be sure to stop by the Ship Store to be entered into this drawing during the cookout.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>CAPTAIN’S COURSE</strong></h3> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/mayport" target="_blank"></a></div> Don&rsquo;t forget that we are hosting a Captain&rsquo;s course for you to get a six pack Captain&rsquo;s license.&nbsp; Be sure to call to have your name added soon as space is running out.&nbsp; The schedule for the course is as follows:<br /> <br /> Friday, July 25<sup>th</sup>: &nbsp;5:30pm-8:30pm<br /> Saturday &amp; Sunday, July 26<sup>th</sup> &amp; 27<sup>th</sup>:&nbsp; 8:30am-3:30/4pm<br /> Monday-Friday, July 28<sup>th</sup> &ndash; August 1<sup>st</sup>:&nbsp; 5:30pm-8:30pm<br /> Saturday, August 2<sup>nd</sup>:&nbsp; 8:30am-3:30pm<br /> Sunday, August 3<sup>rd</sup>:&nbsp; TESTING (Time: TBA)<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>DETAILING</strong></h3> Don&rsquo;t forget to give your boat some love by detailing it!&nbsp; It&rsquo;s very easy to let your boat go and become oxidized from the intense Florida sun.&nbsp; Let us help you bring your boat back to life with a full detail, inside and out.&nbsp; Call for pricing and availability. <h3><br /> <br /> <strong>REMINDERS</strong></h3> Just a few friendly reminders:<br /> <ul> <li>Remember to always call us when you plan on using your boat.&nbsp; The sooner we know that you are coming out, the better we can plan all our other boat movements and have your boat ready for you when you arrive.&nbsp;</li> <li>If you need your trailer or boat loaded onto your trailer please give at least a 48 hour notice.&nbsp; Doing this gives us plenty of time to retrieve your trailer from the lot as a large portion of trailers are stacked with multiple stacks in front of one another.&nbsp; If you need your trailer in less than 48 hours your account will be charged a convenience fee of $100.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/4th-of-July-Weekend-Cookout-More-487 4th of July Cookout + New Deck http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/4th-of-July-Cookout-New-Deck-486 <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/skippers-landing" target="_blank"></a></div> <div><br /> Skipper’s Landing Boaters,</div> Come and enjoy a 4<sup>th</sup> of July cookout on our new deck! We recently expanded our deck and its ready for 4th of July weekend to enjoy with friends and family!&nbsp; You have made our cookouts so successful that we needed more room and we think you&rsquo;ll love what we&rsquo;ve done. We will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers with all the fixins on <strong>Friday, July 4<sup>th</sup> from 12 - 2pm</strong>.<br /> <br /> We hope you all have an enjoyable and safe holiday weekend. See you all around the marina!<br /> <br /> Jamie Seaman, General Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Skipper’s Landing<br /> 704-528-3328 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><strong>RED, WHITE, AND BOOM!</strong></h3> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/skippers-landing" target="_blank"></a></div> Looking for a place to check out the fireworks on the lake this year?&nbsp; Fireworks shows will be held at:<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Trump National Golf Course at 9:30pm (near &ldquo;cocktail cove&rdquo; on the lake)<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; The Peninsula Club shortly after 9:00pm<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>SAFETY TIPS FOR NIGHT BOATING</strong></h3> <br /> The week of Independence Day, especially the holiday itself, is a big time for night boating. If you are venturing out into the night on Lake Norman, take these steps to keep you and your fellow boaters safe:<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Boats operating at night and during times of limited visibility must use navigation lights.<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Captains should operate crafts at a speed that is reasonable for the conditions.<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Avoid towing skiers between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise.<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Ensure your vessel has the proper navigation lights for its size and the waters on which it is operating.<br /> Preparation is key. Here are a few guidelines from Captain Alan Stopko and Pilot Magazine:<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Start your engine(s), checking all gauges.<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Clear your bilge of standing water as this affects maneuverability.<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Set your instrument panel dimmer switch to the lowest readable setting.<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pull out your safety gear &ndash; PFD’s, throwables, binoculars, charts, spotlight, flashlight with a red lens and extra water for the Captain.<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Make sure you have a full tank of fuel.<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Decide where you want to go. Just riding around hastens disorientation. Study the chart/route for navigation aids, course directions, landmarks, danger spots and depths. Memorize the route.<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Check your boat’s navigation lights. Are the red and green lenses on the correct sides? Do you have spare light bulbs and fuses aboard with tools?<br /> &bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Perform a VHF radio check with a marina, another boat or the towing companies.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>MAKE A BIG DAY FOR A LOT OF LITTLES!</strong></h3> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/skippers-landing" target="_blank"></a></div> 85 Boat Hosts are needed for Big Day at the Lake providing a morning of fun on the lake for a child and their Big Brother or Big Sister, from the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. Time requirement is about 4 hours the morning of July 19, picnic to follow (optional). If you are interested, please register at <a href="http://cm.studiobanks.com/t/y-l-iytuhlt-jyjlijiyhi-b/">http://bigdayatthelake-lkn.com/Registration.php</a> or contact Fran Boling at <a href="mailto:fran.boling@att.net">fran.boling@att.net</a> for questions. Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/4th-of-July-Cookout-New-Deck-486 4th of July Weekend Events! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/4th-of-July-Weekend-Events-485 Bahia Bleu Boaters,<br /> <br /> Hope you&rsquo;re all having a great week. I&rsquo;m sure you&rsquo;re getting prepared for the big fourth weekend! The entire staff has been getting the marina ready all week for the big holiday. To celebrate Independence Day, we&rsquo;ll be having a cookout with hamburgers and hot dogs on <strong>Sunday at 1:00pm</strong>. So come hungry and ready to play some corn hole!<br /> <br /> The weather looks fairly nice with 20-40% of thunderstorms throughout the weekend. Temperatures will be in the low 90s. The tropical storm off the coast looks like it will stay offshore but we may still get some wind and rain from the projected path.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> We hope you all have an enjoyable and safe holiday weekend. See you all around the marina!<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Ron Thomas, General Manager<br /> Rory Jose, General Manager<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Morningstar Marinas I Bahia Bleu<br /> 912-354-2283<br /> &nbsp; <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> &nbsp; <h3><strong>4TH OF JULY WEEKEND EVENTS</strong></h3> &nbsp; <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/bahia-bleu" target="_blank"></a></div> <strong>Tybee Island-July 3<sup>rd</sup>, 9:15p</strong><br /> <strong>Savannah Yacht Club- July 3<sup>rd</sup>, 9:00p</strong><br /> <strong>River Street- July 4<sup>th</sup>, 9:00p</strong><br /> &nbsp;<br /> <strong>Harbour Fest at Shelter Cove</strong><br /> Harbour Fest, in its 26th year, is a Hilton Head Island and southern summer phenomenon featuring the beloved family-friendly classic island music of Shannon Tanner, weekly fireworks over the harbor and activities and crafts for children and families, including Cappy the Clown.&nbsp; Shannon Tanner family-friendly show playing classic island tunes Monday-Friday 6:30 &amp; 8 p.m., May 26-June 18 &amp; August 14-31; Monday-Wednesday &amp; Fridays 6:30 &amp; 8 p.m. June 19-August 14. Thursdays 7-9 p.m., June 19-August 14 is a special Parrot Palooza show from 7-9 p.m. featuring Shannon Tanner and his Jimmy Buffet tribute band, the Oyster Reefers, performing island-inspired tunes.<br /> <br /> Fireworks, July 4, 8, 15, 22 and 29; and August 5 and 12, dusk, weather permitting. Find out more <a href="http://www.palmettodunes.com/harbourfest-hilton-head.php." target="_blank">here</a><br /> <br /> <strong>River Street Fourth of July Celebration &amp; Fireworks Extravaganza</strong><br /> <strong>Venue or organization:</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Savannah Waterfront Association</strong><br /> Come celebrate American patriotism at the River Street Fourth of July Festival &amp; Fireworks Extravaganza! Savannah&rsquo;s historic riverfront will be celebrating the Fourth of July all weekend long! Rousakis Plaza will be filled with regional arts &amp; crafts exhibitors, local entertainment, and fun for the entire family! Live music will also be featured on the Arbor Stage throughout this festive weekend! Grab your chair and get there early to watch the sky light up for the Fireworks Extravaganza on Friday, July 4th at 9:00pm.<br /> Festival Hours are Friday, July 4 from 4-10pm, Saturday, July 5 from 10am-10pm, and Sunday, July 6 from 10am-5pm.<br /> First Fridays &amp; Saturdays on the River take place each month from March-December. For an entertainment schedule and more details visit: <a href="http://www.riverstreetsavannah.com/">http://www.riverstreetsavannah.com/</a>.<br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>FEATURED SPECIAL</strong></h3> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/bahia-bleu" target="_blank"></a></div> <div><br /> <strong>30%</strong> off all Boating Accessories&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Excludes</strong>: oils and cleaning supplies<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</div> <h3><strong>AMERICA’S BOATING COURSE</strong></h3> <br /> Earn your GA boater education card in just 4 Tuesday sessions. Tybee Light Sail &amp; Power Squadron certified instructors will be teaching America’s Boating Course starting July 8 (6:30-9:30pm) at White Bluff Presbyterian Church (Education building). ABC is approved by GA DNR. Perfect for youth who need a boating course under new GA law. Price: $30pp, $15 for additional family. 50% off for youth aged 11-17. Preregister at <a href="http://www.usps.org/findacourse" target="_blank">http://www.usps.org/findacourse</a>. Questions? Call 912-368-2400.<br /> <br /> <strong>Cost:</strong> $30pp, $15 for additional family, 50% off for youth ages 11-17<br /> <br /> <strong>Website:</strong><br /> <a href="http://www.savannahsboatingclub.org" target="_blank">http://www.savannahsboatingclub.org</a><br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>TIDES</strong></h3> <div>&nbsp;</div> <strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Friday&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Saturday&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sunday</strong><br /> <strong>Low&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7:46a&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 8:34a&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 9:27a<br /> <strong>High&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2:14p&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 3:02p&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 3:52p Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/4th-of-July-Weekend-Events-485 Independence Day Pool Party & Buffet Next Week http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Independence-Day-Pool-Party-Buffet-Next-Week-484 <p><br />Independence Day Pool Party &amp; Buffet Next Week!<br />Sunday, July 6th 3-7PM</p> <p>Come out and celebrate our American independence while you dance to the tunes of Party Favor Band. From 5-7PM enjoy grilled pork loin with roasted pineapple, Hawaiian-style BBQ chicken, roasted corn on the cob, sweet potato wedges, tossed garden salad and tomato watermelon salad. Dinner will be finished off with a warm peach cobbler and refreshing vanilla bean ice cream. Cost is $15.95 for adults and $7.95 for kids 10 and under. Reservations required by Thursday, July 3rd by calling the Club at 843-235-6949.</p> <p><br />Christine Rosow, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Reserve Harbor<br />Marina: 843-235-8262 Club: 843-235-6949<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></p> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Independence-Day-Pool-Party-Buffet-Next-Week-484 Captain’s Course + Weekend Tides http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Captains-Course-Weekend-Tides-483 <br />Mayport Boaters,<br /><br />This past weekend we had the pleasure of hosting the 2014 IFA Redfish Tour and the 2014 IFA Kayak Tour. We also had a few of our members competing in the 2014 Mercury Marine King Buster 400. A great time was had by all. We encourage participation and are happy to accommodate our members for such special occasions, so always remember that we&rsquo;re here for YOU. Just a simple phone call and we can get you prepped and ready for those early AM registrations&hellip;coffee included!<br /><br />Logan Moore, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Mayport<br />904-246-8929<br />&nbsp; <br /><br /><strong>CLEATS, COMPASS, CLIPPERS… CAPTAIN’S COURSE!</strong><br />We are pairing with the Maritime License Training Company to offer our Members a 75% discount on the Captain&rsquo;s Course. Captain Bob Russo will be instructing, and he will provide everything necessary for your experience. This 10 day course will be held from 5:30pm &ndash; 8:30pm, July 25th through August 3rd. You must register through the Marina to participate. The registration fee is $225, and space is limited to only 10 people, so sign up ASAP!<br />&nbsp; <br /><strong>Sparkling on the Seas</strong><br />Don&rsquo;t forget that we offer detail services! From a basic wash to a full detail, we&rsquo;re here to make your ship shine.<br /><br />&nbsp; <br /><strong>SUMMER SIMILARITIES</strong><br /><br />This weekend brings nearly the same weather for both days that we&rsquo;ve been seeing for the past few weeks. Saturday you can expect WNW winds at 6 knots with 2-3 foot seas. Inland waters a light chop. Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High of 93 degrees Fahrenheit and 30 percent chance of rain.<br /><br />Tides:<br />3:51AM &ndash; Low<br />10:12AM &ndash; High<br />3:47PM &ndash; Low<br />10:29PM &ndash; High<br /><br />Sunday is much of the same, bringing NNW winds at 6 knots with 2-3 foot seas. Inland waters a light chop. Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High of 92 degrees Fahrenheit and 30 percent chance of rain.<br /><br />Tides:<br />4:29AM &ndash; Low<br />10:51AM &ndash; High<br />4:24PM &ndash; Low<br />11:04PM &ndash; High<br />&nbsp; <br /><br /> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Captains-Course-Weekend-Tides-483 Gwynn’s Island Festival + Free Ice http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Gwynns-Island-Festival-Free-Ice-482 &nbsp;<br />Gwynn’s Island Boaters,<br /><br />We are into the end of June already!&nbsp; There is a lot going on in our little neck of the woods. This weekend is the Gwynns Island Festival-Saturday from 9:00-3:45 by the civic center on the island. Morningstar will have a booth so make sure you stop by and say hello.<br />&nbsp;<br />Next weekend is the 4th of July, for those of you who haven&rsquo;t seen the fireworks show here before, you don&rsquo;t want to miss it. They will be shooting off the fireworks on Friday from the high school. You can go to Stutt&rsquo;s Creek and enjoy the view from the water or drive into town and see them in your lawn chair.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s about a 45 minute long show and well worth it.<br />&nbsp;<br />This week&rsquo;s special is one free bag of ice for each boat! Remember, we will get all the pre launch work done for you. If you need fuel, ice, bait etc. just let us know when you call for the launch and we&rsquo;ll get it all ready for you. <br /><br />Tina Minor, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Gwynn’s Island<br />804-725-9343 <br /><br />&nbsp; <br /><strong>FREE VESSEL CHECKS</strong><br />Free safety vessel checks, we are having the Coast Guard Auxiliary here 4th of July weekend to do free checks. They will arrive 8:00 Saturday morning and stay until it slows down and may come back on Sunday if the weather is good.&nbsp; The Captain must be present to get the boat checked out.<br />&nbsp; <br /><strong>5TH COOLEST TOWN IN AMERICA!&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />Did you hear that we won 5th coolest town in America? Yep! Mathews VA is one of the top coolest towns in America according to Budget Travel.<br /><br />&nbsp;Mathews, VA<br />(Population: 8,884)<br />Mathews is not just a town but also Virginia’s second smallest county, with just 84 square miles and no traffic lights. But we know “small” and “cool” go together like beaches and cottages. Speaking of which, Mathews includes miles of Chesapeake Bay shoreline that make it a prime summer destination for beachgoers, bird watchers, cyclists, fishermen, and kayakers. The General Store of your small-town dreams has been converted into a visitor center that’s also devoted to the work of local artists. Don’t miss Point Comfort Lighthouse, and the overflowing seafood (including fresh fish, blue crab, clams, oysters, and mussels).Read more <br /><br /><br /> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Gwynns-Island-Festival-Free-Ice-482 Improvements and Events! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Improvements-and-Events-481 Great Lakes Boaters,<br /> <br /> As a quick catch-up on what&rsquo;s been happening, Thank You to all who joined us for National Marina Day on June 14.&nbsp; The boater turnout for the cook out and the band was awesome and the team here at GLM enjoyed getting to see everyone after the long winter hibernation.&nbsp; Those who participated in the PowerBoat Poker Run also had a great day on the water!<br /> <br /> Our first Summer Sailstice celebrated here at Great Lakes Marina was a great success with three of our sailboaters providing FREE sailboat rides throughout the day on Saturday, June 21.&nbsp; A few of the participants that had free boat rides are talking about wanting to purchase a sailboat and start sailing out of GLM ?<br /> <br /> Heidi Griswold, Sales Manager<br /> Morningstar Marinas | Great Lakes<br /> 231-759-8230<br /> &nbsp; <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <h3><strong>NEW IMPROVEMENTS!</strong></h3> &nbsp; Many of you have also noticed some work being done on the physical location here.&nbsp; Some of our renovations include our newly rebuilt pool area; resurfacing of the parking lot (which we will have done this week if the weatherman cooperates); and the office area is being re-configured as we &lsquo;type&rsquo; :)<br /> <br /> <h3><strong>LAKE EFFECT LIGHTED BOAT PARADE</strong>&nbsp;</h3> <div><a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/great-lakes" target="_blank"></a></div> This Saturday is the Lake Effect Lighted Boat Parade which starts at the South Breakwater Cove.&nbsp; There is a contest to see which marina has the most boats entered, so let&rsquo;s make sure GLM is well represented.<br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>SERVICE DEPARTMENT</strong></h3> Our Service Department is now open Six Days a Week to help with any needs your boat might have.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s always better to get those &lsquo;funny noises&rsquo; checked out before you head out on the big lake, than to need a tow back to the marina and have a beautiful day ruined.<br /> &nbsp; <h3><strong>THANK YOU!</strong></h3> In closing our first weekly newsletter, Jeff, Heidi, Margie and the rest of the GLM team want to say a big <strong><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Thank You</span></em></strong> to all for your patience in this last year during our time of transition and renovation.&nbsp; We are all very excited for the future and are very thankful that you&rsquo;re with us! Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Improvements-and-Events-481 Tarpon Tournament + More! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Tarpon-Tournament-More-480 <p>Golden Isles Boaters,<br /><br />It&rsquo;s almost that time of year again when we will be hosting the 5th Annual St. Simons Island Tarpon Tournament Thursday August, 14th through Saturday, August 16th. This is one of the best fishing tournaments, you won’t want to miss out!&nbsp; This will be a boat tournament with an entry fee of $300/boat along with an optional Calcutta with said Calcutta entry fee at $200/boat.&nbsp; The Captains Meeting and fishing dates are as follows:</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Captain&rsquo;s Meeting: Thursday, August 14th at 7:00pm on the Morningstar Observation Deck<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Fishing: Friday August 15th &amp; Saturday, August 16th<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Awards Banquet Catered by the Coastal Kitchen the evening of</p> <p>Saturday, August 16th in the Harbor Room/Courtyard.<br />It is my sincere hope that everyone will come out and fish this great tournament sponsored and hosted by the Golden Isles Charter Fishing Association and Morningstar Marinas at Golden Isles. We look forward to a great tournament again this year.<br /><br />Chris Ferguson, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Golden Isles<br />912-634-1128<br />&nbsp; <br /><br /><br /><br /><strong>POOL WRISTBANDS</strong><br /><br />In case you were not aware, the swimming pool is and has been open for business.&nbsp; As a reminder, please make sure at least one member of your family/party has their blue Morningstar Marinas wrist band with them which allows us to maintain the exclusive use of this amenity for our Morningstar customers only.<br />&nbsp; <br /><strong>LINES AND FENDERS</strong><br />&nbsp;<br />If you haven&rsquo;t taken a good look at the condition of your lines and fenders aboard your vessel, you should take a minute to do so prior to your next day on the water.&nbsp; Quality lines and fenders are your first line of defense in protecting your boat and if you have any questions regarding the condition of your lines, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.&nbsp; Under inflated fenders and dry rooted lines will do one thing and that is guarantee cosmetic repairs in your future.&nbsp; I can assure you, new lines and fenders are much less expensive than paint and gel coat repairs.&nbsp; Fenders should be properly sized based on the size of your vessel while dock lines should be at least &frac34; the length of your vessel. &nbsp;<br />REFERRAL PROGRAM<br />I want to remind everyone of our Referral Program which can yield up to $875 in dockage credits.&nbsp; If you refer a friend, co-worker or family member who then signs an annual lease agreement, the dockage credits are as follows:<br />&nbsp;<br />1st Annual Lease Agreement&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;.$125 dockage credit<br />&nbsp;<br />2nd Annual Lease Agreement&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;$250 dockage credit<br />&nbsp;<br />3rd Annual Lease Agreement&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;$500 dockage credit<br />&nbsp;<br />Total $875 dockage credit<br /><br />I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable week on the water and if there is anything we can do for you, please do not hesitate to let us know for we are here to be off assistance in any way possible. <br /><br /><br /><br /></p> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Tarpon-Tournament-More-480 Upcoming Events! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Upcoming-Events-479 Eaton Ferry Boaters,<br />&nbsp;<br />Summer is finally officially here!&nbsp; This weekend is slated to be another beautiful weekend on Lake Gaston.&nbsp; The Pointe will be having live music all weekend, and we also have a fuel special for Morningstar Rewards Members!&nbsp; As a reminder, if you have not picked up your 2014 Morningstar Rewards Card, please stop by the marina office to pick up your card.&nbsp; Also, don&rsquo;t forget that we are now renting Tubes, Wakeboards, and Kneeboards.&nbsp; Give us a call&nbsp; at the marina office if you would like to reserve any of our water toys!<br />&nbsp;<br />We hope to see you out on the water this weekend!<br /><br />Adam Keisler, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Eaton Ferry<br />252-586-4661 <br /><br /><br /><strong>WEEKEND FUEL SPECIAL</strong><br />&nbsp;<br />This weekend, present your Morningstar Rewards Card at our fuel dock to receive 10 cents off per gallon of gas!<br />&nbsp; <br /><strong>UPCOMING EVENTS</strong><br />The Pointe Summer Sunday Concert Series<br />Starting Sunday June 8th, The Pointe will have live music on the beach from 2pm-6pm every other Sunday.&nbsp;&nbsp; Here&rsquo;s the band lineup:<br />&nbsp;<br />Sunday July 6th &ndash; Steve Owens and the Summertime Band<br />Sunday July 20th &ndash; Jim Quick and Coastline Band<br />Sunday August 3rd &ndash; Holiday Band<br />Sunday August 17th &ndash; Fantastic Shakers<br />Sunday August 31st &ndash; Blue Monday/The Entertainers<br />Sunday September 14th &ndash; The Castaways<br />&nbsp;<br />They will also have live music on Friday and Saturday nights as well.&nbsp; Join us at the marina and at The Pointe for some great music and great times!&nbsp; For more information, visit their website:&nbsp; www.thepointelakegaston.com.<br />&nbsp; <br /><strong>4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS CELEBRATION</strong><br />The Lake Gaston Annual Fireworks display is Saturday, July 5 (rain date July 6) at dark, at Eaton Ferry Bridge. It&rsquo;s an event that draws boats from east and west of the bridge by the hundreds. And depending on your preference for the best spot, you may leave home early enough to be up by the bridge. It&rsquo;s definitely an experience &ndash; watching the fireworks from a boat, and to see the amount of boats that turn out for the event.<br />&nbsp; <br /><br /> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Upcoming-Events-479 $10 off a $40 wash + Weekend Tides http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/10-off-a-40-wash-Weekend-Tides-478 &nbsp;Bahia Bleu Boaters,<br /><br />We are looking forward to seeing you this weekend, it will be a great weekend to hang out and watch the soccer games on our screened porch. You can wash your boat and enjoy the game, we are offering $10 off on a $40 wash. Fishing is getting better, we hope to see some big catches this summer! <br /><br />Ron Thomas, General Manager<br />Rory Jose, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Bahia Bleu<br />912-354-2283 <br /><br /><br /><br />TIDES<br />&nbsp;<br />6/26 Thurs&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 6/27 FrI&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 6/28 Sat&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 6/29 Sun<br />&nbsp;<br />L&nbsp; 2:19a 0.2&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; L 3:02a&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0.2&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; L 3:42a&nbsp; 0.2&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; L 4:20a&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0.3&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />H 8:06a 6.5&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; H 8:50a&nbsp;&nbsp; 6.5&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; H 9:32a&nbsp; 6.4&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; H 10.14a&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 6.3<br />L 2:20p&nbsp; 0.0&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; L&nbsp; 3:03p&nbsp;&nbsp; 0.1&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; L 3:45p&nbsp;&nbsp; 0.1&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; L 4.24p&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 0.3<br />H 8:24p 7.8&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; H&nbsp; 9:05p&nbsp; 7.6&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; H 9:45p&nbsp; 7.5&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; H 10.24p&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 7.3<br /><br />&nbsp; <br /><br /> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/10-off-a-40-wash-Weekend-Tides-478 Beers, Brats, and Bands Event + Live Bait for Sale http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Beers-Brats-and-Bands-Event-Live-Bait-for-Sale-477 <p>Gwynn’s Island Boaters,<br />We had several families coming out to enjoy Dad last weekend. It was nice to see everyone stop to eat some of the great BBQ served on Saturday.<br />This weekend we welcome you to join one of our community events. The annual &ldquo;Beer, Brats, and Bands by the Bay&rdquo; is back. It&rsquo;s only $20.00 and is from 3:00pm -8:00pm this Saturday, June 21st.&nbsp; Please see the flyer above for more details.</p> <p><br />Tina Minor, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Gwynn’s Island<br />804-725-9343<br /><br /><strong>Gwynn’s Island Festival</strong><br />The last weekend of June is the annual Gwynn’s Island Festival. Morningstar will have a booth this year. Any of our members that stop by will be given a special gift. So, make sure you pop in to say hello.<br /><br /><strong>Live Bait</strong><br />We now have live bait! Minnows, worms, eels, live clams, and peelers can be purchased, but please remember there are limited quantities available on the live bait. Call us by Wednesday for any bait order, and we’ll make sure we have it here for you by the weekend.<br /><br /><strong>Weekend Special on Gear</strong><br />Our special this weekend is all Morningstar gear at 15% off. Take this opportunity to get a sweatshirt, t- shirt, coffee cup, or Tervis tumbler just to name a few… show your marina off in style!!</p> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Beers-Brats-and-Bands-Event-Live-Bait-for-Sale-477 Summer Cookout & Tube Rentals http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Summer-Cookout-Tube-Rentals-476 <p>Skipper’s Landing Boaters,</p> <p>I know that with the hot weather we have had this week it is hard to imagine that is still technically spring. Have no fear… this Saturday, June 21st marks the first day of summer! To celebrate, we will have another cookout this weekend. Be sure to stop by the marina to start the summer off right!</p> <p>Jamie Seaman, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Skipper’s Landing<br />704-528-3328<br /><br /><br /><strong>Tube Rentals at the Marina!</strong><br /><br />Don’t forget…Morningstar Marinas is now offering tube rentals through the ship store! Whether you are looking to save money on buying a tube this summer or you have some special visitors coming in to town that would love an exciting adventure on the water, renting a tube is the way to go.<br />Simply stop by the office and fill out the tube rental paperwork, sign a waiver and release form, and our staff will guide you through the operation of pulling a tube, using a tube, connecting a tube to the boat, how to store or deflate it when not in use, and answer any question you might have prior to getting out on the water.<br />Tube rentals cost $50/day and are rented on a first come first serve basis. Besides the tube, each rental will include a tow rope and properly fitted PFD’s.<br /><br /><br /><strong>No Wake Zone Reminder</strong><br /><br />There have been many complaints around the lake already this summer about boats operating too close to shore or structures (breaking no wake rules). Law enforcement agencies are ticketing boats operating within 50 yards of shoreline/structures. Remember that 50 yards from any dock is considered a “no wake zone”.<br />Be aware of your surroundings and remember even if you are 50 yards off the shore or from a structure you are still responsible for any damage the wake from your boat causes. There does not need to be signage or buoys for law enforcement to write tickets.<br />*Luckily we do have a “No Wake” zone sign to remind boaters to slow down when approaching our marina.</p> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Summer-Cookout-Tube-Rentals-476 Women on Water & Asphalt Update http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Women-on-Water-Asphalt-Update-475 <strong>Women on Water</strong><br /> <p>Sandusky Harbor Boaters,</p> <p>We had a great weekend and celebrated National Marina Day with a variety of activities, displays, and summer treats.&nbsp;&nbsp; The kids enjoyed the bouncy house.&nbsp; Everyone enjoyed the root beer floats.&nbsp; Still it&rsquo;s hard to believe that the first day of summer is Saturday, June 21, (YAY!) and then the days will start getting shorter again (not fair!) <br />Friday, June 20 (weather permitting) will be &ldquo;Women on Water&rdquo; sponsored by Harbor Bay Yacht Club and supported by SHM.&nbsp; Special thanks go to Ed and Barb Kolp for organizing and implementing this event that is designed for women only and teaches boating skills.&nbsp; There&rsquo;s always more to learn about boating safely, more experiences to earn, and more fun to be shared.&nbsp; We&rsquo;re sure you&rsquo;ll find this to be a worthwhile investment of your time.</p> <p>Jerry Parsons, General Manager<br />Sandusky Harbor Marina<br />800-877-3625<br /><br /><br /><strong>Upcoming Events</strong><br />&nbsp;<br />The next marina event will be on Friday, July 4, when we have our marina cookout at the North Pavilion. SHM will provide the food, and you can cook your own burgers and dogs to perfection. We’ll have a Best Cook Out Apron Contest with prizes. Plan on attending and then stay around the marina for the best views of fireworks around the lake and bay! There are usually four or five displays visible from the marina.<br />Sunday, July 6, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft, will conduct boat inspections starting at 2PM. Taking advantage of this free inspection provides several benefits:<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;It helps keep your family and friends safe by assuring that marine equipment and accessories are functional and available in an emergency.<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;ODNR qualifies for grants and funds based in part on the number of inspections they perform.<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Displaying the sticker for meeting ODNR requirements ALSO meets the requirements of the US Coast Guard and will make it less likely that the USCG will pull you over for inspection purposes only.<br /><br /><strong>Update on Asphalt &amp; Stickers</strong><br /><br />If you haven’t picked up your car and boat stickers, please do so. This program has proven to be useful on several occasions already when we’ve needed to track the owners of cars in the lots. We’ll soon start our weekly marina inventories and we expect that we’ll be better able to identify boat owners and dock assignments using the sticker numbers as references. We encourage you to pick up your stickers and apply them appropriately.<br />This week we’re starting on the West Parking lot, that’s the Pool Side of the marina parking. The West Parking Lot will be closed from Sunday, June 22 until Friday, June 27. All cars need to be removed from the WEST PARKING LOT by 8PM on SUNDAY, JUNE 22. We will post signs with specific information and instructions. Please direct your questions to staff in the front office.<br /><br /><br /><strong>There’s Money on the Table</strong><br />Remember that Sandusky Harbor Marina is paying you to recommend us to friends, relatives, and acquaintances. It’s easy to make your boating more affordable. Share your experience and collect the bucks.<br /><br />&nbsp;<br /><br /></p> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Women-on-Water-Asphalt-Update-475 Free Cupcakes + Weekend Tides http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Free-Cupcakes-Weekend-Tides-474 Bahia Bleu Boaters,<br /> <p>Hope you all had a great week. This weekend we&rsquo;ll be offering free cupcakes! So grab your sweet tooth and come down to the marina this weekend to get your free cupcake. We’re expecting a 30% chance of thunderstorms Friday and Saturday and 40% chance of thunderstorms on Sunday but temperatures in the mid to high 90&rsquo;s all weekend. Hope the rain doesn&rsquo;t stop you from getting your free cupcake. See you all around the marina.</p> <p><br />Ron Thomas, General Manager<br />Rory Jose, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Bahia Bleu<br />912-354-2283<br /><br /><strong>Tides</strong><br /><br /><strong>Friday:</strong><br />High: 2:51AM<br />Low: 9:12AM<br />High:&nbsp; 3:22PM<br />Low: 9:49PM<br /><strong>Saturday</strong><br />High: 3:46AM<br />Low: 10:10AM<br />High:&nbsp; 4:17PM<br />Low: 10:52PM<br /><strong>Sunday</strong><br />High: 4:41AM<br />Low: 11:05AM<br />High:&nbsp; 5:12PM<br />Low: 11:50PM<br /><br /><br /><strong>Friendly Reminders</strong><br /><br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The fork lift will shut down 15 minutes prior to closing<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The fuel pumps close 15 minutes prior to closing<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Remember to be courteous on the wash racks. Please do not let your boat sit there all day without notifying the marina and please no major maintenance is to be conducted on the weekends<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Please try and pay for your ship store items when you&rsquo;re in the store. Unfortunately, we will no longer will be able to charge your credit cards for small items.<br />&nbsp;<br /></p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Free-Cupcakes-Weekend-Tides-474 Vote for Us! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Vote-for-Us-473 <p>Kings Point Boaters,<br />We have exciting news and we have you to thank! Kings Point is a finalist in the Best of Lakes competition brought to you by the Huntersville Herald for the ‘Best Marina’ title. However, the voing isn’t over and we need your help!</p> <p><strong>How to Vote: </strong>Click the Facebook ‘Like’ button above the Best of Lake Norman 2014 logo on this <a href="bit.ly/1uH7HYm" target="_blank">page</a><br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br />Chris Higgs, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Kings Point<br />704-892-3223<br /><br /><br /><strong>NEW! Tube Rentals</strong><br />Don’t forget…Morningstar Marinas is now offering tube rentals through the ship store! Whether you are looking to save money on buying a tube this summer or you have some special visitors coming in to town that would love an exciting adventure on the water, renting a tube is the way to go.<br />Simply stop by the office and fill out the tube rental paperwork, sign a waiver and release form, and our staff will guide you through the operation of pulling a tube, using a tube, connecting a tube to the boat, how to store or deflate it when not in use, and answer any question you might have prior to getting out on the water.<br /><br /><strong>Grab Some Lunch!</strong><br />Our Ship’s Store now stocks deli sandwich combos for your day out on the water! The combo includes a sandwich or wrap, chips and a bottled water for $7.75. You can also purchase the sandwich only for $6.50. We will have wrap and sandwich combos available on the weekends throughout the summer while supplies last. If you have a large group, please have your orders in by Wednesday each week. We will deliver your order right to your boat on the weekend.<br /><br /><strong>Wine for Sale at the Marina</strong><br />Just when you thought the weekend couldn’t get any better…we are now offering wine at the marina! We will have Merlot, Pinot and Chardonnay available. Prices per glass are:<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Merlot $4.00<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pinot $2.75<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Chardonnay $2.00<br /><br /><br /><strong>Summer Hours</strong><br />Mon - Thurs: 9am - 6pm<br />Fri - Sun: 9am - 7pm<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Vote-for-Us-473 New Tube Rentals! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/New-Tube-Rentals-472 Thank you for renting a boat at Morningstar Marinas | Eaton Ferry. We are excited to announce that we now offer tube rentals along with any boat rental at our marina. Have you had your eye on the latest, greatest tube but don’t want to spend $500 on a new one? Now you don’t have to! Renting a tube is a great way to treat your family to a fun day of water sports on the lake. Try out the latest tubes without breaking the bank. Each tube will handle differently, so make each day new and exciting by trying out various tubes:<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Diablo Tube: 2 person tube - $39.95 per day<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Big Mable Tube: 3 person tube - $59.95 per day<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Big Bertha Tube: 4 person tube - $59.95 per day<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Paparazzi Tube: XL 3 person tube - $79.95 per day<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Wakeboard: $59.95 per day<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Kneeboard: $59.95 per day<br />Please call the marina at 252-586-4661 for more information and to let Morningstar help you have a great day on Lake Gaston!<br />Don’t forget, Morningstar Marinas offers Jet Ski, Pontoon, Skiff, Deck and Ski Boat rentals. Visit us online at MorningstarMarinas.com to view available vessels. We look forward to getting you out on the water!<br /><br /> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/New-Tube-Rentals-472 Father’s Day Boat Wash Special! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Fathers-Day-Boat-Wash-Special-471 <strong>Father’s Day Boat Wash Special</strong><br /><br />Kings Point Boaters,<br />Looking for that last minute gift for Dad? We are offering a Father&rsquo;s Day Boat Wash Special: only $25 for a fantastic boat wash to make your Dad look even cooler in the boat than he already does. Stop by the marina or call us to schedule your boat wash.<br /><br />Chris Higgs, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Kings Point<br />704-892-3223<br /><br /><strong>Grab a Sandwich for Lunch</strong><br />Our Ship’s Store now stocks deli sandwich combos for your day out on the water! The combo includes a sandwich or wrap, chips and a bottled water for $7.75. You can also purchase the sandwich only for $6.50. We will have wrap and sandwich combos available on the weekends throughout the summer while supplies last. If you have a large group, please have your orders in by Wednesday each week. We will deliver your order right to your boat on the weekend.<br /><br /><strong>Wine for Sale at the Marina</strong><br />Just when you thought the weekend couldn’t get any better…we are now offering wine at the marina! We will have Merlot, Pinot and Chardonnay available. Prices per glass are:<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Merlot $4.00<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pinot $2.75<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Chardonnay $2.00<br /><br /><strong>Forecast Courtesy of Steve Udelson</strong><br />After a couple of very stormy afternoons, things will calm down a bit. While there will still be a chance of late afternoon/early evening thunderstorms, storm chances are limited to 30%. Afternoon highs both days reach the mid to upper 80s with partly sunny skies. Lake water temperatures are in the low 80s.<br />Forecast courtesy of Steve Udelson, Chief Meteorologist from WSOC-TV and Morningstar Boater.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Fathers-Day-Boat-Wash-Special-471 National Marina Day & Father’s Day! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/National-Marina-Day-Fathers-Day-470 <p>Happy Father’s Day</p> <p>Sandusky Harbor Boaters,</p> <p>The first full weekend of June, we had a wide variety of weather conditions and activities.&nbsp; Saturday was beautiful, blue skies and balmy temps. Sunday, yellow rain gear was the uniform of the day here at the marina.&nbsp; We’re hoping for a beautiful weather this weekend!<br /><br />At the suggestion of one of our dockholders, I took a look at the US Army Corps of Engineers website and did a little research on the lake levels.&nbsp; It appears that all the Great Lakes are up from last year &ndash; the big lakes more than the smaller, but UP none the less.&nbsp; Lake Erie is up 7-9 inches over last year and expected to maintain this level over the next month.</p> <p><br />Our facility improvements and upgrades are continuing this week.&nbsp; If the weather cooperates the east parking lot and drive will be looking good by next weekend.&nbsp; The service office was painted last week and the front office will be painted this week.&nbsp; We&rsquo;re getting many compliments on the front office and bath house exteriors! Be sure to stop by this weekend and check out the great improvements we have made!</p> <p><br />Jerry Parsons, General Manager<br />Sandusky Harbor Marina<br />800-877-3625<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><strong>National Marina Day is This Saturday!</strong><br />The big news this week is National Marina Day on Saturday. We’ve finalized the schedule, and we’re putting the finishing touches on the details (such as buying the ice cream)!<br />&nbsp;<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Firelands Military Vehicle Group and the Bouncy House will be available for use all day<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;A Harbor Bay Yacht Club race is scheduled for the morning<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Boat inspections from 12:00pm to 4:00pm<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;E-Paint seminar at 1:00pm<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;West Marine and Towboat US from 2:00pm &ndash; 4:00pm<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Root Beer floats (made with Toft’s ice cream) 2:00pm &ndash; 4:00pm<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Sea Scout Ship #368 will be here all day.<br />&nbsp;<br />The next planned event will be the marina cookout on Friday, July 4th.<br /><br /><strong>Ice, Ice, Baby!</strong><br />Please remember that ice is available at three locations in the marina &ndash; front office, near bathhouse and fuel dock.&nbsp; Pricing is the same as last year.&nbsp; There&rsquo;s no need to leave the marina to get your ice or to haul it in from home &ndash; convenient and cost effective.&nbsp; <br /><br /><strong>Launching Boats &amp; Marriages!</strong><br />Sandusky Harbor Marina doesn’t only launch boats &ndash; we launch marriages too. A bride dressed in all her white finery boarded a small sailboat on B dock and headed off to her wedding that was held Saturday afternoon near the marina. <br /><br /><br /><br /></p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/National-Marina-Day-Fathers-Day-470 Father’s Day Weekend & Towables for rent! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Fathers-Day-Weekend-Towables-for-rent-469 <p>Happy Father’s Day!</p> <p>Eaton Ferry Boaters,<br /><br />We have some exciting news to share. We now offer a full line of Towables for rent! We have 2 and 4 rider tubes, Wakeboards, and Kneeboards available for rent. If you would like to rent something, come to the office to see what we have available, or call the office to reserve it.<br /><br />This Father’s Day weekend is slated to be another beautiful weekend. I hope to see everyone out on the water this weekend!<br /><br />Adam Keisler, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Eaton Ferry<br />252-586-4661<br />&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /></p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Fathers-Day-Weekend-Towables-for-rent-469 Father’s Day & Tube Rentals http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Fathers-Day-Tube-Rentals-468 <p><strong>Happy Father’s Day!</strong><br /><br />Skipper’s Landing Boaters,<br /><br />Treat Dad right this year by taking him out on the lake for a great day of boating and fun! To celebrate our amazing fathers here at the marina, we are having a Father&rsquo;s Day Cookout on Sunday, June 15th from 11:30am-2:00pm. This cookout will be brought to us by our friends at Kayem Foods Inc. We hope to see you here!<br /><br />Jamie Seaman, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Skipper’s Landing<br />704-528-3328<br />&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><strong>Tube Rentals at the Marina</strong><br />Morningstar Marinas is now offering tube rentals through the ship store! Always wanted to try the new large tubes, but didn’t want to spend upwards of $500?! Now you don’t have to!<br />Have family or visitors in town who would love to tube, but again you don’t want to spend $500 on the latest, popular, MONSTER tube?! Now you don’t have to!</p> <p>Do you only need a tube three or four times a year and don’t want to have the hassle of storing it?! Now you can rent it and return it!<br />Try all the latest tubes without breaking the bank. Each tube will handle differently so make each weekend new and exciting by trying out all of our great tubes!<br />How the process works:</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas will keep a variety of the latest, greatest tubes from smaller, single rider tubes to the monster tubes that are as big as some small boats. Simply stop by the office and fill out the tube rental paperwork, sign a waiver and release form, and our staff will guide you through the operation of pulling a tube, using a tube, connecting a tube to the boat, how to store or deflate it when not in use, and answer any question you might have prior to getting out on the water.</p> <p>Tube rentals start at $50 and are rented on a first come first serve basis. We will also take a $50 deposit on the tube that will be refunded when the tube is returned. (Most locations will just get an imprint of the card for $50 and tear it up when it comes back in good condition). Besides the tube, each rental will include a tow rope and properly fitted PFD’s.</p> <p>Rules/Guildelines:</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;All rented inflatables will be checked out and fully inflated prior to departure. If deflated at some time during rental, tube must be inflated and checked in at the end of the rental period.<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Properly fitted PFD MUST be worn by all riders. Wearing a PFD that is too large could result in the PDF raising above the riders arms making it impossible for them to swim. PFD’s MUST BE FITTED to each rider! If you don’t have the necessary PFD’s you must contact Morning Star staff prior to the rental.<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Part of the Checkout sheet will be to list all riders and ensure they leave with a properly fitted PFD.<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><br /><strong>Boater Safety Classes</strong><br />In order to legally operate a boat in NC waters, NC State law requires anyone born on or after January 1, 1988 to pass an approved safe boating class.</p> <p><br />There are two Lake Norman Sail and Power Squadron America’s Boating Classes (ABC) coming up that meet /exceed the state requirements:</p> <p><br />Saturday, June 28, 2014<br />Mt. Zion United Methodist Church<br />19600 Zion Avenue <br />Cornelius, NC 28031<br />&nbsp;<br />Saturday, July 26, 2014<br />Lake Norman Volunteer Fire Dept.<br />1518 Brawley School Rd.<br />Mooresville, NC 28117<br />&nbsp;<br />Upon passing the course exam, students are provided a diploma and laminated identification card. Graduates of these classes, or any graduates from prior 2014 classes, are entitled to attend a free Introduction to Navigation class offered on September 13, 2014.<br />Registration details are online at click <a href="http:www.usps.org/lakenorman/courseboatsmart.htm" target="_blank">here</a></p> <p><br />For additional information contact Bob Yannacci at 516-547-7737 or sportscarguy@roadrunner.com.<br /><br /><br /><br /><strong>No Wake Zone</strong><br />There have been many complaints around the lake already this summer about boats operating too close to shore or structures (breaking no wake rules).&nbsp;&nbsp; Law enforcement agencies are ticketing boats operating within 50 yards of shoreline/structures.&nbsp;&nbsp; Violating no wake rules used to be a misdemeanor and included court fees (making it much more taxing of the officers).&nbsp; The North Carolina General Assembly has now made this violation an infraction with a $50 fine, making it simple and easy to enforce for Lake Patrols.&nbsp; Be aware of your surroundings and remember even if you are 50 yards off the shore or from a structure you are still responsible for any damage the wake from your boat causes.&nbsp;&nbsp; There does not need to be signage or buoys for law enforcement to write tickets.&nbsp; Please remember to respect other boaters and property owners by following no wake guidelines.</p> <p><br />&nbsp;Important to note:<br />One area being watched very closely right now is McCrary Creek located south of the 150 bridge running East towards Williamson Road.&nbsp;&nbsp; This Creek is pretty narrow at 400-500 feet wide and ski/wakeboard boats have been using this area as it is protected.&nbsp; The problem is that the creek narrows to 300 feet wide in several areas and anywhere on the lake that is less than 300 foot wide is an enforceable no wake zone.&nbsp; If you have been using this creek to ski and wakeboard, be very cautious that you are following no wake guidelines as this area is being heavily patrolled.&nbsp; If you are pulling a skier in an area of the lake just over 300 feet wide, you are not breaking the no wake guidelines.&nbsp;&nbsp; As soon as you turn, and leave the center of the creek, you become eligible for a no wake infraction.<br /><br />Important Information from the Lake Commission<br /><br />Lake level is at 98.8 (target elevation is 98). Duke Power is adding 6” to target between Memorial Day and Labor Day to add give lake levels a boost if we get a dry spell and to proactively account for increased evaporation. Lake levels are going to be great for the summer boating!<br /><br /><strong>Lake Navigation Notifications</strong><br />Aids to Navigation<br />Lights are out at Marker 4A and D8.<br />Marker 23 (north of the 150 bridge) is leaning heavily and may disappear beneath the surface of the lake prior to being repaired. This is a rocky area, use extreme caution, while this repair is being made.</p> <p><br />Construction on the 150 Bridge<br />Construction is to begin within the next couple weeks on the 150 Bridge. Notices will be sent out lake wide when the project officially begins, but be aware that traffic patterns will change as the construction company shuts down sections beneath the bridge.<br /><br /><br /><strong>Forecast Courtesy of Steve Udelson</strong><br /><br />After a couple of very stormy afternoons, things will calm down a bit. While there will still be a chance of late afternoon/early evening t-storms, storm chances are limited to 30%. Afternoon highs both days reach the mid to upper 80s with partly sunny skies. Lake water temps are in the low 80s.<br />Forecast courtesy of Steve Udelson, Chief Meteorologist from WSOC-TV and Morningstar Boater.<br />&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Fathers-Day-Tube-Rentals-468 Father’s Day Weekend http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Fathers-Day-Weekend-467 <p><strong>Happy Father’s Day!</strong><br />&nbsp;<br />Gwynn’s Island Boaters,</p> <p>“Best advice my Dad ever gave me- ‘Don’t waste time worrying about the small things, you will miss out on the best things.’” - Unknown<br />We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Father’s Day from all us here at Gwynn’s Island!<br />To celebrate our amazing Dads, this week we will be serving pork bbq with slaw. The food will be ready after 10:00am and will be served until 4:00pm for your convenience.</p> <p>Tina Minor, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Gwynn’s Island<br />804-725-9343<br /><br /><strong>I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!</strong><br />We are now selling ice cream. Be sure to stop by the office to get a drumstick or ice sandwich after a hot day on the water.<br /><br /><strong>Safety Reminder</strong><br />Just a safety reminder, please don&rsquo;t walk through the barns without an employee present. We don&rsquo;t want anyone to get in the way of the forklift, and we also want to make sure no one is getting on any boats that don&rsquo;t belong to them. This will keep both you and your boat safe and happy!<br /><br /><strong>Perfect Boating Weather</strong><br />This week’s weather looks like the storms will be ending in time for the weekend. It’ll be in the lower 80’s and sunny here. It will be the perfect time to grab your dad and head out to the marina to enjoy some sunshine and boating!<br /><br /><br /><br /></p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Fathers-Day-Weekend-467 Father’s Day http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Fathers-Day-466 <p>Mayport Boaters,</p> <p>We would like to take the opportunity to wish all of our dads out there a Happy Father’s Day this Sunday. And to show our gratitude for all you do, we are giving one 10 pound bag of ice to every father for FREE. We wish you only the best, and thank you for the years of relentless fishing “tips”!</p> <p><br />Logan Moore, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Mayport<br />904-246-8929<br /><br /></p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Fathers-Day-466 The Summer is Here to Stay http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/The-Summer-is-Here-to-Stay-465 <strong>Longer Days of Summer Haze</strong><br />We’ve extended our hours for the season! We will open at 7:00AM every day, closing at 6:00PM Monday through Friday, and 7:00PM Saturday and Sunday. By far our favorite time of the year!<br /><br /><strong>Boats that Bling</strong><br />Just a reminder that we offer detailing services! From a basic wash for $45, to a full detail starting at $15/ ft, we’ve got the elbow grease to leave your vessel looking vivacious.<br /><br /><strong>Favorable for Floridians</strong><br />Ready for some great news?! All the major forecast centers are predicting below-average hurricane activity for 2014! There are, however, many contributing factors to this prediction. And we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves without taking a few things into consideration. For example, the formation and development of hurricanes is highly dependent on the available energy in the upper layers of the ocean; hence why sea surface temperatures are often used as a proxy for available energy as a major factor in determining seasonal activity. Although this year the waters of the Caribbean are slightly warmer than usual, (vacation, anyone?) waters over the breeding ground of the most intense hurricanes are slightly cooler than normal. Given the inertia of the oceans, it’s likely that these cooler waters will persist throughout the hurricane season and suppress intense hurricane development. These cooler than average sea surface temperatures and the high likelihood of El Nino conditions emerging in late summer and autumn leads to a consensus view of a relatively quiet 2014 season overall. Cheers!<br /><br /><strong>Showers &amp; Sunshine</strong><br /><br /><strong>Saturday</strong><br />Saturday brings southwest winds 10 to 15 knots becoming southeast 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Inland waters a light chop. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. High of 89 degrees Fahrenheit and a 40% chance of rain.<br /><br />Tides:<br />3:48AM - Low<br />10:15AM - High<br />3:46PM - Low<br />10:44PM - High<br /><br /><strong>Sunday</strong><br />Sunday brings south winds at 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Inland waters a light chop. And yet again, scattered showers and thunderstorms. High of 87 degrees Fahrenheit and 40% chance of rain. Typical Florida!<br /><br />Tides:<br />4:39AM - Low<br />11:10AM - High<br />4:40PM - Low<br />11:36PM &ndash; High<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/The-Summer-is-Here-to-Stay-465 Father’s Day Fun! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Fathers-Day-Fun-464 <p>Sunday, June 15th 3-6PM</p> <p>Enjoy live music by Hi-Lo Duo around the pool and treat your Dad, Grandpa or favorite Uncle like a &ldquo;king&rdquo; with free hot dogs and a special free gift! Dads can also select their favorite gift including a floatie key chain, stadium cup or frisbee. Challenge Dad to a corn hole match and treat him to a fun afternoon at RHYC.</p> <p>Christine Rosow, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Reserve Harbor<br />Marina: 843-235-8262 Club: 843-235-6949<br /><br /></p> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Fathers-Day-Fun-464 New Menu Launch http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/New-Menu-Launch-463 <p>At RHYC we love our members, and we have listened to your suggestions. Look for our new RHYC menu set to launch on Saturday, June 7th. Enjoy our new assortment of mouth-watering selections for every palate!</p> <p>Christine Rosow, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Reserve Harbor<br />Marina: 843-235-8262 Club: 843-235-6949<br /><br /></p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/New-Menu-Launch-463 Exciting Summer Season http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Exciting-Summer-Season-461 <p><strong>June Marina Specials</strong><br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Enjoy $10.00 off any boat wash during the month of June.<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Stop by the RHYC Ship’s Store on Father&rsquo;s Day, June 15th, and receive a free gift for all the Dads.<br /><br /><strong>Busy Summer Season at the Marina</strong><br />We all enjoy the beautiful summer boating season at RHYC. Here are a few tips to ensure that a fun time is had by all:<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Be certain that your boat has ample lines and fenders, and that they are easily accessible for safe docking in our harbor. Our marina team cannot be responsible for boats without proper equipment onboard.<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Our harbor is beautiful yet small with limited launch slips, so if unused boats are occupying courtesy slips on busy days, they will be put away in the dry storage building.<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Please use the call-ahead concierge service no sooner than two hours prior to your anticipated arrival at RHYC to use your boat and depart the harbor.<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;On summer weekends and holidays with a high volume of dry storage launches, we may need to suspend the call-ahead service and go to a first come, first served format for our boaters.<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;During busy weekends and holidays, we will be unable to accommodate requests from our dry storage boaters for overnight wet slip dockage in the harbor due to the limited availability of courtesy slips.<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;When you call for your boat launch, please provide us with your &ldquo;end-of-day boating plans.&rdquo; Just let the marina staff know your ETA back at RHYC and if you are heading back out in the evening or the next morning. This way we can return your boat safely to your dry slip and open up &ldquo;courtesy slips&rdquo; in our beautiful little harbor for our late arrivals.<br />We appreciate all of our RHYC boaters, and these tips will ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone. We look forward to seeing you out on the water!<br /><br /><strong>Bimini Tops</strong><br />Just a friendly reminder to our boat owners who have dry slips requiring the putting-up and taking-down of bimini tops: It is the boat owner&rsquo;s responsibility to put down the bimini top and secure it firmly and properly prior to the boat&rsquo;s return to dry storage. The marina team exercises every precaution and uses the utmost care in handling our members&rsquo; boats during movements to and from the dry storage building, and cannot be responsible for any damage to bimini tops/framework which have not been properly secured by the boat owner. Thank you allowing us to provide a great day of boating at RHYC!<br /><br /><strong>Father’s Day Fun</strong><br />Sunday, June 15th 3-6PM<br />Enjoy live music by Hi-Lo Duo around the pool and treat your Dad, Grandpa or favorite Uncle like a &ldquo;king&rdquo; with free hot dogs and a special free gift! Dads can also select their favorite gift including a floatie key chain, stadium cup or frisbee. Challenge Dad to a corn hole match and treat him to a fun afternoon at RHYC.<br /><br /><strong>Adult Swim</strong><br />Friday, July 18th 7-10 PM<br />Come on down to the RHYC pool and enjoy a fun night out with DJ Tall Paul at the microphone. Enjoy dance and party tunes, and live karaoke. Make a request so you can sing along with your favorite tune. No RSVP needed to show off your musical talents with the live karaoke and be cheered on by fellow members. Adult Swim promises to be a night of great party fun and entertainment with appetizer and tropical drink specials including: Goombay Smash, Mojito, Cuba Libre, Rum Runner and Bahama Mama.<br /><br /><strong>Independence Day Pool Party &amp; Buffet </strong><br />Sunday, July 6th 3-7PM<br />Come out and celebrate our American independence while you dance to the tunes of Party Favor Band. From 5-7PM enjoy grilled pork loin with roasted pineapple, Hawaiian-style BBQ chicken, roasted corn on the cob, sweet potato wedges, tossed garden salad and tomato watermelon salad. Dinner will be finished off with a warm peach cobbler and refreshing vanilla bean ice cream. Cost is $15.95 for adults and $7.95 for kids 10 and under. Reservations required by Thursday, July 3rd by calling the Club at 843-235-6949.<br /><br /><strong>New Menu</strong><br />At RHYC we love our members, and we have listened to your suggestions. Look for our new RHYC menu set to launch on Saturday, June 7th. Enjoy our new assortment of mouth-watering selections for every palate!<br /><br /><strong>Hours of Operation</strong><br /><br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<strong>Clubhouse:</strong> Open Daily 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM for your poolside dining fun!<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<strong>Marina &amp; Ship&rsquo;s Store:</strong> Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Friday-Sunday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>&nbsp;Pool:</strong> Open Daily 9:00 AM - Dusk<br /><br /><strong>NOTE:</strong> The Clubhouse will close at 3:00 PM on Friday, June 6th.<br /><br /><br /><br /></p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Exciting-Summer-Season-461 Summer Events & Enter to Win $50 in Fuel http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Summer-Events-Enter-to-Win-50-in-Fuel-460 <p>Eaton Ferry Boaters,</p> <p>Summer is now in full swing, and we have some very exciting events coming up in and around the marina. The weather is supposed to be near perfect again this weekend. We hope to see you out on the water!<br />&nbsp;<br />Adam Keisler, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Eaton Ferry<br />252-586-4661<br /><br /><br /><strong>It Pays to Use Your Boat </strong><br />You heard that right! This weekend it could pay to use your boat.&nbsp; Every boat launched Friday-Sunday will be entered into a drawing for $50 in free fuel from the Morningstar fuel dock. The more times you use your boat, the more times you&rsquo;ll be entered into the drawing.<br /><br /><strong>Intellicast Weekend Forecast</strong><br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Friday, June 6th: Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 80s and lows in the low 60s. 10% chance of precipitation.<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Saturday, June 7th: More sun than clouds. Highs in the mid 80s and lows in the low 60s. 10% chance of precipitation.<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Sunday, June 8th: Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the mid 80s and lows in the low 60s. 10% chance of precipitation.<br /><br /><br /><strong>The Pointe Summer Sunday Concert Series</strong><br />Starting Sunday, June 8th, The Pointe will have live music on the beach from 2:00-6:00pm every other Sunday. Here&rsquo;s the band lineup:<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Sunday, June 8th &ndash; The Embers<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Sunday, June 21st &ndash; Carolina Soul Band<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Sunday, July 6th &ndash; Steve Owens and the Summertime Band<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Sunday, July 20th &ndash; Jim Quick and Coastline Band<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Sunday, August 3rd &ndash; Holiday Band<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Sunday, August 17th &ndash; Fantastic Shakers<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Sunday, August 31st &ndash; Blue Monday/The Entertainers<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Sunday, September 14th &ndash; The Castaways<br /><br />They will also have live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Join us at The Pointe for some great music! For more information, visit their website: thepointelakegaston.com.<br /><br /><strong>2014 Lake Gaston Big Air Fair</strong><br />The year&rsquo;s event is going to be huge! Team Centurion boats will join team AF Wake to show what is possible behind a boat. There will be boats on display and vendors on-site with the latest in water sports gear. We will have scheduled coaching sessions with professional riders, a Centurion team autograph session, and a special party following the event. Come learn what all the excitement is about and connect with other riders in your area!<br /><br /><strong>July 4th Fireworks Celebration</strong><br />The Lake Gaston Annual Fireworks Display is scheduled for Saturday, July 6th (with a rain date of July 7th) at dark, at Eaton Ferry Bridge. It&rsquo;s an event that draws boats from both east and west of the bridge by the hundreds. And depending on your preference for the best spot, you may want to leave home early enough to be positioned up by the bridge. It&rsquo;s definitely an experience to watch the fireworks from your boat and to see the amount of boats that turn out for the event. Don’t miss it!<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></p> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Summer-Events-Enter-to-Win-50-in-Fuel-460 New Marina Improvements & National Marina Day http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/New-Marina-Improvements-National-Marina-Day-459 <p>Sandusky Harbor Boaters,<br /><br />June in Ohio means graduations, weddings and marina events. Best of all, people are actually using their boats now!<br />You’ll notice new paint, a new blacktop, and new Wi-Fi next time you visit the marina. We apologize for any inconveniences these projects may have caused our customers, but we are certain you will enjoy the clean, fresh appearance and amenities once they are complete and in service.</p> <p>Jerry Parsons, General Manager<br />Sandusky Harbor Marina<br />800-877-3625<br /><br /><br /><strong>East Parking Lot Closed Sunday Evening to Friday</strong><br />The company completing the blacktopping of the parking lots will start in the east parking lot (that&rsquo;s the Pier D, E and F side) on Monday, June 9th. We are closing that parking lot starting Sunday evening, June 8th. It will remain unusable until Friday, June 13th. Please use the west parking lot for the duration of this project. Thank you for your patience during this process.<br /><br /><br /><strong>National Marina Day Reminder</strong><br />We’re finalizing our plans for National Marina Day on June 14th! Our shopping list includes root beer float supplies among other things. This is always a fun and busy day, and we hope you will plan to attend!<br /><br /><br /><strong>Marina Stickers</strong><br />If you have not yet picked up your stickers, be sure to stop in the front office. It only takes a minute or two, and we really appreciate your cooperation with the program.<br /><br /><strong>Women on Water Event</strong><br />Harbor Bay Yacht Club and Sandusky Harbor are conducting a “Women on Water” event on June 20th. This event is sure to please the ladies with boat handling and docking tips and fun! Reservations are required by June 15th. This is a good time and a great way to refine your boating skills. We encourage you to sign up and take advantage of this experience.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></p> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/New-Marina-Improvements-National-Marina-Day-459 T-Shirt Sale & Friendly Reminders http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/T-Shirt-Sale-Friendly-Reminders-458 <p>Bahia Bleu Boaters,</p> <p>Hope you are all having a great week. This weekend we&rsquo;ll be offering 20% off all t-shirts at the marina. Be sure to stop by and get styled for a great boating weekend!</p> <p>We’re expecting partly cloudy skies with a 30% chance of thunderstorms this weekend. That means we have a 70% chance of great boating weather&hellip;we like the odds! Be safe on the water and enjoy these cooler temperatures while they last. See you all around the marina.</p> <p>Ron Thomas, General Manager<br />Rory Jose, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Bahia Bleu<br />912-354-2283<br /><br /><strong>Summer Hours</strong><br />Don’t forget, our hours have changed for the summer to provide you with even more time on the lake! Our summer hours:</p> <p><br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 6:00pm<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Saturday-Sunday, 8:00am to 7:00pm<br /><br /><strong>Friendly Reminders</strong><br />Just a few friendly reminders for the summer:<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The forklift will shut down 15 minutes prior to closing daily.<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Remember to be courteous on the wash racks. In order to allow all of our members access to the wash racks, please do leave your boat on the racks for an extended period of time without notifying the marina. We also ask that no major maintenance be conducted on the weekends.<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Please try and pay for your Ship’s Store items when you’re in the store. Unfortunately, we will no longer be able to charge your credit cards for small items.<br /><br /><br /><br /></p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/T-Shirt-Sale-Friendly-Reminders-458 Peninsula Yacht Club Comes to Skipper’s http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Peninsula-Yacht-Club-Comes-to-Skippers-457 <p>Skipper’s Landing Boaters,<br /><br />The Peninsula Yacht Club is catering a lunch for us this Saturday, June 7th from 12:00-2:00pm. They will be providing hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, potato salad, baked beans and apple pie. Bring your appetite. We hope to see you here!</p> <p>Jamie Seaman, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Skipper’s Landing<br />704-528-3328<br /><br /><br /><strong>Marina Summer Hours</strong><br />A reminder that our marina summer hours are now in effect. We are open Monday-Thursday 9:00am to 6:00pm and Friday-Sunday 9:00am to 7:00pm.<br /><br /><strong>Father’s Day Cookout</strong><br />Treat Dad right this year by taking him out on the lake for a great day of boating and fun! To celebrate our amazing fathers here at the marina, we are having a Father’s Day Cookout on Sunday, June 15th from 11:30am-2:00pm. We hope to see you here<br /><br /><strong>Forecast Courtesy of Steve Udelson</strong><br />Early summer is here, both on the calendar and in our weather pattern. We’ll see partly sunny skies both days with just a slight chance of late day thunderstorms. Rain chances are about 20% on Saturday and 30% on Sunday; not enough to cancel plans but you will need to keep an eye to the sky. Winds will blow from the east/southeast at 5-10 mph both days. Lake water temperatures have warmed to the low 80s. Enjoy!<br />Forecast courtesy of Steve Udelson, Chief Meteorologist from WSOC-TV and Morningstar Boater.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></p> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Peninsula-Yacht-Club-Comes-to-Skippers-457 Boat Safety Class & Free Ice Cream this Weekend http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Boat-Safety-Class-Free-Ice-Cream-this-Weekend-456 Golden Isles Boaters,<br /><br />I hope everyone has been enjoying this beautiful weather we have had throughout the past week. As a reminder, Saturday is the Coast Guard Auxiliary Safe Boating Class. If you haven’t signed up yet, please read the information below as there is still time to join in on this outstanding program.<br /><br />In an effort to help keep everyone cool this weekend, we would like to offer one complimentary ice cream cone per person. Please stop by the Dock Office for your ice cream cone this Saturday, June7th or Sunday, June 8th.<br /><br />Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable weekend on the water.<br /><br />Chris Ferguson, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Golden Isles<br />912-634-1128<br /><br /><br /><strong>Coast Guard Auxiliary Safe Boating Class This Saturday</strong><br />Starting July 1st, anyone 16 years of age or younger will be required to have completed a USCG (United States Coast Guard) Safe Boating Class in order to be legal when operating a vessel. To assist our customers in becoming compliant with this new law, Morningstar along with McGinty Gordon &amp; Associates will be sponsoring a USCG Safe Boating Course this Saturday, June 7th from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Lunch will be provided by the Coastal Kitchen. This course is for ages 12 and up at a cost of $30.00 per person. (All materials, books and lunch will be provided.) Please visit cgauxssi.us for more information.<br /><br /><br /><strong>Coast Guard Auxiliary Free Vessel Inspection</strong><br />As a reminder, if you haven’t received your complimentary United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGA) vessel inspection this year, please contact the marina business office at 912-634-1128. We will be more than happy to arrange an inspection on your behalf. It is always a good idea to have your vessel inspected each year. Any deficiencies noted by the USCGA allow you the opportunity to address those deficiencies prior to your next trip out on the water. This is a complimentary inspection which allows you to be fully compliant if and when the United States Coast Guard stops you on the water. Enjoy the comfort of knowing everything is in order and no fines will be levied.<br /><br /><br /><strong>New Gate &amp; Bathroom Codes</strong><br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Gate: 4650<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Women’s Bathhouse: 245<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Men’s Bathhouse: 542<br /><br /><br /><strong>Fish Cleaning Stations</strong><br />In an effort to keep our fish cleaning stations clean and presentable for all of our customers, please take a minute post use to hose off your area. This will ensure your fellow boaters are able to enjoy this amenity in a clean and presentable manner. We ask that our anglers please perforate your fish carcass stomachs and eyes prior to tossing them into the water. This helps to avoid floating carcasses at the marina the next day. Your assistance with this matter is greatly appreciated.<br /><br /><strong>Swimming Pool</strong><br />The Morningstar swimming pool is open for all of our customers to enjoy! In an effort to maintain the exclusive use of this amenity for our Morningstar customers, their families and friends, it will be imperative that at least one person in your party has a Morningstar wristband when using the pool area. Complimentary wristbands can be obtained from the Business Office located in Unit #206.<br /><br /><strong>Referral Program</strong><br />The Refer a Friend program continues to be alive and well with a number of you having already capitalized on this offer in 2014. Remember, if you refer a friend who signs an annual lease agreement, you will receive a $125 dockage credit for the first referral, $250 for the second referral, and $500 for the third referral yielding up to $875 in annual dockage credits. Bring all your friends and allow us to make your 2014 boating/fishing season that much more affordable and enjoyable.<br /><br /><strong>Remember the 80% Rule</strong><br />To make sure all vessels are stored safely in our dry storage area, we ask that everyone adhere to the 80% rule: never fill your vessel beyond 80% capacity before having it put back in its bunk. Gasoline is subject to expansion. If you fill your vessel completely full prior to going back in the dry storage racks, you run the risk of having the fuel expand and overflow onto vessels located below yours in the rack area. Fuel overflow cleanup and vessel repair will be at the offending vessel owner’s expense. The best way to avoid this issue is to fuel your vessel after it has been launched, not prior to its return. If you have to put fuel in the boat prior to its return, please be mindful of the 80% rule.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Boat-Safety-Class-Free-Ice-Cream-this-Weekend-456 Boat Waxing & Free Daiwa Fishing Pole Drawing http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Boat-Waxing-Free-Daiwa-Fishing-Pole-Drawing-455 &nbsp;<br />Gwynn’s Island Boaters,<br /><br />Don’t waste any fishing time stopping by the store on your way to the marina. We have everything you need including snacks, fishing supplies, bait, ice, safety gear and specialty oils. We also have our ABC license and stock cold beer. We can even complete your boat fishing license in minutes while you shop around the Ship’s Store.<br />New to the store are donuts and snacks. We now carry Sara Lee and Entenmann’s donuts for the early morning hunger or if you’re staying in our apartment and need breakfast.<br /><br />Tina Minor, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Gwynn’s Island<br />804-725-9343<br /><br /><br /><strong>Boat Waxing</strong><br />Your boat is an important investment, so don’t forget to show it a little TLC. We can wax it for you and bring it back to that showroom floor look you first fell in love with. This picture is a prime example of the start of a badly oxidized hull side before and after. It takes a lot of muscle and time, so why not let us do it for you? Call the marina at 804-725-9343 to schedule your service.<br /><br /><strong>Bridge Opening Scheduled for this Weekend</strong><br />We have good news for those of you traveling on and off the island. The bridge is scheduled to be open this weekend. No more bridge work or stop lights! (If all goes according to plan.)<br /><br /><strong>Enter to Win a Free Daiwa Fishing Rod</strong><br />Everyone who visits the marina this weekend will be entered into a drawing for a free Daiwa fishing rod! All you have to do is stop in and say hello to Tina or Kat, and we will put your name in the drawing which will be held on Sunday evening. You do not have to be present to win.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Boat-Waxing-Free-Daiwa-Fishing-Pole-Drawing-455 Vessel Safety Checks & Referal Rewards! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Vessel-Safety-Checks-Referal-Rewards-453 <p><br />Mayport Boaters,<br /><br />Just a reminder that the US Coast Guard Auxiliary will be performing free vessel safety checks at the marina this Saturday, June 7th and Sunday, June 8th. Simply give us a call at least 45 minutes prior to your arrival, and we will have your boat put on a work rack for the inspection to be completed.<br /><br />Logan Moore, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Mayport<br />904-246-8929<br /><br /><br /><strong>Aye Aye Captain!</strong><br />It pays to be a member of Morningstar. We have partnered with Captain Russo of the Maritime License Training Center and will be offering a 75% discount on a 6-Pack Captains course that will start July 25th and go through August 3rd for Morningstar members.<br /><br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Class is limited to 10 people, so be sure to sign up soon.<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Participants must register through the marina.<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Everything you need will be supplied.<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;This 10-day course will be held from 5:30&ndash;8:30pm daily.<br /><br />Please feel free to contact the marina office at 904-270-9976 with any questions you may have.<br /><br /><strong>Referral Rewards</strong><br />We are rewarding our members with $125 for each referred friend that signs an annual lease with us. You can earn up to 7 referrals. That’s $875 of FUN money with your name on it!<br /><br /><strong>Sparkling on the Seas</strong><br />Don’t forget that we offer detail services! From a basic wash to a full detail, we’re here to make your ship shine. We provide a wide range of services to ensure your boat stays clean and in top condition. Call us at 904-246-8929 for more information or a complete list of our services.<br /><br /><strong>A Warm &amp; Wet Weekend Approaches</strong><br /><br /><strong>Saturday</strong><br />Saturday brings 10 knots of west winds becoming southeast in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Inland waters mostly smooth. Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High of 90, and 40% chance of the wet stuff.<br /><br />Tides:<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;3:55AM &ndash; High<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;9:57AM &ndash; Low<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;4:41PM &ndash; High<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;10:44PM &ndash; Low<br /><br /><strong>Sunday</strong><br />Sunday will be blowing west, winds 10 knots becoming northeast in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Inland waters a light chop. Scattered showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High of 88 with a 30% chance of rain. Fingers crossed that it holds off!<br /><br />Tides:<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;4:51AM &ndash; High<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;10:44AM &ndash; Low<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;5:35PM &ndash; High<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;11:38PM &ndash; Low<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Vessel-Safety-Checks-Referal-Rewards-453 New Lunch & Wine Option + Anchoring Your Boat http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/New-Lunch-Wine-Option-Anchoring-Your-Boat-452 <p>Kings Point Boaters,<br /><br />I am sure you are all looking forward to another great boating weekend ahead. We are here to serve you!<br />Our Ship’s Store now stocks deli sandwich combos for your day out on the water! The combo includes a sandwich or wrap, chips and a bottled water for $7.75. You can also purchase the sandwich only for $6.50. We will have wrap and sandwich combos available on the weekends throughout the summer while supplies last. If you have a large group, please have your orders in by Wednesday each week. We will deliver your order right to your boat on the weekend.<br />As always, we appreciate your business!<br /><br />Chris Higgs, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Kings Point<br />704-892-3223<br /><br /><br /><strong>Ship’s Store Delivery Service</strong><br />Wet slip customers this is for you….we will be offering an ice, water and Ship’s Store delivery service for all your needs. Please call our hailing channel 71, and we will have the goods delivered to your boat. No cash? No check? No problem! We can process your card on file. The option is yours!<br /><br /><strong>Wine for Sale this Weekend!</strong><br />Just when you thought the weekend couldn’t get any better…we will also be offering wine at the marina this weekend! We will have Merlot, Pinot and Chardonnay available. Prices per glass will be:<br /><br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Merlot $4.00<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Pinot $2.75<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Chardonnay $2.00<br /><br /><br /><strong>Small Boat Anchoring</strong><br />Check out this great article (written by Tim Murphy) that was found in the April/May 2014 Boat U.S. Magazine for five simple steps to reliable anchor sets on small boats:<br />Many boaters &mdash; whether fishing, swimming, or socializing aboard &mdash; spend their best hours anchored rather than underway. With that in mind, let’s look at ways to keep your time at anchor comfortable and safe. The photos that follow illustrate tips for anchoring small boats for short periods of time; as the size and displacement of the boat increase, you’ll need heavier ground tackle and different techniques to manage it.<br /><br /><strong>1. Find A Good Spot</strong><br />A good anchorage offers protection from wind and waves, swinging room, and a quality bottom. Choosing an anchorage that’s protected from waves is the best insurance against dragging, as the loads from a pitching bow increase the likelihood of dragging an anchor. Consider the radius of your anchor rode, plus boat length, when you calculate your swinging circle, allowing for changes in wind or current direction, and water depth due to tides. Make sure there are no boats, shoals, rocks, or other objects in that circle. Finally, make sure your anchor works for the particular bottom; the lightweight fluke-style anchor shown here works best in sand or mud; it wouldn’t work well on a grassy, rocky, or hard-clay bottom.<br /><br /><strong>2. Prepare For Anchoring</strong><br />Before the anchor goes over the bow, make sure you have plenty of rode and that it’s free of tangles and ready to run. Anchor rode where length is marked ahead of time helps you determine how much to put out. A length of chain helps weigh the rode down at the anchor for better holding. When you’re ready to set, the boat should be motionless, or drifting very slowly astern. Any forward motion will knock the anchor against the boat’s stem. This is especially true on boats with a plumb (vertical) bow.<br /><br /><strong>3. Drop The Hook</strong><br />Pick a spot to drop anchor, keeping in mind where you want the boat to end up and that the anchor will drag a short distance before it sets. As the boat drifts back, lower the anchor slowly to the bottom, then gently pay out the rode. This will prevent the chain from piling up in a heap. If the anchor and rode all pay out in one line, free of tangles, everything should be ready to set it securely in the bottom. Take a turn around a cleat and snub it off every now and then to let the tackle straighten out.<br /><br /><strong>4. Pay Out The Proper Scope</strong><br />Your anchor holds best when the load on it is horizontal, not vertical, so you’ll have to let out enough scope to accomplish that. First, add the depth of the water to the height of the bow above the waterline. Now, multiply that total by 5 (for a 5-to-1 scope), and pay out that amount of rode for a “lunch hook” when you’ll be aboard in calm conditions. If it’s windy, or you might go ashore for a bit, pay out at least a 7-to-1 scope.<br /><br />If you’re anchoring in water 10 feet deep and your bow is 5 feet above the waterline, water depth + bow height = 15 feet, which means that for a lunch hook you should put out 75 feet of rode (15 feet x 5).<br /><br />For an overnight stop, put out 105 feet (15 feet x 7). When you calculate scope, don’t include the chain at the anchor end of the rode unless there’s more than 6 feet or so; the chain’s job is simply to weigh down the anchor.<br /><br /><strong>5. Set the Hook</strong><br />Once you’ve let out ample scope, let the boat settle back on the anchor to straighten out the rode. A gentle breeze or a mild current may be sufficient for this step. If it’s absolutely still, use the engine with just a touch of reverse. Pause and take a good look around, especially abeam; note your position relative to other fixed objects.<br />Now put the engine in SLOW reverse. You can expect to move slightly astern as the anchor and rode set themselves and stretch out. Soon, though, the boat should settle in a fixed position. (If at this stage the boat is still moving astern, your anchor may be dragging; pick it up and drop it again.) If the boat’s position is fixed, you should see prop wash near the stern, and your anchor rode should be straight and taut.<br /><br />To thoroughly set the anchor, with the engine still in reverse, increase the rpm. If the boat stays put, you can rest (relatively) easy, knowing you’re hooked. Check your swinging room again, assuming that the wind or current might come from any direction. Have some fun.<br /><br />When it comes time to move on, you’ll need to apply a vertical load to your anchor rode to break the anchor free. This means moving gently forward with the engine, and if you don’t have a windlass, gathering aboard as much rode as you can by hand.<br /><br />Beware to keep the rode out of the propeller and rudder, and communicate the position of the rode with the person on the helm if visibility is blocked. Once the rode is directly below the bow of the boat, take a turn on a cleat. Then, signal the helmsperson to put the engine in SLOW forward. The anchor should break free; if it doesn’t, apply a little more throttle.<br /><br />Once the anchor is free, go back into neutral. Bring the anchor and rode aboard, taking care not to damage the hull, and rinse off any mud. Coil and stow the rode, and you’re ready for your next anchorage.<br /><br />*Be sure to click on the link to this article for a few extra tricks/tips along with some great photos to demonstrate this important process.<br /><br /><br /><strong>Forecast Courtesy of Steve Udelson</strong><br />Early summer is here, both on the calendar and in our weather pattern. We’ll see partly sunny skies both days with just a slight chance of late day thunderstorms. Rain chances are about 20% on Saturday and 30% on Sunday; not enough to cancel plans but you will need to keep an eye to the sky. Winds will blow from the east/southeast at 5-10 mph both days. Lake water temperatures have warmed to the low 80s. Enjoy!<br />Forecast courtesy of Steve Udelson, Chief Meteorologist from WSOC-TV and Morningstar Boater.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/New-Lunch-Wine-Option-Anchoring-Your-Boat-452 June Newsletter http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/June-Newsletter-445 <p><strong>June Marina Specials</strong></p> <ul> <li>Enjoy $10.00 off any boat wash during the month of June.</li> <li>Stop by the RHYC Ship’s Store on Father&rsquo;s Day, June 15th, and receive a free gift for all the Dads.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Busy Summer Season at the Marina </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />We all enjoy the beautiful summer boating season at RHYC. Here are a few tips to ensure that a fun time is had by all:</p> <ul> <li>Be certain that your boat has ample lines and fenders, and that they are easily accessible for safe docking in our harbor. Our marina team cannot be responsible for boats without proper equipment onboard.</li> <li>Our harbor is beautiful yet small with limited launch slips, so if unused boats are occupying courtesy slips on busy days, they will be put away in the dry storage building.</li> <li>Please use the call-ahead concierge service no sooner than two hours prior to your anticipated arrival at RHYC to use your boat and depart the harbor.</li> <li>On summer weekends and holidays with a high volume of dry storage launches, we may need to suspend the call-ahead service and go to a first come, first served format for our boaters.</li> <li>During busy weekends and holidays, we will be unable to accommodate requests from our dry storage boaters for overnight wet slip dockage in the harbor due to the limited availability of courtesy slips.</li> <li>When you call for your boat launch, please provide us with your &ldquo;end-of-day boating plans.&rdquo; Just let the marina staff know your ETA back at RHYC and if you are heading back out in the evening or the next morning. This way we can return your boat safely to your dry slip and open up &ldquo;courtesy slips&rdquo; in our beautiful little harbor for our late arrivals.</li> </ul> <p>We appreciate all of our RHYC boaters, and these tips will ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone. We look forward to seeing you out on the water!<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Bimini Tops </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />Just a friendly reminder to our boat owners who have dry slips requiring the putting-up and taking-down of bimini tops: It is the boat owner&rsquo;s responsibility to put down the bimini top and secure it firmly and properly prior to the boat&rsquo;s return to dry storage. The marina team exercises every precaution and uses the utmost care in handling our members&rsquo; boats during movements to and from the dry storage building, and cannot be responsible for any damage to bimini tops/framework which have not been properly secured by the boat owner. Thank you allowing us to provide a great day of boating at RHYC!<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Father’s Day Fun </strong><br />Sunday, June 15th 3-6PM</p> <p>Enjoy live music by Hi-Lo Duo around the pool and treat your Dad, Grandpa or favorite Uncle like a &ldquo;king&rdquo; with free hot dogs and a special free gift! Dads can also select their favorite gift including a floatie key chain, stadium cup or frisbee. Challenge Dad to a corn hole match and treat him to a fun afternoon at RHYC.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Adult Swim </strong><br />Friday, July 18th 7-10 PM</p> <p>Come on down to the RHYC pool and enjoy a fun night out with DJ Tall Paul at the microphone. Enjoy dance and party tunes, and live karaoke. Make a request so you can sing along with your favorite tune. No RSVP needed to show off your musical talents with the live karaoke and be cheered on by fellow members. Adult Swim promises to be a night of great party fun and entertainment with appetizer and tropical drink specials including: Goombay Smash, Mojito, Cuba Libre, Rum Runner and Bahama Mama.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Independence Day Pool Party &amp; Buffet </strong><br />Sunday, July 6th 3-7PM</p> <p>Come out and celebrate our American independence while you dance to the tunes of Party Favor Band. From 5-7PM enjoy grilled pork loin with roasted pineapple, Hawaiian-style BBQ chicken, roasted corn on the cob, sweet potato wedges, tossed garden salad and tomato watermelon salad. Dinner will be finished off with a warm peach cobbler and refreshing vanilla bean ice cream. Cost is $15.95 for adults and $7.95 for kids 10 and under. Reservations required by Thursday, July 3rd by calling the Club at 843-235-6949.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>New Menu </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />At RHYC we love our members, and we have listened to your suggestions. Look for our new RHYC menu set to launch on Saturday, June 7th. Enjoy our new assortment of mouth-watering selections for every palate!<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Hours of Operation</strong></p> <ul> <li>Clubhouse: Open Daily 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM for your poolside dining fun!</li> <li>Marina &amp; Ship&rsquo;s Store: Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Friday-Sunday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM</li> <li>Pool: Open Daily 9:00 AM - Dusk<br />&bull;The Clubhouse will close at 3:00 PM on Friday, June 6th.</li> </ul> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/June-Newsletter-445 Yard Sale & Upcoming Cookout http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Yard-Sale-Upcoming-Cookout-451 <br />Skipper’s Landing Boaters,<br /><br />Don’t forget! We are hosting a community yard sale at the marina on Saturday, May 31st. Please call the marina for more details.<br />We hope to see you all here!<br /><br />Jamie Seaman, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Skipper’s Landing<br />704-528-3328<br /><br /><br /><strong>Cookout Catered by Peninsula Yacht Club</strong><br />We are hosting a cookout at Skipper’s Landing on Saturday, June 7th from 12:00-2:00pm. Bring your appetite! Food will be provided by the Peninsula Yacht Club and is sure to impress. The menu includes hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, baked beans, chips and apple pie. We hope to see you here!<br /><br /><br /><strong>Marina Summer Hours</strong><br />Summer hours are now in effect! We are open Monday-Thursday 9:00am to 6:00pm and Friday-Sunday 9:00am to 7:00pm.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Yard-Sale-Upcoming-Cookout-451 New Sticker Program & Changing Launch Schedules http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/New-Sticker-Program-Changing-Launch-Schedules-450 <p>&nbsp;<br />Sandusky Harbor Boaters,<br /><br />The weather cooperated, and we had a great Memorial Day Weekend. It was sunny with vibrant blue skies, fluffy white clouds, and comfortable warm temperatures. An all together grand start to 2014 Ohio boating season! Our dock holders turned out in large numbers to pay their respects to those persons who have served our country in war and peace and bless this year’s fleet.<br />&nbsp;<br />Jerry Parsons, General Manager<br />Sandusky Harbor Marina<br />800-877-3625<br /><br /><br /><strong>New Sticker Program</strong><br />We’ve received a good response to our new “Sticker” program, but would like to get this completed in early June. If you haven’t already done so, please stop in the office and pick up your three stickers &ndash; one for your boat (apply port side) and two for two cars (apply driver’s side windshield). The three stickers are imprinted with the same unique number and we’re tracking the number in our system. This will assist us to identify customer’s property in case we need to contact you. It’s easy, it’s quick, there’s no cost, and it doesn’t impact your guests &ndash; we encourage you to pick up your stickers and take part in this new program.<br /><br /><strong>Changing Launch Schedules</strong><br />The week of May 26 our service department staff will resume a regular five day work week - no more Saturday launches until NEXT spring. That being said, we have had a full launch schedule this week. Please call Twila to discuss launches or call Chris if you need to discuss repairs or upgrades. Twila and Chris will work Monday &ndash; Saturday through the summer to be able to best meet your needs.<br /><br /><strong>National Marina Day</strong><br />The next scheduled marina event is National Marina Day which is Saturday, June 14. This exciting event will include:<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Power Squadron Boat Inspections at 12N<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Firelands Military Vehicles Group display all day<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Bouncy House inflatable play area near Fire Pit all day<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Chris Maguire seminar time and place to be determined<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Sea Scout Ship #368 serving root beer floats at 2:00PM North Pavilion<br />We hope to see you there!<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/New-Sticker-Program-Changing-Launch-Schedules-450 LKG Merchandise Sale & Members Reward Cards http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/LKG-Merchandise-Sale-Members-Reward-Cards-449 Eaton Ferry Boaters, <p><br />If you didn’t make it out on the lake over Memorial Day weekend, you missed a beautiful weather weekend. This weekend is slated to be just as beautiful. As a reminder, if you have not stopped by the office to pick up your new Morningstar Reward Card, they are available in the marina office.<br />We look forward to seeing you on the water this weekend!</p> <p><br />Adam Keisler<br />General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Eaton Ferry<br />252-586-4661<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><strong>Summer Hours</strong><br /><br />We are now in full swing and are open 7 days a week 8:30am-6:00pm.<br />The fuel dock will also now be open until 8:00pm on Friday and Saturday evenings.<br /><br /><strong>LKG Merchandise Sale!</strong><br />Be sure to stop by the ship store this weekend and check out our new line of LKG merchandise. We have Tervis Tumblers, Koozies, Shirts, Hats, Coffee Mugs, license plates, stickers, and many more LKG Items. This weekend, we will be offering a 10% discount on all LKG merchandise to all Morningstar Storage customers. Come in to the ship store and get your items to show your LKG pride!<br /><br /><br /><strong>Lake Clean-Up Day This Saturday</strong><br />Lake Clean-Up Day is Saturday, May 31st<br />This is a reminder that &ldquo;Take Pride in Lake Gaston&rdquo; Lake Clean-up Day is only a few days away. This is a lake-wide event sponsored by the Lake Gaston Association and will take place Saturday, May 31st from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine.<br /><br />The goal is to get our beautiful Lake Gaston ready for the summer season by picking up trash and debris from our shorelines and area roads. It&rsquo;s not too late to get in on the fun.<br /><br />Dumpsters are being provided courtesy of Waste Industries specifically for this event at Washburn&rsquo;s Marina, Morningstar Marina, and Holly Grove Marina. Volunteers will be on hand at these sites from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to assist you as necessary.<br /><br />Trash bags are available to individuals and groups at the Lake Gaston Regional Chamber office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and will also be available the day of the event at the manned sites.<br /><br />This great event gets great support from many organizations: The Lake Gaston Striper Club collects trash from several of the islands. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is on the water in case of emergency. Support is also provided by Dominion, the Lake Gaston Water Safety Council, the FABS and many subdivisions/Home Owners.<br />Each of our five county governments has signed resolutions in support of the event.<br /><br />If you haven&rsquo;t yet obligated to participate, it&rsquo;s not too late. Find out how by emailinglakecleanup@lakegastonassoc.com or calling (252) 578-6849 for more information.<br />The LGA asks that pictures are taken to show how much trash was collected in support of the Fourth Annual Lake Gaston Clean-Up Day. Email them to lakecleanup@lakegastonassoc.com<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/LKG-Merchandise-Sale-Members-Reward-Cards-449 Free Ice & Fork Life Naming Contest http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Free-Ice-Fork-Life-Naming-Contest-448 Bahia Bleu boaters, <p><br />Hope you all had a great Memorial Day. This weekend we’ll be offering a free 10lb bag of ice to all members. We’re expecting partly cloudy weather with a 30% chance of thunderstorms.<br />Capt. Jack’s fishing seminar was a great success. Throughout the year Jack and the marina will be putting on these seminars, so stay tuned for Jack’s next event.Hope to see you all around the marina and have a great weekend!</p> <p><br />Ron Thomas, General Manager<br />Rory Jose, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Bahia Bleu<br />912-354-2283<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><strong>Forklift Naming Contest Extended</strong><br />Several good names were submitted over the holiday, but we wanted to extend it another weekend. As before, we’ll be taking name suggestions for the new fork lift from you and your kids. Please submit names for the machine to Ron or Rory. The winning name will be put on the lift! We will also have a camera on hand for the kids to take their picture in front of the new machine. The pictures will be posted on the website for your viewing. So bring your kids to the marina to check out the lift and participate in this exciting contest!<br /><br /><br /><strong>Summer Hours</strong><br />Don’t forget, our hours have changed for the summer to provide you will even more time on the lake! We will be open:<br />Monday &ndash; Friday 8:00am to 6:00pm<br />Saturday - Sunday 8:00am to 7:00pm<br /><br /><strong>Friendly Reminders</strong><br />Just a few friendly reminders for the summer:<br />- The fork lift will shut down 15 minutes prior to closing.<br />- Remember to be courteous on the wash racks. In order to allow as many members access to the wash racks as possible, please do not let your boat sit there all day without notifying the marina. We also ask that no major maintenance is to be conducted on the weekends<br />- Please try and pay for your ship store items when you’re in the store. Unfortunately, we will no longer be able to charge your credit cards for small items.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Free-Ice-Fork-Life-Naming-Contest-448 Safe Boating Class & Fuel Special http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Safe-Boating-Class-Fuel-Special-447 <p><br />Golden Isles Boaters,<br /><br />I hope everyone had an enjoyable and safe holiday weekend. Although it was a holiday for most, I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of myself, my staff and the entire Morningstar Marinas organization to acknowledge our Military service men and women both past and present who have fought and continue to fight to protect our freedom. Freedom isn’t free, so next time you see one of our brave military personnel, please take a moment to thank them for protecting our freedom.<br />&nbsp;<br />Chris Ferguson, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Golden Isles<br />912-634-1128<br /><br /><br /><br /><strong>Coast Guard Auxiliary Safe Boating Class</strong><br />As of July 1st, anyone 16 years of age or younger will be required to have completed a USCG (United States Coast Guard) Safe Boating Class to be legal when operating a marine vessel. To assist our customers in becoming compliant with this new law, Morningstar along with McGinty Gordon &amp; Associates will be sponsoring a USCG Safe Boating Course on June 7th from 9:00am to 4:00pm. The course is for ages 12 and up at a cost of $30.00 per person. The cost includes a lunch provided by the Coastal Kitchen. All materials and books will be provided. Please visit cgauxssi.us/html/abs.html for more information.<br /><br /><strong>Coast Guard Auxiliary Free Vessel Inspection</strong><br />If you wish to receive a complimentary United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGA) vessel inspection, please contact the marina at 912-634-1128. We will be more than happy to arrange an inspection on your behalf. It is a good idea to have your vessel inspected each year. An inspection allows you the opportunity to address any deficiencies prior to your next trip out on the water. This is a complimentary inspection which allows you to be fully compliant if and when the Coast Guard stops you on the water. Enjoy the comfort of knowing everything is in order and no fines will be levied.<br /><br /><br /><strong>Gate &amp; Bathroom Codes (Effective June 1, 2014)</strong><br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Gate Code: 4650<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Women’s Bathhouse: 245<br />&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Men’s Bathhouse: 542<br /><br /><br /><strong>Swimming Pool</strong><br />The Morningstar swimming pool is open for all of our customers to enjoy. To maintain the exclusive use of this amenity for our Morningstar customers, their family and friends, please make sure at least one person in your party has a Morningstar wristband when visiting the pool. Complimentary wristbands can be obtained from the Business Office located in Unit #206.<br /><br /><br /><strong>$0.10 Per Gallon Off One Fuel Purchase</strong><br />In case you weren’t able to get out on your boat this past Memorial Day Weekend, I would like to offer $0.10 Per Gallon Off One Fuel Purchase Friday, May 30th-Sunday, June 1st. as an added incentive to get out on the water and enjoy all that waters surrounding St. Simons Island have to offer.<br />If there is anything we can do to make your boating experience more enjoyable, please do not hesitate to contact me personally. Have a wonderful and safe week on the water.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Safe-Boating-Class-Fuel-Special-447 Wall of Fame & New Hours http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Wall-of-Fame-New-Hours-446 <p>&nbsp;<br /><strong>Gwynn’s Island Boaters,</strong><br />Memorial Day Weekend brough a wonderful turn out here!! Mr. and Mrs. Nichols were a perfect example of some great boaters that took advantage of a relaxing weekend on their Rosborough Boat, “Edna Fay.” Thank you to everyone that popped in to say hello.<br />This weekend’s special is buy one get one free ice. The 10 pound bags are usually $2.52 each, but this Saturday and Sunday ice will be two for the price of one.</p> <p><br />Tina Minor, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Gwynn’s Island<br />804-725-9343<br /><br /><strong>Good News on the Flounder!</strong><br />We heard that there were a few Flounder caught on Tuesday at Buoy 42. Both were 23” long! The Croaker were plentiful as well this week.<br /><br /><strong>Fishing Wall of Fame &amp; Shame</strong><br />Remember we are doing the fishing “Wall of Fame &ndash; Wall of Shame”. We will do a monthly prize for the smallest and biggest fish. The winner gets a fishing pole! Send your pictures to tminor@morningstarmarinas.com. You could be a winner, just like Mr. Faulkner with his smallest fish prize winning photo from last year!<br /><br /><br /><strong>New Hours</strong><br />Our new hours are here! We will be open Monday- Friday 8:00am to 5:00 pm and Saturday-Sunday 7:00am to 6:00pm. Please remember that we pick up the last boat 30 minutes before we close to do maintenance on the lift. We try to put away as many boats at the end of the day that we can in the time allowed.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Wall-of-Fame-New-Hours-446 Captian’s Coarse http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Captians-Coarse-439 <strong>Captains Course</strong><br />It pays to be a member of Morningstar. We have partnered with Captain Russo of the Maritime License Training Center and will be offering a 75% discount on a 6 Pack Captains course that will start July 25th and go through August 3rd for Morningstar members only.<br />&bull; Class is limited to 10 people so you will want to sign up ASAP.<br />&bull; You must register through the Marina.<br />&bull; Everything you need will be supplied<br />&bull; This 10 day course will be held from 5:30pm &ndash; 8:30pm.<br />Please, feel free to contact the marina office at 904-246-8929 with any further questions you may have. Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Captians-Coarse-439 Gearing up for the Season http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Gearing-up-for-the-Season-432 <p><strong>Gearing Up for the Season</strong><br /><br />We have several new members this year, so now is a perfect time to review some helpful marina tips for a great start to the season.</p> <ol> <li>Take a boating class.</li> <li>Carts are provided as a courtesy for you to transport gear to and from your boat. They should be returned to their central location once unloaded.</li> <li>Dock slips are close quarters. Respect your neighbors by holding your music and noise to a reasonable level, especially late at night. Remember, sound carries over the water.</li> <li>Dock boxes are not community property, so please avoid accidentally using a neighbor&rsquo;s dock box.</li> <li>Dock fingers allow boaters to access dock lines, wash and board their boats. They should not be used to store gear or toys.</li> <li>It is the law in Mecklenburg County, Cornelius, and a rule for Kings Point Marina and Villages that dogs must be on a leash at all times. Not only is observing the leash law a courtesy, it is a safety issue on the docks. Also remember that dogs are not allowed in the bathrooms.</li> <li>Please refrain from feeding the geese and ducks as they cause a mess on our property when enticed to stay.</li> <li>Be vigilant about marina safety. Report strange or unusual behavior to the General Manager. Children and babies should wear life jackets on the docks. Running on the docks is a safety hazard. Secure power cords to prevent them from ending up in the lake. A good practice is to unplug from the power station first, before unplugging from the boat. It is not safe to swim or dive in the marina because of the danger of electric shock.</li> <li>Use spring lines to ensure boats do not bang against the docks. Remember, dock lines stretch when wet, so make allowances for stretching.</li> <li>The marina is located in a no wake zone. When docking, remember that “slow” is a word to the wise.</li> <li>Check your boat frequently. Monitor bilge water and lines. With no power to the bilge pump, even rain water can fill the bilge over time.</li> <li>Never board another person&rsquo;s boat without permission.<br /><br /></li> </ol> Tips http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Gearing-up-for-the-Season-432 Events and Summer Hours http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Events-and-Summer-Hours-441 <strong>Captain Jack’s Fishing Seminar</strong><br />Captain Jack McGowan will host a fishing seminar at the marina on Tuesday, May 27th at 6:00pm. Please call the marina office at 912-354-2283 to reserve a seat.<br /><br /><strong>Summer Hours</strong><br />We are now in full swing at the marina and can’t wait to spend even more time with you this summer.&nbsp; Our new hours are:<br /><br />Monday- Thursday 8-6<br />Saturday &amp; Sunday 8-7<br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Events-and-Summer-Hours-441 Out with the Old in with the New! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Out-with-the-Old-in-with-the-New-433 <p>Next time you visit the marina, you might notice a big change in the dry stack operation. After rebuilding our &ldquo;Big Blue&rdquo; forklift, we transferred the old girl to one of our southern marinas where she will operate on a daily basis, but only be asked to move about 1/3 of the boats she needed to move here at Kings Point. Although we could have purchased a brand new 350 Sea Ray Sundancer, we thought the money would be better spent on a brand new Wiggins forklift.&nbsp;&nbsp; Now that we have this beautiful new forklift, we need to figure out what to call her! Have any suggestions &hellip; Please let us know! Maybe your name will go down in Kings Point history and you will hear your forklift name being called out over the radios during the &ldquo;Running of the Bulls&rdquo; each busy weekend.</p> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Out-with-the-Old-in-with-the-New-433 Welcome Big Blue…Our Second Lift at RHYC! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Welcome-Big-Blue...Our-Second-Lift-at-RHYC-437 <p>Reserve Harbor Boaters,</p> <p>For the busy summer days ahead, RHYC will be running&nbsp;two lifts! Big Blue joins Ms. Wiggins as our second forklift at RHYC.&nbsp;The addition of a second lift will enhance our dry storage boat launch capabilities. It will also protect us from launch service interruptions during future mechanical forklift&nbsp;maintenance downtime.&nbsp;We are excited to offer our RHYC boaters this improvement in our launch service as our dry storage facility approaches capacity. So next time you are at RHYC, come on over to the marina and meet Big Blue!</p> <p>Christine Rosow, General Manager</p> Morningstar Marinas | Reserve Harbor News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Welcome-Big-Blue...Our-Second-Lift-at-RHYC-437 Memorial Day weekend and Blessing the Fleet http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Memorial-Day-weekend-and-Blessing-the-Fleet-436 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Sandusky Harbor Boaters,</p> <p><br />Are you ready for some boating? We’re beginning to feel confident that we have finally slipped the grip of winter and passed through the wet and blustery spring into our much anticipated summer. It feels GOOD to be here!<br />Memorial Day Weekend represents the first official weekend of the 2014 boating season. We’re kicking off with style! Please join us for the annual “Blessing of the Fleet” ceremony at the North Pavilion at 10:00am on Saturday, May 24th.<br />This event is held jointly with the Harbor Bay Yacht Club and Sandusky Harbor Marina. The ceremony will include:</p> <ul> <li> Chad Grubb delivering a message</li> <li>Sea Scouts placing a wreath in recognition of veterans</li> <li>Lynn Slaby leading a prayer in memorial of the United States Armed Forces</li> <li>Jerry Parsons offering a memorial for SHM Boaters</li> <li>Ending with a cannon salute conducted by the multi-talented Gun Captain Dave</li> </ul> <p>Leave your concerns at home and come to the shore where our trained staff and extended family of dock holders offer the opportunity for a carefree, friendly and secure summer getaway. It’s vacation every week during summer here at Sandusky Harbor!</p> <p>Jerry Parsons, General Manager<br />Sandusky Harbor Marina<br />800-877-3625<br /><br /><br /><strong>Referral Program</strong><br />Refer a friend to Sandusky Harbor and register your referral with a marina employee. Once your friend signs an annual contract, your account will be credited $125. With a second referral and signed annual contract, you’ll receive an additional $250 rent credit. The third referral and signed annual contract gets you another $500 rent credit. So three referrals could earn you a total of $875 in rent credits on your account.<br />We encourage you to take advantage of this program to reduce your cost and increase your enjoyment by including friends and family in your boating experience.<br /><br /><br /><strong>Next Upcoming Event</strong><br />National Marina Day is June 14th, and we will be offering US Power Squadron Boat Inspections at the marina. Mark your calendar, and stay tuned for more details.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Memorial-Day-weekend-and-Blessing-the-Fleet-436 Memorial Day Weekend and Morningstar Rewards Program http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Memorial-Day-Weekend-and-Morningstar-Rewards-Program-444 &nbsp;<br />Eaton Ferry Boaters,<br /><br />We hope you are ready for an exciting holiday weekend on Lake Gaston. The weather is forecasted to be beautiful all weekend long with temperatures in the 80’s and little to no chance of rain. The water temperature is in the low to mid 70’s.<br />We have been busy during the off-season making improvements to our facility. We have added a new Boat Rental Office, re-configured the Ship’s Store, overhauled the forklift, and completed many other projects to ensure you have a great experience at the marina. We look forward to seeing you out on the water this weekend!<br /><br />Adam Keisler, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Eaton Ferry<br />252-586-4661<br /><br /><br /><strong>Morningstar Rewards Program Cards</strong><br />As a reminder, the 2014 Morningstar Rewards Cards are in. If you have not done so, please stop by the office to pick up your new Rewards Card.<br /><br /><br /><strong>2014 Summer Staff</strong><br />This season you will see a mix of new and old faces at the marina working to ensure you have a great day on the water. Richard Bracey, Bobbi Hickman, Patrick Adams, Andrew Atkinson, Chris Bellinger and are all be back again this summer. Many of you will also remember Bruce Blauvelt. Bruce worked for us in 2012 and is back with us this season. New to the marina this year are Chris Rosati and Billy Kennedy.<br />Remember that we are here to make your boating life easier and to ensure you have a great time on the water. We strive to anticipate your needs, but if a need arises that we haven’t anticipated, please do not hesitate to ask.<br /><br /><strong>New Summer Hours</strong><br />This Saturday, May 24th marks the beginning of our summer schedule. You can now spend even more time at the marina! The marina office will be open seven days a week from 8:30am - 6:00pm. Also new for 2014, the fuel dock will be open until 9:00pm on Friday and Saturday evenings.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Memorial-Day-Weekend-and-Morningstar-Rewards-Program-444 Memorial Day Weekend and Free Ice cream! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Memorial-Day-Weekend-and-Free-Ice-cream-443 <p>&nbsp;<br />Gwynn’s Island Boaters,<br /><br />Memorial Day is upon us, and with that comes the unofficial start to summer boating. Let’s not forget the true reason for Memorial Day. When we are out on the water having a great time this weekend, let’s remember those fallen soldiers along with those who continue to fight for and protect our freedom.<br /><br />Tina Minor, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Gwynn’s Island<br />804-725-9343<br /><br /><br /><br /><strong>Free Ice Cream</strong><br />This weekend we are offering FREE ICE CREAM when you return to the dock during the afternoon. So get someone else to clean your fish for you while you sit back and enjoy a cold ice cream treat!<br /><br /><strong>Call Aheads</strong><br />We are fully staffed and ready to make your boating experience a great one. Let us do all the work for you. Please call ahead if you need us to fuel up your boat, stock it with ice or bait, or charge your battery. We are here to make sure you spend more time on the water and less time at the dock.<br /><br /><strong>Work Racks</strong><br />Please note, the work racks out back are there for you to work on your boat or give it a bath. We ask that you park there for 5 minutes to load and unload from your truck. The forklift must have full access to the work racks for other members’ boats throughout the day. Thank you for your help with this!<br /><br /><strong>Welcome to Gwynn’s Island</strong><br />We are proud of our staff, and we encourage you to say “hey” when you see new faces at the marina this year. We welcome Dylan, Curtis, Jamie and Will (pictured left to right). They have been with us for a few months now and are excited about their first season at the marina.<br /><br /><strong>At Your Service</strong><br />Our old staff is still here as well. We have Grant who has been with us for two years, Carter who works with us seasonally when he is not attending JMU, and lastly the ever cheerful Elizabeth who also works seasonally when she has breaks from Mary Washington (pictured left to right). Lastly, Rob, Andy and I are all here to make sure we do our best to make this a memorable season for you and your family!<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Memorial-Day-Weekend-and-Free-Ice-cream-443 Memorial Day & Forklift Celebration http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Memorial-Day-Forklift-Celebration-442 &nbsp;<br />Bahia Bleu boaters,<br /><br />This weekend is the unofficial start of the summer. We’re expecting perfect weather for the weekend, so get your gear ready and head down to the marina. Please see below for details about the Forklift Celebration on Sunday. Enjoy the holiday, and we hope to see you all this weekend.<br /><br />Ron Thomas, General Manager<br />Rory Jose, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Bahia Bleu<br />912-354-2283<br /><br /><br /><strong>Forklift Celebration This Sunday</strong><br />Don’t forget, the Forklift Celebration will take place this Sunday, May 25th at 12:00pm. We will host a cookout to celebrate the start of the season and the new forklift. There will be a cornhole tournament and a naming contest for the new lift. We look forward to seeing you there!<br /><br /><br /><strong>Naming Contest Reminder</strong><br />During the Forklift Celebration we will be taking name suggestions from you and your kids. Please submit names for the machine to Ron or Rory. Don&rsquo;t let the fun end there! Even after the party ends, we will be accepting name suggestions for the next couple of weeks. The winning name will be put on the lift! We will also have a camera on hand for the kids to take their picture in front of the new machine at the party. The pictures will be posted on the website for your viewing. So bring your kids to the marina to check out the lift and participate in this exciting contest! <br /><br /><br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Memorial-Day-Forklift-Celebration-442