Morningstar Marinas Blog Feed http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/ Latest blog posts from Morningstar Marinas. en-us Welcome to the New Boating Season! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Welcome-to-the-New-Boating-Season-422 <p><strong>Welcome to the New Boating Season! </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />We are ready for the boating season, and we are working to finalize our social calendar and begin an array of improvements to the property. Make sure you turn in your launch paperwork to the service department. Winter has put us about three weeks behind last year, so launch will be very busy. We plan to work Saturdays in April and May to accommodate launches and get you in the water prior to Memorial Day weekend. A reminder that we must have your updated paperwork on hand to launch your vessel. And remember, your account must be paid in full prior to launch. Please call Deb in the front office concerning any balances for storage or dock. Call Michelle in service concerning any balances for service work performed on your boat. Your payment in advance of launch will help to avoid any delays or confusion.</p> <p>Our docks are going in now, and we hope to have the marina completely de-winterized and ready to go by the 12th. We have already begun launching boats even though we had ice at the marina through Friday the 4th. We are good to go now! The channel has already been dredged, however the dredging company will be back to touch up inside the marina.</p> <p>We look forward to seeing you at the marina again and getting you out on Lake Erie!</p> <p><strong>Marina Upgrades </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />We will be busy this spring and summer making improvements to our property. We are replacing the 700 finger docks walkway, so if you dock at the 700&rsquo;s, please contact the front office so we can move you to another dock while we make the repairs. We are planning to paint buildings and spruce up the landscaping. Repairs to the lift wells are planned following launch season. You will see a few more available wooden docks along the 500&rsquo;s and 300&rsquo;s. We are also looking to reseal portions of the parking lots and drives. The game room has been rearranged and now has its own bar and indoor basketball area.</p> <p>In addition to the marina, the Yacht Club has remodeled the clubhouse with high window tables and barstools, additional televisions, an outside patio and more. Take time to see what they have done, and if you are not a member, you should consider joining and enjoying the improvements! The cost for membership is only $100 per year.</p> <p><strong>Bayliners for Sale</strong>&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br />We have two Bayliners for sale. One is a 30&rsquo; and in very good shape. The other is a 27&rsquo; in fair condition. Our prices for each are great, so if you have interest in either, please call the marina and ask for Kevin. These vessels are located in the heated barn and can be viewed whenever you would like to stop by.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>2014 Social Calendar </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />Take a look at what we have planned for this season:</p> <ul> <li>May 10th: LYC Annual Meeting</li> <li>May 24th: Annual Derby Day Horse Racing</li> <li>June 14th: National Marina Day &amp; LYC Yacht Club Dedication</li> <li>June 21st: LYC Annual Margarita Challenge</li> <li>July 5th: Progressive Dock Party</li> <li>July 12th: Kids&rsquo; Pool Party</li> <li>July 1st: Cigars Under the Stars</li> <li>July 26th: Christmas in July</li> <li>August 2nd: Ladies Night Out</li> <li>August 6th-11th: PIB Power Boat Regatta</li> <li>August 16th: LYC Fish Fry</li> <li>August 30th: Customer Appreciation Party</li> </ul> <p>The Yacht Club is planning cruises throughout June, July and August. They are looking at possible destinations including Middle Bass Island, Battery Park, Cedar Point, Huron Boat Basin, Pelee Island, Kelley&rsquo;s Island and the Vermilion River. Let them know if you are interested in a certain destination so they can plan accordingly.</p> <p>We are also planning a series of educational opportunities including first aid certification, ABCO fire training, True Course Captain’s School, and a variety of presentations from ODNR, Homeland Security and US Customs. Many of these events will offer breakfast prior to the event.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Trailers </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />We do have a couple of requests to bring to your attention. We have identified as many trailers as we can, however we have about a dozen that we cannot identify. If you have a trailer at the marina, please make sure we have your name on it and that we have invoiced you for the $50.00 annual storage fee. Trailers left unidentified will eventually be moved to the front fence and sold.</p> <p>Kevin Asher, General Manager</p> <p>Lakefront Marina</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Welcome-to-the-New-Boating-Season-422 May Newsletter http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/May-Newsletter-421 <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>May Marina Specials&nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Receive $1.00 per foot off any &ldquo;Ready, Set, Go&rdquo; service booked during May, 2014.</li> <li>Free gift for all the Moms at the Ship&rsquo;s Store on Mother&rsquo;s Day, Sunday, May 11th.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Get Your Boat “Ready, Set, Go!” in May</strong>&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br />Don&rsquo;t get caught with a boat that won&rsquo;t start when you are ready to head out for your first day of fun on the water! For only $6.00 per foot, our Marina Captains will have your boat ship-shape with our &ldquo;Ready, Set, Go&rdquo; special which includes:</p> <ul> <li>Complete wash of boat&rsquo;s exterior</li> <li>Battery check- up and charge</li> <li>Check oil and all fluids and replenish if needed</li> <li>Check fuel and top-off with fuel additive if needed</li> <li>Check all instruments for proper functioning</li> <li>Check all systems for proper functioning</li> <li>Fuel, oil, fluids and other products priced separately</li> </ul> <p>We finish with a launch and test run on the water to ensure proper engine performance, as well as a follow-up courtesy call to let you know she is ready for fun. So call the marina today at 843-235-8262 to book your &ldquo;Ready, Set, Go&rdquo; service, and please allow a one week lead time for scheduling.</p> <p><strong>RHYC Rental Boats </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />Now that summer is on its way, why not enjoy a cruise on the<br />river aboard one of RHYC&rsquo;s 22&rsquo; Pontoons or our 16&rsquo; Skiff? Don&rsquo;t forget, Harbor Members receive a 20% discount and Social Members receive a 10% discount on all rental boat rates. Rates do not include gas. Call the marina at 843-235-8262 for reservations.</p> <ul> <li>22&rsquo; Pontoons: 8 people, $250 half day, $400 full day</li> <li>16&rsquo; Skiff: 3 people, $125 half day, $199 full day</li> </ul> <p><strong>Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet </strong><br />Sunday, May 11th Noon-3PM</p> <p>Treat your special Mom like a queen on her special day. Enjoy our delectable brunch buffet highlighted by Chef Curtis&rsquo; seafood creations, breakfast specialties, assorted English pastries, Belgian waffles, and many more mouth-watering delights. Cost is $14.95 for adults and $7.25 for children 10 and under. Limited seating available. Reservations required. Please RSVP by Thursday, May 8th by calling 843-235-6949.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Memorial Day Pool Party </strong><br />Sunday, May 25th 3-7PM</p> <p>Kick off the summer season around the pool at RHYC and dance to the tunes of Party Favor Band. From 5-7PM enjoy pulled pork barbeque sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs on the grill, corn on the cob, baked beans, potato salad, mixed garden salad, fruit cobbler and all-youcan-eat fruity ice pops. Cost is $14.95 for adults and $7.25 for children 10 and under. Reservations required. Please RSVP by Thursday, May 22nd by calling 843-235-6949.<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.</p> <p><strong>New Hours of Operation&nbsp;</strong></p> <ul> <li>Clubhouse: Thursday-Saturday Noon - 9:00 PM, Sunday Noon - 8:00 PM (Beginning Thursday, May15th, the Clubhouse</li> <li>Restaurant and Bar is open Daily 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM for poolside dining fun!)<br />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: Monday-Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Thursday-Sunday 9:00 AM - Dusk (Beginning Thursday, May18th, the Pool is open Daily 9:00 AM - Dusk.)</li> <li>The Clubhouse will close at 3:00 PM on Saturday, May 3rd, Friday, May 9th and Saturday, May 31st.<br />&nbsp;</li> </ul> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/May-Newsletter-421 Boating Season Is Here! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Boating-Season-Is-Here-416 <p><strong>Boating Season Is Here!</strong></p> <p>What a crazy start to the year in terms of the unpredictable weather patterns we’ve experienced throughout the past few months. Now that April is upon us, it looks like we are in for some great boating and fishing weather, and we hope you are as ready for the season as we are. In an effort to help get everyone ready for the 2014 boating season, we will be sending out e-blasts on a regular basis with important marina updates, helpful boating tips, service specials and more. Please see below for some seasonal reminders and great offers.</p> <p><strong>Upcoming Events</strong></p> <p>We will host a fishing seminar in May directed by the one-and-only Captain Dennis Young. Make sure to keep an eye out for future e-blasts with further information. Also in May, we will host the USCG Auxiliary to provide free vessel safety checks for our members.</p> <p><strong>It’s Time for Spring Cleaning</strong></p> <p>Keep in mind that we offer many great services to get you and your boat ready for the season. If it has been a while since you have taken your vessel out, let us check it for you and get it ready for the season with our “Stretch and Run” Program. We will do a full inspection of your vessel’s systems and run your vessel for you. This allows for any unknown problems to be taken care of and ensures that your vessel is ready for the season.</p> <p>Remember that you can schedule any of our cleaning services at any time. This includes anything from a basic wash to a full detail.</p> <p>Lastly, receive a $50.00 discount on any $350.00 service scheduled by the end of April!</p> <p><strong>Referral Program</strong></p> <p>Remember, if you refer a friend and they sign an annual contract with us, you could receive a $125 rent credit! Simply stop by the Ship’s Store and ask for a &ldquo;Morningstar Double-Your-Dollars Referral Program&rdquo; form to fill out. Once your friend signs an annual contract, your account will be credited $125. When you refer a second friend, you receive an additional $250 rent credit. And with your third referral, you receive a $500 rent credit. So if you refer three friends, you will receive a total of $875 in rent credits. If you have any questions about our Referral Program, please feel free to give us a call.</p> <p>Also, if you refer a friend for any of our cleaning services, you will receive either a free basic wash or $25.00 off any other cleaning service!</p> <p><strong>Dredging</strong></p> <p>We appreciate everyone’s patience as we have started our in-house dredging at the marina. We are off to a solid start on this project, and we ask for our loyal members to bear with us for just a little longer. We promise that a permanent solution to our dredging situation is on the way!</p> <p><strong>Marina Hours</strong></p> <ul> <li>Monday-Friday 7:00 am to 5:00 pm </li> <li>Saturday-Sunday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm</li> </ul> <p><strong>Find Us on Facebook</strong></p> <p>Remember to visit us on Facebook at <a href="http://facebook.com/mstarmport" target="_blank">http://facebook.com/mstarmport</a>. Share your photos, connect with your fellow boaters, and stay up to date with the latest happenings at the marina.</p> <p>Logan Moore, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Mayport</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Boating-Season-Is-Here-416 Boating Season Is Here! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Boating-Season-Is-Here-415 <p><strong>Boating Season Is Here!</strong></p> <p>The boating season has finally begun, and we are kicking off this season with a new forklift in place! The lift arrived about a week ago from California. As we get closer to putting it into service, I encourage you to visit the marina and check it out. As I&rsquo;m sure you have noticed, the sun has finally come out and now is the perfect time to get your boat ready for the season. We hope to see you at the marina soon!</p> <p><strong>Forklift Celebration April 19th at 12:00pm</strong></p> <p>We will host a cookout to celebrate the start of the season and the new forklift on April 19th at noon. There will be a cornhole tournament and a naming contest for the new lift. We would like to encourage you and your children to please submit names for the machine to Ron or Rory. We look forward to seeing what you come up with!</p> <p><strong>Name Our Forklift Contest</strong></p> <p>During the Forklift Celebration on April 19th we will be taking name suggestions from you and your kids. And 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 it out and participate in this exciting contest!</p> <p><strong>Spring Boat Checks</strong></p> <p>Before the boating season starts, let our service staff ensure that your boat is in tip-top shape and that you will have a safe experience on the water. For only $35.00, we will check your bilge pumps, life jackets, flares, fire extinguishers and all other safety features. Please note, the $35.00 fee is for the check only. We will notify you if anything is not working properly, and you can decide upon further services.</p> <p><strong>Detailing and Bottom Painting Services</strong></p> <p>As a reminder, we continue to offer detail and bottom painting services. If your boat is in need of one or both of these services, please call the marina office to receive a quote and schedule your service.</p> <p><strong>Hours of Operation</strong></p> <ul> <li>8:00am - 5:00pm Monday-Friday</li> <li>8:00am - 6:00pm Saturday-Sunday</li> <li>As a reminder, the forklift will shut down 15 minutes prior to the close of business daily.</li> </ul> <p>Ron Thomas, General Manager<br />Rory Jose, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Bahia Bleu</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Boating-Season-Is-Here-415 Welcome to the New Boating Season! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Welcome-to-the-New-Boating-Season-414 <p><strong>Welcome to the New Boating Season!</strong></p> <p>We are happy to report that the never-ending “winter of winters&rdquo; does seem to have an end in sight! With rising temperatures and receding ice, soon comes the 2014 boating season. And with it comes several very positive improvements here at Sandusky Harbor Marina. As noted below, we have many new facility improvements on the schedule for the year. There is a new “Refer a Friend&rdquo; program that can help with your dockage expenses and a schedule of events that will keep your calendar busy throughout the season.</p> <p>Additionally, we have brought onboard Chris McGuire, our new Service Manager, who will be a great resource for you in resolving any issues your boat may experience. A Sandusky native, Chris is a lifelong boater with a wide background stretching from boat engine rebuilds to marine coatings and fiberglass repairs. We invite you to stop in and say hello to Chris at any time.</p> <p><strong>Event Schedule</strong></p> <p>Here&rsquo;s a look at what we have planned for the upcoming season:</p> <ul> <li>Saturday, May 24th &ndash; Blessing of the Fleet</li> <li>Friday, July 4th &ndash; Marina Cookout. We will provide the food and the grills, and our boaters cook for themselves.</li> <li>Saturday, July 12th &ndash; Kids Pool Party complete with bouncy house.</li> <li>Saturday, August 16th &ndash; Marina Garage Sale during the day.&nbsp; Tom Todd performs at 7PM.</li> <li>Monday, September 1st &ndash; Marina Cookout starting at 3PM. We will provide the food and the grills, and our boaters cook for themselves.</li> <li>Saturday, October 18th &ndash; Chili Cookoff and Halloween Party. Bring your best chili recipe and come in costume!</li> </ul> <p>We&rsquo;re still lining up a couple of bands for July and August, so we&rsquo;ll be sure to let you know when those plans are finalized. We&rsquo;re also planning to host USCG Auxiliary Boat Inspections in June. Some of our dockholders have scheduled private events on the marina property and have already reserved their space. (Including birthday parties for those passing the half century mark…you know who you are.) We suggest that if you want to use the North Pavilion, Community Room or front lawn for a personal or private event, that you please let Sandy, Jerry or Meg in the front office know as soon as possible. It should be a fun-filled and exciting summer! Come join us!</p> <p><strong>Getting Better and Better</strong></p> <p>On your next visit to the marina you will probably notice the fresh paint on some of our buildings. The parking lots will look spiffier too. And you may not notice, but we have completed the roof repairs on our storage buildings. With all of that said, we&rsquo;re most happy about the upgrades to the fire systems on the docks. The safety and well-being of our customers and their property is our highest priority. We&rsquo;re pleased to be able to provide this dependable protection.</p> <p><strong>Don’t Keep It to Yourself</strong></p> <p>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&rsquo;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. Just think of the fun you&rsquo;ll have with three of your good friends here at the marina!</p> <p><strong>Housekeeping</strong></p> <p>We have exciting news! Pete Redfern has recently been promoted to Yard Manager. Pete is a long-time employee, and he&rsquo;s been working with Louie Stoltz during his transition into this new position.</p> <p>In a couple of days we&rsquo;re scheduled to begin our 2014 spring launch. We&rsquo;re hoping the weather cooperates and winter wanders south of the equator taking all the ice floats with it.</p> <p>To help make the launch smooth and uneventful for everyone, there are a few reminders we would like to share with you. Please make sure your paperwork has been filled out correctly, submitted to us as soon as possible, and acknowledged by Twila. If you call with questions, the first thing we&rsquo;ll ask about is your paperwork. We must have the appropriate form in hand to schedule or answer questions about your launch.</p> <p>Secondly, please be sure your service and dockage/storage bills are paid in full prior to your launch date. The sooner, the better. We cannot launch your boat if your bill has an open balance. Please pay your bills well in advance of your launch date to avoid any last minute confusion or delays.</p> <p>Jerry Parsons, General Manager<br />Sandusky Harbor Marina</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Welcome-to-the-New-Boating-Season-414 Boating Season Is Here! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Boating-Season-Is-Here-413 <p><strong>Boating Season Is Here!</strong></p> <p>We hope you are looking forward to the warmer weather as much as we are! We have been hard at work during the off-season making improvements to the marina that we hope will make your boating experience better. We are in the process of installing a new deck and re-doing our marina bathrooms. We hope these improvements will enhance your time spent at the marina.</p> <p>This season we will be sending out e-blasts on a regular basis with important marina updates, helpful boating tips, service specials and more. We look forward to seeing you out on the water very soon!</p> <p><strong>It’s Time for Spring Cleaning</strong></p> <p>If you haven&rsquo;t already made plans to de-winterize your boat, please give us a call and we will get you ready to go as soon as we can.</p> <p>A reminder that our marina has its own full-service mechanic for on-site maintenance and repairs. We are currently offering three service packages:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Basic Service Package </strong>- $99.00 - Includes oil and filter change, fuel water separator change and a multi point inspection.</li> <li><strong>Seasonal Service Package </strong>- $149.00 - Includes oil and filter change, fuel water separator, gear oil change and a multi point inspection.</li> <li><strong>Annual Service Package </strong>- $359.00 - Includes oil and filter change, fuel water separator, gear oil change, pull drive and perform full service on drive, inspect gimbal bearings, bellows and engine alignment, grease u-joints, change impeller and spark plugs, plus a multipoint inspection.</li> </ul> <p>Our mechanic also provides an array of mechanical services including: preventative maintenance, engine tune-ups, engine and drive overhauls, compression testing (used boats), diagnostic and repair of engines, stern drives, electrical systems, and steering and control systems. A complimentary inspection is performed with most services. Parts and labor can be quoted for specific repairs. The marine service hourly labor rate is $85.</p> <p><em>*Price may vary based on spark plug and impeller specifications.</em></p> <p><strong>Marina Hours</strong></p> <p>We are now open 7 days a week from 9:00am - 5:00pm.</p> <p>Jamie Seaman, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Skipper’s Landing</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Boating-Season-Is-Here-413 Public Meeting Thursday, April 10th http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Public-Meeting-Thursday-April-10th-417 <p>Kings Point Boaters,</p> <p>There will be a Public Meeting on Thursday, April 10th from 4:00-7:00pm in the Cornelius Town Hall Community Room located at 21445 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius.</p> <p>There will be no formal presentation, but they are going to listen to residents and take comments regarding the proposed Catawba Avenue Road Project. The NCDOT has developed a preliminary design that would widen Catawba Avenue to a four lane, divided road with 12&rsquo; travel lanes, a 4&rsquo; bike lane and a 23&rsquo; raised median with curb, gutter and sidewalks on both sides.</p> <p>We are asking our Kings Point boaters and residents to attend this meeting to give insight and comments on how this project might affect entry onto Kings Point Drive for residents and boaters.</p> <p>Thank you,</p> <p>Chris Higgs, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Kings Point</p> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Public-Meeting-Thursday-April-10th-417 Boating Season Is Here! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Boating-Season-Is-Here-419 <p><strong>Boating Season Is Here!</strong></p> <p>What a crazy start to the year in terms of the unpredictable weather patterns we’ve experienced throughout the past few months. Now that April is upon us, we should start to see the beautiful boating weather appear, which helps make St. Simons Island and its surrounding waters so enjoyable. In an effort to help get everyone ready for the 2014 boating season, we will be sending out e-blasts on a regular basis with important marina updates, helpful boating tips, service specials and more. Below are a few key items which should help to get the season off to a great start!</p> <p><strong>US Coast Guard Auxiliary Complimentary Vessel Inspections</strong></p> <p>As a courtesy to our customers, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary will be offering complimentary vessel inspections on Saturday, April 5th from 1:00-5:00pm on the Observation Deck. This is a great service which allows you to have your vessel certified for the 2014 year. There is nothing worse than having the US Coast Guard stop you only to find a deficiency yielding a citation or fine. By having your vessel inspected, any deficiencies are simply brought to your attention with no fear of citations or financial penalties. Join us on Saturday, April 5th as we too will have our rental boats inspected that same day.</p> <p>Please contact the Business Office at 912-480-0266 if you would like to have your vessel inspected or have any questions. Walk-ups are welcome.</p> <p><strong>Forklift</strong></p> <p>I want to thank you all for your patience and understanding in reference to the unexpected forklift issue which arose preventing us from moving any boats for a few days. We take the maintenance of our equipment seriously, especially when it comes to moving our customers’ vessels. We greatly apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. It is our daily goal to deliver the best and most efficient service to all of our customers.</p> <p>Remember, you can call the forklift operator directly at 912-242-3386 to have your vessel launched and recovered, but you are also always welcome to contact the Business Office at&nbsp;912-480-0266 for any needs.</p> <p><strong>Service Referral Program</strong></p> <p>We are excited to offer a new Service Referral Program which can yield a 20% discount off your next vessel service (includes washes, waxes and full details). Simply refer a non-Morningstar customer who purchases a wash, wax or full detail, and then receive a 20% discount off the same service on your vessel! For more information, please contact the Business Office at 912-480-0266.</p> <p><strong>Refer a Friend Program</strong></p> <p>The Refer a Friend program continues this year, and a number of you have 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.</p> <p><strong>10&cent; Per Gallon Off Fuel</strong></p> <p>As a small token of our appreciation for being a part of Morningstar Marinas, I would like to offer you 10&cent; per gallon off all fuel purchases Friday, April 4th through Sunday, April 13th. We are extremely excited to have all of you as a part of this wonderful marina community, and this is a small way of saying &ldquo;thank you&rdquo; for being a part of Morningstar Marinas.</p> <p><strong>Hours of Operation</strong></p> <ul> <li>Dock Office: 7:00am-7:00pm (Monday-Sunday)</li> <li>Forklift: 7:30am-5:00pm (Monday-Sunday)</li> <li>Business Office: 8:30am-5:30pm (Monday-Saturday), 12:30pm-5:30pm (Sunday)</li> </ul> <p>Chris Ferguson, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Golden Isles</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Boating-Season-Is-Here-419 Boating Season Is Here! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Boating-Season-Is-Here-418 <p><strong>Boating Season Is Here!</strong></p> <p>We hope you are looking forward to the warmer weather as much as we are! We have been hard at work during the off-season making improvements to the marina that we hope will make your boating experience better. We have changed the layout of the Ship’s Store and have some exciting new items for sale including a full line of LKG apparel. The forklift has undergone a complete overhaul and has received six new non-marking tires. We have also added a new rental boat office behind the existing marina office. These are just a few of the many improvements we have made to ensure that we continue to be the best marina on Lake Gaston. We look forward to seeing you out on the water very soon!</p> <p><strong>Detail Services</strong></p> <p>Now is the perfect time to have your boat detailed to make sure it is clean and ready to go for the season. We offer a full line of cleaning and detailing services at the marina. Full detail packages start at $14.00 per foot. Please call the marina office to schedule your detail.</p> <p><strong>“Ready, Set, Go” Service Package</strong></p> <p>Ensure that your boat is ready to go when you are this season. For $25.00 we will charge your battery, check the fluids in the engine, and make sure your boat is ready for its first use of the season. We require at least 72 hours notice for this service. Please call the marina office to schedule your service.</p> <p><strong>Spring Hours Now in Effect</strong></p> <ul> <li>Monday &ndash; Closed</li> <li>Tuesday &ndash; 9am-5pm</li> <li>Wednesday &ndash; 9am-5pm</li> <li>Thursday &ndash; 9am-5pm</li> <li>Friday &ndash; 9am-5pm</li> <li>Saturday &ndash; 9am-5pm</li> <li>Sunday &ndash; 9am-5pm</li> </ul> <p>Adam Keisler, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Eaton Ferry</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Boating-Season-Is-Here-418 Help Us Name Our New Forklift http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Help-Us-Name-Our-New-Forklift-411 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The boating season has finally begun, and we are kicking off this season with a new forklift in place! The lift arrived about a week ago from California. As we get closer to putting it into service,&nbsp;we encourage you to visit the marina and check it out.</p> <p>We would like to encourage&nbsp;you and your children to please&nbsp;submit names for the machine to&nbsp;Ron or Rory. We look forward to seeing what you come up with!</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Help-Us-Name-Our-New-Forklift-411 Spring Billboard Campaign http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Spring-Billboard-Campaign-410 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Did you catch our spring billboard campaign around the Lake Norman area? We&rsquo;re geared up for the season and hope you are too! Why wait another summer? Become a Morningstar boater and enjoy all that the boating season ahead has to offer.</p> <p>From barbecues and fishing tournaments to charity fundraisers and boating safety classes, we go beyond simple boat storage to provide a complete boating experience.</p> <p>At Morningstar Marinas, we&rsquo;ve created a community of boaters who come together to enjoy life on the water. Whether you&rsquo;re an old salt or novice boater, our friendly knowledgeable staff is always on hand with the support you need. We work quickly and efficiently to help you get out on the water so you can start boating and start having fun as soon as you arrive. With clubhouse facilities and picnic areas, clean bathhouse facilities, restaurants, fuel, fish cleaning stations and ship&rsquo;s stores, Morningstar Marinas is more than just a place to store your boat&mdash;it&rsquo;s a boating experience you&rsquo;ll never forget.</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Spring-Billboard-Campaign-410 Spring Billboard Campaign http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Spring-Billboard-Campaign-409 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Did you catch our spring billboard campaign around the Lake Norman area? We’re geared up for the season and hope you are too! Why wait another summer? Become a Morningstar boater and enjoy all that the boating season ahead has to offer.</p> <p>From barbecues and fishing tournaments to charity fundraisers and boating safety classes, we go beyond simple boat storage to provide a complete boating experience.</p> <p>At Morningstar Marinas, we&rsquo;ve created a community of boaters who come together to enjoy life on the water. Whether you&rsquo;re an old salt or novice boater, our friendly knowledgeable staff is always on hand with the support you need. We work quickly and efficiently to help you get out on the water so you can start boating and start having fun as soon as you arrive. With clubhouse facilities and picnic areas, clean bathhouse facilities, restaurants, fuel, fish cleaning stations and ship&rsquo;s stores, Morningstar Marinas is more than just a place to store your boat&mdash;it&rsquo;s a boating experience you&rsquo;ll never forget.</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Spring-Billboard-Campaign-409 Join Us for the 1st Annual Lake Norman Boating and Water Sports Festival! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Join-Us-for-the-1st-Annual-Lake-Norman-Boating-and-Water-Sports-Festival-408 <p>Kings Point Boaters,</p> <p>Boating season is right around the corner, and after the winter we’ve had, I know everyone is ready to cast off the docks and enjoy beautiful Lake Norman!&nbsp;What&rsquo;s the best way to start&nbsp;the boating season? (Besides getting your boat cleaned and serviced?) Come out and join us at Kings Point on Saturday, March 29th from 10am-4pm&nbsp;for the 1st Annual Lake Norman Boating and Water Sports Festival!&nbsp;The festival will include free boating and water safety seminars,&nbsp;a scavenger hunt, sailboat gutter races, raffle prizes and free&nbsp;lunch from 12-2pm.&nbsp;</p> <p>It will be a great event, and we can&rsquo;t wait to see all of our boaters again!&nbsp;</p> <p>Chris Higgs, General Manager</p> Morningstar Marinas | Kings Point<br /> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Join-Us-for-the-1st-Annual-Lake-Norman-Boating-and-Water-Sports-Festival-408 Dredging & Monthly Wash Program http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Dredging-Monthly-Wash-Program-420 <p><strong>Dredging at the Marina</strong></p> <p>As many of you have noticed, we have begun our in-house dredging operation. Please excuse any mess or inconvenience this may cause. We are dredging to better serve you, our loyal members. We do ask for your patience as on rare occasions you may be asked to wait a short time when launching or retrieving your vessel from the loading zone. This dredging process is only temporary. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.</p> <p><strong>Schedule a Detail</strong></p> <p>With warmer weather just around the corner, now is the perfect time to have your boat detailed. As an added incentive to schedule a detail with us, we are offering 10% off any detail scheduled before the end of this month. For more information or to schedule a detail, please call us at 904-270-9976.</p> <p><strong>Monthly Wash Program</strong></p> <p>We are pleased to announce that we are now offering a Boat Wash Program for our members! This program allows you to receive a wash of your choice, basic or detailed, once every month at a discounted price for the rest of the year. A basic wash will be discounted through this program at $10 off, and a detailed wash will be discounted at $20 off. We have made paying simple and easy with the option to pay in advance or pay on a monthly basis. Call us today to enroll or for more information!</p> <p><strong>Bluewater Canvas</strong></p> <p>We would like to announce the newest addition to our Morningstar family: Bluewater Canvas. Ellen, owner of Bluewater Canvas, will be moving her operation into the front showroom of the marina next month. She and her crew are here to help better serve her customers as well as you, our members. Keep Bluewater in mind for all of your canvas and upholstery needs. If you have any questions or need repairs, contact Bluewater at 904-249-9191 or <a href="mailto:bluewatercanvas@gmail.com">bluewatercanvas@gmail.com</a>.</p> <p>Logan Moore, General Manager<br />Morningstar Marinas | Mayport</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Dredging-Monthly-Wash-Program-420 April Newsletter http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/April-Newsletter-412 <p><strong>Marina Member Appreciation Day</strong> <br />Saturday, April 12th Noon-3PM</p> <p>Come and join us at RHYC and enjoy free hot dogs, chips and bottled waters while you get a free boat inspection and safety check up by our own Coast Guard Auxiliary. Our Marina captains will be on hand for safe boating tips and to provide ideas on how to get the best care for your boat for optimal performance and enjoyment.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>April Marina Special </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />Receive $10.00 off any boat wash booked during April, 2014. Come by the RHYC Ship&rsquo;s Store for more information, or call us at 843-235-8262.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Get Your Boat “Ready, Set, Go!” in April </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />Don&rsquo;t get caught with a boat that won&rsquo;t start when you are ready to head out for your first day of fun on the water! For only $6.00 per foot, our Marina Captains will have your boat ship-shape with our &ldquo;Ready, Set, Go&rdquo; special which includes:</p> <ul> <li>Complete wash of boat&rsquo;s exterior</li> <li>Battery check- up and charge</li> <li>Check oil and all fluids and replenish if needed</li> <li>Check fuel and top-off with fuel additive if needed</li> <li>Check all instruments for proper functioning</li> <li>Check all systems for proper functioning</li> <li>Fuel, oil, fluids and other products priced separately</li> </ul> <p>We finish with a launch and test run on the water to ensure proper engine performance, as well as a follow-up courtesy call to let you know she is ready for fun. So call the marina today at 843-235-8262 to book your &ldquo;Ready, Set, Go&rdquo; service, and please allow a one week lead time for scheduling.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Easter Sunday Brunch</strong> <br />Sunday, April 20th, Noon-3PM</p> <p>Celebrate Easter Sunday with a delicious brunch buffet at RHYC. Offerings to include classic eggs Benedict, sliced glazed ham, smoked salmon with cream cheese, red onions and capers, Chef&rsquo;s selection of vegetables, Southern fried potatoes, fluffy pancakes, scrambled eggs, assorted sweet breakfast pastries and more. Cost is $15.95 for adults and $6.95 for children 10 and under. Please RSVP to the Club at 843-235-6949 by Friday, April 18th.</p> <p><strong>Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet </strong><br />Sunday, May 11th Noon-3PM</p> <p>Treat your special Mom like a queen on her special day. Enjoy our delectable brunch buffet highlighted by Chef Curtis&rsquo; seafood creations, breakfast specialties, assorted English pastries, Belgian waffles, and many more mouth-watering delights. Cost is $14.95 for adults and $7.25 for children 10 and under. Limited seating available. Reservations required. Please RSVP by Thursday, May 8th by calling 843-235-6949.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Memorial Day Pool Party </strong><br />Sunday, May 25th 3-7PM</p> <p>Kick off the summer season around the pool at RHYC and dance to the tunes of Party Favor Band. From 5-7PM enjoy pulled pork barbeque sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs on the grill, corn on the cob, baked beans, potato salad, mixed garden salad, fruit cobbler and all-youcan-eat fruity ice pops. Cost is $14.95 for adults and $7.25 for children 10 and under. Reservations required. Please RSVP by Thursday, May 22nd by calling 843-235-6949.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>New Hours of Operation </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />C’mon down to RHYC! The pool is open! Check out our newly resurfaced pool deck as you relax by the water’s edge, or watch some golf or your favorite sporting event on our new 60” plasma TV at the Club. Either way, it’s sure to be another fun day at RHYC!</p> <ul> <li>Clubhouse: Thursday-Saturday Noon - 9:00 PM, Sunday Noon - 8:00 PM</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: Monday-Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Thursday-Sunday 9:00 AM - Dusk</li> <li>The Clubhouse will close at 3:00 PM on Saturday, April 5th, Friday, April 18th and Friday, April 25th.</li> </ul> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/April-Newsletter-412 Fuel Pump Maintenance Update & Service Discounts http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Fuel-Pump-Maintenance-Update-Service-Discounts-406 <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Fuel Pump Maintenance Update</strong></p> <p>Due to the weather and other unforeseen events, the maintenance dates for our fuel pumps have changed. Our diesel pumps will now be down on Wednesday, March 19th and Thursday, March 20th. Our gas pumps will be down on Monday, March 24th and Tuesday, March 25th. If you plan on getting fuel on any of these dates, please let us know in advance so that we can plan accordingly. We apologize for the inconvenience, but this is for safety reasons and to better serve you.</p> <p><strong>March Service Discounts</strong></p> <p>If you schedule a service before March 31st valued at $350 or more, we will take 10% off your total. And if you refer a friend (a non-Morningstar member) for any service, we will take 15% off your next cleaning service. Please call for pricing and availability!</p> <p><strong>Schedule Your Spring Service</strong></p> <p>Don&rsquo;t forget to schedule a &ldquo;Stretch and Run&rdquo; service before the boating season arrives! With this service your boat will be run through a thorough 15 point inspection to ensure that it is ready to go as soon as warmer weather arrives. We will check all of your boat’s important systems, batteries, safety gear, and even pull your boat down and run it in the river. Once we have completed your inspection, you will be given a detailed rundown of any issues found. And don&rsquo;t forget, we can do any light maintenance work on your vessel at a discounted rate from most mechanics. Please call 904-270-9976 for pricing or to schedule an appointment.</p> <p>Logan Moore, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Mayport</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Fuel-Pump-Maintenance-Update-Service-Discounts-406 Fuel Pump Maintenance http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Fuel-Pump-Maintenance-405 <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Fuel Pump Maintenance</strong></p> <p>Next week we will be repairing the emergency fuel stop system for our fuel pumps. Our fuel pumps will not be in operation during this time. Maintenance for the diesel and gas pumps is set for Monday, March 17th and Tuesday, March 18th. If you plan on getting fuel on either of these days, please let us know in advance as your vessel will need to be fueled prior to these dates.</p> <p><strong>Schedule Your Spring Service</strong></p> <p>With the boating season rapidly approaching, now is the perfect time to schedule a detail or service to make sure your boat is ready to go when the warm weather hits. We offer many services from a basic wash all the way to a full detail. We also offer a &ldquo;Stretch and Run” service which consists of us pulling your boat down and running it in the river. Also, with the &ldquo;Stretch and Run&rdquo; service you can schedule a basic wash for half off along with a 15 point inspection that includes all safety gear. Doing this ensures that your engine and other components stay healthy. And don&rsquo;t forget, we can do any light maintenance work on your vessel at a discounted rate from most mechanics. Please call 904-270-9976 for pricing or to schedule an appointment.</p> <p><strong>Morningstar Referral Program</strong></p> <p>Remember, if you refer a friend and they sign an annual contract with us, you could receive a $125 rent credit! Simply stop by the Ship’s Store and ask for a &ldquo;Morningstar Double-Your-Dollars Referral Program&rdquo; form to fill out. Once your friend signs an annual contract, your account will be credited $125. When you refer a second friend, you receive an additional $250 rent credit. And with your third referral, you receive a $500 rent credit. So if you refer three friends, you will receive a total of $875 in rent credits. If you have any questions about our Referral Program, please feel free to give us a call.</p> <p><strong>Yeti and Costa Del Mar Products Available</strong></p> <p>Don&rsquo;t forget that we are a <a href="http://www.yeticoolers.com/" target="_blank">Yeti</a> and <a href="https://www.costadelmar.com/home" target="_blank">Costa Del Mar</a> dealer. We can provide many products from Yeti coolers and seat cushions to Costa sunglasses and hats. Plus, we can order most boat electronics or components at a discounted rate. Come in and check out a catalog today!</p> <p><strong>Find Us on Facebook</strong></p> <p>Remember to visit us on Facebook at <a href="http://facebook.com/mstarmport" target="_blank">http://facebook.com/mstarmport</a>. Share your photos, connect with your fellow boaters, and stay up to date with the latest happenings at the marina.</p> <p>Logan Moore, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Mayport</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Fuel-Pump-Maintenance-405 Forklift Maintenance Complete http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Forklift-Maintenance-Complete-404 <p><strong>Forklift Maintenance Complete</strong></p> <p>We would like to thank you all for your patience during our scheduled forklift maintenance. We do these repairs during February and March when it&rsquo;s cold and less likely to affect your fishing days. This maintenance is to avoid down time during the summer. The lift is now up and running, and it looks better than it has in many years!</p> <p>Congratulations to Frank Brewer, our customer who won a $50.00 free gas prize at the Richmond Boat Show back in February.</p> <p>We hope spring arrives (and stays) very soon. We are ready to see you all again at the marina!</p> <p><strong>March Hours</strong></p> <p>Please remember our hours through March are as follows: Wednesday-Sunday 9:00am-3:00pm, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. As of April 1st we will return to our normal business hours of 8:00am-5:00pm daily.</p> <p><strong>Marina Apartment</strong></p> <p>The marina apartment is booking up quickly for the season. If you would like to spend a night, weekend or week in the apartment this summer, please don&rsquo;t hesitate to call us and book your stay before it&rsquo;s too late.</p> <p>Tina Minor, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Gwynns Island</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Forklift-Maintenance-Complete-404 March Hours & New Wi-Fi http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/March-Hours-New-Wi-Fi-407 <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>New Wi-Fi System</strong></p> <p>I am pleased to announce that we will be installing a new Wi-Fi system, tower and antenna in an effort to enhance the overall Wi-Fi service throughout the marina. The installation is scheduled for Monday, March 10th and will take approximately two days to complete. Unfortunately, we will not have wireless service throughout the installation process. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.</p> <p><strong>March Hours of Operation</strong></p> <ul> <li>Dock Office: 7:00am to 6:00pm (Monday-Sunday)</li> <li>Forklift: 7:30am to 5:00pm (Monday-Sunday) </li> <li>Business Office: 9:00am to 5:00pm (Monday-Friday, Closed Weekends)</li> </ul> <p>Chris Ferguson, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Golden Isles</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/March-Hours-New-Wi-Fi-407 15% Off Labor on Mechanic Work http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/15-Off-Labor-on-Mechanic-Work-399 <p>Skipper’s Landing Boaters,</p> <p>Get ready for spring with 15% off labor on any mechanic work performed or scheduled by March 31st! Wish your boat was in showroom condition? Does it need a little TLC? A reminder that Morningstar has its own full-service mechanic for on-site maintenance and repairs. We are currently offering three service packages at special pricing:</p> <ul> <li>Basic Package - From $99: Includes oil, oil filter and fuel water separator change along with a multi-point inspection. You will receive an inspection report indicating any areas that may need attention. Small Blocks $119. Big Blocks $139.*</li> <li>Seasonal Package - From $149: Includes oil, oil filter and fuel water separator change, gear oil change and a multi-point inspection. You will receive an inspection report indicating any areas that may need attention. Small Blocks $199. Big Blocks $229.*</li> <li>Annual Package - From $359: Includes oil, oil filter and fuel water separator change, gear oil change, pull drive and perform full service on drive, inspect gimbal bearing, bellows and engine alignment, grease u-joints, change impeller and spark plugs, plus a multi-point inspection. You will receive an inspection report indicating any areas that may need attention. Small Blocks $569. Big Blocks $599.*</li> </ul> <p>Our mechanic also provides an array of mechanical services including: preventative maintenance, engine tune-ups, engine and drive overhauls, compression testing (used boats), diagnostic and repair of engines, stern drives, electrical systems, and steering and control systems. A complimentary inspection is performed with most services. Parts and labor can be quoted for specific repairs. The marine service hourly labor rate is $85.</p> <p>Warm weather is right around the corner, so call us at 704-508-4730 to schedule your service.</p> <p><em>*Price may vary based on spark plug and impeller specifications.</em></p> <p>Jamie Seaman, General Manager</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/15-Off-Labor-on-Mechanic-Work-399 Savannah Boat Show & New Forklift Update http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Savannah-Boat-Show-New-Forklift-Update-398 <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>12th Annual Savannah Boat &amp; Outdoor Show</strong></p> <p>We&rsquo;re looking forward to the start of the boating season and nicer weather! We have a lot going on at the marina this month. To kick-off March we will have a booth at the 12th Annual Savannah Boat &amp; Outdoor Show on Hutchinson Island at the Savannah International Trade &amp; Convention Center. The show takes place March 7th-9th. I encourage you all to attend. Please check the <a href="http://savannahboatandoutdoorshow.com/" target="_blank">website</a> for additional details, or <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/savannah-boat-and-outdoor-show-march-7-9-2014-tickets-10519238325" target="_blank">click here</a> to purchase show tickets online. We will be raffling off a St. Croix fishing rod. Stop by to enter your name for the chance to win a high quality rod!</p> <p><strong>New Forklift Update &amp; Spring Kick-Off Party</strong></p> <p>The new marina forklift will arrive the week of March 17th, most likely during the middle of the week. On Saturday, March 29th, we will host a Spring Kick-Off Party to celebrate the start of the season and the new lift. Relax and enjoy some good food and corn hole games at the marina. Food will be served around 1:00pm. We hope you can join us!</p> <p><strong>Prepare Your Boat for Spring!</strong></p> <p>It&rsquo;s important to get your boat ready for the season. The marina offers safety checks to make sure you&rsquo;re following the rules of the water. The marina also offers detailings, which include waxing and buffing the hull. Please call the marina at 912-354-2283 for details and spring specials!</p> <p><strong>Marina Hours</strong></p> <p>Our marina hours will continue to be 8:00am-5:00pm Monday-Sunday and closed on Tuesdays through the third week of March. Starting March 25th, the marina will be open on Tuesdays, and starting the weekend of March 29th we&rsquo;ll be open 8:00am-6:00pm Saturday-Sunday. The weekdays will remain 8:00am-5:00pm.</p> <p>Ron Thomas, General Manager<br />Rory Jose, General Manager</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Savannah-Boat-Show-New-Forklift-Update-398 $1,000 Rent Credit & Spring Services http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/1000-Rent-Credit-Spring-Services-401 <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Earn a $1,000 Rent Credit</strong></p> <p>The showroom on our property by the main road is currently available for rent, and we would like to give our members a chance to helps us rent it out. As an incentive, we are offering a $1,000 rent credit to any member who refers someone that rents the showroom on an annual lease. There are also three air conditioned offices available inside of the showroom. If you have any questions or know someone who might be interested in renting the space, please call us at 904-270-9976.</p> <p><strong>Schedule Your Spring Service</strong></p> <p>With the boating season rapidly approaching, now is the perfect time to schedule a detail or service to make sure your boat is ready to go when the warm weather hits. We offer many services from a basic wash all the way to a full detail. We also offer a &ldquo;Stretch and Run” service which consists of us pulling your boat down and running it in the river. Also, with the &ldquo;Stretch and Run&rdquo; service you can schedule a basic wash for half off along with a 15 point inspection that includes all safety gear. Doing this ensures that your engine and other components stay healthy. And don&rsquo;t forget, we can do any light maintenance work on your vessel at a discounted rate from most mechanics. Please call 904-270-9976 for pricing or to schedule an appointment.</p> <p><strong>Yeti and Costa Del Mar Products Available</strong></p> <p>Don&rsquo;t forget that we are a Yeti and Costa Del Mar dealer. We can provide many products from Yeti coolers and seat cushions to Costa sunglasses and hats. Plus, we can order most boat electronics or components at a discounted rate. Come in and check out a catalog today!</p> <p><strong>Morningstar Referral Program</strong></p> <p>Remember, if you refer a friend and they sign an annual contract with us, you could receive a $125 rent credit! Simply stop by the Ship’s Store and ask for a &ldquo;Morningstar Double-Your-Dollars Referral Program&rdquo; form to fill out. Once your friend signs an annual contract, your account will be credited $125. When you refer a second friend, you receive an additional $250 rent credit. And with your third referral, you receive a $500 rent credit. So if you refer three friends, you will receive a total of $875 in rent credits. If you have any questions about our Referral Program, please feel free to give us a call.</p> <p><strong>Find Us on Facebook</strong></p> <p>Remember to visit us on Facebook at <a href="http://facebook.com/mstarmport" target="_blank">http://facebook.com/mstarmport</a>. Share your photos, connect with your fellow boaters, and stay up to date with the latest happenings at the marina.</p> <p>Logan Moore, General Manager</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/1000-Rent-Credit-Spring-Services-401 Introducing Our New General Manager http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Introducing-Our-New-General-Manager-400 <p>Kings Point Boaters,<br />&nbsp;<br />I am writing to inform you that I have become the Director of Marina Operations Services for Morningstar Marinas, based in Matthews, NC. Chris Higgs will become the new General Manager at Kings Point. Prior to joining Morningstar last spring, Chris was the General Manager of Abaco Beach Resort/Harbour Marina in the Bahamas, and he has a wealth of marina and boating knowledge. Many of you met Chris last summer as he worked beside me learning the ropes here at Kings Point. For the last six months, Chris has played a critical role in integrating three new marinas into the Morningstar Marinas family (two on Lake Erie and one on Lake Michigan).&nbsp; <br />&nbsp;<br />On a personal note, I have really enjoyed the last five years of working alongside a strong team at Kings Point, and I have also enjoyed developing relationships with many of our customers. In my new role, I will remain very involved with Kings Point and all other Morningstar Marinas operations. I will continue to live in Cornelius and hope that my new role will allow me to spend more time on the other side of the forklift this summer, enjoying some boat time with my wife and daughter, Kate.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />&nbsp;<br />Please join me in welcoming Chris to the General Manger position. I know he will do a great job. We will work together for a seamless transition and to ensure that Morningstar Marinas | Kings Point remains the premiere marina on Lake Norman.</p> <p>Best Regards,</p> <p>Bill Young</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Introducing-Our-New-General-Manager-400 Rory Jose Promoted to General Manager http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Rory-Jose-Promoted-to-General-Manager-397 <p>Bahia Bleu Customers,</p> <p>I am pleased to announce that Rory Jose has been promoted to General Manager, a role that I will be sharing with him.&nbsp;Rory has been with Morningstar Marinas for four years as Operations Manager. Morningstar and I value his dedication and hard work, and we&nbsp;are pleased to help him meet new challenges and grow into greater responsibilities. As I mentioned earlier, Rory and I will be sharing the General Manager title. My commitment to Morningstar is as strong as ever, but I will be working just a little less beginning in May in order to spend more time with my&nbsp;family.</p> <p>Please join me in congratulating Rory on this promotion. We are looking forward to&nbsp;ending this very long and cold winter, and to&nbsp;starting another great boating season.</p> <p>Ron Thomas, General Manager</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Rory-Jose-Promoted-to-General-Manager-397 March Newsletter http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/March-Newsletter-403 <p><strong>March Marina Specials </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />$25 Off a Half Day Boat Rental or $50 Off a Full Day Boat Rental. Enjoy a lovely springtime cruise aboard one of our 22&rsquo; Avalon Pontoon boats or our 16&rsquo; Carolina Skiff. (Valid during March 2014. Limit 1 per customer per month).<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Erin Go Bragh! </strong><br />March 15th and March 16th</p> <p>Celebrate the &ldquo;luck of the Irish&rdquo; with classic corned beef and cabbage, boiled white potatoes and steamed carrot planks for $14.95. Each order includes a frosty pint of green beer or a glass of our house wine. Be sure to ask Wanda about our Irish-themed cocktails all weekend. Reservations recommended.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Marina Member Appreciation Day </strong><br />Saturday, April 12th Noon-3PM</p> <p>Come and join us at RHYC and enjoy free hot dogs, chips and bottled waters while you get a free boat inspection and safety check up by our own Coast Guard Auxiliary. Our Marina captains will be on hand for safe boating tips and to provide ideas on how to get the best care for your boat for optimal performance and enjoyment.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Easter Sunday Brunch</strong> <br />April 20th, Noon-3PM</p> <p>Celebrate Easter Sunday with a delicious brunch buffet at RHYC. Offerings to include classic eggs Benedict, sliced glazed ham, smoked salmon with cream cheese, red onions and capers, Chef&rsquo;s selection of vegetables, Southern fried potatoes, fluffy pancakes, scrambled eggs, assorted sweet breakfast pastries and more. Cost is $15.95 for adults and $6.95 for children 10 and under. Please RSVP to the Club by Friday, April 18th.</p> <p><strong>Hours of Operation</strong></p> <ul> <li>Clubhouse: Thursday-Saturday Noon - 9:00 PM, Sundays Noon - 8:00 PM</li> <li>Marina &amp; Ship&rsquo;s Store: Wednesday-Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Closed Tuesdays</li> <li>Pool: Open for Sunbathing Only, Mondays and Wednesdays 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Thursday-Sunday 9:00 AM - Dusk, Closed Tuesdays</li> <li>The Clubhouse will close at 3:00 PM on Saturday, March 8th and Saturday, March 22nd.</li> </ul> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/March-Newsletter-403 10% Off Bottom Paintings About to Expire! http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/10-Off-Bottom-Paintings-About-to-Expire-396 <p><strong>Forklift Maintenance</strong></p> <p>Each year our marina forklifts undergo a weeklong shutdown in an effort to complete annual maintenance on our lifts. This year, Morningstar Marinas | Golden Isles will be shutting down all forklift operations from Monday, February 24th through Friday, February 28th. Please contact the marina business office at 912-480-0266 if you have any questions regarding this shutdown as we will not be able to launch or retrieve vessels during this time. Barring any weather issues, we look to be back up and fully operational by 1:00pm on Friday, February 28th.</p> <p><strong>Marina Hours of Operation</strong></p> <ul> <li>Dock Office: 7:00am to 6:00pm (Monday-Sunday)</li> <li>Dry Storage: 7:30am to 5:00pm (Monday-Sunday)</li> <li>Business Office: March: 9:00am to 5:00pm (Monday-Friday), April: 8:30am to 5:30pm (Monday-Sunday)</li> </ul> <p><strong>10% Off Bottom Paintings About to Expire!</strong></p> <p>Save 10% on your next bottom painting when you book your service during the month of February. Don&rsquo;t get caught in the queue or wait until spring to have your bottom repainted. Be ready for the upcoming season in advance of your fellow boaters and save 10% in doing so. Please contact the main office at&nbsp;912-480-0266 to receive a free quote. This offer is valid on bottom paintings booked during the month of February.</p> <p><strong>$1.00 Per Foot Off Professional Boat Washes</strong></p> <p>Based on the overwhelming response to this offer, we have decided to extend the opportunity to become a part of this discounted program through the end of February. As you may be aware, we have one of the best boat washer, detailer and bottom painters in the industry on our staff. We charge the industry standard of $3.00/ft. to have your boat washed from top to bottom. Your boat is a major investment, so let us help you keep it looking great throughout the year while saving $1.00/ft. Sign up for our Monthly Wash Program and have your boat thoroughly washed and dried from top to bottom for the low price of only $2.00/ft. each month.</p> <p>Please contact the main office at 912-480-0266 to learn more about how to keep your boat looking great each time you are ready to go out on the water.</p> <p><strong>Referral Program</strong></p> <p>This is the time of year when many of your friends may be entertaining the idea of purchasing a new boat in 2014. Why not let this purchase help pay your dockage at Morningstar Marinas? Refer a friend and receive a $125 dockage credit when they sign an annual contract. Refer a second friend on an annual contract and receive an additional $250 in dockage credits, and with a third friend receive an additional $500 in dockage credits. That’s a total of up to $875 in dockage credits in 2014. If you have any questions regarding this program, please do not hesitate to contact the marina business office at 912-480-0266.</p> <p>Chris Ferguson, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Golden Isles</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/10-Off-Bottom-Paintings-About-to-Expire-396 True Course Captain’s School http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/True-Course-Captains-School-390 <p>Lakefront Marina and Lakefront Yacht Club will be presenting True Course Captain&rsquo;s School and its various classes during the month of May. <a href="http://origin.library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1102474672113-606/True+Course+Captain%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%99s+School.pdf" target="_blank">Click here</a> for details.</p> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/True-Course-Captains-School-390 Welcome to the 2014 Boating Season http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Welcome-to-the-2014-Boating-Season-391 <p>Great Lakes Marina Boaters,</p> <p>Even though it doesn&rsquo;t look like spring outside, it won’t be long before we start launching boats.&nbsp;Many of you have stored with us in the past, and&nbsp;you know the drill. I would like to remind everyone to please fill out your launch request and return it&nbsp;to our Service Department as soon as possible. <a href="http://origin.library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1102474672113-607/2014+Spring+Launch+Form+-+Great+Lakes.pdf" target="_blank">Click here</a> to download the form. We will try our best to accommodate&nbsp;your requested launch dates.&nbsp;If your boat is located&nbsp;in the front of the buildings, then you came out of the water late last fall and will need to have your boat ready to go&nbsp;on April 1st. The ice is usually gone&nbsp;by April 1st, and&nbsp;we hope that holds true this year.&nbsp;Once we start launching and we get to your boat, it&nbsp;needs to go in the water or you will be charged to move and reset it.</p> <p>A reminder that the buildings are open for you to access your boat&nbsp;seven days a week from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Hours will be extended&nbsp;as needed&nbsp;during the month of March.</p> <p>If you would like an estimate from Great Lakes Marina on a service, please contact our Service Department so we can be sure you are ready for a fun-filled and&nbsp;hassle-free boating season.</p> <p>There is a very limited number of slips available for this season, so make sure your contracts are signed and sent in if you wish to be here with us this summer. All vacant slips will be offered to people on our waiting list starting in February.</p> <p>It is also the time of year when we start taking applications for our summer fuel dock and yard/equipment operators.&nbsp;If you have relatives or know of anyone that would like to work with us here at the marina, please send them our way. (Applicants&nbsp;must be 17 years old to work at the fuel dock and 18 years old for the yard.)</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t forget the Grand Rapids Boat Show will take place February 19th-23rd&nbsp;at the Devos Place in&nbsp;downtown Grand Rapids.&nbsp;We hope to see you there!<br /><br />Jeff Covey, General Manager</p> <p>Great Lakes Marina</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Welcome-to-the-2014-Boating-Season-391 Welcome to the 2014 Boating Season http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Welcome-to-the-2014-Boating-Season-389 <p>Lakefront Marina Customers,</p> <p>Let me welcome you to the 2014 boating season. We would like to thank you for entrusting your boat to our care for the winter months and upcoming spring launch. We will do everything to make a smooth and trouble-free transition from storage to dock. It is our intention to make this year the best year ever at Lakefront Marina.</p> <p>We have a number of improvements planned for the marina, including upgrades to the landscaping, painting and building, replacing the 700 pier walkway, making long-needed repairs to the lift wells, and resealing and repairing the parking lot and driveways. We also have plans to replace and add some docks. We are excited to start these projects as soon as weather permits.</p> <p><a href="http://origin.library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1102474672113-604/2014+Spring+Launch+Order.pdf" target="_blank">Click here</a> to download our <strong>2014 Spring Launch Request Form</strong>. Please take the time to review it completely, then complete the form and return it to us either via mail or email. Feel free to call Michelle in Service with any questions or concerns you may have.</p> <p>Weather permitting, we will begin moving boats out of the storage buildings as early as March 24th, and start launching boats Monday through Friday beginning April 14th. We will launch boats on Saturdays beginning April 19th. Keep in mind that dates are scheduled in the order that forms are received. Early receipt of the properly completed form is your best assurance that we will be able to meet your needs and comply with your requests. Should your requested date not be available, we will contact you with an alternate date. Any boat that is launched after June 14th will be subject to an additional $4.00/ft. launch charge. We may need to cancel the launching of your boat due to inclement weather, or circumstances beyond our control. We will make every effort to honor the date you have chosen. Please notify the Service Office when you arrive so that we can contact the yard crew and not inconvenience any customer with delay. For those customers who do not dock with us, please move your boat to your home port within the first weekend following the launch of your boat or we can make arrangements with a captain to deliver your boat for a nominal fee.</p> <p>A unique advantage of Lakefront Marina is that we have introduced a &ldquo;Pay As You Go&rdquo; flexible payment plan for your dock and/or storage fees. There is no need to prepay the full amount of your contract in advance of the boating or storage seasons. Sign up for the six month dockage season (beginning May 1st), pay May&rsquo;s payment, and that is all that is due until June when the month to month payment begins. The same is true for the winter storage season beginning November 1st. You may also sign an annual contract and enjoy having the same payment year round. Of course you do have the option of paying all at once prior to the season if you prefer.</p> <p>Additionally, introduce your friends to Lakefront Marina, and qualify for our &ldquo;Double Your Dollars&rdquo; Referral Program, a great way to boat for less and spend more time with your friends. <a href="http://origin.library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1102474672113-605/Referral+Form+2014.pdf" target="_blank">Click here</a> for program details.</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t forget about our certified technicians in our service department. Let us help you get your boat ready for spring. <strong>We are offering a February Service Special: 10% off hull buffing and waxing, and 10% off bottom painting.</strong></p> <p>Remember:</p> <ul> <li>All account balances must be current (-0-) prior to launch.</li> <li>Every launch order must be guaranteed with a credit card or prepaid.</li> <li>Your credit card will be charged for any service work upon completion of that work.</li> <li>You need to have a current certificate of insurance on file.</li> </ul> <p>We look forward to seeing you and having a fantastic 2014 boating season.</p> <p>Kevin Asher, General Manager</p> <p>Lakefront Marina</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Welcome-to-the-2014-Boating-Season-389 Forklift Maintenance & Marina Upgrades http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Forklift-Maintenance-Marina-Upgrades-392 <p><strong>Forklift Maintenance</strong></p> <p>We are taking the forklift down as of today, February 12th for preventative maintenance. The lift will be down through the end of February. We will be unable to accommodate boat movements during this time. We will send out a notice when the lift is back in action. As always, feel free to contact the marina if you have any questions or concerns.</p> <p><strong>Marina Upgrades</strong></p> <p>While you are away from your boat, here is a look at what’s going on at the marina. We are repairing the marina racks to eliminate any rust from falling onto your boat when we are moving other boats. We are also recarpeting all of the bunks inside and outside to make sure your hull is sitting on carpet and not directly on wood.</p> <p><strong>Richmond Boat Show</strong></p> <p>Come see us at the 26th Annual Richmond Boat Show this weekend. Morningstar will have a booth, and we would love to see our boaters there! The show takes place February 14th-16th. <a href="http://www.gsevents.com/shows/display.cfm?showid=62" target="_blank">Click here</a> for details.</p> <p><strong>Winter Weather</strong></p> <p>We are glad everyone has had their boat winterized. This winter has been pretty brutal! We&rsquo;ve never seen the haven froze over like it was in January. It&rsquo;s pretty amazing to see a sheet of ice from here to the channel.</p> <p>Tina Minor, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Gwynns Island</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Forklift-Maintenance-Marina-Upgrades-392 Weather Notice http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Weather-Notice-394 <p>Kings Point Boaters.</p> <p>We are currently experiencing snow around the lake and are&nbsp;monitoring our docks to take care of any issues at this time.&nbsp;We may experience significant snow and ice accumulation over the next few days. If you are able to visit the marina to check on your boat, please use extreme caution on the dock fingers. If you are unable or prefer not to be out on the docks, please call the marina office and we will be happy to assist you. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the marina office at 704-746-3753.</p> <p>Bill Young, General Manager</p> Morningstar Marinas | Kings Point News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Weather-Notice-394 Weather Notice http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Weather-Notice-393 <p>Skipper’s Landing Boaters.</p> <p>We are currently experiencing snow around the lake and are&nbsp;monitoring our docks to take care of any issues at this time.&nbsp;We may experience significant snow and ice accumulation over the next few days. If you are able to visit the marina to check on your boat, please use extreme caution on the dock fingers. If you are unable or prefer not to be out on the docks, please call the marina office and we will be happy to assist you. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the marina office at 704-508-4730.</p> <p>Jamie Seaman, General Manager</p> Morningstar Marinas | Skipper’s Landing<br /><br /> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Weather-Notice-393 Forklift Maintenance & 10% Off Bottom Paintings http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Forklift-Maintenance-10-Off-Bottom-Paintings-395 <p><strong>Forklift Maintenance</strong></p> <p>Each year our marina forklifts undergo a weeklong shutdown in an effort to complete annual maintenance on our lifts. This year, Morningstar Marinas | Golden Isles will be shutting down all forklift operations from Monday, February 24th through Friday, February 28th. Please contact the marina business office at&nbsp;912-480-0266 if you have any questions regarding this shutdown as we will not be able to launch or retrieve vessels during this time. Barring any weather issues, we look to be back up and fully operational by 1:00pm on Friday, February 28th.</p> <p><strong>10% Off Bottom Paintings</strong></p> <p>Save 10% on your next bottom painting when you book your service during the month of February. Don&rsquo;t get caught in the queue or wait until spring to have your bottom repainted. Be ready for the upcoming season in advance of your fellow boaters and save 10% in doing so. Please contact the main office at 912-480-0266 to receive a free quote. This offer is valid on bottom paintings booked during the month of February.</p> <p><strong>$1.00 Per Foot Off Professional Boat Washes</strong></p> <p>As you may be aware, we have one of the best boat washer, detailer and bottom painters in the industry on our staff. We charge the industry standard of $3.00/ft. to have your boat washed from top to bottom. Your boat is a major investment, so let us help you keep it looking great throughout the year while saving $1.00/ft. Sign up for our Monthly Wash Program and have your boat thoroughly washed and dried from top to bottom for the low price of only $2.00/ft. each month.</p> <p>Please contact the main office at 912-480-0266 to learn more about how to keep your boat looking great each time you are ready to go out on the water.</p> <p><strong>Referral Program</strong></p> <p>This is the time of year when many of your friends may be entertaining the idea of purchasing a new boat in 2014. Why not let this purchase help pay your dockage at Morningstar Marinas? Refer a friend and receive a $125 dockage credit when they sign an annual contract. Refer a second friend on an annual contract and receive an additional $250 in dockage credits, and with a third friend receive an additional $500 in dockage credits. That’s a total of up to $875 in dockage credits in 2014. If you have any questions regarding this program, please do not hesitate to contact the marina business office at 912-480-0266.</p> <p>Chris Ferguson, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Golden Isles</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Forklift-Maintenance-10-Off-Bottom-Paintings-395 Come See Us at the Jacksonville Boat Show http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Come-See-Us-at-the-Jacksonville-Boat-Show-402 <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>67th Annual Jacksonville Boat Show</strong></p> <p>The 67th Annual Jacksonville Boat Show is this weekend at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. The show starts today, Friday, January 24th and runs through Sunday, January 26th. We, along with Morningstar Marinas | Golden Isles, will have a booth at the show. We hope to see many of our members at the show. There will be a large variety of boats on display along with seminars each day. Tickets are $10 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-15, and children under 5 are free. Visit <a href="http://www.boatjax.com/" target="_blank">boatjax.com</a> for more info.</p> <p><strong>Schedule Your Detail or Service</strong></p> <p>With the boating season rapidly approaching, now is the perfect time to schedule a detail or service to make sure your boat is ready to go when the warm weather hits. We offer many services from a basic wash to a full detail. We also offer a &ldquo;Stretch and Run” service that consists of us pulling your boat down and running it in the river. Doing this ensures that your engine and other components stay healthy. Please call for pricing or to schedule an appointment.</p> <p>Logan Moore, General Manager</p> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Come-See-Us-at-the-Jacksonville-Boat-Show-402 February Newsletter http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/February-Newsletter-388 <p><strong>February Marina Specials </strong></p> <ul> <li>$25 Off a Half Day Boat Rental or $50 Off a Full Day Boat Rental. Valid during February 2014. (Limit 1 per customer per month).</li> <li>$50 Off any $300 Boat Service Booked by February 15th. Includes Compounds, Washes, Waxes, Winterizations and Hull Restorations.</li> <li>Free Chocolate Valentine Heart for Everyone in your Boating Party on Valentine&rsquo;s Day.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Winter Boat Maintenance Tips: Did You Know? </strong></p> <ul> <li>Did you know that with lack of use over the winter, your boat has accumulated water, acids and other bio-products which can harm its functionality in the long run?</li> <li>Did you know that by winterizing your boat, including the drive system, the engine, fuel, gears and cooling system you can make your investment pay off in the long run?</li> <li>Did you know that lack of use of the boat over the winter months can lead to problems when boating season arrives in the spring?</li> <li>Did you know that the services offered at RHYC can take the worry out of winter boat woes? Yes indeed&hellip;the RHYC 13-Point Inspection Checklist included in our PIC Program ensures that your boat is in tip-top running condition when you&rsquo;re ready to go.</li> <li>Did you know that RHYC offers an entire menu of services which can be performed over the winter months to make certain that the hull&rsquo;s integrity and appearance are in top notch condition, protecting your investment for years of boating fun? Yes again, and if you book any $300 boat service by February 15th, you will receive $50 off!</li> <li>Did you know that our Captains will be happy to talk to you today and arrange for an inspection of the boat to assure proper engine performance, instrument function, and boat handling? They will also make recommendations to keep your boat in pristine condition.</li> </ul> <p>So call Captain Mitch today at 843-314-5133 to set up your service program and enjoy peace of mind in knowing your boat is ready to go when you are!<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Valentine’s Sweetheart Dinner</strong> <br />Friday, February 14th 6pm</p> <p>Enjoy a romantic, candlelit evening featuring Chef Curtis&rsquo; exquisitely prepared three-course dinner for two. Selections include:</p> <p>Appetizer Course: Choice of:<br />&bull; Mini Crab Cakes with Orange Aioli<br />&bull; Bleu Cheese, Walnut and Pear Crostini</p> <p>Entr&eacute;e Course: Choice of:<br />&bull; Pan Seared Tenderloin Steak in Red Wine Reduction<br />&bull; Seafood Piccata: Shrimp, Scallops and Crabmeat with Garlic steamed Mussels tossed with Pasta Shells</p> <p>Both entr&eacute;e selections served with balsamic-glazed, roasted red onion wedges with parmesan-crusted plum tomatoes, saut&eacute;ed portobello mushroom and spinach.</p> <p>Dessert Course: Chef Curtis&rsquo; romantic creation of a delectable and decadent dessert for two.</p> <p>Dinner includes a mellow snifter of cognac, glass of wine, or after-dinner cocktail of your choosing. The evening is priced at $75.00 per couple. Reservations are limited and required, no later than Wednesday, February 12th. Please call 843-314-5133 to make your reservation.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Prelude to Mardi Gras </strong><br />March 1st and March 2nd</p> <p>Laissez les bons temps rouler! Get yourself warmed up for Mardi Gras with Chef Curtis&rsquo; classic New Orleans specials, including:</p> <ul> <li>Shrimp, crab and crawfish etouffee served with Cajun rice and a garden salad. $17.95</li> <li>Fried oyster po&rsquo; boy sandwich: juicy fried oysters heaped on French rolls dressed with slaw and served with Creole dressing and one side item. $10.95</li> <li>Chicken and andouille gumbo with white rice, fil&eacute; powder and a home-baked garlic roll. $8.95</li> </ul> <p>Wash them all down with specially-priced Big Easy Hurricanes for only $4.00. Reservations recommended: 843-314-5133.</p> <p><strong>Erin Go Bragh! </strong><br />March 15th and March 16th</p> <p>Celebrate the &ldquo;luck of the Irish&rdquo; with classic corned beef and cabbage, boiled white potatoes and steamed carrot planks for $14.95. Each order includes a frosty pint of green beer or a glass of our house wine. Be sure to ask Wanda about our Irish-themed cocktails all weekend. Reservations recommended: 843843-314-5133.</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/February-Newsletter-388 Marina Hours & Atlanta Boat Show http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Marina-Hours-Atlanta-Boat-Show-387 <p><strong>Marina Hours</strong></p> <p>I hope everyone had an enjoyable and safe holiday season. As I am sure we will all agree, it goes by way too fast. Although we have been experiencing some cooler temperatures, the warm weather will be back in no time. In the interim, I did want to send out a reminder of our slightly revised January and February hours which are as follows:</p> <ul> <li>Dock Office: 7:00am to 5:00pm (Monday-Sunday)</li> <li>Forklift: 8:00am to 5:00pm (Wednesday-Monday, Closed Tuesday)</li> <li>Business Office: 9:00am to 5:00pm (Monday-Friday, Closed Weekends)</li> </ul> <p>As always, if there is anything we can do to be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me personally. Happy New Year!</p> <p><strong>Atlanta Boat Show</strong></p> <p>For those of you who may be attending the <a href="http://www.atlantaboatshow.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">Atlanta Boat Show</a> this weekend, please stop by the Morningstar Marinas booth (Booth #25J) and say hello! The show runs through Sunday, January 12th.</p> <p><strong>Referral Program</strong></p> <p>This is the time of year when your friends may be entertaining the idea of purchasing a new boat for 2014. Why not let their purchase help pay your dockage at Morningstar Marinas. Refer a friend who signs an annual contract and receive a $125 dockage credit, refer a second friend and receive a $250 dockage credit, and refer a third friend and receive a $500 dockage credit. That’s a total of up to $875 in dockage credits in 2014. If you have any questions regarding this program, please do not hesitate to contact the marina business office.</p> <p>Chris Ferguson, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Golden Isles</p> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Marina-Hours-Atlanta-Boat-Show-387 HT Pro Redfish Tournament This Weekend http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/HT-Pro-Redfish-Tournament-This-Weekend-386 <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>HT Pro Redfish Tournament This Weekend</strong></p> <p>A reminder to join us today and tomorrow as the Redfish Series Tournament is hosted at our marina. There will be professional weigh-ins open to the public with free admission each day from 3:00-4:30pm. Weather for the tournament is looking a little iffy, but it should be a great time nonetheless. Join us as we watch the pros go head to head to find the ultimate redfish. Bring your family and friends, and join the crowd for excitement, fun times, and a chance to be on TV! <a href="http://theredfishseries.com/jacksonville-to-host-kick-off-event/" target="_blank">Click here</a> to learn more.</p> <p><strong>Operating Hours</strong></p> <p>Our winter hours of operation are 7am-5pm seven days a week. These hours will be in effect until we start getting some warmer weather. If you have any questions about the hours, please don&rsquo;t hesitate to call us.</p> <p><strong>Boating Services</strong></p> <p>With the boating season approaching, now is the perfect time to schedule a detail or service to make sure your boat is ready to go when the warm weather hits. We offer many services from a basic wash to a full detail. We also offer a &ldquo;Stretch and Run” service which consists of us pulling your boat down and running it in the river. Doing this ensures that your engine and other components stay healthy. Please call the marina for pricing or to schedule an appointment.</p> <p>Available services include:</p> <ul> <li>Basic Wash: A thorough cleaning of your boat’s interior and exterior.</li> <li>Detail Wash: Everything is washed including inside hatches.</li> <li>Boat Detail: Waxing your entire boat (hull and topside), all metals, windshields and hatches. Everything is washed, waxed and shined.</li> <li>Topside Wax: Entire boat is cleaned and all flat, topside surfaces are waxed.</li> <li>Hull Wax: All hull surfaces are waxed.</li> <li>Hull Acid Wash: Using On and Off boat hull cleaner.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Insurance Requirements</strong></p> <p>If you have not done so, please fax or email us a current copy of your insurance certificate for your vessel. Our fax number is 904-246-9582. Just as a reminder, we require $500,000 of liability insurance with &ldquo;Morningstar Marinas at Mayport&rdquo; listed as an additional named insured.</p> <p>Logan Moore, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Mayport</p> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/HT-Pro-Redfish-Tournament-This-Weekend-386 Happy New Year from Great Lakes Marina http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Happy-New-Year-from-Great-Lakes-Marina-385 <p>Happy New Year from Great Lakes Marina</p> <p>We would like to wish all of our boaters a Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a fulfilling holiday season, and now that the snow is here and your boats are tucked away for a while, we thought we would send a few warm thoughts your way.</p> <p>As many of you know, we are now managed by Morningstar Marinas. Thank you to everyone for being patient with us as we made our transition. A few minor things have changed, like billing and payments. Your storage total is now broken into 6 payments and billed monthly from November to April. Your slip total is also broken into 6 payments and billed monthly from May to October. If you have any questions regarding this, please call or email Heidi Griswold, our Marina Coordinator. Our staff is here to serve you and answer any questions you may have. Below is our new email directory:</p> <ul> <li>Jeff Covey, Manager, <a href="mailto:jcovey@morningstarmarinas.com">jcovey@morningstarmarinas.com</a></li> <li>Heidi Griswold, Coordinator, <a href="mailto:hgriswold@morningstarmarinas.com">hgriswold@morningstarmarinas.com</a></li> <li>David Count, Service Manager, <a href="mailto:dcount@morningstarmarinas.com">dcount@morningstarmarinas.com</a></li> <li>Rick Carey, Service Coordinator, <a href="mailto:rcarey@morningstarmarinas.com">rcarey@morningstarmarinas.com</a></li> <li>Margie Covey, Fuel Dock Manager, <a href="mailto:margiec@morningstarmarinas.com">margiec@morningstarmarinas.com</a></li> </ul> <p>Slip contracts are due no later than January 10, 2014 along with your first month’s payment. Your next payment won&rsquo;t be due until June of 2014. If you need a new contract, please email Heidi Griswold.</p> <p>Our staff will have a display at the Grand Rapids Boat Show February 19th-23rd. Make it a date night and come on down, walk around and say hello!</p> <p>Thank you for your continued patronage. We wish all of you a truly Happy New Year!</p> <p>Jeff Covey, General Manager</p> <p>Great Lakes Marina</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Happy-New-Year-from-Great-Lakes-Marina-385 Morningstar Hosts the HT Pro Redfish Tournament http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Morningstar-Hosts-the-HT-Pro-Redfish-Tournament-384 <p><strong>Morningstar Hosts the HT Pro Redfish Tournament</strong></p> <p>To kick off the new year, we will be hosting the HT Pro Redfish Tournament next weekend here at Morningstar Marinas | Mayport. Weigh-in will be from 3:00-4:30pm on Friday, January 10th and Saturday, January 11th. Bring your family and friends, and join the crowd for excitement, fun times, and a chance to be on TV!</p> <p><strong>Gift Certificates</strong></p> <p>We will continue to offer gift certificates redeemable for any item in our Ship&rsquo;s Store or for services, from a basic wash to a full detail. Stop by the Ship&rsquo;s Store for more information on available items.</p> <p><strong>Insurance Requirements</strong></p> <p>If you have not done so, please fax or email us a current copy of your insurance certificate for your vessel. Our fax number is 904-246-9582. Just as a reminder, we require $500,000 of liability insurance with &ldquo;Morningstar Marinas at Mayport&rdquo; listed as an additional named insured.</p> <p><strong>Winter Operating Hours</strong></p> <p>Our winter operating hours are now in effect. The marina is open from 8:00am to 5:00pm 7 days a week.</p> <p>Logan Moore, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Mayport</p> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Morningstar-Hosts-the-HT-Pro-Redfish-Tournament-384 Happy Holidays & Rockfish Tournament Recap http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Happy-Holidays-Rockfish-Tournament-Recap-383 <p><strong>Happy Holidays from Gwynn’s Island</strong></p> <p>We&rsquo;d like to send out holiday wishes to you and your families. We hope you are able to enjoy some much needed family time and relaxation this season. Thank you from all of us here at Gwynn’s Island for making 2013 a fun and memorable year for us!</p> <p>The marina hours are 8am-5pm daily for the rest of the year, except Christmas Day. Starting in January, we will be open Wednesday-Sunday from 9am-3pm, and we will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.</p> <p><strong>Rockfish Tournament Recap</strong></p> <p>Thank you to all who participated in our annual Mathews Rotary Rockfish Tournament last weekend. We had a great time with 21 boats entered, and I&rsquo;m glad to announce that our very own Richie Hicks from Tow Boat won first prize! He took home $3000, but he must have been feeling the Christmas spirit as he donated $1000 back to the Boys &amp; Girls Club! <a href="http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/gwynns-island/media/detail/2013-Mathews-Rotary-Rockfish-Tournament-74/?utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Gwynns+121813&amp;utm_content=Gwynns+121813+CID_3bdab7e50d29b5d2bbed2556a752e411&amp;utm_source=Email%20marketing%20software&amp;utm_term=Click%20here" target="_blank">Click here</a> to&nbsp;check out all the pictures from this year’s tournament.</p> <p>Tina Minor, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Gwynns Island</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Happy-Holidays-Rockfish-Tournament-Recap-383 Happy Holidays & New Forklift http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Happy-Holidays-New-Forklift-381 <p><strong>Happy Holidays from Bahia Bleu</strong></p> <p>We want to thank you for yet another awesome year! We appreciate your business and hope you have a great holiday season with family and friends. Below is a reminder about our hours for the winter months and holidays. Thanks again for an amazing year!</p> <ul> <li>Monday-Sunday, 8am-5pm</li> <li>Closed every Tuesday</li> <li>Closed Christmas Day</li> <li>Closed New Year&rsquo;s Day</li> </ul> <p><strong>Santa’s Bringing Us a New Forklift!</strong></p> <p>We have some exciting news for our boaters! We must have made Santa’s “nice list” because he’s bringing us a new forklift for Christmas this year! We have ordered a new Wiggins lift, and the company has told us the new lift should be completed by February. Once it arrives at the marina, we will host a Christening Party for all to enjoy. As the time draws closer, we will send out a notice with the exact date and time for the event. We hope to see many of you at the marina for the Christening Party!</p> <p>The new lift will have many features to help ensure the safety and efficiency of handling our members’ boats. The Morningstar staff is very excited about this new lift. We&rsquo;ll keep our existing lift on hand and continue to maintain it so that we always have a working back-up as it is our priority to ensure you have the best possible experience at our marina.</p> <p>Ron Thomas, General Manager<br />Rory Jose, Operations Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Bahia Bleu</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Happy-Holidays-New-Forklift-381 Happy Holidays from Golden Isles http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Happy-Holidays-from-Golden-Isles-380 <p><strong>Happy Holidays &amp; Holiday Hours</strong></p> <p>Golden Isles Boaters,</p> <p>I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for being a part of Morningstar Marinas | Golden Isles throughout this past year. Believe it or not, 2014 is just around the corner. We would like to wish each and every one of you a wonderful and safe holiday season and a very happy new year.</p> <p>With the holiday season upon us, we will have slightly revised holiday hours listed below:</p> <ul> <li>Christmas Eve: 7am to 2pm</li> <li>Christmas Day: Closed</li> <li>New Years Eve: 7am to 2pm</li> <li>New Years Day: Closed</li> </ul> <p>As we transition into the first couple of months in 2014, we will also be slightly revising our hours of operation as we have done throughout the past few years. Please see revised hours for January and February below:</p> <ul> <li>Dock Office: 7am to 5pm (Monday-Sunday)</li> <li>Forklift: 8am to 5pm (Wednesday-Sunday, Closed Tuesday)</li> <li>Business Office: 9am to 5pm (Monday-Friday, Closed weekends)</li> </ul> <p>Chris Ferguson, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Golden Isles</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Happy-Holidays-from-Golden-Isles-380 Happy Holidays & Boat Parade Recap http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Happy-Holidays-Boat-Parade-Recap-379 <p><strong>Happy Holidays &amp; Holiday Hours</strong></p> <p>We&rsquo;d like to send out holiday wishes to you and your families. We hope you are able to enjoy some much needed family time and relaxation this season. Thank you from all of us here at Eaton Ferry for making 2013 a fun and memorable year for us!</p> <p>Our holiday hours are as follows:</p> <ul> <li>Christmas Eve: 9am-2pm</li> <li>Christmas Day: Closed</li> <li>New Years Eve: 9am-2pm</li> <li>New Years Day: Closed</li> </ul> <p><strong>Boat Parade Recap</strong></p> <p>I would like to personally thank everyone who participated in the 2013 Holiday Boat Parade. Despite the less than desirable weather, we had a good turnout of boats and raised over $500 in cash along with many toys, coats, backpacks and other school supplies. All items and proceeds were donated to the <a href="http://john316center.org/" target="_blank">John 3:16 Center</a>, a local charity that benefits underprivileged children in Warren, Halifax and North Hampton Counties. It was a great experience that will surely benefit many needy kids this holiday season. If anyone has pictures from the parade, feel free to tag the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/morningstarmarinas.eatonferry" target="_blank">Morningstar Marinas Eaton Ferry Facebook page</a>, or email them to me and I will add them to our website and Facebook page. Thanks again to all who participated!</p> <p>Adam Keisler, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Eaton Ferry</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Happy-Holidays-Boat-Parade-Recap-379 Happy Holidays from Mayport http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Happy-Holidays-from-Mayport-378 <p><strong>Happy Holidays from Mayport</strong></p> <p>Thanks to all of our members for an awesome year! We have enjoyed having everyone out at the marina, and we can&rsquo;t wait to see what fun 2014 has in store for us. The entire staff at Morningstar Marinas would like to wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season.</p> <p><strong>Holiday Hours</strong></p> <p>The marina will close at 2pm on Christmas Eve and New Year&rsquo;s Eve. We will also be closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day. If you would like to use your boat on any of these days, please let us know as soon as possible. We can launch your boat the day before, and your boat will stay out until we return from the holiday.</p> <p><strong>Holiday Gifts</strong></p> <p>The holidays are here, and now is the perfect time to pick out something special for the boater in your life. We have everything you or your boater could need from safety gear to rods, reels and tackle. We are also offering gift certificates redeemable for any item in our Ship&rsquo;s Store or for services, from a basic wash to a full detail. Stop by the Ship&rsquo;s Store for more information on available items.</p> <p><strong>Gift Certificates Available</strong></p> <p>Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer? Morningstar Marinas gift certificates are available for purchase this holiday season. Contact the office at 904-270-9976 for more information.</p> <p><strong>“Stretch &amp; Run” Program</strong></p> <p>Washes and details can be scheduled at any time by calling 904-246-8929. Don&rsquo;t forget about our “Stretch &amp; Run” Program for $50 which includes a check of all systems, stretch and run of your boat, and $15 off a basic wash. Cost is $50 for just a stretch or $70 for a stretch and wash.</p> <p><strong>Insurance Requirements</strong></p> <p>If you have not yet done so, please fax or email a current copy of your insurance certificate for your vessel to the marina. Our fax number is 904-246-9582. Just as a reminder, we require $500,000 of liability insurance with &ldquo;Morningstar Marinas at Mayport&rdquo; listed as an additional named insured.</p> <p><strong>Unclaimed Items</strong></p> <p>In an effort to keep the marina clean, we are cleaning out our storage barns. If you have anything set aside inside the barns such as outriggers, tubes, skis, cast nets, etc., please retrieve your items and place them in your boat, or tag your items with your name. After the first of the year, items left untagged will be placed in the trash.</p> <p><strong>Trailers</strong></p> <p>If you are currently storing a trailer at the marina, please call the marina office at 904-270-9976 to be sure we have your correct information on file. We have several unclaimed trailers at the marina. If your trailer is here, please take a moment to call us and provide your tag number, trailer description or some information to let us know which one is yours so we can properly tag it. Thank you.</p> <p>Logan Moore, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Mayport</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Happy-Holidays-from-Mayport-378 Happy Holidays from Skipper’s Landing http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Happy-Holidays-from-Skippers-Landing-377 <p><strong>Happy Holidays &amp; Holiday Hours</strong></p> <p>We would like to wish all of our Skipper’s Landing boaters a happy holiday season and a happy new year! Thank you for a great 2013, and we look forward to seeing you in 2014.</p> <p>The marina will be closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day this year. Our winter hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 9am to 5pm.</p> <p><strong>Schedule Your Winter Service</strong></p> <p>Don’t forget to have your boat winterized! Call the marina at&nbsp;704-508-4730 to schedule your service before it’s too late. We have several packages for you to choose from:</p> <ul> <li>Full Plus - $469: includes impeller change, oil change, outdrive lube and grease, and a basic winterization</li> <li>Plus - $319: includes oil change, outdrive lube and grease, and a basic winterization</li> <li>Basic - $200: includes engine fog and fuel stabilizer</li> </ul> <p>Jamie Seaman, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Skipper’s Landing</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Happy-Holidays-from-Skippers-Landing-377 January Newsletter http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/January-Newsletter-376 <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>New Year’s Boat Rental Special </strong><br />$25 Off a Half Day Boat Rental or $50 Off a Full Day Boat Rental.</p> <p>Enjoy a relaxing cruise aboard one of our 22&rsquo; Pontoons or our 16&rsquo; Skiff. There are plenty of warm winter days when a cruise along the river in the sunshine might be just the thing to chase away the winter blues. Get outside and soak in some rays while taking advantage of our discounted winter rates. Rates do not include gas. Call the marina at 843-314-5133 for reservations.</p> <ul> <li>22&rsquo; Pontoons: 8 people, $175 half day, $300 full day</li> <li>16&rsquo; Skiff: 3 people, $99 half day, $149 full day</li> </ul> <p><em>Valid during January 2014. (Limit 1 per customer per month).</em></p> <p><strong>$50 Off Any $300 Service</strong> <br />Receive $50.00 off any $300.00 service booked by January 15th! After a great season of boating fun, let Captain Mitch and the marina team give your boat a nice winter check-up. All prices quoted upon inspection of boat. Pricing may vary based upon condition and hull structure of boat. Services include:</p> <ul> <li>Boat Wash: From $4.00 per foot</li> <li>Hull Clean-up: From $3.00 per foot</li> <li>Wash and one coat of wax: From $12.00 per foot</li> <li>Complete compound, wash and wax starting at $20.00 per foot (price may vary due to condition/oxidation of boat)</li> <li>Complete Battery Check up and Charge: $25.00</li> <li>Winterizations: Outboard Motors $75.00, Inboard Motors $125.00</li> <li>Gel Coat Repairs</li> </ul> <p>RHYC Ship&rsquo;s Store pricing is competitive with West Marine, so check out our dock lines, fenders, anchors and anchor lines. Come by the RHYC Ship&rsquo;s Store for more information, or call us at 843-314-5133.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Buy One Get One Free Special </strong><br />Ward off the winter blues by saving some serious green at RHYC. For the entire month of January, ring in the New Year with our Buy One Get One Free special. This special includes all menu items and all drinks including beer, wine, cocktails, appetizers, sandwiches, entrees, pizzas and soft drinks. That&rsquo;s right, everything at the restaurant is Buy One Get One Free during every weekend in January! Now that&rsquo;s a good reason to come on down to the Yacht Club with friends and warm up your weekend. This is a &ldquo;dine-in&rdquo; special and does not apply to take-out or to-go orders. To ensure excellent service, reservations are a must, so don&rsquo;t miss out! Call the Club at 843-314-5133 to reserve your table.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Valentine’s Sweetheart Dinner</strong> <br />Friday, February 14th 6pm</p> <p>Enjoy a romantic, candlelit evening featuring Chef Curtis&rsquo; exquisitely prepared three-course dinner for two. Selections include:</p> <p><em><strong>Appetizer Course</strong></em>: Choice of:<br />&bull; Mini Crab Cakes with Orange Aioli<br />&bull; Bleu Cheese, Walnut and Pear Crostini</p> <p><em><strong>Entr&eacute;e Course</strong></em>: Choice of:<br />&bull; Pan Seared Tenderloin Steak in Red Wine Reduction<br />&bull; Seafood Piccata: Shrimp, Scallops and Crabmeat with Garlic steamed Mussels tossed with Pasta Shells</p> <p>Both entr&eacute;e selections served with balsamic-glazed, roasted red onion wedges with parmesan-crusted plum tomatoes, saut&eacute;ed portobello mushroom and spinach.</p> <p><em><strong>Dessert Course</strong></em>: Chef Curtis&rsquo; romantic creation of a delectable and decadent dessert for two.</p> <p>Dinner includes a mellow snifter of cognac, glass of wine, or after-dinner cocktail of your choosing. The evening is priced at $75.00 per couple. Reservations are limited and required, no later than Wednesday, February 12th. Please call 843-314-5133 to make your reservation.</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/January-Newsletter-376 Holiday Gifts & Weekend Fuel Discount http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Holiday-Gifts-Weekend-Fuel-Discount-382 <p><strong>Holiday Gifts</strong></p> <p>The holidays are here, and now is the perfect time to pick out something special for the boater in your life. We have everything you or your boater could need from safety gear to rods, reels and tackle. We are also offering gift certificates redeemable for any item in our Ship&rsquo;s Store or for services, from a basic wash to a full detail. Stop by the Ship&rsquo;s Store for more information on available items.</p> <p><strong>Weekend Forecast &amp; Fuel Discount</strong></p> <p>The weather for this weekend is looking great with 80 degree days and no rain. Offshore is looking promising as well with swells staying around 2-3 feet for the weekend. It&rsquo;s a perfect time to go out and catch that record wahoo. In celebration of this great weather and our amazing members, we are offering $0.10 per gallon off on fuel with any Ship&rsquo;s Store purchase this weekend only.</p> <p><strong>Insurance Requirements</strong></p> <p>If you have not yet done so, please fax or email a current copy of your insurance certificate for your vessel to the marina. Our fax number is 904-246-9582. Just as a reminder, we require $500,000 of liability insurance with &ldquo;Morningstar Marinas at Mayport&rdquo; listed as an additional named insured.</p> <p><strong>Unclaimed Items</strong></p> <p>In an effort to keep the marina clean, we are cleaning out our storage barns. If you have anything set aside inside the barns such as outriggers, tubes, skis, cast nets, etc., please retrieve your items and place them in your boat, or tag your items with your name. After the first of the year, items left untagged will be placed in the trash.</p> <p><strong>Morningstar Referral Program</strong></p> <p>Remember, if you refer a friend and they sign an annual contract with us, you could receive a $125 rent credit! Simply stop by the Ship’s Store and ask for a &ldquo;Morningstar Double-Your-Dollars Referral Program&rdquo; form to fill out. Once your friend signs an annual contract, your account will be credited $125. When you refer a second friend, you receive an additional $250 rent credit. And with your third referral, you receive a $500 rent credit. So if you refer three friends, you will receive a total of $875 in rent credits. If you have any questions about our Referral Program, please feel free to give us a call.</p> <p>Logan Moore, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Mayport</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Holiday-Gifts-Weekend-Fuel-Discount-382 Holiday Customer Appreciation Party http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Holiday-Customer-Appreciation-Party-375 <p>Golden Isles Boaters,</p> <p>It&rsquo;s that time of year again! We would like to invite all of you to our end of the year Customer Appreciation Party on Saturday, December 14th from 6-8pm in the Harbor Room/Courtyard area of the Marina. The Coastal Kitchen will be catering the event, so please come and join us for food, beer, wine, music and the camaraderie of your fellow boaters. It is our sincere hope you will be able to attend. Please RSVP by contacting the Marina Business Office at 912-634-1128.</p> <p>Chris Ferguson, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Golden Isles</p> <p><strong>$1.00/Ft. Off A Professional Boat Wash</strong></p> <p>As many of you know, we have one of the best boat wash, detail and bottom painters in the industry on our staff. We charge the industry standard of $3.00/ft. to have your boat washed from top to bottom. Your boat is a major investment, so let us help you keep it looking great throughout the year while saving $1.00/ft. Sign up for our “Monthly Wash Program” to have your boat thoroughly washed and dried from top to bottom for the low price of $2.00/ft. each month.</p> <p>Please contact the marina office at 912-634-1128 to find out more on how to keep your boat looking great each time you are ready to go out on the water!</p> <p><strong>December Hours of Operation</strong></p> <ul> <li>Dock Office: 7:00am-6:00pm</li> <li>Forklift: Wednesday-Monday 8:00am-5:00pm (Closed Tuesday)</li> <li>Business Office: Monday-Saturday 8:30am-5:30pm, Sunday 12:30pm-5:30pm</li> </ul> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Holiday-Customer-Appreciation-Party-375 Warm Up with Free Coffee & Hot Chocolate http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Warm-Up-with-Free-Coffee-Hot-Chocolate-374 <p>Gwynn’s Island Boaters,</p> <p>We have free coffee and hot chocolate in the office if you are cold after a long&nbsp;day of fishing. Just ask any of us to get it going for you, and it’ll be in your hands in&nbsp;a matter of minutes! It’s just a little way for us to say thank you&nbsp;for your continued patronage.</p> <p>Winterizations are still being completed. Call the marina today to schedule your boat if you have not already done so. This is the&nbsp;perfect time for&nbsp;your boat’s&nbsp;annual preventative maintenance to help you avoid problems in the middle of summer.</p> <p>Look at this 47” rockfish caught&nbsp;yesterday by Mr. Hudgins. It weighs 44.4 pounds! The weather will be wet this weekend, but that makes for good fishing.</p> <p>Don’t forget, the <a href="http://cm.studiobanks.com/t/y-l-thltkhy-cykjkdthd-i/" target="_blank">Mathews Rotary Rockfish Tournament</a> will take place on Saturday, December 14th and Sunday, December 15th.&nbsp;The cost to participate&nbsp;is only $150 per boat for a guaranteed first prize of $3000.</p> <p>Happy Holidays!</p> <p>Tina Minor, General Manager</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Warm-Up-with-Free-Coffee-Hot-Chocolate-374 Thanksgiving Hours & Referral Program http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Thanksgiving-Hours-Referral-Program-372 <p>Mayport Boaters,</p> <p>The marina will be closed on Thanksgiving Day in observance of the holiday. If you would like to use your boat on Thursday, simply call ahead and we will launch your boat on Wednesday, November 27th so your boat will be waiting in the water for you. Your boat would remain in the water all day Thanksgiving Day, and we would retrieve your boat from the water first thing Friday morning. Please call the marina at your earliest convenience if you would like us to launch your boat for Thursday.</p> <p>On behalf of the entire staff of Morningstar Marinas | Mayport, we would like to wish each and every one of you a Happy Thanksgiving.</p> <p>Logan Moore, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Mayport<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Morningstar Referral Program </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />Remember, if you refer a friend and they sign an annual contract with us, you could receive a $125 rent credit! Simply stop by the Ship’s Store and ask for a &ldquo;Morningstar Double-Your-Dollars Referral Program&rdquo; form to fill out. Once your friend signs an annual contract, your account will be credited $125. When you refer a second friend, you receive an additional $250 rent credit. And with your third referral, you receive a $500 rent credit. So if you refer three friends, you will receive a total of $875 in rent credits. If you have any questions about our Referral Program, please feel free to give us a call.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Unclaimed Items </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />In an effort to keep the marina clean, we are cleaning out our storage barns. If you have anything set aside inside the barns such as outriggers, tubes, skis, cast nets, etc., please retrieve your items and place them in your boat, or tag your items with your name. After the first of the year, items left untagged will be placed in the trash.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Friendly Reminders </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />You can schedule a boat service at any time by simply calling the marina at 904-246-8929 or stopping by the Ship’s Store. Our service staff offers everything from a basic wash to a full detail.</p> <p>Please refrain from driving down to the water. We ask that you keep all vehicles in the parking lot and do not drive past the cones. If you need special assistance or are handicapped, please call us at 904-246-8929 and we will be more than happy to help you with anything you need.</p> <p>Also, when cleaning fish at the designated fish cleaning station, please take all fish carcasses to the end of the dock rather than throwing them over by the gazebo. As the tide drops, the carcasses become exposed near the gazebo and can create an odor.</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Thanksgiving-Hours-Referral-Program-372 Happy Thanksgiving & Fishing Seminar http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Happy-Thanksgiving-Fishing-Seminar-371 <p>Bahia Bleu Boaters,</p> <p>On behalf of the entire staff of Morningstar Marinas | Bahia Bleu, we would like to wish each and every one of you a Happy Thanksgiving. As a reminder, the marina will close at 3pm tomorrow, November 27th and will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. And starting December 3rd, the marina will be closed on Tuesdays.</p> <p>Ron Thomas, General Manager<br />Rory Jose, Operations Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Bahia Bleu</p> <p><strong>Fish the Seasons Seminar December 3rd</strong></p> <p>We’re wrapping up the “Fish the Seasons” Seminar Series on Tuesday, December 3rd with a <em>Fundamentals of Winter Fishing </em>seminar hosted by Morningstar Marinas, Freedom Boat Club and Sea Tow Marine. Join us on the marina porch at 6pm for this hour-long seminar. Follow up questions are welcome!</p> <p>We’ll discuss what tactics work as conditions cool down. Wondering if you can still catch during the winter? The short answer is yes! Seatrout, redfish, sheepshead, stripers and an occasional flounder are out there. Learn what to look for and where. Also learn about winter patterns, the flats, fishing deep, and the impact of the sun’s warming. We’ll discuss rigs, tackle, bait and tips for mud minnows, shrimp, fiddler crabs and dead bait. There will be plenty of tips on new and old tackle favorites from local tackle shops and guides. We’ll also cover a few safety basics.</p> <p>I hope you have enjoyed this seminar series. Keep what you want to eat and release the rest. Always obey all regulations!</p> <p>Fish On!<br />Capt. Jack McGowan</p> <p><strong>Fishing Report from Captain Jack McGowan</strong></p> <p>Greetings from the coast. Fishing has been good, but it’s late fall and the weather can be temperamental. It can be good for several days and then poor for several days. Generally during the time just before a front, fishing can be really good. As the front hits, you&rsquo;ll see a decrease in fishing activity. After the front clears out, the fish are going to be hungry and on the move again. Sea trout are on the move this time of year. Maybe one day you’ll find them close to the beachfront and another day back on the inside. As these fish are on the move, they’re burning calories and searching for shrimp and other bait to eat. So these fish can be hungry and the bite can be really good. As a front comes through, sea trout, which are known for aggressive bites, can have light, soft bites with perhaps a float just barely going under the water. So anticipate some unusual things as fronts get closer. That said, fishing has been good. Sheepshead are coming in and fiddler crabs are a great bait for fishing around jetties and pilings, which are great places to find these fish in inshore waters. Also look around snags and other structures. They’re vertical feeding structure fish, so fish right next to the structure. Some fishermen are saying it’s the best year they’ve seen for black drum. Overall, fishing looks good.</p> <p>Capt. Jack McGowan<br /><a href="http://www.coastalrivercharters.com/" target="_blank">http://www.coastalrivercharters.com/</a></p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Happy-Thanksgiving-Fishing-Seminar-371 Happy Thanksgiving from Morningstar Marinas http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Happy-Thanksgiving-from-Morningstar-Marinas-370 <p>Golden Isles Boaters,</p> <p>On behalf of the entire staff of Morningstar Marinas | Golden Isles, we would like to wish each and every one of you a Happy Thanksgiving. As a reminder, the marina will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.</p> <p>Chris Ferguson, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Golden Isles</p> <p><strong>Hours of Operation</strong></p> <p>November Hours of Operation:</p> <ul> <li>Dock Office: 7:00am-6:00pm</li> <li>Forklift: 8:00am-5:00pm</li> <li>Business Office: Monday-Saturday 8:30am-5:30pm, Sunday 12:30pm-5:30pm</li> </ul> <p>December Hours of Operation:</p> <ul> <li>Dock Office: 7:00am-6:00pm</li> <li>Forklift: Wednesday-Monday 8:00am-5:00pm (Closed Tuesday)</li> <li>Business Office: Monday-Saturday 8:30am-5:30pm, Sunday 12:30pm-5:30pm</li> </ul> <p><strong>Holiday Customer Appreciation Party</strong></p> <p>It&rsquo;s that time of year again! We would like to invite all of you to our end of the year Customer Appreciation Party on Saturday, December 14th from 6-8pm in the Harbor Room/courtyard area of the marina. The Coastal Kitchen will be catering the event, so please come and join us for food, beer, wine, music and the camaraderie of your fellow boaters. It is our sincere hope you will be able to attend. Your RSVP would be greatly appreciated.</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Happy-Thanksgiving-from-Morningstar-Marinas-370 Ohio State vs. Michigan Football Viewing Saturday http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Ohio-State-vs.-Michigan-Football-Viewing-Saturday-369 <p>Lakefront Marina Customers,</p> <p>The marina and Lakefront Yacht Club are hosting the Ohio State vs. Michigan football game at the Yacht Club on Saturday, November 30th at noon. We will be serving chili and hamburgers.&nbsp; All are welcome and are invited to wear appropriate attire! We will be decorating for the first annual Commodore&rsquo;s Christmas Party after the game (if we can talk to each other following the game).</p> <p>Remember that the Commodore’s First Annual Christmas Party is coming up on Saturday, December 14th. The Clubhouse will open at noon and appetizers will be served during the afternoon with dinner following at 6:00pm.</p> <p>The staff at Lakefront and the bridge of the Lakefront Yacht Club would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving. Be careful in your travels and enjoy your families as we will do the same with ours. Stay warm! We look forward to seeing you at the football viewing and at the Christmas Party.</p> <p>Kevin Asher, General Manager</p> <p>Lakefront Marina</p> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Ohio-State-vs.-Michigan-Football-Viewing-Saturday-369 Happy Thanksgiving from Gwynn’s Island http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Happy-Thanksgiving-from-Gwynns-Island-368 <p>Gwynn’s Island Boaters,</p> <p>Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families from all of your friends here at Morningstar! Our holiday hours are as follows:</p> <ul> <li>Thanksgiving Day: Closed</li> <li>Christmas Eve: 8am - 1pm</li> <li>Christmas Day: Closed</li> <li>New Years Eve: 8am - 1pm</li> <li>New Years Day: Closed</li> </ul> <p>Please call early for launches this week as we are busy during the holidays and it&rsquo;s best to get your boat on the list. We will open again on Friday at our normal time of 8am for launches.</p> <p>Tina Minor, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Gwynns Island</p> <p><strong>Mathews Rotary Rockfish Tournament</strong></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.rockfishtourney.com/index.htm" target="_blank">Mathews Rotary Rockfish Tournament</a> will take place on Saturday, December 14th and Sunday, December 15th. Fish one day or both! Lines go in the water at sunrise, weigh-ins will take place from 2-4pm both days, and awards will be given at 5pm on Sunday. The registration and raffle event is on Friday, December 7th from 4-8pm at Piankatank Ruritan Club on Buckley Hall Road. Light food and soft drinks will be available, and beer will be allowed.</p> <p>Over $5,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winning contestants! This is a charity event with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Rotary&rsquo;s scholarship program and community projects.</p> <p>The cost to participate is $150 per boat for four anglers and $25 per additional angler. (One fish per division per boat.) <a href="http://www.rockfishtourney.com/index.htm" target="_blank">Click here</a> for an entry form or more information, or contact event coordinator David Fitch at 804-725-8371 or <a href="mailto:dnfitch1@gmail.com">dnfitch1@gmail.com</a>.</p> <p>We hope all of our customers will be able to participate in this wonderful event!</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Happy-Thanksgiving-from-Gwynns-Island-368 Rock Fishing Heats Up http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Rock-Fishing-Heats-Up-367 <p>Gwynn’s Island Boaters,<br />&nbsp;<br />It’s all about the rockfish?! Catching the limit was easy for the Hayes crew on Saturday. Jim Hayes took his buddies out, and within hours they caught six rock, and three of them were over 28 inches. Great job!<br />&nbsp;<br />Reminder: Don&rsquo;t wait until the last minute to winterize your boat. Our service staff already has a long list of boats to be winterized, and we don&rsquo;t want you to be left out in the cold. Please call the marina at 804-384-9698 to get your boat on the list if you are done boating for the season.<br />&nbsp;<br />Tina Minor, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Gwynns Island</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Rock-Fishing-Heats-Up-367 Thanksgiving & Winter Hours http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Thanksgiving-Winter-Hours-365 <p>Sandusky Harbor Marina Customers,</p> <p>The boats are stored and the marina has been winterized. We&rsquo;re making the last of our cold weather preparations and settling in for the winter here at Sandusky Harbor Marina. It seems like a good time to reflect on the 2013 boating season, begin plans for the upcoming season and say thank you to our customers.</p> <p>Our offices and facilities will be closed on Thursday, November 28th, and Friday, November 29th so that our staff can celebrate Thanksgiving with their friends and families. For your convenience, Saturday, November 30th and Sunday, December 1st we&rsquo;re back to our winter weekend hours and will be open from 9am to 3pm. Our regular winter hours are:</p> <ul> <li>Service and Front office: Monday-Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm</li> <li>Service: Closed Weekends</li> <li>Front Office: Saturday-Sunday, 9am to 3pm</li> </ul> <p>Reminder: Please sign in at the front office if you are working on your boat in a building over the weekend. This allows our staff to ensure the safety of persons who are working on boats and secure buildings when the facility closes.</p> <p>Also remember, if you have not yet signed a current winter storage or 2014 dockage contract, your gate passcode will be disabled.</p> <p>Lastly, as part of the transition to Morningstar Marinas, we have new e-mail addresses:</p> <ul> <li>General Mailbox: <a href="mailto:sanduskyharbor@morningstarmarinas.com">sanduskyharbor@morningstarmarinas.com</a></li> <li>Jerry Parsons, General Manager: <a href="mailto:jparsons@morningstarmarinas.com">jparsons@morningstarmarinas.com</a></li> <li>Jim Young, Service Manager: <a href="mailto:jyoung@morningstarmarinas.com">jyoung@morningstarmarinas.com</a> </li> <li>Twila Dugger, Service Writer: <a href="mailto:tdugger@morningstarmarinas.com">tdugger@morningstarmarinas.com</a> </li> <li>Meg Anderson: <a href="mailto:manderson@morningstarmarinas.com">manderson@morningstarmarinas.com</a></li> <li>Toll Free Phone Number (same): 800-877-3625</li> <li>Fax Number (same): 419-627-2055</li> </ul> <p>We want to wish you and your families a happy Thanksgiving holiday. We hope you have the opportunity to spend the day with friends and family, share food and lively discussions, and create pleasant, new memories.</p> <p>Jerry Parsons, General Manager</p> <p>Sandusky Harbor Marina</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Thanksgiving-Winter-Hours-365 Thanksgiving Hours & Holiday Boat Parade http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Thanksgiving-Hours-Holiday-Boat-Parade-364 <p>Eaton Ferry Boaters,</p> <p>I hope this email finds you well and you are enjoying the start to the holiday season. As colder weather approaches, I encourage you to winterize your boat in order to avoid costly repairs in the spring. To schedule your winterization, please call Overby Marine at 252-586-3593.</p> <p>During the week of Thanksgiving, the marina office will observe the following Holiday Hours:</p> <ul> <li>Sunday&nbsp; Nov 24th &ndash; Closed</li> <li>Monday Nov 25th &ndash; Closed</li> <li>Tuesday Nov 26th &ndash; 9am-5pm</li> <li>Wednesday Nov 27th &ndash; 9am-5pm</li> <li>Thursday Nov 28th &ndash; Closed for Thanksgiving holiday</li> <li>Friday Nov 29th &ndash; Closed for Thanksgiving holiday</li> <li>Saturday Nov 30th &ndash; 9am-5pm</li> </ul> <p>Adam Keisler, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Eaton Ferry</p> <p><strong>Put Away A Clean Boat</strong></p> <p>Don&rsquo;t forget to put your boat away clean! We offer a full line of detailing and shrink wrapping services to ensure your boat is clean and ready to go next summer. If you are interested in having your boat detailed or shrink wrapped, please call the marina office to schedule your service.</p> <p><strong>Holiday Boat Parade</strong></p> <p>Join us for our 3rd Annual Holiday Boat Parade on Saturday, December 7th at the marina! Decorate your boat with holiday decorations and enjoy fellowship with your fellow Lake Gaston boaters. Prizes will be given to the best decorated boats! Rumor has it there will also be a special guest for the kids. The entry fee is a new, unwrapped toy that will be donated to underprivileged children in the community. The Pointe restaurant will be hosting a “Before &amp; After Party” featuring Bryan Mayer Acoustics. Come participate in a fun event for a great cause! Call the marina for entry information.</p> <p><strong>Marina Winter Hours</strong></p> <ul> <li>Monday: Closed</li> <li>Tuesday: 9am-5pm</li> <li>Wednesday: 9am-5pm</li> <li>Thursday: 9am-5pm</li> <li>Friday: 9am-5pm</li> <li>Saturday: 9am-5pm</li> <li>Sunday: Closed</li> </ul> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Thanksgiving-Hours-Holiday-Boat-Parade-364 Mathews Rotary Rockfish Tournament http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Mathews-Rotary-Rockfish-Tournament-366 <p>Gwynn’s Island Boaters,</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.rockfishtourney.com/index.htm" target="_blank">Mathews Rotary Rockfish Tournament</a> will take place on Saturday, December 14th and Sunday, December 15th. Fish one day or both! Lines go in the water at sunrise, weigh-ins will take place from 2-4pm both days, and awards will be given at 5pm on Sunday. The registration and raffle event is on Friday, December 7th from 4-8pm at Piankatank Ruritan Club on Buckley Hall Road. Light food and soft drinks will be available, and beer will be allowed.</p> <p>Over $5,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winning contestants! This is a charity event with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Rotary&rsquo;s scholarship program and community projects.</p> <p>The cost to participate is $150 per boat for four anglers and $25 per additional angler. (One fish per division per boat.) <a href="http://www.rockfishtourney.com/entry.htm" target="_blank">Click here</a> for an entry form or more information, or contact event coordinator David Fitch at 804-725-8371 or <a href="mailto:dnfitch1@gmail.com">dnfitch1@gmail.com</a>.</p> <p>We hope all of our customers will be able to participate in this wonderful event!</p> <p>Tina Minor, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Gwynns Island</p> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Mathews-Rotary-Rockfish-Tournament-366 December Newsletter http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/December-Newsletter-373 <p><strong>Season’s Greetings From Reserve Harbor Yacht Club! </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />The Marina and Ship&rsquo;s Store will close at 5:00 PM on Monday, December 23rd and will reopen on Thursday, December 26th. The Marina and Ship&rsquo;s Store will also be closed on Tuesday, December 31st and Wednesday, January 1st.</p> <p>The Clubhouse and Restaurant will be closed Monday, December 23rd through Wednesday, January 1st and will reopen on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014. The entire staff of RHYC wishes you and your family a Happy Holiday Season!<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Holiday Member Mixer </strong><br />Saturday, December 14, 6-7:30pm</p> <p>Join in with fellow RHYC members around the Christmas tree and fireplace to share some holiday cheer. Enjoy complimentary hors d&rsquo;oeuvres and drink specials. For those wishing to stay on for dinner, Chef Curtis will be cooking up a special holiday menu to tantalize your palate. Please RSVP to the Club at 843-235-6949 by Thursday, December 12th.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>December Special </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />Receive $25 off a half day boat rental or $50 off a full day boat rental. (Valid during December 2013. Limit one per customer per month.)<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Holiday River Exploration Special </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />Receive $25 or $50 off as you enjoy a holiday cruise on the river aboard one of our 22&rsquo; Pontoons or 16&rsquo; Skiff? Our new discounted rental rates are in effect through March 31st, and don&rsquo;t forget, our Harbor Members receive a 20% discount and Social Members receive a 10% discount on all rental boat rates. Rates do not include fuel. Call the marina at 843-235-8262 for reservations.</p> <ul> <li>22&rsquo; Pontoons: 8 people, $175 half day, $300 full day</li> <li>16&rsquo; Skiff: 3 people, $99 half day, $149 full day</li> </ul> <p><strong>New RHYC Logo Wear &amp; Tervis Tumblers </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />Come in and see all the new arrivals in RHYC logo wear including lined windbreakers, fleece pullovers, long sleeve T-shirts, baseball caps and backpacks. Don&rsquo;t forget our signature RHYC Tervis Tumblers, coffee cups and water bottles now available for holiday gift-giving. These items are fast becoming the coolest look along the waterway, so be sure to stop by soon so you can place orders for holiday gift giving.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Referral Program</strong>&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br />Start earning dollars today and make your marina experience at RHYC even better when you are boating and spending time with all your friends. All you need to do is refer a friend to RHYC, and once that friend signs an annual slip contract, your account will be credited $125. Easy money and more fun at RHYC! Stop by the marina for all the details.</p> <p><strong>Pizza, Pizza, Pizza! </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />What could be more fun on a cool autumn evening than one of Chef Curtis&rsquo; delicioso pizzas? C&rsquo;mon down to RHYC and enjoy a fresh-made piping hot pizza or order one to go. Toppings include: mozzarella cheese, tangy pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, Canadian bacon, hickory-smoked bacon, mushrooms, peppers, onions and black olives. Additional toppings can be added to our select pizzas for $1.00 each. Choose from Cheese, Garden Fresh Veggie, Classic Pepperoni, Three Meats, The Kitchen Sink and Chef&rsquo;s Special White Pizza with Shrimp, Scallops &amp; Artichokes.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Hours of Operation</strong></p> <ul> <li>Clubhouse: Thursday-Saturday Noon - 9:00 PM, Sundays Noon - 8:00 PM</li> <li>Marina &amp; Ship&rsquo;s Store: Wednesday-Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Closed Tuesdays</li> <li>Pool: Open for Sunbathing Only, Mondays and Wednesdays 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Thursday-Sunday 9:00 AM - Dusk, Closed Tuesdays</li> <li>The Clubhouse will close at 4:00 PM on Friday, December 6th.</li> </ul> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/December-Newsletter-373 Tailgate Saturday & Commodore’s Christmas Party http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Tailgate-Saturday-Commodores-Christmas-Party-363 <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Ohio State vs. Illinois Tailgate Saturday</strong></p> <p>The Yacht Club will host an Ohio State tailgate this coming Saturday at noon when the Buckeyes take on Illinois. They will be serving hot dogs and brat burgers. All are welcome! And the Saturday after Thanksgiving will be the big one when Ohio State plays that team up north (we won&rsquo;t say their name). The Yacht Club will again be supplying food, and game time will be announced when it becomes available.</p> <p><strong>Commodore’s First Annual Christmas Party</strong></p> <p>Join us on Saturday, December 14th for the Commodore’s First Annual Christmas Party. The Clubhouse will open at noon and appetizers will be served during the afternoon with dinner following at 6:00pm. Dinner will include pork loin or chicken breast, baked potato or sweet potato, salad, dinner rolls, green beans and dessert. Cost is $15.00 per person. Children 12 and under are free. We will also have a $5.00 gift exchange.</p> <p>Please call the marina at 419-734-5576 to RSVP by December 7th. If for any reason you are unable to RSVP, please contact Commodore Wayne at 419-341-3207.</p> <p>Several people will be staying for the weekend, and hotels are filling fast. Please check soon for accommodations. Wayne stopped by Camp Perry, and they have very nice two-story, modern homes that can be rented, fully furnished. They sleep 9 with 3.5 baths for $155.00 per night. Contact Wayne at 419-341-3207 for information.</p> <p>This event will be a great time to celebrate the holidays and enjoy everyone&rsquo;s company. We hope you can make plans to attend. We are looking forward to a grand holiday party!</p> <p>Kevin Asher, General Manager</p> <p>Lakefront Marina</p> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Tailgate-Saturday-Commodores-Christmas-Party-363 Water Shut Off at the Marina http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Water-Shut-Off-at-the-Marina-361 <p>Kings Point Boaters,</p> <p>Due to the impending hard freeze we are expecting next Wednesday, we are starting the process of shutting off the water to the docks. We will begin with A dock and will finish with I dock by Monday. If you are a wet slip boater, please make sure you prepare your boat for the upcoming cold weather. If you are unable to visit the marina, please call our office and we can check on your vessel for you.</p> <p>Bill Young, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Kings Point</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Water-Shut-Off-at-the-Marina-361 Holiday Gifts & Recent Catches http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Holiday-Gifts-Recent-Catches-360 <p>Gwynn’s Island Boaters,</p> <p>The weather went from the upper 70s down to the 50s in one week. We need the temperature to stay cold to keep the rockfish happy! Congratulations to the Reese family for this 28&rdquo; rockfish they caught last week. Speckled trout are still being caught in the Piankatank as well. Get out and enjoy the fishing!</p> <p>Tina Minor, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Gwynn’s Island</p> <p><strong>Trailers</strong></p> <p>We have several unclaimed trailers at the marina. If your trailer is here, please take a moment to email us your tag number, trailer description or some information to let us know which one is yours so we can properly tag it. Please email <a href="mailto:tminor@morningstarmarinas.com">tminor@morningstarmarinas.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>Service Work</strong></p> <p>Our new mechanic Andy can do all things to your boat to keep it running smooth and looking great. He performs mechanic work on all motors, winterizes, and performs gel coat and fiberglass work. Please call 804-384-9698 or email us for pricing and to schedule your service.</p> <p><strong>Holiday Gifts</strong></p> <p>Let us put together a wonderful holiday present for the special angler in your life. We can customize a gift package to fit any budget. We also have gift certificates available for service, fuel, boating and fishing accessories. Remember, we carry St. Croix fishing poles and Columbia fishing shirts. If we don’t have what you’re looking for in stock, we can order boating and fishing products from an array of catalogs carrying anything under the sun for your boating needs. Above are a few examples of our holiday gift packages.</p> <p><strong>Holiday Closings</strong></p> <p>The marina will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day in observance of the holidays. If you would like to fish on any of these days, simply call for a late launch the day before, and we will have your boat fueled up and ready to go.</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Holiday-Gifts-Recent-Catches-360 November Service Specials http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/November-Service-Specials-359 <p>Golden Isles Boaters,</p> <p>We are offering some exciting service specials for the month of November:</p> <p><strong>15% Off Bottom Paintings</strong><br />Save 15% on your bottom painting during the month of November. Don&rsquo;t wait until spring to have your bottom repainted. Be ready for the upcoming season in advance of your fellow boaters and save 15%. Please contact the marina office at 912-480-0266 to receive your quote. (15% savings valid only during the month of November, 2013.)</p> <p><strong>$1.00/Ft. Off A Professional Boat Wash</strong><br />As many of you know, we have one of the best boat wash, detail and bottom painters in the industry on our staff. We charge the industry standard of $3.00/ft. to have your boat washed from top to bottom. Your boat is a major investment, so let us help you keep it looking great throughout the year while saving $1.00/ft. Sign up for our “Monthly Wash Program” to have your boat thoroughly washed and dried from top to bottom for the low price of $2.00/ft. each month.</p> <p>Please contact the marina office at 912-480-0266 to find out more on how to keep your boat looking great each time you are ready to go out on the water!</p> <p>Chris Ferguson, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Golden Isles</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/November-Service-Specials-359 Ohio State vs. Purdue Football Viewing Tomorrow http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Ohio-State-vs.-Purdue-Football-Viewing-Tomorrow-357 <p>Lakefront Marina Customers,</p> <p>The marina and Lakefront Yacht Club are hosting the Ohio State vs. Purdue football game at the Yacht Club tomorrow, November 2nd at noon. We will be serving chili and hot dogs for all to enjoy. All are welcome to join. Go Bucks! And that team up north plays at 3:30pm if you would like to stick around to see them play.</p> <p>Kevin Asher, General Manager</p> <p>Lakefront Marina</p> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Ohio-State-vs.-Purdue-Football-Viewing-Tomorrow-357 Winter Hours & Referral Program http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Winter-Hours-Referral-Program-356 <p>Mayport Boaters,</p> <p>Our new winter hours will go into effect on Monday, November 4th. Our new hours are Sunday through Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm, and Saturday 7:00am - 6:00pm.</p> <p>Logan Moore, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Mayport</p> <p><strong>Morningstar Referral Program</strong></p> <p>Remember, if you refer a friend and they sign an annual contract with us, you could receive a $125 rent credit! Simply stop by the Ship’s Store and ask for a &ldquo;Morningstar Double-Your-Dollars Referral Program&rdquo; form to fill out. Once your friend signs an annual contract, your account will be credited $125. When you refer a second friend, you receive an additional $250 rent credit. And with your third referral, you receive a $500 rent credit. So if you refer three friends, you will receive a total of $875 in rent credits. If you have any questions about our Referral Program, please feel free to give us a call.</p> <p><strong>Friendly Reminders</strong></p> <p>You can schedule a boat service at any time by simply calling the marina at 904-246-8929 or stopping by the Ship’s Store. Our service staff offers everything from a basic wash to a full detail.</p> <p>Please refrain from driving down to the water. We ask that you keep all vehicles in the parking lot and do not drive past the cones. If you need special assistance or are handicapped, please call us at 904-246-8929 and we will be more than happy to help you with anything you need.</p> <p>Also, when cleaning fish at the designated fish cleaning station, please take all fish carcasses to the end of the dock rather than throwing them over by the gazebo. As the tide drops, the carcasses become exposed near the gazebo and can create an odor.</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Winter-Hours-Referral-Program-356 Inshore Fishing & New Hours http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Inshore-Fishing-New-Hours-358 <p>Bahia Bleu Boaters,</p> <p>It&rsquo;s that time of year when the temperatures are cooler and the fishing season begins. For the last few weeks inshore fishing has been great. Both charter and recreational fishermen have been coming back to the docks loaded with fish. So much so that people are giving them away. Even if you&rsquo;re not a fisherman, we encourage you to continue to use your boat as the waterways are beautiful and empty this time of year.</p> <p>With the time change coming soon, we will also be changing our hours of operation. Please see below for the updated hours, and as always, feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.</p> <p>Get out and enjoy the cool weather!</p> <p>Ron Thomas, General Manager<br />Rory Jose, Operations Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Bahia Bleu</p> <p><strong>New Marina Hours</strong></p> <p>Effective November 2nd, our new marina hours will be 8:00am - 5:00pm Monday-Sunday.</p> <p><strong>Friendly Reminders</strong></p> <ul> <li>The last boat lift of the day is 15 minutes prior to the close of business.</li> <li>Fuel dock operations will close 15 minutes prior to the close of business.</li> <li>Closing boats need to be called in by 3:00pm.</li> </ul> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Inshore-Fishing-New-Hours-358 Winterizations & Off Season Preparations http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Winterizations-Off-Season-Preparations-354 <p>&nbsp;<br />Kings Point Boaters.</p> <p>With the possibility of our first frost this week, it’s time to start thinking about preparing your boat for the colder weather. By no means am I saying that your boating days are over for 2013, but it’s always smart to put together a plan for your boat as temperatures begin to drop. Remember, there is no “one size fits all” solution for winter protection. Each boater must determine their needs based on boat type and storage location. The best advice is to know your boat, read the owners manuals, talk to other owners of the same type of boat, and of course talk to a mechanic. If you are a wet slip boater, please continue to visit the marina to check on your vessel and its condition. If you are unable to visit the marina for several weeks, please call our office and we can check on your vessel for you.</p> <p>Again, I encourage you to continue to use your boat as Lake Norman is beautiful (and empty) during November. We are experiencing some of our best sunsets of the year this fall. Lastly, don&rsquo;t forget to sign up for the PYC lighted boat parade!&nbsp;</p> <p>Bill Young, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Kings Point</p> <p><strong>PYC Lighted Boat Parade</strong></p> <p>Start your planning now for our favorite event of the year, the Lighted Boat Parade! This year&rsquo;s theme? PIRATES! On Saturday, December 14th, we will set out from Kings Point to join the Peninsula Yacht Club in a spectacular parade of lights. Last year Kings Point had 30 boats, and we hope to have an even bigger presence in the parade this year. You will also have the opportunity to have dinner at the Peninsula Yacht Club if you sign up early. Call the Club at 704-892-9858 for reservations.</p> <p><strong>When Should You Winterize?</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Temperature</strong></em></p> <p>Let’s discuss temperature first. Yes, we might have our first frost of the year this week. Does this mean you need to winterize your boat now? Not necessarily. Many follow the rule of a hard freeze which is 12 consecutive hours under 32 degrees before damage occurs. This is a general guideline and not a fact, but if the temperature does dip to 30 degrees for just a couple of hours, your boat should be safe.</p> <p><em><strong>Marina Location</strong></em></p> <p><em><strong>Wet Slips</strong></em>: Boats in the wet slips are still at risk, but the water temperature on Lake Norman rarely gets below 50 degrees. It’s still advantageous to winterize if you will not be using your boat, but your ancillary systems (ac/heat, water, generator, refrigerator) will be at more risk than your engine that is sitting on a 32,000 acre space heater (the lake).</p> <p><em><strong>Dry Stack (Inside the building)</strong></em>: If you are in the dry stack building, you are also at risk but not until we get several weeks of cold weather. Personally, my boat gets winterized about a week prior to Christmas. Boats in the building are at the most risk from mid January through mid February. When the temperature drops below freezing for long periods of time and we have to open the building doors during the day to move boats being serviced, this further reduces the temperature inside the buildings.</p> <p><em><strong>Out of Water (Outside the building on a boat lift or work rack)</strong></em>: Boats out of the water are at more risk. If your boat is on a lift outside on a work rack or trailer, you are at the most risk and should be winterized much earlier. NOTE: If your boat is on a lift, the boat must be in the fully raised position or fully lowered position. Boats should not be left in a position where the outdrive only is in the water as it will stress and break the docks.</p> <p><strong>Winterizations &amp; Off Season Preparations</strong></p> <p>If you have not yet signed up for a winterization, please call the marina office at 704-746-3753 to get your boat scheduled. Our service calendar is filling up, so be aware that if you call on December 1st, we may be scheduling a week out. What else should boaters do to get their vessels ready for cold weather?</p> <ul> <li>Get your boat serviced. Used oil can have corrosive substances in it, and when left in the engine when not in use it can cause damage. It is better to have your annual service done PRIOR to the boat sitting. If you are not going to service or winterize your boat, make sure you add stabilizer to your fuel system.</li> <li>Clean out all of your boat’s compartments. Remove as much as possible from your boat to allow better air movement through the compartments and less chance of mildew accumulating.</li> <li>Make sure your cover is water tight. Take preventative measures to reduce moisture inside your boat and make sure your boat is DRY. After I go through my compartments, I use my orange PFD&rsquo;s to prop open each storage compartment to allow better air circulation. I also add at least two No Damps to control any moisture or condensation in the boat. This is especially important if you are in a wet slip - if we get a 65 degree day the temperature under your boat cover will reach 90 and then dip into the low 30&rsquo;s at night. Condensation will build in the boat and mold will grow by spring.</li> <li>Wet slips should have AT LEAST six lines. You need 2 bow, 2 stern and 2 spring lines to make sure your boat is secure and will not rub the dock regardless of wind direction. New lines can stretch up to 30%. Any line that has a pull or fray will most likely not last the winter and spring windstorms we often experience.</li> <li>Collapse all canopies and bimini tops. Whether it’s wind (25-40mph gusts) or snow (the marina recorded over 5 inches two years ago), your boat’s canopy/bimini is not meant to handle extreme weather and Mother Nature may destroy it. Make sure these items are collapsed and secured in the closed position.</li> <li>Remove any items that impede the dock such as kayaks, surfboards, satellite dishes, grills, buckets, power washers, bikes etc. All items impeding docks will be removed by our staff to ensure their safety during off season dock walks.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Detailing Special</strong></p> <p>It’s that time of year again! The experts at An Eye For Detail recommend getting your boat detailed at least twice a year to maintain and protect an attractive shine. A thorough detailing will also help to minimize that stale boat odor and will help to extend the life of the carpet and vinyl on your boat’s interior. If your boat is parked outdoors in a boat slip, getting a detail is especially important. Take advantage of our October/November special:</p> <p>***FREE BOAT COVER CLEANING AND WATERPROOFING***</p> <p>Up to a $75 value. With an interior/exterior detail. Includes: wash/wax exterior, remove dock scuffs, clean rub rail, clean outdrive or outboard, swim platform, shampoo carpet, clean all vinyl cushions, clean inside all compartments, detail cockpit and instruments, clean bimini and/or wake tower (if applicable), and clean windows.</p> <p>Please call the marina office at 704-746-3753 to book your appointment!</p> <p><strong>Water</strong></p> <p>We will attempt to keep the water on at the docks through November with a planned shut off date of December 1st. If you have plans to detail your boat, we encourage you to please go ahead and schedule this service. December 1st is a planned date only, and if there is a potential for freezing temperatures for more than 6 hours, we will shut the water off earlier. We will give notice if the December 1st date has to be moved.&nbsp;</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Winterizations-Off-Season-Preparations-354 Rockfish Tournament & Winterization Special http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Rockfish-Tournament-Winterization-Special-353 <p>Gwynn’s Island Boaters,</p> <p>The fish are biting, and we wrote over seven citations last week! Speckled trout and red drum are still being caught, and all good sizes too. If you’re an avid fisherman, you will want to mark your calendar for the <a href="http://www.rockfishtourney.com/" target="_blank">Mathews Rotary Rockfish Tournament</a> taking place on December 14th and 15th this year. Lines go in the water at sunrise, weigh-ins will take place from 2-4pm, and awards will be given at 5pm. The registration and raffle event is on Friday, December 13th from 4-8pm.</p> <p>Over $5,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winning contestants! This is a charity event with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Rotary&rsquo;s scholarship program and community projects.</p> <p>The cost to participate is $150 per boat for four anglers and $25 per additional angler. (One fish per division per boat.) <a href="http://www.rockfishtourney.com/" target="_blank">Click here</a> for an entry form or more information, or contact event coordinator David Fitch at 804-725-8371 or <a href="mailto:dfitch1@gmail.com">dfitch1@gmail.com</a>. We hope all of our customers will be able to participate in this wonderful event!</p> <p>Tina Minor, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Gwynn’s Island</p> <p><strong>Last Call: Early Bird Special on Winterizations</strong></p> <p>Our service staff has begun winterizing boats, and we would like to remind you that there is about a week left to take advantage of our Early Bird Special. If you winterize your boat during the month of October, you will save $25.00 on your service. Please call&nbsp;804-384-9698 or email us for pricing and to schedule your service.</p> <p><strong>Apartment Available This Weekend</strong></p> <p>The marina apartment has become available for the weekend. Please call the office at 804-384-9698 if you are interested. Our weekend rate is $129.00 per night.</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Rockfish-Tournament-Winterization-Special-353 Cookout This Weekend http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Cookout-This-Weekend-352 <p>Mayport Boaters,</p> <p>Our end-of-summer cookout will take place this weekend, October 26th-27th. We will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers for you and your family to enjoy. We encourage you to bring your friends as well. Cooking will begin around 12:30pm, and we plan to start eating around 1pm. Our last cookout was a great success, and we loved having everyone here to enjoy the sun and some good food. We look forward to seeing you at the cookout!</p> <p>Logan Moore, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Mayport</p> <p><strong>Morningstar Referral Program</strong></p> <p>Remember, if you refer a friend and they sign an annual contract with us, you could receive a $125 rent credit! Simply stop by the Ship’s Store and ask for a &ldquo;Morningstar Double-Your-Dollars Referral Program&rdquo; form to fill out. Once your friend signs an annual contract, your account will be credited $125. When you refer a second friend, you receive an additional $250 rent credit. And with your third referral, you receive a $500 rent credit. So if you refer three friends, you will receive a total of $875 in rent credits. If you have any questions about our Referral Program, please feel free to give us a call.</p> <p><strong>Friendly Reminders</strong></p> <p>You can schedule a boat service at any time by simply calling the marina at 904-270-9976 or stopping by the Ship’s Store. Our service staff offers everything from a basic wash to a full detail.</p> <p>Please refrain from driving down to the water. We ask that you keep all vehicles in the parking lot and do not drive past the cones. If you need special assistance or are handicapped, please call us at 904-246-8929 and we will be more than happy to help you with anything you need.</p> <p>Also, when cleaning fish at the designated fish cleaning station, please take all fish carcasses to the end of the dock rather than throwing them over by the gazebo. As the tide drops, the carcasses become exposed near the gazebo and can create an odor.</p> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Cookout-This-Weekend-352 November Newsletter http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/November-Newsletter-355 <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>New RHYC Logo Wear Has Arrived at the Ship’s Store </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />Come see all the new arrivals in RHYC logo wear including lined windbreakers, fleece pullovers, long-sleeve tees, baseball caps and backpacks. These items are fast becoming the coolest look along the waterway! Stop by soon to place your order for holiday gift giving.</p> <p><strong>Let RHYC Host Your Holiday Party</strong></p> <p>The holidays are just around the corner, and it&rsquo;s time to start planning your holiday party. Let us take care of everything and plan your event from start to finish. From a simple cocktail gathering to a plated sit-down dinner, to a buffet complete with an assortment of sumptuous selections, RHYC can accommodate your group and create a memorable experience for you and your guests. Please contact Curtis or Christine at 843-314-5133 to start planning your event today!<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Fall Foliage on the River</strong>&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br />Now that fall is showing her colors on the river, why not enjoy a relaxing cruise aboard one of our 22&rsquo; Pontoons or 16&rsquo; Skiff? Don&rsquo;t forget, Harbor Members receive a 20% discount and Social Members receive a 10% discount on all rental boat rates. Rates do not include gas. Call the marina at 843-314-5133 for reservations.</p> <ul> <li>22&rsquo; Pontoons: 8 people, $250 half day, $400 full day </li> <li>16&rsquo; Skiff: 3 people, $125 half day, $199 full day&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><strong>November Special </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />Receive a free RHYC koozie with any $25 Ship&rsquo;s Store purchase! (Excludes fuel. Limit: one per customer per month. Valid during November 2013.)</p> <p><strong>Football Season Fun</strong>&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br />Kick-off the season with friends, fans and college alumni as you cheer for your favorite college or pro football teams at RHYC. Enjoy Chef Curtis&rsquo; &ldquo;Weekend Tailgate&rdquo; featuring appetizers along with drink specials and free popcorn, chips and salsa during the games.</p> <p><strong>RHYC Referral Program </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />Start earning dollars today and make your marina experience at RHYC even better when you are boating and spending time with all your friends. All you need to do is refer a friend to RHYC, and once that friend signs an annual slip contract, your account will be credited $125. Easy money and more fun at RHYC. Stop by the Marina for all the details.</p> <p><strong>Pizza, Pizza, Pizza! </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />What could be more fun on a cool autumn evening than one of Chef Curtis&rsquo; delicioso pizzas? C&rsquo;mon down to RHYC and enjoy a fresh-made piping hot pizza or order one to go. Toppings include: mozzarella cheese, tangy pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, Canadian bacon, hickory-smoked bacon, mushrooms, peppers, onions and black olives. Additional toppings can be added to our select pizzas for $1.00 each. Choose from Cheese, Garden Fresh Veggie, Classic Pepperoni, Three Meats, The Kitchen Sink and Chef&rsquo;s Special White Pizza with Shrimp, Scallops &amp; Artichokes.</p> <p><strong>Happy Thanksgiving from RHYC </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />The RHYC Marina and Clubhouse will be closed on Thursday, November 28th in observance of Thanksgiving Day. The entire staff at RHYC wishes you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving, and we look forward to seeing you on Friday!<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Fall Hours of Operation </strong><br /><em>Effective November 1st</em></p> <ul> <li>Clubhouse: Thursday-Saturday Noon - 9:00 PM, Sundays Noon - 8:00 PM </li> <li>Marina &amp; Ship&rsquo;s Store: Wednesday-Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Closed Tuesdays </li> <li>Pool: Open for Sunbathing Only, Mondays and Wednesdays 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Thursday-Sunday 9:00 AM - Dusk, Closed Tuesdays </li> <li>The Clubhouse will close at 3:00 PM on Friday, November 22nd.</li> </ul> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/November-Newsletter-355 Cookout October 26th-27th http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Cookout-October-26th-27th-351 <p>Mayport Boaters,</p> <p>We have rescheduled our end-of-summer cookout for October 26th and 27th. We will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers for you and your family to enjoy. We encourage you to bring your friends as well. Cooking will begin around 12:30pm, and we plan to start eating around 1pm. Our last cookout was a great success, and we loved having everyone here to enjoy the sun and some good food. We look forward to seeing you at the cookout!</p> <p>Logan Moore, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Mayport</p> <p><strong>Morningstar Referral Program</strong></p> <p>Remember, if you refer a friend and they sign an annual contract with us, you could receive a $125 rent credit! Simply stop by the Ship’s Store and ask for a &ldquo;Morningstar Double-Your-Dollars Referral Program&rdquo; form to fill out. Once your friend signs an annual contract, your account will be credited $125. When you refer a second friend, you receive an additional $250 rent credit. And with your third referral, you receive a $500 rent credit. So if you refer three friends, you will receive a total of $875 in rent credits. If you have any questions about our Referral Program, please feel free to give us a call.</p> <p><strong>Friendly Reminders</strong></p> <p>We have noticed people driving down to the water a lot lately. Please keep all vehicles in the parking lot and do not drive past the cones. If you need special assistance or are handicapped, please call us and we will be more than happy to help you with anything you need.</p> <p>Also, when cleaning fish at the designated fish cleaning station, please take all fish carcasses to the end of the dock rather than throwing them over by the gazebo. As the tide drops, the carcasses become exposed near the gazebo and can create an odor.</p> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Cookout-October-26th-27th-351 Rockfish Season is Here http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Rockfish-Season-is-Here-350 <p>Gwynn’s Island Boaters,</p> <p>Rockfish season is here once again! Mr. and Mrs. Nichols caught these two release Rockfish last week. This should get everyone excited for Rockfish season. It officially started last Friday and ends on December 31st. The regulations are as follows:</p> <ul> <li>Possession limit is 2 per angler</li> <li>Size limits are 18-28 inches</li> <li>You can keep one larger than 28 inches</li> </ul> <p>Fish are biting on live spot, and we are hoping to start selling live spot at the marina soon.</p> <p>We would love to hear your feedback now that summer is over. Please take a moment to visit our website and enter a comment. We want to hear the good, the bad and the ugly. If we are doing something right, we want to continue. If we are doing something the hard way, we&rsquo;d like to fix it. And if we are not doing something that you would like us to do, we&rsquo;d like to start. We value your opinion and thank you in advance for your comments.</p> <p>Tina Minor, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Gwynn’s Island</p> <p><strong>Early Bird Special on Winterizations</strong></p> <p>If you are not planning to use your boat again this year, we are taking service orders for winterizations. Please call 804-384-9698 or email us for pricing and to schedule your service. If you winterize your boat during the month of October, you will save $25.00 with our Early Bird Special.</p> <p><strong>New Marina Hours</strong></p> <p>Our marina hours are now 8am-5pm daily for the rest of the year.</p> <p><strong>Hole in the Wall Ride Along</strong></p> <p>For those of you who are a little nervous about traveling through the Hole in the Wall, we will do a ride along for $50.00 to show you how to maneuver through and use the GPS for your next trip. Please call ahead for this service and Andy or Rob will be happy to assist you.</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Rockfish-Season-is-Here-350 Tips for Winter Preparations http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Tips-for-Winter-Preparations-349 <div> <p>These are some general guidelines to help &ldquo;tuck&rdquo; your boat in during the off-season, making hitting the water next season smooth and easy. There will be variations depending on the type of boat you own, so refer to your boat and engine owner&rsquo;s manuals for further recommendations.</p> <ul> <li>Start with a clean boat. A clean boat will weather the time off better and will reduce the work necessary when the time comes to take her out again. Call the marina for pricing and package specials. We are currently running specials on boat washes, bottom washes, details and shrink wrapping!</li> <li>Flush and run antifreeze into cooling systems.&nbsp;</li> <li>Prepare the fuel system by adding stabilizer, and run the engine to reduce condensation and keep the entire fuel system clean. If you need fuel stabilizer, call the marina and we can provide this service for you.</li> <li>Check the bilges, removing any standing water and cleaning up dirt or oil. Do the same with any lockers, drawers, live wells, fish holds or storage areas. Remove all objects and clean these spaces thoroughly. Use moisture absorbers to eliminate mold and mildew during the off-season. Remove cushions, or at least prop them up on edge to allow air to circulate.</li> <li>Remove and store whatever you can. Items left onboard can contribute to the gathering of dirt and moisture in your vessel&rsquo;s storage areas. If you are in dry storage, most items can be removed. At the least, make sure everything is clean and dry, and prop open storage compartments and add moisture absorbers. If you need moisture absorbers, please call the marina as we can place these in your boat for you.&nbsp;</li> <li>Wet Slip Customers - All boats should have at least two spring lines. Check your lines, fenders, power cords and hoses. Everything should be secured and not obstructing the walkways. If you are going to be away from the marina for more than two weeks, call us to specifically check on your boat.</li> </ul> <p>If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the marina at 419-627-1201, and remember there are still good weekends to use your boat!</p> </div> Tips http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Tips-for-Winter-Preparations-349 Tips for Winter Preparations http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Tips-for-Winter-Preparations-348 <div> <p>These are some general guidelines to help &ldquo;tuck&rdquo; your boat in during the off-season, making hitting the water next season smooth and easy. There will be variations depending on the type of boat you own, so refer to your boat and engine owner&rsquo;s manuals for further recommendations.</p> <ul> <li>Start with a clean boat. A clean boat will weather the time off better and will reduce the work necessary when the time comes to take her out again. Call the marina for pricing and package specials. We are currently running specials on boat washes, bottom washes, details and shrink wrapping!</li> <li>Flush and run antifreeze into cooling systems.&nbsp;</li> <li>Prepare the fuel system by adding stabilizer, and run the engine to reduce condensation and keep the entire fuel system clean. If you need fuel stabilizer, call the marina and we can provide this service for you.</li> <li>Check the bilges, removing any standing water and cleaning up dirt or oil. Do the same with any lockers, drawers, live wells, fish holds or storage areas. Remove all objects and clean these spaces thoroughly. Use moisture absorbers to eliminate mold and mildew during the off-season. Remove cushions, or at least prop them up on edge to allow air to circulate.</li> <li>Remove and store whatever you can. Items left onboard can contribute to the gathering of dirt and moisture in your vessel&rsquo;s storage areas. If you are in dry storage, most items can be removed. At the least, make sure everything is clean and dry, and prop open storage compartments and add moisture absorbers. If you need moisture absorbers, please call the marina as we can place these in your boat for you.&nbsp;</li> <li>Wet Slip Customers - All boats should have at least two spring lines. Check your lines, fenders, power cords and hoses. Everything should be secured and not obstructing the walkways. If you are going to be away from the marina for more than two weeks, call us to specifically check on your boat.</li> </ul> <p>If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the marina at 419-734-5576, and remember there are still good weekends to use your boat!</p> </div> Tips http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Tips-for-Winter-Preparations-348 Tips for Winter Preparations http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Tips-for-Winter-Preparations-347 <div> <p>These are some general guidelines to help &ldquo;tuck&rdquo; your boat in during the off-season, making hitting the water next season smooth and easy. There will be variations depending on the type of boat you own, so refer to your boat and engine owner&rsquo;s manuals for further recommendations.</p> <ul> <li>Start with a clean boat. A clean boat will weather the time off better and will reduce the work necessary when the time comes to take her out again. Call the marina for pricing and package specials. We are currently running specials on boat washes, bottom washes, details and shrink wrapping!</li> <li>Flush and run antifreeze into cooling systems.&nbsp;</li> <li>Prepare the fuel system by adding stabilizer, and run the engine to reduce condensation and keep the entire fuel system clean. If you need fuel stabilizer, call the marina and we can provide this service for you.</li> <li>Check the bilges, removing any standing water and cleaning up dirt or oil. Do the same with any lockers, drawers, live wells, fish holds or storage areas. Remove all objects and clean these spaces thoroughly. Use moisture absorbers to eliminate mold and mildew during the off-season. Remove cushions, or at least prop them up on edge to allow air to circulate.</li> <li>Remove and store whatever you can. Items left onboard can contribute to the gathering of dirt and moisture in your vessel&rsquo;s storage areas. If you are in dry storage, most items can be removed. At the least, make sure everything is clean and dry, and prop open storage compartments and add moisture absorbers. If you need moisture absorbers, please call the marina as we can place these in your boat for you.&nbsp;</li> <li>Wet Slip Customers - All boats should have at least two spring lines. Check your lines, fenders, power cords and hoses. Everything should be secured and not obstructing the walkways. If you are going to be away from the marina for more than two weeks, call us to specifically check on your boat.</li> </ul> <p>If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the marina at 231-759-8230, and remember there are still good weekends to use your boat!</p> </div> Tips http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Tips-for-Winter-Preparations-347 New Hours & Upcoming Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/New-Hours-Upcoming-Events-346 <p>Eaton Ferry Boaters,</p> <p>Our winter hours are now in effect and are as follows: Tuesday-Saturday 9am-5pm, closed Sunday-Monday.</p> <p>Remember, fall is a wonderful time to be on the lake. Cooler weather, warm lake temperatures and the changing leaves all make for great fall boating. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience a day of fall boating on Lake Gaston!</p> <p>Adam Keisler, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Eaton Ferry</p> <p><strong>Put Away A Clean Boat</strong></p> <p>Don&rsquo;t forget to put your boat away clean! We offer a full line of detailing and shrink wrapping services to ensure your boat is clean and ready to go next summer. If you are interested in having your boat detailed or shrink wrapped, please call the marina office to schedule your service.</p> <p>As the boating season comes to a close over the next few months, we encourage you to have your boat winterized and serviced. Overby Marine, the dealership on our property, can complete these services for you. Please call them at 252-586-3593 to schedule a service.</p> <p><strong>Upcoming Events</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Blues, Brews &amp; BBQ Festival</strong></em></p> <p>When: Saturday, October 19th <br />Where: The Pointe Restaurant, Morningstar Marinas | Eaton Ferry<br />Description: Visit thepointeonlakegaston.com or call 252-586-0466 for ticket and other information.</p> <p><em><strong>Holiday Boat Parade</strong></em></p> <p>When: Saturday, December 7th&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />Where: Morningstar Marinas | Eaton Ferry<br />Description: Join us for our 3rd Annual Holiday Boat Parade. Decorate your boat with holiday decorations and enjoy fellowship with your fellow Lake Gaston boaters. Prizes will be given to the best decorated boats! Rumor has it there will also be a special guest for the kids. The entry fee is a new, unwrapped toy that will be donated to underprivileged children in the community. Come participate in a fun event for a great cause! Call the marina for entry information.</p> <p><strong>Morningstar Referral Program</strong></p> <p>If you refer a friend and they sign an annual storage contract with us, you will receive a $125 rent credit! Simply stop by the Ship’s Store and ask for a &ldquo;Morningstar Double-Your-Dollars Referral Program&rdquo; form to fill out. Once your friend signs an annual contract, your account will be credited $125. When you refer a second friend, you receive an additional $250 rent credit. And with your third referral, you receive a $500 rent credit. So if you refer three friends, you will receive a total of $875 in rent credits. If you have any questions about our Referral Program, please feel free to give us a call.</p> <p><em>We must receive the referral form in advance of the friend signing the contract, and the friend cannot be someone who has already contacted the marina inquiring about boat storage.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/New-Hours-Upcoming-Events-346 Early Closing Today & Cookout Rescheduled http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Early-Closing-Today-Cookout-Rescheduled-345 <p>Mayport Boaters,</p> <p>The marina will be closing thirty minutes early today, Friday, October 4th, due to a scheduled forklift certification for our drivers. If you are planning to go out on your boat today and would like it pulled out of the water before we close, please be back at the marina by 5:00 pm.</p> <p>Logan Moore, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Mayport</p> <p><strong>Cookout Rescheduled</strong></p> <p>Due to the impending arrival of Tropical Storm Karen, we are cancelling the cookout scheduled for this weekend, October 4th and 5th. We will be rescheduling the cookout for a later date and will notify you when the cookout has been rescheduled.</p> <p><strong>Friendly Reminders</strong></p> <p>We have noticed people driving down to the water a lot lately. Please keep all vehicles in the parking lot and do not drive past the cones. If you need special assistance or are handicapped, please call us and we will be more than happy to help you with anything you need.</p> <p>Also, when cleaning fish at the designated fish cleaning station, please take all fish carcasses to the end of the dock rather than throwing them over by the gazebo. As the tide drops, the carcasses become exposed near the gazebo and can create an odor.</p> Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Early-Closing-Today-Cookout-Rescheduled-345 Comeback Of An Old Classic http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Comeback-Of-An-Old-Classic-362 <p>Enjoy this article about Lakefront Marina that was&nbsp;printed in <a href="http://www.greatlakesscuttlebutt.com/" target="_blank">Great Lakes Scuttlebutt Magazine</a> in October of 2012:</p> <p><em><strong>Comeback Of An Old Classic</strong></em></p> <p>35 years ago Lakefront Marina was built on the south shore of Lake Erie on the west side of Port Clinton.&nbsp;The marina, at that time, consisted of two channels and about 200 docks.&nbsp;Today Lakefront claims 350 plus slips and rack service that houses 120 boats.&nbsp;The marina is also the home of Lake Erie Floating Homes, an in-water community of floating homes with their own entrance and docks right outside their front doors.&nbsp;</p> <p>Lakefront has felt the pinch of a slowing economy and a shrinking marine industry just like all other marinas, but is now making an impressive comeback with a surge of new customers attracted by new and exciting amenities as well as Lakefront&rsquo;s direct lake access and close proximity to the Lake Erie Islands.&nbsp;The marina&rsquo;s investments are beginning to pay big rewards.</p> <p>One of the keys to this resurgence is Lakefront&rsquo;s close partnership with the Lakefront Yacht Club housed on the marina&rsquo;s property.&nbsp;The yacht club was started five years ago and now is home to nearly 25% of the marina&rsquo;s dockers and rackers.&nbsp;This partnership includes the sharing of social activities by the marina and the yacht club and the sharing of facilities by both.&nbsp;The marina pays the first year membership to the yacht club for all new customers that dock or rack as an incentive to come to Lakefront.</p> <p>Another key to Lakefront&rsquo;s success is the addition of a number of new amenities.&nbsp;The marina has built a fitness center adjacent to the yacht club that is open for all to enjoy and get a workout.&nbsp;A fire pit is currently being added between the yacht club and the marina&rsquo;s pool pavilion for use this fall.&nbsp;The pool pavilion now houses a 23&rsquo; boat that was redesigned over the winter and now serves as a bar/picnic counter.&nbsp;These new features have been popular additions to the existing amenities of climate controlled restrooms and showers, a laundry facility, heated pool, new community room, and decks with grills.</p> <p>Lakefront also is home to two new partners.&nbsp;Castaway Yacht Sales has joined the marina family as its on-site boat broker, and the Lakeshore General Store has opened at the facility as well.&nbsp;Both have added valuable services to Lakefront&rsquo;s members.</p> <p>The marina has now added a service pier to better accommodate its customers. The marina&rsquo;s complete and certified service department offers a wide variety of services from inflatable repair to fiberglass repair to any and all engine work.&nbsp;They also offer over 70,000 square feet of inside storage as well as nearly unlimited outside storage, all within a fenced-in and secure location with access seven days a week, even throughout the winter.&nbsp;The addition of new security cameras keeps your boat as safe as you will find anywhere.&nbsp;</p> <p>What was already a great location has become even better.&nbsp;Lakefront&rsquo;s proximity to the Lake Erie Islands and Lake Erie&rsquo;s prime fishing spots makes it very popular for some of the areas best fishing charters.&nbsp;The marina is minutes from Cedar Point amusement park, Kalahari water park, Put-in-Bay and Kelley&rsquo;s Island, and is a stone&rsquo;s throw from Port Clinton&rsquo;s waterfront and the Jet Express.</p> <p>Lakefront Marina is open seven days a week, even throughout the winter.&nbsp;You can reach the marina at 419-734-5576 or at <a href="mailto:lakefront@lakefrontmarina.com">lakefront@lakefrontmarina.com</a>.&nbsp;Their friendly and professional staff will go out of their way to assist you with any questions about dockage, rack, storage, or service. As their motto says, &ldquo;We overlook nothing, but the lake&rdquo;.</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Comeback-Of-An-Old-Classic-362 Cookout October 5th-6th & Fuel Discount http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Cookout-October-5th-6th-Fuel-Discount-343 <p>Mayport Boaters,</p> <p>We had a great summer, and we hope you did as well! We have seen loads of fish brought in this season and hope to see this continue. With summer winding down to an end, there is a whole new selection of fish out there to catch. We&rsquo;ve had many reports from our fishermen of flounder and redfish in the river. With the temperature dropping, now is a perfect time to catch some doormat flounder. It looks as though the bad weather is moving out, and the low wind, calm water days are back for a bit. It’s time to head out and catch that perfect flounder!<br />&nbsp;<br />Logan Moore, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Mayport</p> <p><strong>Cookout &amp; Fuel Discount</strong></p> <p>To celebrate the awesome summer we had with our amazing members, we are hosting another cookout at the marina. Next weekend on October 5th and 6th, we will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers for you and your family to enjoy. We encourage you to bring your friends as well. Cooking will begin around 12:30pm, and we plan to start eating around 1pm. Our last cookout was a great success, and we loved having everyone here to enjoy the sun and some good food.</p> <p>As an added bonus, we will be offering a discount on fuel on October 5th and 6th. Our members will receive $0.10 per gallon off any fuel purchases. It is going to be a great weekend to go out on your boat, and we look forward to seeing you at the cookout!</p> <p><strong>Morningstar Referral Program</strong></p> <p>Remember, if you refer a friend and they sign an annual contract with us, you could receive a $125 rent credit! Simply stop by the Ship’s Store and ask for a &ldquo;Morningstar Double-Your-Dollars Referral Program&rdquo; form to fill out. Once your friend signs an annual contract, your account will be credited $125. When you refer a second friend, you receive an additional $250 rent credit. And with your third referral, you receive a $500 rent credit. So if you refer three friends, you will receive a total of $875 in rent credits. If you have any questions about our Referral Program, please feel free to give us a call.</p> <p><strong>Friendly Reminders</strong></p> <p>We have noticed people driving down to the water a lot lately. Please keep all vehicles in the parking lot and do not drive past the cones. If you need special assistance or are handicapped, please call us and we will be more than happy to help you with anything you need.</p> <p>Also, when cleaning fish at the designated fish cleaning station, please take all fish carcasses to the end of the dock rather than throwing them over by the gazebo. As the tide drops, the carcasses become exposed near the gazebo and can create an odor.</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Cookout-October-5th-6th-Fuel-Discount-343 Winterization Special Last Call http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Winterization-Special-Last-Call-342 <p>Kings Point Boaters,</p> <p>Welcome to the first full weekend of fall. Mother Nature isn&rsquo;t going to let us down as we’re expecting sunny skies and low winds for another great boating weekend. Please note that this is the last weekend we will be open until 6pm. For the month of October, we will be open 9am-5pm seven days a week. Please remember that we need to know about closing boats by 3:30pm to ensure your boat is in the water. Give us a call and we will have your boat fueled and ready to go before we close at 5pm.</p> <p>Most importantly, there are only four days left to take advantage of our winterization discount. Remember that you do not yet have to schedule your service. You will have until December 20th to schedule. See details below.</p> <p>Bill Young, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Kings Point</p> <p><strong>Hours of Operation</strong></p> <p>Fall Hours: October 2013<br />Monday-Sunday 9am-5pm</p> <p>Upcoming Winter Hours: November 2013 &ndash; March 2014<br />Wednesday-Sunday 9am-5pm</p> <p><strong>Friendly Reminders</strong></p> <ul> <li>Gas dock operations will stop 15 minutes prior to close of business</li> <li>Last boat lift of the day is 30 minutes prior to close of business</li> <li>Closing boats must be called in to the office any time prior to 3:30pm</li> </ul> <p><strong>Winterization Services &amp; Safety</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Dry Stack Customers</strong></em>: There are only four days left to receive $70 off your winterization. Sign up for a basic winterization prior to September 30th and schedule it prior to December 20th to receive a special rate of $129. After September, the cost of a winterization increases to $169, and again to $199 after November 31st. No, we are not asking you to put your boat away for the season. There is still plenty of time left to boat. We are simply planning ahead and saving you money while we do. The September special includes a free de-winterization and 30% off your spring boat wash. Call the office at 704-892-3223 for details.</p> <p><em><strong>Wet Slip Customers</strong></em>: Call the office today to check out our in-water winterization services. And while we are thinking about the upcoming winter weather, let&rsquo;s talk about safe practices to protect your boat and our beautiful marina. Please refrain from the use of normal space heaters or light bulbs to try to protect your boat engine from winter weather damage. This practice is widely known to be unsafe due to sparking. In addition, while engine compartment heaters are environmentally much safer than conventional space heaters or light bulbs, relying on a continuous source of power from the docks to protect your engine is risky business. Ice and winter storms in the south often mean power outages right at the time you would need that power the most. The best thing to protect your boat in the heart of winter is to complete a full winterization. Please call the marina office with any questions you may have.</p> <p><strong>Kings Point Consignments</strong></p> <p>Looking for an upgrade? Have a friend looking for a boat? We have a boat for every budget, from starter boats to sailboats to a 2013 Yamaha Jet Boat. Kings Point consignment vessels are priced to sell for this time of year and available to see 7 days a week. Stop by or call the office for more information. You can also <a href="http://charlotte.craigslist.org/search/boo?query=kings+point&amp;zoomToPosting=&amp;minAsk=&amp;maxAsk=" target="_blank">click here</a> or search Craigslist using the keyword &ldquo;Kings Point&rdquo; to see our inventory. Hurry! These boats are going fast!</p> <p><strong>Fall &amp; Winter Events</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Rural Hill Food Truck Rally</strong></em><br />We are always looking for ways to support our local businesses, and we love the food truck revolution taking place around Lake Norman and Charlotte. So, we thought we&rsquo;d tell you about a great event coming to our neighborhood. This Friday, September 27th at Historic Rural there will be a celebration of food for all to enjoy! Bring your family and friends. Fifteen of Charlotte&rsquo;s best food trucks will be serving up local favorites from 5:30-9:30pm while you enjoy live music by the Moonshine Racers, children’s activities, games, hayrides, corn hole and more. <a href="http://www.visitlakenorman.org/" target="_blank">Click here</a> for more information.</p> <p><em><strong>Sea School 6-Pack CG License Class &ndash; October &amp; December 2013</strong></em><br />Sea School&rsquo;s CG License Class will be offered at the marina in both October and December of 2013. The course itself lasts for six days. The dates are as follows:</p> <ul> <li>October 18th, 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th and 27th from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm</li> <li>December 6th, 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th and 15th from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm</li> </ul> <p>Be sure to go to <a href="http://www.lmservice.org/" target="_blank">lmservice.org</a> or call 704-361-2991 for more details and to take advantage of their end-of-season special pricing.</p> <p><em><strong>USCG Charter Boat Captain&rsquo;s License Course</strong></em><br />Looking to get your US Coast Guard Captain&rsquo;s License? Sea School can steer you easily and quickly towards your goal. Instructors and office personnel help you with all of the necessary forms and provide you with the knowledge you need to be a better and safer boater. This course is provided at the marina and pre-registration is required. Visit <a href="http://www.seaschool.com/" target="_blank">seaschool.com</a> or call 1-800-237-8663 for more information.</p> <p><em><strong>Sea School Master&rsquo;s Upgrade CG License Class &ndash; Friday, November 1st - Sunday, November 3rd</strong></em><br />Sea School will be offering a license upgrade class at the marina November 1st-3rd from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. Again, please be sure to visit <a href="http://www.lmservice.org/" target="_blank">lmservice.org</a> or call 704-361-2991 to register.</p> <p><em><strong>2013 Lighted Boat Parade &ndash; Saturday, December 14th</strong></em><br />Start planning for our favorite event of the year! The Lighted Boat Parade. On Saturday, December 14th, we will set out from Kings Point to join the Peninsula Yacht Club in a spectacular parade of lights. We hope to have an even bigger Kings Point presence in the parade than we did last year. You will also have the opportunity to have dinner at the Peninsula Yacht Club if you get signed up early enough. This year&rsquo;s theme? PIRATES!</p> <p><em><strong>Connect With Us On Facebook</strong></em></p> <p>We&rsquo;ve had a great year of events, and we have plenty of ideas to make sure we see our Kings Point boaters during the fall and winter months. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/morningstarmarinas.kingspoint?ref=ts&amp;fref=ts" target="_blank">Click here</a> to add us as a friend on Facebook, and keep an eye out for the next great event.</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Winterization-Special-Last-Call-342 October Newsletter http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/October-Newsletter-344 <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>$50 Off Any $300 Service</strong></p> <p>Receive $50 off any $300 service booked by November 15th! After a great season of boating fun, let Captain Mitch give your boat a nice winter check-up. Prices will be quoted upon inspection of boat. Pricing may vary based on condition and hull structure. Services include:</p> <ul> <li>Boat Wash: From $4 per foot</li> <li>Hull Clean-Up &amp; De-Yellowing: From $3 per foot</li> <li>Wash and One Coat of Wax: From $12 per foot</li> <li>Complete Compound, Wash and Wax: From $20 per foot (price may vary due to condition/oxidation of boat)</li> <li>Complete Battery Check-Up and Charge: $25</li> <li>Winterizations: Outboard Motors $75, Inboard Motors $125</li> <li>Gel Coat Repairs</li> </ul> <p>Our pricing is competitive with West Marine, so check out our dock lines, fenders, anchors and anchor lines. Stop by the Ship&rsquo;s Store for more information or call us at 843-235-8262.</p> <p><strong>Plan Your Holiday Party</strong></p> <p>The holidays are just around the corner, and it&rsquo;s time to start planning your holiday party. Let us take care of everything and plan your event from start to finish. From a simple cocktail gathering to a plated sit-down dinner, to a buffet complete with an assortment of sumptuous selections, RHYC can accommodate your group and create a memorable experience for you and your guests. Please contact Curtis or Christine at 843-235-6949 to start planning your event today!</p> <p><strong>Fall Foliage on the River</strong></p> <p>Now that fall is showing her colors on the river, why not enjoy a relaxing cruise aboard one of our 22&rsquo; Pontoons or 16&rsquo; Skiff? Don&rsquo;t forget, Harbor Members receive a 20% discount and Social Members receive a 10% discount on all rental boat rates. Rates do not include gas. Call the marina at 843-235-8262 for reservations.</p> <ul> <li>22&rsquo; Pontoons: 8 people, $250 half day, $400 full day</li> <li>16&rsquo; Skiff: 3 people, $125 half day, $199 full day</li> </ul> <p><strong>October Special</strong></p> <p>Receive a free stadium cup with any Ship&rsquo;s Store purchase during the month of October. Limit: one per customer.</p> <p><strong>Member Appreciation Day</strong><br />Saturday, October 5th, 1-4PM</p> <p>We are celebrating Member Appreciation Day with free chili, cheese, chips and salsa served on our cozy fireplace patio. Enjoy a FREE helping of Chef Curtis&rsquo; hot and hearty chili, then cool down with frosty longneck domestic beers for only $2.00, and premium longnecks for only $3.00. Bring the family and watch college football with your fellow members at RHYC.</p> <p><strong>Halloween Trick-Or-Treat</strong><br />Halloween Day, 3PM</p> <p>Stop by the Club on Halloween anytime after 3PM and show us your costume. We will be handing out free candy, frightening fruit punch and a fun Halloween treat for everyone who drops by.</p> <p><strong>Football Season Fun</strong></p> <p>Kick-off the season with friends, fans and college alumni as you cheer for your favorite college or pro football teams at RHYC. Enjoy Chef Curtis&rsquo; &ldquo;Weekend Tailgate&rdquo; featuring appetizers along with drink specials and free popcorn, chips and salsa during the games.</p> <p><strong>Pizza, Pizza, Pizza!</strong></p> <p>What could be more fun on a cool autumn evening than one of Chef Curtis&rsquo; delicioso pizzas? C&rsquo;mon down to RHYC and enjoy a fresh-made piping hot pizza or order one to go. Toppings include: mozzarella cheese, tangy pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, Canadian bacon, hickory-smoked bacon, mushrooms, peppers, onions and black olives. Additional toppings can be added to our select pizzas for $1.00 each. Choose from Cheese, Garden Fresh Veggie, Classic Pepperoni, Three Meats, The Kitchen Sink and Chef&rsquo;s Special White Pizza with Shrimp, Scallops &amp; Artichokes.</p> <p><strong>Fall Hours of Operation</strong></p> <ul> <li>Clubhouse: Thursday-Saturday Noon - 9:00 PM, Sundays Noon - 8:00 PM.</li> <li>Marina &amp; Ship&rsquo;s Store: Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Friday-Sunday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Beginning November 1st: Open Wednesday-Monday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Closed Tuesdays.</li> <li>Pool: Monday-Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Thursday-Sunday 9:00 AM - Dusk.&nbsp;</li> <li>The Clubhouse will close at 3:00 PM on Saturday, October 12th and 4:00 PM on Friday, October 25th.</li> </ul> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/October-Newsletter-344 The Boating Season Continues http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/The-Boating-Season-Continues-341 <p>Bahia Bleu Boaters,</p> <p>We have another great weekend heading our way! Come to the marina and get another boat day in while temperatures are still warm. This weekend there is just a 30% chance of rain with a high around 90. As the summer does wind down, there will be some great weekends for boating with cooler temperatures and a lot less traffic. The fishing season will also kick off soon. If you didn&rsquo;t make it to Captain Jack&rsquo;s fishing seminar this week, you missed a good event. We had a great turnout and hope to do it again soon! We&rsquo;ll keep you posted on a date for the next seminar.</p> <p>We hope to see you at the marina this weekend!</p> <p>Ron Thomas, General Manager<br />Rory Jose, Operations Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Bahia Bleu</p> <p><strong>Friendly Reminders</strong></p> <ul> <li>Current marina hours are 8am-5pm Monday-Friday, and 8am-6pm Saturday and Sunday.</li> <li>Last boat lift of the day is 15 minutes prior to the close of business.</li> <li>Fuel dock operations will close 15 minutes prior to the close of business.</li> <li>Closing boats need to be called in by 3pm.</li> </ul> <p><strong>9th Annual Crabbing for Charity Tournament</strong></p> <p>Our 9th Annual Crabbing for Charity Tournament is set for Saturday, September 21st. Registration will take place from 9am-12pm, and the weigh-in lasts from 3-5pm. Enjoy a lowcountry boil (with the crabs caught), hot dogs and hamburgers at 5pm. This event will be a fantastic opportunity to enjoy great food, music and games with your fellow boaters. Awards will be given for the heaviest dozen crabs, and all proceeds will be donated to the charity of the winner&rsquo;s choice.</p> <p>The cost is $25 per adult and $15 per child. Please RSVP to Michelle Bazemore at 912-897-6532 or <a href="mailto:michelle@griffincontracting.com">michelle@griffincontracting.com</a>.</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/The-Boating-Season-Continues-341 Fall Events & Winterization Specials http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Fall-Events-Winterization-Specials-340 <p>Kings Point Boaters,</p> <p>We have another great weekend heading our way! Come to the marina and get another boat day in while the water is warm. This weekend the water temperature will be the same as the air temperature with a high in the 70&rsquo;s. As the summer does wind down, there will be some great weekends for boating with milder temperatures and a lot less traffic. Please remember that with our fall hours we need to know about closing boats by 3:30pm on weekdays. Give us a call and we will have your boat fueled and ready to go before we close at 5:00pm.</p> <p>Bill Young, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Kings Point</p> <p><strong>Hours of Operation</strong></p> <p>Current Fall Hours: September &ndash; October 2013<br />Monday-Friday 9am-5pm<br />Saturday-Sunday 9am-6pm</p> <p>Upcoming Winter Hours: November 2013 &ndash; March 2014<br />Wednesday-Sunday 9am-5pm</p> <p><strong>Friendly Reminders</strong></p> <ul> <li>Gas dock operations will stop 15 minutes prior to close of business</li> <li>Last boat lift of the day is 30 minutes prior to close of business</li> <li>Closing boats must be called in to the office any time prior to 3:30pm</li> </ul> <p><strong>Kings Point Consignments</strong></p> <p>Looking for an upgrade? Have a friend looking for a boat? We have a boat for every budget, from starter boats to sailboats. Kings Point consignment vessels will be on display this weekend at the marina. Stop by or call the office for more information. You can also <a href="http://charlotte.craigslist.org/search/boo?query=kings+point&amp;zoomToPosting=&amp;minAsk=&amp;maxAsk=" target="_blank">click here</a> or search Craigslist using the keyword &ldquo;Kings Point&rdquo; to see our inventory.</p> <p><strong>Winterization Services</strong></p> <p>Dry stack customers: The season is not over, however we are running a winterization special through the end of September. Sign up for a basic winterization prior to September 30th and schedule it prior to December 20th to receive a special rate of $129. After September, the cost of a winterization increases to $169, and again to $199 after November 31st. No, we are not asking you to put your boat away for the season. There is still plenty of time left to boat. We are simply planning ahead and saving you money while we do. The September special includes a free de-winterization and 30% off your spring boat wash. Call the office at 704-746-3753 for details.</p> <p><strong>Fall Events</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Navigating Lake Norman &ndash; Wednesday, September 11th </strong></em><br />Be sure to join us for a free class at the Kings Point Clubhouse from 6:30 - 8:00 pm and learn how to navigate Lake Norman day or night! Becky Johnson and Captain Gus Gustafson will cover topics that include understanding Lake Norman’s channel marker and buoy system, how to avoid shallow water, the ten most dangerous spots on the lake, and interpreting lake maps. You might even catch a fall fishing tip from Captain Gus himself. For more information, call Becky Johnson at 704-892-7575.</p> <p><em><strong>Boating Safety Education Course &ndash; Saturday, September 21st</strong></em><br />Boating safety classes will be offered here at Kings Point through Lighthouse Marine Service. This approved course from licensed US Coast Guard Captains will help you learn from practical examples, get your questions answered, and better understand how to be safe on the water. The remaining date for this summer is September 21st from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Be sure to go to <a href="http://www.lmservice.org/" target="_blank">lmservice.org</a> or call 704-361-2991 to register for a class.</p> <p><em><strong>Sea School 6-Pack CG License Class &ndash; October &amp; December 2013</strong></em><br />Sea School&rsquo;s CG License Class will be offered at the marina in both October and December of 2013. The course itself lasts for six days. The dates are as follows:</p> <ul> <li>October 18th, 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th and 27th from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm</li> <li>December 6th, 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th and 15th from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm</li> </ul> <p>Be sure to go to <a href="http://www.lmservice.org/" target="_blank">lmservice.org</a> or call 704-361-2991 for more details and to take advantage of their end-of-season special pricing.</p> <p><em><strong>USCG Charter Boat Captain&rsquo;s License Course</strong></em><br />Looking to get your US Coast Guard Captain&rsquo;s License? Sea School can steer you easily and quickly towards your goal. Instructors and office personnel help you with all of the necessary forms and provide you with the knowledge you need to be a better and safer boater. This course is provided at the marina and pre-registration is required. Visit <a href="http://www.seaschool.com/" target="_blank">seaschool.com</a> or call 1-800-237-8663 for more information.</p> <p><em><strong>Sea School Master&rsquo;s Upgrade CG License Class &ndash; Friday, November 1st - Sunday, November 3rd</strong></em><br />Sea School will be offering a license upgrade class at the marina November 1st-3rd from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. Again, please be sure to visit <a href="http://www.lmservice.org/" target="_blank">lmservice.org</a> or call 704-361-2991 to register.</p> <p><em><strong>2013 Lighted Boat Parade &ndash; Saturday, December 14th</strong></em><br />It&rsquo;s not too early to start planning for this year&rsquo;s Lighted Boat Parade. On Saturday, December 14th, we will set out from Kings Point to join the Peninsula Yacht Club in a spectacular parade of lights. This is our favorite event of the year, and we hope to have an even bigger Kings Point presence in the parade than we did last year. The theme? PIRATES!</p> <p><strong>Connect With Us On Facebook</strong></p> <p>We&rsquo;ve had a great year of events, and we have plenty of ideas to make sure we see our Kings Point boaters during the fall and winter months. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/morningstarmarinas.kingspoint?ref=ts&amp;fref=ts" target="_blank">Click here</a> to add us as a friend on Facebook, and keep an eye out for the next great event.</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Fall-Events-Winterization-Specials-340 Fall Boating & Weekend Discounts http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Fall-Boating-Weekend-Discounts-339 <p>Eaton Ferry Boaters,</p> <p>Labor Day has come and gone, school has started back and football season has begun. Boating season is over, right? Wrong! Fall is a wonderful time to be on the lake. Cooler weather, warm lake temperatures and the changing leaves all make for great fall boating.</p> <p>Starting this weekend, everything in the Ship’s Store will be 25% off. (Excludes oil, batteries and fuel.)</p> <p>And as an added thank you for being a Morningstar customer, present your Member Rewards Card at the fuel dock this weekend to receive $0.10 per gallon off your next fuel purchase.</p> <p>We look forward to seeing you on the water this weekend!</p> <p>Adam Keisler, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Eaton Ferry<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Put Away A Clean Boat </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />Don&rsquo;t forget to put your boat away clean! We offer a full line of detailing and shrink wrapping services to ensure your boat is clean and ready to go next summer. If you are interested in having your boat detailed or shrink wrapped, please call the marina office to schedule your service.</p> <p>As the boating season comes to a close over the next few months, we encourage you to have your boat winterized and serviced. Overby Marine, the dealership on our property, can complete these services for you. Please call them at 252-586-3593 to schedule a service.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Fall Hours </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />A reminder that our new fall hours are as follows:</p> <ul> <li>Monday: Closed</li> <li>Tuesday: 9am-5pm</li> <li>Wednesday: 9am-5pm</li> <li>Thursday: 9am-5pm</li> <li>Friday: 9am-5pm</li> <li>Saturday: 9am-6pm</li> <li>Sunday: 9am-5pm</li> </ul> <p><strong>Upcoming Events&nbsp;</strong><br />&nbsp;<br /><em><strong>Blues, Brews &amp; BBQ Festival</strong></em></p> <p>When: Saturday, October 19th <br />Where: The Pointe Restaurant, Morningstar Marinas | Eaton Ferry<br />Description: Visit <a href="http://www.thepointeonlakegaston.com/" target="_blank">thepointeonlakegaston.com</a> or call 252-586-0466 for ticket and other information.</p> <p><em><strong>Holiday Boat Parade</strong></em></p> <p>When: Saturday, December 7th&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />Where: Morningstar Marinas | Eaton Ferry<br />Description: Join us for our 3rd Annual Holiday Boat Parade. Decorate your boat with holiday decorations and enjoy fellowship with your fellow Lake Gaston? ???boaters. Prizes ?w?i?l?l? ?b?e? given to the best decorated boats! Rumor has it there will also be a special guest for the kids. The entry fee is a new, unwrapped toy that will be donated to underprivileged children in the community. Come participate in a fun event for a great cause! Call the marina for entry information.</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Fall-Boating-Weekend-Discounts-339 Labor Day Weekend Cookout & Fuel Discount http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Labor-Day-Weekend-Cookout-Fuel-Discount-332 <p>Mayport Boaters,</p> <p>Join us this weekend for a Customer Appreciation Cookout and Open House! Starting around 1:00 pm tomorrow, August 31st, we will have free food and drinks available for our boaters and their family and friends. The weather looks like it will be perfect for a day out on the water and some great food. In addition to our cookout, all members that visit the marina on Saturday or Sunday will be entered into a drawing to win a detailed wash for their boat, valued at $75. This is the perfect opportunity to bring your friends to the marina and show them how awesome it is to have your boat at Morningstar Marinas | Mayport!</p> <p>Logan Moore, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Mayport</p> <p><strong>Morningstar Referral Program</strong></p> <p>Remember, if you refer a friend and they sign an annual contract with us, you could receive a $125 rent credit! Simply stop by the Ship’s Store and ask for a &ldquo;Morningstar Double-Your-Dollars Referral Program&rdquo; form to fill out. Once your friend signs an annual contract, your account will be credited $125. When you refer a second friend, you receive an additional $250 rent credit. And with your third referral, you receive a $500 rent credit. So if you refer three friends, you will receive a total of $875 in rent credits. If you have any questions about our Referral Program, please feel free to give us a call.</p> <p><strong>Labor Day Weekend Fuel Discount</strong></p> <p>This is going to be a great weekend to head out on your boat with your friends and family. The forecast looks beautiful, and to help celebrate this holiday weekend we will be offering a $0.10 per gallon fuel discount to all of our members. Don&rsquo;t forget, if you plan on taking your boat out, call us an hour ahead of time to ensure your boat is in the water before you get here. We look forward to seeing you this weekend!</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Labor-Day-Weekend-Cookout-Fuel-Discount-332 Live Music & Free Winterization Drawing http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Live-Music-Free-Winterization-Drawing-338 <p>Eaton Ferry Boaters,</p> <p>We are expecting a beautiful weekend on the lake! The weather is forecasted to be in the mid-upper 80&rsquo;s with little chance of rain. The Pointe Restaurant will have live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. It should be a great holiday weekend, and we look forward to seeing each of you on the water.</p> <p>As always, we appreciate all of our loyal customers. As a thank you, we are holding a drawing for a free basic winterization service provided by Overby Marine. This service will include draining the engine and filling with anti-freeze, fogging the engine, and adding fuel stabilizer to the fuel tank. Every boat launched this weekend will be entered into the drawing. Don&rsquo;t miss your chance to win!</p> <p>Adam Keisler, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Eaton Ferry</p> <p><strong>Put Away A Clean Boat</strong></p> <p>Don&rsquo;t forget to put your boat away clean! We offer a full line of detailing and shrink wrapping services to ensure your boat is clean and ready to go next summer. If you are interested in having your boat detailed or shrink wrapped, please call the marina office to schedule your service.</p> <p>As the boating season comes to a close over the next few months, we encourage you to have your boat winterized and serviced. Overby Marine, the dealership on our property, can complete these services for you. Please call them at 252-586-3593 to schedule a service.</p> <p><strong>New Fall Hours</strong></p> <p>Beginning Tuesday, September 3rd, we will be switching over to our fall schedule. Marina hours will be as follows:</p> <ul> <li>Monday: Closed</li> <li>Tuesday: 9am-5pm</li> <li>Wednesday: 9am-5pm</li> <li>Thursday: 9am-5pm</li> <li>Friday: 9am-5pm</li> <li>Saturday: 9am-6pm</li> <li>Sunday: 9am-5pm</li> </ul> <p><strong>Upcoming Events</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Blues, Brews &amp; BBQ Festival</strong></em><br />When: Saturday, October 19th <br />Where: The Pointe Restaurant, Morningstar Marinas | Eaton Ferry<br />Description: Visit <a href="http://www.thepointeonlakegaston.com/" target="_blank">thepointeonlakegaston.com</a> or call 252-586-0466 for ticket and other information.</p> <p><em><strong>Holiday Boat Parade</strong></em><br />When: Saturday, December 7th&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />Where: Morningstar Marinas | Eaton Ferry<br />Description: Join us for our 3rd Annual Holiday Boat Parade. Decorate your boat with holiday decorations and enjoy fellowship with your fellow Lake Gaston boaters. Prizes will be given to the best decorated boats! Rumor has it there will also be a special guest for the kids. The entry fee is a new, unwrapped toy that will be donated to underprivileged children in the community. Come participate in a fun event for a great cause! Call the marina for entry information.</p> <p><strong>Boat Handling Tips and Tricks</strong></p> <p>Whether you are new to the boating community or have spent the majority of your life on the water, it is important to know some basic boat handling skills. These skills will allow you to maneuver your boat in any situation regardless of the wind or current, but they require a lot of practice.</p> <p><em><strong>Balance your Load</strong></em><br />Before heading out on the water, it is important to balance the weight of people and gear in the boat so that the boat can travel through the water with as little resistance as possible. If you are listing to the port side or if your bow is too far up in the air, it will be more difficult to steer and control the boat. You may find that you need to adjust the trim on your&nbsp; engine to help balance things out.</p> <p><em><strong>Keep a Look Out</strong></em><br />Any time you go boating, regardless of the speed, it is imperative to keep a proper look out. The boat operator needs to be aware of other boats and objects around the boat and look for ways to avoid collisions. It is often helpful to select one of your passengers to be your official look-out person so that you can make sure that your full attention can be directed toward operating the boat.</p> <p><em><strong>Steering a Boat</strong></em><br />The first thing to understand about operating a boat is that it steers from the stern, or back of the boat. This means that a boat will need more room to turn in close quarters like a marina, and you will need to start your turn much earlier than you realize. Also, because boats don’t have brakes, it is critical to proceed at a slow speed when operating in close quarters. Often, you’ll find that you can perform most docking and departing situations at or just above an idle speed.</p> <p><em><strong>Accounting for the Wind or Current</strong></em><br />A boater needs to be aware of the wind speed and wind direction, and also the current. While the wind is often more noticeable because you can feel it and see flags or tree branches moving, the current can be more tricky to detect because it is underwater. Both can have a tremendous impact on your boat’s steering and maneuverability, and neither should be ignored. It is important to learn how to “hold station,” or remain in one place regardless of the impact of wind or current, so that you can maneuver your boat where you want it to go rather than where Mother Nature is trying to take it.</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Live-Music-Free-Winterization-Drawing-338 Breakfast On Us & 10% Off A Ship’s Store Purchase http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Breakfast-On-Us-10-Off-A-Ships-Store-Purchase-337 <p>Gwynn’s Island Boaters,</p> <p>Last weekend was an unusual one for us. The Gwynn’s Island Bridge was stuck in the open position for nearly three hours during the middle of the day. We had many people popping into the marina looking for help to their houses on the island. Likewise, the Seabreeze had people looking to get off the island. I&rsquo;d like to thank our boaters who were here and offered to help others get to their destinations. Mr. Cunningham and Mr. Glasscock were both eager to assist where needed. Our own Wrightly Reed drove a few folks over to the Seabreeze as well. It was great to see such generosity.</p> <p>The bridge was finally closed by two local watermen. They both hooked onto the bridge with a strap, and then pulled in opposite directions until it closed. The shaft is still broken and won&rsquo;t be fixed for another week. So, good news for everyone who is going to the island - the bridge won&rsquo;t open for a whole week! Above is a picture of the work boat pulling the side of the bridge closed. It was a pretty cool site to see.</p> <p>Tina Minor, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Gwynn’s Island</p> <p><strong>Enjoy Breakfast on Us</strong></p> <p>This Saturday we would like to treat everyone to free breakfast. We&rsquo;ll have free coffee, juice, donuts, bagels and muffins for you to grab on your way to your boat. When you return, we&rsquo;ll have free cold beverages for all ages and discounted beer for adults. Breakfast will be set up from 7:00 am through 11:00 am.</p> <p><strong>Fishing &amp; Upcoming Events</strong></p> <p>We had two flounder weighed yesterday that were 7.14 and 8.12 pounds. A speckled trout was weighed in at 5.8 pounds on Tuesday. Labor Day is here and the fishing is finally getting good, so don&rsquo;t let the calendar end your summer.</p> <p>And don&rsquo;t forget, Market Days will be held next weekend on Friday and Saturday on Main Street. This is a fun event with local artists and great local seafood. And we’re already talking about the Rockfish Tournament in December. It will be the second weekend in December, as always. We will give more details as the time nears.</p> <p><strong>10% Off Your Next Ship’s Store Purchase</strong></p> <p>Be sure to stop by the Ship’s Store this weekend for a 10% off coupon good for any Ship’s Store purchase!</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Breakfast-On-Us-10-Off-A-Ships-Store-Purchase-337 Free Ice & Vessel Inspections http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Free-Ice-Vessel-Inspections-336 <p>Golden Isles Boaters,</p> <p>To help keep everyone cool this weekend, we would like to offer a free 7 lb. bag of ice over Labor Day Weekend (Saturday-Monday). Please stop by the Dock Office for your complimentary bag of ice. We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend, and we ask that you please do not hesitate to let us know if there is anything we can do to be of assistance.</p> <p>Chris Ferguson, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Golden Isles</p> <p><strong>Free Vessel Inspections This Saturday</strong></p> <p>For those of you who were unable to take advantage of the complimentary vessel inspections provided by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGA), the USCGA will be offering another round of free vessel inspections this Saturday, August 31st from 12:00-3:00pm at the Observation Deck/grill area. If you haven&rsquo;t had your boat inspected this year, I would highly recommend doing so now. Any deficiencies are simply brought to your attention without the threat of fines. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is only there to be of assistance. This is a great opportunity to meet your local USCGA members.</p> <p><strong>New Gate Codes</strong></p> <p>A reminder that we changed the dock entry gate code and bathroom codes at the marina this week. Please contact the marina for the new codes.</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Free-Ice-Vessel-Inspections-336 Labor Day Cookout & Free Ice Cream Sandwiches http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Labor-Day-Cookout-Free-Ice-Cream-Sandwiches-335 <p>Bahia Bleu Boaters,</p> <p>The weather looks fairly nice for Labor Day weekend! We are expecting mostly sunny skies with highs in the 80’s and a small chance of thunderstorms. We&rsquo;ll be celebrating the holiday with a cookout on Monday. The party will start around 1:00 pm and go until the food runs out. We will also be giving away ice cream sandwiches throughout the weekend. So come out and enjoy the last big weekend of the summer!</p> <p>We look forward to seeing you!<br />&nbsp;<br />Ron Thomas, General Manager<br />Rory Jose, Operations Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Bahia Bleu</p> <p><strong>Fishing The Seasons: A Fall Fishing Seminar</strong></p> <p>Join us for a Fall Fishing Seminar with Capt. Jack McGowan of Coastal River Charters featuring Sea Tow, Freedom Boat Club and Morningstar Marinas.<br />&nbsp;<br />Date: Tuesday, September 10th<br />Time: 6:00 pm -7:00 pm<br />Where: On the porch at Morningstar Marinas | Bahia Bleu<br />&nbsp;<br />This has been a good year for fishing! Yes we&rsquo;ve had plenty of rain, but the marshes look lush. It has probably been a better than average year for seatrout. There are lots of small and large redfish in our waters. Large fish are prowling the beaches. We&rsquo;ll talk about the basics of fall fishing including how to get started and what kind of tackle you will need. We’ll also look at how to plan your fishing trip around tide charts and weather changes. Lastly, a big thank you to Morningstar Marinas, Sea Tow and Freedom Boat Club for hosting this seminar.</p> <p><strong>Friendly Reminders</strong></p> <p>Please remember to come into the office to pay for your gas before going out on the water.</p> <p>Please also remember to call the marina at least an hour before coming to the marina on the weekends. This will help us get your boat in the water on time and ready to go. Wash rack space can be limited on weekends as well. Please be considerate and limit your time to half an hour.</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Labor-Day-Cookout-Free-Ice-Cream-Sandwiches-335 Labor Day Cookout & 25% Off Tube Sale http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Labor-Day-Cookout-25-Off-Tube-Sale-334 <p>Skipper’s Landing Boaters,</p> <p>To celebrate the holiday weekend we are hosting a Labor Day Cookout on Sunday from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm! We will be cooking hamburgers and hot dogs fresh on the grill. Also, a reminder that our 25% off tubes and floats special runs through Labor Day. Stop by the marina to check out our selection. We look forward to seeing you this weekend!</p> <p>Jamie Seaman, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marina |Skippers Landing</p> <p><strong>Calling All Photo Entries</strong></p> <p>You still have time to submit entries for our photo contest! The contest ends September 15, 2013. Please follow the steps and guidelines below. To enter a photo:</p> <ul> <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="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Morningstar-Marina-at-Skippers-Landing/121823731164735" target="_blank">clicking this link</a> or searching for Morningstar Marinas at Skippers Landing.</li> <li>If you haven’t already, add us as a friend on Facebook so we can tag you. Tell your friends to log on to Facebook and “like” your photo. The pictures with the most “likes” by the deadline date win!</li> </ul> <p>Categories:</p> <ul> <li>Best sunrise or sunset on Lake Norman</li> <li>Best wildlife/fishing photo</li> <li>Best photo of your pet on Lake Norman</li> <li>Best wakeboarding/tubing/skiing photo</li> </ul> <p>Prizes Include: Full winterization ($319 value), shark glide tube ($106 value), annual service ($359 value) and half off your next month’s rent! Most liked photo overall wins!</p> <p><strong>The “Days of Shivery” Are Back</strong></p> <p>What&rsquo;s in store for us this winter? The &ldquo;Days of Shivery&rdquo; are back! For 2013&ndash;2014, the Farmers’ Almanac is forecasting a winter that will experience below average temperatures for about two-thirds of the nation. Don’t forget to have your boat winterized! We are offering a 10% discount on services scheduled and completed by October 31st. This year we are offering the following packages:</p> <ul> <li>Basic Package $199: Winterization &amp; Fog Engine</li> <li>Full Package $319: Winterization, Engine Oil Change, Oil &amp; Fuel Filters, Lube &amp; Grease, Fuel Stabilizer, Engine Fog &amp; De-Winterization</li> <li>Full Plus Package $469: Full Winterization plus an Impeller Change</li> </ul> <p><em><a href="http://www.farmersalmanac.com/weather/2013/08/25/2014-us-winter-forecast/" target="_blank">Click here</a> for the full Farmers’ Almanac report.</em></p> <p><strong>Labor Day Hours &amp; New Fall Hours</strong></p> <p>We will be open on Monday, September 2nd from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm for Labor Day. Starting on Tuesday, September 3rd, our fall hours will begin. Our fall hours are:</p> <ul> <li>Monday - Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm</li> <li>Saturday - Sunday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm</li> </ul> <p><strong>Forecast Courtesy of Steve Udelson</strong></p> <p>A classic Carolina summer weekend is heading our way with skies averaging out to be partly sunny, but we will need to watch out for scattered late day or evening thunderstorms. Rain chances each day are about 30%, and any thunderstorms that pop up will produce gusty winds. Afternoon highs each day will be in the upper 80’s to about 90, with Labor Day itself maybe being the warmest day. Winds will generally be out of the SW at 5-10 mph. Lake temperatures are in the upper 80’s.</p> <p><em>Forecast courtesy of Steve Udelson, Chief Meteorologist from WSOC-TV and Morningstar Boater.</em></p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Labor-Day-Cookout-25-Off-Tube-Sale-334 Labor Day Cookout & Welcome Fall Boating http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Labor-Day-Cookout-Welcome-Fall-Boating-333 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Hello Kings Point Boaters,</p> <p>For many, Labor Day marks the end of our beloved summer season and the beginning of the long school year. Some even see it as the sad end of the Lake Norman boating season. Well we disagree! There is nothing like the fall boating season on Lake Norman. The water is calmer, less crowded and begins to cool down. Less humidity and more wind make for better sailing. The views get even better as the colors on the trees lining the lake start to change, and the beautiful fall sunsets come earlier. This holiday weekend, come see us and let&rsquo;s celebrate Labor Day together and the beginning of a great fall boating season.</p> <p>Bill Young, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Kings Point</p> <p><strong>Happy 50th Birthday to Our Beloved Lake Norman</strong><br />&nbsp;<br />September 30, 1963 marked the day Cowan&rsquo;s Ford Hydro Station began commercial operation and what is officially considered to be the birth date of Lake Norman. Check out <a href="http://www.visitlakenorman.org/" target="_blank">visitlakenorman.org</a> for all things Lake Norman and find out about the latest specials and deals. We know many of our members are long-time Lake Norman boaters. If you have any pictures of Lake Norman from the past, we&rsquo;d love for you to submit them to <a href="mailto:kingspoint@morningstarmarinas.com">kingspoint@morningstarmarinas.com</a> and we&rsquo;ll put them into a compilation on our Facebook page.</p> <p><strong>Item of the Week</strong></p> <p>With one of the wettest summers we&rsquo;ve ever seen on Lake Norman, we are hearing a few complaints about mold and mildew. With this in mind, this week&rsquo;s item of the week is the Starbrite NosGuard SG Mold/Mildew Odor Control Slow Release System, and our price is $7.50 for a two pack. Keep your eyes out for more mold and mildew products to hit the shelves as we near winterization season.</p> <p><strong>Parking Tips</strong></p> <p>We know parking is often tight at the marina, and this coming Labor Day weekend will be no exception. As usual, we ask that you refrain from parking on the grass lot between the Kings Point office and the parking lot. We also want to point out that it is very important that you refrain from parking on the concrete pad pictured above. There is an 8,000 gallon gas tank located beneath the pad, and parking over it is extremely dangerous.</p> <p>Once the lower parking lots are full, please use the marked overflow lots toward the back of the property. Also, remember to avoid parking on the condo side of Kings Point drive as your car is subject to towing. Carpooling is always a great option. The two parking spots by the Ship’s Store are used for loading and unloading only, and we ask that you please limit your time in those spots to five minutes.</p> <p>Friendly Reminder: Please keep your speed below 25 mph on Kings Point Drive as the town of Cornelius has set up mobile speed traps in the past. Drive slowly and watch out for pedestrians.</p> <p><strong>Labor Day Hours &amp; New Fall Hours</strong></p> <p>The marina will be open from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm on Labor Day. Beginning Tuesday, September 2nd, we will transition to our new fall hours:</p> <ul> <li>Monday-Thursday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm</li> <li>Friday-Sunday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm</li> </ul> <p><strong>Fall Events</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Morningstar Marinas | Kings Point Labor Day Cookout - Monday, September 2nd</strong></em><br />Send summer off in style and join our Labor Day Cookout on Monday, September 2nd. Be sure to stop by the marina around lunchtime to get a BBQ sandwich prepared by the Peninsula Yacht Club, and join us as we send summer off in style and welcome in fall boating season.</p> <p><em><strong>Navigate Lake Norman &ndash; Wednesday, September 11th </strong></em><br />Be sure to join us for a free class at the Kings Point Clubhouse from 6:30 - 8:00 pm and learn how to navigate Lake Norman day or night! Becky Johnson and Captain Gus Gustafson will cover topics that include understanding Lake Norman’s channel marker and buoy system, how to avoid shallow water, the ten most dangerous spots on the lake, and interpreting lake maps. You might even catch a fall fishing tip from Captain Gus himself. For more information, call Becky Johnson at 704-892-7575.</p> <p><em><strong>Boating Safety Education Course - Saturday, September 21st</strong></em><br />Boating safety classes will be offered here at Kings Point through Lighthouse Marine Service. This approved course from licensed US Coast Guard Captains will help you learn from practical examples, get your questions answered, and better understand how to be safe on the water. The remaining date for this summer is September 21st from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Be sure to go to <a href="http://www.lmservice.org/" target="_blank">lmservice.org</a> or call 704-361-2991 to register for a class.</p> <p><em><strong>Sea School 6-Pack CG License Class - October &amp; December 2013</strong></em><br />Sea School&rsquo;s CG License Class will be offered at the marina in both October and December of 2013. The course itself lasts for six days. The dates are as follows:</p> <ul> <li>October 18th, 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th and 27th from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm</li> <li>December 6th, 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th and 15th from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm</li> </ul> <p>Be sure to go to <a href="http://www.lmservice.org/" target="_blank">lmservice.org</a> or call 704-361-2991 for more details and to take advantage of their end-of-season special pricing.</p> <p><em><strong>USCG Charter Boat Captain&rsquo;s License Course</strong></em><br />Looking to get your US Coast Guard Captain&rsquo;s License? Sea School can steer you easily and quickly towards your goal. Instructors and office personnel help you with all of the necessary forms and provide you with the knowledge you need to be a better and safer boater. This course is provided at the marina and pre-registration is required. Visit <a href="http://www.seaschool.com/" target="_blank">seaschool.com</a> or call 1-800-237-8663 for more information.</p> <p><em><strong>Sea School Master&rsquo;s Upgrade CG License Class - Friday, November 1st - Sunday, November 3rd</strong></em><br />Sea School will be offering a license upgrade class at the marina November 1st-3rd from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. Again, please be sure to visit <a href="http://www.lmservice.org/" target="_blank">lmservice.org</a> or call 704-361-2991 to register.</p> <p><em><strong>2013 Lighted Boat Parade - Saturday, December 14th</strong></em><br />It&rsquo;s not too early to start planning for this year&rsquo;s Lighted Boat Parade. On Saturday, December 14th, we will set out from Kings Point to join the Peninsula Yacht Club in a spectacular parade of lights. This is our favorite event of the year, and we hope to have an even bigger Kings Point presence in the parade than we did last year. The theme? PIRATES!</p> <p><strong>Forecast Courtesy of Steve Udelson</strong></p> <p>A classic Carolina summer weekend is heading our way with skies averaging out to be partly sunny, but we will need to watch out for scattered late day or evening thunderstorms. Rain chances each day are about 30%, and any thunderstorms that pop up will produce gusty winds. Afternoon highs each day will be in the upper 80’s to about 90, with Labor Day itself maybe being the warmest day. Winds will generally be out of the SW at 5-10 mph. Lake temperatures are in the upper 80’s.</p> <p><em>Forecast courtesy of Steve Udelson, Chief Meteorologist from WSOC-TV and Morningstar Boater.</em></p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Labor-Day-Cookout-Welcome-Fall-Boating-333 September Newsletter http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/September-Newsletter-324 <p><strong>RHYC Referral Program </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />Start earning dollars today and make your marina experience at RHYC even better when you are boating and spending time with your friends. All you need to do is refer a friend to RHYC, and once that friend signs an annual slip contract, your account will be credited $125&hellip;.EASY MONEY! And more fun at RHYC! Stop by the marina for all the details.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>New! Peak Performance &amp; Instrument Check </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />RHYC now offers our members a monthly service program to ensure that your boat is in top running condition when you are ready to go boating. Every month we will launch your boat, check all instrumentation, run the engine, and check all fluids and battery charge. Our Captains will then take your boat out on the waterway and give her a test run to assure proper engine performance, instrument function and boat handling. Once all checks are complete, we will call you to give you an update on her performance. If necessary, we will make any recommendations to keep your boat in tip-top running condition. This program starts at $29 per month, so call Captain Mitch today to set up your monthly program. Enjoy peace of mind in knowing that your boat will be ready to go next time you&rsquo;re headed to the marina!<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>September Special </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />Enjoy 20% off any Ship&rsquo;s Store purchase during the month of September! (Promotion excludes fuel.)<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Football Season Fun </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />Kick-off the season with friends, fans and college alumni as you cheer for your favorite college or pro football teams at RHYC. Enjoy Chef Curtis&rsquo; &ldquo;Weekend Tailgate&rdquo; featuring appetizers along with drink specials and free popcorn, chips and salsa during the games.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Rental Boats at RHYC </strong><br />&nbsp;<br />Now that summer is over, enjoy a relaxing cruise on the river aboard a 22&rsquo; Pontoon or our 16&rsquo; Skiff. Don&rsquo;t forget, Harbor Members receive a 20% discount, and Social Members receive a 10% discount on all rental boat rates. Rates do not include gas. Call the marina&nbsp;for reservations.</p> <ul> <li>22&rsquo; Pontoons: 8 people, $250 half day, $400 full day</li> <li>16&rsquo; Skiff: 3 people, $125 half day, $199 full day</li> </ul> <p><strong>Signature Tervis Tumblers</strong></p> <p>Fast becoming the coolest accessory on the waterway, get your RHYC Tervis Tumblers today as supplies are limited. Cost is $19.95 each or two for $35. Includes a blue spill-resistant cover.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Member Appreciation Day </strong><br />Saturday, October 5th, 1-4PM</p> <p>We are celebrating Member Appreciation Day with free chili, cheese, chips and salsa served on our cozy fireplace patio. Enjoy a FREE helping of Chef Curtis&rsquo; hot and hearty chili, then cool down with frosty longneck domestic beers for only $2.00, and premium longnecks for only $3.00. Bring the family and watch college football with your fellow members at RHYC.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Halloween Trick-Or-Treat </strong><br />Halloween Day, 3PM</p> <p>Stop by the Club on Halloween anytime after 3PM and show us your costume. We will be handing out free candy, frightening fruit punch and a fun Halloween treat for everyone who drops by.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>Friendly Reminder: 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 prior to the boat&rsquo;s return to dry storage. The marina attendants at RHYC exercise every precaution and use great care in the handling of our members&rsquo; boats during movements to and from the dry storage building and will not be held responsible for any damage to bimini tops and/or framework, boat motor cowlings, transducers, or any other parts of the boat resulting from normal boat handling and movements to and from the dry storage, as outlined in your lease.</p> <p><strong>Fall Hours of Operation&nbsp;</strong><br />&nbsp;<br /><em>Effective September 9th</em></p> <ul> <li>Clubhouse: Thursday-Saturday Noon - 9:00 PM, Sundays Noon - 8:00 PM</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: Monday-Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Thursday-Sunday 9:00 AM - Dusk</li> </ul> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/September-Newsletter-324 Back to School & Happy Birthday Lake Norman http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Back-to-School-Happy-Birthday-Lake-Norman-331 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Hello Kings Point Boaters,</p> <p>We just looked at the forecast and YES, we will see the sun this weekend! Drop everything and make it a boating weekend. Monday the 26th marks the beginning of the school year and the end of summer break for many of us. We know how the busy school year pulls you away from your boat, so come make the most of this weekend with us! Don&rsquo;t forget to check out our big back-to-school item of the week offer below.</p> <p>Bill Young, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Kings Point</p> <p><strong>Happy 50th Birthday to Our Beloved Lake Norman</strong></p> <p>September 30, 1963 marked the day Cowan&rsquo;s Ford Hydro Station began commercial operation and what is officially considered to be the birth date of Lake Norman. Check out <a href="http://www.visitlakenorman.org/" target="_blank">visitlakenorman.org</a> for all things Lake Norman and find out about the latest specials and deals. We know many of our members are long-time Lake Norman boaters. If you have any pictures of Lake Norman from the past, we&rsquo;d love for you to submit them to <a href="mailto:kingspoint@morningstarmarinas.com">kingspoint@morningstarmarinas.com</a> and we&rsquo;ll put them into a compilation on our Facebook page.</p> <p><strong>Fall Events</strong></p> <p><em><strong>2nd Annual Dam2Dam Jets Ski Charity Run - Saturday, August 24th</strong></em><br />Come check out the 2nd Annual Dam2Dam Jet Ski Charity Run from Cowan&rsquo;s Ford to Lookout Shoals Dams this Saturday, August 24th. Riders line up at 8:00 am and launch at Beatty&rsquo;s Ford Pork at 8:15 am. This event is hosted by Denver Lake Norman Rotary Club and is sponsored by Lake Norman Power Sports. It should be a blast! You must register to participate. The cost is $35 for the first rider and $25 for a second rider. All riders receive a Dam2Dam t-shirt, Bojangles’ biscuits in the park from 7:30-8:00 am, and lunch afterwards on the island off of Governors Island. <a href="http://www.mylkn.com/dam2dam/" target="_blank">Click here</a> to register.</p> <p><em><strong>Morningstar Marinas | Kings Point Labor Day Cookout - Monday, September 2nd</strong></em><br />Send summer off in style and join our Labor Day Cookout on Monday, September 2nd. Be sure to stop by the marina around lunchtime to get a BBQ sandwich prepared by the Peninsula Yacht Club and spend your last few precious moments of summer with your Kings Point family!</p> <p><em><strong>Boating Safety Education Course - Saturday, September 21st</strong></em><br />Boating safety classes will be offered here at Kings Point through Lighthouse Marine Service. This approved course from licensed US Coast Guard Captains will help you learn from practical examples, get your questions answered, and better understand how to be safe on the water. The remaining date for this summer is September 21st from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Be sure to go to <a href="http://www.lmservice.org/" target="_blank">lmservice.org</a> or call 704-361-2991 to register for a class.</p> <p><em><strong>Sea School 6-Pack CG License Class - October &amp; December 2013</strong></em><br />Sea School&rsquo;s CG License Class will be offered at the marina in both October and December of 2013. The course itself lasts for six days. The dates are as follows:</p> <ul> <li>October 18th, 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th and 27th from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm</li> <li>December 6th, 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th and 15th from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm</li> </ul> <p>Be sure to go to <a href="http://www.lmservice.org/" target="_blank">lmservice.org</a> or call 704-361-2991 for more details and to take advantage of their end-of-season special pricing.</p> <p><em><strong>USCG Charter Boat Captain&rsquo;s License Course</strong></em><br />Looking to get your US Coast Guard Captain&rsquo;s License? Sea School can steer you easily and quickly towards your goal. Instructors and office personnel help you with all of the necessary forms and provide you with the knowledge you need to be a better and safer boater. This course is provided at the marina and pre-registration is required. Visit <a href="http://www.seaschool.com/" target="_blank">seaschool.com</a> or call 1-800-237-8663 for more information.</p> <p><em><strong>Sea School Master&rsquo;s Upgrade CG License Class - Friday, November 1st - Sunday, November 3rd</strong></em><br />Sea School will be offering a license upgrade class at the marina November 1st-3rd from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. Again, please be sure to visit <a href="http://www.lmservice.org/" target="_blank">lmservice.org</a> or call 704-361-2991 to register.</p> <p><em><strong>2013 Lighted Boat Parade - Saturday, December 14th</strong></em><br />It&rsquo;s not too early to start planning for this year&rsquo;s Lighted Boat Parade. On Saturday, December 14th, we will set out from Kings Point to join the Peninsula Yacht Club in a spectacular parade of lights. This is our favorite event of the year, and we hope to have an even bigger Kings Point presence in the parade than we did last year. The theme? PIRATES!</p> <p><strong>Insurance Reminder</strong></p> <p>As part of your Morningstar contract, we need to keep a current copy of each boater&rsquo;s insurance in their file. We just conducted an audit of every file, and many are missing the current declaration page. 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.</p> <p><strong>Item of the Week</strong></p> <p>Back-to-School Blowout! Any item that has been featured this summer as our item of the week will be on sale this weekend:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.babesboats.com/" target="_blank">Babe&rsquo;s Boat Care Products</a></li> <li>Starbrite Sea Safe Bilge Cleaner</li> <li>12Volt Airhead Air Pump </li> <li>Mariner 5 USCG Approved Fire Extinguisher </li> <li>Custom-Made Dock Wheel Brackets w/ Taylor Made Dock Wheels</li> <li>Blow &lsquo;Em Up &amp; Blow &lsquo;Em Out: All Tubes $25-$100 Off</li> </ul> <p>Stop by the Ship&rsquo;s Store this weekend to check out our inventory and SAVE MONEY!</p> <p><strong>Forecast Courtesy of Steve Udelson</strong></p> <p>Behind a cold front that pushes through late Friday night we are in store for a great weekend. Expect plenty of sun, very low humidity and very low rain chances (for a change). Afternoon highs both days will only reach the low to mid 80’s. For sailors, look for a healthy NE breeze of 6-12 mph with higher gusts on Saturday, and an east wind of&nbsp; 5-10 mph can be expected on Sunday.</p> <p><em>Forecast courtesy of Steve Udelson, Chief Meteorologist from WSOC-TV and Morningstar Boater.</em></p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Back-to-School-Happy-Birthday-Lake-Norman-331 The Art Plunge & Boating Safety http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/The-Art-Plunge-Boating-Safety-330 <p>Eaton Ferry Boaters,</p> <p>After several days of rain and clouds, the forecast is looking up for another beautiful weekend on Lake Gaston! Intellicast calls for temperatures in the mid-upper 80’s with little chance of precipitation for Saturday and Sunday.</p> <p>As summer comes to an end for the kids that attend school, it is sad to mention that we will soon be saying goodbye to several of our dockhands. We would like to wish good luck to Clay, Abby and Chris as they head back to college life. We will miss you and thank you for all of your hard work this summer!</p> <p>Adam Keisler, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Eaton Ferry</p> <p><strong>The Art Plunge</strong></p> <p>The Art Plunge, featuring fine art and quality crafts by North Carolina and Virginia artists, will be held at The Pointe Restaurant on Saturday, August 24th overlooking Lake Gaston. The show is free to the public and will be held rain or shine from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Check out the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Art-Plunge/416032445179211?ref=stream" target="_blank">Art Plunge Facebook page </a>to see examples of artwork.</p> <p><strong>Boating Safety</strong></p> <p>When it comes to boating safety, there is a variety of knowledge one should be familiar with before setting out on the water. Here are some tidbits every safe boater should know:</p> <p><em><strong>Navigation &amp; Boat Handling</strong></em>:</p> <ul> <li>When a boat is approaching you head on, you should veer slightly but decisively to starboard and pass him on his port side.</li> <li>In “boat-speak,” the boater with the right of way is the “stand-on vessel.”</li> <li>When reading a navigation chart, depth soundings printed in small numbers on the chart indicate the water depth calculated at the mean low tide.</li> <li>When loading your boat on a trailer, it is best to slightly submerge the trailer wheels and ease the boat onto the bunks until it stops. Use the winch to draw the bow to the bow roller.</li> <em></em> </ul> <p><em><strong>Life Jacket &amp; Water Safety</strong></em>:</p> <ul> <li>No universal labeling exists to indicate whether a life jacket is set for auto or manual inflation. It is the responsibility of the owner to be sure the user is aware of how the life jacket functions.</li> <li>When swimming from a boat, be sure to have a reboarding ladder within reach from the water. Turn the engine off, remove the keys from the ignition, anchor the boat and keep an eye on its position in relation to shore.</li> <em></em> </ul> <p><em><strong>Anchoring</strong></em>:</p> <ul> <li>The combination of rope, chain or cable used to fix your vessel to the anchor (and in turn, the bottom) is known as anchor rode.</li> <li>When anchoring in a current, it’s normally safest to point the bow upstream and drop the anchor from the bow.</li> </ul> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/The-Art-Plunge-Boating-Safety-330 Inventory Blowout & Winterization Packages http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Inventory-Blowout-Winterization-Packages-329 <p>Skipper’s Landing Boaters,</p> <p>Join us for what looks like it is going to be a beautiful weekend on the lake! We are having an inventory blowout! Receive 25% off all tubes and floats now through Labor Day. Stop by the marina to check out our selection.</p> <p>Jamie Seaman, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marina |Skippers Landing</p> <p><strong>Winterization Packages</strong></p> <p>Don’t look now, but winter is right around the corner. This is the time of year when we begin scheduling winter services to prepare your vessel for the cold weather. This year we are offering the following packages:</p> <ul> <li>Basic Package $199: Winterization &amp; Fog Engine</li> <li>Full Package $319: Winterization, Engine Oil Change, Oil &amp; Fuel Filters, Lube &amp; Grease, Fuel Stabilizer, Engine Fog &amp; De-Winterization</li> <li>Full Plus Package $469: Full Winterization plus an Impeller Change</li> </ul> <p>Additionally, we are offering a 10% discount on services scheduled and completed by October 31st. If your boating season has already concluded, we can go ahead and complete your winterization at this time, or we can schedule your service for a later date of your choosing.</p> <p><strong>Mechanic Dan’s Helpful Hint</strong></p> <p>“It’s extremely important to have your boat winterized to prevent catastrophic engine damage and failure.”</p> <p><em>-Dan Brzezinski, Skipper’s Landing Mechanic</em></p> <p><strong>Forecast Courtesy of Steve Udelson</strong></p> <p>Behind a cold front that pushes through late Friday night we are in store for a great weekend. Expect plenty of sun, very low humidity and very low rain chances (for a change). Afternoon highs both days will only reach the low to mid 80’s. For sailors, look for a healthy NE breeze of 6-12 mph with higher gusts on Saturday, and an east wind of&nbsp; 5-10 mph can be expected on Sunday.</p> <p><em>Forecast courtesy of Steve Udelson, Chief Meteorologist from WSOC-TV and Morningstar Boater.</em></p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Inventory-Blowout-Winterization-Packages-329 10% Off Fishing & Boating Supplies http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/10-Off-Fishing-Boating-Supplies-328 <p>Gwynn’s Island Boaters,</p> <p>It has been a rainy week, but anglers have still been able to get a few hours of fishing done. The flounder have been impressive. Mr. Dean caught this pretty flounder last week.</p> <p>This weekend we will be offering 10% of all fishing and boating supplies in the Ship’s Store. Be sure to stop by and check out all that we have to offer. Don’t see what you need at the marina? Remember, we can order any parts for your boat from fenders and rod holders to GPS systems and fish finders.</p> <p>Tina Minor, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Gwynn’s Island</p> <p><strong>Morningstar Marinas Lottery</strong></p> <p>Congratulations to last week&rsquo;s lottery winners: Mr. Gargano, Mr. Bolin, Mr. West, Mr. D. Lewis, Mr. Cunningham and Mr. Buchanon.</p> <p>As we strive to show our appreciation for your continued patronage, we are holding our very own Morningstar Marinas Lottery. Each week we place all slip numbers that we have on our property into five different batches. We are pulling a winner from each building weekly. This gives us five winners per week from now until Labor Day weekend. For example, if you are in slip A302 your name will go into the batch with everyone else in A building. This will give you a better shot at winning rather than having your name in a batch with all 200+ of our boaters.</p> <p>This week’s prize is a Morningstar fleece sweatshirt and a Morningstar to-go coffee cup valued at over $30.00. Good luck!</p> <p><strong>Boys &amp; Girls Club Visit</strong></p> <p>The <a href="http://www.bagclub.com/" target="_blank">Mathews Boys &amp; Girls Club </a>visit was a big success last week. We had 10 kids on Tuesday and 10 on Wednesday. On Thursday we had 26 kids! It was an exhausting and fun week for us all. Pictured is one of the kids with a catch-and-release flounder that was 15.75 inches long.</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/10-Off-Fishing-Boating-Supplies-328 Free Ice Cream & Upcoming Events http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Free-Ice-Cream-Upcoming-Events-327 <p>Bahia Bleu Boaters,</p> <p>The weather looks great for the weekend with only a slight chance of rain. With summer excitement slowly coming to an end, it’s time to get “too cool for school!” Stop by for free ice cream to keep you cool all weekend long.</p> <p>And for all you offshore fisherman, this weekend is open for snapper fishing. Get it while you can!</p> <p>Ron Thomas, General Manager<br />Rory Jose, Operations Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Bahia Bleu</p> <p><strong>Upcoming Events</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Fishing Seminar</strong></em><br />We are scheduling a fishing seminar for mid-September. Be on the lookout for more details on this informative event in next week’s email.</p> <p><em><strong>9th Annual Crabbing for Charity Tournament</strong></em><br />Our 9th Annual Crabbing for Charity Tournament is set for Saturday, September 21st. Mark it on your calendar and look out for more updates in the next few weeks.</p> <p><strong>Fishing Report from Captain Jack McGowan</strong></p> <p>Greetings from the coast! Fishing has been pretty good. Fishermen are fishing for sea trout, red fish, flounder, tripletail, shark, tarpon and whiting. The whiting bite has been particularly strong. Lots of fresh water has pushed out a good number of the sharks, so the whiting are more abundant. This is really good. Whiting are a great pan fish and a great bake fish.</p> <p>Summer is a wonderful time to fish for flounder, particularly on the first of the incoming tide. Also finger mullet, mud minnows and large shrimp. If you use a soft plastic, use a white 3&rdquo; or 4&rdquo; curl tail. Red fish are showing up in good numbers, both larger and smaller fish. This is good to see. Sea trout are pretty plentiful as well. Fisherman are saying they&rsquo;re seeing sea lice on the red fish and the sea trout. This isn&rsquo;t a bad thing, this is just meaning these fish are coming in from deeper water. That&rsquo;s good - bait is on the move and fish are following them.</p> <p>Some tarpon are on the beach front. There are not quite as many sharks, so the fisherman like that. The sharks that are there are generally larger sharks, some big black tips, bull sharks and sand bar sharks. Triple tail are being caught around the beachfront, particularly around range markers and other structures. Triple tail are generally considered an eddy fish, meaning at the change of the tide. So that would be at low tide or high tide, maybe during that half hour period. Large shrimp on a small float like a Cajun thunder is a favorite rig. Just make sure you have heavier tackle to bring in these fish. They can be 20 or more pounds.</p> <p>Fish on!</p> <p>Capt. Jack McGowan<br /><a href="http://www.coastalrivercharters.com/" target="_blank">www.coastalrivercharters.com</a></p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Free-Ice-Cream-Upcoming-Events-327 Fuel Discount, Burgee Sale & New Gate Codes http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Fuel-Discount-Burgee-Sale-New-Gate-Codes-326 <p>Golden Isles Boaters,</p> <p>It looks like the weather this weekend is going to cooperate more than it has over the past few weeks, so in an effort to help everyone get back out on the water, I would like to offer $0.10/gallon off your fuel purchase this weekend (Friday-Sunday). There is still plenty of time for great boating ahead, so let&rsquo;s get out and enjoy!</p> <p>Chris Ferguson, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Golden Isles</p> <p><strong>Free Vessel Inspections August 31st</strong></p> <p>For those of you who were unable to take advantage of the complimentary vessel inspections provided by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGA), the USCGA will be offering another round of free vessel inspections on Saturday, August 31st from 12:00-3:00pm at the Observation Deck/grill area. If you haven&rsquo;t had your boat inspected this year, I would highly recommend doing so now. Any deficiencies are simply brought to your attention without the threat of fines. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is only there to be of assistance.</p> <p><strong>Morningstar Burgee Sale</strong></p> <p>For those Morningstar customers who are interested in showing their marina pride, Morningstar Marinas burgees are available for purchase in the Dock Office. This weekend only, take 10% off your Morningstar Marinas burgee purchase.</p> <p><strong>New Gate Codes</strong></p> <p>A reminder that we changed the dock entry gate code and bathroom codes at the marina this week. Please contact the marina for the new codes.</p> <p><strong>Pool Wristbands</strong></p> <p>As a reminder, we have implemented a new pool wristband policy in an effort to help maintain the exclusive use of the Morningstar swimming pool for Morningstar Marinas customers only. If you haven’t had a chance to come by the Business Office (Unit 206) to pick up your bands, please feel free to do so at any time. We ask that at least one person in your party has a wristband on their arm at all times while inside the pool area. Also, please refrain from bringing glass into the pool area for safety purposes.</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Fuel-Discount-Burgee-Sale-New-Gate-Codes-326 New General Manager & Snapper Season http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/New-General-Manager-Snapper-Season-325 <p>Mayport Boaters,</p> <p>I would like to introduce myself to those of you who I have not yet met. I am Logan Moore, the new General Manager of Morningstar Marinas | Mayport. First, I would like to thank you for choosing Morningstar as your boat’s home and also give a little background on me. I have been with Morningstar for five years now as a dock hand, forklift operator, and in management training positions following my graduation from Radford University with a degree in Business Management. Although I am new to the area and the different style of boating and fishing, I have spent my whole life on the water on the Chesapeake Bay enjoying fishing, hunting, boating and wakeboarding.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />&nbsp;<br />As&nbsp; a reminder, this weekend is the mini snapper season, so our hours of operation will be altered to better fit your needs. We will be operating on an as needed schedule depending on weather and demand from our customers. As of now, we will be launching boats at 6:30 am on Friday, August 23rd and continuing that schedule through the weekend while maintaining our closing time of 7:00 pm daily. Please remember to call one hour ahead of time for launches, or you may call the day before to schedule late evening or early morning launches. <br />&nbsp; <br />It has been my pleasure meeting those of you that I have already met, and I look forward to meeting the remaining boaters in our wonderful boating community here at Mayport. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me at any time with questions or concerns. My door is always open to better serve you. <br />&nbsp;<br />Logan Moore, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Mayport</p> <p><strong>Labor Day Cookout</strong></p> <p>It is hard to believe that summer is slowly coming to an end. It has been a very busy summer here at the marina, and we hope you have enjoyed your many times out on the water. We are planning to celebrate the holiday weekend with a cookout at the marina. We will be cooking up hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill around lunchtime on Saturday and Sunday, so be sure to stop by the grill to grab a bite before heading out on the water. We hope to see you here!</p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/New-General-Manager-Snapper-Season-325 Raft-Up Postponed & Slip Transfer Requests http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Raft-Up-Postponed-Slip-Transfer-Requests-323 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Hello Kings Point Boaters,</p> <p>Thanks to all those who came out and enjoyed the marina this past weekend. For the most part the weather cooperated (more than usual for this season), and we only saw a mild downpour on Saturday afternoon. I wish we could say the same for this weekend, but with Saturday&rsquo;s forecast in the low 60&rsquo;s we are going to postpone our Lake Norman North Raft Up and BBQ for a later date. Sunday is looking better. Keep your fingers crossed and let&rsquo;s make Sunday a great boating day!</p> <p>Bill Young, General Manager</p> <p>Morningstar Marinas | Kings Point</p> <p><strong>Insurance Reminder</strong></p> <p>As part of your Morningstar contract, we need keep a current copy of each boater&rsquo;s insurance in their file. We just conducted an audit of every file, and many are missing the current declaration page. 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.</p> <p><strong>Slip Transfers</strong></p> <p>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 WOULD LIKE TO BE ON A WAITING LIST FOR A DIFFEENT DOCK LOCATION, PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE WITH THE DETAILS OF YOUR REQUEST. This list will replace all other previous lists.</p> <p><strong>Upcoming Events</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Boating Safety Education Course - Saturday, September 21st</strong></em><br />Boating Safety classes will be offered here at Kings Point through Lighthouse Marine Service. This approved course from licensed US Coast Guard Captains will help you learn from practical examples, get your questions answered, and better understand how to be safe on the water. The remaining date for this summer is September 21st from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Be sure to go to <a href="http://www.lmservice.org/" target="_blank">lmservice.org</a> or call 704-361-2991 for a complete schedule and to register for a class.</p> <p><em><strong>“Port City Club” Restaurant Opening - Before Labor Day (Date TBD)</strong></em><br />Nick Lyssikatos, owner of the Brickhouse Tavern in Davidson, will be opening his new restaurant “Port City Club” in the former Midtown Sundries property prior to Labor Day. According to <a href="http://davidsonnews.net/blog/2013/07/01/brickhouse-owner-plans-port-city-club-on-lakefront/" target="_blank">davidsonnews.net</a>, “the club will have a 50-seat bar with banquettes, a 100-seat outdoor patio, a coffee and pastry bar with its own line of coffees, and an outdoor seating area with sofas and fire pits.” It will be casual attire with a lighter, almost Mediterranean-style menu (including seafood, smaller plates, tapas, flatbread pizza and more). We are looking forward to a great new restaurant so close by on the lake!</p> <p><strong>Item of the Week</strong></p> <p>Check out this gorgeous boat! This is what our newest <a href="http://davidsonnews.net/blog/2013/07/01/brickhouse-owner-plans-port-city-club-on-lakefront/" target="_blank">Babe&rsquo;s Boat Care Products</a> can do in no time! Stop by the Ship’s Store to see our recent delivery of products. These products retail for $12.00/bottle, however we secured great pricing and we our passing that on to our boaters. All bottles are $6.00 while supplies last. Our selection includes:</p> <ul> <li>BABE&rsquo;s Seat Soap Upholstery Cleaner</li> <li>BABE&rsquo;s Seat Saver Upholstery Conditioner</li> <li>BABE&rsquo;s Spot Solver Water Spot Remover</li> <li>BABE&rsquo;s Boat Bright Spray Wax Cleaner</li> </ul> <p>These BABE&rsquo;s know boats!</p> <p><strong>Weather Forecast Courtesy of Steve Udelson</strong></p> <p>Our unusual August weather continues over the weekend, and while it will not be a washout, we will be dodging some rain as we try to enjoy some time on the lake. The good news is that the thunderstorm risk is low, and it will be mostly just rain that will fall. Of the two weekend days, Sunday looks to be the best day to see some dry time. Afternoon highs will be stuck in the 75-80 range on Saturday and around 80 on Sunday. Winds will be E-NE at 10+ mph on Saturday with a backing breeze on Sunday.</p> <p><em>Forecast courtesy of Steve Udelson, Chief Meteorologist from WSOC-TV and Morningstar Boater.</em></p> News http://www.morningstarmarinas.com/blog/post/Raft-Up-Postponed-Slip-Transfer-Requests-323