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News From Grenada – May 05

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Clarkes Court Bay Marina is ready for the new season

Grenada is still an unlikely target for another hurricane
for many years to come, but ‘Ivan’ has made it clear that we must always be
prepared for the worst. We at Clarkes Court Bay marina are no exception, and we
have made changes and put procedures in place to minimize potential damage in
the event of a future threat.

Significant design
changes to our dock system have been made that will make it more secure under
exceptionally severe conditions. Specifically, we have reduced the length of
the two main docks by 80 feet so that they are shorter and, as such, will carry
less tonnage. We are installing a third main dock to make up the capacity.

In addition, we
have tripled the effectiveness of the anchoring system in order to minimize
potential drag in the event of hurricane-force winds and currents. Some
movement is desirable, however, and our floating dock technology was
instrumental in preventing more severe damage to hulls often caused by fixed structures.

Vessels must be
secured to docks using new rope not less than 5/8”, with double tie-lines.
During long-term storage, foresails must be removed and stored. Biminis will be
taken down at owners’ expense if there is a major storm threat.

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As in past years,
we look forward to welcoming those customers who wish to keep their boats in
Clarkes Court Bay Marina during the July to November months.

Contact: Bernard O.
Blanc (BOB), Tel: (473) 439-2593 or e-mail: bob@clarkescourtbaymarina.com

Spice Island Marine Services, St George’s, Grenada would
also like to advise yacht owners who are looking for hurricane storage for the
upcoming season that revised storage methods will now be put into effect.

All sails must be taken down and stowed by
the owners upon hauling. Biminis can be left up but should a storm warning be
issued they will be removed (and replaced) at owners’ expense. The bimini will
remain down until launching. Masts should be removed and securely stored. Boats that have
removed their mast will be stored separately to those that have not.

The chocks on
monohulls, which are up for long-term storage, will have the bottoms welded
together with steel pipes and the tops shall be chained together. Boats stands will be
placed 2 per 10ft. If extra stands are requested by owners, there will be an
additional charge.

A cradle system
will be in effect for the new hurricane season. Boats which choose to use this
new system will be stored separately to those that do not.

Catamarans and
Monohulls will be stored separately.

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