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How to Clean your Dock Box

You want your dock box to look as good as your boat, so don’t completely ignore it over the course of the boating season.  It helps to hose it down and wipe it down a few times a year just to get the dirt and spiderwebs off the box.  The smooth surface of the dock box makes wiping it down quick and easy.  For tougher dirt and stains that may occur (those darn seagulls), we recommend using a mild dish detergent like Dawn or an eco-friendly boat cleaning product like Simple Green Marine.  Avoid the use of cleaning products with ingredients that should not end up in the water under the dock. Keep water quality and wildlife in mind.   

We would recommend completely emptying your dock box at least once a year and completely cleaning the inside surfaces as well.  Then is also a good time to dispose of any unneeded items.  It’s also worth reviewing your marina’s rules and being conscious of items that shouldn’t be stored in dock boxes like flammable paints and cleaners.  These can not only create a hazard but also lead to staining should they leak inside your dock box.  Once done with cleaning the inside, allow it to air dry before returning your items to the dock box.  Note that Trionic Corp dock boxes come with a drain hole pre-drilled.  If the plug remains in the hole, you may consider removing it to allow for any excess water to drain from the box during use. 

When cleaning a dock box, you should avoid using abrasives that can mar the finish of the dock box.  Those include cleaning products with abrasives, as well as scrapers or steel wool pads.  Damaging the finish on the dock box can result in a less attractive box, and the damaged areas can also retain dirt more so than a smooth finish.

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Understanding Regulatory Buoys

Buoys in general are floating markers that provide information and navigational aid to boaters on the water.  Buoys serve as the equivalent of floating road signs, communicating information to all those on and around the water with the goal of safety for all.  Buoys come in several categories with specific purposes including mooring buoys, channel marker buoys, and regulatory buoys.  Here we explore the latter, and go into depth on what regulatory buoys are, the messages they convey, and how to interpret them.

What is a Regulatory Buoy?

Regulatory buoys are buoys designed to communicate a range of information to boaters, ship captains, and others on and around the water.  Through a combination of symbols and words, regulatory buoys can convey warnings, indicate locations, and spell out rules and regulations.  Typically, a regulatory buoy is white with orange symbols and bands, and black text.  These buoys are approved and universally used by local, state, and federal agencies to ensure water safety.   They are appropriate for government and private applications. 

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Ways Marinas Can Increase Perceived Value on a Budget

In today’s market environment, marinas as experiencing record demand for their services.  Interest in outdoor activities has skyrocketed due to the prolonged COVID era.  The boating industry has seen record demand for boats, boat maintenance and repair services, and marina slips.  Marinas across the country are reporting 100% capacity and long waiting lists for slip availability.  Given these circumstances, marina operators may be tempted to rest on their laurels and reap the financial benefits associated with the boating boom.  However, it will behoove marina owners and operators to utilize this time of economic prosperity to consider ways to strategically invest in their property and its operation to position it for longer-term success. 

Below, we highlight several investments and improvements that can yield dividends by increasing the perceived value of the marina by tenants while being conscious of spending.  Marina expansion is a consideration for some marinas given the spike in demand for boat slips.  This option can require significant capital investment, involve a lengthy permit approval process, and take quite a while to complete the project.  Space constraints can also make this option infeasible.  For the sake of this article, we will forsake this option and focus on smaller-scale projects that may be sage investments.

1 – Earn “Clean Marina” certification.  Most states offer Clean Marina certification that provides guidelines to be followed to allow a marina to earn accreditation while also being good stewards of the environment upon which they depend to support their business long term.  Boaters are drawn to pristine waters which are free of environmental threats and unsightly refuse.  Studies show marinas that are certified as Clean Marinas can charge slightly higher slip fees and have higher occupancy rates.  While the occupancy rate may not be a concern today, it has certainly been an issue in the past and may well also arise in the future.  Consult your local government branch of the Clean Marina program in your state and get to work meeting the requirements to earn their stamp of approval. 

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Event Hosts Walk on Water in New F1 Marina

Running a high-profile event in a city known for its beautiful water and white sand beaches is certainly an attractive draw.  However, the recent F1 event in Miami was presented with a bit of a problem.  The location of the racecourse for the inaugural Miami Grand Prix ended up being Hard Rock Stadium, which is quite a distance from popular South Beach.  When presented with challenges, creative event hosts come up with a myriad of ways to tackle them.  In this case, a “marina” was created far from any open water.  The yachts were real and staged in a dry dock area, and decal-covered plywood decking enclosed the area to provide the mirage of water.   The faux marina surely attracted a lot of attention and scrutiny with mixed reviews.  We only wish the marina designers had chosen to accessorize the unique race viewing area by adding Trionic Corp dock boxes for an added touch of authenticity.  Maybe next year?

 

 

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Trionic Corp Launches New Website

Trionic Corp is pleased to announce the launch of the new TrionicCorp.com website.  The new e-commerce website is a significant improvement over the previous site.  The overall look and feel of the site are modernized.  Enhanced capabilities, including the ability to add products to a "cart" and submit the "cart" as a request for quote (RFQ), have been added.  This is particularly important as many Trionic Corp customers are buying in large quantities and therefore qualify for bulk purchase discounts.  In addition, due to the size and weight of many of Trionic Corp's products, freight estimates need to be added to quotes to provide accurate pricing.  This added capability will result in streamlined communication between Trionic and prospective customers.  Trionic's social media accounts have been integrated with the new website.  The depth and breadth of quality content are also upgraded, including installation instructions, online catalogs, marketing materials, FAQs, and other reference material.  The shipping charges will also be accurately calculated based on the destination of the shipment, allowing us to keep shipping charges down for our customers.  The product photography and tank drawings have been upgraded to improve the customer experience.  We are also pleased to share a wide array of gallery images demonstrating Trionic Corp products at use in the field.  Each of these factors combines to provide an enhanced online experience.  

We look forward to receiving feedback on the new site and hope our customers will encounter a more efficient shopping process.  Please don't hesitate to let us know if you run into any issues during your time on our website.