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MARINA REFURBISHMENT ‘Visual’ is an instant message It is, without a doubt, a fascinating time when a marina takes steps to refurbish. Refurbish means renovate and redecorate, not just resize and update systems, but unfortunately this definition is ignored by most operators, and certainly by authorities. As things stand today, the visual impact of a marina is an important influence on the way it does business. Visual is an instant message overcoming most barriers: age, religion or nationality. Marina design and marina refurbishing are similar concepts, the main difference being that in marina refurbishing, the marina management has an operational history and can make decisions based on operational experience. Refurbishing does not mean changing elements per se, but making the best use of existing resources and upgrading where necessary in order to create an up to date, efficient and profitable facility. This article examines the usual topics that are part of a marina refurbishment but you should not exclude many other factors that affect such projects. Boat mix Increasing the size of berths is tempting, as is increasing numbers, but careful planning must be done as many areas of the marina will be affected, such as: manoeuvring space on fairway, width of the pontoons (people circulation), toilet/shower facilities (more people), garbage collection, admin work, electrical supply and water supply to name a few. When deciding on the importance (and cost) of upgrading, three issues must be considered. Are the systems necessary? Is it worth expanding them? Are there new rules to meet? Obsolete systems and elements I will start with an obvious item: a fax machine. It takes up space and it is used maybe five times a year (if at all). The fax should be replaced by a Above: Neat and well thought out arrangements make for a tidy dockside. Top right: Always check electrical equipment as part of a renovation plan. Left: Repairing and replacing crucial infrastructure is costly but can transform a marina facility. by Oscar Siches dedicated scanner (fast, double sided, high resolution and able to save in PDF format) which will deal more efficiently with insurance policies, boat certificates, personal documents and most paperwork generated by the marina operation. Case two: the PA system. If it has not been used for long periods, no matter the reason, it should be removed. People make contact today by mobile phone. Remove all speakers from their placements, fill the holes and take away the wiring or it will only contribute to visual decay. Other examples? Are some of your fish cleaning stands not used? Remove them. Are remotely situated rubbish bins rarely used? Move them to a place with higher traffic. These are general examples to help identify possible action for obsolete or unused systems and elements. Environmental control You are already undertaking some kind of environmental control by engaging in selective rubbish disposal and energy saving practices. Please remember that refurbishment work can generate lots of pollution, such as increased use of energy and water, littering, large amounts of plastic packaging, noise, dust and disposal of old elements. Do not wait until the project is finished to - July/August 2019 29

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