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Zilpo55
11-18-2015, 08:09 AM
We've been told that our marina is under contract to be sold to Suntex Marinas. Of course, we're all trying to figure out how we feel about this.

Their website shows they own marinas in 9 states including Georgia, Florida, and Arkansas. I was just wondering if any of you were slip holders in one of them and if so - I would be interested in hearing whatever you care to share about management, prices, maintenance, etc.

SinOrSwim
11-19-2015, 03:03 PM
Ours is. I'm not sure how to answer the question though. There are some things I think they have done a very nice job with and other areas, I'm not so sure? But, part of that was turnover in those departments. They have made a lot of improvements in areas as well. Security on the docks for example. Our prices are expensive but that isn't any different than it ever has been. We have had a 3 to 4% price increase each year I think? Again, not any different than previous owners. The facilities are kept up very well. They have purchased a lot of new equipment such as a trailer that can handle any boat in our marina. It's hydraulic and can do sailboats, cruisers to 60 plus foot houseboats. Which for me is nice. Our boat ramp is steep but the boat comes all the way up perfectly level. No need to worry about stuff flying out of cabinets.

At some point I think they are going to hit a tipping point with prices though. When and what that is, I don't know. Overall, I think they do a nice job

Zilpo55
11-30-2015, 05:49 AM
Ours is. I'm not sure how to answer the question though. There are some things I think they have done a very nice job with and other areas, I'm not so sure? But, part of that was turnover in those departments. They have made a lot of improvements in areas as well. Security on the docks for example. Our prices are expensive but that isn't any different than it ever has been. We have had a 3 to 4% price increase each year I think? Again, not any different than previous owners. The facilities are kept up very well. They have purchased a lot of new equipment such as a trailer that can handle any boat in our marina. It's hydraulic and can do sailboats, cruisers to 60 plus foot houseboats. Which for me is nice. Our boat ramp is steep but the boat comes all the way up perfectly level. No need to worry about stuff flying out of cabinets.

At some point I think they are going to hit a tipping point with prices though. When and what that is, I don't know. Overall, I think they do a nice job

Thanks for the information, SinOrSwim. We have had about the same price increases every year since we've been here, so I don't expect that to change. We are remaining optimistic that maybe a larger company can bring more capital improvements. Your comment about turnover is one of my concerns. The marina is in a VERY rural location. The current owners have always struggled with attracting and keeping good help. I will be anxious to see how a non-local firm will handle that. I would love to see photos of that trailer in action. Haul-outs are a challenge on our end of the lake.

SinOrSwim
12-07-2015, 06:05 AM
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SinOrSwim
12-07-2015, 06:13 AM
I will give them credit. They have new tractors (not that big 4 wheel drive one though) hauling things, they have a new floating crane to deal with docks and buoys, new mobile bathrooms that are air conditioned trailers vs. port a potties. This company at least takes the money we are spending and upgrading facilities. The turnover was only in the service department and much of that could be because they took the service department over from an outside vendor that used to operate that area. Now, it is all marina operated. Time will tell if that is a good or bad thing. They have added a marine store on-site which stocks A LOT more things. That part is very nice. The old group stocked a few things but it was so over-priced if you picked something up it was covered in dust.

It has not been overly negative at all. Like anything, there have been a few issues. But, who doesn't have that?

Zilpo55
12-10-2015, 10:40 AM
?? Did photos of trailer get deleted? They were there last night.

SinOrSwim
12-10-2015, 11:12 AM
I still see the pics?

Zilpo55
12-10-2015, 07:05 PM
Issue was on my end. I can see them now. Sorry.

Zilpo55
12-11-2015, 07:14 AM
Where is this marina, if you don't mind?

SinOrSwim
12-11-2015, 09:26 AM
Saylorville Lake in Polk City, Iowa.

BananaTom
12-11-2015, 11:46 AM
Saylorville Lake in Polk City, Iowa.

I looked at this lake on Google Earth, how far up the river can you travel. It appears the dam prevents you from traveling south.

SinOrSwim
12-11-2015, 12:08 PM
I looked at this lake on Google Earth, how far up the river can you travel. It appears the dam prevents you from traveling south.

Depends. Not that far really. But, it's not like we have a ton of options. It is a reservoir and can fluctuate 50+ feet if it floods. So, if the water is up, you can go quite a ways. However, if it goes up too much boats like mine can't get under the bridge you see on there.

Zilpo55
12-22-2015, 05:27 AM
Saylorville Lake in Polk City, Iowa.

SinOrSwim, you all obviously deal with harsher winters that we do. I'm curious, is it common to dry dock your houseboats there? That trailer would make it fairly easy. The boat in your photo looks about 45'-50'. Are there many boats larger than that?

SinOrSwim
12-28-2015, 07:33 AM
Ours are pulled every fall and put back into the water in April/May. Leaving them on the water is not allowed. The boat in the photo is 58 feet. There are a couple other boats around 60 or 62ft. It handles them fine as well. The trailer does houseboats, sailboats and cruisers. They just change where they put the pads.