A friend from England asked me to organize a surprise birthday party for his wife. They used to winter here and had many friends which they hadn’t seen in several years. Working over nine months with Kris VanDerNoord at Riverhouse,a party for Fourty five was planned. Kris suggested the Eagles Nest room, helped choose the menu and organized the beverage service and was clear and detailed about the “fitting” of the room as to table set up, linens and servers for the event. The party was a huge success in no small part due to Kris, Cindi and the event staff at the Riverhouse. The Eagles Nest was a perfect venue for the party, with a 360 degree view of the River, the marina and the sunset. All in all an extraordinary evening provided by the the professional, friendly and efficient staff at Riverhouse. I would wholeheartedly recommend Riverhouse for any event big or small.
- Frank G
With Hurricane Matthew finally headed out to sea, the storm has left behind some damaged recreational boats in its wake. Fortunately we at Regatta Pointe Marina were not affected by this storm. However, here are some great tips from BoatUS to keep in mind for starting the salvage process after any devastating storm:
1. Remove Valuables. If your boat has washed ashore, remove as much equipment as possible and move it to a safe place to protect it from looters or vandals. It’s a good idea to put your contact information somewhere conspicuously on the boat – along with a “No Trespassing” sign. However, for your safety, never climb in or on boats that have piled up together or are dangling precariously from dock pilings or other obstructions.
2. Minimize Further Damage. Protect your boat from further water damage resulting from exposure to the weather. This could include covering with a tarp or boarding up broken windows or hatches. As soon as possible, start drying out the boat, either by taking advantage of sunny weather or using electric air handlers. All wet materials, such as cushions, must be removed and saved for a potential insurance claim. The storm may be gone, but the clock could be ticking on mold growth.
3. “Pickle” Wet Machinery. Engines and other machinery that were submerged or have gotten wet should be “pickled” by flushing with fresh water and then filled with diesel fuel or kerosene. To learn how to pickle a boat motor, go to: www.BoatUS.com/hurricanes/pickle.asp.
4. Consult Your Insurance Provider. If your boat is sunk or must be moved by a salvage company, BoatUS recommends that boat owners should not sign any salvage or wreck-removal contract without first getting approval from their insurance company. That’s because proceeding without your insurer’s knowledge may jeopardize your coverage.
We had a wonderful time here for our wedding reception on the water! The views were spectacular; the food was amazing; the staff was friendly; courteous and on top of everything throughout the evening; the venue was simply incredible. Many of our guests have told us how much fun they had and what a great party it was. Unquestionably, a large part of that is due to the staff of the Riverhouse making sure everything went seamlessly throughout the evening. Thank you Kristin, Shannon and crew for helping to make it an evening to remember!
- Katie & Alan F
We count our blessings and pray for those in the path of the storm. We also want to remind everyone that there are some great resources available to help you stay prepared for any future storms. Here are some useful links to keep you ahead of the next storm that comes our way:
For the 2016 Regatta Pointe Marina Hurricane Procedures CLICK HERE or use the link on the bottom right sidebar on Regatta Pointe Marina website homepage.
For the Regatta Pointe Marina Hurricane Preparedness Tips CLICK HERE or use the link on the bottom right sidebar on the Regatta Pointe Marina website homepage.
For the BOATU.S. Tips For Preparing Boats In Hurricanes CLICK HERE
For the BOATU.S. Hurricane Tracking & Resource Center CLICK HERE
For the National Hurricane Center website CLICK HERE
ALEXANDRIA, Va., September, 2016 – The membership organization that sets safety standards for recreational boat design and manufacturing, the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), has revised its “Boat Capacity” (H-5) standard for upper decks on recreational boats. Upper decks are often referred to as the “fly bridge” or “upper helm.” The new standard, which is partly in response to fatal capsizing accidents involving overloaded fly bridges, will now include upper-deck weight capacity regardless of boat length.
Upper decks are typically found on boats greater than 25 feet and often found on fly bridge sportfish vessels, trawlers, houseboats and even some pontoon boats.
“New boats with upper decks will soon have an additional capacity placard for those areas to help boaters make smart choices about loading and stability,” said BoatUS Seaworthy magazine Editor Charles Fort. “This will help ensure boaters don’t make the mistake of overloading the upper deck.”
The majority of boats built today adhere to ABYC’s voluntary standards through the National Marine Manufacturers Association certification program. Additionally, ABYC offers standards for the maintenance and repair of recreational boats. “A boat that’s designed, built, maintained or repaired to ABYC standards helps ensure a safe day on the water,” added Fort.
Owners of older boats with upper decks may find the capacity in their owner’s manual or by contacting the manufacturer.
An issue for small and large boats, capsizings and sinkings are at the heart of a new BoatUS Marine Insurance Program study that looked at five years of the association’s member insurance claims files. The study reveals how these accidents happen and what boaters can do to avoid them, and it can be found in the August 2016 issue of BoatUS Seaworthy at http://goo.gl/m3hqO3. Data shows that while most capsizes occurred in smaller boats,18% occurred in boats over 25 feet.
For more information on ABYC standards, go to http://abycinc.org.