Hiring Marina Maintenance

NOW HIRING MARINA MAINTENANCE

Apply for Regatta Pointe Marina positions online now at: 
https://www.cognitoforms.com/RiverhouseReefGrill/RegattaPointeMarinaEmploymentApplication or stop by our Ship Store during regular business hours to pick up an application. 

IN ADDITION TO THE APPLICATION, PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR RESUME

Marina Maintenance Job Description:
We are in need of a Maintenance Hand to aid in our marina’s day-to-day repair and maintenance requirements. 
The Maintenance Hand we are looking for must demonstrate the ability to problem solve in the areas of Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical and/or Carpentry and prioritize as maintenance issues arise. He/she must have a sense of professionalism, and take pride in their critical role in keeping our marina beautiful and operational for our residents and guests. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned) 
- Carrying out routine repairs and maintenance and minor construction work, both ashore and afloat, indoors and out. 
- Complying with the Company’s Health and Safety Policy and recognized good working practices 
- Complying with marina regulations regarding dress and expected modes of behavior. 
- Offering personal and personable service when in contact with customers so as to enhance the reputation of the marina 
- Complying with all marina systems and procedures 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND QUALITIES 
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE 
- High School Diploma or equivalent
- 1 year working in maintenance or similar

COMPENSATION
-This is a full time, hourly position. Hourly wage $13-$15 per hour dependent upon experience and skills.

Because this is a marina, we do not recommend you apply if you are unable to swim or feel uncomfortable in a marina environment or outdoor weather conditions.

Take A FREE Online Boating Safety Education Course Mar. 18–24

No-Cost BoatUS Foundation online course offered for Florida & 35 other states

Photo Caption: The boating and fishing season will be here soon, and taking the no-cost BoatUS Foundation online boating safety course is easy to do with busy schedules.

Next week, Mar. 18-24, 2018, is a great time to take a boating safety course. Why? It’s perfect timing just before the start of the boating and fishing season and the week-long ‘Spring Aboard’ public service campaign makes it easy for boaters to take a boating safety course. The educational effort is a partnership of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), government, and nonprofit partners including the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water.

The BoatUS Foundation offers a no-cost NASBLA and state-approved online boating safety course for 36 states at BoatUS.org/Free. The course fits into busy schedules, allowing boaters to stop, and then start again where they left off any time of day or night, and is loaded with interactive animations, videos and photos to give boaters an education that goes well beyond the basics of boating. Upon successful passage course takers can easily print their state’s proof of completion. More than 1.4 million boaters have taken the Foundation’s courses since 1997.

US Coast Guard statistics indicate that of the accidents where the level of operator education was known, 80 percent of boating deaths occurred on boats where the boat operator had never received boating education instruction.

How to Get a Boat Loan Without a Hiccup

2018 Purchasing Tips from Boat Owners Association of The United States

Regatta Pointe Marina is home to multiple yacht brokerages with dozens of yachts on-site daily!

With interest rates already on the rise, how can you ensure your boat loan goes smoothly without time-consuming hiccups? Here are 10 tips from Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) just in time for the spring buying season.

1. Check your credit. Before applying for a loan get your current credit score and ensure your credit report is accurate. Scores above 800 may earn you a better interest rate. A free copy of your credit report is available annually from each of the three national credit bureaus at www.AnnualCreditReport.com. You can also check with your credit card issuer or bank you do business with. Other options are a credit counselor, a fee-based service, or to purchase it from the credit bureau. Find more at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

2. Find the right loan type. A fixed-rate, fixed-term, simple-interest loan is the most common. This offers the same monthly payment for the life of the loan. Variable rate or hybrid options may offer a combination of a fixed rate for a few years, and then a variable rate. With interest rates forecasted to continue to rise in 2018, the appeal of variable rate loans may decrease. Don’t forget to ask if there are prepayment penalties for paying off the loan early.

3. Consider a HELOC. Buyers of smaller vessels often tap into their home equity line of credit (HELOC) to fund a boat purchase. That may work well if you plan to pay the boat off while interest rates remain relatively low. However, passage of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 eliminated the deductibility on interest for a home equity loan (if the qualifying vessel has a sleeping berth, cooking and toilet facilities).

4. Compare loan rates. Generally rates are lower and available loan terms are longer for newer boats and larger loan amounts. However, each is dependent on a variety of factors including model year, loan amount and down payment. Be prepared for banks to require larger down payments, have higher rates and offer shorter terms on older boats, especially those more than 20 model years. There could also be a significant rate difference between some consecutive model years, so be sure to talk with your lender and understand their rate and term structure.

5. Don’t be fooled by ads. You may see rates advertised as low as 3.99 percent, but there usually will be some small print that could make that loan less attractive. For instance, the rate might only be fixed for a few years or the loan period might be only seven years.

6. Get pre-approved. To help save time, ask if you can get preapproval, or if you can possibly start the underwriting process before you have a signed sales agreement or even have a specific boat in mind.

7. Know your tax benefits. A boat can qualify as a second-home loan interest deduction if it has a berth, galley and head, so buying a boat with these features may offer a tax advantage. However, the new Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 reduces the previous $1 million second-home mortgage deduction limit to $750,000 and completely eliminates deductibility of interest for a home equity loan that’s often favored by small boat buyers to fund a purchase.

8. Get it surveyed. For pre-owned vessels, hire a qualified marine surveyor to inspect the boat to ensure it is in good condition and you won’t have any unexpected repair bills. BoatUS.com/Surveyors can help you find one. Also, many lenders will require a marine survey.

9. Ask about closing costs. As with any loan, there are some fees involved. Sales tax, processing fees, title and registration and/or US Coast Guard documentation fees are common. Check with your lender to find out what to expect.

10. Calculate your monthly payment. How much can you afford? Go to BoatUS.com/Calculator to easily crunch the numbers. Your lender will also review your debt ratio and other criteria.

To learn about boat loans from BoatUS, go to http://www.BoatUS.com/Boatloans.

BoatUS: Tax Provisions for Boat Owners Extended

Boat buyers should be aware that a boat is considered a second home for federal tax purposes if it has a galley, an installed head and sleeping berth.

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2018 – Just two short years ago, Congress extended some boat sales tax and mortgage interest deductions for recreational boat buyers. Excluding home equity loans, those deductions remain for next year’s 2018 tax season with the recently passed GOP tax overhaul plan signed into law on December 22, 2017, albeit with some new lower limits on lending amounts, according to Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS).

Before passage of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017, BoatUS, the nation’s boating advocacy, services and safety group, had concerns that boat owners would be singled out for negative tax treatment. However, recreational vessels with a sleeping berth, cooking and toilet facilities will be treated equally with second homes and recreational vehicles that may qualify for some sales tax and mortgage interest deductions when filing (in 2019) a 2018 federal income tax return.

The new Tax Cut and Jobs Act reduces the previous $1 million second-home mortgage deduction limit to $750,000. “Most new boats sell for far below this new cap, so we don’t think that will have much impact on the average boat buyer,” said BoatUS Manager of Government Affairs David Kennedy. However, what could affect buyers of smaller vessels is the act’s removal of the deductibility on interest for a home equity loan. Historically, borrowers could deduct home equity interest on loans up to $100,000 ($50,000 for married couples filing separately). “With the new tax law, that deduction is gone,” said Kennedy.

For the current 2017 tax season, the existing deduction remains in place and is offered to new owners who paid substantial state sales taxes on a new or used boat purchased in 2017. If there is a loan taken, mortgage interest paid on the loan may also be deducted from federal income taxes. Again, the vessel must have a sleeping berth, cooking and toilet facilities to qualify. Here are the details:

2017 Sales Tax Deduction
The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 continues to offer a federal tax deduction for state sales taxes paid on a recreational vessel. Boaters must choose either the state sales tax deduction or state income tax deduction on their federal tax return — they cannot take both. In addition, to take the state sales tax deduction, the sales tax on a boat purchase must be applied at the same tax rate as the state’s general sales tax. In order to claim the sales tax deduction, tax returns must be itemized. State sales taxes are entered on IRS form Schedule A, line 5b.

2017 Boat Loan Deduction 
A boat is considered a second home for federal tax purposes if it has a galley, an installed head and sleeping berth. For those owners with a secured boat loan, mortgage interest paid on the loan may be deducted from federal income taxes. Taxpayers may use the home mortgage interest deduction for one second home in addition to their primary home, and must itemize deductions on their returns.

Some boaters may be unaware of this potential tax benefit because not all lending institutions send borrowers an IRS Form 1098, which reports interest paid. Not receiving the form does not preclude taking the deduction. If a 1098 is not available, boaters should contact their lender for the amount of interest paid and should enter it on line 11 on Schedule A along with the lender’s tax ID number. If a form 1098 is sent, boaters should simply enter the amount on line 10 of Schedule A.

For more details on the mortgage deduction on boats that qualify, go to IRS.gov and download IRS Publication 936.

Looking to 2018
The new limits on deductibility of mortgage interest and state sales taxes will kick in when boat owners calculate their 2018 tax liabilities along with changes to home equity loan deductions. Boaters are urged to contact a tax preparer or financial adviser for more information.

REPORT: Outdoor Industry 2% US GDP

Department of Commerce Report: Outdoor Industry makes up 2 percent of US GDP

ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 1, 2018 – It’s no surprise that the industries that produce the most goods or services and keep the economy humming often receive favorable attention from legislators in Washington. Now with the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) February announcement that the outdoor recreation industry’s 2016 annual gross output is 2 percent ($373.7 billion) of the US gross domestic product (GDP), Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) believes boaters stand to gain from the news.

“Having a strong industry behind you is important when working in the halls of government,” said BoatUS Manager of Government Affairs David Kennedy. “It can ultimately influence legislation that makes boating better, such as improving boating access by funding new launch ramps, providing budgets to maintain boating infrastructure or navigation aids, improving fishing habitat, and helping support boating safety efforts.”

The analysis was a result of passage of the Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act of 2016, which required the Department of Commerce, acting through the BEA, to enter into a joint memorandum with the Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Interior to conduct, assess and analyze the outdoor recreation economy of the United States and its effects on the overall US economy.

The outdoor industry grew 3.8 percent in 2016, compared to 2.8 percent for the overall economy. Boating and fishing activities totaled $38.2 billion, an increase of 4 percent over 2015. The BEA report also noted that the outdoor recreation industry, which includes boating, fishing, RVing, hunting, camping, hiking, bicycling and supporting activities, surpassed the US agriculture and petroleum industries.

BoatUS remains part of a coalition of outdoor groups, organizations and businesses under the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable that urged the federal government to recognize the industry’s economic importance. The “prototype” statistics covering 2012 to 2016 from the newly established Department of Commerce Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account allow the public to comment before the BEA releases the final statistics this fall. The full report can be found at: https://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/industry/orsa/orsanewsrelease.htm.

The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable advocates for bipartisan support for improved access to public lands and waters, increasing public-private partnerships to help modernize infrastructure and reduce decades-old maintenance backlogs that can provide a better visitor experience, support for responsible conservation efforts, and growth of outdoor recreation participation.

Fishing Bait – Live or Frozen

Whether you’re heading out on the boat or casting a line from the shore, the Regatta Pointe Marina ship store is the only stop you need to make for bait.

Stop by for live shrimp pulled on-site directly from our private tanks.  Nothing gets attention of the big fish like live shrimp!!

For more convenience in storage, we also have a selection of frozen baits.  Plus load up on the lures, tackle, nets and even rods & reels (if you need them).  

Our ship store also has snacks, drinks, first aid kits and anything else you need for your day of fishing.

Practical Gifts For Boaters Christmas 2017

ALEXANDRIA, Va., November 20, 2017 – What do you get a boater for Christmas? Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), has three holiday gift ideas that are perfect for any boater, sailor or angler:

A $24 annual membership from BoatUS is a very affordable holiday gift. BoatUS also offers gift options for on-water towing and roadside breakdown services.

The gift of on-water towing: Give the gift of a BoatUS Unlimited Towing Membership with towing service provided by TowBoatUS. For saltwater boaters an annual Membership is just $149 per year, and for freshwater boaters the price is only $72. Both provide 24/7 dispatch assistance, and your boater will never have to pay out of pocket for a tow back to the dock or for a soft ungrounding. Included with an Unlimited Towing Membership is a subscription to award-winning BoatUS Magazine; exclusive fuel, transient slip and repair discounts; and the opportunity to earn rewards on boating gear at West Marine stores.

The gift for roadside breakdowns: For a stocking stuffer that offers big benefits to a trailer boater, consider gifting a BoatUS Membership with Unlimited Trailer Assist for $38 that takes care of roadside breakdowns. In addition a BoatUS Magazine subscription, membership discounts and West Marine rewards, one hundred miles of free on-road towing for both a disabled boat trailer and its tow vehicle to a safe location or repair shop are included, along with lockout, flat tire, battery jump and fuel drop-off service.

The gift that makes boating better: A basic BoatUS Membership for just $24 includes more than 25 benefits and services, including round-the-clock on-water or roadside dispatch with BoatUS paying the first $50 in towing services, a BoatUS Magazine subscription; exclusive fuel, transient slip and repair discounts; and rewards on boating gear at West Marine stores. Your boater can also take advantage of BoatUS’ advocacy efforts, safe boating and clean water programs.

All of these gifts can be found at BoatUS.com/gifts or by calling 800-395-2628. For every gift Membership purchased before December 25th, 2017, the gift giver will be entered to win a $200 West Marine gift card.

‘Give Way’ This Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017

ANNAPOLIS, Md., November 9, 2017 – Giving Tuesday, November 28, kick-starts the season of charitable giving. Always celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, this national day of donating also offers boaters ways to give back to boating. The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water asks boaters, sailors and anglers to consider a donation to the boating nonprofit to help support its efforts to reduce boating accidents and increase stewardship of our waterways. Tax-deductible donations can be made at www.BoatUS.org/givingtuesday.

A donation to the BoatUS Foundation helps keep boaters safe.

“‘Give Way’ to Giving Tuesday helps recreational boaters understand this is the time of year to give priority to the things we cherish: safe outings on clean waters,” said BoatUS Foundation Assistant Director of Boating Safety Ted Sensenbrenner.

Since 1981, the 501(c)(3) Foundation has offered the largest national life jacket loaner program for kids at more than 575 locations across the United States, the only free online boating-safety course that’s taken by more than 100,000 boaters each year and officially recognized by 36 states, and has funded more than $1.3 million in local boating-safety and clean-water grants allowing local communities to have a positive impact on their own waters.

Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, most of the Foundation’s funding comes directly from boaters and waterway users. To make a donation this charitable season or learn more, go to BoatUS.org/givingtuesday.

See & Be Seen On The Water – New Online Course

Via Boat US

ANNAPOLIS, Md., October 26, 2017 – If your boating takes you through crowded harbors, across shipping lanes or on foggy seas, then you know the feeling in your stomach when you have to ask yourself, “What’s that vessel doing?” Automatic Identification System, or AIS, can give you the answer, but is this collision-avoidance technology right for you? The answer to that question can be found by taking the new online course offered by the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water and the United States Power Squadrons, “AIS Electronics for Boaters – See and Be Seen on the Water.”

Learning about AIS is easy at BoatUS.org/AIS.

Available for a limited time at the special price of just $15 using coupon code AIS15 at BoatUS.org/AIS, “AIS Electronics for Boaters – See and Be Seen on the Water” offers a blend of practical knowledge with technical know-how and is a simple and easy way to get up to speed on this important navigation technology that more recreational boaters bring aboard every year. From discovering the different types of AIS and what each offers to learning important terms such as “update rates” and “time to closest approach,” boaters will get a full look at AIS and how it can increase safety. Upon completion, boaters will be able to build out a sample AIS component system for installation for their own vessel.

“The course is designed for boaters – not marine electronics technicians – and our online learning system makes it easy to learn at your own pace from the comfort of your own PC or tablet,” said BoatUS Foundation Director of Education Amanda Suttles Pérez. “Users can stop and start again right where they left off or review previous information at any time. It’s great for when schedules are tight.”

For more information on all online courses offered by the Foundation, go to BoatUS.org/courses.

Prepping for Hurricane Irma at Regatta Pointe Marina

By Regatta Pointe Marina Staff

Hurricane Irma touched nearly every corner of the state of Florida last week, and with it came incredible challenges and uncertainty. The incredible preparation and teamwork of everyone here at Regatta Pointe Marina, including staff and slip holders alike, provided a comforting blanket of security during the frightening days leading up to the storm. Thankfully, Irma passed by while causing only relatively minor damage at our port.

Regatta Pointe Marina is the largest marina in Manatee County with 350 slips, as well as commercial facilities for more than a dozen businesses.  Preparing for a hurricane is extremely complex and challenging for our staff and customers.  Each year we update our hurricane procedures and post them on our ebsite, as well as hold a Hurricane Planning Meeting, which all customer are invited to attend.  (NOTE: This year’s meeting was held on May 30 at the Eagle’s Nest.  Be sure you’re signed up to receive email alerts to ensure you receive your invitation to the 2018 meeting. CLICK HERE to join our email list)

All of our slip holding customers are responsible for securing their own boats to minimize the risk of damage to their vessel, their neighboring vessels and the marina.  We place a document with information on securing boats for storms on our website (CLICK HERE to view).  We are very thankful that so many of our slip holders did a spectacular job preparing their boats, and in many cases helping each other to secure each and every docked boat prior to the storm. 

Preparing the marina facilities for the storm was a complicated task that tested our staff.  Nearly every inch of our property had to be combed over by our maintenance team.  Anything loose or vulnerable to high winds had to be anchored or removed in advance of Irma’s arrival.  Dozens of signs had to be taken down, outdoor furniture had to be hidden away and other structures had to be anchored to be made storm ready.

As we all watched and waited for Irma to arrive, everyone in our region was terrified at the prospect of a potential category 4 hurricane laying waste to our beloved home.  We were blessed to see Irma take enough of an inland turn to reduce the strength of the winds to that of a category 1 when Irma reached us.  Regatta Pointe Marina’s electricity was knocked out, but only for a matter of hours.  Our hearts go out to those who did not have such fortune.

Following the storm, many of our customers were gracious enough to post photos and information about the marina on the Regatta Pointe Marina Facebook Group.  The marina was back up and running after just a couple of days.  The effects of the storm are a little less visible with each day that passes.  But the community spirit that held Regatta Pointe Marina together through the storm feels stronger than ever.