Harbortown “On-The-Go” App: Now Available in the App Store

Posted in: Harbortown Life- Jul 28, 2014 Comments Off

Introducing the Harbortown On-The-Go App!

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This brand new app is a tool for Harbortown Marina customers and boaters planning to visit the Port Canaveral, Florida, area. Customers can now quickly and easily make Boat Splash or Work Cradle requests. Check Gas Prices on our ethanol-free gas and diesel, view Local Weather reports, and stay up to date on Harbortown Marina happenings and announcements!

Android version coming soon – updates to come!

*Note: Harbortown Marina welcomes any and all feedback about the app’s functionality – This is the first version, so we would like to know how it is working for users, and improve from there. Thank you!

Make Boat Splash or Work Cradle Requests

With the app, Harbortown Marina Customers can make Boat Splash or Work Cradle requests instantly! Just enter your Last Name, your Splash Password, the Time you’d like your boat to be ready, toggle the Request Type you are making, and hit “Send Request”.

Once you make a request, a Harbortown Marina Crew Member will respond with a confirmation. You can choose whether you are contacted via Text, Call, or Email.

Check Gas Prices

Harbortown Marina offers ethanol-free gas and diesel on site for your convenience. Check Gas Prices before you arrive at the pump straight from the app!

Check the Local Weather

With the tap of a finger, check the local weather at Harbortown Marina (2 miles west of Port Canaveral), or toggle ‘Current Location’ to view the weather where you are.


Stay up to date with what’s going on at Harbortown and in the Port Canaveral area with the Announcements section. We will also send important notices through push notifications, if you enable this feature.

Click Here to Download the Harbortown App for iOS (Apple) Devices!

Boating and Fire Safety: Protecting Your Boat From Lightning Strikes

Posted in: Harbortown Life- Jul 25, 2014 Comments Off

Known for its thunderstorms, if not for its sunshine, Florida is considered the “lightning capital” of the country, with more than 2,000 lightning injuries over the past 50 years. A great deal of these accidents happen to individuals involved in water-related recreational activities, such as boating, fishing, swimming, surfing, and others.

From Lightning fatalities injuries and damage reports in the United-States – Updated 1995-2007, by Matt Bragaw

Along with the threat of injury or death, lightning can also present a major fire hazard for boats (and marinas). With the recent boat fire possibly caused by lightning over at Kennedy Point Marina (17 miles away from Harbortown Marina), this topic has come up a lot among Port Canaveral boaters.

Any seasoned boater will tell you that one of the most terrifying accidents that can happen on a boat is a fire. Whether you are in a marina, where the fire can rapidly spread to other boats (fiberglass, sails, and wood are all quite flammable), or you are out on the open water, where there is nowhere to run, and help may not be immediate.

Luckily, there are a few things boaters in Florida can do to protect their boats from lightning strikes, and potential boat or marina fires.  

Get Your Boat (and its Captain) “Lightning Safe” 

The best rule of thumb when it comes to lightning is to avoid becoming a target.

Get off of the water whenever weather conditions are threatening. If you can hear thunder, there is danger of lightning strike! Seldom will you hear thunder more than 5 miles from its source.

Lightning “Protection” Systems

When it comes to your boat, fiberglass-constructed boats, especially sailboats, are particularly vulnerable to lightning strike. Any projection above the flat surface of the water acts as a plausible lightning rod. The risk of damage from a lightning strike for these crafts can be reduced by properly designed and connected systems of lightning protection.

Remember that lightning protection systems do not prevent lightning strikes; they will actually increase the probability that your boat will be struck – That being said, even though lightning strike is more likely, having a lightning protection system installed on your boat will reduce the amount of damage caused to your boat in the case of a strike, and will help protect those on board from injury.

Are your Emergency Contacts updated? Stop by the marina office to assure that your records are updated.

Some other general boating fire safety tips to keep in mind:

  • A boat that is well-maintained to minimum safety standards is far less likely to catch fire.
  • Routinely replace chord sets, and do not hook them up if you see burn marks, or if your chord set will not firmly connect.
  • Regularly inspect fuel and electrical systems.
  • Do not leave operating electrical equipment unattended, especially portable heaters.
  • Smoke alarms are an essential life-saving devices that should be installed on your boat and tested regularly.
  • Do not leave oily rags in plastic bags – the chemicals can break down the plastic, creating heat, and the potential for a fire.

Did you know? The most common cause of boat fires is AC and DC wiring/appliance malfunction (55%).

Harbortown Marina, located 2.5 miles west of Port Canaveral, Florida, is nestled in a protected harbor with minimal tidal changes. Looking for a spot to keep your boat during Hurricane Season? You’ve just found it. Click Here to View our Current Specials.

Hurricane Season Special (Wet Slips)

Posted in: Harbortown Life- Jun 30, 2014 Comments Off
Find peace of mind by docking your boat at Harbortown Marina! Nestled in a naturally protected harbor with minimal tidal changes, Harbortown is the ideal home for your boat this Hurricane Season.

Going on Now:

Get 50% OFF The Current Dockage Rate
First 2 months on a full year contract
Or, 30% OFF The Current Dockage Rate
First 2 months on a 6 month contract
Only available to the first 25 new boats that sign a contract.

Call the Office at 321-453-0160 for more information!
Bonus: Unlike other marinas on the Space Coast, Harbortown’s location is not subject to mandatory evacuation as named storms approach. Rest assured that your boat is in a safe place, in good hands, during this precarious season. Each hurricane season brings a threat of strong storms and potential disaster.  Check out Protecting Your Boat During a Storm for some helpful information on making preparations for a strong storm.

2014 National Marina Day Photo Contest

Posted in: Harbortown Life- Jun 17, 2014 Comments Off

Our Winners: Nancy and Dirk

Congratulations to Nancy and Dirk Rieckmann, the winners of our National Marina Day Photo Contest! At the end of Father’s Day weekend, their stunning photo, “Foggy Morning at Harbortown”, received over 125 valid comments! The couple will receive a free haul out and pressure wash for their boat.

Thank you to everyone who submitted photos and comments.
We have a truly spirited community here at Harbortown!

“Foggy Morning at Harbortown”

Don’t Forget to Compete Nationally for a Chance to be Featured in Discover Boating magazine!

Deadline to submit photos: June 20th
Submit photos taken on June 14th (National Marina Day) – The photo that best captures the spirit of the day will be featured in the magazine.

Please send digital photos to Anna Townshend, email to atownshend@marinadockage.com

Photo requirements: Files should be 300 dpi, at least 9 in. x 12 in.; the LARGER, the better. Hint: Vertically oriented shots make the best cover shots. Horizontal shots may be cropped but only if they are extremely large files.