by Sheryl Paxton
We are looking forward to another great season at the Fairfield Bay Marina this year! We are kicking off spring progress with a few great projects that will improve our marina and services. This includes 24 new 10’x24’ slips, an after-hour credit card fuel pumping station, four new rental boats, and fresh, new merchandise.
Lakeland Industries, out of Mountain Home, have been working diligently over the last month on welding our new docks, adding floats, and deck boards. The docks are scheduled to be floated to the marina and anchored the second week in February with a completion date initially set for March 1. If you are in search of a slip and not on our waiting list, I strongly encourage you to call the marina now so that you will be contacted to fill one of these new slips! We are expecting them to fill quickly.
The after-hour credit card fuel pumping station has been delivered to our fuel line company. We have finally made it on their installation schedule for the last week in January. This new station will allow the sale of fuel 24 hours a day at the marina which is offered at most of the marinas on the lake. We are excited to have this new amenity for our slip holders for late night/early morning sales and for self-service availability during our slow season.
Over the past two years, the marina has seen a 64% increase in boat and equipment rental income! We were thrilled to offer the new tri-toon boats last year, and this year we are budgeted to purchase two new ski boats and two new pontoon boats in April. Be sure to make your rental reservations to give these two new boats a try. We will now be accepting boat reservations for summer beginning, MARCH 1, 2016. This is a change from our previous procedure which allowed reservations two weeks before a rental. Therefore, be prepared to make your holiday reservations this March.
Finally, we can’t wait for you to shop our new merchandise this year! We have shopped this winter with more than 15 new vendors to bring you the best in souvenir and boating wear. Don’t forgot to shop at your marina for yourself and others this spring and summer season.