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What's New with Marinalife - WINTER 2022
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Marina Updates

Snag-A-Slip Partners with Swell Advantage
Swell Advantage, a highly advanced marina management software, and Snag-A-Slip, a leading boat slip reservation system, announced their new partnership to better service marinas and waterfronts across America and Canada. Together they will provide boaters with a convenient, simple and fully integrated customer service experience.With the recreational boating industry experiencing a boom in growth and competition, marina managers and owners are looking for modern tools. This team of experts will help manage the new generation of boaters. Learn more at swelladvantage.com

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Courtesy of Sea Isle Marina

Oasis Marinas Property to Host Miami Boat Show
Sea Isle Marina, an Oasis managed property, is set to host this year's Miami International Boat Show. Taking place February 16-20, seminars, educational programs and exhibits will be held at locations including Sea Isle Marina, Herald Plaza, Island Gardens Marina and Miami Beach Convention Center. Visit snagaslip.com to snatch great deals on Miami slip rentals.

Saunders Yachtworks Named Alabama's Clean & Resilient Marina
This squeaky-clean yacht yard located in the Gulf Shores of Alabama earned the state's first Clean and Resilient Marina award from the Mississippi- Alabama Sea Grant Consortium. Saunders Yachtworks has been in business for 62 years and has exceeded Environmental Protection Agency requirements for efforts such as effluent control and runoff elimination. For more information visit saundersyacht.com

The British Virgin Islands Are Fully Open!
Plan your escape to paradise from anywhere in the world now that the BVI has reopened for all international travel. With common COVID requirements such as proof of vaccination, negative tests or quarantining, you can now easily plan trips through BVI tourism and Marinalife's Priceline portal. For more info, visit bvitourism.com

2021 Photo Contest Winners

We are proud to present the winners of the past year's Life on the Water Photography Contest. After receiving triple the amount of submissions as the previous year, it was not easy selecting our final images captured by so many talented photographers. Check out our top prize winners here. This year's contest was sponsored by Sunbrella.

Upcoming Boat Shows

St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show
St. Petersburg, FL
January 20-23, 2022
The Chesapeake Bay Boat Show
Presented by the Marine Trades Association of Baltimore County
Timonium, MD
January 21-23, 2022
Miami International Boat Show
Miami, FL
February 16-20, 2022
Palm Beach International Boat Show
West Palm Beach, FL
March 24-27, 2022

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What's New with Marinalife - FALL 2021
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Marina Updates


Oasis Marinas Branches into the South
Oasis is proud to announce its latest expansion with new properties including Marina at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, SC, Marriott Hutchinson Island Marina in Stuart, FL, and Sea Isle Marina in Miami, FL. To keep up with our growing family, visit oasismarinas.com

Hawks Cay Pool - what's new - marinalife
Hawks Cay Pool | Hawks Cay Resort

Plan your Fall Escape to Hawks Cay
Are you planning a fall wedding, anniversary, celebration or just need a relaxing getaway? This 85-slip marina and resort in Duck Key is a gorgeous waterside venue for any occasion. The resort offers island wedding packages, sunset cruises, charters, paddleboard and kayak rentals, and reef snorkeling excursions to Collins Patch and Grassy Key Sandbar. To book now, visit hawkscay.com

A Change of Hands in Kent Island
Petrie Ventures and McGrath Development recently announced their acquisition of Bay Bridge Marina and Hemingway's Restaurant in Stevensville, MD. Marina enhancements and restaurant revamping are soon to come, along with plans to reopen a new Tiki Bar next year. Stay tuned at baybridgemarina.com

Become a Driven Member & Get Exclusive Benefits


Whether you need a safe, reliable and transaction-free ride to the airport, for corporate travel, or just for a fun night out, Driven is the only transportation service of its kind. This members only model provides an easy experience that is personalized to the customer's needs. Visit drivenmembers.com

Three Cheers for our Olympic Athletes


This year, Marinalife was pleased to sponsor the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team in the 2021 summer games. We supported Olympic athletes Nikki Barnes and Lara Dallman-Weiss on their journey to Tokyo. After completing all 10 qualifying races they came in 12th place overall in the Women's 470. We are so proud of their achievements on the international stage!

Upcoming Boat Shows


United States Powerboat Show
Annapolis, MD
October 7-10, 2021

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Nikki Barnes & Lara Dallman-Weiss | Courtesy of Anna Suslova

United States Sailboat Show
Annapolis, MD
October 14-18, 2021

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
Fort Lauderdale, FL
October 27-31, 2021

St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show
St. Petersburg, FLJanuary 20-23, 2022

The Chesapeake Bay Boat Show
Presented by the Marine Trades Association of Baltimore County
Timonium, MD
January 21-23, 2022

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What's New with Marinalife - SUMMER 2021
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Marina Updates

Oasis Marinas Announces New East Coast Properties
Oasis welcomes Port Clinton Marina, located at the mouth of the Hammonasset River in Clinton, CT. With easy access to Long Island Sound, this 140-slip facility boasts spectacular views of Clinton Harbor and Cedar Island alongside parks, beaches and a beautiful wildlife refuge.

Nantucket Boat Basin - what's new - marinalife
Old South Wharf at Nantucket Boat Basin

Back at the homeport, two more Maryland properties join the Oasis family: Clinton Street Boatel, a top-notch service facility for maintenance and storage in Baltimore, and the historic Maryland Yacht Club, situated between stunning views of Rock Creek and the Patapsco River in Pasadena where a junior sailing program is offered during the summer. oasismarinas.com

Plan your Summer Escape to Hilton Head Island
If you're ready to vacation in a warm, welcoming and safe environment, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina in the heart of South Carolina's Lowcountry are ready for you. A secluded paradise, Shelter Cove's recently dredged port boasts 178 wet slips on floating docks accommodating boats ranging from 15 to 150 ft. For more info visit sheltercovehiltonhead.com and palmettodunes.com

New Upgrades on the Island of Nantucket
The Nantucket Boat Basin completed phase one of its bulkhead renovation project and finished installing new piers on Old South Wharf. Be among the first to stay this season and book a visit for fall (September - October) and enjoy 50% off July - August rates. For details visit nantucketboatbasin.com

Announcing Marinalife's 2021 Contests

Photo Contest
Submit your best summertime shot for a chance to win prizes! Enter by September 10, 2021 at marinalife.com/2021photocontest
Best Marina Contest
Cast your ballot for the top marinas of 2021! You can now vote for Best Large Marina (more than 100 slips) and Best Small Marina (less than 100 slips). Submit your selections by October 1, 2021 at marinalife.com/2021-bestmarinacontest

Upcoming Boat Shows

Newport International Boat Show
Newport, RI
September 16-19, 2021

United States Powerboat Show
Annapolis, MD
October 7-10, 2021

United States Sailboat Show
Annapolis, MDOctober 14-18, 2021

The Chesapeake Bay Boat Show
Presented by MTABC
Timonium, MD
January 21-23, 2022

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Marinalife's Photo Contest Winners
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MARINALIFE IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE the winners of our 2021 Photography Contest. We tip our hats to the three finalists and four runners-up who rose to the top amid hundreds of images submitted for our annual shutterbug event. Competition this year was tough, as our judges sifted through snapshots of boating at its best, when friends and families built treasured memories, shared good times afloat and paused to marvel at the magic of nature. A special thanks goes out to our sponsor, Sunbrella, and all participants who sent pictures from around the country.

1st Place

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Lunch on the Island by Charlie Marks

Lunch on the Island by Charlie Marks
As he sat down at a seaside café on Hydra Island in Greece, Charlie Marks noticed that he wasn't the only one waiting for lunch to be served. A fisherman tied his workboat up to the dock, and three tabby cats gathered to inspect the catch of the day. When a fish tail flipped at the rim of a wooden box, an orange feline settled in, hoping for a nip or two of a fin.

That's when Charlie pulled out his Nikon D300 and caught the shot. After working at Delta Airlines for 17 years, he was more accustomed to action photos from aviation events and air shows. But his passion for photography taught him to be at the ready when the right image presented itself. This new resident of Amelia Island hopes to expand his photographic collection into images of Florida's wildlife, coastal living and incomparable sunsets.

2nd Place

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My Personal Best Fish ... for Now by Jason O'Brien

My Personal Best Fish ... for Now by Jason O'Brien
For avid anglers, the only thing better than pulling in a record-breaking trophy fish is being next to your son when he reels in his first big catch. While heading offshore on his friend's boat called Kaos for a day trip out of Morehead City, NC, Jason hoped that seasickness wouldn't hinder his seven-year-old son Hunter who dreamed about all kinds of aquatic species. Despite feeling a little green around the gills, Hunter sprang into action when he saw his rod dip and knew he'd hooked a big one.

Without any adult assistance, Hunter landed a whopper yellowfin tuna and held it steady while his dad snapped a photo with his cell phone. In addition to sharing a moment that neither one of them will ever forget, Jason notes that some people wait too long to have these experiences with their children. Giving them opportunities at an early age opens the door for unimaginable adventures together, and they'll surprise you with how they rise to the occasion.

3rd Place

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Surrounded by Cynthia ten Haaf

Surrounded by Cynthia ten Haaf
While tugging on her flippers and mask, Adellia felt a twinge of trepidation. She was about to take the plunge on her first snorkeling trip near Staniel Cay with her grandmother Cynthia, and this 13-year-old city gal from Michigan wasn't sure what awaited her in the blue Caribbean Sea. Following her grandmother's confident lead, Adellia lowered herself into the water and swam to a cave called The Grotto that was teaming with colorful aquatic life.

The warm water eased Adellia's angst, but she still kept a tight hold of Cynthia's arm as they explored the coral reef. Before long, a school of striped sergeant majors gathered around, curious about their human visitors. Cynthia suggested that Adellia might need to release her grip if she wanted to get a photo of this amazing spectacle. When she let go, Adellia's love for snorkeling was born. Cynthia's reflection on this remarkable shared experience: When you have a chance to take your grandchildren to do something you love, they often get as much out of it as you.

Photo Contest Runners-Up

Marinalife would also like to congratulate four runners-up in the 2021 Photography Contest. Their images take us on a journey from daredevil dolphins and a family of rafting revelers to a gorgeous sunset and a precious toddler catching a few winks after a day on the boat. We thank the following photographers for sharing such memorable experiences.

All I Have to Do Is Dream by Mike Hechtkopf

Rafter Laughter by Shelly Coffey

Red Sails in the Sunset by Randy Lawson

They're Doing this on Porpoise by Lyndon Seales

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Photo Contest Winners
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WE ARE PROUD TO announce the winners of Marinalife’s 20th Anniversary Photo Contest. Choosing three finalists and four runners-up was no easy task after receiving a gamut of noteworthy images from around the country. But those top seven shots, presented on the following pages, caught our eye because they exemplify what we love about boating – the breathtaking power of nature, the joy of family gatherings on the water, the elegance of an old vessel, and the whimsical charm of pets and aquatic creatures.

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the photo contest by submitting memorable pictures of life on the water. We hope these winning shots rekindle fond memories of summer boating during this chilly winter season.

Nature's Fury on the Horizon - Photo Contest Winners - Marinalife
Nature's Fury on the Horizon by Larry Tibbe

Nature's Fury on the Water by Larry Tibbe ⊳

After an early evening cocktail cruise at Longboat Key Club Moorings in Florida, Larry Tibbe saw a perfect storm rumbling on the horizon. “We were just walking the docks and checking out the boats, when I looked up at a big cloud formation in the sky,” remembers this Vietnam veteran, amateur photographer and avid boater. Just as suddenly as the storm appeared, it began to dissipate, so he pulled out his camera and caught the shot before it was just a lovely memory.

Nearly a half century ago, Larry taught himself to sail by reading books and magazines on the topic, and later joined the University of Michigan’s sailing team. He now lives in Sarasota Bay and cruises around Florida’s West Coast and Keys in his Sea Ray 40 Sundancer. In this part of the country, awe-inspiring displays of nature are as regular as the tides. When it comes to photographing them, he admits, “Sometimes you just get lucky.”

Small Boat, Big Memories - Photo Contest winners - Marinalife
Small Boat, Big Memories by Katinka Domotorffy

Small Boat, Big Memories by K. Domotorffy

Katinka and her family were heading back into Catawba Landing Marina after a long day of tubing, swimming and fishing in the waters of Lake Erie when her son and his two cousins turned around and flashed big ear-to-ear smiles.

The boys embodied the reason she crams provisions and people into her 18-foot Zodiac as often as possible in the summer. “You don’t need a big boat to have a great time,” says this Ohio resident. “It’s all about building memories on the water with each generation of our family. Away from the distractions of work, school activities and video games, the kids get to be kids, and we all take time to enjoy the simple pleasures we share in boating.” She took the photo with her iPhone camera.

Reflections on the Eastern Shore - Photo Contest Winners - Marinalife
Reflections on the Eastern Shore by Kimberley Kelly

Reflections on the Eastern Shore by Kimberly Kelly ⊳

At the crack of dawn, Kimberly launched from Gargatha (population 381) on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, eager to begin a photography workshop. The instructor, renowned photographer Jay Fleming, led her group of novice shutterbugs into the Chesapeake Bay. The tide was out, and the waters were dead calm.

The subject of their photo shoot was a wooden hull skiff, recently painted red, white and blue and anchored next to an old oyster watch house in the remote marshlands near Wachapreague. The contrasting images set an idyllic scene that captured an old seaside way of life, refreshed with bold colors to represent the ever-changing waterfront lifestyle.

Fairwinds Marina in Annapolis is home to Kimberly’s 21-foot Boston Whaler that carries her and her husband into the Bay for pleasant days of fishing. Kimberly brings her reliable Canon cameras along to document her journeys as she explores the hidden gems of the region.

Marinalife also extends congratulations to the four runners-up in the 20th Anniversary Photo Contest. Their images remind us that the water often brings out the child-like wonder and rebellious spirit in both two- and four-legged visitors.

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What's New with Marinalife - WINTER 2020
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Marinalife Updates


EXCITING NEWS:
Snag-A-Slip Acquires SlipSure!
Snag-A-Slip, the leading online slip reservation system is pleased to announce its acquisition of SlipSure, the largest same-day booking app for boaters. Launched in 2015, Snag-A-Slip reaches more than 750 marinas from Canada to the Caribbean and is still growing. With a mission to make reservations effortless for both marinas and slipholders, the process is now easier than ever with the convenience of instant bookings. Visit snagaslip.com.

RCI Marine's New Home in the Northeast
The RCI Group
just opened its newest state-of-the-art marina, Bridgeport Harbor. Located in Bridgeport Harbor, CT, the deep-water marina is a beautiful destination on Long Island Sound. The marina's full-service boatyard, equipped with 75- and 200-ton travel lifts, and Bridgeport

Bridgeport Harbor | News | Marinalife

Boatworks boat mechanics, make the newly renovated harbor a full-service destination. The marina and boatyard are the latest additions to Steelpointe Harbor's expanding waterfront neighborhood. For more info, visit bldsteelpointe.com.

Visit the Harbor Village at River Dunes
River Dunes Marina, Oriental, NC's top destination on the Intracoastal Waterway has extended hours and offers new amenities for boaters. Guests can enjoy a new light fare full-bar menu at the Club, eat breakfast and lunch at Yawl's Café, or take advantage of the new 24-hour Mariner's Lounge in The Landing. The new Community Welcome Center is now open in the Harbor Village where visitors can book accommodations and learn about the homes under construction. With top-notch dining, shopping, provisions, spa services and overnight accommodations, Harbor Village at River Dunes is the centerpiece of any marina experience. Visit riverdunes.com to book your slip.

Winter Contest

Water damage out at sea is a persistent risk, especially uGO PHONE 2.0 Dry Bag (valued at $129). Featuring uZIP technology, this compact, plastic bag fits all sizes of smartphones and floats in water, allowing you to use your phone without removing it from the bag. Visit marinalife.com/wintercontest through March 31 to enter!

Upcoming Boat Shows

Stuart Boat Show
Stuart, FL
January 10-12, 2020

Miami International Boat Show
Miami, FL
February 13-17, 2020

Palm Beach International Boat Show
West Palm Beach, FL
March 26-29, 2020

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Editors Log - Dear Fellow Boaters
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Editors Log from Marinalife Founder Joy McPeters.

Joy McPeters | Editors Log | Marinalife

Dear Fellow Boaters:

I cannot believe it's been 20 years since we started Marinalife! During this wild and crazy ride, we met so many amazing people who helped us along the way. Getting ready to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Marinalife gives me pause for reflection and digging up old photos in the basement reminded me of the good times and challenges of the last two decades.

This issue is dedicated to the friends, family and members who shared my journey along 20 years of Marinalife. In the article, The Story of Marinalife, we step back in time to remember our beginning and growth. In the Visionaries piece, we showcase leaders in the marine industry, and the Port Personalities feature extends our appreciation to three partners whose influence on the magazine is treasured and continues today. And do not miss other terrific features in this issue such as the Best Snorkeling & Diving in the Caribbean, eco-friendly boating and a cruising tale through romantic Greek islands.

As Marinalife continues to evolve and gear up for the next 20 years, we are proud of the team who will be instrumental in our progress. While we move toward the next milestone, you can count on our adventurous editors and writers who weave their love for travel into every issue, the marketing and sales team who keeps a watchful eye on changes in the boating industry, and our attentive, proactive and very patient customer service reps who will help you chart every step of your journey.

The 20 theme that appears in this edition will continue throughout the year while we celebrate our anniversary. Look out for contests, specials and other promotions to recognize this achievement.We thank all our readers who are a huge part of our success. We could not do it without you.

Happy Boating!

Joy McPeters, Marinalife Founder

Thank you for reading the editors log.

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What's New with Marinalife - FALL 2019
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Marina News and Updates:

New Properties under the Oasis Marinas Umbrella
The growing marina management company, Oasis Marinas, is pleased to welcome two Baltimore locations to its family of marinas:  Port Covington Marina and Crescent Marina. They join the Oasis Marinas portfolio of 28 marinas across the East Coast with plenty more to come!

Suntex Set to Redevelop Las Olas Marina

News and Updates - Marinalife - Fall 2019 - Las Olas Marina
Suntex Marinas

The premier owner and operator of best-in-class marina properties, Suntex Marinas, announced plans to renovate Las Olas Marina (pictured to the right) in Fort Lauderdale, FL. This multimillion-dollar project adds on to a $70 million redevelopment from the city, including new parking, sidewalks, beach access and park. The marina will include 68 slips for vessels up to 250 feet, plus a high-end restaurant, dockmaster's office, ship store, rooftop gym, swimming pool, and fabulous Intracoastal Waterway views. For more, visit suntexflorida.com/lasolas

Fall Contest

Marinalife wants to keep boaters' eyes protected from the sun's rays while out on the water.

News and Updates - Marinalife

Enter today for a chance to win a pair of Costa Del Mar sunglasses! These advanced polarized sunglasses give you great visibility and UV protection whether you are out on the water or staying on land.

Check out Marinalife at these Boat Shows this Season

U.S. Powerboat Show
Annapolis, MD
October 3-6, 2019
U.S. Sailboat Show
Annapolis, MD
October 10-14, 2019
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
Fort Lauderdale, FL
October 30-November 3, 2019
St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show
St. Petersburg, FL
December 5-8, 2019

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Port Personalities - Jacqueline Callender, Bay Street Marina
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DOCK MASTER/OFFICE MANAGER BAY STREET MARINA NASSAU, BAHAMAS

Port Personalities - Jacqueline Callender, Bay Street Marina on Marinalife

Describe the first time you remember being on a boat.

My first memory was as an adult when I went on a yacht to Florida. It was breathtaking! I could not sleep at all that night; the ocean was absolutely gorgeous.

What in life prepared you for this job?

Since childhood I've always loved dealing with people. Growing up on Harbour Island in the Bahamas and helping my mom with guests was something I immediately loved, especially meeting different people of all cultures.

What are the challenges of being a woman in the marina business?

Not much at all, because I'm tough! I try my best to ensure that every guest I greet is happy, so over the years I've developed wonderful friendships at the marina.

You work in paradise. Where do you go on vacation?

Paradise of course! I am from Harbour Island on the island of Eleuthera, so I go home for vacation. Paradise to paradise!

What are the most important items to always keep on a boat?

A good captain, a good chef and a good crew!

What book do you believe every boater should read, and why?

Islands of the Sun by Bahamian author John A. Thompson and Nikita Shiel-Rolle. Very informative on cruising in the Bahamas.

If you weren't working at the marina, what job would suit you best?

Guest services/front desk, for sure. I love talking to people.

Describe the perfect meal. What would you eat and where would you be?

Easy! When I'm not working, I love being home with my kids eating a home-cooked meal of macaroni and cheese, fried fish and salad.

What famous person would you most like to meet?

Oprah Winfrey.

What's the best safety tip you can give to a new boater?

I can sum it up in four words in regard to cruising in the Bahamas reefs and sandbanks! I see problems with them every day.Words of advice: Don't take your eyes off the water!

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