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very damp, which can create mildew and dry rot, and are adversely affected by other fungus and deteriorating conditions. Composite decking both expands and contracts more than wood, but generically (depending on the manufacturer) has come a long way in achieving an extended useful life. However, composite decking requires more supports to prevent sagging than timber. Concrete can weigh more and, so far, is extremely hard to fix cosmetically when affected by stress cracks, chipping and other damage, and are harder to keep level. Flotation has also come a long

way with the use of encapsulated flotation, which extends the useful life significantly and avoids damage and disintegration. Some of the more significant

achievements of recent years involve the managing of electrical consumption. The advance of longer-lasting lights is moving at rapid speeds with ratings that the consumer can actually understand. Beyond the lighting itself, limiting the use of the lights is becoming the standard rather than the exception. Motion timers for restrooms can reduce the need for electricity dramatically. Similarly, outdoor lighting of parking areas, as well as security floodlights, can now be managed in two popular ways – turning off various fixtures in the off hours where certain ones are not needed and putting others on dimmers. The use of skylights on single-storey and multi-storey buildings is becoming more and more popular, and the difference perceived by customers is dramatically positive, particularly in restrooms. A more comprehensive approach that can make sense, particularly as part of a major capital expenditure cost analysis cause and effect approach, is the use of solar panels, wind turbines or water powered generators. Various governmental subsidies and programs may make it more advantageous to consider. Similarly, water consumption can

be managed. The use of automatic shut-offs is becoming more popular whether it is for restrooms or for

mains to berthing facilities and hose bibs. Many facilities are supplying hoses with hard-to-remove nozzles and eliminating the spigots at the water source to prevent leakage caused when the connection isn’t closed properly. Pervious upland areas are a lot

easier to maintain and have better longevity than non-pervious areas. It also helps to manage storm water. It is therefore sensible to minimise paving to that which is actually needed. However, there needs to be non-pervious work areas and paved areas for moving boats on the upland and undertaking hull maintenance activities. In short, facilities can be very

environmentally-friendly, cost- effective and also sustainable in both their physical plant and operations if one plans for and thinks about cause and effect decisions from simple repairs to capital expenditure programs and anticipated changes in future operating procedures. In most countries, the amount of

deferred maintenance on marinas is staggering and can range up to well over three decades. While this fact is mind boggling, it also presents numerous opportunities to take a hard look at the issues and come up with meaningful and cost-effective approaches to bringing facilities up- to-date, making them safer, more user-friendly and desirable for the boating public, which is ultimately a blueprint for higher revenues. Don’t get me wrong – I happen

to be a believer in sustainability, but these days, the meaning so often seems to get lost in all the hype! There is no substitute for thinking long-term and deciding what is best for your specific location and operations.

*Dan Natchez is President of Daniel S. Natchez and Associates Inc, a leading international environmental waterfront design consulting company specialising in the design of marinas and marina resorts throughout the world. Your comments and enquiries are invited on Tel: +1 914 698 5678, by Fax: +1 914 698 7321, by E-mail: dan.n@ or on his Website:

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