This week we welcome Chris Gasiorek to chime in on the Dockwa Boater Blog: Chris not only heads up the Watercraft Preservation and Programs...
Friday's forecast promised blue skies and a gentle breeze — the perfect ingredients for a spontaneous boating adventure. John, after reflecting on the triumphs of a productive week at work, decided to cap it off by treating his colleagues to an impromptu Friday spent out of the office, and on the water.
With a few taps on his smartphone Thursday night, John requested the launch of his boat, Serenity, which was stored at a premier dry-stack facility on the east coast of Florida. He added an important note asking the dock team to top off Serenity with fuel and fresh ice before 8:30 am the next day. A confirmation pinged back, setting John at ease, knowing the stage was set for a seamless nautical adventure the next day.
Friday morning unfolded as expected. On their way to the boat, the group passed dry stack storage racks that seemed to touch the sky. A colleague who was unfamiliar with boating asked, “Why keep your boat at a dry-stack marina?” John explained that last year, when a hurricane pummeled the Florida coast, his home flooded, and he watched his neighbor’s dock float away. However, Serenity, secured in her dry-rack at the marina, remained safe and sound through the storm.
When John and his team reached the dock, Serenity awaited – launched, stocked with ice, and fueled up. A charge was added to his boater account behind the scenes.
With a turn of the key, Serenity's engine roared to life. They traveled down the Florida waterways, and watched the waves do a dance beneath the bow. Laughter and camaraderie filled the air as John and his colleagues embraced the day and reflected upon their successful week in the office.
As the sun began to set, they made their way back to the dock. Their adventure concluded and they bid each other farewell. With a sense of accomplishment, John pulled out his smartphone and marked Serenity as ‘Ready for Retrieval’. Instantaneously, the marina team received notification and seamlessly coordinated the haul-out of Serenity.
"Well, that was easy!" John exclaimed, marveling at the simplicity of the digital dry stack communications. By day's end, the boat was lifted from the water and stored back into the dry stack facility. He was thankful, because a hurricane was scheduled to hit the Florida coast on Sunday, and his boat was safe and sound in the marina’s weather-proof racks.
John's marina experience is a testament to the ease and convenience of modern boating. The digital dance between captain and marina has transformed what could have been a logistical puzzle into a smooth and enjoyable experience, leaving John with memories of a day filled with team bonding on the water that mirrored the serenity of his boat's name.
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