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DOCKS & MARINAS, INC. offers a service to help your marina meet the challenges of the future.  The Docks & Marinas Evaluation provides a complete confidential overview of your marina's operation and facilities.  We will view, identify and rank strengths, problems and opportunities at your marina or boatyard.


  • Are you planning to update or expand your marina?
  • Are you getting as many boating and non-boating customers as you should?
  • Would you like help in becoming clean marina certified?
  • Will your marina pass an ADA, environmental, or regulatory inspection?
  • Are you having problems with docks, shallow water, aquatic plants or wave conditions?
  • Can your marina accommodate handicap accessible customers?
  • Do you have a comprehensive plan in place for the future?
  • Are there cost share dollars available for improvements to your marina?
  • Is your marina capable of easily adapting to ever changing boater trends?
  • Are you realizing the full potential of your marina?


A Marina Evaluation by Docks & Marinas, Inc. will help you answer these questions in a professional, concise, and easy to understand format.


The Docks & Marinas Marina Evaluation can include:

  • On-site field evaluations of marina activities and conditions during the boating season. 
  • Interviews with employees, customers, and tenants.
  • Organized checklist of physical observations, environmental regulatory guidelines and BMPs.
  • Report summarizing observations, recommendations, and opportunities for the marina.
  • Meeting with managers of the marina to discuss results and recommendations.


Additional services we can provide:  In-depth studies of business profit, engineering, risk management, legal, labor, environmental impact analysis, appraised value, property surveys, underwater inspections.


We offer several different marina evaluation levels to accommodate your marina or boatyard.



The basic marina evaluation is intended for a small sized marina (less than 100 boats).  It includes a fairly rapid but thorough site evaluation during the boating season, and a written report summarizing all observations, recommendations and opportunities for the marina.  Key strengths and problems will be identified.  The basic evaluation will typically take 3 to 5 days including one full day of on-site evaluation during business hours.



The advanced marina evaluation is designed for marinas accommodating 100 to 250 slips with several profit centers.  This includes a complete evaluation of marina operations, interviews with customers and staff, and reviews of operation manuals and revenue sources.  Recommendations will be given for improving revenue and strong assets.  The advanced evaluation takes about 2-4 weeks including 1-2 days of on-site evaluation and one day on a busy weekend.



An extensive evaluation is intended for an established marina with over 250 slips and multiple distinct profit centers.  It is a comprehensive evaluation covering all aspects of marina operations, safety, and revenue.  Meetings with managers and regulatory agencies are included along with recommendations for improving revenue and reducing liability.  The extensive evaluation typically takes 4-8 weeks including 2-3 days of on-site evaluation and inspection including at least one day on a busy weekend and observation of opening and closing procedures of the marina.



Special evaluations can be created for owners or managers of multiple marina facilities.  A combination of any of the above services can be incorporated into the proposal as well as any other special requests.

Proposals and costs are available upon request.


A Docks & Marinas, Inc. evaluation can be site specific to meet the marina and management needs.  Reports can be organized for use with government agencies, insurance companies, potential buyers or staff.


Additional services such as feasibility studies, land and hydrographic surveys, coastal engineering, regulatory permit submittals, financing, dockage, dredging, aquatic plant and water quality assessments, stormwater management plans, and underwater inspections are available from Docks & Marinas, Inc. or can be coordinated through Docks & Marinas, Inc. if additional marina expertise is needed.



Docks & Marinas, Inc. has been providing professional engineering services for waterfront development, lake and harbor rehabilitation, floodplain determinations, stormwater management and shore protection since 1987.  The Docks & Marinas team is led by Mr. David Wentland, President, P.E.  Mr. Wentland has a Masters Degree in Ocean Engineering and has been working on waterfront projects since 1974.  The firm has been involved in over 400 projects concerning coastal protection and development.