Helpful Tips


Please help us to preserve the Chesapeake Bay by being a clean and safe boater!       


  • The #1 thing you can do for the environment is to keep the bilges in your boat clean and free of oil. To soak up the hydrocarbons use Oil Zorb pads, socks and pillows in the bilge and change them frequently.

  • Be careful not to overfill your fuel tanks when fueling your boat. We sell NO-SPILL Fuel Recovery Bottles in the Ship’s Store, which can be attached to the vents to prevent overflow.

  • Please use the central vacuum pump out system regularly to keep sewage out of the water.

  • Always choose boat cleaning products that are safer for the environment. We sell many biodegradable boat soaps and other products in the Ship’s Store that are formulated without phosphates or other harsh chemicals.

  • Please make use of our Recycling Centers which include oil, antifreeze and batteries as well as plastics, cans, glass and cardboard. PUMP-OUT: Spring Cove Marina has a self-service central vacuum pump-out system available from most slips. Hydrants are located along the docks, and the hoses are stored on reels at the head of each dock. Please do not hesitate to ask one of the dockhands if you ever need assistance.

  • Begin by pressing the “ON” button on one of the remote switches on your dock. It will take several minutes for the pump to build the necessary vacuum. *Connect a hose to the hydrant nearest your boat. Make sure the valve on the nozzle is closed and then open the valve on the hydrant (after several minutes have passed). *Insert the nozzle into your deck fitting and then open the valve.

  • The pump will run for 5 to 7 minutes – plenty of time to clear out the tank.

  • The holding tank is empty when the sight-glass is clear. Flush the hose by dropping the nozzle into the water. Allow a small amount of air into the system to empty the hose of water. This will make it easier to put away.

  • Close both valves, and return the hose to the head of the dock. Please note that if there is little or no suction, someone else might be using the same pump or a valve has been left open. “A”, “B” and “H” docks are on pump one; “C” and “D” docks are on pump two; “E”, Shed, and “G” docks are on pump three.



Every boat in the Marina will have to be winterized as we do not allow any heaters of any kind to be left on unattended. Please note:

  • Leave room for expansion when topping off your fuel tank. Expanding fuel will pour out of the vents on the first warm day, causing a hazardous situation. We sell various fuel additives formulated for today’s E10 fuel and stabilizers for extended storage in the Ship’s Store.

  • Our Shrinkwrap prices include a recycling fee. Shrinkwrap may not be disposed of in the dumpsters – it must be recycled.

  • Don’t forget to empty your refrigerator and galley cupboards – cans and bottles will freeze.

  • If you are doing an oil change, please dispose of the used oil in our Used Oil Containers in the boatyard area.

  • Sailboats must have their roller-furling sails removed prior to haul-out.

  • Boats on shore may not be left plugged in to any electrical outlet.



In the event of a tropical storm in our area, the following tips can help you prepare your boat.

  • Remove all canvas, sails, biminis, covers, etc. and store below.

  • Secure all loose items on deck such as dinghies, boat hooks, etc.

  • Double lines where possible. Use all available pilings, avoiding the use of cleats on the dock. When tying to a piling, wrap the line at least twice around the pole, and then use two or three half hitches to secure the line. Do not use a clove hitch around the pole. Make the lines as long as possible (use neighbor’s pilings on the dock) to allow for tidal surge, but not slack enough to allow the boat to move around in the slip too much. Allow for adjustment of your lines from the dock. If extreme conditions are expected, it will be acceptable to take lines across the dock. Make the spring lines almost as long as the boat – in other words bring the lines from the outside poles all the way towards the stern of your boat (if you are backed in), and from the dock carry the spring lines well forward, and make them all fairly taut.

  • Disconnect your boat from shore power – turn everything off except your bilge pump. All power to the docks will be turned off if the rising tide warrants it.

  • If your water hose is wrapped around the pole in such a way as to interfere with adjusting the dock lines, please remove the hose and stow it.

  • The Marina is not responsible for your boat. However, if you are out of town and cannot easily get to your boat, please call us and we will do everything we can to help you. We will be walking the docks and doing what we can in any event, but our resources are limited.

  • If conditions warrant, all boats will be evacuated – the Lounge will be made available for anyone wanting to stay at the Marina, but it is not recommended.