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September 2019 
"For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream" 

Photo: Natalie Wolfe 

It never ceases to amaze us the difference a good snow pack can have on our summer and fall seasons. Looking out at  the reservoir this year we are still 98% full! Last year we were already down 17 ft and biting our nails at the prospect of getting all the boats out of the water. This summer sure kept us on our toes with the expected (rentals booked every weekend) and unexpected (snow in June). With the cooler nights, changing leaves, and   early sunsets we know that fall is here. Autumn at the marina means getting ready to batten down the hatches and prepare for the upcoming winter. 
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Photo Credit: Jessica Alleen

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Fall Retail Sale! 

Its never too early to start holiday shopping! Get your 
Dillon Marina apparel now! Retail is 30% off from now until mid-October (some restrictions apply). We gotta make room in the store so we can start thinking about what we will order next season! 

PonTune Sessions

Whats better than live music and boating? Put them together and you get Dillon's PonTune Sessions! Every summer some of our favorite Dillon Amphitheater artists grab their instruments and head out on the water for an intimate performance on a pontoon. For more performances check out the Dillon Amphitheater YouTube Channel!   

Dillon PonTune Sessions feat. Brothers Keeper
Dillon PonTune Sessions feat. Brothers Keeper

PonTune Sessions with Vaud and the Villians
PonTune Sessions feat. 
Vaud and the Villians

Dillon PonTune Sessions feat. Nacho Men
Dillon PonTune Sessions feat. The Nacho Men

Dillon PonTune Sessions feat. Buckstein
Dillon PonTune Sessions feat. Buckstein

From the Crow's Nest 

Hi Everybody,

I know I say this every year but, how can it possibly be the end of September!? What a great season it's been! Five months (four this year) go by in a flash and soon it's time to pull out the skis and snowboards again. It's also time to pull out boats. With that in mind, lets talk about covers.

Winter covers serve a couple of purposes. First, UV protection. It is not good for fiberglass to sit in Colorado's UV over the Winter. It degrades fiberglass, lines, wood, components and everything else that sits in the sun. Second, it sheds snowfall. Now, snow itself is not all that bad for things but freeze thaw is not good. What happens is that the boat will collect snow over the Winter and in the Spring, all that snow on the deck melts and begins to move to the cockpit to create an impressive block of ice. Many boats will begin to wheelie on the trailer and rest on their rudder or out-drive until temperatures rise.  I understand if you want to save some money and choose to tarp. 

A couple examples of how the weather can impact a tarp wrap

Even the best tarp wraps are subject to the elements

If a tarp is your direction, please be sure to cover the deck as well as the cockpit. If you just cover the cockpit, it creates a block of ice with a tarp underneath. Also, please tie down with something that doesn't stretch. The best move I have seen is the use of thermostat wire like you would use in a home. It is malleable enough to twist like a twist tie and strong enough to last the long Winter.  Bungee cords are a bad idea . They will allow the tarp to slap in the wind and the grommets to tear away. 

Of course, I recommend shrink wrap or a manufactured , winter cover. The shrink wrap that we use is 100% recyclable. In the Spring, we send it back to the company and they turn it right back into shrink wrap. If you're looking for advice, need parts or want us to do it all, please don't hesitate to stop by the shop. We are here for you!

My sincere thanks to all of you for a great Summer season. It takes all of us to create such a great culture and it wouldn't happen with our talented crew and fantastic customers. 
"A tree falls the way it leans" and I think this place is leaning in a great direction. The Tiki Bar is closed for the season so if you come to check out the Fall colors BYOB and maybe some pants (it's getting cooler).
Thank you,

Craig Simson    
Marina Manager

Back Office News!

By Karlee Ferris

If you haven't heard, I am taking over for Shannon Jakoby as the new Marina Office Manager! Here's a little bit about me:

I grew up in Colorado Springs before moving to Fort Collins to attend Colorado State University. After graduation I moved to Summit County where I had several jobs before accepting a position at the marina in 2016. The past four summers I've worked as the Marina Office Lead and spent my winters working for Keystone Resort with their Ski and Ride School. 

I love all aspects of Summit County and when I am not at the marina you can find me biking, skiing, hiking and trying to convince my boyfriend that we should
 get a dog (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). 

I am very excited to step into this new role of Marina Office Manager and cannot wait to work with all of you. 
Now let's get down to business: 

Fall Work Orders: 
It feels like just yesterday we were getting all our boats into the water and now it is time for us to start preparing for winter. It's important for the marina to plan ahead, especially when it comes to having the staff and supplies needed to accommodate your service needs. 

All work orders need to be received no later than 


Keep a lookout in your email and in your marina portal account for the 2019 fall work order.

Access the portal from our website here.

Please reach out to me if you have any questions. I look forward to meeting and working with all of you! 

Karlee Ferris 
Marina Office Manager 

The Times they are Changing

It is that time of year when our hours and days of operation change like the leaves. Here are some important dates and time changes to keep in mind as we continue into the 
fall season. 

Boat Rentals
 Boat rentals will continue until
September 30th. 
Crane Day
Crane Day is scheduled for
October 16th.
Haul Out
All boats need to be out of the water by
October 20th

Marina Fall Hours

Now until October 21st
Monday - Sunday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
October 21st
Monday - Friday 
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Marina Office   
970-468-5100 x-0

Marina Contacts

Craig Simson- Marina Manager
Karlee Ferris- Marina Office Manager
Jared Hammond- Rigging/Service

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