The Clarksville Marina opened in 2012 and Schmitt, who has been there for four years, said the marina features 85 covered boat slips ranging from 24 to 50 foot. There’s a fuel pump, a laundry room, bathrooms and showers, a small store with snacks and wi-fi along with other necessities for boaters.
Schmitt said the boat slips have consistently been filled to around 80-85 per cent capacity and the marina has been praised by boaters who travel between Nashville and Land Between the Lakes (LBL) for its fuel and available facilities.
Many people may not know that the boat house at the marina holds the Clarksville Police Department, Clarksville Fire Rescue, and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) boats, which often patrol the waters of the Cumberland River.
A couple of other things some may not be aware of is the marina is owned by a private company and not owned or operated by the City of Clarksville as well as the entire structure is a floating dock with telescoping poles to allow for the rising and falling of the water.
One other very important safety factor Schmitt talked about was how the whole marina runs on electricity and Tennessee law states that there cannot be any swimming within 100 yards of the facility in case there is electricity in the water.
There are buoys placed around the area in the basin to warn people about swimming or anchoring their boats within 100 yards of the facility. Schmitt said some people are not aware of the danger and may not understand that it is marked off for their safety.
Schmitt encouraged residents to take advantage of their boat rentals for 24 ft. pontoon boats between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The cost is $350 for a full day of eight hours or a half-day of four hours for $250. Rentals are also available for $75 an hour with a two-hour minimum.
Schmitt said with the current pandemic, the maximum capacity is ten people on board for a boat rental. “With COVID-19 I’ve seen a lot more local boaters and not as many long distance traveling boaters. My rentals have gone through the roof,” Schmitt said.
He added that throughout the summer they have been booked out two weeks in advance for boat rentals and the overnight boaters and long-distance travelers have not been as prevalent as they were in past years.
He also said the sale of boats has skyrocketed and he has seen a lot of new people with boats and he always tries to help them out with what he called a few tips and tricks on how to handle their brand new boat.
To find out more about the Clarksville Marina visit ClarksvilleMarina.com or call 931-444-0646.
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