The maritime world is vast and diverse, encompassing everything from shipping to recreational boating. At the heart of many coastal communities lies the marina, a hub for boaters and a vital part of the maritime industry. But have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a marina? Who ensures that everything runs smoothly, from docking boats to managing contracts? Enter the marina manager, a role that is as multifaceted as it is essential.
In a recent episode of the “SHIPSHAPE” podcast, Mia Platz, the marina manager of Little Creek Marina in Norfolk, VA, sheds light on the intricacies of her role. Mia’s journey to the marine industry is nothing short of fascinating. From running her own cupcake business that specializes in alcohol-infused cupcakes to studying law, Mia’s diverse experiences have equipped her with a unique perspective on marina management.
A Day in the Life of a Marina Manager
So, what does a typical day look like for a marina manager? According to Mia, the role is all-encompassing. “I do everything with contracts, transients, monies… any issues that come up with the boaters,” she explains. Managing a marina is not just about ensuring that boats are docked correctly or that contracts are in order. It’s also about building relationships with boaters, some of whom can be quite particular about their needs. In many ways, a marina manager wears multiple hats – from teacher and principal to therapist.
Mia’s transition from working directly on boats to managing a marina was seamless, thanks to her extensive management experience. “I’ve been in management for a long time… it wasn’t really much of a transition,” she says. However, the role does come with its challenges. Marina managers must strike a balance between administrative tasks and physical labor. For Mia, her cupcake business provides the perfect counterbalance to her administrative duties at the marina.
The Best of Both Worlds
One of the perks of being a marina manager, as Mia points out, is the opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds. While she gets to indulge in administrative tasks in the comfort of her office, she’s also privy to a stunning view of the marina. “My desk is right next to the window, so I see everybody coming to and from,” she shares.
But it’s not all about the view. Part of Mia’s role involves hands-on tasks like docking boats. Whether it’s assisting with grabbing lines or ensuring that boats are securely moored, a marina manager is always on their toes.
The role of a marina manager is multifaceted, requiring a blend of administrative acumen, interpersonal skills, and hands-on expertise. As Mia Platz’s insights reveal, it’s a role that offers both challenges and rewards. From managing contracts to building relationships with boaters, marina managers play a pivotal role in ensuring that marinas function smoothly. And while the job may come with its fair share of challenges, the rewards – like a desk with a view of the marina – make it all worthwhile.
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