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Harbor Talk Weekly
Rex Marine Center and
Norwalk Cove Marina

3/27/14  Vol 5.3

Our Locations
Norwalk Cove Marina
Rex Marine Center  

Fuel Prices at Norwalk Cove
89 Octane Gas
$ 4.25 /gal   &
Diesel  $ 4.50 /gal 
 *Prices subject to change
Saturday, Mar. 29'th 
Highs in the Low 50's
and lows in the high 30's.

H 10:59 am L
5:02 pm  
Sunday, Mar. 30'th 
Showers / Windy 
 Highs in the low  40's  
and lows in the 20's
H 11:49 am L 6:08 pm 
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Cove Store Hours
(Until April)
 Mon - Fri  8:00- 4:30
Sat  8:00- 3:00 
Sun  Closed   
Cove Fuel Dock Hours
Mon - Fri  8:00- 4:30
Sat  8:00- 3:00 
 Sun  Closed   
-Weather Permitting-   

Captains Cup Hours

Closed - Watch for 2014
Season Opening !  

Rex Store Hours
Mon - Sat  8:00 - 5:00 
Sun  9:00 - 3:00    

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Norwalk Cove
Nautical Boutique  

Many NEW Items
for 2014 ! 

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2 Opportunities  

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Saturday mornings, 
March 29th and again on April 26th     
9:30 am thru 1:30 pm   

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Warm Days - Freezing Nights


Will Spring truly arrive after this last cold blast from the North?   We can really say Winter went out like a lion!  Be aware that the temperature is still falling below freezing at night, so it still might be a bit early to commission your vessel's water systems.  It doesn't take long for fresh water to freeze your plumbing, so why chance it?   


Don't worry, isn't there a formula that says:  

Late Spring = very long Fall and Late Winter ?      


Let's hope so !     

Rex Marine Announces  
the Return of


 After a twenty five year hiatus, the best line of family and performance boats available has returned to Southwest Connecticut. The entire line of Formula boats (from 24 ft to 45 ft) will now be on display in the Rex showroom !


Come talk about a new boat or upgrading your old, with factory facilitated discounted pricing, financing and trade-in options.  

GREAT savings are possible with factory direct pricing.    




The Gardella and Porter Families are very pleased to have come together once again to bring Formula to Rex Marine.

 Current SeaRay, Boston Whaler and Meridian customers will be relieved to know that Rex Marine and Norwalk Cove Marina will continue to provide them with very best factory authorized service in the industry.  Rex wishes their former tenants, MarineMax, the best of luck in their new home. 


Spring Commissioning

As the season gets off to a start (if the weather would cooperate!) it's time to spruce up your boat with a good spring cleaning.  


Don't forget cleaning the isinglass, replacing the 'damp rid' to get rid of odors built up over the winter, wiping

down headliners and bunks....  


Have you cleaned the fridge, flushed the water tanks? Chemicals in the holding tank ? Inspected the inflatable and had the outboard tuned up?   


Check the stores at Rex and Norwalk Cove to find the supplies you need, at very competitive prices.       


The folks at BoatUS have compiled a comprehensive guide to help you with your Spring commissioning. See their Fitting Out Guide  HERE

Consider inspecting your boat the way a pilot checks his plane before taking off...  Physically touch, tug or shake everything you can reach to insure everything is connected, tight, and ready to "fly".
Think About Zincs !


Sacrificial Zincs are installed on your boat's prop shaft, rudders, outdrive, outboard or even the hull to protect the bronze, stainless steel or others metals used in those crucial parts from disintegrating due to corrosion.  

Corrosion occurs anytime two or more dissimilar metals are placed together in a conductive solution (like seawater). The corrosion that takes place is most severe on the least noble (or most corrosive) metal.
By introducing Zinc into this equation, we are adding a less noble metal that will corrode first but can be easily replaced. Thus, by using the more corrosive Zinc, we are protecting the more expensive components under the boat from corrosion.     

As zincs slowly deteriorate, they build up a coating that renders them less effective, which is why it is recommended to replace zincs when they are half deteriorated. How frequently zincs need to be replaced is dependent on how much you use your boat, how many zincs are installed, how your boat is wired and how other boats in the marina are wired.

Believing it's better to be safe than sorry, the cost of zincs and installation is cheap insurance, compared to the expense of your other hardware. 

Click HERE for a more scientific explanation.    

On a final note,