Making Waves

New owners plan upgrades to
Madison’s Rivercrest Marina

The Powers are boaters themselves
with river experience

(January 2016) – Big changes are coming to Rivercrest Marina on the western edge of the Madison, Ind., riverfront and the new owners hope they will kick start the area as a premier destination for the Ohio River boating community.
Owners Tom and Melodie Power of Louisville, Ky., have plans for major growth for the marina, located at 1200 W. Second St. They have spent many weekends on the river during their 81/2 years of marriage. On their visit to the 2014 Madison Regatta, they talked to Dock Master Shorty Baker and found out the marina was for sale.

Photo by John Sheckler

Tom and Melodie Power of Louisville, Ky., have purchased Rivercrest Marina and plan many upgrades there, including dredging and ground transportation services.

“We owned it by Aug. 1,” said Tom. “We purchased something we can really enjoy, and we want to make Rivercrest a premier destination hot spot for the boating community.”
Melodie added, “We came for recreational purposes and fell in love with the town.”
Both see a huge growth potential for boaters coming to Madison.
“We love the architecture, antiques, events and restaurants,” said Tom. “It is a very nice town and assessable by boat. This town has so many attributes that it pulls people from the region.”
“One of our goals is to promote the marina as a boat friendly place for local events,” said Melodie. “We will have a golf cart to take people to town for dining and activities. We want to partner with tourism originations to help promote the marina as part of Madison tourism.”
There is a considerable amount of work to be done before their dream can be realized. The marina has only 15 percent occupancy, mostly because there is a serious need for dredging.
“The water is up right now, and we are waiting on a permit to dredge,” said Tom. “We want a very nice clean open marina. It hasn’t been dredged properly since 2001. It should be done every two to three years.”

Photo by John Sheckler

The Dock Store at Rivercrest Marina is a popular welcoming place for boaters arriving in Madison, Ind.

The material dredged from the river is expected to fill a two-acre hole that is 12 feet deep. Once that work is finished, other upgrades are planned for the marina.
“We will add amenities going forward, but we are not yet sure what they will be,” said Tom. “Every slip already has water and electricity. There are also showers near the Dock House. Madison is probably the best boat destination spot on the Ohio River, and we want Rivercrest to be a place where people can hang out for the weekend.”
Exercise walkers will find downtown in easy range unless they want a ride by golf cart.
“This is close proximity to town,” said Melodie. “People can be on the river by day and have fun in Madison at night.”
Rivercrest already has features that are attractive to the boating community. It has the only covered slips and fuel in 35 miles in either direction on the river.
“The covers protect boats from the elements, so owners don’t have to shrink wrap the boat for winter,” said Tom.
“This is the big thing the community of boaters is waiting for at the marina,” said Melodie. “The marina is built in a perfect way to protect the boats from big waves from river traffic.”
The couple has a lifelong love for the river and own a 40-foot Mainship boat with a sedan bridge over the top of the living quarters.
“My dad still owns a 38-foot Chris-Craft,” said Tom. “He went through a lot of wooden boats and is still a healthy old salt. We also have five adult kids who enjoy the festive environment of the river.”
“We are on the water three out of four weekends a month during the boating season,” said Melodie. “Lots of our friends will be coming to visit this marina.”
“We are going to make this place fun for boaters and for everyone,” Tom added.
Rivercrest is getting set for a big growth spurt.
“Shorty, our Dock Master, knows people up and down the river for 40 miles,” said Tom. “He gives absolute first class service. We are blessed to have Shorty. He came with the marina. He loves it more than he loves his own house.”
Baker came to the marina in 2011 after spending 20 years on the carnival circuit.
“I keep people smiling,” said Baker. “It makes my day to see people have a good time. What I like about the marina is doing people a good service. The people who come here are all super nice. It is a lot of work to keep up, but the benefits of working with these people are worth all the work you do during the week.”
Baker was worried if the marina would operate next season because of the silt issues. He said the new owners came in at the right time.
“I am excited that Tom and Melodie bought the marina,” Baker added. “They were a god send to me. They are super people. I couldn’t think of better people to work for.”
Tom feels the blessings flow both ways.
“We trust in Christ for all we do, and we hope this marina will be a blessing for the community,” he said.
In addition to the dredging, Baker said he is excited about other changes coming, especially connecting the docks to make it easier for boaters to visit other boats.
“Big things are coming,” he said.
Rivercrest is a full service marina located at the Ohio River mile marker 559. The marina accommodates vessels up to 90 feet and offers both covered and non-covered slips available for the year, the season or the weekend. New people signing up in the spring can pick their slip.

• For more information, email Tom Power at info@rivercrestmarina.us or visit: www.RivercrestMarina.us.

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