Port Captain Report May 2018

Memorial Day Regatta is coming up soon, and I would like to request that those with boats and trailers in the center parking area get them moved to the back row along the west fence. If you plan to put your boat in before the regatta, there is no need to move it beforehand. But we do need the center island to be clear before the regatta to welcome our visiting sailors.

I would also like to request once more that as you use the floating docks, please check your hinge pins and hairpin clips. If a clip breaks, it can be replaced before the hinge pin falls out. The clips are a lot less expensive then the pins. Also look at the cross-members for the 3/8 hinge plates on Dock C. If they are cracked or missing, let Paul Stephens or myself know so we can address that issue before it becomes a problem. This year we are running a test on several fingers that have bolts and not hinge pin and hairpin clips. We will be watching to how well they hold up.

Port Captain Report April 2018

Looks like we are going to have another good water year. The Army Corps of Engineers has not open the gate this year and we are a little less than a foot above the curve and about a foot below having full pool. We are at about the same place as last year at this time. With a new storm hitting last weekend, things are looking good. The new D Dock is looking good, too. Many thanks to all the people that helped with assembly, floating, and mounting of hoops and fingers. 

Moorage has been assigned and bills will soon be arriving. You can find lists of names and moorage spots on the Port Captain Board by the Yot Pot. These are up-to-date as of the April 2. The website map is also current through the end of last month. Members are changing, moving, or adding new boats at a fast clip, so be patient if your requests are not immediately reflected. I will post a new moorage hard copy at the end of April. If you would like to move to a spot that you think is open, please send a request by the moorage request page on the website and I will contact you if it is open.

Port Captain Report March 2018

There are just a couple of days left to get your moorage request(s) to me. This year all moorage requests should be made online. You'll find instructions on the website. Requests are due by the March 18, so get yours done soon or risk losing your spot! If you have questions or are unable to make your request online, please contact me.

At this writing the lake fill is a little behind target. I am looking forward to a year with good water if we get a little more rain. The long range forecast is an inch below normal for March, so I see no reason to not believe that we will have full pool this year. Having said that, as of March 7,  we need 4.5 inches of rain for 60,430 acre feet of water and we are 58,500 acre feet to full pool. This takes in the fact that the warmer it gets, the more plants will start taking in water.

Port Captain Report February 2018

We have had little rain this year, and at this point are below the curve. Fortunately, the best rainfall to fill the lake comes in February, March, and April. It doesn't hurt to start those rain dances to get things going. There is very little snow in the mountain, and while we do not use snow melt to fill the lake, it is possible that the Army Corps of Engineers may draw on Fern Ridge to replace the water they usually get from Detroit Lake which is closed this year, so perhaps a snow dance is a good idea, too.

As you probably have already heard, it is time to get your Moorage Requests made for 2018. This year it is all online. Please see the email sent earlier this week or the article below for more details. Your moorage requests are due by the March 18. If you have any questions or are unable to register online, please contact me

Port Captain Report January 2018

It's time to start thinking about moorage. This year registration will still be on the EYC website, but it will be a little different. More details on that will be coming very soon.

This year we will have EYC stickers for all watercraft that do not need an ORnumber. It was no problem tracking the 2 or 3 kayaks and paddleboards we used to have moored at the club. But with the number increasing, we had to come up with a way for the poor Port Captain to keep track of all these new watercraft being moored on the grounds.

Port Captain Report November 2017

I will be checking and billing any boat that is on the grounds for winter storage soon. If your boat is on the grounds when I check you will be billed for the total winter storage. As I have done in the past,  I will be taking pictures of all boats on the grounds. There will be no prorating after EYC has billed.

If you park in the island, have your boat facing west and your name and OR numbers on the tongue of your trailer. That way I will not need to remove your cover to read your OR numbers. Ground rules require you to have your name on the tongue of your trailer.

Port Captain Report October 2017

It was great seeing all the help that we had on the removal of D dock last month. Many thanks to everyone who helped. We also need to remove the fingers from C dock before the lake is too low. Let me know if you can help. I can also be out in the middle of the week if that works for you.

As the season comes to a close, the issue of boats on the grounds arises. When I check boats on EYC grounds, I take picture of all of them there at the end of the year. This photo record is the basis for billing winter storage.

Port Captain Report September 2017

As the seasons is coming to a close there are several issues that have come to my attention that I'd like to bring to yours.

I will be checking and billing any boat that is on the grounds for winter storage in the first two weeks of November. If your boat is on the grounds when I check, you will be billed for the total winter storage. There will be no prorating after billing. If your boat is on the grounds when I do the counts, it will be billed. So if I check on Saturday and you remove on Sunday you will still be billed for winter storage. (Check Article V, Section 4 of the EYC Bylaws)

Port Captain Report June 2017

As you are using your boat this season, please look at the hoops, hinge pins, hinges, and tie-bars for the hinges and if you see cracks or other item that need attention please take care of them. On C and D dock look under the mats that cover the hinge points and the small hinges. 

If making repairs is above your skill or comfort level, please contact John Mahoney or Paul Stephens, or you can email me and I will forward your message to John or Paul.

Port Captain Report May 2017

We have regattas coming up which means it's time for everyone to get their boats out of the center parking area. If you are not planning to put your boat in the next couple of weekends, please move it to the back row along the fence on the west side of the grounds. This will open up the center parking area and give the club a more yacht-friendly look.