Port Captain Report July 2019

Here we are at the last month that this year’s work party hours can be performed for 2019. There are a couple of projects that need to be done. Please contact Paul Stephens or Marji Clune for the list. Also remember that you need to keep the grass under control (mowed) under your boat/trailer. With the dry weather that we are having after the rains and projected into the future we need to be proactive about the long grass and weeds.

If you are using someone else’s slip, remember to contact that person before mooring your boat. There are several slips on E Dock that can be used, but if the slip has mooring line, someone is all ready using that slip. I know that this is an obvious statement, but it is just a reminder.   

Port Captain Report June 2019

Just a reminder to all trailer moorage holders to make sure that a copy of your keys are with the emergency keys box that Rich Aaring keeps in his possession. Rich, two trailer committee members, and I have finished the trailer walk-through to make sure that each trailer has a 10lb Fire extinguisher and working smoke alarm (see moorage rule 17, page 55 in the 2019 Member Handbook) and that no extension cords are inappropriately on trailer decks. (moorage rule 17.e). Trailer committee members Ken Martinson and Randy Smith were also checking that all the trailers had backflow preventers on the water systems and checking the general conditions of the trailers. They will be creating a report of the Board of their findings and contacting any owners with noted issues.

I believe I have taken care of all the issues with moorage but if I have missed any, please contact me. Moorage on the moorage board at the Yot Pot will be updated June 22, so please check after that date. Also be aware that I will be out checking for current OR registration on the Laser rack as we are receiving many requests for slips by the water. If you do not have current OR on your watercraft it will be moved to the new back rack. I am doing this as you are not using you watercraft and are using a slip of high value (see moorage rule 11:a). So if you do not wish to lose your Laser rack moorage, then get current OR numbers ASAP. I have had several people send me scans of the temporary registration and that will work. At this time there are several watercraft without current registration in the rack.

For all members with wet moorage you will see that there are new numbers that do not coincide with the map on the moorage board. This will be changing and is the reason that the last updated moorage posting is taking longer than normal. I will be fixing all of the current moorage locations with the new numbering system. I would like to thank Gary Powell for his hard work renumbering all of the docks.

Port Captain Report May 2019

The Memorial Day Regatta is coming up and I would like to request that everyone with a boat in the center parking area to get it moved in time for this regatta. If you were not planning to put your boat this weekend, please move it to the back row along the fence on the west side of the grounds.

As we move into the summer months, keep the area around your boat clean and cut the grass. This includes any and all boats on the back lot. Look for and pick up the little bits of trash that may blow into your area. If we all just pick up the little bit then no one has to pick up a lot. And it only takes a second for all of us to pick up one item and throw it away. Remember to take your empty cans and bottles home or to the recycling station next to the clubhouse.

Port Captain Report April 2019

Moorage billing is now with EYC’s bookkeeper, Larisa Worthington and you have probably received a statement by now. The list of names and moorage spots are on the Port Captain Board by the Yot Pot. These are up-to-date as of April 2. The website map is not yet updated, but will be soon. Members are changing, or moving, or adding new boat moorage at a fast clip. 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 using the moorage request button on the website and I will post them in my database and contact you if it is open.

If you talk to me about moorage at the club and I ask you to send me an email about that conversation, remember that your email is necessary to make any changes. I do not keep my computer and database with me, and the database needs to be updated before it becomes a permanent record. I may not remember when someone else asks me for that same spot. Again, go to the website and make a request for a moorage change.

If you have moorage billing issues, please contact me before Larisa. She is only doing what I ask her to do. For service charges and other issues, please read and understand the billing process that are stated in the Member Handbook (available online in the Members Area) before contacting Larisa.

Port Captain Report March 2019

You have a week or less to get your moorage request in. They are due by Sunday, March 17. I have only received 50% of the moorage request for the current year, which means that new members who are seeking moorage may be very pleased with their moorage assignments thanks to the fact that you neglected to get your moorage request in by the deadline.

At this writing, the fill for the lake is ahead of target. I am looking forward to a year with good water. We just need to get a little more rain and have the Army Corps of Engineers hold the water level to be in great shape. The long-range forecast is three inches of rain above average for March and one inch above average for April, so I see no reason to not believe that we will have full pool this year.

Port Captain Report February 2019

Not sure if you’ve noticed, but we have had some rain this year. At this point, we are above the fill curve. Our best rain months for filling the lake are February, March, and April, so let’s keep doing those rain dances as there is very little snow in the mountain. While it’s true that we do not use snow melt to fill the lake, we could end up with a early draw down like last year to replace the lost of upper lakes waters for the salmon migration.

Please get your moorage requests filled out. The deadline is March 17. Once again it’s all online on the club website. Please be aware of these aspects when making your requests.

Port Captain Report January 2019

It’s that time of year again. Time to get your Moorage Request Form filled out and submitted. The whole process happens online on the EYC website.

Moorage Requests are due by the March 17. If you did not pay for your wet moorage but only for storage last year you will see that your moorage spot will be row J on the moorage map on the website. If this is the case, you will need to complete a Moorage Request Form and you will be added to the list of new moorage for this year. If you are a new member requesting moorage you will need to file out a Moorage Request Form for New Moorage.

We have EYC stickers for all watercraft that do not need an OR number. This is our way of tracking the increasing number of kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, and rowing skiffs members are using at EYC. If you do not have OR numbers on your watercraft (paddleboards, kayaks, and/or canoes) then you will need to get an moorage sticker, which you can do by contacting me directly. The sticker is an EYC burgee with a number in the center which must be affixed to the watercraft on the bow on top or on the starboard side at the bow. If a watercraft does not have a moorage sticker and the Port Captain finds said watercraft he will lock it up and then you will need to deal with said Port Captain to retrieve your board, boat, or whatever. And remember that I may not be at the club when you would like to use your watercraft, so it might be a day or more before you can get access.

There is a red kayak in the rack in the space that belongs to the Gerot’s . It did have a paddle with it but did not have an EYC sticker on it. The paddle is now in my safe keeping. If you would like it back please contact me and get your sticker for the watercraft.

 Also in the newsletter is a notice about Trailer Space #30 that is now available.

Port Captain Report November 2018

I will be checking and billing any boat that is on the grounds for winter storage in the next week or two. If your boat is on the grounds when I check you will be billed for the total winter storage. As in the past I am 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 (this is an EYC Grounds Rule). That way I will not need to remove your cover to read your OR numbers. This is a big issue with the catamarans. Remember to cover your boat to keep it dry and safe. Make sure your name an OR numbers are on your trailer so I do not have to mess up your cover.

If you have sold your boat to a member and have not contacted me, you will be billed for the storage to the boat. Please send me an email telling me that have sold your boat, and who the new owner is.

Starting in January, or maybe a little sooner, we will start sailing Radio-controlled one meters at Golden Ponds in the Bethel area. If you are interested in joining our group or have questions, please contact me by email.

Be sure to check your docks and fingers to make sure that everything is still okay. It is a lot easier to do when the water is out. Also, you may find that pair of pliers that you thought you had donated to the water god. I can tell you he does not know how to take care of your tools.

 And finally, Trailer Moorage #33 will go to Mary Van Cura and Rick Hill.

Port Captain Report October 2018

I will be checking and billing any boat that is on the grounds for winter storage in the first two weeks of November. I take pictures of all the boats on the grounds at the end of year. 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 EYC has billed.

Everyone that is keeping a boats (or boats) on the grounds, please be sure that your name and OR numbers are on the trailer as this helps in the checking of boats. Also please orient boats in the center island facing west and those along the fence facing east.

When the lake drains, we will need to remove the old broken parts of C Dock and we will be driving piles for the youth dock. So please do not park boats on the area by the fuel tank as we need to get at the piles that are stored there when the driving starts.

 When we receive the hardware for the new docks this winter, then the real fun will start. Hope to see you at a work party then!

Port Captain Report September 2018

As the season comes to a close, there are several issues that have come to my attention. Please read through all these to see what might apply to you as things wind up for the sailing year.

  1. If you have not cleaned up under your boat, please do so. This includes picking up all plastic and metal bottle caps. Cut the grass and clean up any weeds that may become trees over the winter.

  2. I will be checking and billing any boats that are 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. Even if I check on Saturday and you remove your boat on Sunday, you will be billed for winter storage. Refer to the by-laws Article V, section 4 for more information.

  3. If you are planning to store your boat on the grounds this winter, please store boats on the island with bows facing west and store boats on the back fence with bows facing east. Your name and OR numbers should be on your trailer. This keeps me from removing any part of your cover to check the OR numbers on the boat. I have the most problems with catamarans, so if you like the way you cover your boat and don’t want me messing it up, be sure to have your OR number on the tongue of your trailer. I will remove the cover to find OR numbers, and if it is raining I may not replace it.

  4. For wet-moorage holders, take some time to think about any issues with your slip and contact me about what might need to be addressed. It’s much easier to deal with issues while the water is out. Please remove the spacer boards that cover the dock-to-slip gap. Secure to your slip as they sometimes get removed when the weather is bad. Check the dock pins and hairpin clips that attach the slips to the docks. Look at the tie bars that hold the hinges together. If anything is broken or looks cracked, please tell Paul Stephens, or myself so we can get it repaired before winter storms blow in. Check the hoops around your boat for any defects.

  5. As you may have heard, we have Corps approval to install the Youth dock and move the Zuma dock. We are receiving the piles and will be placing the orders for the dock hardware and lumber soon. So stay tune for more fun-filled work parties this winter

Port Captain Report August 2018

Here we are in August, and I'm happy to say that the lake is in great shape, just like last year.

We need to remove a section of Dock C and repair and increase the dock section length of 60 feet this fall. We are getting piles ready to drive. I just received the invoice for the pipe and am setting up a time to receive them at the club.

We also plan to clean up the lake bottom to help the last of the concrete floating dock hold together for several more years. This needs to be done before the lake drops. We cannot leave the section on the ramp, as we need to have it open to drive the piles for the new youth dock. There will be a work party on September 29, so please come out to help if you can.

Port Captain Report July 2018

Here we are at the last month that this year's work party hours can be performed for 2018. There are a couple of projects that need to be done. Please contact Paul Stephens, Bob Pritchard, or Marji Clune for the list. Also remember that you need to keep the grass under control (mowed) under your boat/trailer. With the dry weather that we are having and projected into the future we need to be proactive about the long grass and weeds.

Please remember if you are using someone else’s slip to contact that person before mooring your boat. There are several slips on E-dock that can be used, but if the slip has mooring line someone is already using that slip. I know that this is an obvious statement—it is just a reminder.    

Port Captain Report June 2018

I believe that I have taken care of all moorage issues, but if I have missed any, please contact me. You can check your moorage on the website or on the moorage board at the Yot Pot.

Also be aware that I will be checking for current OR registration on the laser rack as we are receiving so many requests for slips by the water. If your registration is not current, your watercraft will be moved to the new back rack. I have several people that would like to have a moorage in the laser rack who have current registration and who are regularly out sailing their boats. This will make the best use of these slips with highly prized locations (see Moorage Rule 11a). So if you do not wish to lose your laser rack moorage, then get current OR numbers. I have had several people send me scans of the temporary registration and that will work. At this time there are 12 watercraft without current registration in the rack. 

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.