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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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