August 8, 2018

Harbormaster – August 2018

Hello to all at the club. I hope you’re enjoying your summer on the lake. First a heads up to all at the docks. The water level has dropped a little bit in the last month so if you are in a shallow dock you may want to go check your Keel and make sure you’re not on the bottom. Once again I’m asking anyone who is not using their dock for the season I still have a waiting list of new members wanting a dock. Anyone that needs work credits can contact me we still have plenty of odd jobs around the club that need to get done. Dennis Robertson (317)339-7371
July 2, 2018

Harbormaster – July 2018

I hope everyone is having fun out on their boat this summer. To the people that are waiting on slips – I have filled a few more empty slips so your seniority number has moved up and hopefully we can get you in by the end the season. July 7 we have our annual ECSE regatta and beach party. All boats parked around the kayak shed and gravel lot adjacent to it and the beach should have their boats moved by the July 6. I am also looking for volunteers to clean up the beach before the beach party please contact me if you’re interested. Dennis Robertson (317)-three three nine-7371
June 5, 2018

Harbormaster – June 2018

Sailing season is in full swing I hope everyone is enjoying their time on the water. I have noticed a lot of unused docks for this late in the season. The club has 14 new members on the slip waiting list so if you think you may not use this season it will rent immediately. If you are considering subleasing after July 1 we start to prorate the slip fee so you wouldn’t get your full season refund. Also, I still have lots of jobs (big and small) that need to be completed.  So help out your club and earn some work-credit hours.  please contact me if you are interested. Dennis Robertson (317)-three three nine-7371
May 7, 2018

HarborMaster May 2018

May is here time to get sailing. Trailer lot is open please put your trailer up there when you launch your boat. The power sprayer is down for the moment. If you need to wash your boat there is a gas powered sprayer in the power sprayer shed. The work lot has several boats parked there please remove them as soon as possible. I have several small and large jobs that need to be done at the docks. If you are interested and want work credits please contact me. Dennis Robertson (317)-three three nine-7371
April 6, 2018

Harbormaster – April 2018

It’s time of the year let’s go sailing. The Slip assignments have been completed and are available online.  Just CLICK HERE to access the website. Members should feel free to put your boats in your slip anytime you want. With the volume of boats in the club this year we have had several boats that are double parked. If you have parked someone in, please address this early in the season so that we all have access to our boats.  The grounds Committee is looking to do some work in the upper trailer farm, so please don’t move your trailer up until after May 1st. If they are able to get the lot work done earlier, they will list that the lot is open on the sign. Also, always be sure to check the conditions in the upper lot as you do not want to get your vehicle stuck in mud. This spring I will be addressing several boats on the property that belong to club members that have not been cleaned or drained of standing water in several years. These boats will be a priority for me this year. If you know someone that owns one of these boats please let them know that I will be contacting them. Your club stickers  should be in your possession as of now so please put them on your boat and trailer as soon as possible. Dennis Robertson – Harbormaster 317-three three nine -7371
March 5, 2018

Harbormaster – March 2018

Winter is halfway over and spring is almost here. As the weather warms I have noticed the club getting busier and busier every weekend it’s good to see a lot of familiar faces. With spring approaching so are spring rains.  Remember that if you have canoes kayaks or small boats near the water line and are not tied down they will float away when the water rises.        This year when launching or retrieving your Boat I would like to see the buddy system. I know all of you were capable sailors but we lost the capable sailor last year doing the exact same thing. Let’s talk Docks. If you were keeping your same slip assignment from last year you can put your boat in anytime you like. If you have put in for a change of slip please wait till your assigned your new slip before putting your boat in the slip. This year I will be focused on replacing bad boards on D dock. I am looking for a few good members to help out at the work party with replacing some of these boards.   If you were on A,B or C and have boards that are in dire need of replacement please let me know and I will try and get on them as soon as possible. Trailer parking lot will open around April 15 please refrain from placing your trailers up there before that date. If you need to get into the trailer parking lot for some reason please be careful it’s very muddy don’t get your vehicle stuck in the mud. Also in the upper trailer parking lot there are a few trailers and a boat on the trailer if you own one of these trailers or the boat or know someone that does please let them know that they will be removed from the property this year if not properly stickered. The work-lot by the harbormaster shed also needs to be emptied by April 15. This area is for people who wanna work on their boats or work on their trailers. It is not permit parking. If you need to put your boat in the work lot and work on it please let me know the dates that it’s going to be in there and there should be an end date at some point in time. Once again this lot  is NOT permanent parking.   Dennis Robertson Harbormaster
February 3, 2018

Harbormaster – February 2018

February is here the harbor and Lake are frozen and like a lot of people sailing is the last thing on your mind, but it’s always the first thing on my mind. You’ll be receiving your membership packets soon and I get a lot of questions about Docks assignments so her are some answers to your questions.   First and foremost slips are assigned based on seniority. If you already have a permanent Dock assignment and wish to be assigned a different dock please fill out your change of slip request and I will call you based on seniority and give you first choice on available slips at that time. For those of you who do not have a permanent dock assignment please fill out the slip request form and you will be assigned a slip based on seniority. I will do my best to get everyone in a slip that wants one.   With that said let’s talk about the 48 hour Docks. They are exactly that – 48 hour Docks. They are also for people that want to put the boat in the water for the weekend or for visitors during regatta weekends. I don’t mind boats sitting there a little bit longer than 48 hours but please don’t abuse this privilege. Just because they’re open don’t assume that they are available for the whole season. The 48 hour is not free unlimited parking. Also, as always, please remember to lock the gate when you leave. This is especially important during the winter season.   Dennis Robertson Harbormaster
February 3, 2018

Publicity – Grounds Committee – February 2018

The Following is a report from our Grounds Committee Chair Geoff Endris:   We are off to a great start for 2018.  We have two of our most important jobs filled.  Roger Knapp has volunteered to perform water testing on our well water again this year.  This is a very important task as it allows us to open up our restrooms for the year.  Jim & Sherry Weir have volunteered to take over bathroom cleaning duties – again a very important task. I sent out an email asking whether anyone wanted to join a volunteer committee to help plant and maintain the grounds flowers and other landscaping.  So far, I have one volunteer.  I am looking for 5-6 more to spread the workload out.  If you have a green thumb and want to help with the landscaping, please send me a note. The focus for January and February is getting our volunteers lined up and getting bids for the grounds landscape contractor.  The landscape contractor is responsible for the following items: Apply weed killer to keep weeds under control Mow lawn areas (upper shelter, hillside, shoreline, camp area, juniors area) Mow trailer field, partial weed trimming each month Trim bushes at main shelter and trailer lot Empty trash cans twice weekly Apply mulch to flower beds Water flower beds/pots Last year we used an outside contractor.  Prior to that, we used a landscape company owned by a club member.  If there are any club members who want to bid on the work, send me a note (grounds@ecsaill.org) and I will send you an official bid request for your bid response.  Bids will be due mid-February and the vendor will be approved at the March board meeting. We are getting ready for the Spring work party to be held on March 31st from 8:30 to noon.  Rain date is April 7th.  I have a number of projects lined up, so keep the first couple of weekends open.  Projects on the list include: ·       Install new LED security lights (5) ·       Install light switches & timers on security lights ·       Install a better rock barricade for septic macerator at main shelter ·       Build new firepit in campground are near the lower shelter ·       Install a concrete race shed floor ·       Repair the pump house electrical box ·       Install ropes on parking lot posts ·       Repair wiring under the Main shelter ·       Add flooring to race shed attic ·       Re-stain the Kayak deck ·       Install new rope lights for upper shelter stairs ·       Repair picnic tables ·       Paint PSC shed – Purdue students ·       Install a flagpole at the Purdue Race Shed These are all in addition to the normal Spring work party tasks of unstacking picnic tables, repairing picnic tables, raking leaves, painting sheds, and sprucing up the grounds.  You can see from the list that all of these projects will help make our club safer and more enjoyable.  If one of those projects sounds interesting to you and have the requisite skills and/or tools, please consider volunteering.  You will earn valuable work credits and the club will look much nicer for your efforts. The grounds committee will be making its “property walk” on March 10th to make a list of all repair, maintenance and capital projects for the year.  This may add to the projects list above and will help further define the work to be done on the Spring Work Party day. Geoff Endris Grounds Committee Chair