January 1, 2018

Harbormaster January 2018

Happy New Year Eagle Creekers. This New Years brings a new harbormaster to our beloved club. For those of you that don’t know me let me introduce myself. My name is Dennis Robertson and my assistant harbormaster for the 2018 season will be Jan Wishart. Jan and I are avid sailors/racers across many classes of boats. We have both enjoyed Eagle creek for many years, both as members of ECSC and as hobie sailors off of Hobie Beach. The harbormasters duty’s are many and we will work diligently to achieve what needs to be done. Now that winter is here and the club is  quiet and calm here are some things to remember. If you are leaving the club and you see no one else around please lock the gate.  During our winter season it is important to keep the gate locked when no-one is at the club EVEN during the day. We have no trash service over the winter please clean up after your self and keep the club clean for all to enjoy.  If you must leave trash at the club it is each members responsibility to put it in the large dumpster. A sailboat navigates through its world of wind and water not leaving a single trace of its passage. Nothing is consumed nothing is altered the winds and the water or left exactly the same condition for the next user.   Also Following this report is a report from the Grounds Committee.   Horbormaster Dennis Robertson GROUNDS COMMITTEE REPORT Last year was our first year with the newly formed Grounds Committee and I must say, it was a huge success.  The committee addressed a lot of maintenance issues that had been ignored for far too long.  Congratulations to Mark Walker, Tom Moore and Kenny Chapman for setting the bar pretty high.  Here is a list of what the Grounds Committee accomplished last year. Main Shelter Repaired several decayed posts supporting the main shelter deck. Regraded parking lot to funnel water away from deck support posts to reduce decay. Regraded the earth around the main shelter to reduce decay to the building siding. Repaired carpenter bee holes in the shelter supports and cross beams. Replaced decaying posts on main shelter stairway. Replaced rotten & broken steps on main shelter stairway. Added solar lighting to the main shelter stairway. Performed a thorough cleaning of walls, vents, etc in both restrooms. Reseated loose toilets. Main Grounds Added new LED security lights to the parking lot. Added additional sand to the ECSC beach. Added additional mulch to area surrounding the playground. New picnic tables built. Octagonal picnic table was repaired and repainted. Dead Ash trees removed and cut up for firewood. Additional rip rap added to shoreline to alleviate erosion due to high water levels. Lower Shelter Replace pea gravel floor with poured concrete. Replace rotted roof support posts. Removed unsightly masts stored in shelter rafters. Boat Ramp and Docks A-Dock was relocated to eliminate drop off on boat ramp. D-Dock frame was rebuilt, and new decking was added. What a list of accomplishments! This year’s Grounds Committee will consist of Geoff Endris (Chair), Tom Moore, and Dennis Robertson.  We have already started our list of projects for 2018.  We hope to keep the momentum going and get some much-needed repairs completed by the end of the year.  More on that to follow after we “walk the property” to make our list for the year.   The Grounds Committee  
October 6, 2017

Harbormaster – October 2017

Ahoy Creekers, this may be my last article as Harbormaster as  the incoming Commodore has another member in mind for the position. I have done my best to have our club run as a real Marina. If your boat borders the green space (grassy area) when it is on its trailer, please make sure it does not impede the guys cutting the grass, or I will have to move your boat. The water level has dropped about a foot in the past week.  There are some boats on C dock that are touching bottom. You can always check the water level at Eagle Creek Water Level. Also, remember that NO TRAILERS are to be parked in the car corral prior to the end of the Chili Cook-off (scheduled for OCT. 14th) Your current stickers on your boat are the only way I know that you have paid your dues? Under Indiana law if you belong to an organization like this and haven’t paid dues for six months, guess what, we now own your boat. I would suggest getting your stickers on as soon as you get them. Currently we have several members that refuse to put their current stickers on their boats and trailers. So I am going to submit to the board of directors a motion to fine all members without current stickers on boat and trailer a $100.00 fine. This fine will be multiplied by the last old sticker you have on your boat. Fines will be tallied as I do my usual accounting of boats stored at the club in the very beginning of December. If you get your stickers on by May or June you should be good. If you have any comments about  the work of the current Harbormaster  department, talk to members of your board of directors   Thanks,   Kenny Chapman
September 6, 2017

Harbormaster September 2017

Hello Creekers, I hope everyone is enjoying the sailing season so far.  We still have a few months of what will be great weather remaining before we must put our boats away for Winter so by all means come out and enjoy the club. Any questions about parking, different slips, Winter parking, 48 hour dock usage or any questions in general should be directed to myself (Kenny Chapman) or the other Harbormaster Dennis Robertson. We will gladly help you in any way we can. Last weekend we moved A dock back to it’s normal position on the ramp so there is little chance of getting you trailer stuck. I would however always try and launch or retrieve  your boat in the middle of the ramp as it is much closer to level in that area. I would also like to thank Mark Walker for helping Dennis and I in the moving of the dock. On another note, please try and be very carful with the equipment that the club provides. Especially at the pressure sprayer. The wand for the pressure sprayer was broken last week and I put a new one on it as soon as possible and sure enough the new one is bent already. The hose reel was ripped off the wall last week also (along with the one at the upper shelter) .  The reel by the pressure sprayer was recently replaced last year  so I’m pretty sure it wasn’t sun damaged. I put a new hose reel in place and I am kind of hoping it lasts more than a year. Please try to respect the equipment that our club provides. More club repairs and damage only lead to higher dues in the future. If any members have positive or negative comments about the work Dennis and I have done over the last two years please inform members of the board of directors.   Kenny Chapman
August 11, 2017

Harbormaster – August 2017

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June 30, 2017

Harbormaster July 2017

Good day to all Eagle Creekers, We have had many of these beautiful days (except for some rainy ones). As we are nearly halfway through the season, if you haven’t moved your trailer to the upper lot yet, it will be moved next week. We have a few more abandoned boats (dinghys) on the lot with no stickers and no way of owner ID. The purpose of the stickers is to determine ownership. it also makes sure your boat isn’t hauled off or sold. This is a real marina now and it isn’t a boat storage yard like it was for years. Any boat without stickers will be trashed or sold since we have no way of identifying the owner. If you have not paid dues in 6 months or more your boat becomes ours according to Indiana state law. Please address this issue if you have a non-stickered boat at the club because you may never see it again in a few weeks. Those of you that don’t feel the need to post your new stickers may find your boat in a new location and I may be calling you. Please follow these club rules and do not think for one minute that you can do as you please because it will not be tolerated. If you do not put the proper current stickers on your boat and trailer I will move your boat to the worst spot available in the club and lock it up until you work with the harbormasters according to club rules. All dry sailors will be afforded the best dry slips available as a real marina should do. The less you sail your boat the further East your boat is going to be positioned. Those of you with multiple boats should check on them on a monthly basis, any damage is your responsibility. As you head toward the pressure washer the dry slips on the left are for large boats with large rigs, please do not  put a small boat and trailer there because it will be moved. The dry slips on the right are for dry sailing dinghys. The dry slips further East are for smaller boats easily parked or just not used much. Again if you have questions with this plan please call me and I will explain it to you.
June 6, 2017

Harbormaster June 2017

Hello EC sailors, hope your season is working well for you. Most Harbormaster projects are complete but there are about 4 boards on the docks that still need to be replaced, three on D dock and one on A dock. please contact me if interested in some work credits. The L dock re-decking job turned out well, thank Dennis Robertson for his design and persistence in getting this greatly needed project completed with the help of some fantastic members. Any one interested in weed eating the sail boat parking lots  and up the main hill on either side please contact the Vice commodore, Treasurer or the Harbormaster dept.  This would be a grounds committee project where you can earn more than the normal 15 credits.  Follow this link for more info.   Kenny Chapman
May 5, 2017

Harbormaster May 2017

Happy sailing season Eagle Creekers, Please be reminded that all boats and trailers must be out of the car corral (and outside of it) before the mother’s day event. As our membership continues to increase, relocating your boat and trailer tends to be a problem as many boats have not resumed their place in a slip in the water. I will assist you in temporarily moving your boat if spots are available. Another solution to this dilemma is not parking your boat in or around the corral if you don’t plan on putting your boat in before May. Dennis and I still need some assistance finishing the re-decking of L dock. I know several of you “regulars” have worked all your work credits and the board is going to try to remedy that situation at the next board meeting. If you are willing to assist us in the completion of this project please call my self or Dennis to get hooked up with some work credits. Parking near greenspace is a small problem which I would like to discuss. I have widened the South and Eastern edges of the sailboat parking lots and would just like everyone to please not park any part of your boat in or over the grass. The Western edge must be in compliance also. The big problem occurs when anyone tries to cut the grass and can’t get to it due to a rudder or motor or just a hull becomes an obstacle. The Harbormaster department will be changing some places where some boat owners will be allowed to park their boats. This change will be implemented to allow dry sailors a more easily accessible location. This will be coming down the hill on the right and left. Boats left unused may be relocated to a storage like area dependent on use. As always call myself (Kenny Chapman) or Dennis Robertson if you need your boat moved on short notice. Several members are still willing to do moving for a small fee. Charlie Brehob still does moving and rigging. Ralph Merriman still does all kinds of boat work and moving. Greg Branham still does all kinds of boat work. (note: Greg has just rejoined ECSC and was an inactive member).   Kenny Chapman
April 3, 2017

Harbormaster – April 2017

Happy Trails Eagle Creekers, The first thing I have to say is STICKERS, STICKERS, STICKERS. Get those suckers on your boat and trailer right away so I don’t haul your boat off to the crusher. It is soon time to put your boat in the water and take your trailer up to the trailer lot. Just remember the lot hasn’t been bush hogged yet and we are going to be doing some expansion on the West side of the lot. Also the ground is soft this time of year so either wait a bit or just don’t slow down. It is ok to keep your Winter spot for your trailer a few more weeks until the ground dries up or the bush hogging is done. As many of you have noticed I did not set up a date for the work party to open up the club this year.  I hear April 1st. The Harbormaster work party always coincides with the club opening (which is set up by the caretaker) along with the Racing work party. Dennis and I will continue our work parties in April and work will be available on weekends until the dock is re-decked.    L dock, (the wide section going out to the octagon) is going to be completely re-decked. That is nine 16′ sections with the 1″ boards replaced with 2×8″ planks to resemble the other dock structures. Contact Dennis or me and come out and earn some work credits.  Another project through the grounds committee will be the expansion of the trailer lot at the top of the hill. I have yellow tape outlining the areas to be bush whacked. Colin Leatherbury will be in charge of this project and we have approval for this expansion from the park director. Work credits will be paid out for weed eating, chemical treating stumps, hand weed whacking and stuffing the wood chipper (after training from Colin). Again this project will continue until completion.   Anyone interested in helping remove about 6 ash trees notify myself or Colin Leatherbury. This project will take place near the end of May. Chainsaws will be needed to turn these trees into fire wood for the club. Kenny Chapman