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  
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.