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.
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
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
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
Hello Eagle Creekers, We have a few big jobs ahead of us this Spring and hopefully they can get started at the club opening work-party. Below are three of the majors projects ahead of us. Re-decking of L dock (which is the 5′ wide section leading to D dock). Expansion of the trailer parking at the top of the hill to the West and South. A Grounds Committee project concerning dead Ash tree removal. Any and all help with these projects will be greatly appreciated and make the club more user friendly. Anyone with an unmarked dinghy or kayak at the club must remember to put current stickers on your boat. As I mentioned in last months article those unidentifiable boats will be going away this Spring. Don’t forget, during Winter you need to come out to the club on a regular basis to check on your boat. Many tarps get filled with snow/water or get blown off entirely. It is up to you to protect your property. One last thing, when coming out to the club in the Winter I would suggest locking the gate back up as you enter. This will keep unwanted guests from entering the club and shorten your time checking on your boat. Always lock the gate when leaving. Kenny Chapman Harbormaster
Hello Eagle Creekers, I hope all is well in your neck of the woods. All is well at the club and looks like everyone got a spot to park their boat for the Winter that wanted to stay. All boats have been counted and my list has been forwarded to Membership. Your dues must be paid before the end of February. Do not delay this payment as you may lose your wet slip or prospects for a wet slip. All payments must be post marked by the last day in February or sooner. If you are on the slip waiting list, please send membership a separate check for your prospective wet slip. In the event we are unable to lease you a slip, your check will be returned to you un-cashed. Concerning current stickers; I have noticed several boats and trailers were not outfitted with 2016 stickers this year. It is imperative to place your membership stickers on all of your boats and trailers. All boats with out proper stickers will be considered as abandoned boats. There are several lasers, sunfish and small dingys on site without any way of distinguishing ownership. These boats will be removed from the club by mid June if they are not identified by a current ECSC sticker. Please email Jane Schmidt or Christy Merriman if you need additional stickers. Many of our members have more than one boat, which is just fine, on the other hand if you simply never use your other boat(s) you are regarding our club as a never ending storage lot. As our membership expands it becomes increasingly hard to supply parking for new members wishing to dry sail or even keep their boat at the club for Winter storage. It may be time to sell any boat that is no longer used for the good of the club. This upcoming year, the grounds work will be headed up by a newly formed Grounds Committee (two officers and the Harbormaster department). The Chairman for the committee will be Mark Walker (our new Vice Commodore), Tom Moore (our Treasurer) and the Harbormaster Department (myself -Kenny Chapman and Dennis Robertson). All works will be planned out as much in advance as possible. These include work parties, lawn care, expanding trailer parking in the trailer lot, beach sand replenishment and expansion, construction of any kind (other than dock work). Weed eating the parking areas was finally addressed near the end of summer by several members willing to earn work credits. We actually have quite a few members that can be trusted to work on their own time and during scheduled work parties. One of my plans to present to the grounds committee is a way to expand the number of hours certain members will be able to work for the club without the need to waste our club’s money on contracted work. The basic plan is if you worked the full 15 work credits last year you will be allowed to work another 15 on projects for the grounds committee. Please remember to pay your dues on time and ask for membership stickers for all of your boats and trailers. Sailing season is just around the corner. Kenny Chapman and Dennis Robertson, Harbormasters