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
Hello Eagle Creekers, The first week of December is when we will be counting boats for Winter storage. Please contact myself or Dennis Robertson if you will be removing your boat for the Winter after the first week. Otherwise you will be charged storage fees. Concerning storage of your boat at our club, it is a very good idea to come out and check your boat especially after a rain or snow to see if your tarp cover is holding up. The Club is not responsible for your boat and it may save you money to check it. Of course, if we as the Harbormasters see any problems we will try to contact the affected member. With that said, if you are at the club and you see any problems with other members boat, please take down their “current” member number and contact one of the Harbormasters. The upper trailer lot will likely be expanded this spring. My idea is to expand to the West end and South toward the main road. We will get an estimate for having the old meadow restored to an easily mowed parking area. The trailer parking will be available in April now that the Parks Department has added the trailer storage area to our lease. Thanks to all the members who assisted in Dock board replacement this year, future dock board replacement should be at a minimum for next year. I do know there are several boards on D dock and on A dock still in need of repair Dennis and I are going to submit a bid to replace all the boards and stringers on L dock this coming Spring. The original construction was very frugal and we have been paying for it as that dock ages. It will be up to the board to allocate club funds for this upgrade and up to our great group of member-volunteers to do the work in one weekend. Regarding our Slips and the slip waiting list. We put over twenty boats into slips this year with about fifteen into permanent slips and about five into subleases. Remember to contact the Harbormaster Department before subleasing. Subleases must go through us or you may lose your slip entirely. The reason for this is that there is a “list” and all allocations of slips are based on your seniority (shown by your member number). At this point we have 7 or 8 new members waiting for a slip. If at some point you want a new slip then point that out in your membership document. Slips will be offered to members that are available and you can request what ever you want but we can only offer slips that become available. Timely responses to offers will be accepted, if you don’t respond to an offer you may be stuck in the same slip. The club slip list is going to be run like a real marina from now on so if you have any complaints please contact the Harbormaster Department or the Commodore.
Greetings ECSC sailors! Abandoned Boats Update The Harbormaster crew has been busy this summer purging abandoned boats from our property. Harbormaster Robertson is forming a wave of interested parties ready to wash the rest of the scars off of our shores. It is imperative to apply current ECSC stickers to your boat so that we do not consider it abandoned. If you have extra boats that you have not used in several years and you are interested in selling, we may be able to help you. Club Closing Work Party Mark your calendar for November 5th. That’s when we will meet at the club for our annual Club Closing Party. This is when we close up the club, rake up the leaves and trim the weeds before winter sets in. Be sure to bring your tools, rakes, leaf blowers and weed eaters. The work party starts at 8:30 am. We will have hot coffee and donuts. This is your last chance to earn those work credits. Rain out day is November 12th. End of Season Boat Parking Our last and extremely well attended sailing event is coming up in October. As usual parking is a problem for the Hornback Regatta and Saturday evening Chili Cookoff. In order to ease the parking problem the club has a rule that there is to be no parking of boats or trailers inside or around the outside of the parking corral until Sunday after the Regatta. Reserving your space by parking your extra car is not a solution to our parking dilemma. In the event an extra car (or truck) is found in or outside the corral it may be towed at the owner’s expense. Boat Parking Tips Winter storage for wet slip sailors may be accomplished by Angle parking along the beach. We have widened the road to allow for more boats to be angle parked close together. I would like to see about 1 foot of space between gunnels or fenders. We should be able to relocate some other unused boats to the tree line as the purge continues to make room for often sailed crafts. Please do not lock your trailer in the event it must be relocated. Call me if you are storing your boat on the property and need to find a spot. Finally, check your boat frequently throughout the Winter and for that matter, the whole year to prevent damage from water. Kenny Chapman Harbormaster