We are mid winter now with the end of January. In case you have not had a chance to visit your boat for a while, here are a few things you might check on.
1. Check the condition of your battery. It should be disconnected or on a maintenance charge. If it is not then this is the time to put a charger on it for a few days. 2. check your cover. High winds may have caused some lines to loosen or chafed your tarp. There is lots of winter left.
3. Check your blocking. With a long warm fall your boat may have sunk into the ground. Now that the frost is in it might be a good time to jack your boat back to level. There are always a few that have to dig holes for jacks in the soggy spring.
Here is an article that my Cousin David Peer wrote last year for the Martinon Club. This applies to RBC as well. Basically; if you want to keep something then remove it from the deck of your boat.
HURRICANE TIPS FOR SECURING YOUR BOAT
David Peer has provided us with the following list to help us prepare our boats for the upcoming Hurricane Dorian.
You might want to bookmark this blog for future reference.
The MYC mooring field will be potentially exposed to wind and waves coming straight down the Kennebecasis. The best advice is to seek shelter from wind and waves and ride out the storm in a secure location like Palmer’s Creek; but if you can’t…
Check that your mooring ropes are in good shape, well secured, and protected from chafing.
Take all loose items on the deck and store them below, or take them home.
Remove your bimini canvas; or at a minimum wrap the canvas up with rope securely so no canvas parts can flap around and get torn or damaged.
Remove your roller furled jib (If your jib gets unfurled it could demast the boat); at a minimum make sure the sheets are wrapped around the sail and then use a sail tie to tie around the sail so it is not depending on your roller reefing line to stay secure.
Check that all halyards are secure.
Remove your mainsail and cover; at a minimum secure your main and cover on the boom with rope at close regular intervals with half hitches around the boom and mast; don’t leave room for the wind to blow off your cover and potentially ruin your cover or mainsail.
Remove all burgees and flags.
Drop your dodger and remove the canvas.
Don’t forget to secure your dinghy ashore; tie your dinghy down to the rack.
Remember, during the height of the storm, it will be impossible to launch and recover a dinghy from the MYC and get to your boat safely. Good preparation is the best precaution against the wind and waves.
This is a notice that all new membership applications have been suspended for 2020. We are full!
Interested parties may still apply for our Wait List. We normally have turnover every year and we process applications from the Wait list in order of the date the application was received. New rates may apply.
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A Mooring Team schedule for 2020 has been e-mailed out to all members. Please review and ensure you are aware of when you are up. The teams are made up of (2) members, with at least one already experienced in operating the mooring mover. There are pre-determined dates, once per month, on Saturday mornings. Unless there is an emergency, this is when mooring work will be completed. Please confirm with Harbour Master prior to showing up for work, in case something may have changed.
Please check your e-mail for this schedule. If you haven’t received an e-mail, please notify firstname.lastname@example.org
Note : Members may request to use on their own (i.e. for bi-annual mooring inspection) but this still requires Harbour Master approval.
Bruce Herrington – Rear Commodore
Dana Nordstrom – Harbour Master
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Please be advised that, due to on-going physical distancing requirements from the Province, members will need to rig their moorings by themselves or with someone within their own ‘household bubble’. This will require more workboat trips than normal so please make plans to get this done sooner rather than later. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Harbour Master (Dana Nordstrom) or myself.
Due to the social distancing guidelines from the provincial and federal governments, the following restrictions are in place regarding the use of the Renforth Boat Club facilities. Please keep these in mind when planning any trips to the club.
Admittance of Members only for the express purpose of performing vessel maintenance
No grouping or socializing; vessel and/or property maintenance only
Work parties limited to maximum of (5) people
Maximum of (2) persons in clubhouse at any one time
Maximum of (1) person in outbuildings at any one time
2 meter distancing to be observed by members at all times, in all situations
Happy thanksgiving and that means it is time to wrap up the boating season.
The last of the boats for RBC storage are now on shore and that means it is time for all boats be hauled out and all moorings winterized. Check in the Member Section of the website and find winterizing mooring instructions. Please remember to ensure your mooring tag is secured to your top chain and cleaned off. These tags have proven to be essential to mooring identification and greatly improves spring launch. Should you need floating winter (yellow) rope, there is rope available. Record your name and length of rope on the form in the Heritage Building.
The deadline for mooring winterizing is Oct 20. At that time all temporary floats/buoys will be removed leaving just your floating line. YOU ARE RESPOSIBLE FOR YOUR MOORING.
The dock trailer is on the wharf and that means the docks will be hauled out sometime during the week as soon a the crane can be scheduled. Any dinghies left will have to be moved to the public wharf along with the workboat.
Once the docks are finished haulout and all floats/buoys are removed, the workboat will be hauled out and winterized. The deadline is Oct 20.
Consult the Harbourmaster or Rear Commodore should you have any questions or concerns.
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A General meeting of all members is scheduled for Tuesday Oct 15, 2019 at 7:30.
This meeting is the last general meeting of 2019 and a preliminary for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in January 2020. As such, the membership gets to inform the Executive on their wants and needs for 2020 and starts the budget (operating and capital) process that gets voted on at the AGM. This meeting also starts the nomination process for the 2020 Officers (Commodore, Vice Commodore, Rear Commodore, Secretary and Treasurer), also voted on at the AGM.
Please attend and share your ideas.
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Marine weather forecast this A.M. is as follows for Fundy:
Gale warning: Winds light increasing to 15 knots this evening and East to 20 knots overnight. Winds increasing to N.E. 35 Saturday morning to N.E. 45 knots on Saturday afternoon.
Waves: Today, tonight & Saturday- Seas 1 metre or less building to 1-2 m. Saturday morning and 3-4 m. by Noon Saturday.
morning: Winds N.E. / 25-35 kn. Diminishing to Westerly 15 kn. In the
The plan is to haul out the gallows , the workboat and reposition the tee-section of the dinghy docks to the South side of the wharf or lee-side beginning @ 4P.M. today. The remaining sections dinghy docks will be quite vulnerable in this projected gale and you would all be wise to consider taking your individual dinghies ashore and out of harm’s way until the weather subsides.