Frequently asked questions by new members of the Renforth Boat Club.
1. How do I get a mooring?
Contact the Harbourmaster. See RBC Contacts
2. Can I put in my own mooring?
Yes. Check out DIY Mooring at DIY mooring.
3. Does the club maintain the moorings?
Yes, but normally members maintain their own mooring. Request from the Harbourmaster. If the Harbour crew does agree to the work, charges will apply. Check with the Harbourmaster. The member is ultimately responsible for their mooring, mooring lines as well as their boat.
4. If I buy a mooring through the club who is responsible?
The member is ultimately responsible for their mooring, mooring lines as well as their boat.
5. What happens to my mooring when I leave the club?
The club may purchase your mooring.
More information on questions 1-5 are covered in the Facilities>Harbour section, The RBC Harbourmaster is responsible for all mooring arrangements. Members wishing to purchase a new mooring through the club should see the Harbourmaster for details of purchase and sale, The Club has mooring maintenance facilities available to members to be used in relocating or maintaining their moorings. Check RBC Facilities
6. Does the club have guest moorings, cruising moorings and, if so, where are they located?
The Harbour crew maintains club moorings in Renforth Cove as well as on the Kennebecasis River for use by club members on a first come first served basis. See Mooring locations in Renforth Cove. Also River moorings
7. Who owns the wharf? What privileges does RBC Members have with wharf usage and what are the rules of etiquette?
The Renforth wharf is owned by the Town of Rothesay and is open year round for use by the public for swimming, boating and fishing (including ice fishing). The Wharf may get very busy during peak months and access, parking and space is limited. Overflow is accommodated at the Bill Maguire Centre and Ball Park.
There is a single lane boat ramp with a floating dock. Common courtesy dictates that boaters use the wharf only for loading and unloading passengers or for emergency repairs. Members are asked not to use the wharf as a personal dock. The Town signage limits dock usage as well as vehicle use.
RBC uses the Renforth Wharf for crane launches and haulout and, with the Town of Rothesay’s cooperation, limits access during this time.
8. Where do I keep my tender?
Tenders belonging to members can be kept on the beach in front of the club. Oars and outboard motors should be removed to prevent unauthorized use. During the main part of the season a Dinghy dock is avaiable for tenders that are used on a regular basis. If you do not plan to use your tender at least once a week, please remove it from the water. In case of a storm, please check your tender.
9. What should be done with garbage, waste fuels and oil, antifreeze, maintenance materials such as paint and anti-fouling materials?
As a result of environmental issues and insurance requirements, combustible products (including gasoline and propane) hazardous wastes (such as engine oil, antifreeze contaminated fuel and paint products) must be removed immediately and disposed of by the boat owner.
Regular garbage from your boat should be bagged and placed in the green cart near the main clubhouse entrance. Alternatively it may be just as convenient to bring it home for the usual disposal.
10. Where should I put my outboard engine, gas, oars etc?
Outboard engines that do not contain gasoline, as well as oars, may be stored in our utility building, known as Heritage House, for security. The Renforth Boat Club does not have insurance that protects the private property of its members. Combustibles are not to be stored inside the Heritage House or the main Clubhouse.
11. What is the policy for arranging a private function at the Clubhouse? What are the rules for parties
The present policy is that you must book it through the house Committee Chair. There is a nominal fee to defray the cost of replenishing supplies. However it is not available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings during June, July and August.
12. What work is expected of me?
As explained in the club application form, all work is performed by memberss volunteers. At the beginning of each year the executive make up a duty roster for club clean up and posts it in the clubhouse. At the same time a schedule is made for social functions. The hosts for these events will be contacted and an explanation will be given as to what is expected.
Additionally, during the year volunteers are required to maintain the buildings, yard and equipment. You are expected to help out with these projects. Members who do not volunteer may be assessed $100 at the end of the year. It is your responsibility to prove that you have helped out.
13. At times I may have various questions with regard to the harbour, yard, etc. Who should I see?
You are encouraged to talk to the chairperson of the appropriate committee. Most members are anxious to help you and try to answer all your questions, however at times it may be more prudent to speak with the person responsible as he may have more up-to-date information.
14. What about refreshments?
The club supplies them on the premises for member use. These are purchased on THE HONOUR SYSTEM. Members are expected to check off their purchases on the list provided. The Treasurer oversees financial controls and provides all billings (statements, invoices and receipts). These are posted in the clubhouse each month. Invoices are required to be paid upon invoicing.
15. How do I pay? This refreshment account is integrated with all other charges you may make. Who should I make the cheque out to?
All cheques should be made out to Renforth Boat Club Ltd. and properly identified what the funds are for.
16. Speaking of cheques who should I give these cheques to? What is the best way to get the cheques to the Treasurer?
There is a secure drop box outside the clubhouse door. Or inside the clubhouse in the wooden slot on the bulletin board, made for that purpose. The Treasurer obtains these payments on a regular basis, minimally weekly.
17. Where do I get my keys?
Keys are handled by the membership chair and issued following payment of new members’ dues. There is a deposit required.
18. Do you have a schedule of fees or rates for services offered?
- Yes. A Rate Chart/Schedule is approved at the AGM every January and is maintained by the Treasurer. The Rate Chart is in effect for that calendar/fiscal year. Here is the latest Rate Chart RBC Rates 2017-2
19. How much storage room is there for power boats, sailboats?
Check out Boat Yard. Space is limited. The Vice Commodore together with the Rail and Yard Chairs manage the storage facilities. Direct you questions to the Vice Commodore. Check RBC Contacts and RBC Executive
20. Who can attend Boat Club meetings and when are they held?
All members are encouraged to attend any meetings – executive or general. Meetings are held every third Tuesday of the month at the Clubhouse. Check .
21. Do you have any organized races or boat cruises?
Boat races and cruises are determined on an interest basis. Updates will be made available through a newsletter.
22. How do I obtain a club Burgee and what is its cost?
A Burgee is included in our “Welcome Kit” as per the Initiation fee. Replacement burgees can be obtained from the Refreshment Chair Chairman.
23. What are the overall rules of the Renforth Boat Club?
See Constitution and by-laws at Constitution and Bylaws.
24. Winter Mooring Preps
The Harbour Committee suggests that each member take a new GPS reading on their mooring. If they don’t have access to a GPS, we recommend they take a couple of compass bearings from their mooring to a point on land and record these bearings. It is strongly recommended that members do not leave plastic jugs or buoys of any kind on their mooring as these will usually get crushed by the ice and sink.
Moorings are a valuable investment. Should a member lose their mooring, it is the member who will have to pay for a search by a diver, or in the worst case, the replacement of the mooring. A little bit of attention in the fall can save a big headache in the spring.
A fool proof fast safe way is to use two separate floating ropes one with float, one without, put a GPS with that or a fix and yours wll still there next year.
Reminder: All members are required to sign the Evergreen Contract. As well you will need to show proof of liability insurance carried on your boat.
Prepared in 2008 by: Phil Allison, Derek Ingleton, Bernie Moore.
Edited by Eric Phinney. March 2016.
Updated February 2017.