Docks Officer - Dave Prince

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August 1 - Firstly, I'd like to thank our members for their condolences and support during my time of grief over the loss of my wonderful wife, Mary. 

Secondly, many thanks to those who filled in the Dock Officer’s duties during my absence in June, particularly Gord Watton.

Attention boating members: You'll be happy to know that: 

- after four seasons, our floating dock has finally been built and installed in Shark Alley (the north channel), and is available for your use as a platform to launch and haul out your paddle board, canoe, kayak, etc. Thanks to Dave Bowring and his team.

- Our pump-out and discharge piping has also been fully refurbished and repaired. Thank you to Brian Stewart and his crew. A new drain line, flapper valves, inlet and outlet coupler fittings, a new pump-out hose complete with a variety of deck fittings have been addressed.

CAUTION: Ensure your "head" is properly vented as the pump-out suction is enough to collapse your portable toilet.

Please follow the Instructions for Use found inside the pump cabinet lid. 

- our two mast cradles have been repaired and painted.

- continued dock equipment maintenance, repairs and amenity improvements are pending.
March 3 - Providing all CIYC boating members with improved Dock facilities (like services and improved amenities regardless of what slip a member is assigned) is one of the long-term Strategic Goals submitted by the Dock Officer. I recently embarked upon a road trip along the shoreline of Essex County to survey and photograph many of the sail clubs and marinas, from Leamington to Stoney Point. You may be happy to know the condition of docks, dockside services & amenities (let alone the grounds & general facilities) in many cases do not equal or even come close to what we enjoy at CIYC. There were a couple of locations, Colchester & Leamington, which had top notch accommodations that included floating docks and power pedestals that combine dock power, water and LED lighting features. It should be noted however, that in both cases, these marinas are public community/township owned and operated - paid for and supported by taxes and are not privately owned. The only private sail club observed that has facilities superior to ours was Southport, a much larger club.
With all that said, much was learned and the Dock Committee. Aside from addressing some immediate safety concerns, we anticipate initiating some short-term improvements this season, while developing and planning several significant and exciting longer term service and convenience amenities.
February 2 - We are a respectable Dock Committee of seven.

Aside from continuing successful annual events for our boating members (Launch, Haul-out, necessary maintenance, repairs and inspections of all associated equipment), we are optimistic in providing a number of improved safety & dockage features.
Number 1 priority is the repairs to docks that have been damaged from previous year’s ice that are on the cusp of being unsafe. We’re hoping for a good freeze to permit access to these damaged docks.

We will keep you posted on the latest Dock News as we progress

Dave P
Dock Officer
CIYC 2017
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