This past weekend we began the process of de-winterizing our Cruising fleet. Despite rain and wind, we had a good turnout and a great Boat Manager meeting in the morning. It was a great way for me to meet Boat Managers and find out the needs of the fleet, as well as communicate some new policy and procedures.
The goal of Saturday was to check the safety equipment onboard the boats. Before our cruisers can leave the dock we must ensure that all of the boats have the basic USCG requirements onboard. Ultimately, we would like to have the Coast Guard Auxiliary come onboard and inspect all of our vessels. With their help, we can make sailing on DSC cruising boats safer and more enjoyable for all.
At the meeting we also discussed the slow migration of the cruising fleet to B-Dock. Some boats have moved already, and in the coming weeks the majority of the fleet will be transferred to “Cruisers Cove”. The end of A-Dock is being retrofitted this spring to have a large platform at the end of it for the access dinghies and to have space for youth programs. Ultimately this decision is based on safety, and having a purpose built dock for youth and accessible programs means we can operate at the highest standards. While at the same time keeping cruising boats and sailors together with the resources at hand to make their experience as enjoyable as possible.
With this change, we are intent on making “Cruisers Cove” the perfect location for the cruising fleet. The large platform where the Access Dinghies are now will provide perfect work surface, and there will be lockers placed on the dock for easy storage. In the mean time, there is a power outlet at the top of the ramp, and we will be able to run water hoses as well. There are also dollies in C-Container to help move equipment.
There were a lot of questions about who to talk to about maintenance items and parts ordering. Gary Page and I are available to answer questions or help with maintenance, order parts, and coordinate outside help. Please “cc” both of us on emails, that way there’s always someone in the loop. As far as ordering parts for projects; it takes time to get parts in, but by ordering through the office we can keep an eagle on the budget, source the best materials and use our industry partner discounts to get those materials at the best prices.
If you need parts or gear, please submit your project and materials to me (don’t forget to copy Gary Page) by Tuesday afternoon. This should give us ample time to source parts by the weekend.
Lastly, there is a call for people who are interested in being boat managers. Under the supervision of the DSC, Boat Managers are expected to:
1. Keep an accurate and up-to-date inventory of the boat and its’ equipment.
2. Keep an accurate and up-to-date list of repairs and maintenance tasks to be performed on the boat, and a log of all repair and maintenance tasks completed.
3. Maintain a list of potential improvements and/or additions to the boat and/or equipment that will enhance the safety, usability, and/or market value of the boat.
4. Participate in periodic discussions of the cruising program.
5. Manage the day-to-day maintenance of the boat, employing volunteers whenever feasible, and inform the Cruising Program Administration of any Cruising Credits earned.
6. Coordinate the purchasing of parts and equipment with the DSC Fleet Manager.
7. Provide boat orientations to those DSC Cruising Skippers aspiring to gain an
endorsement for the Boat Captain’s assigned boat and inform the Cruising Program Administration of the Skipper’s status.
8. Provide leadership and participate in educational activities related to boat care and maintenance such as work parties.
Being a Boat Manager is a great opportunity to learn more about the inside workings of a boat and you will have plenty of help and resources. If you would like to be a boat manager, please contact John King (firstname.lastname@example.org), Cruising Fleet Chair.
This was just the first of a series of Boat Manager meetings and Cruiser work parties. As we move forward, I would like to have more of them. I think they are a great way to share ideas, for crew to get to know each other, and have a good day outside with a great group of people!