Jib Crane is Regatta Ready

Thanks to David Meek for supplying (and operating) the equipment to take down and then re-install the water side mast crane.

Thanks to Randall Massey for rebuilding the crane hardware and reworking the crane hardware on short notice.

And thanks to James Hankins, John Lusk, Jon Pomeroy, John Finks, Mark Blanchard, and David Patterson for the help on the ground.

Successful operation—ready for the Regatta!!!

James even went for a climb on the tower afterwards, to prove it was firmly attached (and to remove the temporary lifting straps).

 

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Image courtesy of John Lusk

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It’s killdeer nesting season!

A few gentle reminders from our Harbor Master and Resident Naturalist, John Lusk:
  • Nesting season has started. Remember that Killdeer plovers nest on the ground in shallow depressions, often in areas with a lot of rocks (like along our roadways and in the dry storage area). Please exercise caution when walking or driving the grounds in the next few weeks.
  • Killdeer are protected by federal and state laws, as are all birds.
  • Club grounds include Corps land in a natural state. The Board and many club members support a policy of peaceful coexistence with all the wildlife, including snakes and turtles.
  • Dogs off-leash can harass or injure the Killdeer, most especially the eggs and juveniles who are more vulnerable; please control your dogs.

Thanks for helping keep our club a habitat in which we can enjoy the overwhelming beauty of nature.

Chizzywinks: A Naturalist Report from John Lusk

From DCYC’s Naturalist, John Lusk, on the flies: You’ve seen them. Here is what they are.

  • Common names include:  lake flies, bay flies, sand flies, muckleheads,  muffleheadsCanadian soldiers, American soldiers, blind mosquitoes, and chizzywinks.
  • The are not mosquitoes
  • Known as one of the indicator organisms
  • Larvae and pupae serve as important food sources for fish

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chironomidae

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Dock Update per the Harbor Master

Boat moving and re-locations have stabilized for now. If you have a boat in the water, you should find it in your regular slip or in a borrowed slip or still on a mooring.
CHECK ON YOUR BOAT
Expecting rain in coming week.
Ramps to docks have been installed permanently.
New dock 4 and dock 5 install starts at end of March. Be prepared for club disruption like before.
Fire extinguishers, safety ladders and throw lines coming soon.


Time to clear Dock 4

ATTENTION ALL BOAT OWNERS: 

All boats have been moved off of Dock 4, to prepare for the removal and demolition before March.

1)  If you own a slip on Docks 1, 2 or 3—your boat is in its new home or is still on a mooring buoy. If not, contact the Harbormaster by email.

2)  If you own a slip on Docks 4 or 5—your boat is likely on Docks 1-3 in other slips or still on a mooring buoy.

All boat owners—please check your boat and make sure it is secured in place.

3)  What remains on Dock 4 is dock boxes, hoists, extension cords, chains for dock lines, etc.  These need to be removed immediately, as the destruction of dock 4 is ongoing.

4)  Dock lines—the club purchased 3 strand nylon line in bulk, for dock lines to help with the move.  The Harbormaster will be taking a “census” of the dock lines in a few weeks.  If your boat is “home” in the final slip location and you continue to use these lines, there will be a one-time charge to members of $35 to recover the actual cost of the line (approx 100 ft of line per boat). Boats in temporary homes are not involved at this time.   Feel free to “buy” the line this way or replace it with your own dock lines.  Returned club dock lines can be coiled and left for the Harbormaster at a common location.

Thank you,
John Lusk
DCYC Harbor Master


 

Docks 1, 2 and 3 are now in place. Boats are moving in……


All three docks are now in place and they look and feel great, based on many member comments.

There are slight adjustments in the slip assignments, due to dock design and to clean up of the numbering system.

Check your new slip number here, at the Members Only page (login required).

http://dcyc.org/Members_Only

You may now move into your new slip, if you have a slip on the first three.  Either use your own dock lines or prepare to pay the no-profit cost of our club-purchased lines. Cost of these 1/2″ 3 strand nylon lines are $0.35/ft ($0.42/ft for new 5/8″ rope).  Dock savvy folks will realize that this is cheaper than pre-made commercial dock lines. Important note — the connections are lines only.  There are no chains, shackles, chafe gear or other improvements.  While sturdy, these lines should be considered temporary. Please check on and improve your boat soon.

If your boat has been slipped on Dock 4 or Dock 5, it may be moved to unused slips on Docks 1-3 at any time.  This is to enable the demolition of the old docks.

There are exceptions for boats normally docked on the south side of Dock 1.  Contact the Harbormaster if there are questions.

Docks 4 and 5 will be installed in April.


 

Update on the Dock Construction

Construction of Dock 3 is nearly complete. It will join its brothers Dock 1 and Dock 2 within days.

The harbor focus will now change to:

  • more demolition of old docks
  • preparing for electrical and water outlets on all docks
  • preparing for the installation of Dock 4 and Dock 5. Recall that the installation is scheduled for late March.

When (not if) the water level reaches 524′, we can complete the attachment to the lakewall and addition of ramps. Projected at Feb 10-20 timeframe.


 

Update on Dock Reconstruction

Dock 1 has been constructed and moved into place. The MDI team is finishing the surfaces and cleats now. The dock should be open to members before noon Saturday. The use of or walking on the dock is prohibited until the construction company has released it to DCYC.
Then we can all look it over and eagerly wait for its sisters to join it. Dock 2 assembly starts next.

Main paths around the club remain a workzone.  Please be careful and avoid blocking construction equipment access.


UPDATE:

Need a little morning exercise?  Want to see the new dock 1 at the club?
We need a handful of volunteers to come out Sat morning on a couple items.
*  start about 10:00, after it warms up a little bit.  Forecast is cold and windy.
*  wear work gloves and shoes that can get a little muddy.
1)  dumpster load
*  throw all wood pieces into the adjacent dumpster.
*  save any pieces with usable cleats for removal and re-use.
*  old worn rope pieces can go in too.  Don’t grab any of the dock constructor’s lines near their work box.
*  no metal pieces unless they are smaller than a foot long.
*  no pieces of hoists or other valuable items.  Not sure – leave it.
*  walk the demo area looking for trash to dispose of after all done.
2)    move any stray black floats back up their storage area behind the first row of boats.
*  if you are a math lover, try to calculate the approximate number of floats in the storage area and respond back to me.  Need one volunteer to ramrod this little item.
Thanks in advance,
John

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Dock 1, image courtesy of John Lusk

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Dock 1, image courtesy of John Lusk


DCYC Policy for Water in Boats

Attention all boat owners — 

North Texas received more than 10 inches of rain in the last 5 days.

The lake is up 7.5 feet from last week and may go up some more.  Many boats in the harbor and on shore are holding rainwater and/or leakage from the lake.  

YOU are responsible for pumping or removing the water, maintaining bilge pumps, checking dock lines, etc for your boat(s).

If the club employees or volunteers must pump out a boat or reset the dock lines, there WILL be charges added to your monthly bill. The details are covered in the Club Rules.  The charges escalate with multiple pump-outs.

Questions can be directed to John Lusk, only if necessary.  Ferry boat access to the docks 4 and 5 is  limited and needs to be pre-scheduled for afternoons.


 

Per the Harbor Master

Dock 5 is finished, toast, done for, hasta la vista, as in: we need to get it unloaded STAT.

The mud poles are holding it okay at the moment, but more of the welds are broken down through the spine.  We stabilized it some yesterday by removing the front portion and securing it against the seawall. Previously, it was swinging back and forth into boats boats on Dock 4 (mostly mine) and boats on Dock 6.  We also tied anchors to it to help hold it in place, but time is limited.  We need to unload the dock boxes and the 8 boat lifts from the dock, as well as get as many of those boats onto their trailers or put them on mooring balls.

To help with the removal of the boat lifts on Dock 5, we will be out there several times thru the middle of December with a portable generator to provide temporary power, so that the slip owner can get their lifts raised and removed.  We need to try to finish this by December 12th or 19th at the very latest.

We also recovered the gang planks on pseudo Dock 1, and Dock 5.  There is some additional work to do on those, but I’ll take care of it after the Circuit Stop at Canyon Lake.

Power will only be available on Dock 6 until after the new docks are in.  The power cable on pseudo Dock 1 has been damaged and is no longer safe to use.

Fleet 163 survived fairly well, with the exception of Lady Outlaw.  She is the J/24 that appeared several times on WFAA.  The boat is back on the trailer, but has a broken rudder (easy to replace) and needs some repair on the inside lazarettes.

When the lake rises another foot or so, it will probably be time to start removing trash cans, picnic tables, etc. from the lower area in front of the docks.

I would also strongly recommend that Dock 4 slip owners start getting their dock boxes unloaded and removed from the docks.

Thanks,
Tim


 

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Images courtesy of Tim Johnson, Harbor Master


Report from incoming Harbor Master, John Lusk

Tim J and I got to club in morning darkness. We made an “executive decision” to get a crane and luckily Davis had one. The crane arrived at 9:30 and left at 3:00. Lifted 10 or 11 boats and got them  to safety with no issue. Thanks to all volunteers, especially Tim Kraft for hooking boats and directing crane efficiently.
National Weather Service says EF1 tornado came through us.