I would like to thank all of the volunteers who participated in the 5 slip work parties. The first 3 of the 5 had snow and sleet, downright nasty working conditions. The major accomplishment was replacing 4x4x 5foot with 4x6x8 foot wave board supports. Finishing the water supply lines on the north side of the horseshoe was also a major task accomplished. This may not seem like much, but the volunteers worked tirelessly on 5 separate occasions to save the club thousands of dollars. To all the members on the slip volunteer call list, thank you for not changing your phone numbers or blocking mine from your phones.
The next major project will be the permanent dock box brackets. Those who signed up for the brackets will be the first to be informed of the availability and price. Once installed, slip owners will no longer have to remove their dock boxes at the end of the season. Many of the slips will require a specially designed bracket to accommodate the electrical conduit and/or water pipe currently attached to the dock. Standard dock boxes are 24” deep by 48” wide, constructed of fiberglass which would require 2 brackets. Estimated prices are $25.00 to $30.00 each plus installation. Larger boxes made of other materials such as wood or steel may at some point need to be restricted because of weight, size or esthetic value. They will be evaluated on case by case bases and reviewed by the slip committee.
Safety is our number one priority. If your slip area has hazards, such as bad dock boards, missing ladders, etc. please report the problem in writing, describing the problem and send it to your dock captain or dock master. We have new slip tenants who are not familiar with the normal care and consideration we show to our fellow slip mates. Please be open to ask or answer any questions of a fellow member, there is no such thing as a stupid question.
Due to the low water, at the slip change meeting many deep draft boats were accommodated through the generosity of fellow members. Since the meetings there have been other openings which also helped accommodate additional requests. The water is up 10-12” over last years’ record low. This has given us a little breathing room. There may be a possibility we will need to raise the wave boards, if the water continues to rise, this may be good news for boats but bad news for the slip committee, as we may be calling on you to help raise them up.
As a member of the Milwaukee Sail and Power Squadron, I would like to inform you about a new automated radio check procedure for doing radio checks. As you all know you should check your radio each time you leave the dock. With the new automated radio check program all you need to do is tune your radio to channel 27 and do a radio check as you normally would. Your message will be repeated back to you letting you hear the clarity and volume of your radio transmission. This will help decrease the clutter on channel 16. The transmitter is located at SSYC and is sponsored by Sea Tow and the Milwaukee Sail and Power Squadron.
Again thanks to all the volunteers who gave of their time and talent to make our club the Harbor of Hospitality that it is.
Fair Winds and Calm Seas,
Slip Committee Chairman
Slip Work Party