Harbourmaster's Jottings Nigel Knowles
Have you "winterised" your boat yet? For the intrepid few (-
In today's era of "extreme weather events" high winds that are capable of lifting
boats off their trailers are not unknown (my own Laser -
We have also known the river to rise above the bank to a height that could carry boats away if they are not secured. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
The preferred method of securing a boat is to use a vertical post driven at least
450mm into the ground to lift the bows and then tie down amidships to a tyre buried
in the ground at each side. (This is quite straightforward and a 15 minute job using
the mattock from the Bosuns store). Please do not use metal spikes, angle iron, ground
anchors and the like -
Make sure also that the cover is taut, so that rain cannot collect in it and that bungs are out.
Some more grumps:
1. Please remove your unwanted items (old boat covers, empty paint tins, old trailers etc) from the Club and don't discard them on the bank. The Club has no rubbish collection and the policy should be "take your litter home". Litter tends to get lost in undergrowth and messes up the strimmers
2. Similarly please do not remove floating debris from the river -
3. The Club has 4 strimmers -