Contributor: Carefree Boat Club of Southern CT
Training month is here and boating season is only a couple of short weeks away. As we start ramping up for the season, we wanted to reach out with important dates and what you can expect to see at the docks this season, as well as other important information.
The Club will open for the 2021 season for boating on May 1st. ResNet will open to members to begin making reservations on April 28th. we have published our new Member Handbook online. We ask that all members please read through it, it contains some very important information that is relevant for this boating season. To access the Handbook click the button below.
Our Stamford location will remain split, as it was last year, with BRIGs and fishing boats on the west side and the cruising boats on the east. We ask that you park on the side that the boat you reserved is on as we will not be able to shuttle members across the harbor.
To ensure that the boats are in both great working condition and aesthetically pleasing we ask that members take a little more time at the docks as they check out and in. Members will be responsible for examining their boat for damage, similar to the procedure before renting a car, prior to checking out. Upon checking in, the dock staff will examine the boat for any damage that may have occurred on that outing. This year we will be charging for damage at the dock. You can find prices associated with various types of damage and/or lost equipment in the Member Handbook by clicking the button below. As with previous years, we will continue to charge for gas at the dock upon check-in. We ask that you please have a method of payment available when you return to the dock. To better deal with staffing and logistical issues, we will be strictly instituting a $35 late fee for every 15 minutes that a member is late to check back in at the dock.
Due to a new tax instituted to businesses running out of Rye City Boat Basin, our marina location in Rye, NY, all members must pay a $6.50 fee per outing out of our Rye location. We are very sorry about this. The City of Rye notified us a month before the season opened that they would be charging the Boat Club a $10,000.00 fee/tax to operate a business at the marina, not giving us enough time to add this new expense into our pricing model.
We began ordering boats for this season in September of 2020, with targeted delivery dates in April and May. However, due to slowdowns caused by COVID and an overwhelming demand for new boats, some of the arrivals have been delayed. We have been able to find substitute boats for many of the delayed boats. When you log into ResNet at the end of this month you will see that the fleet is short a boat or two in some locations. Boats are scheduled to be delivered as the season ramps up so that by July all locations should have all of the boats allocated to those locations.
Many of you have taken the Navigation Quiz, and we appreciate your cooperation. If you have not yet taken the quiz, click the button below. Passing this quiz is required in order for you to be able to reserve a boat this season. If you need study materials check out our Blog and YouTube channel, buttons located below. For those of you who did not pass the first quiz, we will follow this email up with a link to the second quiz. The last slide of the quiz tells you if you passed or failed. There is no need to have us confirm that we received your results. If you passed the quiz you do not need to take additional quizzes. We send out the answer key weekly to those who have taken the quiz so you can see which questions you may have answered incorrectly
We are also in the process of organizing our final Zoom Class for this off-season. This class will go over how to use ResNet, navigating the Connecticut River, planning a trip to Greenport, and covering the process of how damage to fleet boats will be handled this season.