Contributor: Carefree Boat Club of Southern Connecticut
This Member Handbook applies specifically to Members of Carefree Boat Club of Southern Connecticut, and does not apply to Members who belong to any other Carefree Boat Club.
Task List for New Members
In order to have access to ResNet, where you will be making your reservations, you must have completed the following tasks:
- Completed your CT or NY Safe Boating Classes and received your certificate
- You must have printed, signed and sent a copy of your boating certificate to Marybeth
- You must have successfully completed On-The-Water Training
- You must have created a username and password in ResNet
|Locations:||Number: 844-358-1939||Dock Line (Direct)|
|Old Saybrook||Option 1|
|New Rochelle||Option 6||860-876-4090|
You can find addresses and directions to Club locations in ResNet under the “INFO” tab
Club General Managers
|Club Locations||Cell Number||Email Address|
|David Larr||Rye / New Rochelle||Refer to numbers above||[email protected]|
|Liz Getts||Bridgeport / Westport / Stamford||203-767-3144||[email protected]m|
Club Hours of Operation
|A.M. Session||P.M. Session|
|May 1st through May 31st*||9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.||3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.|
|June 1st through June 30th||9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.||3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.|
|July 1st through July 31st||9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.||3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.|
|August 1st through August 31st||9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.||3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.|
|September 1st through September 31st||9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.||2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.|
|October 1st through October 31st*||10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.||2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.|
*May: Club closed May 3rd, May 10th and May 17th *October: Club closed October 18th and October 25th
* Monday closures do not include holidays
CT and NY Safe Boating Classes
During your on-boarding process you received information for CT Safe Boating Classes and the website for the NY on-line boating class. If you need this information resent to you, please contact Marybeth.
Websites for CT Safe Boating Classes:
Sea Safe Boating – www.seadolphin.com
Connecticut Boating Certificates LLC – www.connecticutboatingcertificates.com
Green Marine Education – www.greenmarineeducation.com
Boat Safe Connecticut – www.boatsafeconnecticut.com
Websites for NY On-Line Safe Boating Classes:
On-The-Water Training / Additional Training
Boat handling training is scheduled at your homeport Monday through Friday with one of our licensed captains. We do not train on weekends to allow our trained members access to the fleet. However, we will be offering weekend training through the month of April. Additionally, we will be offering training throughout the season including advance docking and navigation classes. Information about additional training will be announced through member newsletters. You can also go to the member blog for information.
Twin Engine Training
In order to have the ability to reserve one of our twin-engine boats, you must have completed training with one of our Dock Masters. Please contact Liz Getts directly to schedule a time convenient for you both and when a boat is available. Twin engine boats will be located in Bridgeport and Stamford.
The Old Saybrook location will have the jet boat available for member reservations. In order to see the available of the jet boat, you must complete twin engine training at either the Bridgeport or Stamford locations. Please contact Liz Getts directly to schedule a time convenient for you both and when a boat is available. Once you complete your training and reserve the boat, you will undergo a 5 to 10 minute training session when arriving at the Old Saybrook dock.
When your contract was created in ResNet you received an email directly from the ResNet system inviting you to create your username and password. If you have questions or difficulty completing your access contact Marybeth.
Reservation Access Time
Members may make a reservation up to 8:00 p.m. two days prior to the requested date.
Example: Member may make a reservation for a Wednesday up to 8:00 p.m. on a Monday.
Members may cancel a reservation until 5 p.m. the day before the reservation.
Boat Availability for Member’s Reservations
The Club is committed to ensure a boat is available for member’s reservations. We have 3 back up boats, we maintain an inventory of repair parts, we have mechanics on Staff and third-party mechanics on call. However, if members damage more then the 3 boats we have tagged for back-up and a needed part is not available, there will be the possibility we will not be able to provide a boat for your reserved outing. Remember, if your reservation is cancelled due to boat damage, it is not our Dock Staff that damaged the boat. Please refrain from yelling/swearing or berating our Dock Staff – it was not their fault. Inappropriate behavior on the dock may result in termination of your membership.
If a member or guest of member has children aboard, children 13 years of age or under must wear a life jacket. Life jackets must be provided by member for all children. Each location holds back up life jackets, however the Club cannot guarantee life jackets will be available for your outing.
The Club will not provide water sport equipment. If a member owns water sport equipment, member must arrange for their own storage. The Club will not be responsible for storing member’s equipment.
If boats are reserved, you may create a wait list request in ResNet. To learn more about the Waitlist you can view a tutorial and FAQs in ResNet. Go to the Info page and scroll to “Waitlists”.
Members are required to request all Reciprocal Reservations directly through ResNet. All members must have their boating certificate on file with your home Club prior to requesting a Reciprocal Reservation. Members must present their boating certificate upon arrival for Reciprocal Reservation. Refer to the attachment sent to you during your onboarding, “ResNet Foreign Reservation Directions” or you can find additional information in ResNet under the “INFO” tab / Reciprocal Reservations. Reservations are confirmed or denied approximately 48 hours after request is received. To follow-up on your reservation request you can email [email protected]
If you would like to book an early am departure, please contact the Dock Staff directly at the location where you plan to reserve a boat 24 hours in advance. We strongly recommend you confirm an early departure request directly with the Dock Staff the evening before. We ask that you also add the requested departure time to the note section when making your reservation. Arrangements will be made and confirmed between you and the Dock Staff. The Dock phone number is 844-358-1939.
Spur of The Moment Reservation
If you wish to make a spur of the moment/same day reservation usage, please call the Dock Staff at the location where you would like to boat for assistance. The Dock phone number is 844-358-1939.
Dogs are allowed on non-cabin boats only. If damage to vinyl occurs or extra cleaning be needed, member will be responsible for repair and cleaning costs. If your pet relieves itself of poop or pee, you are responsible to clean it up prior to returning to the dock.
Late Pickup / No Show Policy
If a Member is late for their reservation and will arrive later than one hour from scheduled reservation time, the Member must call the Club location of pick up to notify Dock Staff. If a Member is more than one hour late with no notice, Club reserves the right to assign reservation to another Member.
Check Out / Check In
The Check Out / Check In Form has been revised for the 2021 Season to ensure your safety and the safety of your passengers. Due to the number of damage incidents we experienced during the 2020 season, the Dock Staff together with Member will be completing a full visual review of the boat prior to departing the dock and upon returning. Please cooperate with our Dock Staff when they are completing this process.
VHF Radio Usage:
Members are to use the VHF radio to hail the dock staff on Channel 9 when returning to the slip.
Member: “Carefree Boat Club, Carefree Boat Club this is Argo”
Dock Staff: “Argo this is Carefree Boat Club, please switch to Channel 10”
Hailing calls should be on Channel 9, switching channel should be on Channel 10.
Members are to call the dock staff when they are 10 to 15 minutes away from returning.
Tracking Policy / No Go Zones
All boats will be equipped with a GPS tracker which will monitor your outings. You will be notified if you enter a designated “no go zone” area. An alarm will sound if you enter a no go zone and will not turn off until you exit the no go zone. Upon your return you will be assessed a $250 charge for entering a no go zone due to the boat needing to be pulled out of the water. The boat will be inspected and additional charges may occur if damage is found. In addition to the monetary fine, your boating rights will be suspended for two (2) weeks. Any existing reservations within that two (2) week period will be cancelled.
No Go zone areas are:
- Charles Island, Milford, CT
- Cockenoe Island, Westport, CT
- Execution Rocks, Manhasset Bay, NY
- Penfield Reef, Fairfield, CT
- Scotch Caps, Rye, NY
Charting / Navigation
We held two (2) Zoom classes introducing members to navigation – Will be adding a 3rd. We recorded these classes for members to review. You can find both classes at the following website:
Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC69aTk_Diwz9hgTY8rYAsEg
Late Return to Dock
Member must return to the dock at assigned time. Be courteous and aware of the time, there may be another family waiting for the boat. If circumstances preventing you from returning on time, call the Dock Staff immediately. If a Member returns late the Dock Staff reserves the right to charge member a fee of $35.00 for every 15 minutes past check-in time.
Member will incur a 5% surcharge if fuel charge is not paid at the dock immediately following their outing.
Members will be charged $6.50 per outing when boating from the Rye location as a result of the City of Rye tax implemented in 2021.
Member Responsibility – Member is the Captain of the Boat
- Member is responsible for any loss or damage to Club boats and accessory equipment. As with rental car contracts, any damage whether caused by member or another boater, the member is responsible. If damage is caused by another boater, the member is responsible for collecting proper (insurance) information
- Member is responsible for completing and signing the 2021 Check Out and Check In form.
- Boat damage that occurs while the boat is in Member’s possession will be noted and charged.
- Member is the Skipper of the vessel and totally responsible for the safety of all on board. Should a passenger be injured and a medical claim filed with HRTK’s insurer, the Member is responsible for the insurance deductible up to $3000.
- Member is responsible for fuel used.
- Member is responsible for any loss and/or damage to the boat and/or equipment. If loss is covered under Club’s insurance policy, Member’s liability may be limited to $3000 per incident.
- Member can elect to purchase Supplemental Insurance to decrease the amount of liability. If loss is covered under Club’s insurance policy, Member’s deductible per incident will be $1000 per incident.
- Damage to a Club boat may result in the Member losing boating privileges for 2 at least weeks or until damage cost is received and successful re-training takes place.
- Damage to a Club boat for the second time will result in the Member losing boating privileges until retrained for a minimum of 4 hours at Member’s expense and cost of damage.
- Refer to contract – 33) Member’s Responsibility for Watercraft
- Clothing – heeled shoes are not allowed on board
- When boat is anchored and family/guests are swimming, one person must remain on board
- The maximum number of passengers allowed on board (including the captain) is eight (8).
Boat Damage and Repairs
We train and expect our Dock Staff to discover boat damage when the boat returns from an outing. If any boat damage goes uncovered the next Member may be at risk of having a boat or boat systems fail. Additionally, minor damage that goes without repair can turn into a serious problem, so we ask that when you return please inform the Dock Staff of any boat system that is not functioning and/or any damage that occurred while the boat was in your custody.
- The Member is responsible for all damage (excluding failed systems)
- If you caused damage, report it to the Dock Staff when returning to the dock.
- If a Member causes damage, they will be charged upon return. List of repair and costs are:
- Aluminum Prop – $250
- Stainless Steel Prop – $850
- Skeg – $350
- Lower Unit Replacement – $4200
- Cushions – $250
- Fender – $40
- Anchor – $200
- Dock Line – $65
- Cup Holder – $20
- Gel Coat – $150 per inch. If scratch reveals a view of the fiberglass, the damage will be examined and quoted. Member will be charged $250 immediately until the boat is pulled and a quote is completed.
A Member may purchase Supplemental Insurance for $275 per year. Supplemental coverage applies to watercraft only. Damage to watercraft through Foreign Reservations are subject to the deductibles of the hosting Club. Supplemental insurance does not cover boat damage if a member operates boat in shallow water or boats after sunset. Night boating is not allowed. However, should a member be unable to return to the dock due inclement weather, supplemental coverage will be honored.
We strongly recommend members to purchase their own Sea Tow membership. The Club is responsible for towing should the boat have a mechanical problem. However, if the boat is damaged, beached or runs out of gas due to member’s negligence, towing charges are the responsibility of the member.
You can contact Sea Tow at 800-4-SEATOW.
Many members through their own excitement, talk about the Club to everyone they know. We would like to show our appreciation by rewarding members a “thank you” for each referred new membership. For each new membership, member will receive $200. For those members who refer three or more members, we have something special in mind!
The Club offers four (4) membership plans. These plans are designed primarily to match the members needs on how often they expect to boat during our six-month season. It is important that your expectations are aligned with the membership plan you have and the reservation access you expect.
In order to gauge which membership plan is best suited for your needs we provided each new member with a chart of expected minimal usages for each plan we offer within the pricing schedule. Over time members may lose sight of these general guidelines so we have outlined them below. If you find you require more or less boat access, please contact Mitch at 860-316-7227 to discuss your boating needs.
The Club is built on the concept of shared boating. We maintain a member to boat ratio that provides our members with an expected boating frequency. We cannot guarantee the number of boat usages since the member is in control of when they make reservations and whether or not the member is flexible on when they can boat, locations they prefer to boat from and their choice of boat styles. Obviously, if you are fixed on a Club location, time of day or even the boat style you will experience less availability. Another benchmark to consider is a New England boat OWNER’s average usage – 15 times or 60 hours per our 6-month season.
Membership Plan Total Expected Outings Weekend expectation
Premier 4 24 + 40-50%
Premier 2 12+ 40-50%
Weekday Only 24+ n/a
8-Pak 8 4