Before you know it Fall will be here. Plan accordingly to have your boat removed from Slips and Moorings by October 15th! If you have a mooring, No object that marks your mooring location can remain on the surface of the lake during the winter months. All mooring markers MUST be a minimum of 24″ b elow the surface of the water/ice
While others sunk… CCAPOA rose above!
As we slowly start to thaw around the neighborhood, we remember the warm weather and good memories from the pervious summer. Long days at the beach or the warm nights out on the boat. But with those memories come the memories of flooding and non-stop rain that created nothing short of chaos. With the high waters causing numerous problems throughout the neighborhood, the Boats and Piers team battled the ever-rising lake level as well.
The new piers handled the record high waters extremely well. This is primarily because they are floating piers and can adapt to the changing water depths. Even at the highest levels, our boat owners were happy with how secure and safe their boats remained.
Although, a problem did arise between the older style stationary boat pier and the floating boat pier. The transition ramp between these two piers seem to angle straight up into the sky due to the tremendous difference in elevation, which in turn created some safety concerns for our membership. Because the water levels increased so quickly the stationary pier went under water as our floating dock did it’s job and moved with the water levels.
The Boats and Piers committee has been working with a member of our association to address this concern and with their generous donation has allowed the association to go ahead with a pilot fix at beach 7 boat pier. We hope that with this fix in place, higher water, lower water or any water level in-between will no longer affect our boat piers.
On the LIGHTER side…
Have you enjoyed the dock lights? Not only do they light up our beautiful piers at night, but they help guide you down the piers at night and increase safety for incoming boats.
We hope to continue adding useful accessories to our new style floating piers throughout the years to come!
The Boat House
Information You Should Know!
It is ALL about the Rope!Please make sure you are using proper dock lines All Slip users need to be using 3/8” minimum braided dock lines, measuring at least 2/3 of your boats over all length. During the busy months the waves from boats can really get boats moving. If your dock line is not proper your boat can break loose causing damage to the dock or other boats, all of which you will be responsible for! Whether you are mooring at a buoy, tying off at main beach or docking your boat at a slip you need to have not only quality dock lines, but the right length and circumference for your boat.
Do you know how to use a Cleat?
- Nylon is a strong, durable synthetic and is exceptionally well suited for docklines. You will commonly see it in either Laid or Braid Construction.
- Laid line is composed of three or more twisted strands, a design that has withstood the test of time. Although it can kink, making it awkward to coil, and stretch more than braid, three-strand twisted line is very strong, resistant to abrasion and snagging, and offers good value.
- Braided line is composed of many small strands, making it extremely strong and flexible. It runs smoothly, will not kink or rotate, and is easier on the hands.
Boats under 20′ generally use 3/8″ line; 20-30′ boats, 1/2″ line; 30-40′ boats, 5/8″; and boats over 40′, 3/4″. If your boat is heavier than average, or has greater windage, you may want to choose the next larger size. Too much is far better than too little.
As a general rule dock lines should equal two-thirds of your boat’s overall length. Spring lines should be considerably longer. You will need to be able to use these to bring your boat alongside while docking.
How to Use Them?
Unless your boat is unusually heavy or will be subjected to severe conditions, a bow line, stern line, and at least two spring lines are recommended. Spring lines keep the boat snugly near the dock, preventing it from moving fore or aft, while allowing for the rise and fall of the tide. Of course, if your permanent slip has outboard pilings as well, you’ll need an additional bow and stern line. You should also have enough lines to double up when expecting very bad weather.
2018 Boats & Piers Committee Members
|Martin J. Moister||Chairperson||815-814-2224|
|Kevin Kinahan||Beach 3||815-356-6425|
|Dimitri Pagonis||Beach 7||630-209-7968|
|Nick Priegnitz||Beach 13||507-304-0614|