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Voting Board Adopts Revised Rules for the Storage of Boats

The Voting Board, with considerable input from the volunteers serving on the Boat and Dock Committee, adopted extensive changes on May 16, 2014 to Club Rule 24 that addresses the storage and use of Club lands, boat racks and docks for boat storage. These changes were necessitated by the use of boating facilities by members not in good standing, members who fail to remove their boats from docks and boat racks in the fall, members who leave boats tied up to trees, etc., and those who disregard the boat lottery system for assigned space.

With an investment of nearly $400,000 in new docks in the past twelve months, these rules also prohibit any modification, drilling, etc. and establish requirements for how boats are to be moored to the new docks.

Rule 24: These Rules, in six parts, constitute the Club’s Rules pertaining to the storage of boats, kayaks, windsurfers, etc. on Club lands, boat racks and docks.

A. HOLD HARMLESS: The member agrees to indemnify and hold the Club harmless from any injury, damage or loss resulting from the use and storage of the member’s boat anywhere on Club property, including but not limited to lands, docks and boat racks. The member, by keeping their boat on Club lands, docks or boat racks, acknowledges that the Club shall not be responsible for any injury, damage or loss whatsoever resulting from the removal, transport and storage of the boat, and use of the Club’s lands, docks and boat racks.

B.   IMPROPER STORAGE: Improper storage is defined as storage on lands owned by the Club other than on docks and boat racks, storage anywhere on Club properties without a current membership permit, and storage in violation of Rule 24 (C.), (D.) and/or (E.) below. Boats improperly stored will be removed to storage immediately.

C.   STORAGE ON DOCKS and RACKS AFTER OCTOBER 15: All boats must be removed from Club docks not later than October 15 of each year. In alternating years, all boats must be removed from boat racks by October 15, as determined by the Boat and Dock Committee and as published in the Newsette. Boats stored after October 15 in violation of this Rule will be removed to storage immediately.

D.  UNAUTHORIZED USE OF SPACE ON ASSIGNED DOCKS: Space on certain Club docks is restricted to assigned use only. These docks are located at Club Park, Comet Row, Eckhart Sailing Center, Beach 3, Beach 4, and such other, future locations as may be authorized by the Voting Board. Docks subject to this assigned space requirement are marked with appropriate signs. Dock space assignments are managed by the Boat and Dock Committee upon receipt of applications from members in good standing and are assigned by the committee through the use of a lottery system and other methods. Boats not authorized by the committee on these docks will be removed to storage immediately.

E.   DOCK MODIFICATIONS AND UNCOATED WIRE PROHIBITED: Members may not drill holes in any dock or fasten any device without the authorization of the Boat and Dock Committee. Only ropes, chain and plastic coated wire are authorized to attach a boat to a dock. Uncoated wire is specifically prohibited. Members are responsible for all damages caused by unauthorized drilling or fastening to the dock or excessive wear or chafing caused by the use of unauthorized attachment methods. Boats stored on docks in violation of this Rule will be removed to storage immediately.

F.   REMOVAL TO STORAGE, PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS: Boats, kayaks, windsurfers, etc. of members stored in violation of these Rules shall be removed to storage, and will be subject to a special assessment of $100.00, and a daily storage charge of $5.00, calculated from the date the boat was removed to storage up to November 15, when a special winter storage fee of $250.00 will be imposed. After June 15, a disposal fee of $250.00 will be imposed. Boats may not be retrieved between November 15 and April 15. Members whose boats are identifiable through the boating permit shall be provided notice by regular and certified mail that the boat has been removed to storage. The Club may, in its sole discretion, elect to acquire title to any boat that has been determined to be abandoned, in compliance with the “Abandoned Vessels Disposition Law,” N.J.S.A. 12:7C-7 et seq. (Amended September 23, 2009).

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