As we approach what seems to be the busiest time of the year for Bremerton
Yacht Club, I marvel at what the membership has accomplished in the past
six months. We have completed another successful Youth Sailing Program
and added some new boats, the marina piling issue has been put to rest,
the Club septic system has been upgraded and approved by Kitsap County,
and the railway car has been refurbished with new gates and walkways and
the wheels, axels and bearings cleaned, inspected and lubricated.
Progress continues on the design for the new railway cover and will
shortly come to the membership for discussion and approval. The marina
fire main system has been repaired, tested and certified. All that
remains to be done is replace the fire hoses and do some training. We
have worked with DOE and now have a plan that will comply with the current
requirements for the management of waste water, oils, solvents, and
antifreeze. The lease has been renewed for our Oro Bay Outstation and is
now good for twelve years. Upcoming will be the refurbishment of the
womenís bathrooms and the conversion of the north menís head to a
unisex/handicapped bathroom. The committee chaired by P/C Billings
looking at spousal membership is well underway and I encourage any member
and/or spouse to attend the meetings.
I thank the members for their prompt response to the Fire Prevention
Checklist. It was an excellent opportunity for self appraisal and
correction of deficiencies. It is interesting to note that the most
likely source of boat fires is 12 Volt DC. These are faults of missing or
chafed insulation from improper support, insecure attachment or
installation and lack of preventive maintenance. AC shore power cords and
connections are the next prime cause from wear, corrosion and overloaded
circuits. Interestingly, corroded and overheated exhaust manifolds and
fuel leaks bring up the bottom of the list.
Included on this Web site are all of the BYC Holiday
events. As you can see
they almost all take place within a three week period because the tides
did not cooperate for the usual Lighted
Boats Parade weekend. I encourage
everyone to be involved and support as many as possible. Our committees
have worked long and hard to put these events together.
Penny and I wish all of the BYC family a most happy and healthy Holiday
Season. Please remember those less fortunate and donate when and how you
are able and please also remember the members of our armed forces and keep
them in your prayers, particularly those in harmís way.