GOOD NEWS – BUT FAIR WARNING!
On Wednesday, October 1, the long-anticipated West Jetty reconstruction project is scheduled to begin. As you can imagine, this is a big job, and we want to alert those of you with sailboats and kayaks currently on the RPA property about the best ways to keep your watercraft out of harm’s way during the construction period (October 1, 2014 through May 15, 2015).
We won’t be able to run our off-season boat storage operations as we usually do. Much of the usual boat storage area will be used for staging construction equipment and materials, and this will pose a hazard to anything (boats, trailers, boxes, etc.) nearby.
Our contractor will mobilize heavy equipment in the Roton Point parking lot; this equipment will be removing rocks from the West Jetty, bringing in new, larger rocks (up to 7 tons!), and crushing and sifting rocks of all sizes.
What this means:
- All watercraft along the west sea wall opposite the lower grove will be in harm’s way.
- All watercraft in the parking lot may also be vulnerable to damage.
- Roton Point will not be responsible for watercraft and owners’ personal property stored over the winter in the parking lot during the construction period.
What you should do:
1) The best thing to do this year, if you can, is to remove your boat from the property altogether.
2) If your boat is currently stored between the tall kayak racks and the jetty, you’ll need to move it (along with any boat boxes and trailers) before September 30. [Boats in this area include the catamarans, Pixels, Point Judiths, Lasers, Optis etc.].
3) We will be able to store some boats on the hotel porch, as always, but we’ll need to get them up there sooner than usual. “Boats on the Porch Day” will be Sunday September 28; catamarans will begin at 10:00 AM, with smaller vessels following at 1:00 PM. [The larger boats go first to help us pack as many vessels in as possible.] Boats not able to fit on the porch may be stored in the parking lot in the area designated for boats.
Since the west seawall area needs to be cleared absolutely, any vessels remaining there on September 30 will be moved by club personnel, and the vessels’ owners will be billed according to the size and difficulty of moving the boat, box, and/or trailer. Fees will range from $50-$150 – we sincerely hope you move your own boat so we can avoid levying these charges!
Again, we encourage all boat owners to remove their vessels from the property if at all possible. In the off-season, millions of pounds of material will be brought into the parking lot from and to the jetty, using heavy equipment.
We apologize for the inconvenience, but we just don’t want any members’ boats or equipment damaged during construction.
John G. Byrne
Roton Point Association
The 55th Annual Regatta was held over the weekend of September 13/14 2014. Click “Regatta Results” above to see the results.Revised on September 30, 2014