General Club Rules [Revised March 2013]

 

Club members may request a copy of the wait list from the Commodore by sending an e-mail to: commodore@lax-sailing.org

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Docking/Storage

Space Assignments & Waiting List Rule


Aid to Fellow Boaters

While at the club, please be alert to other boaters that may be in distress. Assisting others with docking can help ensure safe access and damage free use of the club. Instruction on the use of the club’s Committee/Rescue boat is available from club officers. The phone in the cage can be used to call 911.

Security of Club Property

The chain across the entry road from the boat ramp parking lot, both the rolling and pedestrian access gates, and the equipment cage should all be kept closed except when passing through. This will help discourage unauthorized use of club property. When leaving, if no other club member(s) are in sight on club grounds, be sure to lock both of the gates and the equipment cage, as well as reconnecting the chain across the entrance. A single key opens all of the locks and can be obtained from the Secretary/Treasurer.

 

Cleanliness of Club Property

All members must participate in keeping the property clean. This includes: picking up empty cans and other trash on the grounds or in the cage, emptying trashcans into the dumpster, cleaning picnic tables, etc. This is everyone’s responsibility; we do not employ maintenance/janitorial staff.

Control of Vegetation on Club Property

The La Crosse Sailing Club is committed to environmentally safe and sensitive practices in regards to vegetation control both in water and on land.  Large scale applications must be approved by the Directorship, announced to club members prior to application and followed up with signage immediately after application.

Payment of Fees:

March 1st    Bills will be sent to current members.
April 1st    Payment is due
April 10th     Late notice will be sent
April 30th    If still not paid, your slip will be allocated to someone else based upon the wait lists.

Use of Club Equipment

The club provides telephone, toilet, water and electrical service.  The cage also contains numerous items for use by members while on club property like hoses, shovels, waders, tools, etc.
The phone can be used for local, collect, or charge card calls only.  Please do not use it to place long distance calls.
The electrical system and all circuit breakers are to be left on at all times.
The water pump should remain on at all times for the automatic sprinkler system.  If the water is not working, please check the circuit breaker in the cage and also make sure that the pump is plugged in.  If it still does not work, please notify a club officer.
The cage must be kept locked unless a member is nearby. Item have been found to be missing in the past and we all end up paying for replacements.

Use of Shelter and Picnic Tables

Priority for use of the shelter and tables will be given to organized club events. If a member wishes to use the facilities for a private party, you must schedule ahead by contacting the Social Chair. A reservation sheet shall be posted on the bulletin board in the shelter from spring work day through fall work day to aid in determining available dates. However, if you do not get specific approval from the Social Chair for your event, you risk being bumped by a club function. Any tables that are moved from or within the shelter must be returned when you are done.

Use of Vehicles on Club Grounds

There is to be no extended parking on the club grounds. Cars are permitted to enter the grounds to drop off/pick-up gear, boats and supplies, but cannot be left on the grounds once the purpose for entering is complete. Overnight parking should be in the Nelson County Park boat ramp parking lot. A Call to the Town of Campbell can be made if one is concerned about being ticketed.

Usage of Assigned Boat Space

Members are required to place their boat in their assigned space prior to June 15th. Requests for waiver of this requirement should be made to the Directorship via the Properties Chair. If the assigned space is not occupied by June 15th, the club member will be refunded his dockage fee and the space will be reassigned to the first person on the waiting lists whose boat is suitable for the space in question. If there is no waiting list and the member does not place his boat in the assigned space, he is in jeopardy of losing that space to a new member.

No Sub-leasing

Club members are prohibited from personally sub-leasing their assigned space. In the event a club member does not intend to occupy their assigned space for the entire sailing season, the member must notify the Commodore prior to May 1. The Commodore may then sub-lease the space to the first person on the Additions List whose boat is suitable for the space in question, provided that person pays all necessary fees and dues. When the club receives dockage fees from the sub-lessee, the absent club member will be refunded their dockage fees. A sub-leasing agreement may not exceed one sailing season.  Members may sublease more than once with permission from the Directorship.  Reasons for granting permission include, but are not limited to, medical conditions, military activation or other personal circumstances.

Over-night Stays:

Members are permitted to stay overnight on their boat or camp out on club grounds for up to three consecutive nights. Overnight stays may not exceed a maximum of 8 nights during a calendar month.  Tent camping is permitted only in the area west of the shelter and the pine trees. For special circumstances outside of these limits, the member must receive prior approval from the board of directors. Live-a-board, defined as using your boat or the club as your principal living location, for any amount of time is not permitted. Trailer or RV camping on club grounds is not permitted.  The intent of this rule is to comply with regulations governing the use of leased land in the refuge area.

Abandoned Property

Any property left on club grounds for one full season following a lapse in membership, shall become the property of the club. The club will then dispose of such property as determined by club officers without compensation to the former owner(s).

Service to the Club

In recognition of their service to the La Crosse Sailing club, members of the Directorship and Committee Chairs will have their fees waived for club sponsored events (excluding regattas).

 

Docking/Storage Rules [Revised 11/2012]

Dock Sizes
Individual docks may not exceed 24 inches in width. Length cannot exceed 24 feet for spaces without pilings, or the full length from the bulkhead out to the pilings in spaces where they are provided.

Dock and Lift Maintenance
Docks and boat lifts are the property of the individual members and must be marked to indicate ownership. Repair and maintenance of the dock and lift (when applicable) is the responsibility of the owner. However, they must be maintained to meet minimum standards as set by the Properties Chair. Members are liable for any and all injuries that occur on or as a result of their individual docks or lifts. 

Dock and lift installation and removal, if required, is the responsibility of the owning member(s).  The Directorship will coordinate with club members for a team and equipment to be available at the Spring and Fall workdays and who can offer to help members install/remove their docks and lifts. However, installation and removal are ultimately the responsibility of the owner(s), and dock will not be installed/removed unless one of the dock owners is present, and a lift will not be installed/removed unless the lift owner is present and the lift is in proper repair.  Owners may designate a representative to be present at the workday if they cannot attend, but must do so in writing (such as by email) to the Commodore by the morning of the workday.

Docks and lifts must be installed no later June 1, and must be removed no later than one week following the official Fall workday (unless granted permission by the Commodore).  Failure to install/remove docks by the appropriate date will result in the loss of rights to the space for both dock owners and spaces will be reassigned based on the official waitlists.

 

Before You Occupy Your Space
Before you bring your boat to the club you must install the necessary equipment to secure your boat. No boat can be left unattended without the necessary attachments in place, as outlined below.

Mooring of Floating Boats
Boats in floating spaces must be moored by means of bow lines to the bulkhead or permanent dock, and stern lines to pilings, dock, or ground anchors (36 inches in length buried to expose no more than 8 inches and having closed eyes). Mooring must be done in a manner that will prevent swinging of the boat under any wind or wave conditions that could result in contact with or damage to other boats or docks. Any boat that is not properly moored as determined by club officers, and presents a potential hazard to other property will be secured as necessary at the owner’s expense. If no immediate hazard is caused, the member will be notified and they must promptly correct any deficiency. Membership may be revoked for failure to comply.

Securing Lift Boats
All lift boats must be secured to the lift using a rope or strap across the midsection or stern of the boat, and a rope or chain at the bow. Straps or ropes used must be in good repair, strong enough to prevent breaking, and tied or clipped to the framework of the lift. All lifts must be marked to indicate ownership. Any boat that is not properly secured as determined by club officers, and presents a potential hazard to other property will be secured as necessary at the owner’s expense. If no immediate hazard is caused, the member will be notified and they must promptly correct any deficiency. Membership may be revoked for failure to comply.

Beach and Trailer Boats
All beach and trailer boats must be tied down by means of a buried four point anchoring system. The anchors must be mobile home type tornado anchors with a minimum length of 36 inches buried to expose no more than 8 inches and having closed eyes. Straps must be in good repair, strong enough to prevent breaking, and tied or clipped to the anchors. Attachment to the anchors using open hooks is not acceptable. Any boat that is not properly anchored as determined by club officers, and presents a potential hazard to other property will be secured as necessary at the owner’s expense. If no immediate hazard is caused, the member will be notified and they must promptly correct any deficiency. Membership may be revoked for failure to comply. Several incidents of damaged boats have occurred during stormy weather in the past. This is a potentially serious problem that affects all members.

Rack Boat Storage
Boats stored on the rack located at the Southern end of the beach must be secured to the rack by means of straps or rope near both the bow and the stern of the boat. Any boat that is not properly secured as determined by club officers, and presents a potential hazard to other property will be secured as necessary at the owner’s expense. If no immediate hazard is caused, the member will be notified and they must promptly correct any deficiency. Membership may be revoked for failure to comply.
Observed Hazards
The best interests of the club are served if we all help each other. If you observe a situation that puts a boat or other property at risk, as a member you should take steps to secure the boat, and/or contact the Properties Chair or other club leadership to notify them of the situation. Often times a few minutes of effort can save many dollars in repairs.

Notifying Club Officers
Any member can and should notify the Properties Chair or other club officer of observed failure to follow the above guidelines. During a storm it may be your boat or property that is damaged by another member’s equipment failure or carelessness. Let’s all look out for each other.

Agreement To Comply
By paying fees and being a member of this club you are indicating your willingness to follow club rules. As stated above, as long as no immediate hazard is present, you will be notified and given a reasonable opportunity to remedy the problem. If, however, it is determined that property is at risk, your membership indicates your acceptance of your responsibility to reimburse the club for costs incurred to prevent damage. If action is taken, you will be notified in writing of the cost, and payment must be made within 30 days.

Space Assignments & Waiting List Policy [revised 11/2012]

 

1. The Commodore will reassign floating, lift and/or dry storage spaces to returning members by May 1st. Any additional spaces that are available shall then be allocated based upon the following criteria:

2. You can consent to be bypassed on a list without losing your position on that list.


3. In order to facilitate the assignment of spaces in the spring, when adding your name to a list, please indicate your preference for the type of space (float, lift, beach, dolly, trailer, rack) or space location you would prefer. Members on the relocation list may indicate one type of space (or general space location) to which they would like to be relocated, those on the Additions List may indicate up to three types of spaces and those on the New Members List may indicate as many types of spaces as they would like.  Individuals may change their request without losing their placement on the list, but must communicate such changes in writing to the Commodore by the Spring Organizational Meeting in order for them to be used when space assignments are made that year.

4. Lists shall be posted on the club bulletin board in the shelter, and revised at least monthly from spring work day through fall work day.

5. Fees must be paid as described in the General Club Rules or your space will be reassigned. Boats must not be brought onto club property without prior payment of all fees.

6. If a member sells their boat, they may transfer their right to their assigned space with it. If the sale occurs after the fall work day but before April 1st, the buyer pays all fees due for that space for the upcoming season. If the sale occurs during the boating season, the buyer only pays the initiation and membership fees, but the seller does not receive a refund of the space fees already paid, they transfer with the space to the new owner.

7. A member that sells their boat and transfers their space as outlined above can go on the Additions List by paying the $50 deposit. Membership dues must be maintained in order to stay on the Additions List.

8. Spaces are defined as follows:

    1. Floating – must fit in space 10 feet wide.
    2. Wide Lift – must fit on lift and in space 8 feet wide.
    3. Narrow Lift – must fit on lift and in space 7 feet wide.
    4. Trailer – boat may have maximum LOA (overall length) of 20 feet and fit in a space 10 feet wide.
    5. Beach – must be capable of being pulled up onto the beach without mechanical assistance (unless approved by the Properties Chair) and fit in a space 10 feet wide.