By John Bell
The club hosted a summer party at the dock once again on the afternoon of July 2nd, and about 60 folks came to enjoy the food, music, perfect weather and good company. Norm Johnson prepared a set of pop music hits from the 50’s to keep the atmosphere lively. The table decorations were especially artistic this year thanks to the efforts of Doug and Joan Marie Eggert. All attendees participated in a free raffle drawing for entertainment.
For the third consecutive year, this event has brought both club members and non-members alike from around Coyle together for a bit of socializing. This has been a great way to help begin or continue connections in our community, and it may be on the verge of becoming a tradition. Thanks go to all those who participated to make this party a great success
More pictures here and here
“Two derelict boats that have long resided at our dock were removed for disposal under the Derelict Vessel Removal Program that is part of the State of Washington’s Department of Natural Resources. The Coyle Community Club took all necessary steps to assume ownership of the abandoned boats and make the necessary contacts to the State offices. A precedent has been set for how the Club will address such problems if they occur again in the future. Please don’t let this happen to you.”
Washington, with its boating culture is full of abandoned boats that expensive to fix, and even more expensive to scuttle.
First of all, rotten wood is worthless. Big metal boats are worse. They’re often sprayed with asbestos. They can be full of lead paint and other hazards, too. Because of stringent environmental regulations, there are just a handful of places in the state where you can legally dismantle them. “It’s going to cost you more to get rid of than it’s worth,” Ferris said. From Seattle Times, 2012.
Expect even more of a liability if your boat sinks, creating an oil spill. Several years ago, a vessel sank in our harbor creating a huge fuel leak that closed our harbor and took three environmental agencies over a week to clean it up. The bill was over $27,000… A good reminder to keep an eye on your bilge pump during El Nino winters like this has been.
Thank you Dennis Schmitt – not only for the long process it took to make this happen, but for hauling your heavy gas-powered bilge pump to the harbor on many many cold, wet and windy days this Winter to keep these boats from sinking.
PS – Bail it or haul it. Bailing your boat is YOUR responsibility. It is not a service included in your dock fee.
Yesterday’s work party worked so hard they didn’t have time to take pictures – so I went down today and snapped some photos of a very snappy looking dock area – Thank you everyone for your hard work
Chris reports:Work accomplished:
Weedwacking, pruning, weeding, sweeping and general clean-up of Birch Street/ Parking Area.
Removal of roofing paper and nails from floating ramp to allow access to ramp boards; securing ramp boards with stainless steel screws to eliminate “bowing” and unevenness.
Temporary repair of rotted area of ramp.
Applying red paint to all 145 cleats on dock and ramp to improve visibility to pedestrians.
Inauguration of new Picnic Table with lunch provided and served by Ann and Kathryn Webster.
Removal of debris by Dennis Schmitt.