Re: A new can of worms
Mark Ritter (email@example.com)
Wed, 30 Jul 1997 08:53:42 EDT
I know I'm a bit late getting into this topic. (Ship 90 has been
otherwise occupied for the past 3 weeks. Eight of us have been serving
as crew aboard the U.S. Brig Niagara, and we had a GREAT time. Check out
the Ship's Log entry on our web site for details.)
Yes - Ship 90 allows any member (youth or adult) to use the various boats
in it's fleet for personal recreational use outside of formal Ship
activities, if they are qualified to do so.
Canoes - must be capable of demonstrating the skills in Canoeing merit
Sailboats (under 20', unpowered) - must be capable of demonstrating the
skills in Sailing merit badge.
Windsurfer - must be capable of demonstrating the skills for the
Chase boat (raft with outboard motor) - must be capable of demonstrating
the skills for the Motorboating merit badge, AND either: possess a NY
state young boater's safety certificate, or course completion certificate
from the USCGAux or USPS, or earn the Small Boat Handler or Qualified
Buccanneer (22' fixed keel sloop with auxiliary inboard engine) - If/when
we ever get it launched, users would need to qualify for use of sailboats
< 20' plus the chase boat, PLUS demonstrate handling of the Buccanneer
under power in a narrow channel and under sail in open water to a member
of Ship 90's "board of trustees" (skipper, 1st mate, committee chairman,
committee vice-chairman). Our plan *was* to equip it not just for
USCGAux CME requirements but as a USCGAux vessel facility, and make it
available to qualified members of flotilla 2-2 (9ER) for SAR use. Our
*current* plan is to trade this for, or sell it and buy, a similar sized
swing keel sloop with outboard engine.
Our canoes are available for rent to organized groups (boy and girl scout
troops, church groups, etc.); we used to rent the canoes to individuals
but no longer do so because of excessive wear and tear. We have
authorized the rental of our small sailboats to groups, but have never
set prices because it's never been requested. I won't make any guesses as
to whether or not the chase boat or Buccanneer might be available for
rent - the question has never come up for discussion.
With 6 small sailboats and 11 canoes to choose from, I don't recall that
we've ever had to deny the request of any member (youth or adult) use of
a boat based on scheduling conflicts.
As for expenses, it's a case of "who uses, pays". Normal wear and tear
is covered by the Ship's maintenance budget. Damage in excess of normal
wear and tear is paid for by the person responsible, whether youth or
adult. The gas tank (if any) should be full when taken out; and it
better be full when brought back.
Mark Ritter - Committee Vice-Chairman
Ship 90 - The SES North Star - New Milford PA