Mast Crane Etiquette

1. Use of the service dock and mast crane is first come first served. If you see a boat at the service dock, ask if there is queue and if so, ask to be added to the queue. We shouldn't assume that when we see someone leaving the service dock, it's up for grabs to the first boat that gets there.

2. Make sure you will be ready to go when you get to the service dock.
This includes
A. You have all of the tools you will need to unstep your mast
B. Your sails have been removed
C. If necessary, your dodger, bimini and any other canvas has been removed
D. You have any containers for parts you require
E. Your helpers are ready
F. You have everything you need to prep your mast for placement on the mast racks
G. Your shrouds and stays have been loosened (how much depends on whether you are deck or mast stepped and the wind)
H. You have your club key, you will need it to remove the padlock from the winch switch.

3. If you see someone at the mast crane that could benefit from your help, it's a good idea to ask if you could lend a hand
before jumping in.

4. Don't forget to do a pump out if required.

5. Your top concern is always for the safety of anyone involved. Work as quickly as you can, but not at the expense of the safety. If you are new to unstepping don't be afraid to ask fellow members for advice or help.

6. Move your mast out of the way as soon as possible. If you can complete your prep while the next boat is unstepping, great but if not move it out of the way. If you are going to need overnight or more to do the prep, ensure you are not blocking the mast racks.

7. Prep your mast for storage as quickly as possible and move it to the mast rack. Choose the right place for your size mast. Smaller lighter masts to upper shelves, longer heavier masts on the bottom middle shelves.

8. Helping unstep masts can be thirsty work. It's tradition for the skipper to offer helpers sparkling water or other appropriate beverage when the mast is down.

The mast crane is for stepping and unstepping masts only. It is not for lifting outboards off boats on trailers or anything else that takes the angle more than a few feet from vertical. The crane is not designed to lift from the side. No one wants to be the person who is buying drinks for everyone and paying for other members stepping and unstepping of their masts at the marina because they damaged the mast crane through inappropriate use.

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2019 Falcon Cup Party

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Pickering City Hall, Pickering Ont, March 1st, 2016

RE: Proposed New By-Law Affecting Users and Residents of Frenchmans Bay

At a sparsely attended Pickering City Council meeting on February 30, 2016. the town council gave notice of a proposed new by-law to improve safety on Frenchman's Bay and associated waterways. The goal of the new by-law is to improve the safety of users of the bay including fishers, canoeists, paddlers, sailors, boaters and paddle board enthusiasts. Since the completion of the entrance improvements, the number of users of the bay has risen dramatically and increased regulation is required to ensure the enjoyment and safety of all users. If the new by-law is passed all marine vessels of 6 meters or more in length will be required to broadcast accordion music at a level of 80 decibels or higher when under way in the bay. This will alert smaller vessels in the proximity of the larger vessel.

The penalty for non-compliance will be a weeks vacation in Winnipeg or until the transgressor can demonstrate competence in playing Lady of Spain on an concertina, whichever comes first. A member of council who asked to remain anonymous was quoted as saying "Polkas, waltzes, some Frankie Yankovich, even a little Weird Al is fine, but we better not hear any freaking bagpipes".







 Secretary in Council                           

Franklin P. "Turd" Fergueson