We are only a few weeks away now from the start of the new sailing season and the raft has been receiving more than its usual fair share of attention from the Tuesday Group.
At over 20 years old it is of course showing its age and has required this year more surgery than normal to replace corroded steel as well as a very thorough de-rust and paint.
In order to keep her going for as many years as possible we need to limit time in the water to the minimum practical. The proposal therefore is to repeat last year’s process of hauling her out for the summer once moorings are serviced and re-launching for the Inchcolme picnic and again for mooring and rock mark recovery in September.
We are aiming to have the raft ready for launch in early April and propose to recover at the end of May. Please therefore ensure all required servicing work on moorings is completed by then. With improvements to the raft steering it is in fact not such a major operation to launch and recover so any special requests during the summer can hopefully be accommodated with a bit of notice.
Bookings are managed by Lionel Booth (Moorings Rep) and a chart is in the basement to allow reservations to be made. As a club we need not struggle with the raft on our own and it is much better to team up with other boat owners and do several moorings at one go so please remember to put down your phone number so that others may contact you as required.
Anyone new to the raft please ask for help, the Tuesday Group check all the club moorings as well as their own so we can always find time to help with yours. Safety guidance for use of the raft is on the website https://dbscweb.wordpress.com/regulation-safety-information/. Please advise us if you encounter any problems with the raft so we can fix it.