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NEWS | Summer 2011

I have sat down to write a newsletter several times this summer and never manage to get it done. CBY has had a very busy summer so far. All departments have been kept busy with a wide variety of small and large projects. Electric roller furlers, refrigeration, re-power, re-wire, teak grates, electronics, keel damage, fuel issues, boat transport, RV repair, varnish, paint, and more varnish. Thank you to our regular customers and to our new customers.

Those of you that have been around the yard have probably noticed there some new faces on the CBY team. With all the new customers and increased work it has allowed us to bring on some new employees and move some around. Tim McCourt has been with us for 2 seasons. He was originaly hired to fill a spot in the paint and varnish department where he has done a great
job. Tim has worked in boat yards for all his life and has proven he has experience in several departments. We recently promoted Tim to Head Rigger, however Tim will still spend a little time varnishing and helping the yard crew with boat moves. Nancy Smith has joined the office staff on a part time basis. She is helping out Sue with the book keeping, and answering the phones. We have 2 additions to the mechanics department, Scott Townsend and Steve Potter. Both of them have done a great job since they were hired in the spring. They are young but have brought a lot of knowledge and experience to the job. Working closely with Carl, Gordon and Sam (yes he is still "consulting"). Steve and Scott are gaining more experience every day. Tim Corsetti and Jon Damato were hired to fill seasonal positions in the yard. Both have proven themselves valuable and dependable employees, helping out all over the yard. I am happy to say Tim and Jon have accepted year round employment. The entire CBY Team has been working hard this season and have done a great job!

As I am sure you have all heard there has been a lot of work going on downtown regarding the harbor. As it stands right now the police department is no longer involved in the harbor. Assistant Harbormaster Gabe Mongiello has been appointed acting harbormaster, until a full time harbormaster can be hired. The harbor advisory committee all resigned, but has been working as an ad hoc committee gathering information on the actual number of moorings and reporting directly to the selectman. This work will be complete by Labor Day, ending the ad hocs commitment. The harbormaster's office is working to put together accurate records but there are still issues. I recommend when renewing your mooring permit, and any other business with the harbor department, that you document everything. Photo copy your checks, keep old permits (online mooring does not generate a paper permit or any sort of receipt), back up conversations with an email, keep printed copies of the wait list if you are on it and so on. There are several
people working on the issues and some headway has been made. Headway speed only, seems to be the pace; it has proven to be a slow process. I would expect the rules and regulations to be reviewed and revised during the off-season, assuming the town appoints a new harbor committee. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me or stop by.

Fall is approaching and we will be sending out winter storage contracts and decommissioning forms soon. I am happy to say that rates will remain the same, except for paint and varnish, which is now $75.00 per hour. As we have been doing for the last few years, we will offer storage discounts and reduced labor rates on winter work. If you have any work you are considering in the off-season please contact Chris or myself.

A few housekeeping items; insurance companies have been requiring inspection of rudderposts, replacing standing rigging if it is older the 15 years, high water alarms, smoke detectors, CO detectors, securing electrical panels and guards on the AC side of the electrical panels. You may want to check with your insurance company, if you are due for an insurance survey I suggest getting it done this fall and take care of any issues over the winter.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of the season!






Manchester Harbor
Mooring & Waterway
Regulations (proposal)

November/December 2010 Draft

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Harbor Advisory Committee Progress Summary for
The Cricket

January 17, 2011
Submitted by Karen Smith Crawley, Chair

As Chair of the Manchester Harbor Advisory Committee, I am placing monthly updates of our progress in The Cricket in an effort to increase transparency and encourage feedback regarding the harbor. Committee members include me, Karen Smith Crawley, Chair; Ron Morin – Vice Chair; Tom Kiely – Secretary; Doug Heath, Gordon Abbott, John Lopresti, and Dick Salter. Our contact information is on the Town’s website. Since my last update at Thanksgiving time, most of our work continued to be focused on producing a proposed draft of new mooring regulations to the Board of Selectmen (BOS). Ron Morin and his Mooring Regulations Research Team did a great job facilitating pulling this draft together. In addition, many townspeople and stakeholders provided us with much-needed input, suggestions, comments and discussions which helped immensely in producing the draft. Our thanks go out to all who provided input. I emailed a copy of the draft to the BOS on January 7, and a discussion about the regulations is on their meeting agenda scheduled for Tuesday, January 18. It is my understanding that the BOS will be scheduling additional discussions(s).

Dredging for Areas B and C is moving forward and the Town is meeting with CLE Engineering and the Waterways Division. The Committee should be receiving an update of this meeting from the Town Manager at our next meeting on January 20. We will continue to help out any way we can if it is needed.

The Harbormaster has asked that we change our meeting day from Thursday to a different evening as he has a conflict with Thursday evenings. In addition, the Harbormaster’s office is open that evening making it impossible for the Assistant Harbormaster to attend when we start at 6:30pm. We will discuss this change and determine a new evening at our meeting on the 20th.

I will be dissolving certain projects of my Mooring Status and Administration Research Team as the Harbormaster has asked that I not help the Assistant Harbormaster in organizing the public records with regards to moorings and dinghy docks as I am not an employee. For the same reason, I will not be helping the Assistant Harbormaster on the boat this spring matching mooring buoy numbers to boats and ultimately to the office records. Instead, I will likely focus my efforts on the abandoned moorings and getting them reassigned as soon as possible.

Tom Kiely of the Safety Research Team has been making a list of various safety issues and maintenance concerns relating to the harbor which will likely be placed on the agenda of a February meeting.

The Committee welcomes Gabe Mongiello as Assistant Harbormaster, and we look forward to working with him and appreciate the input he has provided the Committee to date.

As always, please feel free to contact any one of us. We need your input.


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