Docks-in day at the Charlottetown Yacht Club

The prelude to activity at the Charlottetown Yacht Club is the annual  “docks-in” day held in late April. It is a general maintenance, clean-up and work day for club members to get the property ready for the sailing season.  With the floats stored on shore for the winter season a major part of the activity is getting the fingers and walkways into the water and correctly positioned and anchored.   Over the years most folks have self selected into one of several work parties.  There is a group who move the floats from storage to the crane using a fork lift loaned and usually manned by  a club member. Another group mans the crane and lifts the floats into the water. A third work-party uses the CYC tender, the “Fred Small” to move them into place. The assembly gang puts the jigsaw puzzle together.

Craning the floats into the water

Craning the floats into the water

Skipper Don masters the art of driving a power boat

Skipper Don masters the art of driving a power boat

Ken demonstrates bow-thruster technique

Ken demonstrates bow-thruster technique

Demonstrating what not to do with crane . Ron supervises.

Demonstrating what not to do with crane . Ron supervises.

Pining the fingers into position.

Pining the fingers into position.

In addition there are a number of specialized activities which have been adopted by individuals. Edwin  has developed a particular expertise in threading the pilings into the harbour bottom sockets.

Edwin putting the round -peg in the round hole

Edwin putting the round peg in the round hole

Wellington’s specialty is getting the flag mast into place

Mast crew untangling rigging

Mast crew untangling rigging

This year another gang was responsible for making an addition to the club building to create an office for the Coast Guard Inshore Rescue team who will be operating out of the CYC. Under the direction from the Commodore this group framed up an office which was completed in the following weeks.

Inshore Rescue office under construction

Inshore Rescue office under construction

There is also a veranda gang whose contribution consists of running commentary on the efforts of others and helping to make sure that there are no left-overs for the lunch and crew beverages.  Not photographed this year.

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