By Rich Haase, Rear Commodore
Dear Wet Pants Members,
Over the course of this season, I’d like to provide weekly or biweekly updates on progress around the club, what we can use help with, and status of the dry sail yard. With so much work going on lately, classes starting Monday, and a busy couple days ahead, I thought today would be a good day for one of those updates.
It’s been a big project, but the kitchen restoration is almost done… Just a few things remain, which will hopefully be done by the end of this weekend. (Thanks again to Andy, Tom, Tim, Bob and Gerry for help with the floor!)
The hall outside the kitchen’s been livened up with some framing, paint and a cleaning (though it’s being used as an “on deck circle” while the floor dries in this picture). It’s still hard to tell what’s been done in the room outside the kitchen from pictures, but I’ve been repairing and installing missing trim, and it’s received a fresh coat of paint.
The building exterior is a big project! I have to thank Kevin O’Shaughnessy for all the hard work he put in helping prep the surface this week. A storm rolled in mid-job, but even a downpour couldn’t stop him from scraping!
Here’s what comes next…
My goal is to have these projects currently underway basically done in time for classes Monday. This includes
- Finishing prep on the exterior. Cleaning and prepping wood, ideally replacing some rotten areas, caulking, etc.
- Repainting the side of the building facing the parking lot and hitting it with some ‘curb appeal.’
- Installing vinyl base molding in the kitchen.
- Framing 2 more windows in the kitchen.
- Finishing trim repair in the room outside the kitchen.
Today (Thursday) is exterior prep day. If there’s anyone handy in repairing rotten wood, door and window sills, etc. who’s available, I could certainly use a hand! I’ll be there most of the day with the exception of a virtual meeting I have early afternoon.
Friday and/or Sunday will be paint day. My boys will be there helping, and I think I have one or two more volunteers. If you’re available to help, I can probably always use more painters (up to a point of course!)
IMPORTANT DRY SAIL UPDATE:
I can’t stress enough how important it is for members pay their Membership and Dry Sail fees. If you haven’t already done so, please do it right away on our website at wetpantssailing.org/drysail. Missing payments obviously cost the club money, but they also cost space and time.
In addition to the work being done to clean up the building, it will take dozens of hours over the next few weeks to address a variety of issues in the yard.
I will be reaching out to members who owe dry sail by phone and/or email over the course of the next week or so. Unfortunately, I’ll also have to review our recourse for failure or refusal to pay. Finally, we’ll have to consider measures that can be implemented to prevent the problems from continuing in the future.
Believe me, I’d much rather spend my time working around the club or sailing with my kids than playing bill collector. If you made it through this email, and you have a boat in the lot, ask yourself if you’re settled up. If not, please visit wetpantssailing.org/drysail and take care of it right away!