The Yard & Craning
The Yard is available to Club Members for winter storage and maintenance of their boats.
The Committee have asked that boat owners being craned in or out of the yard follow some guidelines at these times.
- Prior to craning please be ready. In the case of craning out, any mast to be lowered should be ready, sails should be removed and rigging slackened in time to allow early removal of pins etc.
- When masts are to be stepped please sort out the rigging and pins in plenty time to reduce crane time to the minimum but there is no need to rush unnecessarily.
- If possible mark the hull in some way to show where the lifting slings should be placed, this may be at a bulkhead but it is important when craning out that the boat is lifted level, this assists placing on a cradle or the ground and spreads the load evenly between the slings.
- Please remember to have bow and stern ropes long enough.
- Cradles must be level with adequate chocking.
- Craning times have always been a time when members help each other and this is to be encouraged. To assist it would be helpful if members did not wash down the hull of their boat until the craning has finished. The washing of slings should be carried out carefully.
- Most boat owners have probably had their boat craned out and in before and all this seems simple but it is easy to forget or get agitated over small points. It is all down to a bit of preparation in advance. If any members are new to craning please ask for help.
- Safety is the prime consideration when boats are being lifted, please keep well clear and do not stand underneath a boat whilst being lifted. Make sure you are not obstructing the crane operators view, arrange before any lift who is to direct the crane, several banksmen cause confusion and can lead to errors. No one is to be lifted with the boat.
- Members and helpers must be aware of and comply with the club’s safety policy documents.
- After craning out, owners should check boats periodically for safety. Our yard can be affected by high winds and safety is of highest priority.