Scheduling and Marina Operations:
Saturday, Sept. 22nd:
We have a few odds and ends to take care of tomorrow (Saturday) morning and will then open for limited operations at 12 p.m. (noon) and will close at 6 p.m. Please refer to the following points for a description of our limited operations:
- The water distribution system for our Side Basin wet slips is presently offline due to water main breaks.
- The front lawn and adjacent fish cleaning station (see picture below) is currently closed for safety and storm-related repairs.
- The swimming pool, the adjacent picnic area and tennis court are closed for maintenance and storm-related repairs.
- Caution tape cordoned-off areas of the side basin are still in place to monitor retained water behind the bulkhead. For safety reason, please do not enter these areas.
- Work rack and Launch/Retrieval Area dock space will be limited due to wet slip boats that are completing their arrangements to return to their assigned slips.
In addition to the points listed above, the Coast Guard has issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (018-18) that advises “all mariners to exercise extreme caution when transiting due to shoaling, debris, and aids to navigation that may be off station or unreliable.” Since the storm has passed, we’ve removed multiple items from the marina basins that have washed in with the tides. Because of the coastal flooding and surge from the storm overtaking typically dry areas of our coastline and barrier islands, there is an unknown amount of debris floating through the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW). As shown in the picture above, good ‘ole Marker 154A is a little off from its normal position. Again, please exercise caution when navigating the waterways. If you come across debris or something that could hamper navigation, please make a report with the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center by calling (919) 722-4884.
Sunday, Sept. 23rd:
IWYC will return to its standard September schedule as follows:
- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday
- 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday
All Remaining Wet Slip Occupants in Dry Storage:
Our office will begin contacting you in the morning to coordinate your return to your assigned wet slips.
Important information for all IWYC Members:
- In light of the storm-related repairs, we’ll have multiple contractors working at the marina in the coming days, weeks and months. Our office will communicate with members whose boats are docked/stored in such areas that may need to be temporarily relocated elsewhere in the marina.
- Types of repairs include roofing, floating dock, electrical, bulkhead and general construction.
We’re working to schedule a diver to inspect the bottom of our basins for unknown, random debris. If you see anything out of the ordinary, please report it to our office. The tides will continue to come and go (they’re crazy like that!), bringing new debris that was not seen the day before. Let’s all be diligent and keep an eye out over the next few weeks while the Cape Fear River is completing its flush cycle.
I hope everyone’s doing well after the storm. And thank you to everyone for keeping in touch with us by reading and responding to these updates. Truth be told, it was therapeutic to write them during this process and to try and inject some humor where possible. Y’all are the best and we at IWYC appreciate you so much. Have a great weekend everyone!
Troy S. Moore
General Manager / Broker-In-Charge,
Inlet Watch Yacht Club, Inc.