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Gain meaningful public access to the waterways of Fidalgo Island by creation of a usable, multipurpose small boat center to enable the on-water launch and use of small boats.

Minutes of Anacortes Small Boat Center General Meeting, Monday, December 3, 2012, Anacortes Yacht Club

Gaining meaningful public access to the waterways of Fidalgo Island by the creation of a multipurpose small-boat center to enable the on-water launch and use of small boats www.anacortessmallboatcenter.com

Board and Individual Members Present: Pat Barrett (president), Jane Billinghurst (secretary), John Pope (past president), Vince Sellen (AYC), David Jackson (Anacortes Sea Venture Scouts Crew 81), Beth Bell (OARSS), Mark Bunzel (Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, ex-officio), Dale Fowler (Port of Anacortes, ex-officio), Roxanne Parish, Don Pinter

Guests Present: Al Acosta, Paul Zacherl

Board Members Absent: Andy Stewart (vice-president), Norm Havercroft (treasurer), Marianne Majerus (Hole in the Wall Paddling Club), Greg Denman (ACMC), Steve Orsini (Lido 14 Fleet 78), Carl Frantz (Anacortes Sea Scouts Ship 81), Dustin South (City of Anacortes, Parks & Rec), Bob Hyde (Port of Anacortes, ex-officio), Mike Beemer (Skagit Valley College Marine Technology Center, ex-officio), Jack Richardson (Anacortes RC Sailors, ex-officio)

I. Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by President Pat Barrett at 6:30 p.m.

II. Approval of Minutes from November Meeting

Moved, Dale Fowler; 2nd, John Pope. All in favor.

III. Treasurer’s Report

We have about $23,350 in the bank.

IV Old Business

a) Gin Pole

We have parts and plans. Pat Barrett is waiting for Andy Schwenk to get back in town so we can move forward on this.

b) Dinghy Dock

Potential tenants include the City Parks & Rec program and the Hole in the Wall Kayak club. John Pope and Vince Sellen are investigating. ASBC needs to clarify dinghy dock rental arrangements with AYC, which is also renting a portion of the dock from the Port. The Port plans to dredge M, N, and O docks and around the boat hoist at P/Q dock but has no plans to dredge east of Q Dock. There is the possibility of dredging there in the long term (10-plus years) if the wooden breakwater is replaced (which might affect current patterns) and depending on the cost of permitting (a large portion of which is disposal of potentially contaminated material).

c) P/Q Dock Hoist

Concerns about cable length were investigated. The cable seems to be fine and the light placement also seems to be okay. There remains just one issue—the weight-limit cut-off switch was not weatherproof. As soon as it is replaced with a weatherproof switch, we will finally have a hoist that functions as expected. The Port will post a weight limit of 4000 lbs. Once all parties agree that the hoist is functioning as originally intended, new hoist rates will go into effect: $5 for a round trip or about 20-30 minutes of hoist time to launch and pull out. The Hoist Committee (Beth Bell, John Pope, Pat Barrett) will have a separate meeting with the Port to discuss just when the new rate will go into effect as the dry storage yard lost tenants when the hoist was out of commission for heavier boats and now needs to make up lost ground.

d) ASBC Report to the Port

ASBC would like to update the Port Commissioners on successes thus far. The yard model is working well despite a down economy and problems with the hoist; however, ASBC would like to negotiate an extension of start-up lease rates that reflects how hoist issues have affected income stream for the yard.

V New Business

a) January Port Meeting

ASBC will sit in on the Port update on its comprehensive plan for the north and west basin development.

b) Mule

The ASBC mule has some issues with tipping. John Pope has made alterations but feels it would be best to allow people to use it only after training. In the meantime, the Port’s mule is also available for use (although it has less power).

c) Port Security and Wi-fi

New security cameras and free public wi-fi are in place throughout Cap Sante marina thanks, in part, to a grant from Homeland Security.

d) ASBC Membership

2013 individual and family memberships are now due. AYC members can renew when they renew their AYC membership (thank you, AYC). Others can download the membership form from the ASBC web site and mail it in. There are no dues for supporting organizations at this time. ASBC encourages annual donations to help support the cause.

e) Marine Tech Center

Al Acosta and Paul Zacherl reported on the Marine Tech Boat Club, which has a 16-foot Swampscott dory. ASBC expressed an interest in having the Boat Club as a supporting member. Pat Barrett hoped the Tech Center would enter a team for ASBC’s fundraising Quick and Dirty Boat Building Competition at the 2013 Waterfront Festival. There was also some discussion of promoting ASBC on Pro Boat Radio.

f) Marketing

With the hoist almost ready, it seems a good time to start aggressively marketing ASBC. We will discuss this at the January 2013 meeting. We hope to have trifold brochures ready with our logo in time for the Seattle Boat Show, which starts January 25.

g) More Concrete

It would be helpful to add more concrete to the boat staging area by P/Q dock to discourage people from parking too close and to fill in the open triangle. ASBC has volunteers, forms, and rebar. How much of the work would the Port like to do and how much would the Port like ASBC to do?

VI Adjournment

Meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

The next general meeting will be Monday, January 7, 6:30 pm, at the Anacortes Yacht Club. Members and interested members of the public are welcome.

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The ASBC Meets the 1st Tuesday of the Month at 6:30pm – Location – Anacortes Yacht Club

Individual membership $25 per calendar year. Fill out the Membership Form and mail to:
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Members may qualify for discounted access to the PQ Dock hoist (contact Yard Master Kevin Pratt at 208-661-0916).

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All contributions help ASBC pursue its goal of enhanced public water access for small boats, including a permanent building for use by the small-boat community on Fidalgo Island.

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