Care of Equipment


Taking good care of the boats both on and off the water is is everyone's
responsibility. It means that we can enjoy good equipment when we need
it and membership fees are not being spent on avoidable repairs.

The following procedures should be followed by all club members, and
if you see a crew failing to follow them please politely point the crew
in the right direction. In the case of juniors and novices, the coaches
are responsible for their crews.

Signing in and out, Damage Log Book

The signing in and out book must show the boat name, or serial number
if not named, as well as the stroke or scullers name. It is not sufficient
to put '1x' etc. This is important anyway so that the boathouse is not
locked up while crews are still out.

Any damage noted before, during or after an outing must be entered in
the Damage Log Book, kept next to the signing in/out book. Everyone accepts
that accidents do happen, the real problem is when boats are put away
without the damage being reported. It is not acceptable just to stick
some duck tape over a hole and put the boat back on a rack. If the boat
is badly damaged (e.g. hole in hull) it must be 'quarantined' and the
fact it has been quarantined noted in the Damage Log Book. Quarantined
boats must NOT be used under any circumstance.

Moving Boats

Most damage to our boats is caused by the racks, trestles or landing
stages. We are working to put carpet padding on racks and trailer to cut
this down, but ultimately it is down to the crew.

When carrying a boat there should be silence except for the cox/coach/steersmen
who is giving orders. That way everyone is focusing on carrying the
boat and can hear instructions from others
Move slowly, watching the riggers
Be very careful when sliding boats on and off the racks, ask for help
if needed
When launching the boat put toes over the edge of the landing stage
so the boat will hit shoes rather than wood (or nails). Check heel restraints
etc. when the boat is in the water.
When lifting on or off trestles make sure the boat is raised well
clear, again maintaining silence except the person giving commands.
Boats should be turned upside down on trestles and then lifted to shoulders
before walking away. Be careful when rolling boats over on trestles.

Washing Down and Putting Away

The outside of the hull must be wiped to remove dirty marks and hosed
down. Washing up liquid may be required. Report any damage found on
the hull.
Then turn the boat over, wipe down the slides (clean slides are the
best way to avoid 'sticky' seats). If the inside of the boat is dirty
then wipe it clean.
Remove all the hatch covers. The insides of the boat MUST be allowed
to dry out between outings - saves weight too! Report unattached hatch
covers in the Damage Log Book.
Singles in the lean to must rest on the shoulders and somewhere near
the bow; i.e. boats at the back have bows towards the door, boats at
the front have sterns towards the door.