I got a number of emails asking about the boathouse closure and if there were any ways to work around it. I took your questions and concerns to the Board and have answers for you below:
Can we use the Bays and just avoid the Erg Room? No, even though you would be maintaining more than 6 ft of space when you are on the water, we, as an organization, would need to open the facility in order to get access to equipment and we can’t guarantee sanitary conditions for everyone.
What if I move my equipment out onto the wash deck? No, since we rent the facility, we feel responsible for anyone who stores their equipment on the premises. Please note, the Board is currently talking about ramifications for anyone who decides to not observe these rules which may include suspension from the club. This is a serious health crisis and we need all members to comply.
Based on the past two responses, I want to move my personally owned equipment out of the boathouse while it is closed. How can I do that? You will need to find somewhere else to store your equipment, and you are responsible for transportation out of the boathouse. Once those plans are in place, contact me (Sarah) or A.C. to schedule a time to be let in and collect your equipment. Remember, if you chose to car top to the parking lot and walk your boat to the dock, you can not use boathouse owned supplies to clean your boat after.
Can I borrow/rent an erg from the boathouse? Unfortunately, due to the logistics involved in lending/renting out equipment on such a large scale, as well as the financial risk the boathouse takes having so much equipment out of our control, we’ve decidednot to have ergs leave the boathouse. That being said, we do still have 4 ergs left for sale. Let me know if you are interested.
I hope that answers your questions for now. Please let me know if you have others and I will be sure to keep the board informed.
Stay healthy and keep washing those hands!