Clubhouse Rules and Docking Policies
In consideration of dues paid, members are accorded all rights and privileges at the corresponding membership level. Likewise, payment is nonrefundable and constitutes agreement to adhere to all the rules and policies of the Wiscasset Yacht Club; noncompliance may result in suspension or revocation of membership.
In general, please be courteous and welcoming to other members, guests of members, members of another yacht club extending reciprocal privileges and flying that club’s burgee, visitors and potential new members. It is possible to communicate with others regarding rules and boundaries while still maintaining a cordial atmosphere. Actual enforcement of and exceptions to rules fall only to the steward on duty (for general rules) and the board of directors. Members may not make determinations regarding rules or exceptions.
1. USE OF YACHT CLUB FACILITIES – The Yacht Club facilities are maintained by and for the use of Wiscasset Yacht Club members and their guests.
2. CLUBHOUSE – The clubhouse is open and will be unlocked through the boating season on weekends during the steward’s hours. Outside of those hours the club is available to members and if used should be left as it was found. This includes locking all doors and windows, shutting off lights, heat, stoves, and cleaning the kitchen.
3. RENTALS AND USE BY MEMBERS – Club members have full use of the clubhouse and club facilities at any time that there is not a club function or an approved rental in progress. During rentals, members still have the use of the parking lot, bathrooms, and docks. Any member wishing to have “exclusive use” of the clubhouse must pay the private rental fee.
4. LOCKERS – Lockers may be rented by club members on an as-available basis. All lockers rented remain the exclusive property of The Wiscasset Yacht Club and may be inspected by board members at any time for any prohibited or illegal items. To facilitate access in an emergency, each member renting a locker must provide the Commodore with either a key or the combination to any lock placed on a locker. Flammable liquids may not be stored in lockers. This includes gasoline, propane or butane gas, stove alcohol, oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, charcoal lighter, oil-based paint or paint thinners. Illegal drugs or other illegal substances are not permitted in lockers.
5. MISCELLANEOUS CLUBHOUSE RULES
- Food should not be left in the common refrigerator (found in the kitchen) for more than weekend use and should be labeled with the owner’s name. The refrigerator will be cleaned out each Friday afternoon to maintain sanitary conditions.
- Electronic appliances other than those maintained by the club for the use of club members shall not be permanently installed or operated inside the clubhouse or on the porches.
- Club members shall not make any alterations of, addition to, or repair of the plumbing or electrical systems, the deck, ramp, docks or physical structure of the clubhouse without the knowledge and approval of the board of directors.
- Club members shall not act on behalf of or officially represent the club in any capacity, or contract work of any nature without the prior knowledge and approval of the board of directors.
6. DOCKING POLICY – These docks are private, for the use of Wiscasset Yacht Club members and guests only. No vessel operated by any person other than a club member, guest, or member of another yacht club extending reciprocal privileges and flying that club’s burgee may use the dock at any time.
Vessels operated by club members have first priority for dock space at all times. Guests of club members may tie up provided the member and guest are present and there is sufficient space. If all dock space is taken and a club member wishes to dock, non-member vessels must leave the dock and therefore non-member vessels may not be left unattended at any time.
No tie up is permitted in the red zone. This area adjacent to the ramp is for loading and unloading only.
Member boats may be left unattended for no longer than 2 hours during the hours from 8AM and 6PM and must post their contact information in the log book, on their boat, or with the steward so that we may reach you in case of an emergency.
Member boats are permitted to stay on the dock overnight for the purpose of overnighting on the boat. Hours are 6PM to 8AM. Please notify an officer and move as far down as possible. One crew member must be at the club at all times while staying overnight at the dock.
No unattended boats are to be left at the dock overnight. Members who find their boat is disabled and need to leave it at the dock overnight must obtain permission from a flag officer. Non-members may not remain at the dock overnight.
When docking, you must use the first available position farthest away from the ramp. Type of available tie up hardware or owner preference for a particular float is not a valid factor for docking purposes.
Please use consideration for others and abide by the first in, first out, move up rule.
Members do not have the authority to give permission for variances in any club and/or dock rules with regard to members, guests of club members, or members of other yacht clubs visiting our facility. Any and all complaints regarding violations of these rules, or to request an exception, must be made to one of the three Flag Officers. Please do not bring issues to any of the committee Chairs.
7. MEMBER DINGHIES, TENDERS, AND SKIFFS – Boats up to 12 feet in length with a maximum of 10 horsepower may be tied up behind the floats under the following conditions:
- Dinghy fee must be paid
- Dinghy must be labeled with member name/phone number
- Oarlocks must be removed or shipped
- Motors are down in the water, not tilted up
- Dinghy must be properly fendered to protect other boats
- Minimum of 3 feet of painter line allows for movement with the tide
- Dinghy docking privilege is for members and invited guests only
8. YACHT CLUB DINGHIES – These boats are provided for members only, for use only in Wiscasset harbor as a conveyance to and from moored boats. Club dinghies must be returned to the floats and properly tied up with lifejackets and oars returned to the clubhouse.
9. MISCELLANEOUS – No swimming is allowed from the yacht club facilities except for the purpose of underwater boat repairs. No fishing is allowed from yacht club facilities. Children 12 and under must wear coast guard approved PFDs when on the ramp or floats.