21
March

SCRC Fleet Addition: Wintech Explorer 30′

You said you wanted another Double? Your SCRC Board has delivered a BEAUTY!!

Meet Floreana (named for one of the Galapagos Islands)  See the Fleet Page for Use and Care info.    

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12
December

NEW Celia Alice Boat Care Video

Our Fleet is housed on a variety of racks and spaces in the SC Harbor. Some boat spaces can we awkward to launch from, like our Dragonfly Double, Celia Alice.

Celia Alice is a 29ft Dragonfly Double. Watch her Video on the Fleet Page to learn the correct way to handle this boat.

Celia has sustained several types of damage, most from difficulties launching, docking, and putting the boat away.  Our Board has great concern about this constant damage. Our volunteer Fleet managers have provided a demonstration on how to handle Celia Alice, captured here on Video for all Club members to review. Please see the Fleet Page to view this video.

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25
October

What everyone should know about DAMAGE to our rowing Fleet

We are fortunate to have a skilled and talented group of Volunteer members who are able to repair our rowing shells. Market rate for this level of skill with resin, fiberglass, kevlar, carbon fiber, aluminum, wood and stainless steel is $60. to $100. per hour. Take a look at these pictures of damage to Celia Alice (the Red and White Dragonfly Double), and 3D (now retired from the fleet). How many hours do you think it would take to repair?  How could these different types of damage occur?  This damage unnoticed by the next rowers, would likely cause the boat to begin sinking by the time the rowers left the Harbor Mouth. Water is very heavy. Not only would the boat become hard to row, it can sink. These rowers lives would be in danger. Remember: You have about 55 minutes in 55 degrees of water before you experience life-threatening hypothermia. NONE OF THIS DAMAGE WAS REPORTED!! How would you like the board to deal with unreported damage? If you are unsure of, or uncomfortable with how to launch, dock, clean and replace these long, fiberglass and carbon fiber boats, please call one of our Instructors – on the Instruction page. They train members in boat care.

This crack is so deep, the boat fills with water - very serious damage indicating great force to the area. The boat could have been dropped on the edge of the dock. Sometimes this can occur from mishandling a boat hull full of heavy water. This would sound like a loud, sickening CRACK!

3D - This is a very serious egg shell crack. This type of crack occurs from hitting the boat with a hard object and/or scraping it along a hard sharp object. You would hear this damage when it occurs. It sounds like a sticky industrial zipper!

 

Deep scratches all the way through the gelcoat. These scratches can allow water to slowly creep into the fiberglass causing delamination between the resin and the fiberglass sheeting. Also, scratches like this allow water to soak into the foam core of the cowling eventually reaching the wood struts. Wood rot then occurs and the boat becomes structurally unsound.

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