Our Boat Home

Covid-19 Effects

The club must adhere and follow the government and US Rowing rules and guidelines regarding protection from the spread of the Covid-19 virus.  The fundamental effects are that no one who lives separately can row in the same boat which limits the vast majority of TRC members to rowing in singles.  Only members of the same household can row in the same boat. We have also added more attention to the hygiene of cleaning the oars grips as described below.

The Location

Thanks to the generosity of the owner of Jean Street Shipyard we have a new home for most of our boats. Assuming our trial use of the shipyard is satisfactory, we will relocate our boats to the north end of the shipyard and be able to add the rest of our fleet.  Our ‘Boat Home’ is not a boathouse as the boats are outside, currently BUT – thanks to the hard work of several of our members, we have built two sets of racks that can hold up to 20 boats securely, installed our dock and have conducted maintenance and construction in the TRC area within the Jean Street Shipyard – all to make rowing more accessible for members.  Our current location is a bit south of the entrance so walk down the river and bear left.  You should be able to see the dock and the kiosk as you proceed. The gate code is the year that Florida became a state – a few years after the shipyard was built.

The interactive river map has been updated to show the distances from our new home.  You can view the tides and other celestial based information at the Almanac page.

The shipyard is a very active and busy working shipyard.  It is not for the faint of heart but provides access to the best rowing water on the river. You must use caution when on the site and be aware of the various hazards. EVERYONE who uses it for any TRC purpose MUST complete the Jean Street Shipyard waiver (click to download).  The waiver should be inserted into the JBL Waivers folder in the TRC file drawer on site inside our kiosk shed onsite.

Being Good Neighbors

In addition to being a busy and active workplace the shipyard is the home to a number of people who live on their boats.  We need to be considerate and keep our activities as unobtrusive as possible, especially in the early mornings.  We must keep our noise to a low level in the early morning.

Most of the boats at the shipyard are being rebuilt or altered.  No photographs of any part of the shipyard containing non-TRC boats can be made or published in any form without express permission of the shipyard owner.

Boats and Oars

We currently are limited to having two set of racks, each capable of holding 10 shells and 9 sets of sculling oars.  Since the equipment is outdoors it is CRITICAL that every item is secured when not being used.  We are using Velcro straps to secure the items to make it easy to access and secure items.  Here is a photo of the Velcro strap on some shells.  Here is a photo of the Velcro straps on the oars.   Be certain that you secure the Velcro or lines on boats after use.  Always keep the Velcro secured on oars in the racks.  The rack numbers are on the racks as shown in this photo on the last stack.  Use these rack numbers when logging a boat being taken.  The numbers run from top to bottom and south to north with rack 1 being the south top boat and rack 20 being the bottom boat at the north side.

The Dock

The dock is in place and useful but extreme care must be taken, especially on low tide.  There is a steel rail top as visible and marked by green arrows at the bottom of this photo that protrudes upward a few feet from the southeast corner of the dock.  This cannot be removed.  You must be very careful when coming into the dock to not hit this hazard.  There are a red flag and tape, visible in this photo, attached to the dock next to the hazard to remind members of it.   Quads should always be launched and recovered with stern out to avoid catching the skeg on the hazard.  Given that we have a small dock surface it is important that members launch and recover quickly when other boats are waiting.  It is easy to launch and recover singles on the north edge of the dock between the dock and crane pier. 

Recovery can be a bit tricky on the dock since it is perpendicular to the river flow and the flow can be deceptively strong. Many singles scullers have found that backing into the north side between the pier and the dock and keeping the boat aligned to the dock edge works easily.  An alternative is to approach the south edge at a 45-degree angle and catch the southwest corner with your hand.  Coming into the south edge aligned with the dock only works if the current is slow or nil.

Equipment Care

All equipment must be washed after use using soap.  Be sure to rinse all metal parts completely to remove river water.  This includes oarlocks and seat wheels.  It is also vital to wash the oar grips in soap.  We have a bucket with chlorine to be used to quickly dip the grips in prior to washing.  Immediately sponge the grips with soapy water and rinse all parts of the oar.  We use Dawn and just a small amount is required for good results.  Remember to replace the lids on the buckets, please. We have a hose for our use connected to the faucet is on a pole about 80 feet north of the ramps.  Our hose is black with a red stripe.   Please use the right valve (see this photo) to turn water on and, of course, be sure to turn it off when you are finished.  The hose should be moved out of the ramp and crane paths.  A good thing to do is to take the nozzle with you when you go to turn off the water.  Boat slings can be left setup in the wash area.

The Kiosk

The kiosk shed contains the materials for the support of rowing including the logbook and boat lights.  There is a light that is set to come on automatically when the lid is opened in the dark – unless someone pushes the power button. Boat lights are in the small toolbox on top of the counter.  Return boat lights to the toolbox but leave any needing a recharge outside the box.  We change lights every few days.  Leave any dull lights on the shelf outside the box.   Please return all cleaning equipment, except buckets, to the kiosk if you are the last person leaving the site.  Take care to close the lid, being careful to have it latch on both sides.  Please, clean up any pieces of trash.  We have a tiny trash container on the bottom of the kiosk.

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