Our Boat Home

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.

We can row on the delightful waters of the Hillsborough River.  The river water is cleaner and calmer than downtown – almost no seawalls!  There are a few turns just south of the shipyard but the water beyond is the best on the river.  The interactive river map has been updated to show the distances from our new home.

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.

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.  Not all equipment is secured with Velcro, but we will continue to add more over time.  Be certain that you secure the Velcro or lines on boats and oars after use.  The new 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 recover singles on the north edge of the dock between the dock and crane pier, by the way. 

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. There are hoses to the north of the concrete ramp on which the dock is attached.  There is a hose nozzle which should be left in the supplies bucket in the kiosk when not in use.  The nozzle should be attached to the hose by the first sculler back and removed by the last.  The faucet is on a pole about 80 feet north of the ramps.  Please use the black valve (see this photo) to turn water on and, of course, be sure to turn it off when you are finished.  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.

Last edit: 2 April 2020 1011