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It's All About the Work

02/02/2016 8:07 PM | John Webster

Rich Steinacher, Chair Harbors & Docks Committee

Mon 2/1/2016 3:20 PM

It’s All About the Work

Work. That’s one element that binds us together as a Club. Work as a shared experience, as volunteers with a common purpose. It is simply unbelievable what we can do, bound by a common purpose. And that’s what it takes to keep the Ithaca Yacht Club a thriving, growing concern in 2016, and going forward.

Sometimes it’s a simple thing, like an observation that Joe Miller made early this winter when C-Dock was clearly in distress. Joe took a picture of the dock and shared it with his Harbors and Docks colleagues, via email (good thing, as I was in California!). One feature of that picture stood out to several of us: The east end of the first floating section was seriously out of alignment with the next section. Over the next few days, other H and D members, including Jesse Miller and Mike Luzzi inspected the dock, and reported that the physical connection between these two 60-foot sections had broken. Because all seven floating sections of C-Dock have five anchors each (35 total) holding them in place, we weren’t too concerned that we’d lose a dock. But the misalignment was putting our very expensive electrical cabling, plus the main waterline, in danger of pulling apart

During the next few days, Harbors and Docks members shared possible solutions, including chaining the two sections back together, while correcting the alignment problem. It came down to who could do the work, and this time, we agreed, as a group, that we wanted our key vendor and friend, Ron Knewstub, to look at the problem. Ron and his staff have provided yeoman service to the Club over the years, recently having built the stone and wood-piling dock just south of the bridge, rebuilt major sections of the North Docks, and also teamed with members of our committee, or donated equipment and boats, to allow us to make repairs to major Marina components (This fact alone has saved us a lot of money!).

I reached Ron last week in Domenica, Costa Rica. He promised to inspect the C-Dock problem promptly when he returned. On Tuesday, January 26, Ron inspected the break, and called me with his proposed solution. We agreed that he and his team would take a crack at repairing it the next day. Sometimes, even the most dedicated volunteers need to call in the professionals. That was the case, here. On Wednesday, Ron called me and relayed the details of the solution, along with pictures showing the properly aligned docks. On Thursday, he checked the work and called me again. We agreed on one more step to safeguard the docks, which was to be completed yesterday.

Working together as a group, with a key vendor-partner, we solved a critical problem for the Club, without great expense. Solving problems together is one of the glues that hold us together as the Ithaca Yacht Club.

Resolve to help the Club in some small way this year!

Rich Steinacher, Director, Harbors and Docks


  • 02/02/2016 8:55 PM | John Webster
    Everyone can do something! Take on a project, adopt a flowerbed, join a committee... there are many opportunities to become involved. The most important thing you can do for the club today, invite a friend to join! I'm looking forward to a great summer. Thanks! JW Commodore 2016
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