Sunday, June 19, 2016

Summer is here!

Summer has arrived!  Isn’t it a glorious place, our Delta? 

Driftwood is a darn glorious place too!  It’s the perfect place to keep your boat for trips either upstream or down river, or to just hang out for a while.  I encourage you to stop by the office for complimentary coffee, water or a soda…and a visit with me (complimentary as well!).
Speaking of hanging out, the next social for our berthers will be Sunday, July 31.  It is our much anticipated wine tasting event!  Check out our Facebook Page and the flyer included with your monthly statement for the latest information.

This month, I want to talk a little about boating safety.  California state law requires all children under 13 years old to wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket while on board a vessel that is 26 ft or less while underway. Also, anyone being towed behind a vessel (such as skiing) and anyone riding a personal watercraft must wear a life jacket.  It is the law!  Here at Driftwood, we request all children wear a life jacket any time they walk down a ramp, are on the docks or in and around the boats.  This includes vessels larger than 26 ft. 

The speed limit exiting the harbor is No Wake until you have cleared the harbormaster house.  Returning to the marina, the No Wake begins 100 yards (the length of a football field) before the entrance to the harbor, to prevent wake damage and help limit erosion to the banks.  

Should you encounter an on the water emergency, it’s important to know what to do.  # 1 Stay calm. #2 make sure everyone onboard has on a life jacket. #3 Know the name of your boat, registration number, your location, how many people are on board, the type of emergency and if anyone requires medical help. #4 if you have a ship to shore radio, tune to channel 16 (the US Coast Guard) and clearly say “MAYDAY” for life threatening emergencies or SECURITE (pronounced-secure-i-tay) for safety emergencies that are non-life threating. Our nearest Coast Guard Station is the USCG Station Rio Vista (707) 374-2871.  Their emergency number is (707) 374-2655. An example of an emergency call would be:
“MAYDAY, MAYDAY,MAYDAY” This is “Delta Floater, Delta Floater, Delta Floater” CF1234AZ.  We are in Mayberry Slough on the San Joaquin River.  Struck a submerged object.  Need pumps, tow and medical assistance. 2 Adults and 2 children on board.  1 adult has fractured leg.  Estimate can stay afloat 2 hours. Delta Floater is a 32’ Cabin Cruiser, white hull with brown stripe, beige canvas. While I hope no one needs to use this protocol, please review it and keep it handy. 

Get out there and enjoy your boat…use it…love it!  See you on July 31st, if not before.

Happy Boating,
Mike, Harbormaster

Monday, February 15, 2016

February Fun & Sun

We are being teased with beautiful spring-like days out here at Driftwood! Warm, sunny days with little wind are ideal for getting out in your boat for a little ride.  Be sure to take advantage of the break in the winter rains and come on out for some boating fun. While you are here, it's a good time to do a little spring cleaning around your berth so everything is ready to go next time you'd like to use your boat.

Speaking of spring cleaning, I want to send a shout-out to our very talented and creative gardener, Miss Bonnie.  She really keeps the marina looking great and creates a place to be proud to bring your boating friends to. By the way, we have slips up to 42’ available for immediate move-in. 

The next major marina improvement will be our bathrooms.  There will be some interruptions in service but we will keep you updated as the project progresses. 

I hope you are planning on attending the Sunday Soup Social next week, February 21st.  It will be held on the patio (between the office and the bathrooms) from noon to 3 pm.  The forecast is for dry weather. We love being able to thank you for your patronage and want you to take this opportunity to meet and socialize with your fellow Drifties. 

More social events are planned for the year.  Let us know if there is something you would like to see us do for you.  Next up is Opening Day, the first or second weekend in April.  Please watch out for flyers as we finalize the plans.  We will be hosting a continental breakfast and a boat-decorating contest just for Drifties. The local yacht clubs will be having a parade and we want to encourage you to get in on the fun as well.

Until next time, Happy Boating…