Buoy Field Guidelines
3/99 - 1/01 - updated 3/06 current to 03.10
The following is a list of rules, responsibilities, and management of the Rickey Point Sailing Club (RPSC) Buoy Field and Premises.
Original permits were issued to the RPSC by the Corps of Engineers (OYB-1-012698) and the National Park Service (PNR Coda 640-9-054). General Agreement for Community Access Point was made and entered into this 1st day of May 2009, by and between the Rickey Point Sailing Club, a community organization incorporated in the State of Washington, and the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area (LRNRA) a unit of the National Park Service (NPS).
All individual RPSC members must live up to the conditions set forth by these guidelines. RPSC is responsible to be in compliance with the National Park Service regulations for our permit site.
1. Only authorized members should talk to the National Park Service and other agencies regarding the management of this permit.
2. Members and guests are personally responsible for using all buoy field facilities. The Rickey Point Sailing Club assumes no liability from accidents incurred on club grounds and facilities.
3. The RPSC Port Captain shall be responsible for initiating and supervising all installation, maintenance, and upkeep of moorings, dock and premises as outlined in these guidelines, and in Article IV Board of Directors, Section IX Port Captain duties. The Port Captain shall have the use of a buoy at no charge for attending to these duties, and the removal/maintenance of buoys in the spring and fall.
4. Ground tackle sequence is listed as follows for all buoys:
Upper Chain 3/8” regular or 5/16” high test - approximately 4’ long.
5/8” Nylon mooring line with 5/8” galvanized thimbles.
1/2” galvanized eye swivel
3/8” galvanized lower chain
Mooring block 1,200 pounds concrete (estimate)
connections with 7/16” shackles w/ pins wired tied
Scope for all buoys is 2 to 1 at full lake level
NOTE: Any modifications must not lower the breaking strength or change the length of the ground tackle.
5. Buoy holders are responsible for connecting a pennant from boat to buoy. Maximum pennant length is 10 feet. Pennant may only be connected to the top of the buoy on the newer pull-through buoys; otherwise they must be connected to the 7/16” shackle on the bottom of the buoy. Pennants are subject to inspection by the buoy field manager. It is requested that you remove your pennant when you haul your boat at the end of the season, or risk losing it for the following year.
6. Parking will be permitted only on the flat above the point (see map). Short term parking (10 minutes max) will be permitted on the point above the dock for loading and unloading only.
7. The dock will be for loading and unloading only, not moorage. The time limit for loading is 30 minutes.
8. Buoys will be numbered using the same size lettering as your boat registration according to row and buoy number (ex. 4-3). The Port Captain will assign buoys, keep a list of current buoy holders, and maintain the waiting list. Any questions or concerns should be made to the Port Captain.
9. “In-Season” will be defined from June 1st to November 1st. Any buoy not in use by July 15th each year may revert back to the club for reassignment. The club will consider hardships, as well as the past year’s use. The club would like to see all buoys in use.
10. A buoy holder who is not planning on using their buoy for an extending period during the ‘in-season’ time is requested to contact the Port Captain to discuss allowing a waiting-list member to use the buoy. Temporary assignments of buoy use during the in-season will be made by the Port Captain according to waiting list order. Buoy holders are not to assign use of their buoy during the in-season time without going through the Port Captain.
11. Off-season use of buoys can generally be more flexible. However the Port Captain should be made aware of your intentions for off-season use. The Port Captain reserves the right to have boat owners move or remove boats from the buoy field if needed for maintenance purposes.
12. During the in-season, the club is responsible for providing maintenance to the dock and flashing buoy. The club will also cover maintenance outside this period if 6 or more boats are on buoys. The Port Captain will have to provide the necessary labor, bare the cost, and notify the USCG to change operational period.
13. Buoys will be removed by the Port Captain at the end of the season. If any buoy is left in the Club is required to have the Flashing Buoy in operation.
14. Vacated buoys and/or buoy holders who do not maintain membership and use in good standing with these guidelines and the By-Laws of RPSC may lose buoy holder rights and privileges. In this event, buoys will then be reassigned to waiting list members in order of seniority on the list. As stated in the By-Laws, RPSC board members will consider hardships and circumstances before making a decision to reassign buoy holder rights.
15. Fees in addition to club membership will be charged to all buoy field holders (with the exception of the Port Captain) to cover costs incurred by the RPSC. These costs may include (but are not limited to) fees to NPS, insurance, maintenance or upgrades to facilities, etc. The club will assess these costs and adjust fees accordingly through due process.
Board of Directors
Rickey Point Sailing Club