Looking forward to the invention of cleats in Canada

Dan33

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I rented a city dock for the long weekend recently to sail Lake Hefner in OKC. With diminishing winds this time of year, I thought a trip to the notoriously windy lake was in order. I've read that it's in the top 10 inland racing venues in the country. It says so on the OKC boat club website. I made the drive beforehand to scout the dock and launch facilities. This was the nightmare I found. I sat for an hour considering putting my boat in there, then changed my mind. Fully half of the boats had serious wounds from the facilities. Those pointed steel stairs at the front were scary, not to mention the fingers and cleats.

It turns out the docks were built as part of the WPA in the 30s. I guess I'm the only one within a few hundred miles that wasn't in on the joke.

To be fair, the boat club across the lake is civilized, I later found out.

The shame is it wouldn't take a lot of work to deck over them and add proper cleats...stupid.

 

SloopJonB

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Chum said:
I rented a city dock for the long weekend recently to sail Lake Hefner in OKC. With diminishing winds this time of year, I thought a trip to the notoriously windy lake was in order. I've read that it's in the top 10 inland racing venues in the country. It says so on the OKC boat club website. I made the drive beforehand to scout the dock and launch facilities. This was the nightmare I found. I sat for an hour considering putting my boat in there, then changed my mind. Fully half of the boats had serious wounds from the facilities. Those pointed steel stairs at the front were scary, not to mention the fingers and cleats.

It turns out the docks were built as part of the WPA in the 30s. I guess I'm the only one within a few hundred miles that wasn't in on the joke.

To be fair, the boat club across the lake is civilized, I later found out.
Those things are nasty, no doubt but putting out more than one or two poorly positioned fenders (that's all I see in those pics) would go a long way to reducing the scarring.

Shit, I put out at least three even when the dock has bump stripping on wood.

No-one on that lake ever heard of fender boards?

 

CalamityJack

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Chum, on 08 Oct 2015 - 06:52 AM, said:

Chum said:
I rented a city dock for the long weekend recently to sail Lake Hefner in OKC. With diminishing winds this time of year, I thought a trip to the notoriously windy lake was in order. I've read that it's in the top 10 inland racing venues in the country. It says so on the OKC boat club website. I made the drive beforehand to scout the dock and launch facilities. This was the nightmare I found. I sat for an hour considering putting my boat in there, then changed my mind. Fully half of the boats had serious wounds from the facilities. Those pointed steel stairs at the front were scary, not to mention the fingers and cleats.
It turns out the docks were built as part of the WPA in the 30s. I guess I'm the only one within a few hundred miles that wasn't in on the joke.
To be fair, the boat club across the lake is civilized, I later found out.
Sure our docks aren't pretty, but at least they are free. Right? Or did they offer to pay you to use them?

 

TwoLegged

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I suspect there are Canadian regulations for docks that require a toe rail and that's the easiest way to do it. Other ways exist.

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That is nothing but an expensive trip hazard. Why is such a thing permitted, never mind encouraged?

 

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What a bunch of babies, get over it. Tie your boat up however you need to. If this keeps you away from cruising in the NW, BC or Alaska you probably wouldn't enjoy it anyhow. It rains here too.

 

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What a bunch of babies, get over it. Tie your boat up however you need to. If this keeps you away from cruising in the NW, BC or Alaska you probably wouldn't enjoy it anyhow. It rains here too.
For a new guy you're pretty cheeky. I like it.

Oh, and not only does it rain here, it gets dark at night too.

 

SloopJonB

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What a bunch of babies, get over it. Tie your boat up however you need to. If this keeps you away from cruising in the NW, BC or Alaska you probably wouldn't enjoy it anyhow. It rains here too.
For a new guy you're pretty cheeky. I like it.

Oh, and not only does it rain here, it gets dark at night too.
Don't forget all the rocks and the high speed current in the passes.

 

DDW

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What a bunch of babies, get over it. Tie your boat up however you need to. If this keeps you away from cruising in the NW, BC or Alaska you probably wouldn't enjoy it anyhow. It rains here too.
OK, while I'm at it, I don't like the rain either. Can't do anything about that but cleats have been used in civilized countries for several hundred years.

And tits are required.

 

dinghydoc

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What a bunch of babies, get over it. Tie your boat up however you need to. If this keeps you away from cruising in the NW, BC or Alaska you probably wouldn't enjoy it anyhow. It rains here too.
OK, while I'm at it, I don't like the rain either. Can't do anything about that but cleats have been used in civilized countries for several hundred years.

And tits are required.
I agree. I'll take tits on the docks and the cleats. Always in pairs. No odd numbers. Bad luck.

 

IStream

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What a bunch of babies, get over it. Tie your boat up however you need to. If this keeps you away from cruising in the NW, BC or Alaska you probably wouldn't enjoy it anyhow. It rains here too.
OK, while I'm at it, I don't like the rain either. Can't do anything about that but cleats have been used in civilized countries for several hundred years.

And tits are required.
I agree. I'll take tits on the docks and the cleats. Always in pairs. No odd numbers. Bad luck.
I'll take one tit over none any day.

 

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Chum said:
It could be much worse:

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Can you imagine the lawsuit if someone tripped and fell on that? Seriously. Holy shit. Where is this so I NEVER make the mistake of going there. I wonder what the story behind the ripped off stantions is.

 
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dinghydoc

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Chum said:
It could be much worse:

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Can you imagine the lawsuit if someone tripped and fell on that? Seriously. Holy shit. Where is this so I NEVER make the mistake of going there. I wonder what the story behind the ripped off stantions is.
Now there's a picture. Your crew is trying to fend off the concrete monster, loses their balance, falls backwards over the lifelines and lands right onto those exposed rebars. Ouch. Forked for sure. Like one of those TV dramas where the guy is found stuck on a spiked iron fence. This exists in the land of lawsuits?

 
Chum said:
It could be much worse:

image_zpseiu14oit.jpeg


image_zpsmnuxyydg.jpeg
Can you imagine the lawsuit if someone tripped and fell on that? Seriously. Holy shit. Where is this so I NEVER make the mistake of going there. I wonder what the story behind the ripped off stantions is.
Now there's a picture. Your crew is trying to fend off the concrete monster, loses their balance, falls backwards over the lifelines and lands right onto those exposed rebars. Ouch. Forked for sure. Like one of those TV dramas where the guy is found stuck on a spiked iron fence. This exists in the land of lawsuits?
Here is a view of the same marina during a drought. It seem to be a special kind of hell for boats...



Oh, and they occasionally have tornadoes there too. These photos are from 1998:

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http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/?n=events-19980613

 
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