Boat use policy

This policy is designed to ensure that everyone has safe opportunities to row and access to equipment. It is the responsibility of all club members to care for and help maintain our equipment.

Small boats (1x, 2x) must be signed out in the log book prior to launching.

Privately owned boats (1x,2x):

Private boats are those boats which are owned by individual members of the team, and the owners are in charge of determining who is allowed to use these boats. Any damage to privately owned equipment is the responsibility of the party causing the damage, and not the responsibility of the club. Boat owners are responsible for having adequate insurance which also covers anyone who borrows his or her boat. Boat owners are responsible for ensuring their boat is in usable condition.

The sculling liaison will maintain a list of all boat sharing agreements. To add or remove someone from your list, please contact the sculling liaison.

Club boats

The boathouse manager will maintain an online (accessible to all club members) schedule of regularly scheduled practices for both the Masters and UNC teams (as provided by the UNC teams to the UNC/OWASA liaison). An online list of members who have passed the coxing qualification and sculling proficiency exams will be maintained by the appropriate team leaders. Club boats have to be back in the boat house 15 minutes before scheduled sweep practices and they can only be checked out after all practice boats have left the dock.

1x –

The Alden and Maas recreational shells are available to all current members of the Carolina Masters. During regular sweep practice times, priority is given to current sweep rowers who are not in the larger boats.

The Sage is available to all current members of the Carolina Masters who have passed the small boats proficiency test. During regular sweep practice times, priority is given to current sweep rowers who are not in the larger boats.

The Swift is available to all current members of the Carolina Masters who have passed the small boats proficiency test. During regular sweep practice times, priority is given to current sweep rowers who are not in the larger boats.

2x/2- –

The Carolina Grit is available to all current members of the Carolina Masters club. The combined, average weight of the rowers in the boat should be under 165 lbs, with no individual rower weighting over 200 lbs. Both rowers must have passed the small boats proficiency test. During regular sweep practice times, priority is given to current sweep rowers who are not in the larger boats.

The Honey Badger is available to all current members of the Carolina Masters club.  During regular sweep practice times, priority is given to current sweep rowers who are not in the larger boats.

 

4+/-/x –

The Tours de Fours belongs to the women’s sweep teams, and the women’s sweep team leaders can determine who can row in the boat taking into account experience and the recommended average weight for the boat.

8+ –

None of the 8+s are available for use outside of regularly scheduled, holiday racing practices or learn to row lessons. Each team is only allowed to row in their teams boats unless they get permission to use another team’s equipment from the appropriate team leader.

The Clark is available to all current sweep rowers, as well as learn to row participants.

The Claudia is available for all current sweep rowers, as well as learn to row participants.

The Amy Gitelman belongs to the women’s sweep team, and the women’s sweep team leaders can determine who can row in the boat taking into account experience and the recommended average weight for the boat.

The Fast Patti belongs to the women’s sweep team, and the women’s sweep team leaders can determine who can row in the boat taking into account experience and the recommended average weight for the boat.

Launch

The launch is available for use by the team coaches as long as the driver is certified with the NC Wildlife Boater’s Safety course. Team coaches should negotiate the use of the launch between teams.

The launch is available for the coach of the rowing lessons provided he/she is certified with the NC Wildlife Boater’s Safety course.

The launch is always available to any member of the team as part of a rescue operation. The club member driving the launch is responsible for the safe operation of the launch.

Boat use priority during regular sweep practices

The club 1xs, the Grit and the Honey Badger are available to all teams during regularly scheduled practices. Participants and/or team leaders should negotiate the best configuration of rowers in these boats.

Boat use during re-scheduled practices

If a team has to temporarily move their practice time due to weather or other concerns, priority of boat use is given to the team which holds the normally scheduled practice time. A fixed, seasonal time change does not constitute a rescheduled practice.

Boat use during holiday practices

For non-regularly scheduled practices (holidays) as determined by the team leader, boat priority is the same as it is for regularly scheduled practices.

Boat Use for Racing Practices

Up to 4 weeks before a team race (as selected by the regatta committee/coach), racing boats have priority over the equipment in which they are racing for practices that are designated “race boat practices” by the coach or team leader prior to the practice time.

Sign-up for club boats outside of practice

If club boats are used outside of a scheduled team practice, a reservation for the equipment should be made using the online signup tool on the club’s website. The signup tool operates on the honor code – please only edit your own events and not those of others. Reservations for boats are made first come, first serve. You may only sign up for a boat up to 1 week in advance.

Damage to equipment

If you damage a boat or notice wear and tear that needs attention, please notify the equipment manager and your team leader. If equipment is used by multiple teams, please alert the other team leaders as to the condition of the equipment.

If equipment is rendered unusable, please indicate on the signup sheet that the boat is temporarily unavailable and place a DO NOT ROW tag on the boat.