Commodore’s Blog

The DIYC Board met February 6th and everyone’s enthusiasm was evident as we planned for the season ahead.

While there has been progress on the marina, and the news continues to be hopeful, we remain in a holding pattern until the buyer, Moorage Associates, completes due diligence and the transfer of the marina to a new owner is finalized. When that happens, we should see early progress in clean-up of debris and removal of two sunken boats in the marina. There should be renovation and updated operations in dry stack area. Construction of wet slips will be a longer term issue and will be in the Redevelopment Plan presented by Moorage Associates. It is anticipated that the plan will propose the sale of dockominium wet slips.  Faster, please!

The sunken sailboat in the Morgan is a separate matter, and we are studying that and the experience at Hilton Head with removing such wrecks.

DIYC remains in very good financial condition. Our membership renewals continue to grow, and if the marina finally is renovated, it should provide a boost in membership.  Our Ships Store has been having a good year with popular new DIYC items. If something isn’t in stock, it can be special ordered and delivered.

Plans are being completed for the Final Friday on February 23. Shrimp Gumbo will be served by the Bridge and sides provided by our Board. The social events will continue with the return of the popular whole pig barbeque at the Pig Pickin’ in May.

By Final Friday, we should see the first whispers of warmer weather and boats in the water. Then our season will really begin. Bryan Tuttle, our Cruise Captain, has toiled at one of the hardest jobs on DIYC. The result is a busy 2018 set of very inviting cruises, including an overnight trip to Savannah and the Savannah Yacht Club, Cotton Island, a trip up the Combahee and ACE Basin, a party on the Morgan Island Sandbar with Fripp and Edisto Yacht Clubs, Pritchard’s Island, a cruise up the Ashepoopast Bennett’s Point, to Kiawah at Bohicket Marina, a repeat of the popular afternoon and evening cruises on the Prince of Tides, and our annual visit to the Edisto Island Yacht Club. A couple of fishing outings also are being planned.

Roy Crocker continues planning sailing events with Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club even as he vacations in St. Barts. The next THURSDAY PHRF FUN RACE is scheduled for February 15.

Nancy Schulte and Herb Stackhouse add one kayak cruise after another. A trip is planned for March 15 on the New River near Bluffton. In April, we will see the opening of the new kayak drop-off, storage and launching facility on Dataw Drive. Driving by there, we can see progress already.

The 2018 DIYC Membership Directory soon will be ready for press. We expect to begin delivery in the first week of March. The membership cards for the Yacht Club of America have arrived and will be included in the Directories. Remember that our membership in YCA provides reciprocal privileges at yacht clubs across America. If you visit, let us know where and something about your experience there.

Commodore’s Blog

January 8, 2018

Our Dataw watery paradise continues its winter’s slumber, with an occasional very un-Southern roar, like last week’s snow storm. This is the time that the Dataw Island Yacht Club begins its planning and preparations for the new season.

Dataw Marina

The top item, and always first in our minds, is the Dataw Marina. Unfortunately, I know of no news of significance to report. Perhaps the holidays and storm slowed activity. At the time of this writing, there has been no known execution of documents by the parties or even notice of culmination of the due diligence period. The DIYC Bridge communicated with the potential buyer, Leon Moore,again in the last couple of weeksto comment on his earlier ideas and asked to meet again. He agreed that we should meet soon. Where all this is going should become more evident in the very near future.

Membership Renewals

Our first objective this year, of course, is ensuring that all our members renew their memberships for 2018.  Renewals and new applications for membership must be received by the first week in February in order to be included in the printed DIYC Directory.  Membership applications for new and renewing members should be sent to Patty or Perry Gesell at 1722 Longfield Drive, 834-838-2995.  Forms are available from them, from our newly renovated and expanded website,, or at the Community Center.  We plan to have the DIYC Directory available by the February 23rd Final Friday event.

The Newly Renovated DIYC Website

Louise Moses has worked diligently to improve and expand our website, and it is ready. It is an excellent source of information useful to all DIYC members and to all of Dataw. The site will include up-to-date information about the DIYC, its meetings, events, concerns and other news, including the Commodore’s Blog. In addition, it provides a source for weather useful for boaters and all outdoor sports men and women. Over the next year, we hope to migrate our membership directory and boat information to the website.

Final Friday Chili Night January 26

Our 2018 DIYC Social year is underway, and the first event is the Final Friday scheduled for January 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Community Center. It is a great opportunity for our members to get together during the cold months. The DIYC Bridge and their spouses will prepare and serve their personal chili recipes, and the Board members will contribute side dishes and desserts. Members are encouraged to bring a Dataw guest who may be interested in joining the DIYC or learning more about our group. Membership forms will be available, and the Ships Store will have DIYC merchandise on hand. This is always a fully attended event, and we are limited to 120 persons. Please reserve early. Tomilee Harding is overseeing the event, and reservations should be made at . Soft drinks and water will be provided, and everyone is welcome to bring whatever beverages they wish.

2018 DIYC Cruise Schedule

The DIYC 2018 Cruise Schedule is being finalized by the new Cruise Captain, Bryan Tuttle. Events will begin appearing on the DIC and DIYC calendars, as well as being listed in the 2018 DIYC Directory. Events in planning include a cruise to Cotton Island, ACE Basin, Morgan River Sandbar with Fripp and perhaps Edisto Yacht Clubs, Pritchards Island, Bohicket, Edisto Yacht Club, and likely an overnight cruise to Savannah. Fishing outings are in discussion, and we will repeat the popular Prince of Tides outing from Beaufort’s Downtown Marina.

Sailing and Kayaking

While the rest of us are trying to stay warm, Roy Crocker is managing outings for our sailors, including a PHRF Fun Race downtown on Wednesday, January 17. Nancy Schulte keeps the kayaking calendar busy including an outing on January 17 to the “enigmatic” Ebenezer Creek and on February 5 to Butch’s Landing – a “Shrimp and Salt Marsh Kayak Trip.” As for Nancy, however, she is warm as she is kayaking today in the Florida Everglades.

Wayne Vance