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Commodore’s Blog – April 2019

Q on Bay Cruise Capt. Bill Krebs

The Q on Bay cruise, led by Capt. Bill Krebs, was an outstanding success. 12 boats and 65 participants. Cruise activity continues with the Beaufort Air Show, followed by the overnight cruise to Charleston.

Kayak trips are in full swing – we have a couple planned in rapid succession. The kayak loaner list is on-line now, so if you would like to borrow a kayak, check out the website for more information.

The first fishing trip was delayed due to bad weather, but has been rescheduled.

Don’t forget the upcoming Pig Pickin’ at the Gazebo on May 6th. Sign-up now for this event as it usually sells out. The Ship’s Store will be open during the event, so bring your cash or checks. Lots of new and interesting merchandise is available.

All DIYC activities are posted in the calendar on our website ( Registration forms can be found there as well. To log onto the member side of the site, use the password on the back of your DIYC membership.

You do not have to have a boat or kayak to participate in our on water activities. Most cruises and trips allow for non-vessel owners to attend when space is available. So check out the registration forms for that option when the e-mail event notices are sent out.

New Members Reception

We held our new member meet and greet at the gazebo this week. 25 new members attended. A worthwhile event by all accounts, the purpose being to explain what the board does and how new members can get engaged.

The Board of Governors agreed to support the Pledge the Pink event being held on Dataw Island on Oct. 26th. Planning has begun. See my recent e-mail for more information.

In addition to Pledge the Pink, the DIYC is supporting Camp Dataw again this year. Our thanks to Cheryl Johnson for leading our efforts here.

If you have pictures of a DIYC event, please send to Louise Moses ( Louise will get them posted to our website for all to enjoy.

Smooth sailing and safe boating all.
Keith Aspray

Commodore’s Blog March 2019

Newly painted marina building

Progress on the marina continues.  Pilings have been surveyed, buoys attached to the sunken boats and a Harbor Master hired – Curtis McDaniel.  Please be sure to go down to the marina and welcome Curtis to Dataw Island when he starts next week.  The building re-painting project is almost done.  A big thank you to all the DIYC members that came out and helped during the marina cleanup days.  The grounds look so much better already.

The Board of Governors (BoG) discussed several marina related projects, among others:

  1. Help get the “work” boat (run around or pump out boat) operational.  It needs some work including electronics and labor.  The DIOA has a plan to pursue this repair, so the BoG decided to put further consideration of this effort on-hold;
  2. DIYC indoor space at the marina building.  I met with the managing partner of Sweetgrass, whose lease includes the Outpost, Ted Bartlett and Lori Murdaugh to see if there was an opportunity to pursue our own DIYC space.  The BoG is reviewing options and this will take some more time and discussion to see if we proceed or not.  More on this in the future.

Our thanks to the kayakers who are willing to loan their kayaks to fellow members.  Nancy Schulte, Kayak Chair, undertook an effort to survey members and identify those willing to loan out kayaks.  These kayaks are either at the Dataw Dr. Kayak Launch site or at the owner’s home.  Please see the kayak loaner list on-line at our website and contact the kayak owner directly.  The loaner list and release/waiver agreement can be found on the members’ only side of the website.  To log into the member side, look for the password on the back of your DIYC membership card (no ID required).

Our membership is back up to pre-Matthew levels – 235+.  Thank you to all new and returning members.  A new member meet and greet with the BoG is being planned for April 15th

On the boring side, the board voted to renew the DIYC’s general liability insurance.

On the exciting side, boating season is now in annual restart, while kayaking never stopped.  Our first cruise is coming up on April 6th – to “Q on Bay.”  Contact Capt. Bill Krebs for more details.

I am off on a trip for a month doing some cruising/sailing (so to speak) and will miss progress at the marina.  This also means I won’t be able to meet Curtis, Harbor Master, upon his return to Dataw Island.  Please give him my regards!!!!

Smooth sailing and safe boating all.

Keith Aspray