Post-Season Report

Thanks to Bill and Bonnie Cullen (Cat’s Meow) for filing the following report:

Meadows:

As of Monday (10/26/15) all the boats and floats have moved out of the Meadows anchorage and are back to their winter moorings. There is one exception–a float that folds up is still out at the point and is losing some of its flotation.  Additionally, a “Huck Finn” float and some miscellaneous material is STILL on-shore.  As in past years, we request   that you remove ALL your stuff.  This is not our property!  We are are there only with the permission of the property owners.  Let’s not jeopardize it!

THE “El Nino” FORECAST!

If you leave property out there it may very well be destroyed or washed away.  If the forecast pertaining to the “El Nino” is correct, the Delta could be subject to unusually heavy rains and very high tides.  In past years we have noted 10 to 12 feet of water over and above normal.   Your stuff will likely float away, possibly sink or wind up becoming a hazard to navigation.  The time is now to get it out of there!

Water Hyacinth & Algae:

The repeated treatment to manage the hyacinth was partially effective. There remains significant patches throughout the Delta with some sloughs remaining totally blocked. This last week significant patches of algae were flowing down stream. Hopefully, we won’t experience the same problems as we did last  summer.

The Egeria remains a problem for everyone and calls and/or emails to the Department of Boating & Waterways (ais@parks.ca.gov) will go a long way toward alerting them of the continuing problem.  If there is any hope of a solution, they need to know that the issue persists and attention in early Spring of 2016 is needed.

WGM Fire:

The insurance investigation into the fire has concluded that the fire started on “Second Chance,” a Fun Country.  They are still pointing toward a propane”Dometic” refrigerator as the cause of the fire, according to WGM owner.  Three of the 14 burned boats, “Full Gainer,” “Wet Dreams” and “Barbara Ann” have been replaced.

Dave and Carla Frenznick have replaced their Fun Country with “Triple Gainer,” a 70′ Fun Country, which as been completely redone…beautiful too!

The owner of WGM is still working on replacing the burned out sheds/slips.

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Does Anyone Need a Brand New Refrigerator?

We made a little mistake when ordering our refrigerator for the new boat.  We decided to purchase an extremely energy efficient electric refrigerator instead of a propane model. (We’ve had bad luck with propane fridges, which is why we are remodeling a boat instead of enjoying the Meadows with you this season).

We purchased a stainless steel LG 26 Cu. Ft. side-by-side that only draws about 4+ amps. Only problem is that we ordered the full size instead of the counter-depth model.  We realized our mistake on Thursday evening after we wrestled the thing into the boat.  Only problem is that it sat in our garage for nearly two months and now can’t be returned.

If anyone is looking for a fridge that can run off your inverter, I’m a motivated seller.  We paid $1,500.  Here is a link: LG Fridge Specs

Capt. Dave and Admiral Carla

 

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Water Hyacinth Spraying Update 

The Department of Boating and Waterways resumed the spraying of Meadows hyacinth on Monday & Tuesday (7/20 & 7/21). They used an “airboat” to penetrate the deep inlets this time and spent about one hour on the far west end of the Meadows. We are not sure if they sprayed around our boats because of the wind. We’ll be able to determine if spraying occurred around the boats in about a week, when plants start to yellow. Keep your fingers crossed.

Department personnel indicated that they have until November to complete the project this year in the entire Delta.

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Beef, Beer & Bocce Saturday, June 20th

B B & B Party…..Reminder…Saturday June 20th… See You There!!!!!!!

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Water Hyacinth Spraying

On Thursday, June 11th, the Meadows Anchorage was sprayed by the Department of Boating & Waterways’ crew. The crew sprayed both sides of the anchorage and around each moored boat/float etc. The product used is “Round-up Custom” and is  used for control of aquatic plants. The first indication that it is working will be the yellowing of the hyacinth in about 3 days and browning in 10 days. After that the dead plant will sink & decompose. It is selective and unfortunately does not work to control the underwater “egeria.”  The surface algae requires an algaecide, which is not allowed.  The spraying crew will be back to check the effectiveness of “Round-up Custom.”

They hope that treatment for the invasive egeria will begin next March. The egeria requires the repeated (weekly) use of pellets over a 12-week period and it is both expensive and labor intensive.

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10th Annual Beer, Beef & Bocce!

You’re Invited: Saturday, June 20, 2015; Noon to whenever; sign up for bocce and horseshoes at noon.  Bring your favorite dish to share.

NOTE–Deadline for T-shirt orders is June 4.  Contact Kathi at (831) 750-7998 or email her at Kammka2@yahoo.com.

See you there!

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Fire Marshall Bill Reports

WGM Fire Report

During the first week of May, several (15?) fire investigators will meet again to scour over the hull/remains of “Second Chance” (65′ Fun County). They plan to send certain parts/ appliances (battery chargers, refrigerators, etc.) to a lab. These types of parts may have caused the fire. This will conclude the investigation and hopefully provide conclusive evidence as to cause of the fire. After this meeting the remaining hulls and debris will be trucked to a salvage/recycle facility for disposal.

Jeff Tranum, the owner of WGM, estimates the total loss at about $2.5 Million. He plans on rebuilding slips and sheds. In addition, improved fire protection such as fixed pipes for drafting and improved capability to prevent a fire from mushrooming under roof areas, will be implemented.   Half of the boat owners  have expressed an interest in returning to WGM to J & H sheds. Two owners (Wet Dreams & Full Gainer) have acquired replacement Fun Country houseboats. Others are still looking for suitable boats.

As a side note from those who have suffered a loss. Documenting all items on your boat is key to successful insurance settlement. An easy way to list items is to take cell phone photos of all items. Then determine the item’s purchase date, initial cost and where you bought the item. An Excel spread sheet is easily used as a working document to update. This suggestion would also apply to your house.

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