House and Ground Rules and Regulations
The House Rules set forth herein are established and published so the members, their families, and guests may enjoy the facilities of this Club. Members are referred to the By Laws, specifically Article XIV, Privileges of Members and Their Families, and to Article XV, Discipline, which are provided below for your convenience.
Privileges of Members and Their Families
Section 1. The
election to membership in this Club of any applicant shall not in any way place
and obligation on this Club to provide the member with locker space, mooring
space, or other boating facilities rented to members, until such time as these
facilities become available and the member has made proper application for their
use to the standing committee chairperson in charge of the facility.
Section 2. Each member of the immediate family of an active Club member permanently residing in the member's household (except for children who are either married or 21 years of age or older) shall be entitled to the privileges of the Club and the use of the facilities subject to the rules, regulations, and limitations imposed by the Executive Committee. Only the active, honorary, or senior citizen member of a member family present at a meeting may vote. Proxy representation by his or her family will not be allowed.
Section 3. Applications for mooring, berthing, locker, sunfish and dinghy chain space will be assigned as vacancies become available in the same order as the applications for such facilities are received. Whenever a waiting list for facilities exists, a member family will be limited to one mooring or berthing space, one locker, one sunfish space, and one dinghy chain space.
Section 4. Rental fees for moorings, lockers, sunfish racks, and dinghy chain space and other boating facilities belonging to this Club will be established by the Executive Committee.
Section 5. The Darien Boat Club Inc. shall not be held liable for any damages resulting from, personal injury to, or loss, or damage to any property of any member, his family, or his guest, while the facilities and property of this Club.
A member may be censured, suspended, placed on probation, expelled, or his
resignation may be requested by a vote of any six members of the Executive
Committee, if he is found guilty of an offense or misconduct which may be
deemed prejudicial to the best interest of this Club. A member whose
resignation has been requested by the Executive Committee, failing to comply
with such request within 15 days from the mailing thereof, will automatically
be expelled from this Club.
Section 2. Disciplinary action of the Executive Committee may be appealed by a signed petition from not less than ten active members in good standing. Upon appeal the action must be referred to a special meeting of the membership. A two-thirds vote of the members present and voting at the special meeting will be required to set aside the action of the Executive Committee.
Rules and Regulations
Pertaining to The Use
of Club Grounds and Landing Facilities
Club facilities are not to be used for commercial fishing nor are members
involved in commercial fishing to use the facilities to depart from or return to
the Club facilities when engaged in their commercial fishing activities.
2. Members must submit satisfactory proof of membership whenever requested on the Club grounds by the dock master, dock attendants, or any member of the Executive Committee.
3. All members are required to sign the registration book immediately upon arrival at this clubhouse before making use of any Club facilities, listing time-in, time-out and the names of any guests.
4. No swimming is permitted from Club property, floats, or boats within the general Club area.
5. No running or other unsafe actions will be permitted on this Club property.
6. No fishing is permitted from Club property at any time, or from members' boats if it interferes with boating activity.
7. No cleaning of fish is permitted on the landing or mooring floats.
8. No smoking is permitted in the locker house at any time or in the vicinity of the gasoline pump or the landing float when gasoline is being pumped into a boat.
9. No persons are permitted to climb on, sit on, or fish from either of the rock jetties on Club property.
10. No dogs are allowed on Boat Club grounds at any time, but may be taken on leash to or from members' boats.
11. The landing floats are provided for the members' boats for loading and unloading of gear, equipment, passengers and guests. Washing, hosing down, or parking of boats, should not exceed 15 minutes, must not interfere with traffic, and anyone doing so when boats are awaiting loading or unloaded should immediately leave the float. There will be no washing of boats on the main float during heavy traffic periods such as Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.
12. The use of floats, piers, gangways, and other Club facilities shall be at the risk of the user and boat owner. The Darien Boat Club Inc. shall not be liable for any loss or damage to any boat or boating equipment or for any personal injuries resulting from such use.
13. Parents are at all times responsible for the conduct of their children on Darien Boat Club property and while using Darien Boat Club facilities.
14. Members may not rent their boats or equipment or Club facilities under any circumstances.
15. Any boat not removed from the floats after the closing date will be fined $50 for the period of one to five days after which loss of mooring space may occur and membership may be terminated.
Rules and Regulations
Pertaining to The Availability
and Use of Dockside Mooring Space
(or pile) mooring space is available only to members in good standing of the
Darien Boat Club Inc. and only upon assignment by the Mooring Committee.
As long as there is a shortage of dockside (or pile) mooring space, no new
member nor a member who fails to maintain a legal residence (domicile) in the
town of Darien for a period of more than six months a year shall be entitled to
an assignment or reassignment of a dockside or pile mooring space by the Mooring
Committee. Proof of domicile may be requested of any applicant or member at
any time by the Executive Committee and must be furnished upon request.
Each applicant or member must furnish a street address (mail drops and/or
business addresses are not acceptable), and a telephone number where the
applicant or member can be reached. (Unpublished telephone numbers will be
kept confidential upon request.) The burden of providing residency to the
satisfaction of the Executive Committee rests with the applicant or member whose
residency is in question. The Executive Committee may require the
applicant or member to provide such documentation as the committee in its sole
discretion deems sufficient to establish that applicant or member meets and
continues to meet the residency requirement. In addition to such
documentation, the Executive Committee may require an applicant or member to
provide affidavits to support this claim of residency. The residency
provisions of this paragraph shall not apply to those members whose present
assignments of dockside or pile mooring space was granted prior to January 1,
For a new member, an application for dockside or pile mooring space will not be acted upon until the Club has received payment for that member's initiation fee, annual dues, and bond purchase. The date of receipt of that payment, or the date of receipt of application, whichever occurs later, will be used to determine the applicant's priority on the waiting list.
2. The classes of moorings are as follows:
1. 12 X 28
2. 11 X 28
3. 10 X 28
4. 9 X 28
5. 9 X 25
6. 9 X 24
7. 9 X 23
8. 9 X 21
9. 9 X 18
10. 8 X 23
11. 8 X 19
12. 8 X 17
13. 7 X 17
14. 6 X 16
Note: All sail boats must be powered and must use only power in the mooring areas.
who had a space at the end of the previous season and who notify the Mooring
Committee that they wish to have a space during the following season, will be
assigned a space providing they still own the same boat or one of similar
dimensions and have paid the required fee on or before February 15th. The
Club does not guarantee the same berth from year to year. Should a member
purchase a different boat in any respect than the one for which he had an
assigned space, a new application for dock space is required. Should no
space be available for that size, the member will be put on the waiting list.
4. Members will be notified when the mooring spaces are ready for use in the Spring and when they must be vacated in the Fall. Earlier Spring use or later Fall use is not permitted.
5. Any attempt to berth a boat larger than specified for the space assigned shall be deemed cause for action by the Executive Committee. The Club reserves the right to move any boat occupying a space larger than required to a smaller space.
6. All slips must be occupied by June 15th or the space will be reassigned. Fifty percent of the fee will be returned if such an assignment takes place before July 15th.
7. Any member assigned a slip after June 15th will have thirty days to occupy this assigned slip or the slip will be reassigned and the member will be placed on the waiting list in his original position.
8. Members may not rent, transfer or allow others to use the space assigned to them or allow any non-member to use his boat more than three times a year without the Mooring Committee's permission. Any mooring space may only be used by the person or persons originally assigned to that space. Any transfer or partnership arrangement made after the mooring space has been assigned will cause forfeiture of that mooring space. A new mooring application must be made and the applicant or applicants will be placed on the waiting list as of the date of the new application. Any member desiring to upgrade his existing mooring will be placed on the waiting list as of the date of his original mooring application. If there is none, then the date of his membership will be used.
9. Members are to observe harbor rules at all time and exercise caution when approaching or leaving the mooring area. Members are responsible for damage caused by their boats, whether anchored or underway in the mooring area. Members causing damage to, or suffering damage from boats in the mooring area will report the damage to the mooring committee.
10. The mooring area is a no wake area. Members are hereby warned that violation of this regulation is considered a particularly serious offense and will result in disciplinary action by the Executive Committee.
11. The stern of each boat must be secured to the floats by means of approved brackets, except for boats berthed on the front line, which will be secured by bow lines to the pilings and stern lines to the floats. The boat shall be made fast so that the bow cannot swing into, damage, or obstruct the adjacent boats.
12. Moorings brackets are to be left down when the boat is in use.
13. Each boat must be provided with two fenders on each side, so placed that they will prevent adjacent boats from coming in contact and rubbing while berthed.
14. Members must keep their own boats cleaned and bailed at all times while berthed.
15. All members' boats shall have the Boat Club insignia (burgee) attached to both port and starboard bows or fly the Boat Club burgee. This is to identify members' boats for Boat Club privileges.
16. Boats are not to be left unattended on the beach or tied to the float, gangway railing, pilings, or club building or other than properly designated areas and assigned facilities. Boats found in any such place may be impounded and recovery will be subject to a fine.
17. If at the discretion of the Dock master or members of the Executive Committee it is determined that any boat might sink and it is therefore necessary for the Boat Club to pump the boat, there will be a $25 fee, and if a second or subsequent pumping is required, a $50 fee will be charged for each.
Rules and Regulations
Pertaining to The Availability
and Use of Sunfish Rack Space
rack space consists of one numbered rack space for the boat on the back beach
and one space on the racks in the locker house for sails.
2. Rack space is available only to members in good standing of The Darien Boat Club Inc., and only upon assignment by the House Committee. For a new member, an application for Sunfish Rack space will not be acted upon until the Club has received payment for that member's initiation fee, annual dues, and bond purchase. The date of receipt of that payment, or the date of receipt of this application, whichever occurs later, will be used to determine the applicant's priority on the waiting list.
3. All members who had a space at the end of the previous season will be assigned a space for the next season providing they have paid the required fee on or before February 15th of the next season. The Club does not guarantee the same space from year to year.
4. Members with rack space may not rent, transfer or allow others outside their immediate families to use the space assigned to them.
5. Smoking and/or the handling or storage of gasoline is prohibited at all times in the locker house.
6. Members will be notified when the rack spaces are ready for use in the Spring and when they must be vacated in the Fall. Earlier Spring use or later Fall use is not permitted.
7. Any assigned space not in use by June 15th will be reassigned and fifty percent of the fee will be returned upon the reassignment of the space provided this takes place prior to July 15th.
8. Any space which has been reassigned after June 15th will have 30 days to be occupied or will be reassigned again.
9. Boats may not be left unattended on the beach or tied to the float, docks, gangway railing, pilings, Club building, or other than the assigned rack space. Boats found in such places may be impounded and recovery will be subject to a fine.
Rules and Regulations
The Availability and Use of Locker Space
Locker space is available only to members in good standing of The Darien Boat
Club Inc., and only upon assignment by the House Committee. For a new
member, an application for locker space will not be acted upon until the Club
has received payment for that member's initiation fee, annual dues, and bond
purchase. The date of receipt of that payment, or the date of receipt of
this application, whichever occurs later, will be used to determine the
applicant's priority on the waiting list.
2. All members who had a locker at the end of the previous season will be assigned a locker for the next season providing they have paid the required fee on or before February 15th of the next season. The Club does not guarantee the same locker from year to year.
3. Members with locker space may not rent, transfer, or allow others outside their immediate families to use the space assigned to them.
4. Smoking and/or the handling or storage of gasoline is prohibited at all times in the locker house.
5. Members will be notified when the lockers are ready for use in the Spring and when the must be vacated in the Fall. Earlier Spring use or later Fall use is not permitted.
6. All lockers must be occupied by June 15th or the locker will be reassigned. Fifty percent of the fee will be returned if such assignment takes place before July 15th.
7. Lockers which have been reassigned after June 15th will have 30 days to be occupied or will be reassigned again.
Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Guest Privileges
Members may permit guests to use their boats or equipment without personally
being present provided:
(a) Such use is authorized in writing by the member and such authorization is filed with the Dock master.
(b) Such use is not extended to the same guest more than 3 times during any season.
2. Guests are subject to and must abide by the Club rules and regulations.
Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Gasoline Service
Gasoline is only available to members in good standing, and during periods of
short supply, only in quantities as specified by the Dock master. It must
be paid for immediately upon receipt with a credit card approved by the
Club. Cash will not be accepted.
2. Gasoline obtained from the club's gasoline pump must be used only in members' boats.
3. Pouring of gasoline on the floats is prohibited since spillage will destroy the flotation supporting the floats.
4. Portable gasoline tanks will be filled only in the area adjacent to the gasoline pump.
5. Only "built in" gasoline tanks may be filled in boats.
Grievance and Discipline
grievances occurring under these Rules and Regulations should be reported to the
House or Mooring Chairperson, or to any officer of the Club.
2. Failure to abide by the foregoing Rules and Regulations by a member or a member of his family or guest may constitute sufficient cause for the revocation, at the discretion of the Executive Committee, of any member's Club privileges, or the revocation of membership in accordance with Article XV of the By Laws.
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