The Lake Norman Marine Commission approved more-stringent requirements for gasoline-powered charter vessels, as well as modifying requirements for navigational aids, at its Sept. 8 meeting.
According to Marine Commission Executive Director Ron Shoultz, the changes in the inspection requirements bring the commission’s rules more in line with those in use by the U.S. Coast Guard.
“It’s something that’s been discussed the last couple years,” Shoultz said. “Across the country, the inspections of gasoline-powered charter vessels has been taken a closer look at. You need to be more thorough in your inspection of gas-powered vessels.
“Through the work of Morris (Sample, Lincoln County’s representative on the commission) and the charter boat committee, they came up with what the Coast Guard is recommending – that if you have a charter powered by gasoline, these are the things that need to be inspected on a regular basis.
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“What we’re wanting to do is just make sure we’re staying in line with what the rest of the country is doing as far as inspection procedures on gasoline-powered vessels.”
The major changes came in requirements for gasoline-powered charter boats. According to the new inspection form, requirements for gas-powered charters include:
• Enclosed engine rooms must be equipped with “an adequately sized powered ventilation system” with an independent power supply, and operating continuously when the engines are running.
• Gas storage tanks must be independent of the boat’s hull structure.
The new charter boat inspection requirements also require boats have just a Global Positioning Satellite system on board, with the make and model of the system required to be on the inspection report.
In other business before the Marine Commission:
• John Marino, the Catawba County representative on the LNMC, was elected board chairman. He will replace Dan Stehle, who served as chairman the past 12 months.
Iredell County representative Mark Lancaster was named vice chairman, and Lincoln County representative Morris Sample was named treasurer. All three will assume their new positions at next month’s LNMC meeting.
Replacing Marino as Catawba County’s representative will be John Gerke, whoappointed to the LNMC by the Catawba County Board of Commissioners last month.
• The next meeting of the LNMC will be held 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in downtown Mooresville, 215 N. Main St.
Classes in September
N.C. Community Sailing and Rowing will begin a series of youth sailing classes in early September at its facility in Blythe Landing on the south end of Lake Norman.
Classes will be held in Opti Learn to Sail from 1-4 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 12; Skills Development from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 8; Opti Intro to Racing 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Oct. 9; and 420 Race Team coaching from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Oct. 9.
The Learn to Sail and Skills Development classes cost $200 for each six-week program, while the Intro to Racing and Race Team coaching sessions are $300 for each six-week session.
Registration can be done online at www.ncsailrow.org. For information, visit the website or call 704-947-7245.
Discover Sailing weekend
The Lake Norman Yacht Club will hold its annual Discover Sailing weekend Sept. 27-28 at the Yacht Club compound on Yacht Road in Mooresville.
For $50 for the weekend or $35 for one day, each participant is instructed in the basics of sailing.
The Discover Sailing weekend is held in conjunction with the Yacht Club’s annual Board Bash Regatta, which also will allow participants to see what a typical regatta weekend is like.
Sign up online at the Yacht Club’s website, www.lnyc.org.
Regatta on Oct. 4-5
The Lake Norman Yacht Club will hold its annual Old Salty Regatta for Thistle-class sailboats Oct. 4-5 at the Yacht Club.
Five races are scheduled during the two-day regatta, with awards going to the top five skippers and crewmembers.
The entry fee is $40 per boat, with an additional $5 for non-US Sailing members.