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How does CSA communicate with members?
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CSA has multiple ways to break the news. Please make sure you receive these communications. If you do not have access to any of these, please let the Commodore know!
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WEBSITE -http://csa-sailing.org.
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The official CSA home page, targeting potential new members, but the real news for active members starts on News & Updates....
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NEWS & UPDATES -http://www.csa-sailing.org/News_and_updates.html
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NEWSLETTER -Marks of the Course -- Paper or PDF
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http://www.csa-sailing.org/The_Marks.html
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EMAIL LIST -CSA member email distribution list for important announcements. Contact downwindcsa@gmail.com to get on the list
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FACEBOOK GROUP -This is the place for chat between members. It's also where you can post your CSA and sailing related photos. Please JOIN...
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https://www.facebook.com/groups/CSAsailing/
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FACEBOOK PAGE -This page is aimed more toward folks just discovering CSA. Tell your friends and please LIKE...
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https://www.facebook.com/SailingCarlyle/
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OFFICIAL BULLETIN BOARDLocated directly in front of the Pavilion.
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Can I get rigging repair services at CSA?
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One of our members is an experienced rigger with all the tools and supplies you might need. Find Ted Beier, and he'll get you up and running. You might find him by his boat, E-Scow sail number E-27.
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What can I do if there is no wind?
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CSA is fortunate to be in the middle of Hazlett State Park. There's biking, hiking, swimming (free for members), kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and many more activities.
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How do I get food at the club?
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CSA is not a Yacht Club with a club house and wait staff. Some social events include food, sometimes complementary, sometimes you need to register and pay in advance. Traditionally, members and visitors bring their own food. CSA has a kitchen that is open to all members to use, including cooking and refrigeration. (See Glossary: O.B.)
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What's up with all these names and abbreviations such as O.B.?
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Check out the Glossary below.
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What’s the deal with the tow vehicle used by the cabin fleet?
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A number of cabin fleet members got together and share the "key truck" -- so called because every member has a key to use it. This membership is optional and completely separate from CSA. The truck is used to ramp-launch boats as well as towing to and from winter storage elsewhere (close-by).
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Why is it important to have your name on your trailer?
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At times, railers need to be moved, or your trailer might be in the way where left when you went sailing. The markings help tremendously!
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What’s the proper setup for tie-downs?
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You need to tie your boat to the trailer and tie the trailer to the ground separately. No exceptions! See Handbook for further details.
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How best to deal with flood season? (sources of info, what to do)
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It is every member's sole responsibility to check on and make arrangements for their boat to be moved out of the floods way or in case of storm damage. Do not rely on others to take care of your boat, and do not ask the Harbormaster to check on your boat individually.
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What are the rules regarding pets on the CSA grounds?
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Dogs are welcome! In a recent development, members may bring their dog. All animals must be on a leash under control of the owner 100% of the time. All waste must be picked up immediately and properly disposed of.
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What are the chief marine radio operating frequencies and their uses for CSA?
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Channel 72 - used for CSA race, event, or other purposes.
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Is it ok to swim in the harbor and/or wade in the Cat cove?
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Swimming off the small Cat beach between the two boat ramps is permitted. Swimming between or around the docks is limited to specific, designated training activities for various sailing camps and certification programs. All CSA Primary and Associate members have accessibility to complimentary pool use at the Eldon Hazlet State Park Campground by presenting their CSA membership card.
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Can my guests bring their cars onto the grounds?
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Yes. Guests are required to check in with the harbormaster upon entering the property.
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How much does it cost to buy a boat?
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Realistically, good starter boats can be found for $1,000 - $2,500.
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What kind of boat should a person buy?
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All sailboats provide entertainment and a challenge to learn to sail. The choice really depends on what want to do with the boat, the number of people you want to have on the boat, whether or not you want to get wet, if you will entertain on the boat, and if you plan to sleep on the boat. Selecting a boat with an active fleet at CSA will provide you a network of support that will prove advantageous as a new sailor and a new boat owner. Suggested boats in alphabetical listing without preference: A-Cat, Flyin’ Scot, Hobie (14, 16, 17, 18), Laser, Lightning, or the San Juan 21. CSA has other fleets and various cabin boats as well. Check out the CSA fleets page at the link below.
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http://www.csa-sailing.org/Fleets.html
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What do you look for to know if a boat is a good purchase or not?
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A straight mast, sail(s), deck, and hull(s) in good condition, a valid title matching the hull(s) number(s), trailer and title, and it being a boat that fits your needs.
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Is it better to have a tiller or a wheel?
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A tiller is best for a new sailor as it allows a direct feel of the water and wind’s effect on the hull(s) and rudder. A wheel goes through a series of pulleys and cables making it more difficult for a new sailor to feel these effects.
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What do you look for to know if a boat is a good purchase or not?
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A straight mast, sail(s), deck, and hull(s) in good condition, a valid title matching the hull(s) number(s), trailer and title, and it being a boat that fits your needs.
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Can you sleep on a sailboat?
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Yes, a boat with a cabin down below is the most comfortable way to sleep on a boat.
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How large of a sailboat can I have at CSA?
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Generally a 26’ boat is the maximum length we know will work. The E-Scow is permitted at CSA, although it is 28’. Longer boats may be permitted with special permission by the Board of Directors. If you have a larger boat, please inquire, and we will find out if boat and trailer will be suitable for our parking spots, ramps, or hoists.
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How to use the hoists to launch your boat
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Mike Pitzer explains it all in THIS VIDEO by Troy Tolan.
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