Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Do your bit to stop the invasion

Capri owners.

I met with the DNR this morning regarding the imminent Zebra invasion and one thing we've learned about Zebra's is that it's critical for all boaters to ensure their boats do not have standing water in the boat when leaving the lake.This allows the boat to dry completely and kill zebras. Yes, I know your boat will freeze over in the winter to kill zebras, but the law is to not transport any water in boats on the road.


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Capri's are unique to in that water can be trapped in the bilge under the floor pan. There is no accessible access from which to pump out water from a Capri bilge.

My Capri had a $10 access port under the wooden floorboard (which we had removed for racing). Honestly, any self respecting racer should have an access port to pump/mop water out of the bilge so the boat is not heavy, the keel brace doesn't rot, and now to eliminate standing water where Zebras might be transported.

My recommendation is that the fleet consider how to best implement access ports in your bilges, and then make it a rule in the fleet rules to require installation. Zebras might seem like a little deal now, but this will change significantly in just a few years.

Thanks, dallas

Haul Out reminder

We're at the beginning of haul out season and I wanted to recap the message regarding Zebras we need adhere to.

When hauling or launching your boat ensure the following

   1. Clean Hull- a Power washer will be available.
   2. Dry Bilge

Our crane should make it very easy to inspect for these items. Some boats have places were Zebras could maybe hide, it is your responsibility to consider this and inspect.

WYC will have a power-washer available this spring should you find a huge infestation of zebras (you won't). Anything our sailboats might have should be able to be brushed off.

Permits are available should you have to transport your boat from WYC with bilge water in the hull or creatures on the hull. Personally, I strongly discourage this as it's too easy to simply do the job properly before you leave.


From OT, 9/20. Pay Attention.

Capri owners,

Please plan to drill-and-drain, or port-and-mop your boat when you crane out this fall.  If you don't know how to do it, please ask for help.  Most of us have done this before, and are quite familiar with it.  It doesn't take long, and is good for your boat anyway.

I will draft a rule proposal and bring it to our next fleet meeting so this can become a permanent requirement.


From Dallas

We found the inspection port allowed us to mop up excessive water and get the point where it was dry enough that a couple warm days would completely dry the bilge.
I've long advocated access ports, but Zebras are the current hot topic that makes this a bigger deal. While we all know that there are some very obvious abusers out there besides racing sailboats when it comes to invasive species, it's our job to make sure we are responsible for our own boats.
FYI: Baby zebras are too small to be identified visually, so there is a very real problem with ANY water from lake Minnetonka.
I've heard some say that if the water freezes in your hull over the winter the zebras (or baby zebra mussels) will die, or that they plan to hauling out and return to WYC so they can't infest any other lakes. While you are correct, I'm still going by what the law says. The DNR was asked these questions and they have very good reasons' for these laws.

From Doug.....

I drilled three holes in the bottom of Fly By Night’s next to the keel… ala Red Shift.   Almost 4 gallons of water came out.  The water is trapped between the core layers… all though from the top hull it’s dry as a bone.  This liquid stained my pole barn concrete floor all the way to the drain 35 feet.  Greg, I wish it was spilled beer.  I think somebody tipped over the bucket.   

I recommend everyone to drill holes in the bottom of the hull in the fall to dry out their core.  It has nothing to do with ZMs. The only Capri (9 out of 10) that I have drilled that did not have water drain from the bottom of the hull was Molly… and we all know how meticulous Mark is.  

I think Greg is right that it mostly rainwater but that water breaks down the inner fiberglass, blisters, keel support and rots out the core.  A gallon of water weighs 8.3 lbs.  If you want to displace 25 extra pounds around the race course leave the water in.  

It’s really easy to fill with epoxy and syringe in the spring.

I have heard rumors that John on Phoenix will be giving a symposium on how to drop the keel and fix the rotten keel supports.   

Doug Dickerson


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