Clubhouse, Patio and Changing Rooms
The Clubhouse and Patio enjoy panoramic views of the River Medway and can cater for functions up to 90 people this can be increased during the summer months with additional room being made on the Patio with our Marquee. Our catering facilities can provide everything from breakfast, lunch and supper to fine dining for that special occasion. Our Steward keeps a well stocked bar with Master Brew, Fosters, Guinness, Cider, Asahi lager as well as Guest beers. We also carry a comprehensive stock of wines.
Scrubbing Posts, Travel Hoist & Scrubbing Trolley
The club has long been envied by other clubs for its scrubbing facilities. We have a motorised scrubbing trolley that runs on a railway track and can be used from approximately half tide with 1 hour allocated slots, this is a member operated facility and can accommodate boats up to 9 tons. Bookings for the scrubbing trolley can be made by phone during office hours, after which the booking forms are transferred to the clubhouse, so always accessible. The club also has a 14 ton Wise travel hoist that is operated by the yard staff and can be booked for a lift and hold for scrubbing, but is mainly used for transporting from the water to the car park for winter lay-up. We also have static scrubbing piles for the heavier boats that are over 9 tons or if you need more than a hour. A pressure washer completes the usefulness of these facilities.
Static Hoist & Mast Hoists
We also have a static hoist that has a lifting capacity of 3 tons, this is used mainly by our Dragon & Sonata fleets for transferring from the scrubbing trolley to their road trailers. This facility is for member use but the Boson or his staff will give tuition if required. We now have 3 mast hoists with the latest addition being suitable for removing masts from cruisers whilst still in the Wise Travel Hoist and will be operated by the Bosuns team with the other two for member use.
Our pontoon provides a depth of 2+ meters at all states of the tide. The hammerhead can accommodate up to seven boats alongside. The pontoon is fitted with dinghy launching ramps and a limited number of finger pontoons. There is a fresh water tap available on the hammerhead.
Car Park and Winter Berthing Area
Unlike a lot of clubs, we have a large car park which also doubles as a laying-up area in the winter for 150+ keelboats, with water and electric points available. Having our own onsite car park allows members cars to be accommodated while away on a cruising holiday or just away for theweekend. The car park like the rest of the grounds of the club are flood-lit during the hours of darkness and is entered via a card operated barrier.
Dinghy, Inflatable and Tender Park & Launching
Our dinghy and tender parking areas are as near to the hard and pontoon as possible, We also have a dinghy winch which is mainly used to recover our large Wayfarer Fleet. We have two, mostly concrete ramps with one having wooden slats at the low water end, which are power washed on a regular basis. The Inflatable storage is in a 6’ high fenced compound.
Our Club Secretary and admin staff operate from the club office, the office is open Monday to Saturday 09.00 to 16.30, the staff will be able to answer questions on membership, club rules, etc. They will be able to contact a Flag Officer if they feel it necessary. The club library probably has the largest collection of marine books in the southeast, which are available to members during office hours. New books are purchased regularly and some video’s are also kept. It is also possible to book the Library for meetings, small functions etc.
The club runs a trot-boat service at weekends throughout the season and also during Regatta’s and Class Open meetings. WE also hope to run a limited service during the week using the Bosun’s team, this will be by pre arranged times in the morning and afternoon. We also have RIB’S for rescue duties and 2 other displacement boats, with 2 small RIB’s for use with the Cadet and Oppy training.
Bosun & Staff
Our Bosun and his team are very helpful and can suggest solutions to most problems when they occur. Their knowledge of local conditions and tides are second to none and if they cannot sort your problem they will be able to suggest someone who can.
We now have CCTV covering most of the property and at the entrance barrier.