Members are reminded of the following guidelines regarding launch operations:
Our launch operators are required to take lunch and dinner breaks. Lunch is 1-1:30 and dinner is 7-7:30. Normally there will be no launch service during these break periods. The last launch will leave the float 10 minutes prior to the breaks and before closing. Please respect the operator’s break time by not requesting service during these times.
Per Coast Guard regulations governing the operation of our launches, we are limited to transporting only six passengers at any given time. During busy weekends, holidays and other times of high demand two launches will be in service. The BOG requests that only two crew members per boat be transported during peak times and that members pick up their remaining crew and guests at the floats. At these times the outboard side of the main float will be reserved for loading and unloading passengers only. The BOG recognizes that during low tide some boats may not be able to use the float. If this is the case, the remaining crew and guests will be transported during subsequent launch trips two at a time.
No fuel, gas, diesel or propane may be transported on the launch.
The launch operator is in total command of the launch.
In order for the launch operator to have unobstructed vision all passengers are to remain seated at all times while the launch is underway.
Passengers are to assist the launch operator only if requested.
The launch will cease operation for 30 minutes once thunder/lightning is observed and return to operation 30 minutes after the last thunder/lightning.
During inclement weather members are advised to call the club to ensure the launch is operating.
All members are encouraged to be extra vigilant while underway in the mooring area as inflatables, kayaks, paddleboards and other small craft frequently pass through and can suddenly emerge undetected from behind a larger moored vessel.
While tipping is not required, it is encouraged. Launch operators are paid minimum wage and depend on tips in order to make a decent wage. Tipping may be considered a “user fee system” whereby those who use the service pay for it.
$1 per trip is adequate
$2 per trip is appreciated
$3 per trip the operators will love you and not ram your boat! (It’s a joke – or at least an attempt at one).
Problems with Operators
Please do not address any problems or issues directly with the launch operators. Should an issue arise, please call me or an officer of the club.
John Regan Launch Chairman (978) 741-1501 (h) (978) 766-0864 (c) Launch@swyc.com