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MOORING and HARBOR INFORMATION

Map of Neenah Harbor

 

The Neenah-Nodaway Yacht Club manages over 100 moorings for sailboats in the Neenah harbor located in the south channel of the Fox River as it exits Lake Winnebago.  Fifteen of the moorings are located near the Theda Clark medical center with the remainder located closer to Riverside Park at the east end of E. Wisconsin Avenue.  

 

The harbor is reached by entering the river to the north of the Neenah lighthouse following the navigation buoys provided by the Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Neenah.  See the moorings In the aerial photograph below.

 

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Moorings are assigned on a “first come first served” basis each spring and then, as available, for the remainder of the summer.  Members cannot “own” specific moorings and moorings can only be rented on an annual basis.

 

NNYC has dinghies available at both sites to allow members access to their boats.  Instructions on tying up to moorings and dinghy etiquette are contained in the annual club Sailing Manual.  Members who own their own dinghies can rent storage space in the NNYC dinghy rack.

 

Due to the poor holding ground and depth of water there is a general rule that the moorings are limited to boats 30’ LOA or less and/or maximum displacement of 10,000 lbs.  If you have a boat that exceeds either of these limits click here to send an email to the harbormaster to review your situation.

 

HOW TO RENT A MOORING

You must be a Full or Life Member of the Neenah-Nodaway Yacht Club to rent a mooring.  To apply, you must complete a Membership and Mooring Form and mail it with full payment to the address on the application. 

 

MOORING REQUIREMENTS

The most current mooring diagram is located on the website and the bulletin board at the harbor. The harbor is crowded and a loose or poorly secured boat can quickly cause considerable damage. As you secure to your mooring please follow these important directions and contact the Vice Commodore with any mooring questions. If you are not meeting the following requirements your boat can be moved to the wall by the Club and you will be asked to remedy the situation immediately.

Don’t secure your line to the ring on top of the buoy. The buoy ring is for retrieval purposes and is not strong enough to secure a boat. Secure your mooring line to the end of the short chain hanging from the bottom of the buoy using a galvanized swivel.

Only use one mooring line from the boat to the chain. Two lines almost always become twisted and can cause the boat to lift the mooring weight enough to drag.

Don’t use the boat’s bow eye to secure the mooring line. Most bow eyes can’t take the side loading caused by the boat wandering back and forth. The result can be fatigue and failure of the eye, or wearing of the mounting hole resulting in water entry.

Don’t use polypropylene line (yellow ski rope) to tie your boat up. The sun will quickly break down the polypropylene causing it to fail.

Keep your mooring line short! Adjacent boats with long lines will surely strike each other. The short mooring chain is already 3’ long, so your mooring line needs to reach from just below the surface of the water (where it is fastened to the ring at the end of the mooring chain) to the deck cleat. A 3 foot line should be long enough in most situations.

Be considerate of your neighbors offshore and onshore. Tie back your halyards.  A tight bungee cord between the halyard and a shroud about 5 or 6 feet above the deck usually does the trick. 

DINGHY USE REQUIREMENTS

· Always lock the dinghies. Unlocked dinghies can go over the dam and cause costly damage. An unlocked dinghy is an invitation to thieves to take your boat and motor. There are only 3 correct positions for an NNYC dinghy:

· chained and locked to the seawall or dock

· tied to the back of your boat

· being rowed between the seawall and your boat

· Put the dinghy back where you got it. There is a lock for each dinghy. Two dinghies should never be chained to one lock. It is hard on an expensive lock and inconvenient for subsequent users.

· Thread the dinghy chain through the ring in the piling when you lock it. This minimizes the strain on the lock and makes it much more difficult to steal the dinghy. Then put the dingy painter over the seawall post.

· Remove oars from their sockets and put them inside the dinghy when alongside the seawall, dock, or your boat.  This will minimize breakage.

· Return the dinghy to shore promptly; never leave them moored to your plug and proceed to go sailing. The purpose of the dinghies is to help you get your boat on and off its mooring. Keeping a dinghy tied to your boat for an extended period of time while you work on it is not fair to others. Bring your boat to the seawall instead.

· Do not lift dinghies onto the seawall to drain water out, this is very hard on them! Please use bailers.

· You must provide a wearable USCG Approved PFD (personal floatation device) for each person in the dinghy. It is the law, and you can be cited if you fail to carry or wear your PFD when operating the club dinghies.  Also note: an adult PFD is not acceptable for a child; the PFD must fit.  Be safe: wear it, don’t carry it.

· Report dinghy problems promptly to the Harbor Master or Vice Commodore. Problems can only get worse and repairs more expensive so please let us know as soon as you see an issue.