Monmouth Boat Club Rehabs Clubhouse, Bulkheads
By Art Petrosemolo
RED BANK – The 133-year old Monmouth Boat Club is getting some long needed upgrades this February to both the house interior and its bulkhead.
LeChard Marine Contractors, Bay Head, is replacing more than 75 feet of the Club’s bulkhead structure that has withstood nearly 50 years of the Navesink River’s daily tides and storms. The remainder of the 130-foot long structure is being refaced.
Above normal winter temperatures have allowed work to proceed in February on the project. The work is tide-dependent and expected to be completed in about a month.
The club also is upgrading its three lifts with new cabling to allow for smooth movement of one-design sailboats from the yard to the river. The work will be completed in early April.
Inside the boathouse, floors on both the first and second decks are being stripped in preparation for re-sealing. Heavy foot traffic and storm surge damage has taken its tool on the century-old structure.
“It just was time to address these needs,” says Commodore Crissy VanSiclen, “and with the unusually warm winter, we have been fortunate to be able to get the work done and the club ready for the opening of the 2012 season on April 15.
MBC will again sponsor a Junior Sailing Program as well as adult sailing lessons for the community. For more information on these programs or in joining MBC, visit the club website: www.monmouthboatclub.org.